Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition™ includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never-before-seen content including a new adventure and three new party members: the Calishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,392 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 16, 2013

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October 2

Steamplay for Mac Now Supported!

We're pleased to announce that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition now supports Steamplay for Mac! This means that if you own the game, you can install and play it on any machine running either Windows or Mac OS X. The Mac version is already updated with the latest 1.3.2053 patch and is ready to install now.

Gather your party and venture forth!

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August 29

Update to 1.3.2053

We're pleased to release the latest version of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, including over two-hundred fixes and dozens of new gameplay enhancements. The full change log is posted on our official forums, but here's a taste of what we've done:

* Added "Font Size" to Graphics Options (changing this during play will empty the combat log)
* While viewing a mage's Spellbook screen, players can now switch to a priest character and the game will immediately switch to the Priest Spells screen (and vice versa)
* Spell scrolls that can be written into a spellbook for the current character now display a green-tinted overlay
* Non-friendly NPCs that are Blinded will no longer stand still; they will wander aimlessly until they are close enough to see someone worth attacking

For the full list, visit our official forums: http://forum.baldursgate.com/discussion/34086/baldurs-gate-enhanced-edition-update-v1-3-2053

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Reviews

"The writing of Baldur's Gate has always been one of its strongest aspects. The story remains unchanged and still holds up."

8.5/10 - Destructoid
"Hammers out a multitude of bugs found in the original release, as well as introduces brand new characters, storylines, and modes to play through.

8.5/10 - Inside Gaming Daily
"Enhanced Edition has received a number of visual upgrades including support for high resolutions that provide a far more panoramic view of the game's lovely, lush backgrounds, and a mousewheel-controlled zoom function for quickly shifting to a more down-and-dirty view of the battlefield."
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About This Game

Since its initial release in 1998, Baldur's Gate has entertained millions of fans around the globe and has received countless awards. This classic saga of mystery, intrigue, and adventure has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons™ computer roleplaying games ever since.

Running on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition™ includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never-before-seen content including a new adventure and three new party members: the Calishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.

Key Features

  • New Adventure: The Black Pits
  • New Character: Dorn Il-Khan
  • New Character: Neera the Wild Mage
  • New Character: Rasaad yn Bashir
  • A new collection of player character voice sets
  • Native support for high-resolution widescreen displays
  • Over 400 improvements to the original game
  • Improved multiplayer support with connectivity between all platforms

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor:1 GHZ
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive:2.17 GB HD space
    • Sound:Windows Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive:2.17 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
70 of 74 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This. Was. My. Childhood.
9/10.
would have been 10/10,
if the Steam version included putting in a new disc every 5 minutes.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
95.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Now this here is some old-school RPG goodness brought back to modern systems in a quick and easy package in the Enhanced Edition. Adding widescreen support, new characters and locations, it still remains the classic adventure as it ever was.

If you haven't noticed yet, this game, it's old, don't expect any shiny graphics or groundbreaking gameplay. Give it a chance though, it has tons of content, it retains its charm and the challenge that a lot of mainstream games nowadays simply do not provide. Many characters with their own alignments can be found to form wildly different parties, giving it replayability, and the multitude of sidequests and locations pretty much make it guaranteed that you won't get to see it all in one go.

The plot itself is alright, but maybe that's because I played the sequel first so I was already aware of the plot twists. I strongly recommend you start with this game before moving on to BG2, if you've never touched them, you're in for a treat. Especially since you can import your BG1 character into BG2, giving it a sense of continuity. You don't get to experience the sequel differently like the Mass Effect series kind of does if you do import your character, but the stats, name, etc, do carry over.

It's amongst my favorites due to the link it shares with BG2. I like BG1, but BG2 just blows it out of the water, making the original a mandatory playthrough. Get it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I've always loved classical version of Baldur's Gate. Enhanced Edition brings all of the memories back with full support for modern day high resolution screens. Changing the Infinity Engine to newer version makes the game so much better with additonal BG2 items. New characters make player excited, despite the game being 16 years old.

