“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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The Blade Siren
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 22
These 2 games part one and 2 are just awful!! They are nothing like the PS2 Baldurs Gate so if you are buying thinking the controls will give you action and quick play forget this game. There is no action as you are constantly having to refer to inventory, spell books etc and assigning a action for each attack then click on opponents to attack and repeat this process. I was hoping for controller support or at least buttons to press for quick action style game play but this game is set up very hoaky. Like I said there is no action in the sense of pressing keyboard buttons to quickly attack like in all other RPG games. For each attack you are constantly refering to spell books, then figure out which one you want t use, then go back and click on creatures to attack and repeat this process. I was extremely disappointed after spending 53$. I was totally disappointed and would NOT refer this game to anyone.
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Zeridox
22.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
Black Isle FTW
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kcook05
99.1 hrs
Posted: September 18
If you love RPGs then this is a must have. I have bought it twice and have played through it a dozen times.
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Olaf the Merchant
23.2 hrs
Posted: September 18
Despite working with great material, Beamdog manages to fall miles away from the mark of producing a stellar remake of Baldur's Gate 2.

The sheer amount of gamebreaking bugs alongside with the low quality of 'additional new content' just don't make it worthwhile to buy this game. Instead of watching this performance by Beamdog the Understudy, it's just as well to buy the original on Steam or GOG and giving that a go- you'll spare yourself from a lot of grief, exceptionally bad voice acting and a myriad of bugs to choke an Otyugh.
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xTeet
62.0 hrs
Posted: September 15
the rpg i enjoy the most
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
236.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
This was the first time I had replayed BG II since it first came out and as such I had forgotton almost all of the story and it was really good to play it as new. Still one of the best RPGs out there and unlike some other of the older RPGs it is quite good to look at and the interface is not too clunky to use. IMO the magic system is up there with the best, making the strategic element of spell choice and the tactical use of them in combat a challenging and greatly enjoyable aspect of the game. My only gripe is with the in-city elements to the game which I think are a little weaker but otherwise excellent.

9/10 - would have my mind flayed again.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
I was born in 1986 and have been playing PC games since Wolfenstein 3D. For me this is the best game of all time. I play it once a year every year (sometimes twice) and will continue to do so forever. I recommend every single gamer who loves RPGs play this and sees where all the classic conventions we all now take for granted have come from.
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31 of 59 people (53%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
First ever RPG with which I had contac and I loved it. This game is brilliant. The story is so original and so addictive that I coulnd't find other 'same' game. When I saw remastered version I said to myself that I will give it a try. And you know what? It was great choice to buy it!
The biggest minus i quess is poor voice acting but other stuff is the same like in the original version.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
before you buy this game







gather your party before venturing forth
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
95.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
An rpg for the ages
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24 of 47 people (51%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
265.0 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
it's just the greatest rpg of all time, in my book. any time I reconsider that statement, I play it again: yep. still the best.
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896 of 977 people (92%) found this review helpful
133 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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810 of 904 people (90%) found this review helpful
873 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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