Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition captures the essence of what makes fantasy RPGs so beloved.
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    As much as I've gotten used to modern, hold-your-hand RPGs like Mass Effect 3, there is something to be said for this take-no-prisoners blast from the past, especially if you love old-timey D&D as much as I do.
  3. Nov 20, 2013
    For Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Overhaul Games kept the same philosophy as the first game released one year ago. Improving a game that is already perfect is a dirty job, but they've finally done it.
  4. Dec 11, 2013
    It's hard, it's obtuse. It's big, it's beautiful. It's cruel, it's arbitrary. It's an adventure.
  5. Dec 19, 2013
    The only meaningful thing separating the two versions is the inclusion of new characters and quests, and those additions aren't quite strong enough to make Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition an easy recommendation.
  6. Nov 14, 2013
    Although it doesn't feel as "enhanced" as it should, it still is one of the best video games ever made, and if you've never played it, this could be a great option to do so.
  7. Jan 3, 2014
    Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a game with a very specific audience – those who are familiar with the inner workings of D&D and/or played the game when it first came out. It’s not that newcomers can’t enjoy it, but the game almost deliberately stacks the deck against them.
  8. Feb 14, 2014
    It's a great chance for all the fans out there to relive history of western RPG. Enhanced graphics and interface make this a great remaster of an immortal classic.
  9. Jan 10, 2014
    It’s very convenient and nice. It’s convenient and nice to not have to install a handful of mods on the original version in order to get it to look not terrible. It’s convenient and nice to have small quality-of-life things added that new players won’t even notice while Baldur's Gate veterans will likely welcome them with open arms.
  10. Dec 11, 2013
    As a classic RPG with some of the best writing and purest example of D&D mechanics in a videogame you really need to play this, but as a ‘remake’ this needs more work to be worthy of the same praise as its older brother.
  11. Dec 4, 2013
    Baldur’s Gate II is one the most beautiful RPG of the Infinity Engine’s golden age; here it is, ready for newbie gamers to enjoy but probably still a step behind the original version.
  12. Jan 3, 2014
    The original game is a classic. The “Enhanced Edition” is a near-clone, with some additional content. If you haven't played it before, or would like a deep RPG to put on your tablet, this is a good buy.
  13. PC Gamer
    Jan 31, 2014
    Doesn't do enough to be the uncontested definitive version, but provides a fresh perspective on an exceptional RPG. [March 2014, p.72]
  14. Nov 17, 2013
    Baldur’s Gate II is not a game to be missed. With an epic story, memorable characters, hundreds of hours of dungeon crawling, questing and adventuring, Baldur’s Gate stands tall among the classics.
  15. Dec 13, 2013
    Thirteen years ago one might have titled this game as the crown jewel of role-playing games. But today, the Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate II shows us clearly how times have changed in the gaming world. It's the perfect excuse for those who want to back to the golden gaming era, but newcomers to these kind of games might have a hard time becoming immersed.
  16. Dec 18, 2013
    While the enhanced edition isn’t bad, its new features don’t do enough to make it the quintessential version of the game to own, at least not when the original is still so damn good.
  17. Nov 22, 2013
    The Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal is, especially on mobile platforms, and excellent reason to give the games (another) chance. Hardcore fans won't get many improvements though and are better off modding another version.
  18. Dec 13, 2013
    I said it before on the first game and I'll say it again here. There is nothing to recommend this version of Baldur's Gate II over the original version available on
  19. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2014
    If I were to rate the original game after all these years, I would still give it 9 out of 10. The elements added to the Enhanced Edition would score 6,5, maybe 7 on a good day. [01/2014, p.46]
  20. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 23, 2014
    Still a fantastic RPG that didn’t lose any charm over the years. Sadly, the developers of this new edition are far less charming, because they charge money for something resembling an undercooked mod. [Issue#238]
  21. Nov 26, 2013
    If you want to replay Baldur’s Gate II or are an RPG fan who hasn’t played it this is definitely the version to get, but unless you’re desperate to get it now I suggest waiting until a Steam sale.
  22. Feb 3, 2014
    There’s no doubt that Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a product of its time, but there’s also no doubt that it’s an absolute classic of the RPG genre.
  23. Jan 31, 2014
    One of the best RPG of all time came back on iOS with Bhaal and Black Pitts expansions, but we have probably lost the system control in translation. Baldur's Gate 2 is still a great game, but does not fit well on touchscreen devices.
  24. Dec 18, 2013
    If you’re a fan of RPGs, you owe it to yourself to play this game. Keep in mind that it’s not easy and that the governing system isn’t for everyone; however, get past that, and there’s a classic that compares to any behemoths of the genre even today.
  25. Dec 3, 2013
    Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a well-executed restored piece, unlocking tens of hours of great fun to the new generation of gamers, while making it possible to remind the best game by BioWare to those, who remember it, in a comfortable way.
  26. Jan 23, 2014
    Baldur's Gate II is considered by many as the epitome of old school RPGs and a must play for any gamer. Heavily improved over the previous Enhanced Edition, its high price point and few new quest bugs are the only reasons you may consider getting the cheaper, original edition over this one.
  27. GameStar
    Nov 25, 2013
    Quotation forthcoming.
  28. Nov 25, 2013
    One of the best RPGs of all time returns. This new edition succeeds not because of any enhancements added by Beamdog, but because the game BioWare created is still as strong as it ever was with only dated design and mechanics holding it back.
  29. Nov 29, 2013
    Not quite there as far as what can be expected from an enhanced edition, but it definitely does the original justice.
  30. Nov 24, 2013
    An excellent opportunity for those who loved the original to play it again, but newbies will need the patience of a saint to survive the complexity of its gameplay.
  31. Nov 15, 2013
    This refurbished version of Baldur's Gate II is true to its source material and does a good job in making one of the best fantasy epics in the history of computer role playing games available for a modern audience.
  32. Dec 3, 2013
    While the Scale User Interface is the true hero of this release, it would not exist if it weren’t in the service of Baldur’s Gate II and its expansion. If there was ever a good time to replay Shadows of Amn or to sink your teeth into its considerable flesh for the very first time, then it is now.
  33. Nov 25, 2013
    Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition has a similar problem to the previous installment: it has to compete against lots of free mods. Fortunately the developers have learned a thing or two and now the game has longer, more complex missions and some clever technical novelties. It's still a game for older, more hardcore gamers, but it's important to appreciate the fact, that Enhanced Edition finally offers a lot more than any free mod does.
  34. Nov 17, 2013
    The enhancements aren't quite ready for prime-time, but Baldur's Gate II remains one of the greatest RPGs of all time and an unsurpassed D&D experience. The improvements to the interface are fantastic, and if the new content gets the final wax-and-polish it deserves, it will be too.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 302 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 302
  1. Nov 15, 2013
    I strongly disagree with views this game is over-priced.

