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.
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Release Date: Jan 16, 2013

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June 23

Special Update!

Today's update brings a hot-fix for tooltips on Macs, as well as achievements localized for Brazilian Portuguese and a minor crash fix on the Options menu.

Enjoy!

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June 8

V2.3 Update – Release Notes Attached

Today we're pleased to bring you v2.3, with fixes for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear. Read the full release notes here, a master document that also includes the release notes from v2.0, v2.1, and v2.2!

Highlights of v2.3 include:
-Tooltips now display a stylized scroll background that dynamically resizes with the amount of text displayed  
-The Candlekeep tutors’ dialogue no longer displays placeholder text when a non-English language is selected (BG:EE)
-Turkish UI strings no longer appear in English (BG:EE)
-Story Mode protections now apply to the player’s Familiar as well as party members
-multiple dialogue fixes (eliminating repeated lines, removing incorrect lines, and closing dialogue loops)
-multiple gameplay fixes and interface fixes
-multiple quest and achievement fixes

We are continuing to make improvements to the game all the time based on feedback from the community and beta testers. Hop over to the official Beamdog forums to join the conversation!

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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
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12+
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive:2.17 GB HD space
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Dylirium
( 201.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
one of the best. simply astounding.
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DarthSnuggles
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
If you played or had access to the original Baldur's Gate, this edition really isn't worth the extra money. The added NPCs and romances aren't anything special, and the difficulty of getting mods to work with the game is incredibly frustrating. Stick with the original, and take advantage of the really excellent BG modding community.
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marko.hilzendegen
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Boo loves it. Nuff said
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Pizzashoes
( 430.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I have this version and another site's version, called the Complete Saga which includes ToTSC. Although I have a lot of hours on this version, I now play the (GOG) version, which used to be cheaper (a different story).

I'm writing this for my past self and anyone new (that is aged 12-18) to RPGs looking to get into what are regarded by some CRPG lovers as the best who might click this, see the Enhanced Edition moniker, and believe that this is the definitive version of the game.

Unfortunately the base version of this Enhanced Edition has AI as pathetic as the original, low quality, mod-tier NPCs, and a UI vastly different from the original's but without any improvements. (The 431 hours I have were spent avoiding the NPCs after the first playthrough, were modded with at least Sword Coast Stratagems, and were before Dragonspear.)

The EE is not a definitive version of Baldur's Gate. In fact, there is no definitive, polished, best version of this game, anywhere. It's something you have to scrap together from separate resources, and even then, you likely won't create the best version of the game. I just spent some hours a few days ago trying to reinstall the game on a different PC before I gave up and started playing Baldur's Gate II. And I'm not an idiot. The installation process for the mods is archaic and so easy to make a mistake. There are even differences between modding BG and BG2 because one of the best mods for BG converts it to BG2's engine, but the BG (tutu) is not exactly the same as BG2.

Beamdog set out to enhance the game, but they did not make the game better than what is possible with mods.

But regardless of my personal feelings towards Beamdog and their added content, I can't recommend this game even if you were looking to play it as soon as you download it. The Enhanced Edition has had a bad history with bugs. They've added patches designed to quash the bugs of their previous patches which introduced new bugs. Their patches are not stable.

Baldur's Gate Original Saga is an old game that works. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is a newer game that often does not work.
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ʟυᴄαѕ⁰⁴⁵¹
( 71.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
When a NPC asks you to help him avenge his dead friend named Jondal, you can respond with : "If this Jondal is dead, then he was weak and should never have been born".

Alternatively you can be a good guy and help a demon from the Nine Hells get his puppy back.

