“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster... When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you...” Kidnapped. Imprisoned. Tortured. The wizard Irenicus holds you captive in his stronghold, attempting to strip you of the powers that are your birthright.
User reviews: Very Positive (701 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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December 16

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 1.3 Release

After many months of development, we are proud to bring you the 1.3 release for Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. This update brings official support for Mac and Linux, as well as more than five-hundred bug fixes and dozens of gameplay enhancements. You can read our full 37-page release notes document on the official website, or download it directly here:



We hope you enjoy the changes we've made. Happy holidays!

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December 11

1.3 BETA and Release Notes

We have been hard at work over the last several months finishing a major update to Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. The patch is being finalized now, and we'd like for you to see what's been done.

This update will add Mac and Linux support, as well as hundreds of fixes and dozens of gameplay improvements. We've created a beautiful 37-page Release Notes document detailing the improvements that have been made. You can download the release notes here: Download now

To activate the beta branch for the game, follow these steps:

1. In the Steam client, open the Library tab
2. Right-click on "Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition"
3. Select "Properties"
4. Select the "Beta" tab
5. Enter "IWantToTestBGII" in the field provided, then click Check Code
6. Select "updatetesting" from the drop-down
7. Close the Properties window, wait for the game to download the update, and enjoy the beta!

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About This Game

“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster... When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you...”

Kidnapped. Imprisoned. Tortured. The wizard Irenicus holds you captive in his stronghold, attempting to strip you of the powers that are your birthright.

Can you resist the evil within you, forge a legend of heroic proportions, and ultimately destroy the dark essence that haunts your dreams? Or will you embrace your monstrous nature, carve a swath of destruction across the realms, and ascend to godhood as the new Lord of Murder?

Features


  • Throne of Bhaal: Travel to Tethyr in this thrilling conclusion to the Bhaalspawn saga, and delve into the treasure-filled halls of Watcher’s Keep!
  • Fist of the Fallen: Help the Sun Soul Monk Rasaad find peace in his quest for vengeance, and determine the fate of a heretical sect.
  • A Price Paid in Blood: Join the Blackguard Dorn in carving a swath of destruction across the Realms, as he struggles to appease the increasingly bloody demands of his dark patron.
  • A Voice in the Dark: Recruit the mysterious Thief Hexxat and take up her mission of retrieving long-lost artifacts from tombs as far away as Zakhara..
  • In Defense of the Wild: Protect the innocent and stand with Neera the Wild Mage against a ruthless school of Red Wizards.
  • The Black Pits II - Gladiators of Thay: Explore the tactical depth of high-level Dungeons & Dragons combat. Turn your captors against each other while you dodge traps and battle for your life against Demi-Liches, Mind Flayers, and the legendary Githyanki.
  • Easy Multiplayer: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition makes it easy to find, list, and join multiplayer games, even while behind a firewall.
  • Widescreen and More: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition features full widescreen support, remastered area artwork from original renders, and a host of other interface and gameplay improvements.
  • The 1.3 Release: The latest update to Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition fixes hundreds of gameplay issues and adds dozens of new enhancements such as adjustable font sizes, improved party pathfinding, and much, much more.

Note: All translations are text only. Voice-overs are played in English.

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 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Steam Run-Time
Helpful customer reviews
624 of 680 people (92%) found this review helpful
126.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game ruined my mid school grades. Now it's time for this game to ruin my marriage.
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47 of 61 people (77%) found this review helpful
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Do you like RPGs? Story? Dungeons? Dragons? Miniature Giant Space Hamsters? If you said yes to any of these things. Buy this game. It's on a lot of people's best game of all time lists. I play it again at least one a year. Just do it. Or buy it on gog.com. DOOO EEEET
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
236.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
It's Baldurs Gate alright. If you're looking for a singleplayer experience on par with the original Baldurs Gate 2, then here it is. Additional characters are very interesting and fun to play with. A few bugs here and there, and some of them are quite bad and consistent, but overall I really enjoyed the singleplayer experience enough to play through the game 3 or 4 times.

Multiplayer on the other hand is broken beyond belief. If you intend to play BG2 with friends, my advice is to buy the original from somewhere else, because the Enhanced Edition's multiplayer is just straight up nonsense. Can't even get out of the tutorial area without some encountering at least 4 or 5 major bugs, including quests just straight up not working, or scripted events not occuring.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
146.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
With Fallout 2 and Planescape;Torment, Baldur's Gate II is one of the great gems of roleplaying, a timeless classic. Even after 14 years it is still a great game, atmosphere, depth, story wise, a masterpiece, a once in a lifetime game.
The story is gripping and epic enough to keep one thinking about it long after finishing the game.

