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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Mostly Positive (37 reviews) - 72% of the 37 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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Charisma
70.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
Everyone that likes RPGs should play through the Baldur's gate series at some point. It's among my favorite games ever. I think the second game is a lot better, but I still recommend this game. The enhanced edition doesn't add a lot, but I would still recommend it. It's made for modern computers and doesn't require mods to be played. The new companions is a good addition to the game, and I like the new UI. I really really recommend getting some of the best mods like Sword Coast Stratagems, as the game gets more challeninging, but in a better way than just increasing the difficulty (AI improvements).
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Elspath
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
Massive issues and bad graphice options. Not much of a Enhanced edition. I played the orginal back in the day and BG is a wonderful game. This ... EE version is not worht the money. PLUS. If you have a laptop and looking for a game to play on a older mechine "on the go" this is not it. It doesnt run on allot of mechines with intergrated graphices chips (laptops and basic pcs) so you can wait your money buying this game and it wont work.

Its to bad.
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m3k
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 19
Great game! I don't own this game.
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harpamom
134.4 hrs
Posted: August 19
My favorite game of all times
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Moonrunes
74.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
This was my favorite game growing up as a child, the enhanced edition offers some new characters and additional zones to explore. Overall it was a good buy and it was fun to re-experience a game I will never forget.
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aves
68.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
Great game then, great game now. 9/10
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bright eyed corpse
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 16
I've heard nothing but good about this game from many people over the last couple of months, and indeed it looks like a good game, more for intellectuals of our age.

If only the f***ing game wouldn't immediately crash when I launch it, then maybe I'd be able to add to it's praise. Until this happens, I couldn't recommend this game to anyone trying to buy it on steam.
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AtaCignus
126.3 hrs
Posted: August 15
Makes me come back 20 years and it is still a blast. Very well adapted. very nice new expansion. having a blast
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ackranome
16.7 hrs
Posted: August 13
The game is great (at least what I remember decades ago) to bad it doesn't work.

Don't bother buying this as it likely won't work on your machine. Crash Gate.
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Rees Probably
139.4 hrs
Posted: August 13
Finally played through the expansion, and it was better than expected.

The prologue was a little bit clunky, perhaps as a way of re-introducing players who hadn't played recently (I went straight from the main campaign), and it was a bit of a hiccup discovering that I'd have to dump most of my party members, but it ended up being worth it to have so much voice acted content, and tying things so well into the start of Baldur's Gate II (there were happenings mentioned in the intro of BG2 that I'd forgotten all about, and this did an excellent job of explaining them).

The new characters were all really fun, and I think it would be great to bring the thief/cleric gnome into BG2 sometime. Sometimes the voice acting of side characters wasn't at the level of the original series. I'm noticing that in other EE content as well, it varies quite widely.

The inability to re-visit previous groups of areas in the expansion seemed a bit unnecessary, it might have made sense story-wise, but it's not great for gameplay, and it wouldn't have really been an issue plot-wise than the same option which usually exists for other eras.

Most of the UI changes I'm a fan of, though it took a long time to get used to the floating text box, as it feels like it partly reveals the world only to obscure it and make it feel awkwardly frustrating, like the entire viewport can't properly be seen. But at this point I'm used to it, and looking back at pictures of the old version looks a bit awkward and cramped now.n
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21 of 34 people (62%) 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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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
74.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
This was my favorite game growing up as a child, the enhanced edition offers some new characters and additional zones to explore. Overall it was a good buy and it was fun to re-experience a game I will never forget.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Wonderful update to one of my favorite classic RPG games! I can't tell you how many hours I poured into Baldur's Gate in my youth, and it is so nostalgic to play this one again from the beginning. I give this my highest recommendation - you'll love it!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
ok.. so im totally new to dungeons and dragons. i've never played in my life. so im going to tell this from my honest point of view. This game is fantastic! I dont understand all the fuss about this game. its pretty simple to navigate through the interface and what not. Its definitely the most hardore rpg i've ever played.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
126.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Makes me come back 20 years and it is still a blast. Very well adapted. very nice new expansion. having a blast
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
134.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
My favorite game of all times
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Great game then, great game now. 9/10
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500 of 599 people (83%) found this review helpful
411 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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298 of 348 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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