So traveling deep into the world of D&D but ona computer, well this has to be played to believe! I am an avid "D&D" enthuiasit and all i can say is playing this has opened my eyes to what is plausable with modern times.
You can take on a whole party of your creation, or have the ingame characters join you, and with some of the characters backstories out of this world I cannot praise this enough.
Built back in the 90ies there are some general bugs and glitches that happends and you can say this is part of the added "charm" but then again when your playing it can cause the old fashioned rage quits! The path tracking is redicilous!
I must reccomend this to anyone who enjoys DND as its story line is tradition to a T. Anyone wanting to take a break from Final fantasy, or Try something new, prepare for an indepth world and a storyline like no other, unearth the mysterys that lie within.
Call this a prerequisit to divinity as that is only where you can head from here!
Aside from the devs not honoring settings like not giving you max rolls on level up etc, it's decent. I'd still pick the original with mods though. Linear difficulty doesnt belong in AD&D. So on that fact alone; would not recommend.
Aged but still brilliant classic RPG. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and the expansion has plenty of tweaks, widescreen support, higher resolution textures and improved spell animations to enhance experience for HD screens.
FYI, I bought this on Steam after buying it from Beamdog when it originally came out a few years ago, and I haven't played my Steam copy yet which is why my played hours are so low.
Baldur's Gate is a game that I have been playing since 1998. It's an incredible game. This is a solid update, plays well, no more loading screens, and incorporates many quality of life improvements that you previously needed mods for. There are new classes and kits to use, and now there is a brand new adventure in Siege of Dragonspear.
It's true that out of the box, the game looks different after the latest patch. However, the changes that Beamdog made, particularly the ones that change how the game looks, are customizable and can be turned on/off (like the sprite outlines and other UI changes ). It takes less than 2 minutes of checking off options in the gameplay menu to make it look like the original. As for bugs, the only ones I experienced were minor (e.g. a map marker with the wrong label).
I recently played through the OG campaign and Siege of Dragonspear, and I had a blast. The original campaign is still great, and most of the popular mods like the NPC project have stable versions that work with the EE version of the game. Be advised that the Steam version of the EE may cause you to jump through some hoops to get mods working.
As for Siege of Dragonspear, it was fun. The story bridges the gap between BG1 and BG2, and overall, it does a good job, particularly when you remember it is bookended by such great stories. Tonally, it has to walk a line between the colorful adventure of BG1 and the dark journey of BG2, and there are several attempts to show your character dealing with their heritage, their accomplishments, and the relationship they have with the public at large. There are some NPC and player responses that may make you think, 'My Bhaalspawn would never say this' or 'this character would not behave this way', However, there are some really great moments with many of your favorite series characters (canon party in particular) and you are sure to enjoy at least a couple of the new NPCs (I thought M'Khin and Schael were interesting, could not stand Glint, YMMV). There is banter between old and new characters, which can range from annoying to charming, but this is usually due to personal preference with NPCs.
There are plenty of quests and interesting locations, and even a few new gameplay concepts thrown in as well. I'm glad Beamdog took some risks with the gameplay as it provided some awesome moments, like being chased by a lich through it's lair while racing to destroy it's phylactery, or sneaking by a sleeping dragon, or exploring a ruined temple of Bhaal, or managing the titular siege, planning the attack with the coatition generals, and then leading the assault personally.
If you enjoy CRPGs like Divinity: Original Sin, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, or Pillars of Eternity, give this a game a shot. If you are a BG veteran looking to play again, give this a shot before going back to your CD copy.
The second best game ever (best being BG2^^), remade for newer PCs. Definitely a must if you like rpgs. This has what modern games often lack: Lore, depth, multiple-choice and epic game time. It has enough script for a good book trilogy and covers most big legends within DnD (Drizzt, Elminster etc.)
I would not recommend buying this from Beamdog. Just buy the original version and mod it, you won't miss much.
This game series has always been a favorite of mine. I bought the original version when it first came out and have played it many times through-out the years. Most people would assume that an "enhanced version" would be a better version. That couldn't be further from the truth. I struggle to see any actual enhancements which make this game worth buying and the numerous bugs overshadow any actual features that were added.
The hours I've logged so far to this game have all been multiplayer, so my experience is written from that point of view only. I remain impressed at how this company took an original game which ran great and introduced numerous frustrating, sometimes game breaking, bugs. More than once now, I've had to use cheats to fix my game so that its playable again for things like disappearing items and entering required game zones which crash the game every time. At one point all of my saves would no longer run. I had to wait for an update which took a month to fix the saves so that I could play again without starting over. To make it worse, it seems like every update introduces "exciting" new bugs. There really isn't much worthwhile in terms of enhancements.
It has been a test of patience to continue playing this game with a friend. We have quit playing before because the crashes and freezes became too frustrating. I wonder how much of my logged play time is actually just from restarting the game because of a game crash or bug. My faith in Beamdog hit a new low when I read about what they did with their DragonSpear expansion. Hiring a developer who has an admitted agenda of forcing her politically correct views into games is not okay. She changed established character backgrounds from BG1 in the expansion just to meet her view of how characters in this fantasy world should be. I won't be buying anything further from a company that is so disrespectful to such a legendary game series.
Here is a list of some of the bugs that I've encountered in multiplayer.
- Game freezes for multiplayer friends if the main character dies. All players must completely exit and restart game to fix. - Can no longer enter the Friendly Arm Inn without crashing - Items have disappeared from inventory more than once - Saved games won't load, forcing you to use an older save - Friends in multiplayer are VERY frequently randomly booted - UI sometimes randomly disappears altogether - Many random crashes to desktop which don't appear to have a repeatable cause