“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.
User reviews: Very Positive (964 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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"Must Play for all true CRPG-enthusiasts. AD&D 2nd ed. game that continues the great story of BG 1. RtwP combat; memorable characters - Epic Game remake!"

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?


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
61 of 73 people (84%) 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.

-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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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
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*
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.

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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Baldur's gate 2


easy : wow this is so easy

normal: okay this is kinda difficult

hard: why do i feel like im playing dark souls

insane: cant even get past the prolouge without all my party members dying
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
223.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Certainly the best turn based game I've ever played, and ranks as one of the best video games I've ever played alongside its predessor. Unlike the first game, this one moves much faster and right from the get go throws you into the action. As far as the story goes (which is the most important aspect of a game) this is unparalled in the fantasy genre. Controls are a bit tedious as is the movement algorithm for controlled characters, but nothing an hour in game wont get you adjusted to. Graphics are not this game's strong point, however they are good considering when the game was made, and do not in anyway impede the story or experience. 10/10 would play again.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Baldur's Gate II:EE is the combined pack of Shadows of Amn+Throne of Bhaal which continue and conclude the story of Gorion's ward and their ascension into Godhood. BGII is arguably one of the best roleplaying games of all time with an incredibly deep, intricately woven and dark story that plays host to one of the best game villains and a plethora of tangential side missions, stories and npcs that make the world of Faerun come to life.

Shadows of Amn's story begins shortly after the events of the original Baldur's Gate, the opening cinematic and cutscene opens with your character being the unwilling constituent in the antagonist's demented BDSM fantasies. Little is revealed initially other than his name, Irenicus and he has shown some interest in you, or more specifically your heritage. His experiments are quickly interrupted by a besieging rival guild and in the ensuing chaos you are able to escape and you begin your journey in pursuit of Irenicus and his ilk to seek out your revenge.

Your adventure will see you travel the city of coin, Athkatla and the surrounding countryside of Amn as you pursue Irenicus down the Sword Coast. Throughout your travels you'll slowly learn the motivations and misdeeds that drive Irenicus and your interactions with him reveal the true nature of your lineage. Irenicus is a solid and well written antagonist although he isn't as insidious or devious as Sarevok.

Defeating Irenicus will throw you into Throne of Bhaal which is the culmination of the Bhaalspawn saga which pits you against the other most powerful Bhaalspawn in a Highlander-esque showdown to become the reincarnation of Bhaal himself. 'There can be only one..'

The gameplay is essentially unchanged from the first Baldur's Gate, at least at its core, it's still very tactical realtime combat with the ability to pause. Overall though the 'meta' is very different with [arcane] spellcasters being very strong in BGII due to the increased level cap and access to higher level spells and the abundance of powerful items, where as BGI was much easier as a warrior. Generally though the combat feels more enjoyable with a wider array of tools at your disposal and a greater array of vastly differing enemies to fight makes many battles feel varied and memorable. The further you push through the story of SoA and into ToB the more action oriented the game and combat will become as enemies get tougher and your character grows stronger. The increase in action will help accomodate for the weaker story in ToB. Overall though the combat is still very slow comparatively with any Arpg as it is designed to take some level of strategy and meticulous planning to succeed in BGII.

Graphically the Baldur's Gate series is timelessly beautiful because of the development decision to use painted 2d backdrops. The spell effects still look amazing and vary greatly between spells. The character models on the otherhand have not aged well and look very bland, pixelated and blurry but is a minor grievance in the grand scheme of things.

Having completed this game several times now, both playing with a full player created party, solo and then picking up npcs along the way the game offers a lot of replayability whether it be from the particular challenges and different strategies required of each class during fights with certain enemies and bosses or from the story arcs and commentary provided by the npcs you choose. This is a thinking man's game so if you're looking for a game with which to turn your brain off and have some mindless fun you may wish to reconsider. Those looking for a challenge and a riveting story this is the game for you. On a personal note, this is one of my favourite games of all time and I recommend it wholeheartedly, especially to those that enjoy a good rpg.
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