Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition coming to PC and Mac on November 15th

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By on September 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Let me tell you folks – November 15th is a special day. Awesome things come alive on November 15th. Things like the League of Nations! Rommel! Chad Kroeger! Holy heck, Chad Kroeger? I share a birthday with Chad Kroeger? November 15th is a terrible day. Or at least it was until 2013, when it becomes the day the Enhanced Edition of Baldur’s Gate 2 is available on PC and Mac.

Yes, as learned by VG247, one of the greatest Computer RPGs of all time will be available for everyone to play on their fancy, modern computers in just two and a half months, giving everyone a chance to get back to hating Imoen, or learn to hate her for the first time. Like the Enhanced Edition of Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition contains both the Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal expansions, along with four new characters and a new scenario designed by Beamdog.

The Enhanced Edition also has reworked multiplayer and a host of other fixes, like – naturally – widescreen support and UI improvements. You can preorder BG2EE on PC and Mac right now from the official site and the iOS and Android releases will be available at some point in the future.

Source: VG247

7 comments (Leave your own)

YES!… although i have to fit it around Uni and battlefield 4 and rome 2 total war… still YES! i loved these old classic isometric games, fingers crossed icewind dale 1 and 2 and planescape torment next XD

 

I guess they must have sorted out the legal problems they had. Also, still no BG1 for android. =(

 

Sweet, now i can bang that drow queen again and have jaheira bit
ch at me for another hundred hours of play.

 

Well someone’s clearly not an Imoen fan, now that I actually think about it I don’t think I ever got rid of her in any of my playthroughs. ;)

I’m surprised at some of the hate that was directed towards the first game’s extended edition and not quite sure if it was warranted, I mean sure with the TUTU mod and configurations you could almost do the same thing anyway, but it certainly wasn’t a bad release and maybe got a lot of the younger crowd of today into this amazing series which is always good.

Guess I’ll be re-re-buying one of my all-time favourite games for about the 4th or 5th time come November. =)
If Wasteland 2 miraculously doesn’t get delayed and also sees its estimated November release date, then… that would be quite the month of old school win.

 

stoibs,

Yeah I guess that’s kind of unfair of me, since she stayed in my party too. She’s just so freaking useful.

And I never really got the hate for BGEE either – while I would have preferred they stick to sprites, I have never had a modded infinity engine game run on anything later than vista without game-crashing bugs – and that’s all I wanted out of BGEE. All I want out of video games now is to play BG2 and PST all the way through again, then I don’t care, I can die. Preferably with a way to skip past your first meeting with Pharod, because I have played those first few hours far too many times.

 

I was super excited when I first heard about BGEE but I was really disappointed with the final product and I understand the hate it gets.

My thoughts:
-New videos are crap and obviously low budget. Originals were so much better. The updated opening video is still bad.
-No updated visuals (somewhat outside their control, but still disappointing).
-New areas look much worse than original areas, like smudged textures and obviously low budget/low care factor.
-New characters are okay in theory, but are really jarring with the rest of the game. Way too much audio and cheesy without the quality that makes cheesy work.
-New quests are meh
-Bugs (although bugs don’t bother me that much tbh and they’re patching frequently)
-New music by Sam is good, but don’t replace the opening screen track
-I’m undecided on them creating new kits (i.e. beyond the BG2 ones).
-BG on tablet is cool imo (although not how they’re ‘supposed’ to be played.

Basically, the impression I got was they wanted to make some money without putting in the effort and care to replicate the quality of the originals. Hugely disappointing. God help them if they go near PST or BG3.

 

joelofdeath,

-New videos are crap and obviously low budget. Originals were so much better. The updated opening video is still bad. Completely agree, this was poor work.
-No updated visuals (somewhat outside their control, but still disappointing).
They made the game look as good without needing the mods you would otherwise have to manually get
-New areas look much worse than original areas, like smudged textures and obviously low budget/low care factor. This they actually did explain through their website. Unlike BG2 enhanced, bioware / EA did not have many of the art asset’s anymore for the original Baldur’s Gate such as the landscapes etc. So Overhaul had to remake them thus explaining some of the texture differences.
-New characters are okay in theory, but are really jarring with the rest of the game. Way too much audio and cheesy without the quality that makes cheesy work.
Yeah good thing they’re optional though.
-New quests are meh
New quests still fit in though. Better that than to be over the top trying to stand out on their own.
-Bugs (although bugs don’t bother me that much tbh and they’re patching frequently)
-New music by Sam is good, but don’t replace the opening screen track
-I’m undecided on them creating new kits (i.e. beyond the BG2 ones).
-BG on tablet is cool imo (although not how they’re ‘supposed’ to be played.

 
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