“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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June 23

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Soundtrack Now Available!

Today we're pleased to bring you the full soundtrack to Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. The digital package contains the original soundtracks for Baldur’s Gate II and Throne of Bhaal, composed by Michael Hoenig, Inon Zur, and Howard Drossin.

The Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition Soundtrack also contains 15 new tracks by Sam Hulick, composed for the enhanced edition of the game, making 81 tracks in all. This includes 34 previously unreleased tracks, now available for the first time. All tracks come in both MP3 (320kbit) and lossless FLAC format.


Today's update also 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.


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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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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?


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
113.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Undoubtly one of, if not the best RPG games of all time, it was a instant classic when it was released many years ago. It covers around 200hrs or so of playtime depending on what all you decide to do in it, with tremendous replay value in the form is multiple choice dialogue, character creation, party selection, and branching storylines.

Being of the strongest aspects of the game, it is rich in nature and varied to some degree depending on your choices in the game, which can have a real permanant impact on how it unfolds and certain events that can occur later. The main story covers about 50hrs or so of the game, so it is a small piece of the much larger game with dozens of sidequests and optional areas to explore.

There are about a dozen or so base characters in the game, each with their own unique look and personality. Everyone of them interact with other party members and some may even outright refuse to join you if they see a particular person already with you. Lots of instances in the game have reactive choices as well, meaning they will either comment on your actions or depending on how extreme may even outright leave you. Romances are possible in the game with three standard female options to choose from and one male.

The gameplay is largely based on the DnD 2nd edition ruleset, though you really don't need to be particular familiar with this in order to be able to play it. You are able to either create your own entire party from scratch, which can be a lengthy process if you aren't familiar with the game or choose from existing templates. Battles can be highly tactical in nature with many having numerous ways fo being handled depending on your composition, spells and gear. Some encounters will also be different depending on what level you get to them at, being far more difficult if you aren't properly prepared.

The voice acting in the game is top notch and there are thousands of lines of dialogue to go through. Not all of it is fully voiced, but all of the important scenes in the game are. Music sets a good pace as well, with some of them being able to indicate a tell tale pace as to what type of encounter you are facing, with major ones playing certain tracks which you will come to know and associate.

If you are any kind of a fan of RPG games, this is a must play. Deep character development, storyline, relantionship building, roleplaying elements and sheer replayability will have you spending many hours in this classic. And with the ability to download mods for it to add more quests, characters, romances, items and new areas; the possibilities are staggering.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Won't load crash dump? Im getting a refund ♥♥♥♥ off steam a person shouldn't have to be a computer programer to run a game.
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
95.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
An rpg for the ages
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
it's just the greatest rpg of all time, in my book. any time I reconsider that statement, I play it again: yep. still the best.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
this game along with the first has enough story, characters, and length to be adapted into the greatest long running anime series of all time. the main characters inner half evil god powers could easily be viewed similar to ichigos inner hollow or narutos fox demon. 10/10 would post shonen anime review again.
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
135.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
beamdog - parasites muddle, not only that they desecrated a masterpiece, in addition managed to screw up a game that worked perfectly. Many glitches, trash quests. Come orc gay, lesbian vampire black okay, but: "hi, I'm transgender" - a bad start for the dialogue, parasites muddle (beamdog) parasitizing on someone else's work carried away homophilia.
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2 of 54 people (4%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
If you intend to buy this game keep in mind it is setup like the original Baldurs Gate. I personally preferred the Dark Alliance version and this game is nothing like that. For a Rpg/Strategy game the game holds true but I personally don't recommend it especially if you are not into strategy type Rpgs. Best to not waste your money and keep moving on.
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842 of 920 people (92%) found this review helpful
136 people found this review funny
157.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
This game ruined my mid school grades. Now it's time for this game to ruin my marriage.
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640 of 730 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
111.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
Baldur's Gate - A 16 year old game stands up to the test of time, and it's co-op!

So during the steam summer sale, a friend of mine bought me Baldur's Gate 1(Enhanced Edition) so we could play together(the 4 pack was 20 bucks). 6 months later, we had never played together once so I finally decided that I wanted to play, so I played it solo.

