“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.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/467620/

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.

Enjoy!

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June 8

V2.3 Update – Release Notes Attached

Today we're pleased to bring you v2.3, with fixes for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear. Read the full release notes here, a master document that also includes the release notes from v2.0, v2.1, and v2.2!

Highlights of v2.3 include:
-Tooltips now display a stylized scroll background that dynamically resizes with the amount of text displayed  
-The Candlekeep tutors’ dialogue no longer displays placeholder text when a non-English language is selected (BG:EE)
-Turkish UI strings no longer appear in English (BG:EE)
-Story Mode protections now apply to the player’s Familiar as well as party members
-multiple dialogue fixes (eliminating repeated lines, removing incorrect lines, and closing dialogue loops)
-multiple gameplay fixes and interface fixes
-multiple quest and achievement fixes

We are continuing to make improvements to the game all the time based on feedback from the community and beta testers. Hop over to the official Beamdog forums to join the conversation!

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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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Peg Man
( 188.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
If you like old school RPG games with a strong storyline and traditional dungeon and dragons mechanics then this is the game for you,
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richard.fulek
( 22.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Old-school classic. A little minus for the new engine, everything looks just very dark. However, other features are great. The story, classes, characters, weapons, items, brilliant game. Best RPG ever!
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Greel
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
A true classic, must have for any fan of the genre.
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Erythnul
( 82.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I think it's by far the best rpg. I like the work beam dog has done with the ui (except the sprite thingies which can be turned off) and in general with the various bugs. Although there are still some bugs afloat I can heartily recommend this to old and new players alike.
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Augustine
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I checked this game out again after seeing all the recent negative reviews and I almost vomited when I got into the game. The spritework looks objectively awful now, and the interface is more unwieldy than ever and stands out next to the rest of the game's assets. It seems they're continually distancing the game from its original iteration with all these redundant updates, which is kinda counter-productive when you're making a re-release that's supposed to supercede the original.

Maybe I'll appreciate these changes when my PC morphs into a phone, since that's the only place where these changes would make any amount of sense. But until then this is a straight up inferior version of the game. How hard would it be to add a "Switch to original graphics" option?
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Whipstyle
( 1,365.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
You don't have to play the first one first but it cetainly helps with the story continuity. If you like RPGs on the PC this classic holds up. It'is great!
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Vichan
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The vast amount of negative reviews are disheartening to say the least, I honestly don't think this game deserves it.

There's been a lot of controversy about the UI and graphical changes in the 2.0 update that was released a few months before. Some of them are legitimate complaints and some boil down to "They changed it, now it sucks". The game is still perfectly enjoyable and storywise nothing has changed. (Aside from the new NPC's that were added when the Enhanced Edition was released, I'm talking specifically about 2.0!)

If you are one of those that are wary of buying this because of these changes then you should know that it is still possible to play the original Enhanced Edition by subscribing to the "1.3" beta branch.

What most people are failing to mention is that aside from these changes this is STILL one of the best CRPGs ever made. If you've never played a game in the Baldur's Gate series before you will not be disappointed by what this game has to offer.
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teknifix1
( 150.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this game. This game is my second favourite of all time (behind Resident Evil 2), and I've spent hundreds of hours playing it. I bought it day one back in the day. The same with Throne of Bhaal. I've played through many times with different classes and NPC's just because I love the story, I love Jon Irenicus specifically (in my opinion one of the best RPG villains ever), and I love finding new interactions between NPC's with each other and other characters.

The Enhanced Edition adds some more new NPCs (although I'm a little torn on Hexxat.. no spoilers) and interactions. It's still great, and I still play it now. It definitely deserves a place on the list of greatest RPGs of all time.

I repurchased this game at full price and I'm not disappointed.
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tangente
( 55.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
After 2.0 update I am going to play GOG version because this is really awful. Major change like this should be a separate game!
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Tanner
( 172.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
You know on The Office when Michael says,
"You miss 100% of the shots you never take. ~Wayne Gretzky... ~Michael Scott"

This game is now,
"Baldur's Gate II. ~ BioWare... ~Beamdog"

Nothing of value was added.
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426 of 539 people (79%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
79.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Allright, at first I have to mention one thing: I am a big fan of BG 2 and it is still my most beloved RPG ever. The Enhanced Edition used to be pretty good: some good upgrades, better graphics, changes to make the gameplay more comfortable. It was ok and I liked it. I'd rate BG2: EE 9+/10 back then.
However, everything good must come to the end in some point. For this game, the point was 2.0 update. I've run the game and I couldn't recognize it. What have you done to my favourite RPG, Beamdog?! What the heck is this abomination? Deafult spell autocast, tips popping up everywhere, highlighting the map so you know where you can go (WTF), health bars, completely demolished journal... What is this? Baldur's Gate 2: Version for people with Paramecium caudatum IQ? Are you f****n' kiddin' me?! You, Beamdog, have completely ripped of the good old spirit, the soul of this brilliant game. That's a thing I can never forgive you. Shame on you. Give my beloved BG back, you disgustig thieves.

