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 (1,330 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

PC
Mac
    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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
ever since Black Isle created this series and Icewind Dale I have been a fan. I suck at these games but I keep playing and playing because the graphics, soundtrack and story are fantastic. Throw Steam your cash and buy this beast of classic play.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
205.2 hrs on record
It's Madden except for cool people who like wizards and monsters.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
79.2 hrs on record
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 %
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
169.5 hrs on record
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. 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 noticable 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.
Posted: October 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
134.9 hrs on record
Do you love RPG's? Did you never get to play Baldurs Gate, or do you want to give it another spin? Then you should definitely get this. The only thing enhanced edition does worse than the original classic, is that the cut-scenes are actually arguably worse now. Except for that, though, it makes the game easily available for you on a modern PC, and it uses the BG2 engine, allowing easy exporting of your character to the second game. It also lets you use many mechanics and features from the second game in the first one.

For those of you who haven't played the Baldurs Gate series, I will try to keep this relatively spoiler free, and warn you otherwise: The game is looked on as one of the great classics for a reason. It puts you into the shoes of an orphan, who (semi spoiler for the first half hour of the game) is forced to leave the town he lives in with his foster father, who is murdered shortly after leaving by a mysterius figure in a fully plated spiked armor. Initially alone in the world, except for your sister Imoen, you must find friends, overcome the dangers of the world, discover your heritage and face your destiny. Over the course of this and the second game you will come across and interact with dangerous and fantastical creatures of all kinds. Everything from goblins and orcs, to dark elves and dragons, and even demigods.

Baldurs gate is based on Dungeons and Dragons, and has you picking a gender, race, stats, class, and appearance. There are dozens of options here. You can be a fighter, a wizard, a rogue, a ranger, a druid, a monk (the smash stuff with your fists kind), a berserker... the list goes on. Similarly there are dozens of races to pick from.

As you play you will rack up experience and level up your characters. Along with yourself, you also have to control the leveling up of your friends, and kit them out in the gear you come across (which there is *plenty* of). If you put in the same amount of efforts in the side characters as your own, the game will let you fully experience more classes than just the one you pick for your main character.

Unlike other RPG's that just have enemies improving in strength to follow the pace of the game, the progression here actually makes sense (you won't find a last boss that is ten times as strong as the first boss, even though they should thematically be at the same strength). The first game will not see you face creatures like dragons, but there will still be plenty of challenge. If you come across an encounter which rings alarm bells and makes you think "this looks bad" - it probably does. The game is open for free exploration, and if you rush a location with powerful enemies, you will die (unless you cheat, or know exactly what you're doing for a speed-run, obviously).

Talking about free exploration - there is so much more to do than the main quest. In the spirit of old classics (well, it is one, but regardless), it has a plethora of side quests. You will never have a shortage of things to do. Almost every single location in the game (and there are a *lot* of them) will be involved in a quest in some way. The game is obviously limited somewhat by it's age, but it truly feels alive. The one exception is that you will probably find yourself robbing almost every house you come across unless you are role playing *really* strictly. If someone spots you going for what they consider "private", though (usually stuff that is locked), they *will* call the guards.

Give it a spin. If you enjoyed it, get the second game (enhanced edition) as well. It will have you pick up where the first game left (well, shortly after), and you can import your character to it to continue your journey. The second game is *considerably* longer than the first game, and is generally considered a better game. I highly recommend playing this one first, though, as it's definitely a good game in its own.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.1 hrs on record
10/10 would reroll again
Posted: October 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
SIMPLY THE BEST RPG OF ALL TIMES
Posted: October 16
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Enhanced with new bugs and broken features! It's disappointing to see a classic game manhandled by a team who clearly don't know what they're doing. It's better to just play the original with only the mods you want. This version has come a long way, but it's taken far too long and still has many outstanding issues, and is missing key features that I would have expected from an "enhanced edition" such as steam cloud support and achievements.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
A fairly mediocre remake. Not worth more than a 5$ bargain.
Posted: October 2
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Look, if you want to play Baldurs Gate 1 or 2 you really should just find a download for it somewhere and mod it so it works. Enhanced Edition has clear technical issues and shoehorns things into the game that don't really need to be there. You should definitely play Baldurs Gate 1 and 2, but don't do it this way.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
133.9 hrs on record
Be wary when purchasing. While the game does look better than it's origins Beamdog doesn't really do a whole lot in the way of patching. Took them way too long the make a sizable patch to the game. In fact the only patch I can think of Pre-BG2EE, was right before the second game's release.
Posted: October 1
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Personal rating: 10/10
Replayability: High
Budget: If you already own the original, buy on sale only.
Lenght: ... It took me years to finally complete it. I'd wager an experienced player can get it done in a week or more. No less.

