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 (1,491 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
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146 of 151 people (97%) found this review helpful
59.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Baldur's Gate - A 16 year old game stands up to the test of time, and it's co-op!

So during the steam summer sale, a friend of mine bought me Baldur's Gate 1(Enhanced Edition) so we could play together(the 4 pack was 20 bucks). 6 months later, we had never played together once so I finally decided that I wanted to play, so I played it solo.

Now there's a few things you should know about Baldur's Gate. The game was originally released in 1998. I played it while I was in high school my senior year. It introduced a LOT of new people to Dungeons & Dragons. It's a 3rd person isometric RPG in which you control all members of your party. It's paused based(instead of turn based), which means that when combat starts, you pause, issue commands, unpause, wait for something to happen, pause again, issue commands, etc, etc. There are lots of games with that type of system now, but as far as I know, BG was the first.

So the way you're -supposed- to play it solo is to create one character and go along recruiting AI NPCs to join your party of up to six. Well you can get around all that by playing in multiplayer mode by yourself. Multiplayer mode lets you create all six party members and tweak them to your desire. You can also export/import different characters at any time. You can easily get away with this from an RP(roleplaying) perspective by saving your game in an inn and swapping party members in and out saying "Oh I met this guy at this inn". So to start with, I created my own party of 3: Human Fighter(me), Paladin, and Cleric, then I pick up NPCs along the way. Not completely satisfied with the NPCs in game, I finished the game with 5/6 party members self generated, and only one in-game NPC(Yeslick the Dwarven Fighter/Cleric). If you enjoy character creation and tweaking things and micromanaging party members, gear, stats, and other RPG elements, this game is definately for you.

Lets talk about the story. This is where the game really drew a lot of people in. For those of you that have already played, you know what I'm talking about. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone that may play the game in the future(even if it IS 16 years old), but it's a great, great story that lets you choose your own path. Of course my path is that of the good soldier fighting for... well... good. But if you enjoy the darker side of things, it's always allowed, which a lot of games give you trouble doing. You can lie, cheat, steal, and murder and still complete the game.

Oftentimes now that I'm in my 3rd decade of life, I've gone back and tried to play games from my childhood that I remember really enjoying, and graphically none of them have stood up to the test of time(X-Com, Doom, etc). Since all of the assets in BG are more or less hand drawn and the enhanced edition lets you play at your native resolution, the game still looks pretty damn good, especially amidst the recent indy dev 8 bit gaming boom. So graphically, it passes the test. The environments are pretty freakin cool too. A whole lot of unique, hand drawn areas that I had forgotten about since I first played a long time ago that made me say "huh, cool" when I came across them recently.

And now let's talk difficulty. Holy ♥♥♥♥ is this game hard. It's been so long since I've played a game that didn't just blatantly hold my hand and coddle me the whole way through I'd forgotten what it's like to play a game that punishes you. AD&D 2.0 core rules are a huge ♥♥♥♥♥ and completely unforgiving. There are 5 difficulty levels in the game:

-Easy - Everything does half damage, all hit point gains per level are maximized, and characters can't permanently die.

- Normal - Everything does 75% damage, all hit point gains per level are maximized, and characters can't permanently die.

- Core Rules - Everything does 100% damage, hit point gains are randomized(so you can get as little as 1 hp/level on your badass front-line fighter that needs ~10 hp/level), and characters can permanently die.

- Hard - Everything does 150% damage

- Insane - Everything does 200% damage and you are a satan worshipping masochist

I may have added that last little part on the insane bit.

So being the badass gaming veteran I am, I of course choose Core Rules. I understand what THAC0 is, I know what the different classes are, I know how to D&D. I'm good.

Or so I thought.

I'm actually not as good as I had thought. I had to do a LOT of fights multiple times because Jesus Christ, this game can be hard. Mostly with the crowd control abilities the enemies get(note - If you fight against a group that has a mage, KEEP YOUR PARTY SPREAD OUT just like in ArmA). A lot of times I'd get hit with an AoE fear or confuse or stun, etc, etc, etc. It could be infuriating, but I kept re-loading and going at the fights in different manners from different angles, and analyzing my party and their abilities and switching things around until finally, at the end of the game, I had SOME sort of idea of what I was doing... I thought... until the final battle.

