Reviews and Problems with Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal
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6 December 2013
Summary: A welcome addition to Baldur's Gate 2. One of the best expansions ever. Like the main game, I can not fault it at all. Well, maybe a little, it could have been longer, but then again I could say that about any great game. Throne of Bhaal just adds and gives us more, and if anyone is a devote fan of the first game as I am, that is a very good thing. Overall: Throne of Bhaal is a fantastic expansion to an already fantastic game.
Summary: A very good add-in to a magnificent game. While the 'Watcher's Keep' part is a stand-alone plot concerning yet another ancient evil to be bested, the main part of the game is the conclusion of the Child of Bhaal story. Apart from all the goodness we know from the predecessors, 'Throne of Bhaal' introduces a number of improvements, eg. changes in the GUI or in the spell effects. The only thing I can complain about is linearity and too strong emphasis on combat.
Summary: Too much combat, linearity and not enough exploration, the pacing has gotten worse for the expansion pack. The ending, and story itself, are great though and bring a much needed conclusion to the fate of the children of bhaal, and the new dungeon, shrouded in mystery, Watcher's Keep, is one of the greatest addition to the franchise, much like Durlag's Tower for Baldur's Gate 1.
Summary: A good addon to one of the best 2D Dungeons and Dragons RPGs ever made. If you like the genre and you think you can overlook the slightly outdated 2D graphics (Just look at some screenshots or videos) than you should really give it a try. Its simply brilliant.
Summary: Conclusion to one of the most epic RPG tales ever. Compared to today's graphics the game is obviously very lacking, but like its predecessor the art itself is beautiful. Gameplay and mechanics is complicated, but like its predecessor the story, world, and basic exploration properties overcome this. Did I like it? Yes!
Summary: Let's face it, BG2 was a (extremely brilliant) side issue as far as the plot of this saga goes. This is why this game should have developed the main story more, and Bioware, at the time, were the masters of doing just this. Supposedly they ran out of time on it (more than likely due to KoTOR) and it shows somewhat. But hey, all the fantastic things in BG2 are still there.
Summary: MORE BG2?... Give it to me :P It is an expansion pack, which is probably the only problem. I would much rather have seen a BG3 instead of an expansion pack... But, it is still "MORE BG2" and I can't get enough. Some fights will frustrate you, especially if you, like me, completed BG2 with a solo sorcerer, going to the ending of the expansion with level 18 companions is, well, rather tough :P
Summary: The conclusion to the Baldur's Gate saga, this expansion pack to Baldur's Gate 2 really ought to have been made and sold as a standalone Baldur's Gate 3. As it is, it feels compressed: a somewhat rushed conclusion to the Bhaalspawn saga, plus a huge dungeon in the style of Durlag's Tower: Watcher's Keep. Throne of Bhaal takes the style of the BG series and turns it up to 11: everything is bigger, flashier, explodier, with multiple dragons.
Summary: Ah, the Throne of Bhaal. Like BG 2 SOA, it is fun, immersive and challenging. While a great expansion, it isn't exactly on the same level of BG 2, but you can't go wrong here, especially if you want to see how the Bhaal saga unfolds.
Summary: While certainly a fantastic RPG when compared to others, it didn't live up to Shadows of Amn. It is a very linear adventure, but the dungeon crawling is fun at least. Watcher's Keep is a great addon for a fantastic and colossal dungeon experience. The story is just as fantastic and masterfully written as ever, even at the very end, but again, it is no SoA.