Baldur's Gate is hands-down one of the best games I've ever played. While initially, porting D&D into a tactical real-time gameplay setting should set off some alarm-bells, this game is one of the most tactical games I've ever played, requiring precison, patience and understanding.

It's also a roleplaying game that allows you to explore the, now venerable Forgotten Realms setting that I grew up with (Fantasy books ect.). It features a soundtrack and memorable characters that you will NEVER forget. You'll find yourself hearing things in real life, that almost makes you burst out a quote from this old gem, that no one will get.

The biggest problem with Baldur's Gate, is that it's ancient by now... Which is where the enhanced edition comes in!
Upgrading the game to HD and even upgrading the game engine and interface to the same standard as the sequel is exactly the kind of boost the game needed to become playable, even to people who didn't grow up with it.

Enhanced edition also features some new content. While I appreciated this, I'll be honest and say that I didn't quite feel that this new content entirely fit with the mood of the original game. It was a bit too... Humorous and... Cute. I mean, considering the rather dark underlining theme of the game and the story, it just didn't feel quite right, but this is to be expected as the update was done by a third party.

Baldur's Gate, to me, is the predecessor to all modern RPG's.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
It is really hard to not recommend this, as I would count Baldur's Gate as my favorite game of all time. So while I am not recommending you buy Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, I am still wholeheartedly recommending you get Baldur's Gate, as it is absolutely incredible. If you have never played Baldur's Gate, go to GoG or somewhere and buy the original game. I have easily sunk 200 hours into the original game, back when it required swapping multiple CDs. Only buy this if it is a last resort and you absolutely cannot play Baldur's Gate any other way, as even here it is incredible. But buy the original elsewhere, and not this.

There is really so little work they needed to do to this to make it great. If it was absolutely unchanged it would still be incredible, but sadly the changes they've made are for the worse. There are still stability issues which I don't get with the GoG version, but the most notable problem is the cinematics.

In the original Baldur's Gate, you would get these beautiful (for the time) cut scenes of the area you were entering. The opening cinematic has been replaced with a far worse attempt to recreate it, and most areas have nothing more than a brief glance at the area. The cinematics created such a great feeling of the area you were aout to enter, in nashkel, beregost and the gnoll stronghold, that removing them seriously dents the game experience.

The game of Baldur's Gate itself is as glorious as ever, but this is simply not the best way to play it. It isn't the revamped experience that was promised. It is apparantly possible, with some modding, to get the game back to normal, cinmatics and all, but it seems very backwards to have to do that just to undo the changes that are the supposed selling points of this 'enhanced' game.
Posted: October 8
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Met a guy who traveled with a Hamster that was from Outer Space and was Baby Jesus.

Eventually, he turned on me and killed my entrie party.

11\10 Would Fap Again
Posted: October 6
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
60.6 hrs on record
Oh boy. I hate this remake. Not a love/hate thing, it's hate/hate/hate. I've invested 60 hours. First of all, the game looks nothing like the iPad screens shown with all the fancy lighting effects. Secondly, it's SO BUGGY IT'S BARELY PLAYABLE. I have the GOG version, was hoping this was a clean update of the game. Why would a NEW VERSION of Baldur's Gate be a buggy frigging mess when the original is touted as one of the most brilliant PC games of all time? I don't get it. All I can figure it, the company that got their hands on the IP weren't held to high standards by WotC or Bioware (mostly WotC--but I don't know what the license issue is after so many years--I'd guess EA is not in the picture).

Save yourself a lot of frustration. Don't BOTHER with this piece of crap. Get the original if possible and play on a 4:3 screen. Fortunately, I got it on sale for a lot less than $20. And, fwiw, I've heard rumors that BG2:EE is much better than this, not buggy. But I'm not sure if I'll bother with it, or with the Icewind Dale series coming out soon from this studio.
Posted: October 19
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
I bought this game hoping to co-op it with my friends, but none of them buy games and I'm always left to end up playing stuff like this on my own making it harder and less fun than it should be.
But besides that, it reminded me of the original Diablo game, except you had to control multiple characters in battle at once, choosing what to attack them with, what skill, what movement, and also look at what the enemy is firing and at your parties health points. WAY too much s*** to do at once. Constantly died, didn't enjoy it in general.
4/10
Posted: September 27
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Clunky and boring. I think the only reason people like this is for nostalgia.
Posted: October 8
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82.5 hrs on record
HOW TO PLAY BALDUR'S GATE:
1. LAUNCH GAME
2. MAKE PARTY OF FIGHTERS
3. WAIT UNTIL ALL LEVEL 8
4. KILL DRIZZIT
5.TRY TO KILL DRIZZIT 50 TIMES
6.FINALY SUCCEED, AND GET BADDASS ITEMS
Posted: October 1
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