A classic, and a true translation of Dungeons & Dragons to the videogame format. 10/10 would hang out with Elminster again.
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Alphy Doodah
( 66.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
THIS IS OK TIME TO MAKE BALDUR'S GATE 2 TURKISH TOO.
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CalicoTheRogue
( 164.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This was a game I grew up on in my early years and have always enjoyed ever since. It at its core like a dungeon crawler except the dungeon is actually a expansive section of the world called the Sword Coast. You can recruit party members from a vast variety all around the world with new additions in the "Enhanced Edition" changes which actually provide some interest to this over the original game counting any additional fixes they would have. I could continue on with this little section of praise but I feel it best that I leave the rest of this up to you, reader of reviews. I hoped calling you out like that would jolt you slightly to get you a slight bit more interested but just like the tootsie pop owl, the world may never know. Well probably just me. This is besides the point, bad marketing off, actual reasons for you to read this on. The original game that this version "enhances" I would probably recommed much more so than whatever this game is to be called. With recent updates as you may have heard (or read, reading is more common over internet) there has been troubles with the multiplayer aspect, which I haven't encountered as often as other people but still enough to warrant it an actual annoying nuisance. The visuals for this game I would actually say have been downgraded since the original game as it seems that only the npc's/characters have had updates to their style but not the background/land that you walk upon. This takes the feel of immersing into the game and lore of it a bit harder as it feels almost like it reminds you that your out of place (which your character, rest assured, is probably in the right place. Unless you fight big scary things as low level, then your place should be on the road running). The UI of the game was much better in the original game as this one seems to give the impression that everything is in the right place on screens like the Character Record screen (the head), but in reality its the same as taking all your files in a folder and putting them into their own folder in there. The original UI for that particular screen would seem a bit too much at first but after a second glance you're able to find any info you need rather than sifting through tabs to find the one tidbit you deem relevant. There are more than likely quite a few other niche's that can be disliked that I'm missing but the same can be said for the good aspects. Overall the reason why I recommend this is because there is an option to revert this back to V1.3 if you go to Steam Library > Right click BG > Properties > Beta > V1.3 . For those of you who are new to the series I would recommend it as is as you wouldn't have a previous version to compare it to. Well that about wraps it up I guess as I have run out of things to ramble on about. I would say not sure how to end it but the truth is I'm never really sure so heres a link to the store page (which is above you but you can click on it if your lazy about scrolling. This appeals to some of you I'm sure)

And well I guess here goes the TLDR(semicolon)

TLDR;
Go read it you lazy computer user. This does bank on you using computer but lets be honest, most people use computer and reading reviews on a phone means your probably into steam a bit and if your a bit into steam you should be READING what is ABOVE THE little paragraph of TEXT right here. Welp, laziness kicking in so I'll go lay down and pet a cat while you buy a game because I've said so so many times. What are you waiting for. DO IT.
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Synome
( 50.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I would not recommend buying this from Beamdog. Just buy the original version and mod it, you won't miss much.

This game series has always been a favorite of mine. I bought the original version when it first came out and have played it many times through-out the years. Most people would assume that an "enhanced version" would be a better version. That couldn't be further from the truth. I struggle to see any actual enhancements which make this game worth buying and the numerous bugs overshadow any actual features that were added.

The hours I've logged so far to this game have all been multiplayer, so my experience is written from that point of view only. I remain impressed at how this company took an original game which ran great and introduced numerous frustrating, sometimes game breaking, bugs. More than once now, I've had to use cheats to fix my game so that its playable again for things like disappearing items and entering required game zones which crash the game every time. At one point all of my saves would no longer run. I had to wait for an update which took a month to fix the saves so that I could play again without starting over. To make it worse, it seems like every update introduces "exciting" new bugs. There really isn't much worthwhile in terms of enhancements.

It has been a test of patience to continue playing this game with a friend. We have quit playing before because the crashes and freezes became too frustrating. I wonder how much of my logged play time is actually just from restarting the game because of a game crash or bug. My faith in Beamdog hit a new low when I read about what they did with their DragonSpear expansion. Hiring a developer who has an admitted agenda of forcing her politically correct views into games is not okay. She changed established character backgrounds from BG1 in the expansion just to meet her view of how characters in this fantasy world should be. I won't be buying anything further from a company that is so disrespectful to such a legendary game series.

Here is a list of some of the bugs that I've encountered in multiplayer.

- Game freezes for multiplayer friends if the main character dies. All players must completely exit and restart game to fix.
- Can no longer enter the Friendly Arm Inn without crashing
- Items have disappeared from inventory more than once
- Saved games won't load, forcing you to use an older save
- Friends in multiplayer are VERY frequently randomly booted
- UI sometimes randomly disappears altogether
- Many random crashes to desktop which don't appear to have a repeatable cause
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Meclodar
( 52.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
The second best game ever (best being BG2^^), remade for newer PCs. Definitely a must if you like rpgs. This has what modern games often lack: Lore, depth, multiple-choice and epic game time.
It has enough script for a good book trilogy and covers most big legends within DnD (Drizzt, Elminster etc.)

