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 (1,385 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
53 of 56 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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26 of 29 people (90%) 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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
78.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
10/10 would reroll again
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
The enhanced edition has made some slight improvements in mechaniks that really helps. They have also put in some stuff from BG2 which is nice. The new artstyle is horrible though and the new characters are lousy.

The character creation is the thing they really improved upon and I love it. Finally the ranger can be a good archer, finally I can use 2 swords, finally paladins are... well, paladins are still useless.

If you never played this game before there are some things you want to know. This is a game with low levels. Your mage will be über-helpfull but wont be a source of epic power. You will have to gett a team of six characters which by themself wont do much, but togheter will rock. The gameplay in this RPG is focused on strategy and balance between the characters in your team. This is no hack&slash no brainer. Not to say that it is major brainer, but still. It is a game with good story, funny sidecharacters and entertaining gameplay.

Overall, this is still one of the best RPG ever!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
If you're the kind of person that enjoys having to use basic algebra in order to calculate the best build for your RPG characters, this game is for you. Unlike most modern RPGs there is no voice-acting so you'll actually have to read dialogues. You also have to actually read quests entries to figure out where to go and you need basic orientation skills. All in all I would say that most people born in the late 90s or 2000s should probably stay away from this game because they lack the cognitive skills required to play this game. If you do however have basic scholastic skills, this game is quite an enjoyable RPG experience that requires meticulous planning and use of tactics to beat it at the higher difficulty settings. Most of you are probably too stupid to appreciate it though.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
129.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Bomb! Totally awesome. Played the original and still playing. Good job on the remake.
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1 of 1 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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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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
started a fight in an inn, got all six party members killed.

10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
just as the title says: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
nothing more nothing less
good game to start with :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Linux Port!!! THANKS!!! Installing this masterpiece!
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Good game.
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Terribly buggy rerelease of the original. Whether on Beamdog or LAN, it doesn't seem to matter; the games crashes frequently. It also seems possible to duplicate items using the 'quick loot' feature, which is just pathetic. I've played the original version in multiplayer over the network and did not encounter these issues.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
swag
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
What a shameful waste of money. Both on Beamdog and when using Hamachi, the game constantly crashes in multiplayer. Let's consider what this "enhanced" version should deliver on, considering that Baldur's Gate was already a successful, fully contented game:

1. Ensure the game runs fluently on today's computers.

That's it. This is all the developers needed to accomplish. This is the only compelling way to bring *value* to a great game which was already made years ago.

They failed, yet they feel this product is salable. They don't deserve a penny until they fix their crappy work, which considering that it hasn't been done yet, is probably never going to happen. Do not buy this, you'll likely have better luck running the *original* game.
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Terribly bug ridden, if you plan to play the game with friends.
I expected more of the "enhanced" edition.
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5 of 20 people (25%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
As someone who only played Baldur's Gate 2 when it came out and enjoyed it greatly, I don't think I would've gotten there if I had started with the first game. It has not aged gracefully.

The first problem that drove me away from the game for a few months was the ridiculous difficulty. I enjoy a challenge, but this game is just unfair. Almost everything in the game is based on random chance, and the odds keep stacking up against the player. For hours and hours I would have to reload almost every fight 5 times, because my main character would get one-shotted. This ends the game, even if someone in your group had the skills to resurrect her. But more than 30 hours into the game, I'm not even close to getting such a spell. There are temples that offer such a service, but having party members die gets expensive FAST.

The second problem is the outdated game design. Mages are next to useless in the beginning of the game. They can cast one or two spells per day, after which they must rest. Resting in the wilderness risks an ambush, so it is not something to be done at a whim. Resting at an inn is safe, but travelling to one also risks an ambush. The encounters are not usually hard, but they are annoying and can sometimes lead to casualties, especially when the party is weakened. Therefore, while mages and clerics are immensely useful later in the game, they're basically just dead weight for the longest time. A cleric is somewhat more helpful than a mage, though, because they can wear armor, swing a weapon, and have access to a wider variety of spells right out of the box. You will not get a real cleric until fairly late into the second chapter, though, unless you created your main character a cleric.

Also, did I mention enemies spawning in areas that have been covered by fog of ware for mere 15 seconds?

And this leads into the third problem. Baldur's Gate aims for a real D&D roleplaying experience. While I am the first one to applaud any game that tries such, it must not interfere with the gameplay. BG does so in spades. Firstly, aside from your main character, every group member has a personality. But this is good, right? Well, yes and no. Some personalities are simply less tolerable, ranging from simple whining to almost comical villainy. This becomes a problem, with the reputation system. You gain some when you're acting like a decent human being, and down when you're being a ♥♥♥♥. Good characters like the former, evil characters prefer the latter. The choices are usually either or, and while there is often an indifferent option, it usually passes an opportinity to gain experience and powerful loot. Needless to say, going too far into one extreme will cause characters of an opposing alignment to get emo and leave. To make matters worse, most NPCs come in pairs. If you choose to ditch one, their companion will also leave. While none of them are completely useful, there are some that are much more useful than others.

Pathing is also abhorrent. If a character's path is blocked, even temporarily, they will make a round trip around the map if they have to, happily running into enemies. In combat, however, they have a tendency to get stuck on each other trying to get close enough to attack.

Itemization is also rather capricious, but before moving into the essentiae of it, I'll mention monks. They're a class that cannot use armor, and should generally not use weapons. While this causes them not to require the most common items, they become even more dependent on rings, amulets and such that are very rare. Other classes also have their own problems. Using any weapon without proficiency will incur penalties for using said weapon. Most classes gain proficiencies very, very slowly, so choosing them wisely is important. But again, the game pulls a fast one; while enemies drop more weapons than you can carry, it is mostly short swords, halberds and short bows. Other types are really uncommon. This is important, because for reasons pertaining to the story, metal weapons can break. Permanently. This is, again, dictated by random chance, but I've had around 10 weapons break thus far. It gets really annoying when there is only a steady supply of weapons that no one is proficient with. Apparently magical weapons are not affected, so while the problem adds to the frustration of the harsh beginning, the selection of weapon types is really subject to the designers' whims. It's pretty much impossible to predict which weapon proficiencies will be useful in endgame.

The game's only saving grace comes from the world and the story. I haven't been able to uncover much of it, and while it does seem interesting, I don't find the game fun to play anymore.
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0 of 17 people (0%) found this review helpful
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Las voces estan en ingles y el original las tenia en español...
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