Now there's a few things you should know about Baldur's Gate. The game was originally released in 1998. I played it while I was in high school my senior year. It introduced a LOT of new people to Dungeons & Dragons. It's a 3rd person isometric RPG in which you control all members of your party. It's paused based(instead of turn based), which means that when combat starts, you pause, issue commands, unpause, wait for something to happen, pause again, issue commands, etc, etc. There are lots of games with that type of system now, but as far as I know, BG was the first.

So the way you're -supposed- to play it solo is to create one character and go along recruiting AI NPCs to join your party of up to six. Well you can get around all that by playing in multiplayer mode by yourself. Multiplayer mode lets you create all six party members and tweak them to your desire. You can also export/import different characters at any time. You can easily get away with this from an RP(roleplaying) perspective by saving your game in an inn and swapping party members in and out saying "Oh I met this guy at this inn". So to start with, I created my own party of 3: Human Fighter(me), Paladin, and Cleric, then I pick up NPCs along the way. Not completely satisfied with the NPCs in game, I finished the game with 5/6 party members self generated, and only one in-game NPC(Yeslick the Dwarven Fighter/Cleric). If you enjoy character creation and tweaking things and micromanaging party members, gear, stats, and other RPG elements, this game is definately for you.

Lets talk about the story. This is where the game really drew a lot of people in. For those of you that have already played, you know what I'm talking about. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone that may play the game in the future(even if it IS 16 years old), but it's a great, great story that lets you choose your own path. Of course my path is that of the good soldier fighting for... well... good. But if you enjoy the darker side of things, it's always allowed, which a lot of games give you trouble doing. You can lie, cheat, steal, and murder and still complete the game.

Oftentimes now that I'm in my 3rd decade of life, I've gone back and tried to play games from my childhood that I remember really enjoying, and graphically none of them have stood up to the test of time(X-Com, Doom, etc). Since all of the assets in BG are more or less hand drawn and the enhanced edition lets you play at your native resolution, the game still looks pretty damn good, especially amidst the recent indy dev 8 bit gaming boom. So graphically, it passes the test. The environments are pretty freakin cool too. A whole lot of unique, hand drawn areas that I had forgotten about since I first played a long time ago that made me say "huh, cool" when I came across them recently.

And now let's talk difficulty. Holy ♥♥♥♥ is this game hard. It's been so long since I've played a game that didn't just blatantly hold my hand and coddle me the whole way through I'd forgotten what it's like to play a game that punishes you. AD&D 2.0 core rules are a huge ♥♥♥♥♥ and completely unforgiving. There are 5 difficulty levels in the game:

-Easy - Everything does half damage, all hit point gains per level are maximized, and characters can't permanently die.

- Normal - Everything does 75% damage, all hit point gains per level are maximized, and characters can't permanently die.

- Core Rules - Everything does 100% damage, hit point gains are randomized(so you can get as little as 1 hp/level on your badass front-line fighter that needs ~10 hp/level), and characters can permanently die.

- Hard - Everything does 150% damage

- Insane - Everything does 200% damage and you are a satan worshipping masochist

I may have added that last little part on the insane bit.

So being the badass gaming veteran I am, I of course choose Core Rules. I understand what THAC0 is, I know what the different classes are, I know how to D&D. I'm good.

Or so I thought.

I'm actually not as good as I had thought. I had to do a LOT of fights multiple times because Jesus Christ, this game can be hard. Mostly with the crowd control abilities the enemies get(note - If you fight against a group that has a mage, KEEP YOUR PARTY SPREAD OUT just like in ArmA). A lot of times I'd get hit with an AoE fear or confuse or stun, etc, etc, etc. It could be infuriating, but I kept re-loading and going at the fights in different manners from different angles, and analyzing my party and their abilities and switching things around until finally, at the end of the game, I had SOME sort of idea of what I was doing... I thought... until the final battle.

Let's just say that the final battle in Baldur's Gate had me curled up in a fetal position in the corner of my room praying to Torm asking him what I had done so poorly to have been punished so badly.

So somewhere between 20 and 50 attempts later, I managed to defeat the final boss and win the game. I even had to google strategies for the final boss. I actually felt a sense of accomplishment like I haven't felt in a game in a long, long time. The funny part is, 17 year old me beat the game in 1998 without the internet for guidance. I have NO CLUE how I managed that feat.

