Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
With the original being such a huge hit, it goes without saying that Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a game many people were excited for. This is not a whole new game, but more of the original classic with a few bells and whistles added to it. Still, as the original Baldur’s Gate II is one of the best classic PC RPG’s of all time these “extras” in theory should make this the ultimate edition of the game.
An Advanced Story!
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition has the same story as the original game. There is a main plot that runs through the whole game. Basically, you are on the tail of an evil called Irenicus. However, it is not so much the story that really grabs you it is all the side quests that you can do. Do not get me wrong the main story arc is fun.
However, it is the different side characters that you come across that really flesh things out. You see by taking part in certain side quests and so on. You can get characters to join your party and this is where you can flesh those characters out.
This enhanced edition of the game features five new characters and they each have their own quest chain for you to play through. So if you have played the original to death this is really the main reason you would pick up this enhanced edition of the game.
In terms of the gameplay, Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is one of the most complex RPG’s I have played. This game is based on the ruleset from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons second edition. To be fair the game does try and simplify things for new and casual players. All the while offering more “hardcore” D&D and RPG fans almost an unlimited amount of choice in the way that they play the game.
While at first glance the combat in Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition may seem like all you do is click to swing a sword or cast a spell. Combat is far more sophisticated than that! You do not need to just worry about the action you want to do, but also how you will react to what the enemy does to you. No matter if you are specializing in spells as a mage or brute force, the combat requires a lot of skill to really be successful. You will need to learn strategies and come up with some clever tactics to defeat some of the tougher enemies that the game throws at you. I bet many people are surprised by how in-depth and tough the combat in the game is.
More Than Combat
While I found the combat a lot of fun, Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition has far more going on than just that. You will need to interact with a ton of characters. Here you will be socializing, making contacts, getting quests and trading with people. It is up to you if you want to be noble, evil or amoral! I found playing as a more noble character suited my playstyle best, but it is up to you in regards to the way you portray your character.
The New Content
As I said early five new characters, each with their own quest chain are the main draw of Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. I am sure that some will eat this up and love the new content. I though was kind of underwhelmed by it. The story arcs never really feel like they matter or go anywhere, but at the end of the day it is more Baldur’s Gate and if that is all you want, I am sure you will love it.
Without a doubt Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a great game. This is one of the best games based on AD&D ever made and it holds up very well. The new content may not have blown me away, but for some, I can see why it holds a lot of appeal. For new players this is an exciting game, just make sure you stick with it as it has a steep learning curve.
- Play the game you want to play
- Tons of side quests for you to do
- Looking for treasure is very addictive
- The combat is far more complex than you would think
- This version features five new characters
- The difficulty spike may put off some players
- Not sure the “new content” is all that great