It also works on Linux despite not being marked for Linux in SteamPlay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Forgot how much I loved this game!

Now, this is not the type of updated/enhanced version that changes what the game is. Not in the least. It is still very much the same old school Baldur's Gate I first fell in love with. If I were to issue any complaint, it's that the AI is still incredibly dumb and it took only 10 minutes of having NPCs to realize, "Oh yeah... that. They didn't fix that at all."

But you do notice all the little tweaks they added and despite its age, the gameplay is relatively smooth, once you et the hang of the controls.

I remember the first time I played the original, I took a Half-Elven Magic User and let fighter NPCs take point. This time, I decided to be a bit more adventuerous and took a Gnomish Fighter/Illusionist. I was a bit disappointed to learn that it wouldn't be the classic AD&D Illusionist, but a modified Magic User, but in terms of game play for Baldur's Gate, that actually works out quite well.

I'm looking forward to a bit of a game break, but my next one will definitely be the enhanced Baldur's Gate 2.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
This is my first review so bear with me. It's Baldur's Gate 1 without the annoying UI and with some extra content. If you like Baldur's Gate and aren't familiar with modding then this game is for you. But if you never played Baldur's Gate then allow me to go over some of the details.

Story- It's is rather interesting if you do not mind reading a lot. Altough the start is rather slow, once you get midway into the game it begins to pick up a lot.

Gameplay- Difficult, but once you understand the basics then it can be rather fun. However the combat is not for everyone, it's very tactical and can be slow in the start.

Charcters- Other than the extra characters added in by Beamdog, the orginal charcters have little personality. The extras have conversations with you and offer extra areas and items. They serve their purpose as party members.

Overall, if you are willing to surive the lower levels and keep going forward then this game is for you. If you lack patience and dislike older games then just forget about it. There is a huge learning curve and unless you are willing to learn then I would advise against purchasing this game.

I personally love this game and love Baldur's Gate 2 even more. If I had to give the game a numerical value it would be 85/100. Beamdog did a good job with optimization and a lot more accessable to the public than it used to be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Ok, for the quick summery, read this part. If you want more in depth, read past this. I've played Baldur's Gate since 2003 or so finished the game twice total. Only five years after it originally released in 1998. This game is basically my childhood. Over all, this game is much like the original with additions of a new class and the half-orc race of Baldur's Gate 2 and now, there's even more customization in the stats. Over all, the story is the same and enhanced on with new characters. If you're into hard-core RPGs that will last you days, buy this game. It's well worth it. But if you want something that has less time investment, don't go for this.

Now for in-depth

Character Customization: Now, this is an old game, this isn't Skyrim. Your character customization won't be ranging from weight to dirt color. The customization is in the stats: Strength, Dexterity, Charisma, Willpower, Intellect, and Constitution as well as what weapon proficiency you have from one handed sword to katanas, from two handed swords to halberds and from bow to sling. Then if you chose a caster class what spells you have from the beginning. You can chose your class from the traditional: Fighter, mage, thief to things like cleric, specialized mage, multi-classing, ranger, ect. Then race (which has different stats for each) from human, dwarf, elf, half-elf, gnome, halfling, half-orc, ect. The only physical customization of the character is in the portrait, gender, hair color, skin color and clothing major and minor colors. That's it.

Gameplay: Now, the gameplay is DnD combined with RTS. You control your party of 6 max, including your character (who, if dies, is game over). You can pause whenever to cast spells, which is turn based. I.E. It could take two turns to cast a Heal Minor Wounds spell or a turn to cast a magic missiles or even five to cast a lightning storm or summoning spell. You can loot items from weapons (which CAN and WILL break by the way. So ALWAYS have a spare!) to armor, to enchanted items which you'll need a mage or the money to identify what they are (don't auto-equip these assuming they're better. They might be cursed items!) If you're a fan of DnD you'll love the gameplay.

