“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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December 16, 2014

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, 2014

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: {LINK REMOVED}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
66 of 71 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
146.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
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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41 of 46 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
101.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
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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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
236.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
242.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
So after 242hrs can I say it was worth it? HELL YES! the new Enhanced edition looks amazing and plays amazing. I didnt notice any real bugs besides Jaheiras Harper call spell not working properly but I managed to track down a fix online.

Got to level 28 as a Mage running with Imoen, Jaheira, Keldorn, Minsc and Edwina *cough* Edwin I mean. I played a Lawful good character throughout the game but I was tempted on more than one occassion to switch to the dark side and I also romanced Jaheira even if she was a whiny bint! This time around it was only 242hrs and nothing like the amount of time I spent when i first bought the game all those years ago, though I managed to finish Throne of Bhaal properly and got the good ending :D

10/10 Would Buy again without a second though!
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
62.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I disliked BG1 yet I loved BG2.

This is a BG2 EE review and while im sitting here writing it, i cant help but reference the start of an epic story which is BG1.
There are many people who will write that BG , as a series, is complete story of your character as they follow the path from start, middle and end of their own destiny.
I cannot argue with this valid point.

Yet I found that BG1 was clearly made from a company (Pre- EA Bioware) that had grand ambition , scope and excellent writing but didnt know how to implement this all into a single game.
What came from the end of BG1 was the experience , scope and confidence to make a vastly superior game in BG2.

When starting a new character in BG2 , all the back story that exsisted in BG1 is told to you in the opening trailer of the game. Who you are and what you have done have been generalised in a way that starting off in BG2 verses playing the first title of the series doesnt leave you lost.

Infact, anything you may have lost in terms of playing BG1 is redoubled in the amazing expansion called Throne of Bhaal, which takes the story of your past , present and potential future to levels that werent even touched on in the first title.
This expansion is included in BG2 EE so if you choose to buy this remaster , you will miss very little in terms of story.

If your old enough to remember Terminator and then watch Terminator 2 year later will understand this completely because they share a common trait. The second incarnation is so vastly superior to the first that there is no need to experience/watch the first.

Im not going to beat a dead horse on the actual review of BG2:EE.
There are so many amazing reviews online that illustrate , far better than i could , all of the brillant traits that make this game one of the BEST RPG's of all time.

What stands out for me is the writing and PACE of the game.
Bioware crafted BG2 in a way , in the quest structure, that you never feel very far off the beaten path towards the end. All the side quests are meant to compliment the main story in some way or another.
And the side quests are easily the BEST of any RPG ive ever played.
That is not to undermind the main story at all, but only reiterate the strength of how impactful the side quests are.

I mentioned the pace of the game and I wish there was a virtual table I could bang to get this point across.
There are so many past and present RPG's I play where I get so wrapped up in the vast open nature of a game that the main quest or objective becomes a second priority.
This isnt the case in BG2.
BioWare cleverly crafted a way to keep the story in focus but give the player all the time they needed to explore and experiment. When you were ready, the story took main focus and ran forward at amazing speeds.

By the end of BG2 you feel satisfied. It truely is a complete story.
Yet if you feel is there more to the backstory that hasnt been complete, the expansion Throne of Bhaal answers them.
This expansion was made before the invention of DLC. Its a TRUE expansion with 20-30+ hours of content and RICH , character driven story. It could possibly be the best expansion ive played in my life.
It ends the story of a character you started from BG1 and ends it in excellent fashion.

This review was writtten for a very esoteric perspective. Made for a RPG fan who doesnt mind the learning curve of a good game and appreicates a epic story. If there are gamers out there of this nature who havent played this game, I hope this review helps.

In the end, BG2 stand alone as one the best games ive ever played. It is a reminder that story, characters and solid gameplay trump impressive graphics and superfical gameplay.

Im old enough to see the progression of gaming in a unique perspective. I owned pong, i watched nintendo and sega battle out in console wars that lasted 3 generations of systems, the rise of the X-box and sony into the market and a game that was so massive that 12M people played it online at the same time.

Yet through all of this , even more than once when ive been amazed at a technical breakthrough, its how games have impacted me intellectually and emotionally that have stuck with me through the years.

This is one of those games.



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60 of 103 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Just to note, Baldur's Gate is my favorite video game. However, I can't recommend this "enhanced" edition.

I spent quite some time debating whether or not to recommend this game. It boils down to this: The original content is great. Still is, still always will be. It's an epic adventure with great characters, good plot development and fantastic modified-2nd edition gameplay. The graphics show their age, of course, but there are still some great backdrops and whatnot. The dialogue in this game is probably the best of any game ever made -- epic when it needs to be, and hilarious otherwise.

Why I don't recommend this game is the new content, which is poorly written and boring. The new characters are written by people who clearly don't comprehend the wit of the original game, but think they do. It's painful.

Seriously, go find the original version on the internet somewhere for a much cheaper price, and enjoy. If you can't find it or just want a Steam version (which is what I did), then go for it! You will still have a great time with this version!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
77.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
greatest RPG ever made, ever
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
I will never understand the haters of this excellent remake. I also bought BG1+2 as original 6/4-CD versions when they came out. First in german, than a few years later as english DVDs, then at GoG again when they came on sale and I still bought the EE's of both games.

And you know what? They've done everything right!

1) The small tweaks go over extremly well, like 80 arrows per quiver slot.
2) The engine works flawlessly and the little UI enhancements alone were worth the money to me.
3) The new NPCs are mostly great. I especially adore Neera, who is so very different from the rest, maybe with the exception of Tiax. I also like Dorn, because both BGs generally lacked evil party NPCs that weren't overacting or plain insane.
4) Both EE's are easy to mod. Most Gibberling's & Co mods work, but you need far less of them. The 12-hour-installation of the Big World Project was a pain in the rear, and it usually took me several tries.

