One thing that I have never been able to try was Dungeons & Dragons in pen and paper form. I did get to try a couple of online sessions, but they didn’t last long. I always yearned to find a group, but it just never worked out. So, jumping into this next game was maybe more difficult of a learning curve for me. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. I played about six hours before doing this review because I needed to start over a couple of times. I found my character wasn’t working out with the stats that I picked.
Once I got started, I noticed that it is a dated looking game, but it wasn’t bad. I did get some flickering with the graphics with like random squares. It was random and infrequent, so it was not much of an interference. You can zoom in and out to get where you most comfortable. Moving around relatively easy with clicking where you want your character or characters to go. However, pathing isn’t always the best. So, while it is okay in short distances, if you click the other side of a zone map, expect your group to get stuck on something.
The world is large and well done. There is a reason to explore. You can find things hidden in the world, even within a hole in the tree. I love when there is a reason to explore. There are also random NPCs that can give you new quests or other information to build your journal. How you interact with NPCs has real cause and effect on the world. So is how good or evil you act like stealing. You do really feel apart of the world. It is easy to get absorbed in the story. But with the movements, a little at a time, it does take a while to explore an area. Especially if you are like me and you want to uncover everything.
Combat, at least for my beginning skillset, was automatic. RNG is a real, and annoying thing, but so are dice. I didn’t get to a point where I had to control all my characters, I let the AI do most of the work. I can see where it can get very specific and challenging with the number of spells to learn and how each class has what they can and cannot learn. Gear and weapons also have class limitations. Goes back to the whole DnD structure.
Going back to the world, I will say with my playstyle, I found a lot to do with the hours I have played. I like talking to everyone. I like exploring every nook and cranny. I love handing all the side tasks. That said, I have not covered the story. Rumor says it is an amazing story, but I am still early in the game. That said, I still would recommend this game if you are really into DnD or if you like the nostalgia of an older classic game. I think people that want something that is more current with stylish graphics or don’t like strict DnD rules with RNG, they would not enjoy this game.
For me, I will continue to play this game because I want to see the story, but I am sure I will spend hours distracted along the way. Game: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition
Initial Release Date: January 16, 2013