Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

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J-Pirate Mar 24, 2013 @ 10:52am
Has this game aged well?
I've never played a Baldur's Gate game and I'm interested in picking up either the Enhanced Edition or the original on GOG.

But is this game as good as everyone says it it or is everybody just playing it with nostalgia?
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Gibbs Mar 24, 2013 @ 11:34am 
My god you're right.. all this time we've been "playing it with nostalgia"!! Thank you for returning the light to my eyes
Janpire Mar 24, 2013 @ 11:36am 
If you enjoy a well written story, good dialogues and a tactical combat system then BG is a timeless masterpiece.
Moreover, the price/entertainment hour ratio is unbelievable good.

Go and get it! You won't regret it :)
dream__center895 Mar 24, 2013 @ 1:14pm 
IMO it has aged well. It has great voice acting to go with timeless characters from the series. Mechanics wise it may take some time to learn but you pick up little things and you can easily save before jumping into something risky. And quite the replay value as well (finished playing good? Play evil next. You'll understand).
Cyrus Mar 24, 2013 @ 1:26pm 
it's an awesome game however I advise you against buying the enhanced edition,doesn't worth it
Deathfromace Mar 24, 2013 @ 1:39pm 
Originally posted by Verzul:
My god you're right.. all this time we've been "playing it with nostalgia"!! Thank you for returning the light to my eyes

I believe he meant more of looking back on it and nostalgia is clounding your thoughts on how the game actually is. Much like looking at it with rose colored glasses.
[GOL] Marky Mar 24, 2013 @ 1:46pm 
It's aged really well, but it can be a little disappointing next to the other infinity engine games.
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Angantyr Mar 24, 2013 @ 2:06pm 
As far as a PC game... it has aged well. The graphics are mostly 2D-ish and although they're aren't high resolution they look fine. The story, if you take the time to read and enjoy it, is next to none as far as games go, it's very well written and extremely wide in scope (it continues into the next game perfectly). The game play is based on AD&D, and isn't too hard to just get a quick hang of ya want lower AC armor, to lower your THACO and if you get why 2D4 is better than 1D8 you'll be solid.

Just remember to quicksave every 10 seconds and you'll be gold.
Kainser Mar 24, 2013 @ 3:00pm 
It's a good game, but the gameplay haven't really aged well at all. Still worth getting if you like RPGs.
Shadowhope Mar 24, 2013 @ 3:43pm 
How it's aged:

Gameplay: Pretty darn good. It's a tactical RPG, where being able to prioritize the appropriate stats, take along the appropriate classes, and to use abilities intelligently in combat while being mindful of positioning is what wins things for you. Enemies have a fair number of different abilities, some of which get pretty ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t on higher difficulties.

Graphics: Have aged terribly, but they're not so aged that they feel pleasingly retro. The detail of everything is low. This was released for the first time in 1998; to put it into perspective, Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997. While Baldur's Gate has aged a little better than that other era defining RPG, it still looks bad compared to newer games. At this point, I'd say that the graphics stack up relatively favorably to some indy games, but that's as far as I'd go in complimenting them.

Sound: Middling. It's not great sound design by modern standards, but it's not terrible either. The music has aged relatively well, all things considered. I still enjoy the sound of the main theme when I pop open the game.

Content: There's a huge amount of content in the game, and it stacks up extremely well compared to more modern games in terms of how much there is to do. This is easily a 40 hour RPG, and it might hit 80 or more if you're trying to get as much done as possible. The main plot is long, well written by video game standards, and there are a few memorable characters along the way.

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Larry Mar 24, 2013 @ 4:09pm 
The original BG aged horribly. You couldn't interact with the mini map for faster navigation and had to painstakingly move from one side of the map to the other using side scrolling which straight up sucked.

BG2 actually aged decently enough but I could never bring myself the pass the first area, I just didn't have the patience for it(Something most gamers these days lack, unfortunately). Still, I always said i'd go back to BG2. BG1 just aged terrible and is just a pain to play.

Also, the magic system in both games sucked and was very confusing. You need a manual for it, as things were back in the day.
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nW|gulc Mar 24, 2013 @ 5:28pm 
I actually love the graphics. Okay, the sprites are terribly ugly and movement is meh, but spells look shiny, and those beutiful handdrawn backgrounds! I still miss those in games and much prefer them to 3d. ( And they get even better in bg2 and PS:T)
Sir Gnarl Custav Mar 24, 2013 @ 5:32pm 
I'm moreconcerned about how well the UI has aged. Has this re-release improved on that in any way?
Cyber Mar 24, 2013 @ 5:55pm 
It's "THAC0", not "THACO", youngsters.
Wiki to the rescue:
In Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, a character or monster's ability to strike successfully was indicated by its THAC0, the minimum roll needed on a 20-sided die "To Hit Armor Class 0". The die roll needed to hit other armor classes could be computed by subtracting the armor class from the THAC0. The lower one's THAC0, the more likely a hit would be successful. This system replaced combat tables in the 2nd edition of AD&D, but was officially abandoned in the 3rd edition of D&D (2000).

sage goes in all fields
Aro2220 Mar 24, 2013 @ 7:33pm 
The game, in essence, has aged well. The story was very well written and I struggle to think of any game in the last 10 years that could even come close to it.

However, even on this 'enhanced edition', multiplayer (and even single player) has a LOT of crash bugs. From the technical side, the game has NOT aged well.

And the UI sucks. I mean, it was good for the time because no one had ever done anything like this / better than this. But now there are a LOT of standard key/mouse controls that any gamer could think of and would want to work. For example, you scroll with the directional keys and not WASD.

Mouse edge scrolling also sucks if you are playing in a window...which makes sense since playing a game like this in a window wasn't even possible when BG1 was released.

Basically, the game itself is awesome but the technical side of the game (ui, engine, multiplayer, stability) all suck a lot.
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Mr wyrmwood Mar 25, 2013 @ 3:09am 
Always find RPG's and strategy games age much better than other genre's. In paticular it's the story that will suck you in with this game. I have the originals and the UI was much better in BG2, but I think they have made them the same in this enhanced version and you can mod the original so they are the same too.

If you have any level of technical competency with your computer I would recommend buying and modding the originals from GOG though (and get Planescape Torment too, same engine, best storyline of all time). There are tons of mods out there to make the UI more useable.

Just one thing, if you don't have a little basic knowledge of AD&D then I'd consider downloading a rulebook for reference, the game does the heavy lifting but makes no attempt to explain how it works and its more complex than your average console friendly RPG.
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