A must have!
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Mike
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
11/10 best home invasion similator on steam...

But the new UI is 1/100
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Not sure why is it called "enhanced edition" but it plays worse than original version of the game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
If you played or had access to the original Baldur's Gate, this edition really isn't worth the extra money. The added NPCs and romances aren't anything special, and the difficulty of getting mods to work with the game is incredibly frustrating. Stick with the original, and take advantage of the really excellent BG modding community.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
I would not recommend buying this from Beamdog. Just buy the original version and mod it, you won't miss much.

This game series has always been a favorite of mine. I bought the original version when it first came out and have played it many times through-out the years. Most people would assume that an "enhanced version" would be a better version. That couldn't be further from the truth. I struggle to see any actual enhancements which make this game worth buying and the numerous bugs overshadow any actual features that were added.

The hours I've logged so far to this game have all been multiplayer, so my experience is written from that point of view only. I remain impressed at how this company took an original game which ran great and introduced numerous frustrating, sometimes game breaking, bugs. More than once now, I've had to use cheats to fix my game so that its playable again for things like disappearing items and entering required game zones which crash the game every time. At one point all of my saves would no longer run. I had to wait for an update which took a month to fix the saves so that I could play again without starting over. To make it worse, it seems like every update introduces "exciting" new bugs. There really isn't much worthwhile in terms of enhancements.

It has been a test of patience to continue playing this game with a friend. We have quit playing before because the crashes and freezes became too frustrating. I wonder how much of my logged play time is actually just from restarting the game because of a game crash or bug. My faith in Beamdog hit a new low when I read about what they did with their DragonSpear expansion. Hiring a developer who has an admitted agenda of forcing her politically correct views into games is not okay. She changed established character backgrounds from BG1 in the expansion just to meet her view of how characters in this fantasy world should be. I won't be buying anything further from a company that is so disrespectful to such a legendary game series.

Here is a list of some of the bugs that I've encountered in multiplayer.

- Game freezes for multiplayer friends if the main character dies. All players must completely exit and restart game to fix.
- Can no longer enter the Friendly Arm Inn without crashing
- Items have disappeared from inventory more than once
- Saved games won't load, forcing you to use an older save
- Friends in multiplayer are VERY frequently randomly booted
- UI sometimes randomly disappears altogether
- Many random crashes to desktop which don't appear to have a repeatable cause
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
430.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
I have this version and another site's version, called the Complete Saga which includes ToTSC. Although I have a lot of hours on this version, I now play the (GOG) version, which used to be cheaper (a different story).

I'm writing this for my past self and anyone new (that is aged 12-18) to RPGs looking to get into what are regarded by some CRPG lovers as the best who might click this, see the Enhanced Edition moniker, and believe that this is the definitive version of the game.

Unfortunately the base version of this Enhanced Edition has AI as pathetic as the original, low quality, mod-tier NPCs, and a UI vastly different from the original's but without any improvements. (The 431 hours I have were spent avoiding the NPCs after the first playthrough, were modded with at least Sword Coast Stratagems, and were before Dragonspear.)

The EE is not a definitive version of Baldur's Gate. In fact, there is no definitive, polished, best version of this game, anywhere. It's something you have to scrap together from separate resources, and even then, you likely won't create the best version of the game. I just spent some hours a few days ago trying to reinstall the game on a different PC before I gave up and started playing Baldur's Gate II. And I'm not an idiot. The installation process for the mods is archaic and so easy to make a mistake. There are even differences between modding BG and BG2 because one of the best mods for BG converts it to BG2's engine, but the BG (tutu) is not exactly the same as BG2.

Beamdog set out to enhance the game, but they did not make the game better than what is possible with mods.

But regardless of my personal feelings towards Beamdog and their added content, I can't recommend this game even if you were looking to play it as soon as you download it. The Enhanced Edition has had a bad history with bugs. They've added patches designed to quash the bugs of their previous patches which introduced new bugs. Their patches are not stable.

