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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition

Forced to leave your home under mysterious circumstances, you find yourself drawn into a conflict that has the Sword Coast on the brink of war. Soon you discover there are other forces at work, far more sinister than you could ever imagine... Since its original release in 1998, Baldur’s Gate has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons computer roleplaying games. Customize your hero, recruit a party of brave allies, and explore the Sword Coast in your search for adventure, profit… and the truth. Running on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition includes the original Baldur’s Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion, and all-new content including three new party members. The original Baldur’s Gate adventure Tales of the Sword Coast expansion New Adventure: The Black Pits New Characters: The Blackguard Dorn Il-Khan, Neera the Wild Mage, and Rasaad yn Bashir the Monk New player character voice sets
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

I made a female character to role play as. My level 1 party managed to kill an ogre that dropped two unidentified belts. I put one on my main character and it turns out it was a cursed belt and it changed my gender to male. Now I have to find a way to remove this curse. 10/10
Edit: I'm cured!

Review from Steam

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Review from Steam

"Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.”
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition represents a classic role-playing game (RPG), originally developed by the company BioWare and published by the company Interplay Entertainment in 1998. This remake (2012) has been developed by Overhaul Games, a division of Beamdog, and published by Atari. Further notable remakes of the development studio are Baldur’s Gate 2, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, and Planescape: Torment.
Pros & cons:
++ You could play as the stereotypical good guy with a team of righteous characters. Or, you abandon your mortal shell, and create a demigod by using import / export shenanigans after you have collected all attribute books. Break the game by importing your own group of min / max freaks, and commit countless atrocities that would make the former God of Murder proud. Embrace your destiny!
+ The remake introduces a ton of quality of life changes for the base game, which translates into more content and technical modernization including a glorious 4K resolution. An additional DLC and sandbox mode round it up.
+ Kudos to the Legacy of Bhaal difficulty. It transforms every monster into an abomination of unparalleled power blessed by the four chaos gods.
o The side quests are a mixed bag, you have the good, the bad, and the pick-up-the-item-I-just-dropped ones. My favourite quest develops around the boy Albert, who turns out to be a lesser demon from the Nine Hells. The problem: the quest can be done in less than a minute, and the surprise at the end remains unused. One of many wasted opportunities for great adventures.
- The majority of companions are basically mercenaries, and interactions between them are rare. I see them as a way to fill my ranks with like-minded individuals, while role-playing around my reputation. Because if they don’t like what you do, they will leave you in a heartbeat.
-- The amount of dead space in the outskirts can only be described as atrocious. Occasionally, the game sprinkles some trash mobs here and there, but it remains a tedious grind to search every corner of the world map. Again, those regions should have been filled with interesting side quests in order to incentivise and reward exploration.
Summary:
A solid remake of the game adding more content and technical customization, and to my personal surprise it has held up well. More importantly, it allows the younger fan base to experience a classic title among the RPG genre.
Most of the negative aspects diminish the overall attractiveness, but do not break the immersion while exploring dungeons filled with the promise of untold riches.
Recommended for people with a fetish for a certain hamster.
Achievements:
Estimated time for 100% completion: +80 hours
Singleplayer achievements: 129
Multiplayer achievements: none

Review from Steam

1. reach the final stretch of the game
2. realize this other race / combo is better
3. start over with new combo
4. go back to 1

Review from Steam

A forgotten realms epic that will never be forgotten in any realm for being so epic.

Review from Steam

You must gather your party before venturing forth.
This game still makes me happy many, many years later - 10/10

Review from Steam

I'm not much of a hardcore gamer (see my profile) and really only got into RPGs for the first time playing Divinity 2 with my husband. But I fell in love with CRPGs because of that and decided to give one of the classics a shot.... Well, I tried and failed to get into it probably 5 or 6 times. I would start up the tutorial and flounder for an hour and get frustrated and quit. Because frankly even this enhanced edition feels very foreign to someone who first played CRPGs in the context of a modern 3d game.
But I kept hearing about how great Baldur's Gate is and so I kept trying and finally after my sixth attempt and after reading some guides online I jumped into the game and I've now been playing for nearly 50 hours. I love it. The writing is so good. I feel like I'm playing through a high fantasy novel. Combat is very complicated from my perspective but I read guides about how important magic protections and buffs are and once I started using those liberally it became very tractable on a normal difficulty. I plan on playing through all of the expansions and the second game using my character. I LOVE how it all transfers and I get to go from a weak level 1 nobody to a level 20 demigod over the course of however many hundreds of hours the game will last. 10/10 Glad I was persistent.