“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.
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Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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May 17

v2.2 Update - Release Notes Attached

Today we're pleased to bring you v2.2, which includes 90 fixes to BGII:EE. The full release notes are linked below, but here are the highlights:

- Improved multiplayer stability
- New graphics options
- Localized Steam Achievements for French and Polish
- Fixed loot for dead party members during the transition to Throne of Bhaal

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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April 14

v2.1 Update Released!

Today we're pleased to bring you v2.1, which includes a number of fixes to BG:EE, BGII:EE, and the Siege of Dragonspear expansion. The full release notes are linked below, but here are the highlights:

- Difficulty options should now be preserved across saved games
- Using cloud saves should no longer cause game crashes in multiplayer
- Multiplayer in general should be more stable

We still have a few lingering issues to fix regarding multiplayer, as well as other areas of the game that need some more polish; those things will be addressed in one of our upcoming updates. In the meantime, enjoy this first batch of fixes!

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Steam Run-Time
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RXver2
( 34.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
WTF have you done beamdog.

I have not played this game in few months, so i decided to have a quick go after reading about whole "2.0" controversy.

And I must say i agree with most of people that this is pure gar♥♥♥♥♥.

I really don't understand why beamdog would do this. It's not like there were people demanding to make this game garbage or anything. I don't see the point of this "upgade"What was the point beamdog?
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Teddy
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
They ruined the multiplayer- pretty nonfunctional now. You'll lose your entire save.

Oh, and the UI changes made me stop playing singleplayer. Disgusting and pointless changes to the character screen, among other things.
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Neddy
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This is a worse version of Baldur's Gate Tutu (look it up). This is certainly for the tablet (and does not look good even there).

Get BG and B♥♥♥♥nd mod them. While I love bioware, and would gladly pay again, just avoid this game, it's not worth your time.
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Selis
( 200.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
A golden classic.



Recent update:

The recent update to the UI has both positive and negative points. It unfortunately contains many (annoying) oversights, such as when you go from the world map to the area map, it zooms out again from the regular overview as if you just clicked on the area map from the regular overview.

Picking items up also retains their respective position to your mouse cursor, but afterward your mouse cursor is leading for when you want to deposit them: very annoying!

Also several new bugs entered the game, including gamebreaking ones preventing you from playing certain classes etc.

Overall, however, if they do not wait too long to fix their newly implemented issues, I think the update improved the game.
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skypot
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I have played this game serval times from start to finish, the story, rpg and magic is really good, but upto now, I changed my mind since the developer has altered the main system and muddled the game up... I really dont understand why all developers like to muddle wonderful and successful title to something everyone hated.... what kind of people are working for game developement??

Fast casher, little brain and dont listen....
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Pietman
( 27.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Best game ever!
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Ishvii
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
One of the defining games of the PC RPG scene, I spent a long long time lost in this world when I was younger. Couldn't quite get back in to it as an adult (it's very dated), but good fun to pay homage to one of the greats again.
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Marang
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
If there were options to disable:
-all new added characters and content
-beamdog logos
-some "new upgrates" like f**ed up journal

then I would recommend this piece of garbage.

Honestly:
EE < BG2 ToB+mods

EE has lost the magic from old BG/ The magic in old BG was keept somehow in the UI style and behind the game, cause many of ppl who created it originally they were driven by passion, not by obvious hunger for money.
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Ged
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Horrid
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Kay Lotura
( 63.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Excellent game for getting those D&D needs met.
A fun role-playing adventure filled with amazing replay value, and those wacky AD&D 2e rules.
Old game, but still holds up today, thanks to the constant updates of the Beamdog team.
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stormtrooper64
( 108.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Speeking as someone who has put over 100 hours into this game, playing both before and after the recent patch, I can say that I don't get the hate for the patched version. People complain about the UI, but the old was clunky and hard to navigate as well, and you had to constantly go to the journal and then back to the map, journal to map, journal to map, while now, while you need to scroll a lot, at least you can control yor party while knowing what the @@@k you're doing. And the graphics update is completely optional, you can change them in settings, for example. All the haters just want to dump on something and this is a target because of a recent OPTIONAL expansion, which shoehorned in SJW crap. So the changes in patch 2.00 don't impact the game in a negative way in my personal opnion.
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faemir
( 35.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Despite going through some growing pains, the new version is overwhelmingly an improvement over the original.

