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(Venture Beat)   Sharpen your swords and grab your hamsters The enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate II comes out on Nov. 15   (venturebeat.com) divider line 96
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2013-10-03 01:49:30 PM
Dammit!  I read that wrong and now I have a cut on my hand and a finely honed rodent.
 
2013-10-03 01:52:38 PM
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It was fun to play the evil scenarios and get that idiot to act all hurt. (My quasit will eat his rodent.)
 
2013-10-03 01:56:26 PM
Go for the eyes Boo!
 
2013-10-03 01:58:06 PM

Big Beef Burrito: Go for the eyes Boo!


Best line in video games...ever.
 
2013-10-03 01:58:44 PM
mikemcgarry77.files.wordpress.com

I have a cunning plan but no idea what you're talking about.
 
2013-10-03 01:59:02 PM
I can still remember entire quest lines and party positioning for encounters, that is how much I played the game. I am, however, not paying €20 for the reskinned version. Passed for that with the BG1 edition as well.
 
2013-10-03 02:00:37 PM
Minsc will lead with boot and blade!

Boo will take care of the details.
 
2013-10-03 02:00:45 PM
I was underwhelmed with the original Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition from Beamdog. Not much enhancement, frankly.
 
2013-10-03 02:08:22 PM

gopher321: I was underwhelmed with the original Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition from Beamdog. Not much enhancement, frankly.


There is a hidden version of the GTA "Hot Coffee" mini-game, but with Viconia.
 
2013-10-03 02:09:43 PM

gopher321: I was underwhelmed with the original Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition from Beamdog. Not much enhancement, frankly.


The new companions were well done but the arena was just a mindless grind. I still bought it since it was worth the cost to have it on my iPad. I can annoy my wife with it when we travel together.
 
2013-10-03 02:10:36 PM
It also has four new characters that can join your party

Oh dear.

i.imgur.com

Oh dear, oh dear.
 
2013-10-03 02:17:13 PM

DerAppie: I can still remember entire quest lines and party positioning for encounters, that is how much I played the game. I am, however, not paying €20 for the reskinned version. Passed for that with the BG1 edition as well.


It's on Steam now, and I'm sure it'll be on sale soon for about $2.50.
 
2013-10-03 02:17:28 PM

syrynxx: gopher321: I was underwhelmed with the original Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition from Beamdog. Not much enhancement, frankly.

There is a hidden version of the GTA "Hot Coffee" mini-game, but with Viconia.


WAT!
 
2013-10-03 02:17:44 PM
Make way, HEEERO coming through!
 
2013-10-03 02:19:17 PM

Ambivalence: Big Beef Burrito: Go for the eyes Boo!

Best line in video games...ever.


I was really hoping that there would be a scene in Mass Effect 3 where Boo gets some shots in on the Reapers.
 
2013-10-03 02:19:21 PM
i.qkme.me

Baldur's Gate I enhanced edition is now $5 on steam this weekend

/You're Welcome!
 
2013-10-03 02:23:03 PM
Butt-kicking for GOODNESS!!
 
2013-10-03 02:23:31 PM
Ahh man, Baldur's Gate brings back memories.

One of the guys in my dorm thought he could take on Drizzt early in the game, so he used a cheat code to summon a hostile Drizzt.  I loved watching his party explode into giblets.
 
2013-10-03 02:23:49 PM
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2013-10-03 02:23:56 PM

Gunderson: Baldur's Gate I enhanced edition is now $5 on steam this weekend


I haven't played either one.  I should, but I've got more than enough games to beat still.
 
2013-10-03 02:34:17 PM

Gunderson: Baldur's Gate I enhanced edition is now $5 on steam this weekend

/You're Welcome!


$5?  Well, that's worth it.
 
2013-10-03 02:37:01 PM
I played through the entire Baldur's Gate trilogy (using the Trilogy mod to combine the first and second games into a single campaign, the "Unfinished Business" fan mods for both games, the Ascension mod -- created by former BioWare employee David Gaider -- for the ending of Throne of Bhaal and a set of unofficial fixes to avert several unpatched bugs) last year, as a means of cleansing the memory of Mass Effect 3's ending from my mind.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and I likely will play through the series again in the future.

However, I have little motivation to re-purchase a game that I already own.
 
2013-10-03 02:37:43 PM
Icewind dale II  enhanced would be better.
 
2013-10-03 02:38:23 PM
I don't really care about new graphics. I'll stick with the GOG release with the fixes for half the price.
 
2013-10-03 02:42:18 PM
I played BG2 like crazy when I first got my hands on it.  Then I thought it was OK.  Then I hated it and I've hated it ever since.  Which is a shame, because it's a masterpiece with only one truly shiatty idea, but once you realize you're tasting shiat it kind of overwhelms everything.