Until there's no possibility to go back to the previous version of the game, it isn't worth playing. Sorry. I think I better go to my shelf, take the old CD version of Baldur's Gate 2 and install it, so I can save at least few of my nerve cells.


A little PS: of course some of those annoying things can be disabled in the options menu, yes. And yes, I know about that possibility. But still: you can't do it with the all bad things Beamdog has done to this game. Plus: it's just the fact itself that annoys me the most: why the hell spell autocast, autoattack, automatic trap finding etc. is set as DEAFULT? It's just like Beamdog saying: "We think that most of the players are r-e-t-a-r-d-e-d by deafult, so we set all those options on in advance; they can of course disable them later, if they figure out that they aren't r-e-t-a-r-d-e-d at all." Still, even if you make a massive disabling in the options, the game won't be that good as it was before 2.0 patch. Thank you. The end.
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342 of 431 people (79%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
93.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Thank gods I backed up my entire BG2 directory the last time I played. I added a couple player-made mods that I didn't want to have to scour the net to find again the next time I wanted to play.

I heard people screaming about Beam Dog molesting my 2nd favorite game of all time and against my better judgement, I gave Beamdog the benefit of the doubt. I installed it cleanly from Steam and loaded it up, started creating a new character and felt like I'd just taken a sip of beer spiked with Rohypnol. I continued though determined to see all the changes they've made. "Surely they can't have completely destroyed this masterpiece." I foolishly told myself as I finished creating my character.

"Oh god, those sprites look terrible" These were my first words upon seeing the opening scene with Jon Irenicus. Every sprite now has gaudy thick black outlines, completely ruining the way the original developers seamlessly melded their spritework with the prerendered backdrop of the game world. I hurredly retreated to the options menu to tweak everything as best I could back to the original. The menus look so tiny now on my 23 inch monitor. The UI overall doesn't scale well how it did before.

The map is awful, the journal is awful, the character sheet is awful, the inventory is awful, the spellbook is awful. Even the gods damned Save/Load screen is awful! How could Beamdog mess up this badly? It's like they purposely made everything worse, piece by piece.

I can tell a lot of things they changed for "streamlining" but this is a classic crpg. We know how to play D&D computer games, we learned how when the game first came out with no problem. Why do you feel the need to dumb this down?

I didn't continue playing this way. How could I? I'm not a fan of people staying in marriages where the husband continually beats and rapes his wife, and that is what Beamdog is doing to every fan of the Baldur's Gate series. Something truly wicked is happening within this company. I saw the signs when that accursed liberal politics expansion was released for Baldur's Gate I.

I opened up my archived BG2 install directory and copied the entire contents over this new patch, I've erased the abomination from my own PC, but I won't stop there.

Beamdog, this is directly for you. I am going on a full assault against you. You are Jon Irenicus holding my sister prisoner and experimenting on her in disgusting and abhorrent manners. I'm going to assemble a party and come after you. You will roll back these changes, you will publicly apologize for being child molestors of all Baldur's Gate fans. And you will relinquish your rights of this game to a different group who will treat it and its fans with the respect it deserves.

I never thought I would be posting a negative review of one of the greatest games of all time. Look at what you've made me do.

All you had to do was fix some bugs. Instead you wanted war. Well, now you've got it.
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164 of 199 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Beamdog Review
I never write negative reviews. I love supporting companies by providing positive feedback and encouraging people like Beamdog to remaster our favorite games. This review isn't about the game or any of the gameplay mechanics. Nooooo, this review is about something so much worse than I let on. I have played Baldur's Gate 2 since I was 8 years old and it has been so near and dear to me that I cannot begin to express how elated I was at owning the remastered version, which is practically the only readily available version left online. So this review isnt about the game, but about the company and their "liberties" they have taken on our beloved classic-- A classic game so timeless, it is frequently listed as one of the best games and RPGs of all time.

What did Beamdog do that was so bad?