The visual changes that people are complaining about are all completely optional, so fans can pick and choose them as they want, which is nice.

The interface isn't quite there yet, but the original was beyond awkward and clunky - there are better ways to display all of that second edition info! It's obvious that people hold classics from the past close to their heart but clunky UI design just doesn't hold up today, and it's possible to do better. People don't like change, and it's ridiculous to hold up the old design as something of a good implementation.

The actual core game is obviously still super amazing.
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Axxxel
( 112.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Camaraderie, adventure, and steel on steel. The stuff of legend! Right Boo?
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GrandMajora
( 118.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
BEAMDOG, WHAT THE HECK!?

For old players returning after a long absence, you will immediately recognize a massive change in the UI thanks to some alterations by the aforementioned company. Black borders around the menu screen regardless of resolution, the Barbarian is tossed into the Fighter sub-class category, the original new portraits are replaced with some new-new portraits, and a slew of bugs and incompatability problems that make the game bug out more than it ever has before.

Some mage specialties are impossible to play as (such as Transmuter) because now you need to have a specialty school assigned for every rank during character creation. Except the problem is that not every school has a spell at every rank, which means character creation comes to a screeching halt when selecting your skills.

Making any kind of spell caster is a pain too, because they decided to throw away the Pick For Me option and make it automatically pick for you; as if you're too stupid to make your own decisions. Which means you have to manually go back, unlearn all these spells and pick new ones every time.

I love Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II and was perfectly happy with the original Enhanced Edition until they pulled this crap. This is exactly what happened with Starwars Galaxies. The owners had an awesome game, tried to make it into something entirely new, and ended up with a colossal screw up that lead to their game dieing out completely!

BEAMDOG, you broke the golden rule of game design: YOU DON'T MESS WITH PERFECTION!
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allmhuran
( 206.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
The best RTS of all time. Nothing else needs to be said.
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TheSkrin
( 236.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
There are character classes you can't even create anymore since the 2.0 patch. I've brought this to the attention of Beamdog on their forums only to be completely ignored. The new interface is love it or hate it; most hate it, and you get no option to switch between them. Names and descriptions of items have been altered for seemingly no reason. Various game mechanics no longer work the way they did originally, now that they've been "improved". This company has shown through this, and other more explicit demonstrations, that it doesn't care what the consumer thinks or wants. It's all about the company's own interpretation of what Baldur's Gate should have been like, rather than what it was and what made it so great. Beamdog will never get another cent from me.
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Pervy Sage
( 66.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
A classis isometric cRPG. My favourite one at that. Involving plot (at least on SoA part), good and memorable characters, good interractions with the world and characters, a great ammount of spells and items to play with. Also, very great replay value.

Enhanced Edition adds some nice content (and more than in BG1:EE). This is especially visible in ToB part of the game, when plot becomes very linear, so new quests, items and interractions are very welcome. I must say however, that writing style in new content is different from original and it is visible.

From technical things, the game crashed on me few times and there are some small bugs and inconsistences in abillities description and how they work.

Generally, I always had good time with BG2, and I think I still will. Recommended for cRPG fans.
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Generic
( 83.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Get your ♥♥♥♥ together Beam Dog. WTF! (randomly crashes to deasktop)

(Changed my review from negative)The game still crashes at times but I've calmed down and have started to enjoy it despite that.
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Amornus
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
This game is great. Don't listen to the haters! I know my hours don't reflect it on this account ... but I really enjoy all the enhancements. :) The team has done a great job at cleaning up bugs, enchaning the UI and the new graphics for the characters are fluid enough. Definitely give this game a shot, the game does have some minor changes to the story but nothing that will ruin or detract from the original. If you really are concerned with the new additions, head on over to GOG to get the original. All in all, a really fun game regardless of which version you choose.
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PJKUK
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Great game, I have been playing this game on and off for 12 years.

I feel this is the best D&D game to date, thanks you the graphic and program changes this month.

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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
118.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
BEAMDOG, WHAT THE HECK!?

For old players returning after a long absence, you will immediately recognize a massive change in the UI thanks to some alterations by the aforementioned company. Black borders around the menu screen regardless of resolution, the Barbarian is tossed into the Fighter sub-class category, the original new portraits are replaced with some new-new portraits, and a slew of bugs and incompatability problems that make the game bug out more than it ever has before.

