“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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James_Brazen
30.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
I played this game years ago when it first came out so I had high expectations. The updates in the enhanced edition are excellent and make for a smoother game overall. I am happy to be able to play this game again with added content. Keep it up Beamdog. 10/10
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speesmail
259.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
Be me
wild mage
pros
-hold myself with spells
-double enemy hp
-drop cows on allies and make them explode
-in previous game turn myself into a chick
-summon demons
-summon birds
-changed color
-forgot to loot weapons in first dungeon so spent first twenty minutes of game punching enemies (nonleathal damage) and finishing them with magic missile from me and the annoying rogue/mage who won't leave me alone at the start of each game
-stole some guys silver pants
-game requires strategy
-good enough writing
cons
-the second best healer won't shut up about wings
-Tiax cannot join the party
-I can only use a sling for some reason
-mocking the solar turned me into an evil god
-I didn't get the cookies I was promised
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Grommash
115.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
New developer beamdog ruined this great classic with their terrible patch 2.0. It is now a game with terrible mobile device UI and cartoonish graphics. Get classic version from somewhere else.
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zeeb
46.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
Man, Baldur's Gate is hard.
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ʟυᴄαѕ
100.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Better than the original Baldur's Gate in every way, which is saying something because the first game is a masterpiece. Baldur's Gate II is the best game set in Faerûn, and if you ever cared about D&D or RPGs in general you really owe it to yourself to play it.
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Ruppy
261.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
Same as the first, it looks real pretty and is more streamlined for todays gamer, but the Beamdog characters are pretty terrible (poor voice acting, put into spots you have to interact with them and can't avoid). Save your money and buy the original, mod it with Baldur's Gate Trilogy (for free) which even looks better, and customize it the way you would like minus the crappy Beamdog writing and characters.
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MurrayLeSkull
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
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Wolf ExMachina
172.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
This game was my first RPG, once upon a time, and my first taste of D&D. Now it's back, all shiny and new. I'm loving it.
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Radu1337
73.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
Baldur's Gate 2 received a good update compared to the original game. It's not such a big update compared to a modded version of the game, but that's the point, it stays true to the original and only improves on where the game lost strength in time. There is new content, there is interface scaling, there is native widescreen support and there is support (the game receives updates).

Although I have not experimented heavily with mods I think this version (the enhanced edition) is better than what you get if you mod the classic game. Cloud saves are also a big advantage. The game runs fine, the zoom function is good, the new rendering abilities of the engine are nice (compared to the old version) and loadings are instantaneous (if you played the original you remember the long lasting circular loading screen, it's completely gone).

I don't know why this game received so much hate, the original Baldur's Gate 2 is the best western RPG ever made, and this update makes it a viable choice in 2016, especially if you never played it before. The learning curve is steep and you'd have to either read the manual, or watch tutorials on youtube, but once you do that, the gameplay is as good as any game today.
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Goob
23.8 hrs
Posted: August 20
Amazing game and even better with all three. This will always be an amazing classic and hold that special place in my heart.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
261.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Same as the first, it looks real pretty and is more streamlined for todays gamer, but the Beamdog characters are pretty terrible (poor voice acting, put into spots you have to interact with them and can't avoid). Save your money and buy the original, mod it with Baldur's Gate Trilogy (for free) which even looks better, and customize it the way you would like minus the crappy Beamdog writing and characters.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
172.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
This game was my first RPG, once upon a time, and my first taste of D&D. Now it's back, all shiny and new. I'm loving it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
115.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
New developer beamdog ruined this great classic with their terrible patch 2.0. It is now a game with terrible mobile device UI and cartoonish graphics. Get classic version from somewhere else.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Better than the original Baldur's Gate in every way, which is saying something because the first game is a masterpiece. Baldur's Gate II is the best game set in Faerûn, and if you ever cared about D&D or RPGs in general you really owe it to yourself to play it.
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872 of 949 people (92%) found this review helpful
101 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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802 of 895 people (90%) found this review helpful
861 people found this review funny
Recommended
63.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
I played this with my friend, we had been waiting for years upon years to play this game on multiplayer and were SO excited for the enhanced edition. Like for 10+ years we waited for this to happen, and it finally did.

And oh boy, was I disappointed.

All that time, he had said that he solod the entire game as a Paladin, cutting through everything, chopping it all to bits, but oddly he never took the conversation further when I started namedropping specific items and builds.

I know why.

I will tell you why.



We have just escaped the mindflayer prisons and are finding a way out.

Me- "Wait, let me open the door and we will pull them here and trap them."
Him- *Charges in and gets killed in 3 hits by mindflayers*



We are helping the rebellion of a sahuaguin prince who wants to overthrow a usurper to his throne and wander into a pit of zombies that poison us with every hit.

Me- *Surrounded by monsters, low on health, poisoned, pauses the game to choreograph a battle plan*
Him- "Stop pausing the game, let me win!!!"
Me- "No, wait, I'm a druid, let me figure this out or I'm toast, I'll buff you with haste."
Him- "WHY WON'T YOU LET ME WIN!!" *Spams unpause so I think sod it, I die, he dies*
Him- "HAHAHAHAH"




We find ourselves confronted with some kind of puzzle, 6 treasure chests lay in a circle around us and the floor is riddled with traps.

