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OP  12/23/13 7:05:46 PM#1

Most MMO players look fondly back at one or two single player RPGs that 'changed their lives'. One of the most commonly heard names is Baldur's Gate 2. Recently an 'enhanced edition' arrived on scene. We take a look at how the new edition meets a new generation of gamers in today's RPG Files. Read on and then let us know about your BG2 memories and experiences with the enhanced edition in the comments.

It's easy to fall into cliché when it comes to the Sword Coast's second videogame outing. I can almost catch myself bleating 'they don't make 'em like they used to' but this is a well served sentiment. Because literally, they do not make RPGs like this anymore. Bioware's original Forgotten Realm series is essentially Dungeons and Dragons ported into code: and by the pointy ears of elven gods is it spectacular.

Read more of Adam Tingle's RPG Files: Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition: D&D Perfection.

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12/24/13 2:15:56 PM#2

Has the entire gamer generation turned into a bunch of cheapasses?

How in the world could someone claim this is not worth $25 and then turn around and spend $60 on some tripe like diablo 3?  Or Mass Effect 1-3.  Most single player games nowadays have AT BEST 15 hours of singe player game time, 25 if you really milk it.  BG2+Throne of Bhaal was over 200 hours, even for enthusiasts.

Oh, but you say you can get it on GOG for $10!!!!.  Well, prepare to spend many hours dealing with random bugs, incompatibilities, etc.  Lets also not forget that its not formatted for modern computers, etc.

So, the real cost here is $15.  Think about that next time you buy lunch at California Pizza Kitchen or some other restaurant and you will realize that its not at all a lot of money.

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12/24/13 3:12:11 PM#3

It was great for its time. So was Ultima 4, 5 and 7...and Never Winter Nights. Doesn't mean I am going to by a new version of it with slightly better graphics.

I would only recommend it for those that never played it before, providing they have an open mind to older games.

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12/24/13 3:22:34 PM#4

BG2 is a great game along with the first, the IWD series, and of course my favorite PS:Torment.

You can get the original for $10 (DRM free) on GoG.

You can get the enhanced edition on sale at Steam for $17.

Both are great deals.


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12/24/13 3:30:19 PM#5
while i agree with your conclusion i do not with your assumption that value can be derived alone by the duration of a game...if this was true you could also argue that battlefield 4 has fantastic value since you can play 500 hours in multiplayer...

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12/24/13 3:32:18 PM#6
Originally posted by Nemesis7884
while i agree with your conclusion i do not with your assumption that value can be derived alone by the duration of a game...if this was true you could also argue that battlefield 4 has fantastic value since you can play 500 hours in multiplayer...

Value exists at the intersection of quality and quantity.  Sure, 10 great hours give better value than 500 terrible ones, but a combination of 50 bloody fantastic hours with another 150 pretty good hours beats either.

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12/24/13 3:54:07 PM#7

Never played a Baldur's Gate rpg, but I've heard it mentioned positively enough to know they were good. I was too young at the time and since I've had a graphical requirement stick up my ass and been unable to stand many of the older games I missed.


The rpg's that captivated me as a kid were KOTOR 1 & 2 without a doubt, as well as Morrowind. My first mmo was at the age of 9 and it was Runescape Classic, since then I've played over 20 other mmo's for the past 13 years. A bit of an addiction I must say, as I struggle to go long periods of time without playing an mmo, I just love the escape I suppose (I'm a dreamer).


In terms of the worth of a game, I do tend to agree that if you get 50-100+ hours out of a game you've gotten your money's worth. Though rpg's, shooters, mmo's, and rts's game-time will always vary so it's hard to put an exact number to it.


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12/24/13 4:18:32 PM#8
       I still remember a few points of BG2, most of them firsts in RPGs I'd played since 1980.  Owning a whole keep that generated rent, that I had to clear out a bunch of tough ass trolls for.  Suddenly getting hit on by a female party member, then almost immediately getting approached by another.  Having to chose between them because they started fighting over me.  Iconic fights with monsters I knew about from having D&D books as a kid but never really playing D&D, (Mind flayers and Beholders)   Then progressing to a godlike level, ascending to godhood and the bittersweet ending.   All in all, it was pretty epic, back in the day.
/edit: and I still remember the characters too which says something, since I played it once over ten years ago.  I'll probably dish out 17-25$ to play it again, not like any other game has my attention right now.
/edit:  I remember most of the companion characters too, which says a lot considering I played it once over 10 years ago, and when I consider that I could play it completely differently, maybe be evil, or maybe pick the other girl, I'll probably drop 17-25 dollars.    But yeah, I liked Planescape even more, best story ever, arguably.   Arguably, because you discover the story, which is great, by your own effort.

