The Escapist Presents: Breaking Down Baldur's Gate

Breaking Down Baldur's Gate

Baldur's Gate: Original, Modded or Enhanced Edition? I'll break down what you can expect from the new Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

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Nice summary, think I'll stick with my modded bg1tutu but if more people get a chance to play this great game then that can only be a good thing.

Slycne:
So let's get this straight, I love the Baldur's Gate series.

Now there's a surprise! ;)

Great video, it was nice to hear and see the changes and improvements. The inventory looks a lot nicer, that's for sure. About the intro.... Yeah, it looks nicer, but I kinda miss the Nietzsche quote (maybe it's nostalgia talking).
Sleep is better than magic missile? But I loooove magic missile!! :D
No Minsc and Boo in the party, how could you?!?! ;)

You got one thing right, a modded Baldur's Gate is indeed still going to be my preferred method of play. However! I'll be getting an iPad this holiday season, and I'm seriously considering getting it for the iPad, rather than the PC...

I agree with everything except for the need to be tech savvy to install BGTUTU (the mod which converts BG1 to the BG2 engine). One only needs to google BGTUTU, download the installer and install.

While newcomers might be better off with the EE, it's worth mentioning that you can get BG1+2+expansions for less than the price for BGEE (which only has BG1+expansion). While EE comes with new content, there's far more content made by modders that might not be compatible with the EE.

I'll probably stick to the originals.

I meta way too much while playing.
But hah. I had both Commander Shepards in my party at one time!
...then I killed Dynaheir off, because 3 mages was just too much.

My BG2 is very heavily modded, but 1, not so much, so I liked what they did here, tho I generally agree BGEE is nothing special. Except, you know. It's Baldur's Gate, and that's awesome. I was very excited about it, and I think Beamdog did a good job. Except for some bugs.

Hmm, just finished playing the first Baldur's Gate game a little while ago. I may get this, but I never really had that much of a problem with the engine. I learnt the rules the hard way and never forgot them, the tutorial was shockingly bad in the original game. Also, did anyone cheat by doing the group combat tutorial, stealing all their equipment, exporting the character and starting the game again? It seemed like a good idea when I was 14...

Loethlin:
I meta way too much while playing.
But hah. I had both Commander Shepards in my party at one time!
...then I killed Dynaheir off, because 3 mages was just too much.

I assume you are talking about the voice actors, I never knew who voiced Xan, so I'll have to take your word for it... Mages were a liability for most of the game, unless you used the rest button like a narcoleptic.

So can you play online multiplayer in this?

My friend and I tried to play the original together online back in the day, and it was fun, as I recall, but it's been a while.

I always thought I was alone in my obsession with Baldur's Gate. I always knew BG nerds were out there, but they seem to be an elusive bunch. Anyway, I thought the enhanced edition was pretty cool, but compared to the modded version it's not as good, which I suppose is to be expected since there are a million mods that do a million things. I'm going to wait for a while and let the modding community get their teeth into this one, transfer mods over and make new ones, and then I'm sure this new one will in time trump the older version, but it'll take time. The new little touches are nice though.

So Enhanced Edition is only the first game and its expansion? Why did I think it was BG2 too? Lame, I wanted both games. =(

Bashful Reaper:
I assume you are talking about the voice actors, I never knew who voiced Xan, so I'll have to take your word for it... Mages were a liability for most of the game, unless you used the rest button like a narcoleptic.

Yes, the voice actors. :)
No, Xan is voiced by Jeff Bennett. I eventually had him in my final party, actually, because he was boss with buffing magic, and his Moonblade.
New guy, Rasaad, is voiced by Mark Meer. He's a monk, and I wanted to test at least one new guy. And wanted to listen to him hitting on my CHARNAME (who was a mage).
Mages are fun for me, but I always do that caster stuff. They get to be good characters only after they're able to cast 3rd level spells. Before that, they're just like guys throwing rocks at the monsters...

No mention of multiplayer? Apparently it's going to be fully supported and much easier to do that in the original, though there are still some bugs in it according to the forums. That's one of the main reasons why BGEE was worth the $20 out of my pocket.

I'm still upset they screwed up every single item name by replacing the functional names with more descriptive names, (i.e. Short Sword +2 -> Whistling Sword +2). I also don't like the addition of new companions, (I've never liked companion mods, and that's what this is), and Black Pits is...not really an issue one way or another. But besides that, it's alright.

Man, what a tough decision. I want to replay these badly, and suspect that the modded version is still better if I don't really plan on playing multiplayer, but the iPad version is so tempting as it's really the only way I'd ever be able to finish. Is BG2EE coming out, guaranteed?

Does this video count as a podcast, Justin is talking about Baldur's gate

I certainly like the aesthetics of the EE's new cinematics. But I might just wait for someone to mod that into the Baldur's Gate Trilogy mod and co-opt it. After my butt-kicking-for-goodness Cavalier's story, I'm probably going to re-roll as a Monk or something once I have a reason to revisit the trilogy.

Why would you even mention there's a twist involving the main character if the developers removed a quote specifically to hide it?

I've never played it, want to play it, and thought this was the perfect time to see what everyone was talking about. Now I have to go through the experience knowing to expect some twist and looking out for it when, I assume, it gets foreshadowed.

Was it really that important to note why a quote was deleted from an opening cinematic?

Slycne:
Breaking Down Baldur's Gate

Baldur's Gate: Original, Modded or Enhanced Edition? I'll break down what you can expect from the new Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

Watch Video

Sorry, but it is not knee-chee, it is Nee-tcha.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrtSoASqjoE

Hmm don't think I'll be picking it up. I actually bought the entire series again right before the EE was announced and I'm already playing with BGtutu which from the sound of it does most of what the EE does. The new into look nice though, far better than the awful 3d one but they shortened it too much.

Whispering Death:
Why would you even mention there's a twist involving the main character if the developers removed a quote specifically to hide it?

I've never played it, want to play it, and thought this was the perfect time to see what everyone was talking about. Now I have to go through the experience knowing to expect some twist and looking out for it when, I assume, it gets foreshadowed.

Was it really that important to note why a quote was deleted from an opening cinematic?

It is painfully obvious right from the start, with or without that quote. He didn't spoil anything.

The reason for me getting EE is that I own a Mac for four years now and can't play either my first release disks or GoG version (without rebooting to Win7).

IMO, I enjoyed the first one a lot more. It wasn't so bloody long and I had a desire to grind a level or two near the end, but no place in which to grind. Get the EE? I think I'd rather just dust off my discs and play it vanilla.

Personally, I would have loved a new Dark Alliance game.

Alandoril:
Personally, I would have loved a new Dark Alliance game.

Get Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Same developer, same engine and just as tedious as Dark Alliance. But for all intents and purposes, if you like DA then War in the North should be right up your alley.

teh_gunslinger:

Alandoril:
Personally, I would have loved a new Dark Alliance game.

Get Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Same developer, same engine and just as tedious as Dark Alliance. But for all intents and purposes, if you like DA then War in the North should be right up your alley.

I played War in the North the other day at a friend's house. It wasn't near as good as either of the BG:DA games. They had their issues, especially the second one but WITN felt beyond clunky and unpolished.

 

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