“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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Feradykin
( 378.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Unplayable since the 2.0. Update. Get the original version on GOG or play the 1.3. beta (selectable under the game properties).
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Mike
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Glad I still own the original CDs
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kaitlinsiesco
( 162.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I absolutely LOVE this game and the Baldur's Gate series. Ever since I was a kid! I never got around to beating this and was so excited to find it on Steam. It's just when I finally got to almost having an awesome brawl with vampires, I ran into a bug that prevented me from moving forward and now I haven't touched the game in months because some of us don't know how to mod the hell out of something or aren't very computer literate. I'm really disappointed. I was super excited to spend my day off kicking Bodhi's ayuss.
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jimmyjoejoeman
( 167.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Before the recent updates Baldur's gate 2 enhanced edition was a near perfect and totally complete version of the old Baldur's gate 2 game. However, unfortunately the new updates have fundamentally changed the game including terrible new character A.I., oddly dull bright character sprites, altered timing in combat, altered ability rolls and combat rolls, etc...

I am not one to normally say this, but if you can, download an older verion of the game for free from the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ or some other website because this current version is rather insulting in the fact that Beamdog did not allow the long time players a choice in this odd massacre of a classic game from years ago.

However, if you do decide to pay for this, you can expierience the game how it has been played for the better part of the past 15 years by right clicking it in your steam inventory, going to properties, Betas, and then selecting the bgiiee 1.3 Beta. It is not really a Beta, but the cpmpletely finished game as it should be played.

The current owners are terrible in digging their grimy little claws and uncreative influence into a perfectly good game. They are fine expanding upon it with the interqual and the planned prequel but the 2.0 and up updates are wrong and unreccomendable.
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niapet
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
This game is great. Ignore the recent negative reviews unless you are anti-LGBT. There is an LGBT character in it; that's why people hate it...Some gamers are so emotionally stunted...

(Over 100 hours easily in the original box edition)
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amelia
( 59.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
bg 2 was my first rpg back in 2006, so i know about this game LIKE A LOT and i couldn't miss enhanced edition.
well, for me bg ee 2 has some flaws (mostly because it's new weird tab-oriented engine had some conflicts with my old laptop) but in general i actually liked it.

new characters are nice and mostly usefull. finally we have a true thief, not dual class, not multiclass, not protagonist and not betrayer. neera and dorn are pretty cool too. rasaad... well, having a monk in your party is sort of a challenge! :D
and all the new characters have long and interesting personal quests, so that is great addition to the well-known plot.

the second part is so much better than bg ee 1 (especially bg ee 1's russian version, that one was a NIGHTMARE FULL OF CRASHES, LACK OF LOCALISATION AND HATRED). so if you doubt about trying that game — don't be. ( if you are from russia maybe you should hurry up while russian localisation didn't came and destroyed everything). oh and another important moment for russians: YOU CAN HAVE A BEAR IN YOUR PARTY IN THIS GAME.

and if you're lucky and have less old pc than mine you probably will enjoy the game without any lags at all! or not.
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iandraper19644
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
can someone please point me in the direction of start guide.
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Vitto The Greatest Meth Dealer
( 856.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
I would be really pleased if you just copied the old Baldurs Gate and smash it on steam ....
But i got no problem with it that much
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Ariebeth
( 66.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Loved this game. Ever since it came out originally and have played it multiple times thoughout the years. Decided to get it on steam so I would always have it handy as I kept misplacing it. All was well, just like the game I remembered and loved, THAT IS UNTIL!!! Why did they have to update it, they have completely ruined it. I have uninstalled and reinstalled using original version, yet to see if this will make a difference but I can see I am not the only one who is displeased with new update so thought I would add my two pennies worth. You never know if enough people complain they may think twice before messing with a classic in the future!

P.S Reinstalling using original version did work, obviously you cant join multiplayer unless you are all on the same version so there arn't many people on but interface is original and that is what really counts, right? Anyone wanting to play original just go to the game in your library, properties, then betas. Click on top version and install from there! Baldurs Gate the way it was meant to be seen!!
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Deyeski
( 573.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
The game is one of the originals, at its best. One of the Godfathers of RPGs. It is not a game you can just jump right in and play. It may seem too much for newcomers, but if you stick with it, you will be rewarded with one of the best games ever created (gameplay & storyline).

I've ignored all of the new comments about a new UI. The changes are so minimal it is petty to even complain. Some good changes, some bad.
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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
BG2 is one of the best games of all time.
BG 2 enhanced edition is positively the worst version of the game.

I specifically only bought it to play multiplayer with a friend, because I assumed an enhanced edition surely would have the most polished multiplayer, right?

Wrong.
Riddled with bugs. You can't start a new multiplayer game without being forced to create a complete party (in a game known for having great NPC party members), constant crashes, random disconections, and strange lag whenever you pick up items without being the host. And many other minor problems.

Although I have not gotten all the new npcs, I can tell that the ones I've gotten to (a thief and a wild mage) are terribly written, and have no respect for the setting of forgotten realms. The writers clearly either did not read into the setting, or just did not care. Not to mention that they clash horribly with the old party members, and barely interact with them. It seems silly that jaheira would comment on a drow joining the party but not a VAMPIRE of all things.

tl/dr:
Bugs+terrible graphics make this a bad version of the game, and the additional npcs are badly written.
Do not buy.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
329.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
As a veteran of the originals, I wanted to relive this game as one of my favourite games of all time.

