Posted: May 25
God only knows how many hours I've poured into this game across so many different platforms and computers, but it must be well into the thousands (I have three of the original CD copy sat next to me on a shelf, including the collector's edition!) I promise to change that one day soon.
I'll start by addressing my low playtime on here. I bought the steam version before it supported Mac, foolishly without checking, and because I spend almost all my time on it throughout the day I knew I was never going to play on my main rig - so I purchased it again from the AppStore.
As for a review, the EE version of BG2 doesn't change much of the original game, but what it does do is fix it and update it. It brings compatibility with different resolutions, bug fixes, smoothness. The whole shabang. It's startling that since playing the Enhanced Edition I've not had a single crash, save game fail, or random lack of an NPC or item vital to completing a quest - all of which I have experienced in the past a number of times on my countless playthroughs. The EE's main strength is that it optimises it for modern hardware (not that it was hard to run in the first place) and as a result runs smoother than a velvet undergarment.
But what I would say about the Enhanced Edition is that at no point did it feel like I was playing a different version of BG2 (aside from it's lack of faults) which in one way is fantastic as the game was near-perfect anyway, but in another way feels like a bit of a con given the price difference - if you're happy to put up with the occasional bug or crash, then £15 is a bit steep compared to the £5 the original is available elsewhere.
In the end, for me, the multi-platform capability and faultless gameplay of the EE version on here justifies what is, in all honesty, not too much to ask for one of the greatest games of all time. You just have to ask if the extra £10 is worth it to you.