Let's just say that the final battle in Baldur's Gate had me curled up in a fetal position in the corner of my room praying to Torm asking him what I had done so poorly to have been punished so badly.

So somewhere between 20 and 50 attempts later, I managed to defeat the final boss and win the game. I even had to google strategies for the final boss. I actually felt a sense of accomplishment like I haven't felt in a game in a long, long time. The funny part is, 17 year old me beat the game in 1998 without the internet for guidance. I have NO CLUE how I managed that feat.

So I immediately went to steam and bought Baldur's Gate 2 enhanced edition, even though it's not on sale, and started a new game. This time, however, I'm playing on normal mode. It seems to be a much better balance of playability vs difficulty. I've still lost some fights, but I've learned a whole damn lot and built my party around the strengths needed.

I have a Cavalier paladin because he: 1. Can't be feared, charmed, mind controller, or poisoned; and 2. He can make the entire party immune to fear pretty much all the time. He's also a badass tank alongside my main character which is a frontline fully maximized fighter with sword and shield. I also have a pure Dwarven Cleric, Fighter/Thief, Fighter/Mage, and Dragon Disciple Sorcerer. I dual classed the Thief and Mage with Fighter bases so they could use longbows for good DPS instead of being relegated to a shortbow and a sling. The nice side to that is that they get fighter HP for their first 7 levels so they're pretty beefy on top of it all.

I just pretend(roleplay) that my entire group is a squad of trained military soldiers that have been sent on a mission, so they almost all have that base fighter class from their military training.

So I have 2 tanks(FIghter/Cavalier Paladin), a pure healing Cleric, and 3 pure DPS(Thief/Mage/Sorcerer). But don't be fooled, that fighter and paladin can put out some melee hurt too. The cleric is really the only non-dps class. Oh... Make sure you -always- have a thief in your party with the script that makes him passively detect traps. Trust me on this. You don't necessarily need a thief/rogue that can stealth, but you damn sure need one that can detect/disarm traps and pick locks.

And on that note, there are pre-set scripts that you can use for each character. There are about 20 for all the different classes in the game to mess around with. I pretty much have my whole group on the standard "I see an enemy and attack with my equipped weapon", except for my rogue, who is set to always passively detect traps when not in combat, and my cleric who is set to dynamically run around and heal. I micromanage everything else(mage spells mostly).

Read the rest of this review here: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/Jester814/discussions/0/648817377413793428/
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121 of 137 people (88%) 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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53 of 64 people (83%) found this review helpful
205.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
It's Madden except for cool people who like wizards and monsters.
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
169.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
One of the greatest games of all time. The Enhanced Edition is still the same great game but with a few new companions and quality of life improvements, such as loot/item, chest/container, and character name highlighting when pressing tab, as well as a zoom function. The new companions are pretty nice. I played a lot with Dorn Il-Khan, the Half-Orc Blackguard, which is an evil and twisted reflection of the lawful good paladin, and I really like him a lot. He is an interesting character with a cool personality, and has an awesome class kit. He really adds a lot to an Evil party. The improvements and companions are not essential by any means, but they are nice. A lot of people complained about bugs when the EE was first released, but I'm happy to say that with the 1.3 patch, this has been eliminated. I played through the whole game and did not encounter any noticeable bugs. If you have never played Baldur's Gate, this is definitely the definitive version of the game, and the one to get. It's a 150+ hour game, so even at the full price of $20 you get your moneys worth for sure. If you have played Baldur's Gate, buy it on sale and enjoy a great excuse to replay a fantastic game.
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45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
78.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
10/10 would reroll again
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Don't let my hours fool you, I have mutiple copies of the games physical disk.

(Some of these referances may be of BG 2 and IWD 1 / 2, but while the details may differ slightly the point is the same.)