Some mage specialties are impossible to play as (such as Transmuter) because now you need to have a specialty school assigned for every rank during character creation. Except the problem is that not every school has a spell at every rank, which means character creation comes to a screeching halt when selecting your skills.

Making any kind of spell caster is a pain too, because they decided to throw away the Pick For Me option and make it automatically pick for you; as if you're too stupid to make your own decisions. Which means you have to manually go back, unlearn all these spells and pick new ones every time.

I love Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II and was perfectly happy with the original Enhanced Edition until they pulled this crap. This is exactly what happened with Starwars Galaxies. The owners had an awesome game, tried to make it into something entirely new, and ended up with a colossal screw up that lead to their game dieing out completely!

BEAMDOG, you broke the golden rule of game design: YOU DON'T MESS WITH PERFECTION!
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31 of 42 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
A number of CTDs here and there, a few other glitches or bugs.

Not as stable as the orginal but all things considered it is as nostalgic as expected with the delight of some additional bits and pieces.

Considering the age of the game and the work needed to update the game to modern tech / systems I'm a little surprised it works as well as it does.

Edit:
In the last 10 hours of gameplay I've crashed to the desktop a half dozen times with no
indication of a common cause.

I can't really recommend something that is still so damned buggy.

4/10
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
200.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
It's kinda sad--this used to be a mostly worthy port of the original. You can see I played the hell out of it. Then the 2.0 update happened and everything went to ♥♥♥♥. Don't buy this game until they listen to the legion of caterwauling fans (of the original games; I doubt Beamdog themselves have many after this fiasco) and reinstate the magic.
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
236.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
There are character classes you can't even create anymore since the 2.0 patch. I've brought this to the attention of Beamdog on their forums only to be completely ignored. The new interface is love it or hate it; most hate it, and you get no option to switch between them. Names and descriptions of items have been altered for seemingly no reason. Various game mechanics no longer work the way they did originally, now that they've been "improved". This company has shown through this, and other more explicit demonstrations, that it doesn't care what the consumer thinks or wants. It's all about the company's own interpretation of what Baldur's Gate should have been like, rather than what it was and what made it so great. Beamdog will never get another cent from me.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
If there were options to disable:
-all new added characters and content
-beamdog logos
-some "new upgrates" like f**ed up journal

then I would recommend this piece of garbage.

Honestly:
EE < BG2 ToB+mods

EE has lost the magic from old BG/ The magic in old BG was keept somehow in the UI style and behind the game, cause many of ppl who created it originally they were driven by passion, not by obvious hunger for money.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
WTF have you done beamdog.

I have not played this game in few months, so i decided to have a quick go after reading about whole "2.0" controversy.

And I must say i agree with most of people that this is pure gar♥♥♥♥♥.

I really don't understand why beamdog would do this. It's not like there were people demanding to make this game garbage or anything. I don't see the point of this "upgade"What was the point beamdog?
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I have played this game serval times from start to finish, the story, rpg and magic is really good, but upto now, I changed my mind since the developer has altered the main system and muddled the game up... I really dont understand why all developers like to muddle wonderful and successful title to something everyone hated.... what kind of people are working for game developement??

Fast casher, little brain and dont listen....
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
This is a worse version of Baldur's Gate Tutu (look it up). This is certainly for the tablet (and does not look good even there).

Get BG and B♥♥♥♥nd mod them. While I love bioware, and would gladly pay again, just avoid this game, it's not worth your time.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
They ruined the multiplayer- pretty nonfunctional now. You'll lose your entire save.

Oh, and the UI changes made me stop playing singleplayer. Disgusting and pointless changes to the character screen, among other things.
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Not Recommended
275.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
This is Baldur's Gate 2. You wouldn't need something else to say.

But 2.0 update came out.
It did bring some improvements with it. Some spells and abilities were tweaked, a new class was added, some bugs fixed. Changes were made into a save system - now there are 4 slots for quicksaves. Cloudsaves and achievements were enabled. Off-hand weapons became equippable with launchers and two-handers, preventing constant jumping into inventory. Further zooming is enabled. That's a good thing.

Some of the graphics was changed. Outlines were added for sprites, for instance. This gave the game a cartoonish look, turning them off replaced thick lines with thin ones thus retaining cartoon style.

And now, for the complete disaster of this update - UI. I don't know who came up with the idea that switching a classic interface which proven itself over years and perfectly fit for PC with a mobile version's UI was a good call, but this person needs to think again.
Let's go over the interface screens separately.

