Posted: January 19
Forgive my english -
This isn't a review but more of a testimony. 14 hours in.
I just started playing the classics for my first time. I played DOS which led to Wasteland which was based on fallout1-2 and I enjoyed Wasteland.
So I tried Fallout 2 and I didn't get it for the first 4 hours(at least) and I quit once and started over. But after the initial fail I really really enjoyed the game. I can't say I ever played a better one. It's an epic story of honor and revenge. Skyrim, witcher2 , ME12, DAO ... it was as good as any of them.
So I couldn't play yet another post apocalypse rpg so i decided to try BG2 which everyone seems to agree is one of the top rpgs of all time.
I struggled again at the beginning. 6 hours of not liking the game and I also quit once. And then I started to get into it. It had better party building than Fallout2 and the world was starting to get interesting So I stopped because I knew I needed to play BG in order to fully appreciate BG2 because they reference BG in the dialogue.
OK, so now I'm playing BG and again the first 4 hours sucked. I was even bored. Even though I knew the UI and play style already from BG2. Again I quit (went back) once and changed some decisions. I didn't pick up Minsc (yet) because I hated the time limit on the quest. It made me nervous.
So, anyway, I finally acclimated to the pace and game style and it is a great game so far. Since it's my first run through it's a challenge. I've already lost 2 men (who I didn't mind losing or else I would have loaded the last save). The combat is fun.
Really though the balance is incredible. The action happens in well spaced intervals. So far the side quests are fun. I'm in no rush to push the game along. Level progress is nice and slow. I feel very underdeveloped now and I'm happy to have this gang I've put together. Some of them are selfish. One is evil. All are quirky. Money is scarce. And I'm not sure what's going on and why I'm being hunted. We are heading down to Neshkel because that's where the actions at. I was there and a bit further t on my first runthrough but I rage quit. This time it's nicer.
I'm sure this game is going to be great. I guess the point of this "review" is that you might need to take some time to get into these older games. Once you acclimate to the graphics and the pace you no longer miss anythig about the new games and you get all this great game programing and story telling by people who REALLY loved their product . Not the "this is a game made with love" BS tag line the reviewers say about EVERY game now. This one was obviously made by people who loved games and fantasy.
The action is fun once you learn the rules.
The text , which is a main fake complaint about old school rpgs is fine. "the wall of text" stuff is a myth. It's the opposite. The writing reflects the "efficiency" of text based adventures from the era. Zork (the first text adventure?) never gives you more than a few lines to read. It's the same with BG. Those writers were more skilled than todays. I loved Skyrim but the writing in BG is superior. Skyrim gets long winded and repetitive.