Baldurs' Gate is everything a game should be.

It's hard, but has a scalable difficulty so if things are too hard or too easy you can change that. However XP gained is also lowered with the difficulty so while you can make it easier, it gives you a good reason not to lower it.

It's long, but can be SO much longer. By following the main story you can miss a huge portion of the game but it'd still take a lot longer to complete than just about any other game out today. If you decide to do everything then you have got a friend for life, it's very simaliar to The Elder Scrolls / Fallout series in the sense that if you want to max' it out, you REALLY have to put the work into it, but in a FAR more varied way. (Black Isle were involed with the production of Fallout 1 and 2 and to this day Fallout and The Elder Scrolls still share similarities with The Forgotten Realms, but that's another story......)

It has a very good story that unfolds based on your choices. There are so many ways to do everything, if you need a certain item try convincing the owner to part with it. With a high enough charisma you can make him think it's cursed, you could have a thief try to pick pocket him, you could buy it from him, maybe he wants to give it to you because of all the good things you have done, maybe he won't EVER give it to you because of all of the bad things you have done, you could earn it from him or just flat out kill him and take it. The story is the world itself, what is happening in it and what you will chose to do when you are given the chance.

It's very well written and acted. The people who came up with the dialog covered everything, you would think trying to talk a guy out of committing sucide would have easy choices and results right? Wrong. Every option you chose could rely on many different factors, some of which can be random. You can never be sure of what will happen as a result of what you do, regardless of your intentions. You'll find yourself saving and loading everytime you are given a choice, simply succeding in a task doesn't mean you couldn't have done better. Voice acting is what they ment it to be, if you are talking to someone who is trying to be serious, you're not laughing at them. (Like you did during the intro' to Resident Evil 1 "Stop...... Don't open.... That door!")

It treats you like an adult. It won't give you a gray marker that is on-screen 100% of the time telling you were to go, if you don't know, open your journel and find the entry that refers to your current objective (or maybe pay attention next time).
It won't let you retry something that you messed up, you messed it up, next time pay attention (or just load.... It's easier).
It has a lot of in-game mechanics that you are expected to learn and understand, this isn't CoD you don't just run around untill you see someone and then jam both triggers. 1 Small enemy can be infintly more deadly that 10 large ones, why? Maybe he's attacking a mage in a much lower armor class than a fighter, why isn't the fighter intervening? Maybe he got stunned by the small enemy, maybe the small enemy has a high magic resistance and can't be put down with magic so you need your fighter and you can't heal him because your healer is healing your ranger who is holding another front. It won't hold your hand and tell you you're pretty (even if you are), if you get beat it's your own fault for not prepairing properly.

It's class / ability vareity is huge, you could have 4 mages all with different spells, one for summoning, one for buffing, one for AoE and one for direct attacks. 2 Rangers can work differently from each other, one could be a make-shift fighter holding a choke point while another attacks from range or sneaks past. You can change party formations, give individual orders to you party members and pause / unpause at any time (apart from during cut-scenes) so if you find yourself up against some tough enemies (I'm thinking of the Yuan-Ti invasion of Kuldahar in IWD 2) you can pause and look closely at your options.
Will you take out the archers raining heavy damage on your mage(s) from range? Will you focus on the infantry crashing into your tank(s)? What about thier mage behind the front lines casting AoE on you? Can you healer(s) keep your tank(s) alive? Should you retreat? You'll spend more time looking at paused battlefields than fighting on them, I know that might not sound like a good thing but when 1 bad guy can kill you and you kill 30+ because you assesed the complex situation properly....... That makes you feel pretty cool..... /Epic Face.

As if that weren't enough, they have updated it on Steam! Now with new charecters, including the expansion, a new "adventure" presummable meaning a new area that (like all other areas) has many "inner-areas". Improved multiplayer support for cross-platform connectivity, over (and I quote) "400 improvements to the original game". It now has a tutorial mode, support for high resolution widescreen displays and even new charecter voice options.