Me- "Ok, let me disarm all the traps."
Him- *Charges across the room, gets turned to stone* "Reload."
Me- "No it's okay, I'll stone to flesh you." *Stone to flesh on him*
Him- *Walks into exactly the same trap, turns to stone*
Me- "Why did you do that?" *Rests, stone to flesh on him*
Him- *Walks into the same trap again*
Me- "Stop doing that, are you dumb?" *Rests, stone to flesh on him*
Him- *Finally stops, lets me disarm all the traps on the floor*
Him- *Walks around the room opening all of the chests one by one, eating acid arrows, magic missiles, and then finally a death spell*
Him- "Reload."
Me- "No, I can revive you." *Revives him* "Just stand right there don't move." *Disarms every single trap*
Him- *Opens all the chests takes all the items equips the +4 spear on his other character*
Me- "That's an upgrade for me can I have it?"
Him- "BRB." *for 45 minutes*




We are in the sewers under the city and encounter a particularly nasty pack of bandits who killed us on two attempts to fight them head on.

Me- "Ok wait here, I will pull them to us one by one, they are tough man, the spellcasters cast stuns so we need to get them alone."
Him- "Ok."
Me- *Moves toward them slowly to get aggro, notices he's running up behind me, pause it* "Wait back there, please."
Him- *silence*
Me- "OK? Wait back there ok??"
Him- *silence*
Me- *unpauses it*
Him- *Charges passed me and attacks them all, gets stunned, gets killed*





We get ambushed in a lodge in the windspear hills, we are low level compared to this area and quest but we are powering through. He gets killed playing with a solo mindset and trying to take on a heavily armoured dwarf who is cleaving a third of his health with each hit and a couple of his lackeys. I manage to take on the wizard by myself and use up my last healing spell keeping myself alive, as I know my friend is dead and I've already wasted my other charges on him.

Him- "Why didn't you heal me? It's your job."

I rooted and managed to kill the lackeys using bear form and using my potions. With just me and the dwarf left, I notice that he really does hit mega hard and decided to run out of the house to try and lose aggro and catch a rest. He didn't stop following me, and 2 wild dogs came out of nowhere and attacked me too. In a moment of true tension I turn 180 and run straight passed the dwarf with dogs in tow. To my sheer amazement and relief, the dogs started attacking the dwarf and he stopped to fight them!! In the moments of freedom I got, I casted a root spell from out of view distance and then ran inside the house.

I noticed I still had my daily heal spell up, so I used it on myself, getting me to about half health and I turned into a bear and waited. In comes the dwarf, mad as hell and covered in dog's blood. The next 10 seconds were a blur. He hits me, hard, I'm one hit from death. I hit him, he misses. I hit him again, he misses. I miss.... he misses, then I kill him with a final maul to the face. PHEW!!!!!

Carrying all of his gear, I only have enough strength in bear form to carry it plus his corpse to the temple in the city to revive him. So I trundle across the land carrying him and all of his gear over my back, as a bear. By far the most epic and tense moments I've EVER HAD in any RPG, ever. Full stop.

Him- "If you didn't pause it so much I would have killed them. It's so annoying when you're pausing it all the time"

Me- "Did you see what happened? It was epic man."

Him- "No I was chatting with my bro in his room."






The game is full on amazing, always has been, always will be. The new characters are a little annoying and I ended up turning the girl in the copper coronet to stone because she wouldn't shut up about going to the crypt to find the treasure, like literally she went on about it nonstop and her voice.... argh.... she makes a pretty statue.

But just make sure you have a teammate who understands what this game is all about, understands tactics, is patient and has an IQ above 80.



10/10
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636 of 725 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
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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349 of 394 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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236 of 276 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
249.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2013
I bought the original back in 2000 in a box. Back when we were still buying game in box. It became my favorite game of all time and is still is. Devollopper dont make games like that anymore. It is based on the D&D 2nd edition set of rules. It have the most depth story, a lot of side quest and the main quest is one of the best written I ever saw. The interaction between your party members is even better than anything done recently like Dragon age or Mass Effect

The enhaced edition add some cool features to the UI to simplify thing and make it easier for gamer to enjoy it, without removing its hardcore gameplay or any game design. There is 4 new playable NPC with their quest line and they are really awesome. There is more dialogue line and quest and a whole new campaign called "Black Pit 2" along with the original expension "Throne of Bhaal". I cant recommend this enouph to any fan of cRPG. 100/100
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208 of 247 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
199.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2013
This has always been my favorite game of all time by a long, long shot. There's a Pacific Ocean of distance between this game and my №2. I've replayed this about 6 times already, doing every possible quest in each playthrough, and will be replaying it at least once every two years. No other RPG to this date created this level of interactivity, immersion and replayability. Worth about 10x Witchers, 5x Skyrims and 3x Mass Effects to me.
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