Baldur's Gate Original Saga is an old game that works. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is a newer game that often does not work.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
148.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I really wish i could recommend this game, I do LOVE Baldur's Gates but i would recommend the original over the "Enhanced Edition" for the following reasons:

- UI changes made the UI very VERY glitchy.
- The game will suddenly crash every now and then.

I would like to add that i did beat the Enhanced Edition twice, both single and multiplayer and i noticed that the UI and crash problems happen mostly in multiplayer, the single player was somewhat "bearable" to play through, but you are paying for both modes thus i recommend getting the original and modding it to work in BG2's engine with HD resolution support.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
60.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Aside from the devs not honoring settings like not giving you max rolls on level up etc, it's decent. I'd still pick the original with mods though. Linear difficulty doesnt belong in AD&D. So on that fact alone; would not recommend.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
11/10 best home invasion similator on steam...

But the new UI is 1/100
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496 of 590 people (84%) found this review helpful
405 people found this review funny
Recommended
94.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
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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296 of 343 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
73.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
The original Baldur's Gate is one of my favourite games, second only to its successor and is a game any rpg fan must play. Due to its art style for a game that came out in 1998 it still holds up well today. Graphically this game still looks beautiful due to 2d painting-esque backdrops and thirdperson isometric viewpoint.

The gameplay also has an incredible amount of depth to it and the combat is very tactical and varied depending on the class you play and the party setup you choose. The game is also from an era when games were unforgiving and actually provided the player with a challenge. The combat is similar to Dragon Age: Origins where it can be free-flowing and action oriented but it is highly recommended that players take it slowly and utilise pausing to setup properly between rounds during combat.

The game being built upon the ruleset of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons has a lot of depth to classes and the classes will all playout and feel very different which offers a lot of replayability ontop of just choosing and adhering to different alignments.

Also due to the game being built upon AD&D and being set in a D&D realm the game has an incredible amount of history and backstory in there that the world feels real and is incredibly dark and gritty which ties in great with the dark tones of the main story.

Without spoiling too much of the story it starts with very humble beginning and quickly thrusts the player into a world descending into turmoil with bandits and bad guys wanting to kill you at every turn you must uncover the sinister plot that is unfolding and discover your own dark heritage in the process.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this game although I will warn that there is a lot of reading involved and that the combat is designed to played slowly (unlike diablo and games of its ilk) and very tactically but for those that love a game with a great story this game is undoubtedly one you should play.
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608 of 764 people (80%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
425.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I am posting this on both the review for this game, and the first in the series, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced edition.

I absolutely LOVE this game, and everything about it, and the other game in the series. I loved the combat, the UI was tight, everything was well-polished when Beamdog re-released the game. I was actually in the middle of a run through the entire game on the hardest difficulty with only the main character...

Before IT happened.

The update to Siege of Dragonspear affected both games, and it's been nothing but negative for me so far. I can no longer access the Command Console (used for fixing the many glitches that can happen here and there), the UI is buggy and, when it does work, is clunky and, frankly, ugly as sin itself. My saves have all disappeared into the wind, and my character's data has become ridiculously bugged (Level 34 at the tail end of Throne of Bhaal suddenly turning into a level 17 with all of the items from her run through BG1 and 2? What?) and more.

Before now, I would have recommended this series in a heartbeat. This game, nearly two decades ago, defined and revived a dying RPG era. But now? Now it's nearly impossible to play. And, unfortunately, it was the fault of the people who brought it back in the first place.

--HOW BEAMDOG CAN FIX THIS--

-Implementation of the old character and save game formatting
-Option to use the old UI
-Option to turn the Console Command on and off IN GAME. The steps to do this in the first place were a nightmare in and of itself.

--Things that COULD help--
- Scale the difficulty levels back down a little. Insane difficulty jumped from enemies doing 50% more damage to 100%, and Legacy of Bhaal makes the game nearly unplayable.


As it stands right now? DO. NOT. BUY. THIS. GAME. It pains me to say that (as you can no doubt see from my time in this game), but as it is right now, it's not worth any money.
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