    Beamdog is doing great work extending the long term viability of these classic
    I strongly disagree with views this game is over-priced.

    Beamdog is doing great work extending the long term viability of these classic titles. The enhanced version of Baldur's Gate was superior to the GOG version (which I also own). This version is a legitimate rebuild and extension of a great game that allows it to seamlessly function on new systems. Thanks for a great rebuild of a great game! If you at all have any love for this game, be sure to support all the honest efforts to extend its playability into the future. People who moan about $26 as 'too much' for a game like this are losing perspective on the true value of work in this industry and perchance need spend less time playing games and more time working in the REAL world. You want the industry to support classic games? Support mods by all means, but also definitely BUY games like this so that the teams doing the work can continue to provide great games for all of us. Buy the GOG version. Mod your original version AND buy this. Then you will truly be in a position to give an honest (and constructive) review. I wonder how many 'fans' ready to score bomb this are sitting on big libraries of torrent-stolen games.

    Most irritating thing is that if these butt-hurt moaners really can't afford it, they only have to wait a few months till they can get it for pennies on a Steam sale. How painful that is NOT!

    Get some bloody perspective!

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  2. Nov 18, 2013
    A pointless re-release with nothing of real value added. They've patched in some widescreen support and UI scaling, something that wasA pointless re-release with nothing of real value added. They've patched in some widescreen support and UI scaling, something that was available with free mods and the cheaper original version of the game. As far as I can tell they have only remastered character sprites so all other artwork is just rescaled and blurry in high resolutions as a result. No doubt it's a classic RPG but this version is simply lazy, a waste of money and an obvious cash grab design to capitalise on nostalgia and a resurgence of the genre. If not having to spend 30 seconds googling "baldur's gate II widescreen mod" is worth $25 to you then knock yourself out. Full Review »
  3. Jun 17, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The game has only had 1 small patch in the last 7 months (and that patch came shortly after release). Basically they've been forgoing patching in favour of getting both BGEE and BG2EE on Android. I would recommend you instead buy BG2 from GoG (or anywhere that sells the original game) and use the BG2 fixpack on it. It will solve all of the major and the vast majority of the minor bugs in the original BG2 and you won't get the multitude of bugs (which can include everything from your weapon proficiencies getting wiped clean to not having access to your slayer form for more than one use, to your character getting stuck on the screen from a dragon's wing buffet) you get with the "enhanced" edition.

    The new characters they introduce are decent but nothing that is resoundingly different from the many mods already available for the game (a number of which aren't available with the "enhanced" edition). Also most of the new characters quest lines are bugged (and have been obviously for the last 7 months).

    Overall I would buy the game from GoG (or anywhere that sells the original game) for less than half the price of this release. Not only will you save money but between the fixpacks and all the available mods for BG2 you'll get far better value for your money.
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