There are countless quests and many different classes, epic battles and incredible humour (don't kill The Eye of the Beholder before you enter the under dark, makes for one of the funniest re-encounters in game in Throne of Baal), and last but not least gripping dialogues!

For anyone who likes RPGs, well worth a visit!

P.S.
And the MUSIC! The Intro Music still gets me going after all these years!
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
101.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
My personal favourite game of all time. Love all the choices you can make in the game and all the diversity in the world. As well as the epic boss battles and legendary items you can smith.
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
57.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
The godfather of Western RPGs. Before loot games ruined them forever.

Buy it now. Play it over and over.
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
clean as an elven ♥♥♥♥
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Well, the game was already a masterpiece when it was out, only to be seconded by Planespace: Torment for some (not me). Therefore, the base quality is still there. The original game had beautiful 2d artwork used as locations and they held their eye candy to this day.

What needed work was the paper dolls, spell effects, the UI, screen resolution (original one only supported 800 x 600 and 640 x 480) and one of the nightmares: 64 bit compatibility.

The initial release had bugs but at the moment, this game is quite solid. The story itself is probably one of the best modules ever written for Forgotten Realms. The characters (original ones) are all quite fun in their way and the newly added ones somewhat blend in. Although, they are neither as interesting as the original cast (like Minsc, Edwin or Jensen) nor their voice acting matches the quality of the original NPCs. Still, they don't disturb you much.

I have probably played and completed Baldur's Gate 1, Tales from the Sword Coast, Baldur's Gate 2 and Throne of Bhaal over 20 times, modding them to the bone. Nowadays, I am replaying the EE and I am quite happy that it helped me return to an already favorite, not causing issues with my high end rig. I am already halfway through the game, saving Imoen, and wife laughs at me whenever she sees me mimic the NPCs and their war cries.

Now that Pillars of Eternity and Torment: Tides of Numenera are coming, it would be nice to re-visit this masterpiece.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
The Baldur's Gate series is without question the apex of Bioware development and a masterpiece CRPG. I'm not going to comment on whether or not the series is good or bad since it goes without saying that any rpg fan needs to at least give it a spin. What's important and what I struggled with since the enhanced editions launched was whether or not these new editions were worth it, or whether or not I should just dust off my CD copies from the days of yore.

It's true that there isn't anything in the enhanced editions that can't already be done with mods. The last time I tried installing the CD versions and modding it all up was a tedious experience though. It's also true that the added content is forgettable; the Black Pits is something that I'll never touch and the new NPCs range from tolerable (Neera, for example) to poor (Hexxat, for example).

But I couldn't care less about the above. For me it boiled down to two things: One, was this version easier to set up and two, was this version buggier than the originals. The enhanced editions are no doubt easier to jump into on a modern computer due to many of the enhancements mirroring typical mods that you'd want to install (porting BG1 to the ToB engine, for example). Many of the community's mods have been updated for the Enhanced editions as well, so you can still cry in a fetal position as Swords Coast Stratagems mages rip you to shreds if that's your thing.

Now, bugginess is obviously dependent on many variables and I can only experience my own playthrough of the series, but apart from one crash to desktop in the opening dungeon of BG2 my playthrough from BG1 to ToB was smooth and clean. The official forums would make you think that the game is a bug ridden mess and it kept me away from purchasing for months, but I do not regret purchasing it in its current state. I won't be touching my CD copy of the series again.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Best RPG game ever. Engaging storylines, romantic subplots, and real time action.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
The best PC RPG ever made. Baldur's Gate 2 is the milestone with which Bioware has settled future games as neverwinter nights, knights of old republic and dragon age.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
It's Baldur's Gate 2.

Baldur's. Gate. Two.

Buy it.
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25 of 42 people (60%) found this review helpful
105.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
MULTIPLAYER IS BROKEN!!!! As soon as you get out of the first dungeon the game will crash/bug/kick on one or more of the ppl playing. Then During the "character arbitration" screen (when you start a multiplayer game it starts you at this screen, this is where the host can assign character slots to the players joining his game so they can create/load/select the characters they want to play) people trying to join the game can't or are kicked when someone else trys to join. I got this game in the hopes that me and my 4 other friends could play this together and i could'nt be more disappointed. How do you take this old game, release it again for 25 dollars, call it the enhanced edition, and deliever a worse than original product. Fix the game... FIX IT!!!
......why haven't you fixed it yet.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
221.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
“Take heart fellow adventurers, for you have curried the favor of Boo, the only miniature giant space hamster in the realm!”

Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn is a towering achievement in the history of role-playing games. Since 2000, when Black Isle Studios finally released this RPG sequel of its signature series Baldur’s Gate, the fan community has significantly grown in numbers.

This lavishly produced game quickly established itself as the most compelling, intelligent and exciting role-playing game available for PC. After Fallout, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale it was the next milestone of unparalleled quality, its renown extending far beyond the boundaries of the genre. For instance, the people, who were not interested in the RPG genre at all, were drawn to it, and particularly praised the smart and sophisticated gameplay.

In addition the expansion, in form of Baldur’s Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal, offers up enough gameplay improvements, innovations, technical advances, and new content to justify itself as a worthy add-on to the ground-breaking Baldur’s Gate 2.

The protagonist and companions have an incredible chemistry, and are surrounded by some of the most vivid and compelling fantasy creatures ever created. The storytelling is epic, and the memorable characters offer loads of witty and mature dialogues. Furthermore the different classes, alignments and team combinations create an amazing replayability.

Fun fact: During the game's development, a quality assurance department was added to BioWare, and the game's publishers lent their assistance in testing. Because of its immense size with over 300 quests, Baldur's Gate 2 was considered a tester's nightmare.
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My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Characters
- Details
- Tactical gameplay
- Story
- Combat & Controls

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
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Atmosphere: S-Rank

(Your actions affect so many others than yourself. You will come to realise how little choice you have. You will do what you must, become what you must, or others will pay for your cowardice. You will accept the gifts offered to you.)

Characters: S-Rank

(Edwin do this. Edwin do that. Someone get this jerk a banana!)

Details: S-Rank

(I wanted infravision like the elves... But 'tis more than just taking their eyes…)

Tactical gameplay: S-Rank

(Boo points, I punch. Is very simple relationship, but it is effective.)

Story: S-Rank

(Ah, yes. Stoke that infernal wrath of yours. I can feel the anger within you, boiling like a pit of sulphur in the crevices of your heart. You feel it, do you not? The taint that surrounds your soul like a serpent, squeezing it, spreading its venom... that taint, that wrath exists in all of the children of Bhaal, but few know how to use it.)

Combat & Controls: S-Rank

(You dare to attack me here? Do you even know whom you face? You will suffer! You will ALL suffer!)
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There are no achievements to conquer.

Achievement difficulty: none
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Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition (PC) – Classic role-playing game
(Dark Fantasy) – 2013
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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition (PC) – Classic role-playing game
(Dark Fantasy) – 2012
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Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 (PS 2) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2004
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Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS 2) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2001
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Baldur’s Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal (PC) – Classic role-playing game
(Dark Fantasy) – 2001
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Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn (PC) – Classic role-playing game
(Dark Fantasy) – 2000
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Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast (PC) – Classic role-playing game
(Dark Fantasy) – 1999
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Baldur’s Gate (PC) – Classic role-playing game
(Dark Fantasy) – 1998
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
One of the best old-school RPG, back when Bioware were making games so good, they were ahead of their time. Along with Kotor 1&2, Baldur's Gate 1&2 were Masterpiece, gameplay (Strategy, turn-by-turn, fully customable AI behavior, driven story) and the stories/lores in every cornes of the game makes its so much enjoyable.

Sometimes I'm kinda against old games making a "remastered" (which 80% of those games are adding minor tweak that a simple mod/download+unzip/ was fixing the problem, which many are still broken and force people to modify their old fix/mod so it works with both version now. (Aka, Myst,Riven,Baldursgate,Kotor,deusex,rollercoaster,systemshock,etc)

But this game is so worth it that you will GLADLY spend that time fixing some of the issues (you might get lucky also!).
I have 21 hours played and I still feel like I am early in the game and yet so much epic stuff happened and met so many people...

MUST BUY!!!
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
A TSR classic. Good old school rpg fun.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
77.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This is still the greatest rpg I have ever played. I played this game when it first came out in its four disc glory and jumped on it when I saw it on sale. The story is compelling and engrossing and the sidequests are entertaining as well. The graphics hold up well and the style is still enjoyable to play through. The "enhanced" part is negligable, if you played an earlier version you are not missing much. This is a must play for any rpg fan.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
76.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This game holds up amazingly well. I enjoyed playing the enhanced edition maybe even more than the original. Formatted perfectly for more modern 16:9 displays. There is also new optional content added which I did not play, but can safely say that anything you remeber from the original is still there.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I love Baldur's Gate, but the Enhanced Edition is ridden with bugs and that had me reloading the game way too many times. Bugs that were not in the original game.

The extra content is not worth it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
120.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Best RPG of all time. Period.
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