Unfortunately, the "Enhanced" edition, I found, was plagued with bugs and it took me a LONG, excrutiating time to work past them (ignore them, do things that wouldn't set them off, keep specific save files in case a certain quest NPC didn't spawn etc). The extra content is laughable, but, some parts were done well; it's just that the other parts were so poorly done that it undermined all their efforts, from the voice acting to the puzzle "difficulty" to the map design, all fell flat.

I found that the only way to make the game playable was by modding THE ABSOLUTE HELL out of it. It STILL NEEDED: an ease-of-use fix, AI improvement, difficulty improvement, new portraits and fundamental class and spell balancing! I also added some class kits, NPCs and looser race restrictions. That is a LOT to still need from an "Enhanced" edition, things they should have already considered, things that were ALREADY out there and things that people were already using (for free, implemented by the community's fanbase).

In fact, and I can't believe this is true, the best thing about the Enhanced Edition is the forum support! That... is not what you want to say about any game. At least it was something though, the community is very passionate, helpful and a great bunch of people.

I really wanted this game to work and be the improved version I expected.

And then...

I found Pillars of Eternity.

Get Pillars of Eternity instead (on Steam). This is the game (much like the droids) you were looking for and I cannot recommend the game enough. Pillars of Eternity is a FLAWLESS, FAULTLESS extension on this RPG style. It's got a gritty, deadworld Diablo 1 feel with Skyrim type graphics and a 6-party, top-down RPG gameplay. It's well written, completely bugless (so far as I have experienced), the combat is smooth, the game is intuitive, the AI is smart and it has an original story line. Flawless. Everything the original BG series was to me but here in 2016, what the continuation of the BG series should have been (and in some ways, is).

Buy BG: Enhanced Edition if, at some point in the future, you'll want to wish to go back in time and punch yourself in the face for not getting Pillars of Eternity instead.

I write this review because I just wish someone had pointed me to PoE a long, long time ago.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
167.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Before the recent updates Baldur's gate 2 enhanced edition was a near perfect and totally complete version of the old Baldur's gate 2 game. However, unfortunately the new updates have fundamentally changed the game including terrible new character A.I., oddly dull bright character sprites, altered timing in combat, altered ability rolls and combat rolls, etc...

I am not one to normally say this, but if you can, download an older verion of the game for free from the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ or some other website because this current version is rather insulting in the fact that Beamdog did not allow the long time players a choice in this odd massacre of a classic game from years ago.

However, if you do decide to pay for this, you can expierience the game how it has been played for the better part of the past 15 years by right clicking it in your steam inventory, going to properties, Betas, and then selecting the bgiiee 1.3 Beta. It is not really a Beta, but the cpmpletely finished game as it should be played.

The current owners are terrible in digging their grimy little claws and uncreative influence into a perfectly good game. They are fine expanding upon it with the interqual and the planned prequel but the 2.0 and up updates are wrong and unreccomendable.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
378.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Unplayable since the 2.0. Update. Get the original version on GOG or play the 1.3. beta (selectable under the game properties).
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Glad I still own the original CDs
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
66.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Loved this game. Ever since it came out originally and have played it multiple times thoughout the years. Decided to get it on steam so I would always have it handy as I kept misplacing it. All was well, just like the game I remembered and loved, THAT IS UNTIL!!! Why did they have to update it, they have completely ruined it. I have uninstalled and reinstalled using original version, yet to see if this will make a difference but I can see I am not the only one who is displeased with new update so thought I would add my two pennies worth. You never know if enough people complain they may think twice before messing with a classic in the future!

P.S Reinstalling using original version did work, obviously you cant join multiplayer unless you are all on the same version so there arn't many people on but interface is original and that is what really counts, right? Anyone wanting to play original just go to the game in your library, properties, then betas. Click on top version and install from there! Baldurs Gate the way it was meant to be seen!!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.3 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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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This is absolutely a must have for any D&D or RPG fan. The game is incredibly immersive, has a MASSIVE world, and after all these years is still just as amazing as it used to be.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
209.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Note: this is a review for the v2.0 version of the game - there isnt much I could say that hasnt been already said in regards to the recent changes by beamdog. Bg2 definitely 1 of my favorite games of all time, the golden standard I judge all other games by and find them wanting. That masterpiece was made by black isle and no credit goes to beamdog for all of that. I enjoyed and would even have recommended the game when it was a v1.3, except that to do so would benefit beamdog and their agenda. If they kept their hands off of the game as it is, I would have less qualms about them, but the feeling I got as both a longtime player of bg2( since its release) and a paying customer for a known product was that I was hijacked and forcibly taken for a ride against my will where I did not want to go. This was not me buying a game made by beamdog and getting whatever they made- this was me getting a game I was familiar with and then getting repeatedly mashed in the face as a result both of their personal agenda and poor game development skills.

This review is less about whether Bg2 is a great game, which it is, and more about a protest against the developer it has been handed off too. Whatever your personal views on such things are, I refuse to be silent about it.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
A true classic, must have for any fan of the genre.
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