The gameplay is EXCELLENT and the dungeons are AWESOME and the items are COOL and mood is MOODY. . . but the story just isn't about you.  It's about a couple of vampire douchebags (and some absurdly obvious crypto-bastards) who walk all over you and cackle with glee while doing it, over and over and over again.  They really rub in this whole "you're a puny pathetic weakling dancing in the palm of the bad guy" sadism to such an extent that I daresay the designers would be genuinely shocked if I pointed out that that's not fun for the guy playing the game.  There isn't any sort of catharsis-inducing ass-whupping of evil; in the most decisive bossfight victory I earned (one of WAY too many encounters with the final boss but not the last one as that's a fair bit tougher), it turns out it was easy because the BBEG was scripted to scoff at my puny efforts and teleport out anyway.  And the final battle?  You win, you leave, the guy gets up AGAIN and finally suffers Death by Cutscene.  You're not in the scene.  That's right; you're even denied the satisfaction of finishing off the guy who bullied your ass for 50+ hours, which is essentially the whole story of the game.  The writers were that in love with the bad guy.

The fact that you're forced to walk into every screamingly obvious trap set for you is a fresh pile of vomit on top of the shiat.  I won't play any "enhanced edition" of BG2 until I'm at least given the option to kill Saemon Havarian.  For those of you who don't know, he's the blatantly slimy NPC who couldn't be more obvious if he had "THIS MAN IS GOING TO SCREW YOU" blinking in 1.21 GW LED signs above his head, but you have no choice but to walk right into his betrayals because the game has scripted you with a case of the stupids.  It's so annoying I once actually tried, and somehow managed, to kill the douchebag in Throne of Bhaal and the game promptly crashed.

Yes, you read that right.

I KILLED

A VILLAIN

In a FANTASY RPG

and the game

CRASHED.

The "players as spectators" concept was THAT broken.
 
2013-10-03 02:45:46 PM
This is cool and all, but let me know when they do this to Planescape: Torment, and then we can talk.

/best story ever
 
2013-10-03 02:50:40 PM

dragonchild: The fact that you're forced to walk into every screamingly obvious trap set for you is a fresh pile of vomit on top of the shiat. I won't play any "enhanced edition" of BG2 until I'm at least given the option to kill Saemon Havarian. For those of you who don't know, he's the blatantly slimy NPC who couldn't be more obvious if he had "THIS MAN IS GOING TO SCREW YOU" blinking in 1.21 GW LED signs above his head, but you have no choice but to walk right into his betrayals because the game has scripted you with a case of the stupids. It's so annoying I once actually tried, and somehow managed, to kill the douchebag in Throne of Bhaal and the game promptly crashed.

Yes, you read that right.

I KILLED

A VILLAIN

In a FANTASY RPG

and the game

CRASHED.

The "players as spectators" concept was THAT broken.


Killing Saemon Havarian should not crash the game. You experienced an unusual bug, one that I am unable to establish as being commonly reported. Saemon is intended to be killable in Shadows of Amn after he has betrayed the party to githyanki. However, even if killed, he will nonetheless appear in Throne of Bhaal (as Throne of Bhaal only imports the data of the player and joinable NPC stats and inventory). However, he may be killed either in Amkethran or in his base before confronting Balthazar; him dying in either location should not adversely affect the game.
 
2013-10-03 03:01:52 PM
Heya!  It's me, Imoen!
 
2013-10-03 03:04:35 PM
Or you could just mod your existing copy of Baldur's Gate 2 for free.
 
2013-10-03 03:13:35 PM

Burr: This is cool and all, but let me know when they do this to Planescape: Torment, and then we can talk.

/best story ever


this
 
2013-10-03 03:23:48 PM

gnosis301: Heya!  It's me, Imoen!


I have no children and I do not intend to but if I ever have a daughter that's her name. I don't care what her mother says. Imoen it is.

I have no desire to buy an enhanced edition. The Baldur's Gate series changed my entire life and I prefer to let memories be memories. I still have all the save game files.

I always liked "Butt kicking for goodness" and "jump on my sword, evil" too. But perhaps my personal favorite is "Cities always teem with evil and decay, let's give it a shake and see what falls out."

/Minsc was a Druid at heart, I'm telling you.
 
2013-10-03 03:27:54 PM

insertsnarkyusername: Or you could just mod your existing copy of Baldur's Gate 2 for free.


Ascension is highly recommended, even if it does cause Yaga-Shura to become extremely difficult to kill in the final battle.

/The "Harm" spell solves that problem adequately, however.
 
2013-10-03 03:38:36 PM

gnosis301: Heya!  It's me, Imoen!


yawn ... i'm sleeeeeeeeepy
 
2013-10-03 03:41:39 PM
I didn't get into RPGs until Neverwinter Nights came out, and after that playing through the BG series (with the exception of Planescape) just seemed "meh".

But I can respect it for what it is.

/still have nwn installed
//still people playing online.
 
2013-10-03 03:45:15 PM
 Imoen and the Dragon Age chick are very similar.
 