There is simply too much to say and all of it is good. If you are going to buy it I will say this, graphics don't make a game, gameplay does. If you need good graphics to enjoy a game this is (your loss) not the game for you.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
131.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I'd forgotten just how much I enjoyed this game first time around.

Also forgotten just how consistent Bioware have been over the years.

Lots and lots of quests and mini quests to complete, and you should get minimum 60-70 hrs gameplay, meaning that it's also great value for money

One thing to bear on mind is that it is over 15 years old, so don't expect 'blow you away' graphics and you can tell that NPC interaction was in it's early days, and so is not on the same level and detailed as Bioware's pinnacle in the Mass Effect series.

Pretty much everything else you'd want in an RPG is there

Definite reccomend for all RPG fans
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12 of 13 people (92%) 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
It's awesome. Baldur's Gate really shows off how good of a ruleset D&D is. There are any number of ways to play the campaign, solo, or with a party of up to six of probably fifty distinctly different character builds. I played for over 85 hours in just a single play through of Baldur's Gate and the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion content, which is included here.
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12 of 16 people (75%) 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
41.7 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
249.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Baldur's Gate is one of my all time favorite RPGs. It is a turn based role playing game that emulates 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. It is based in the Forgotten Realms in the Sword Coast region. The story line is fun and engaging. The level up process is interesting and rewarding and the Non Player Characters are fleshed out well.

The Enhanced Edition has only made it better. Besides ironing out some bugs from the original game, they also added some new NPC players complete with side quests. I also like that they have enabled all of the extra classes from Baldur's Gate II.

I have always like BG1 over BG2 because it doesn't feel as "rail roady". You eventually do have to finish the main quest but along the way they give you quite a bit of latitutude to do side quests.

In all this is an Amazing game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
79.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
An old classic in a new coat. The entire Baldur's Gate series is definitely one of the best RPGs ever made so you can't go wrong with this one. Game itself contains an epic story, challenging battles and exploration of the Sword Coast. Enhanced Edition brings some bonus content and graphical improvements as well. However during my gameplay I have encountered some minor bugs in quest log but this is really not a big deal if you are intereted in deep RPG experience.

PROS
  • Graphical Improvement
  • New Characters
  • Oldschool RPG
CONS
  • Minor Bugs
MY RATING: 82 %
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
One of my all-time favourite games. Still holds up perfectly today. I enjoy how it's more open and loosely structured than the sequel, which gives the game a real sense of adventure as you don't know what you will stumble across next. Enhanced Edition content is ~okay~, tonally it's different to the OG content so it sticks out a bit, but it's worth a playthrough. The addition of Neera means there is now an excellent good-aligned mage to recruit. QOL improvements make this the definitive version.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
174.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Retro gaming at its finest. Old isometric RPG in its purest form and highest state as you battle your way around the coast way. There is wonderful variation in your character creation to build your main character however you want, and then with different NPCs you choose to join you your parties will have very different approaches giving you different games within the same overall story. Though there are plenty of side stories to keep you occupied and you are not obliged to race headlong chapter by chapter.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I highly recommend this game. Of course it isn't up to snuff of current video graphics, but don't let that fool you. The story is highly in depth with plenty of side content as well. Based on Advanced Dungeons and & Dragons; I highly doubt this game will disappoint. If you like in depth and difficult challenges you will enjoy this game. I first played this game when I was very young and I've loved it ever since. The replay value is exceptional as well. Character development is very indepth and you will undoubtedly fall in love with them.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This is a great RPG. If you like D&D I highly recommend this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,054.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
One of my favourite D&D games of all time. If you havn't played a D&D style game yet; this would be the one to try. 5/5!!!
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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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
103.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Baldurs gate and baldurs gate 2 are two of the best story driven d&d fantasy games that have ever been created from the characters to the primary plot line to the dialog and choices you make in the game hands down this franchise changed how we enjoy our games and the way they affect us and the way we affect the universe we are playing in mass effect dragon age they both started here first a must play and a must experiance game if you are into fantasy epics! two thumbs way up! love this game!!!
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