Journal. Now it looks like a plane tablet with two sheets of paper attached. It takes left part of the screen when active. It now stores active and completed quests together. It also now needs each entry separately, which means that if quest has numerous stages you need to click them all to view the whole quest. And "no objective" text almost on each entry.
Old one kept active and completed quests separately, opened the whole quest for player in one click, looked like an open book and took the whole screen, blocking the player from the current situation and allowing to concentrate on reading (you wouldn't go into journal without pausing anyway). And it's the good old journal we're used to. So old one for me.

Map. Turning on the map screen gives me the impression of receiving data from spy satellite:) Map notes really get in the way and disabling them removes map marks as well. And the control pad on the local map looks completely alien, too. Travelling on the world map now requires either double click or clicking on the destination and then "travel" button instead of the single click of old world map. Improvement of new world map? It now always shows you the time needed to get to destination.
Old map had a button to switch marks on/off. Hovering the cursor over map mark displayed their description in the special window. This allowed the player to get the info needed and to not overload the screen with text. It is also more aesthetically pleasing. Plus, it's something we're used to.

Inventory. The new inventory isn't really different from the old one. Improvement? It now shows how will character's AC, hp, Thac0 and damage will change if he/she equips item held with the mouse. Downgrade? Attacks per round value is removed from the "damage" box. Jumping between inventory and character sheet, yay!

Character sheet. Keeping the info on separate screens is very inconvenient. Exp bars look out of place. I, for one, prefer to see the exact amount of exp my character has accumulated. Plus, a quick calculation never hurts. Aesthetically, it looks terrible. Seriously, old character sheet had everything you needed on ONE screen. If devs felt so strongly about changing something there they could just take the old sheet and make the info stored in the right side box, which was already broken into categories, foldable. This would allow the player to keep the necessary info on hand and hide the excess one.

Mage book/priest scroll. This is an example of actual improvement. It keeps the old aesthetics. It definitely is more informative as it gives the description without needing to pop up description windows for each and every spell and having to close it after. Left page – list of spells, right page – descriptions. Well done. Downside is if you have a vast spel repetoir, you have to scroll. Devs need to organize the left page so it can accomodate more spells. One way would be leaving just spell icons placed as tile.

Text bar is now manually expanded. A good decision. It now stores text without giant gaps as it did with dialogues. Definitely an improvement.

Save/load screen. Should have kept “delete” button where it was - along with the “save/load” one. Now a player needs to click the save, then hover the cursor to the bottom of the screen and press “delete” instead of having it on hand. Plus, these save/load and delete buttons were made to be paired – one button had upper corners cut, the other bottom corners cut. A minor inconvenience and can be fixed by just making a “save” button symmetric. A bigger Inconvenience is that saves now change their order accordingly to date of change. That’s a bad thing if you have multiple walkthroughs simultaneously. But that’s not much of a problem, too.

Health bars. Not really a necessary thing, but someone might find this useful. A good thing, that devs thought that not everyone might like it and included the option to remove it.
New and new “old” hightlight circles. I didn’t like the new “new” highlight circles. The new “old” ones are much thinner like imported from some RTS game. I prefer the old thick ones. Still, for the option to keep the new “old” I’m grateful.

That’s all the criticism I can come up with now.

Overall, this new update brought some nice tweaks, but with the exclusion of text bar and spell books, the UI is butchered. And since this is a “video”game, the update ruins a large part of player’s experience. I understand that new players might like new UI. But, I’m a new player myself and I found the older UI both more aesthetically pleasing and functional (again, with the exception of spell books and text bar).

What we have now is literally Android port’s of BG interface glued to PC version for some unfathomable reason.
Bhaalspawn saga is considered classic for a reason and classic basically doesn’t need any changes. We’re now stuck with a heavy-metal version of Moonlight sonata.

TL;DR Unless devs appease both parties by including an option of switching between old and new UI, I can’t recommend Steam version of this magnificent game. Hence, GoG.

9.04.2016. Reverting to 1.3 actually started working. Took devs just 9 days to hand me back the product I payed for.
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Not Recommended
177.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
OMG - What have you done? The original game is the definitive RPG. Beamdog have just done what to it with the v2.0 "update"? This is no update, v2.0 EE is to BG2 what the fourth Indiana Jones film was compared to its predecessors, the difference being Spielberg only crapped all over the new film whereas Beamdog have taken the game I was in the middle of playing and made the UI, in particular the character arbitration screens, almost unfathomable even to someone who is a veteran of D&D style RPG's. I don't care that you've added the Google maps zoom level view - what use can that honestly provide anyway when you are limited by line of sight??