To sum it up, Beamdog delivered a pure Baldur's Gate experience with excellent new content in a very polished package.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
76.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
311.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
No idea i had one of the highest hours on record for this game ^^ , Well i suppose i am entitled to write at least a little about this game.

Pro's
-Game never gets old
-Very Depth filled story
-Great Strategy/Tactics game
-price is very generouse for such a great game
-Graphics are not mind blowing but are good
-Multiplayer is legendary


Cons (Not any cons i can think of honestly all around amazing game but if i had to choose some..)
-if your reading this and dont have this game , The fact that you have't bought this game yet (WHAT ARE YOU DOING BUY IT ALREADY AND BECOME A LEGEND!)
-They need to come out with a 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 and so on , there HAS to be more ^^


I know Comign from somone with both games and over 1000 Hours+ (i have this game seperate from steam in CD form played it just as long) This is kind of a lame review but at least i gave one ;P

This game is great honestly , if your into this kind of gaming you cannot pass this up. 10/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
81.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
This is a direct copy-paste of my review for Baldur's Gate - Enhanced Edition, as it pretty much covers everything I have to say about the sequel as well:

Personal rating: 10/10
Replayability: High
Budget: If you already own the original, buy on sale only.
Lenght: ... It took me years to finally complete it. I'd wager an experienced player can get it done in a week or more. No less.

Baldur's Gate is hands-down one of the best games I've ever played. While initially, porting D&D into a tactical real-time gameplay setting should set off some alarm-bells, this game is one of the most tactical games I've ever played, requiring precison, patience and understanding.

It's also a roleplaying game that allows you to explore the, now venerable Forgotten Realms setting that I grew up with (Fantasy books ect.). It features a soundtrack and memorable characters that you will NEVER forget. You'll find yourself hearing things in real life, that almost makes you burst out a quote from this old gem, that no one will get.

The biggest problem with Baldur's Gate, is that it's ancient by now... Which is where the enhanced edition comes in!
Upgrading the game to HD and even upgrading the game engine and interface to the same standard as the sequel is exactly the kind of boost the game needed to become playable, even to people who didn't grow up with it.

Enhanced edition also features some new content. While I appreciated this, I'll be honest and say that I didn't quite feel that this new content entirely fit with the mood of the original game. It was a bit too... Humorous and... Cute. I mean, considering the rather dark underlining theme of the game and the story, it just didn't feel quite right, but this is to be expected as the update was done by a third party.

Baldur's Gate, to me, is the predecessor to all modern RPG's.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
153.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
The game would be 10/10 IF they would fix the multiplayer, and they propably never will update it.

EDIT: The ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s actually did it, they patched the game. gg now i can die happy.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
NOTE: I’m posting this review on both Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition pages, since my opinion is valid for both products, and they should be considered as one.

What can one say in front of such magnificence? These two RPGs are simply the pillar of western production of this genre, and when the two are combined in a single game they definitively are among the top 10 of the must-play for every PC gamer out there, no matter the age.

BG:EE and BG2:EE are simply THE definitive Dungeons & Dragons experience, including almost all the possible 2.5 Edition Core and several optional rulebooks of the Forgotten Realms setting and translating them into a marvellous duo of 3rd person games.

Although both games are very old (they were developed and published between 1998 and 2001 by Bioware / Black Isle Studios), they have been “enhanced” and made available on modern systems (including Windows 7/8/10 PCs, OSx, Android and IOS) by the guys at Overhaul Games / Beamdog, who not only re-tooled the original Infinity Engine to make it run on modern platforms, but also added several other goodies that were not present in the original release, in addition to bug fixes and standard “curator” jobs.
I could go on for pages and pages describing in detail the marvels of the Baldur’s Gate Series, but I’ll try to cut it short and stick to a much shorter format.

PROs
- Ever dreamed of taking your typical AD&D session with your friends out of the pen & paper setting to a PC screen? This game is for you!
- Charismatic characters and companions: Minsc the Ranger (and Boo!), Jaheira, Viconia, Xzar, Sarevok… what else can I say?
- Longevity: both games combined are well over 100 hours of gameplay
- Replayability: seriously, there are hundreds of possible combinations of classes / races / kits / alignments / companions / choices to completely change your experience at every playthrough
- Every action you make affects the game world, like it is expected from a proper Western RPG. Apart from some scripted events to progress with the main story, the rest is up to you
- Multiplayer: join with 5 friends to create a fully custom party!
- The (new) developers are supporting the game with patches and fixes, and they actually listen to the community
- Compatible with most of the original BG / BG2 community mods
- Runs on every system, even your mobile phone / tablet (NOTE: the Android / IOs versions are separate purchases). HW requirements are very low

CONs
- After more than 16 years from my first BG playthrough I still cannot find a single flaw in any of these games. They are simply a masterpiece.

In a nutshell, these games set THE standard all the following RPGs on the market were measured against, and none of them was able to surpass Baldur’s Gate until now.

Buy them, play them, enjoy them. 12/10, would pickpocket Drizzt again
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
108.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Continues to be and hold as the best RPG ever made even over a decade later.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
A TSR classic. Good old school rpg fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
209.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Baldur's Gate II has always been a positively extraordinary game, and the Enhanced Edition is that game with a few very fun extras. I love it. I love Neera, and BG2EE is worth it for her addition alone.

The only down side to this game is a terribly buggy new quest line to deal with the new character of Hexxat. Just avoid her like the plague. She'll screw up your game.
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