2013-10-03 03:48:27 PM

ShadowLAnCeR: I didn't get into RPGs until Neverwinter Nights came out, and after that playing through the BG series (with the exception of Planescape) just seemed "meh".

But I can respect it for what it is.

/still have nwn installed
//still people playing online.


Wait wait wait wait wait.  Wait.  NWN better than Baldur's Gate?  What?  Bad 3d is somehow better than good 2d?  Did you like the text-dump plots?  The complete lack of characters with any character?
 
2013-10-03 03:53:06 PM

gopher321: I was underwhelmed with the original Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition from Beamdog. Not much enhancement, frankly.


Ditto. I didn't really feel that it added anything of real value that justified the price tag. And, honestly, I feel like the new graphics somehow detracted from it in a way by peeling away that "classic game" feeling.

When I play Baldur's Gate, I still fire up the patched copy from GoG. I don't think I'll bother with BGII: ED

dragonchild: [angry words]


The only time it ever pissed me off is when I was playing a Ranger, got my stronghold, put a bunch of cool stuff into it and went into the Planar sphere only to come out the other side several in-game days later to find that the stronghold was locked because the asshole quest giver couldn't find me and they got mad and shut me out.

Fark you. Give me my stuff back.
 
2013-10-03 03:53:23 PM

Clash City Farker: Imoen and the Dragon Age chick are very similar.


... Zevran?

/ zing!
 
2013-10-03 03:55:16 PM

ikanreed: Wait wait wait wait wait. Wait. NWN better than Baldur's Gate? What? Bad 3d is somehow better than good 2d? Did you like the text-dump plots? The complete lack of characters with any character?


Neverwinter Nights sucked.

Neverwinter Nights 2 was okay, but the camera design was hideously braindead and that was enough to drag an "okay" game down to "suck".
 
2013-10-03 03:58:27 PM
Waiting for faithful recreations of Might and Magic 1-5.  I'm in on the open dev of Might and Magic X.  It's just the sort of game I want to play.
 
2013-10-03 04:00:26 PM

Clash City Farker: Imoen and the Dragon Age chick are very similar.


The bisexual chick with the weird accent?


BG2 had the most rewarding (and difficult) romance of all Bioware games.

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skozlaw: Neverwinter Nights sucked.


The HOTU expansion redeemed the OC.
 
2013-10-03 04:01:18 PM
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2013-10-03 04:02:46 PM
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2013-10-03 04:13:06 PM
I missed BG2 the first time around, and at this point I just cant get into it. The actual leveling system is just not good...
 
2013-10-03 04:21:58 PM
skozlaw: Neverwinter Nights sucked.

The point of NWN wasn't the little cute module that came with it. NWN was the *engine* that ran that module. If you bought NWN and only played the module thinking that's what NWN was about, you screwed yourself badly out of the point of the software. NWN is meant to be an engine to build and run adventures on yourself with friends over the internet or at the very least, play one of the many persistent servers out there with an amazing amount of work and awesome effort to create a fantasy world far better than WoW or Evercrack ever was.

NWN is still going after all this time and there are many good servers still running awesome content including Amia, Ravenloft, Isle of Thain, FRC, Lala land, Arelith...
 
2013-10-03 04:28:48 PM
Yeah, call me when they get around to releasing BG 1 on Android.
 
2013-10-03 04:30:03 PM
Worth it just to have on portable platform, will buy.

At the risk of having to hand in my geek card, I'll say I've never played torment, hopefully it gets the EE treatment.

Pretty amazing that the kick starter for torment sequel like tripled the original ask in like a few days. Makes me contemplate headin to GOG to buy sooner...
 
2013-10-03 04:31:06 PM

Terrible Old Man: Ravenloft


You have my interest.  Googling this now, but any suggestions?
 
2013-10-03 04:45:19 PM

skozlaw: ikanreed: Wait wait wait wait wait. Wait. NWN better than Baldur's Gate? What? Bad 3d is somehow better than good 2d? Did you like the text-dump plots? The complete lack of characters with any character?

Neverwinter Nights sucked.

Neverwinter Nights 2 was okay, but the camera design was hideously braindead and that was enough to drag an "okay" game down to "suck".


Both were great, though each had flaws.

NWN and the sequels provided a great platform to build on and a fun campaign to play through. while a lot was RPG boilerplate it offered a really memorable moment when I found the note in Aribeth's room in the tower suggestion betrayl and raced to the roof - killing everything in my way to stop it. Of course she had to be executed at the end and I liked having a different character bring her back from Hell in the final episode.

NWN2 was only hampered by bugs. The MotB sequel was outstanding.
 
2013-10-03 05:15:25 PM
I played Wizardry, Ultima and Bard's Tale way back when and enjoyed them all very much.  Wizardry 6-8 are currently bundled on sale on Steam, so I bought them.

And my group died on their first encounter with two rats.   Did they make it harder, or am I just dumber?
 
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