Story: Without spoilers, the story is amazing and in depth. On disk it spanned over 5 disks and a sixth for the expansion, so the game itself, for the day, was MASSIVE. Games now are 8-12 hrs, possibly a tad more to finish the game, maybe even more than that.. If you want 100% and to actually finish this game successfully, you'll need about a week or two. So prepare for time investment.

Graphics: This game was made in 1998, don't expect beautiful sights like in Assassin's Creed or Mass Effect (I know, two different genres entirely, but best comparisons I can thing of). The graphics are decent enough and good for the time it was made, but the story makes up for the graphics. If you want eye candy, this is the WRONG game for you.

Size: The game spanned over five, even six disks if you had Tales of Sword Coast. So the game is long. The size of the world is rather decent, numerous side zones, towns and cities from where you start in Candlekeep to Baldur's Gate itself, the world is almost all open to exploration. every building with a door, every mine shaft and tent. As long as the cursor changes to a wheel for travel or a door, you can enter. Might not get a good welcome, but you can enter.

Difficulty: The game's difficulty CAN be set, but even on easy it's fairly challenging. Not much more I can say on this factor.

Over all, this game is well worth it and a great buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This RPG is one of the best ones I have ever played! I stongly recomend this to those who does not care for graphics but for story! 8.5/10 bananapankakes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Great classic. Especially for older machines, you can easy spend a couple of weeks to finish this game. I can't agree with the negative reviews regarding the original Baldur's Gate being better, i played it ages ago and i don't feel any difference.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
The enhanced edition does not bring much to the table. The pathfinding is still awful. Some of the sound design as well. And the overall feeling is still way inferior to its sequel.

BUT this is still Baldur's Gate nonetheless. Hours of exploring, fighting, levelling, stuffing, questing, minscing, etcing. An amazing old school RPG with a lot of depth in it. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
If you like a good RPG with a detail world give it a try. This game lives up to the legend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Bought when it first came out and it did not work.
Forgot about it in my library for over a year and now it works.
Exactly how I remember it but much smoother.
If your a fan and like me lost your original disks then well
worth buying!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This is how I play D&D when my friends don't want to do nerd things.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
>got lifetime experience with dungeons and dragons
>died at the first battle
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
GREAT game pretty much DnD virtual, or at least as close as ive seen to it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
One of the best CRPG of all time with new content, and it works marvelously well on Linux.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Probably one of the greatest RPG's I've ever played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
199.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I loved this game back in the day and it still holds strong now. I tried to get some younger guys to play it (these are guys I play 1st edition ad&d with) and they had a hard time liking it. I personally think its awesome, it gives me a huge dose of D&D inbetween sessions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This is it. One of the most ultimate Roleplaying experiences of all times.

Well, if you allready own and played the original Baldur's Gate and the Tales of the Sword Cost Add-On, there is not much to tell. You might still want the game if you want to try some new classes which were not available back in the original game or if you want some new subquest related to four new NPCs, or if you want to try a new short campaign mainly about arena fighting. Or if you want to replay the game with some better graphics, support for modern hardware and better multiplayer options. But in the core it is still the old game back from good ol' times.

If you have never played Baldur's Gate but you love (true) party-based rpg games with a deep storyline, much lore and epic fights, moral choices with true consequences for your gameplay and interacting NPCs, let me say this: Stop searching. Click Buy! If you are searching for good RPGs on relevant community-site on the web, you will almost always find Baldur's Gate in the Top 10 although the game is more then 15 years old. And there is a reason for it.

The closing of Black Isles Studios which originally developped the Baldur's Gate-Series and Planescape: Torment and the Icewind Dale-Series was one of the saddest days in gaming history. No studio ever again made such high-quality RPGs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
One of the classics, the update wasn't too bad, and it brought back great memories. If only there could be an updated version of the original Goldbox games from SSI....but until then, the BG:EE is a good alternative.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Linux Port!!! THANKS!!! Installing this masterpiece!
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