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*
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*
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."
Me- *Moves toward them slowly to get aggro, notices he's running up behind me, pause it* "Wait back there, please."
Me- "OK? Wait back there ok??"
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.