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Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition Review

Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition

Release Date: November 15th, 2013
Genre(s): RPG
Publisher(s): Beamdog
Developer(s): Overhaul Games / Bioware
Multiplayer: None
Co-op: 2-6 Player Online
Score
8/10

Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition Review

Posted by Scott Grant | 13 Nov 2013 |

You must gather your party before venturing forth.

Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition Review.After their success in bringing PC RPG classic, Baldur’s Gate, back to life last year, Overhaul Games are back to do it again with the sequel. Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition aims for a smoother transition to the modern era than the previous effort while preserving the things that made this series great to begin with. Get ready to reunite with your old friends, once again, and don’t forget to pack your miniature giant space hamster.

Single Player

Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition, like Overhaul Games’ version of the original Baldur’s Gate, isn’t simply a version of the game that will run on current versions Windows but, as the title suggests, is an overhauled version of the original PC RPG. With full widescreen support and a number of other improvements, both to the back end and the front end, this is a fully modernized version of the classic.

If you aren’t familiar with the old PC series of Bioware D&D games, Baldur’s Gate 2 controls like a mix between an isometric hack-and-slash game, and a real-time strategy game. You will eventually have up to six party members to control at a time, and each can be issued commands separately or the party can be instructed to attack as a whole. Hitting the space bar will pause the game, so you can queue up specific commands for each character, and this is something you should get used to doing since the action can get pretty hectic.

Since this sequel also abides by Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition rules, it may be much harder than the RPG’s you’re used to playing. Monsters don’t scale in difficulty to match player levels and low level characters can easily die in one hit. To help you out, there is a Quick Save button that you should learn to lean on if you’re going to get anywhere. The difficulty level Baldur’s Gate 2 presents is one of the reasons it had such a following back in the day. It takes planning, choosing the right party members, and just a little bit of luck to overcome some of the more difficult encounters, leading to a very satisfying experience.

Baldurs Gate 2 Enhanced Edition Review

Giants are always ruining my day.

 

Even though Baldur’s Gate 2 starts you with some experienced characters, you may die quite a bit, in the beginning. Dying also comes with a price as you’ll have to grab all of the fallen character’s gear, then head to a priest to have them resurrected. I told you this game wasn’t easy so, again, make sure you take advantage of the quick save button.

Visually, Overhaul Games have once again done a great job bringing a classic PC game into the widescreen world. The original pre-rendered backgrounds look great, considering their age, and the cut scenes look decent as well. As far as performance goes, the load times and overall speed of the game have been greatly improved, which is a good thing since there can be a lot of loading screens.

Some new content has been added to Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition in the form of a handful of new characters, with their own new side quests, as well as the return of the Black Pits. This arena battle mode is purely for those who enjoy the combat side of things, and those who are here for the story experience won’t find many reasons to spend time here. As a bonus, you’ll also get an overhauled version of the Throne of Bhaal expansion pack.

Baldurs Gate 2 Enhanced Edition Review

What do you think is down those glowing red holes?

 

Finally, any issues that the original Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition had with Intel Graphics chips have been resolved in Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition (as well as being patched in the original) so if this had been a concern for you, fear not.

Multiplayer

Both the standard game, and The Black Pits can be played online with up to six people. You will have to create a separate save file for online play, but you can start a game by yourself so you aren’t left waiting on your friends.

Closing Comments

Overhaul Games have smoothed out their process from their initial effort and have delivered a solid effort with Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition. All of the elements that made the game great the first time around remain intact, with a few modern conveniences added. A must have for fans of the original and for newcomers who want to know how games used to be played.

Score: 8/10

Price: $24.99
Release Date: November 15th, 2013
Available On: PC via Beamdog or Steam

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  • taz

    Thanks for the review, it is rather expensive at the moment though at least in Australia – $24.95 US , i think i might wait for a steam sale on this one. I still have all the original versions complete with cloth map i can play on my older Pc in the meantime anyhow.

  • Gary

    Great review. I love this game. The only thing I’d ask is to explain what negatives you found. As a lifelong Forgotten Realms fan, I for one will always want more, so I was hoping for a lot more new quests and equipment.

  • Mnemnosyne

    Thanks for writing this review, it’s very appreciated-especially the information concerning an overhauled Throne of Bhaal! I do sort of feel that any version of BG2 deserves at least a 9, but that’s just me I guess! xD

    If you don’t mind answering, how substantial would you say the new content in the game is, especially concerning the new companions? Which companion is your favourite?

  • LC

    LOL, a 8/10 for one of the best games ever???

    Blasphemy.

    • Chode

      Its one man’s opinion. Dont like it? FK off.Its that simple.

      • William

        It’s one commenter’s opinion. Don’t like it? Follow your own advice, very simple.

        • Francis

          It’s one commenter’s opinion on another commenter’s opinion. Don’t like it? Follow your own advice, very simple.

          • http://www.adamscotthouse.com/ Adam

            It’s one commenter’s opinion on another commenter’s opinion, on the original commenter`s opinion. Don’t like it? Follow your own advice, very simple.

          • http://thecontrolleronline.com/ Scott Grant

            I love all of you. Thanks for reading the review, however you feel about it.

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