Beamdog, I want to personally and come out and say for all fans of BG2 that bought your game..

Why?

This game became less about remembering about the times we played it when we were kids or young adults, and more about putting Beamdog's dreaded arbitrary personal stamps all across BG2's UI.

1. Reconfiguring the spellbook (this just ripped my soul out of me)
2. Entirely scrapping the character portrait screen and replacing it with uncountable nuances that make it hard to even describe what was there before.
3. Changing the map display
4.Changing the inventory screen
5.Changing weapon icons
6. Simplifying item statistics
7. Changing the journal
8. God just too many to count...

Baldur's Gate 2 is Grueling
Making this game more accessible and user friendly isn't what fans of BG2 want. We want the challenge we remembered and the time consuming, rewarding experience of this perfectly crafted game. The game simply has little room for improvement on its original construction, besides some of its outdated graphics. We want all the quirks of the original game, and the massive game that Black Isle created, not Beamdog.

These Details Might be Small

But they matter more than one single change that was made for "optimal" organization or helpfulness. Baldur's Gate 2 isn't supposed to hold your hand and it shouldn't be changed like this. People that buy this game, including me, that are disappointed, will personally go out of their own way to make this barely recognizable classic fail and your company to lose the privledge of meddling with a piece of art so valuable, it proved to be too much for your company to responsibly manage with respect, and care to the creators, as well as the die hard fans.

Art is often said to belong to the public once it is crafted, because it exists with flaws, and is in our memories. We connect with these pieces of work on a level that we can see in ourselves, and our past. Everyone that enjoyed this game when it was released played one of the greatest games of all time.

Beamdog, do yourself a favor and fix this trash or let some other capable company fix what you have destroyed, because this isnt art anymore, its trash that I have to tolerate. Im a positive person and have always tried to be, but this is just awful.

Whatever you do...

DONT BUY THIS GAME
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171 of 216 people (79%) found this review helpful
74 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I just... I dont know why you would do this. I call to mind the ancient painting of Jesus in Spain that the nun tried to restore, making him resemble a downs chimpanzee. This is that you have done Beamdog. You have turned my Jesus painting, that I have been playing since before i could masturbate, into a chimpanzee with an extra chromosome. TAKE THE CHROMOSOME BACK!

-Respectfully...
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123 of 159 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
133.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Once this game was an unparalelled piece of art. It was probably the best game ever made. But then some idoits thought it was good idea to tamper with perfection. And now it isn't worth my spit.
Now the game is sluggish and it's not like the graphics were improved. It's just sluggish...
BUT WAIT! There's more. They also decided that it was a good idea to change the dialoge because it didn't fit their notions of pc. How did they miss the memo that this is a freaken RPG? The appeal of an RPG isn't in perfect cookie cutter charaters that always "behave" the way they should. That's boring and stupid. A good RPG has vibrant and dynamic characters that have flaws as well as strengths.
I keep hoping that Beamdog will see the light and fix the crap they've done to this game... But I'm not feeling to hopeful. What's really shocking is that they think any fan of this game is likely to buy their sequel to Baldur's Gate II. I'm disinclined from ever buy anything from Beamdog after the mess they've made here. And from looking at message boards and the like I don't think I'm the only one.
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122 of 167 people (73%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
You have been waylaid by Beamdog and must defend yourself.

There is no punishment on Earth that fits the crime of this hideous mockery of a once beautiful work of art.

You should all be ashamed.

I know that I am not alone when I say

♥♥♥♥ you Beamdog.

You can fix this ♥♥♥♥...

or you can be remembered as the murderers of one of the greatest games ever made.

"....Yes Boo, I agree. This group could do with a swift kick in the morals...."
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93 of 129 people (72%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
The only good thing enhanced edition has to offer is improved graphics/resolution. Everything else ("rebalance" changes, removal of CLUAConsole commands, and unauthentic new content) makes it difficult to play through the game without cringing.
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44 of 59 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Lots of people seem to be complaining about version 2.0 of the game, not realising that you can roll the game back to version 1.3 (i.e. the version with the bug fixes but without the bs) under beta programs within the steam client. You don't have to play version 2.0 if you don't want, and version 1.3 is the best version of the enhanced edition due to bug fixes.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Since the 2.0 update this game wont even run anymore on my pc :(

I am a huge fan of the game, having played it restlessly for years after its release but this company screwed it up for me =/
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
75.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I loved the game, but the latest update really messed everything up.
Just get the original on GOG and mod the hell out of it.
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