So I immediately went to steam and bought Baldur's Gate 2 enhanced edition, even though it's not on sale, and started a new game. This time, however, I'm playing on normal mode. It seems to be a much better balance of playability vs difficulty. I've still lost some fights, but I've learned a whole damn lot and built my party around the strengths needed.

I have a Cavalier paladin because he: 1. Can't be feared, charmed, mind controller, or poisoned; and 2. He can make the entire party immune to fear pretty much all the time. He's also a badass tank alongside my main character which is a frontline fully maximized fighter with sword and shield. I also have a pure Dwarven Cleric, Fighter/Thief, Fighter/Mage, and Dragon Disciple Sorcerer. I dual classed the Thief and Mage with Fighter bases so they could use longbows for good DPS instead of being relegated to a shortbow and a sling. The nice side to that is that they get fighter HP for their first 7 levels so they're pretty beefy on top of it all.

I just pretend(roleplay) that my entire group is a squad of trained military soldiers that have been sent on a mission, so they almost all have that base fighter class from their military training.

So I have 2 tanks(FIghter/Cavalier Paladin), a pure healing Cleric, and 3 pure DPS(Thief/Mage/Sorcerer). But don't be fooled, that fighter and paladin can put out some melee hurt too. The cleric is really the only non-dps class. Oh... Make sure you -always- have a thief in your party with the script that makes him passively detect traps. Trust me on this. You don't necessarily need a thief/rogue that can stealth, but you damn sure need one that can detect/disarm traps and pick locks.

And on that note, there are pre-set scripts that you can use for each character. There are about 20 for all the different classes in the game to mess around with. I pretty much have my whole group on the standard "I see an enemy and attack with my equipped weapon", except for my rogue, who is set to always passively detect traps when not in combat, and my cleric who is set to dynamically run around and heal. I micromanage everything else(mage spells mostly).

Read the rest of this review here: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/Jester814/discussions/0/648817377413793428/
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350 of 396 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
It's Baldur's Gate II + Throne of Bhaal with some extra content.
They took an awesome game, re-released it for modern systems and displays but didn't change anything about the gameplay. That's a very good Idea.
Deep combat/character system (AD&D rules with a few tweaks), fantastic story, decent presentation, great and varied characters (it's Bioware, duh!), extremely well-executed open-world gameplay (after the first dungeon).
Release-version somewhat buggy, crashes, quests getting stuck, saves MAY get corrupted if game crashes on save (not terrible if noticed immediately).
You can get BG1+2+addons for less money than the BGII:EE, but that involves more trouble to get it running properly and is overall not just as well-rounded as the EEs.
Bugs are being fixed one after another, eventually it'll be just fine.
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88.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
Great game.

Gameplay and story are excellent.

The gameplay is very deep, situations can be approached many different ways. I prefer playing with a solo character, but you can create a party of 1-6 characters or choose from characters in the world to join you, so there is a lot of choice here to suit your preferred play style.
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119.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
Best RPG I have ever played, the first time around and again. The Enhanced Edition left the magic intact.
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43.0 hrs
Posted: October 18
Trully a classic.
This is a re-work of the original Non-enhanced edition and along with the content addition, they managed to screw up the UI for the Journal/Quest log.
However content wise this is still the best RPG I've ever played. Great interwoven storyline between the characters, excellent combat mechanics, quest variety ..etc etc. I strongly recommend this.
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61.5 hrs
Posted: October 16
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138.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
Forget all the bad reviews from when this game was initially released. I am playing it for the second time. There are so many good improvements to make it compatible with today's resolutions, multiple monitors, etc.

The additional characters, quests, dialog info, advanced AI scripting, etc. make the game incredibly refreshed without losing that original awesomeness that is Baldur's Gate 2. I highly recommend it to anybody looking for a game that involves "butt-kicking, for goodness!"
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34.4 hrs
Posted: October 13
Quite simply one of the finest video games ever made, and the enhanced edition brings it kicking and screaming into the modern world...
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91.3 hrs
Posted: October 12
One of my all-time favorite games just got better
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