This has to go down as as bad an "update" as Windows 8 was, unless there is a way to back out the v2.0 or Beamdog release a v2.1 which reverts certain "updates" or allows the users the choice of the "updated" or the better view I will no longer play EE, I will get out my old discs and play through them.

In summary, I would no longer recommend BG2EE it's like some hideous modders w*nkfest, I would however highly recommend BG2 - it's a great game, an epic game, a game that has yet to be truly surpassed with a very effective UI already in situ - the only thing I'd really miss from BG2 EE is the looting bar.

Way to go Beamdog, looks like you've also lost a future sale of Windspear too
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Not Recommended
79.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Game was excellent until the 2.0 UI changes. To go almost 70 hours into a game and have the UI changed this drastically without being able to switch back is annoying. The journal now contains all quests (active and completed, better like scrolling) and groups the quest details in a way that's painful to use. Unable to find anything on the Map now, the text for points of interest all overlap so can't read any of them now, find myself having to enter multiple doors to eventually find the correct one I'm looking for. The new sprite outlines make the characters look like cartoons, have no interest in playing Scooby Doo (least this can be turned off). Not really caring for the additional zoom options, things are either really small or grainy pizels. Never had issues with the game in the prior 70 hours but since the upgrade and giving it about 3 hours it's crashed twice. Not able to speak to the other improvements due to these issues which really take the fun out of playing the game in it's current state.

Sorry to say but guess it's time to get the original discs back out, do not recommend this masterpiece in it's current state.
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Not Recommended
94.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
The new update is an abomination.
Shaman class is nothing of value, the new ui is awfully designed.
No option to revert back to the old ui, either. Wheras the old ui had everything you needed at a glance, the new ui looks terribly cheap and out of place, and makes the game cumbersome to play,
Everything is just sorta a hassle to get around now, taking more clicks than it should, bogging down the experience. Important information that was previously available at a glance is now hidden behind several submenus. The new graphical style for the menus is ugly and out of place, not to mention the new sprites (at least those can be disabled, thankfully)
The new map system and the character sheet are by far the worst offenders.



Get the GoG version, dont bother with this version. I'd rather just do a bgtutu run with the classic games at this point. I bought EE specifically so I wouldnt have to deal with setting tutu up, but when I get surprise updates that basically ruin the playability of the game, I'm somewhat regretting that decision.

Beamdog, give the option to roll back.
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75 of 103 people (73%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
361.6 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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Not Recommended
68.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
One of the best RPGs of all time, sadly broken with the new update. No longer looks like it shows you on the screenshots, which is false advertising and tons of bugs aswell. Oh yeah, also makes your characters INVULNERABLE on easy "story mode", whatever that is. Great update.
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Not Recommended
163.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
The original BG1 and BG2 were two of the best RPGs of all time. Unfortunately this new developer has ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ized the UI in an attempt to capitalize on the tablet gaming market.

It would be ok if there were an option in the graphics settings to enable "tablet mode", but that wans't done.

You do not have the option of accepting these new UI changes, it is a forced patch through steam. That is to say, I bought a certian product and later on I was forced by the developer to accept a different product in its place. There are some nice improvements to the mechanics, but the forced UI changes are simply unbearable.

If you love the original look and feel of Baldurs Gate I would recommend you find a different version than Enhanced Edition 2.0
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Not Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
This game was great. Then they updated it. Now the multiplayer works like ♥♥♥♥ and is riddled with bugs. Some of the changes are kinda cool, but others, such as the tiny menus, are really poor. It is a shame an update can pretty much just ruin a game like this.

Basically Beamdog, sort this ♥♥♥♥ out quicktime.
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Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Wish I'd known what a complete mess this was before I bought it.
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Not Recommended
118.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Well. i must say that i am quite unhappy with the new update. i find that the change in looks was pointless. The game was fantastic and now it plays terribly. I feel as though they have tried to "improve" something that was great already, and failed. I just want to go back to the way it was before the update.
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Not Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
With the new required patch to 2.0 they have made the game a crash prone mess. Until they fix the crashes and make it playable again I would not buy this game.
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