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12/24/13 4:22:15 PM#9
Still waiting for them to do Icewind Dale...

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12/24/13 4:30:51 PM#10
Already purchased both enhanced editions. Played them as a kid and they were amazing, and after a few hours playing EE it's clear they have held up really well. Waiting for the enhanced Planescape: Torment. Still haven't played that one at all. I actually owned it way back when but the combat was such a mess I gave up on it almost immediately. I would love a second chance at it.

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12/24/13 4:53:27 PM#11

Baldur's Gate 2 is my favorite game of all time, ALL TIME. But i played it from head to toe for like ten times back in my golden gaming days so 25 is too much, 15 bucks max. Gonna wait for a steam sale at %75 at least. Sorry, blame the conversion rates.


Oh btw, next, Torment EE please! It needs it the most.


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12/24/13 5:00:39 PM#12

I actually never touched Baldurs Gate 2, because i didn't like the first one all that much. It was both amazing and incredibly boring at the same time, and stuff like the negative armor values put me off back then.

So i skipped BG2, and went straight for NWN later, which i enjoyed the hell out ouf it - and nearly as much out of NWN2. Both, though especially NWN2 somehow always get the short stick when talking about Bioware's good old times.

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12/24/13 6:04:05 PM#13
Originally posted by Nemesis7884
if this was true you could also argue that battlefield 4 has fantastic value since you can play 500 hours in multiplayer...

That is a perfectly valid argument.  The problem is you're making the assumption that every game with only 10 or 20 hours are all 10 or 20 awesome hours, and that any game with 100's of hours are all worthless no fun hours. The Difference is 150+ out of those 200 are bloody fantastic hours, and the other 50 are maybe just "ok".  There is no part of that game that is *bad*.

To the guy who skipped BG2 due to being too young but liked KOTOR.  BG2 makes KOTOR look like a piece of crap when it comes to gameplay/story, etc.  And KOTOR is one of my all time favorite games.


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12/24/13 6:07:31 PM#14
BG1 Enhanced Edition was arguably a step down from the original, given the lack of online play. Hopefully BG2 is actually enhanced this time.

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12/24/13 6:23:23 PM#15

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12/24/13 6:36:17 PM#16
Originally posted by Hrimnir

Has the entire gamer generation turned into a bunch of cheapasses?

How in the world could someone claim this is not worth $25 and then turn around and spend $60 on some tripe like diablo 3?  Or Mass Effect 1-3.  Most single player games nowadays have AT BEST 15 hours of singe player game time, 25 if you really milk it.  BG2+Throne of Bhaal was over 200 hours, even for enthusiasts.

Oh, but you say you can get it on GOG for $10!!!!.  Well, prepare to spend many hours dealing with random bugs, incompatibilities, etc.  Lets also not forget that its not formatted for modern computers, etc.

So, the real cost here is $15.  Think about that next time you buy lunch at California Pizza Kitchen or some other restaurant and you will realize that its not at all a lot of money.

GOG version should work fine up to and including windows 8.  Also during the frequent sales you can get the complete d&d pack including baldurs gate 1&2 for less than $25.  Both are drm free.


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12/24/13 7:33:45 PM#17

If you talk about BG2 refreshed with EE you might mention original BG completely re-made on NwN2 engine: Baldur's Gate Reloaded - your BG in 3D -


Tremendous work and absolutely free if you care about that particular point.


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12/24/13 9:40:07 PM#18

I loved BG2!

Unfortunately, after all these years, "you can't go home again". I believe playing this again will be  huge letdown.  But if it is your thing great!


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12/24/13 9:45:26 PM#19
The original game plus mods is a much better experience. 

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12/24/13 10:05:19 PM#20
BG II was my first true RPG love.  It remained my favorite RPG of all time until I played Dragon Age: Origins.  It is hard to go back again though, since these games are now very dated.  I know, because I am trying to play Planescape Torment, which I missed the first time around, but the graphics make it feel like I am wading through cobwebs and dust up to my armpits.  I would throw down $60 right now to play Planescape with the graphics of Mass Effect 3, since many people say it is the best RPG story of all time.

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