BALDUR'S GATE I & II ENHANCED EDITION
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on October 23, 2019
The first Baldur's Gate game I ever played, I played on the Xbox. Not the Xbox One, not the Xbox 360. No, my fellow readers, no; I'm talking about the very first Xbox! So, that would make it roughly like 10 to 15 years ago, since I played this game. I had enormous amounts of fun dispatching enemies left and right, so I was overjoyed when I heard that the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition was coming to current gen consoles!
Now here's the funny part; as it turns out, the game I played all those years ago was actually Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. And while it technically is a part of the Baldur's game series, the game I had a blast playing is a hack and slash game. So, last Friday I curled up on my couch with a cup of tea and anxiously turned on my Nintendo Switch. You can probably imagine my surprise when, after playing through the tutorial, I didn't recognize any of the things and characters of the game I was playing. It didn't actually look and sound anything like the game I once played. It was at that point that it finally struck me; wait a minute, this is not the same game!
No sir, I was now playing the original Baldur's Gate, which was released for PC waaaaay back in 1998, is inspired by Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and uses the D&D 2nd Edition ruleset. Now, you might be thinking (just like me): Hold up; I don't know anything about D&D! But fear not, weary traveler, because the game actually starts with nice intro and a comprehensive tutorial during which you can learn about the basics of the game, as well as get familiarized with its rules and interface. the Baldur's Gate 1 + 2 Enhanced Edition makes its way onto the current generation of consoles and is available for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. This Enhanced Edition features: Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II, the Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear as well as the Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal DLC packs, and even some brand-spanking-new content, developed especially to bridge the two main games.
Like in almost every RPG, we first start off by creating our character. This game is, as earlier said, based are inspired by Dungeons and Dragons, so there are lots and lots of options to choose from. You can choose gender, race, class, weaponry, appearance and (of course) a name. After you've completely tailored your character to your liking, you can select the difficulty level. Baldur's Gate goes further than just letting you choose between easy, normal and hard. Varying from Story mode to Insane, there are 6 different difficulties and, to top it all off, there's a difficulty level that is called Legacy of Bhaal, which pretty much is the most difficult it's going to get. In short; enough variation and a game mode for literally everyone to enjoy.
During the game you will grow from an orphan to a hero and unravel the dark mystery of your lineage. You've grown up within the heavily fortified walls of Candlekeep. Your foster father Gorion has done everything in his power to protect you and keep you out of harm's way. But things are about to change. Under mysterious circumstances you are forced to leave everything you know behind. The city of Baldur's Gate is threatened and needs your help! Besides the usual enemies, there might also be something else at work here, so it's definitely time for you to start sorting things out.
To be honest, if you have experience with these type of games and are familiar with Dungeons & Dragons, I think you will pick up the game faster than when you are totally oblivious to the ins and outs of D&D. Having said that, the tutorial is great to lets you experiment with the various options at your disposal. You will always travel in a party and along the way you will meet several characters that will join you in your noble quest. Baldur's Gate is a game in which strategic thinking and planning ahead are your very bestest bosom buddies, just like they would be if you're playing Dungeons & Dragons with your friends at your kitchen table. Now, as most of you will probably know, D&D has always been about playing together. Luckily, Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition is no exception to this rule; whether you want to play together with your friends, or other gamers from all over the world, the game offers a fantastic multiplayer support with connectivity between all platforms!
Since the initial release in 1998, Baldur's Gate has entertained millions of fans around the globe and has received countless awards. From 2012 through to 2014, the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition of was already released for PC, Android, iOS and Linux. Now, 5 years after its last release, the game is finally available on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Taking into account the fact that the original Baldur's Gate set the original standard for Dungeons & Dragon computer role-playing games, it's no wonder that people are looking forward to play this classic game again on current gen consoles.
With all its awesome content, Baldur's Gate I & II Enhanced Edition definitely offers you more than enough bang for your proverbial buck. Plus, it runs great on all three platforms, so no matter which console you prefer, you'll get one hell of a smooth running package! For the people that played the original games back in the days when music cassettes were still a thing, this Enhanced Edition is sure to bring back memories. For those among us (including me, apparently) who haven't played the original first two games in the series yet, it's definitely fun to see where it all started!
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