Baldurs Gate II: Enhanced Edition PC Game Review
Baldurs Gate II receives a makeover with an enhanced edition that increases the size of your world among other improvements and extra content to boot.
Graphics & Audio: 20/25,
Baldur’s Gate is described as one of the best role playing games and has spawned the second edition and its expansions as well as getting a makeover years after it released. Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is brought to us by Overhaul Games which is a division of Beamdog for Windows and MAC computers.
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a role playing game using the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons rules with enhanced features over the first edition. The game includes the original Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal quests and includes the Black Pits II arena gaming.
While the main quests have you adventuring for days as your favorite dungeon dwelling heros the expansion also has side quests and extras like the Gladiators of Thay arena fighting. The Enhanced Edition includes a larger area for you to be able to see what is going on with today’s larger monitors but also includes additions to the main quests and the extras like the arena fights.
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition for those that have not played this series is a typical role playing game with you choosing a character and outfitting them physically but not with much equipment. The game starts you off with a predetermined set of clothes and not much else but you do pick up weapons and other items along the way or purchase them using found loot.
While Baldur’s Gate II is a remake the same gameplay and tricks seem to work in the new edition that also worked in the base game and the expansions. Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition seems to be the same game with only a makeover and extras added in but the same base dungeon crawling is here.
Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced edition looks good and plays just fine for a role playing game but I really cannot compare it to the previous edition as I have not played it. Even if you just play the base quests you can easily spend hundreds of hours adventuring and leveling up your characters.
You also get the arena game Black Pits II that has you fighting wave after wave of monsters in a simple hack, slash and cast type fight till your party is defeated. The game has lots of options for fun but it may not be for everyone if you have played the first edition.
The Enhanced Edition seems to be pretty identical to the first edition with the addition of characters, extras and an improved look. According to other reviewers that have played both editions the base game and gameplay is the same with an updated look and a new engine under the hood which works very well.
Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition has plenty of content while the game at its heart is a tough one with plenty of adventuring Dungeons and Dragons style. The rules and general gameplay have all the boring details like rolling dice and checking charts taken care of for you.
You can spend plenty of time nitpicking through weapons and armor as well as fighting through each quest to help level up your characters but in the end this is basically the same game as the original edition. Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition does have plenty going for it for role playing enthusiasts and does make a great game but it does have at its root an older game.
If you played the previous Baldur’s Gate II the new game may not be all that fresh but with a new look and added extras may be worth a look.