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  • Summary: The final chapter of the wildly popular Baldur's Gate series, technically and add-on pack to "Shadows of Amn" but which plays like a true sequel, opens after the conclusion of "Shadows" at the outbreak of a major Bhaalspawn war and throws you into a new adventure called the Watcher's Keep.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. A true measure of any great series, whether it be books, movies, or computer games, is that I always feel a sense of loss when they are over; ToB gave that to me.
  2. Full of adventure, action, intrigue and suspense. You will be required to use your brain, and your strategic fighting skills to survive the course before you. But it is quite an amazing and enjoyable venture.
  3. A fitting completion to the Baldur's Gate "trilogy," but was slightly disappointing to this reviewer due to the shorter amount of playing time available for the main game itself (around 25-30 hours).
  4. GamePower
    88
    This isn't some short, slapped-together final chapter, but a full-fledged game of its own. Clocking in at around 40 to 50 hours, Throne Of Bhaal is easily longer than most other stand-alone RPGs.
  5. If there is any down side to it at all it’s that there won’t be a "Baldur’s Gate III" and I will sorely miss my player character with whom I have shared such a wonderful adventure over the last three years.
  6. In some ways it's even superior to Baldur's Gate II. It's filled with high adventure, epic battles, and plenty of surprises, and it's got a good cast, a good story, and more of all the elements that have made the series successful.
  7. 70
    I just can't help thinking that the "Final Chapter" should have had a little more to it.

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
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  1. Vio
    Nov 20, 2011
    10
    Conclusion to one of the most epic RPG tales ever. Compared to today's graphics the game is obviously very lacking, but like its predecessorConclusion to one of the most epic RPG tales ever. Compared to today's graphics the game is obviously very lacking, but like its predecessor the art itself is beautiful. Gameplay and mechanics is complicated, but like its predecessor the story, world, and basic exploration properties overcome this. Did I like it? Yes! Expand
  2. Dec 6, 2017
    10
    This was a very pleasant surprise for me. I belong to the minority, who liked the original Baldur’s Gate better than its sequel, Shadows ofThis was a very pleasant surprise for me. I belong to the minority, who liked the original Baldur’s Gate better than its sequel, Shadows of Amn (which still is one of the best role-playing games ever made). This had lowered down my expectations for the expansion of the second game. I am glad I was wrong…

    Where I found Shadows of Amn lacking, Throne of Bhaal shines. Firstly, it is a very focused game. The linearity, however, is its strength. Combined with one of the best stories ever written for any video game (better than the previous Baldur’s Gate titles and maybe only surpassed by Planescape: Torment), Throne of Bhaal takes you to an epic journey.

    What is a bit odd is that as an expansion, the game provides more story and gives more character progression than both Baldur’s Gate I & II. It masterfully wraps up the story and concludes the Baldur’s Gate Saga. Moreover, it introduces the antagonist of Shadows of Amn as a playable NPC and a massive dungeon, Watcher’s Keep, to level up your characters to extremely high levels for a D&D world.

    With its 50+ hours of gameplay and the epic conclusion to the Baldur’s Gate Trilogy, this could easily be called Baldur’s Gate III by today’s standards. But the year the game was released was different times and the standard of respect to gamers was so much higher, this giant of an RPG -and one of the best of the genre- was only considered “an expansion”.
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  3. Jan 1, 2012
    10
    A good addon to one of the best 2D Dungeons and Dragons RPGs ever made.

    If you like the genre and you think you can overlook the slightly
    A good addon to one of the best 2D Dungeons and Dragons RPGs ever made.

    If you like the genre and you think you can overlook the slightly outdated 2D graphics (Just look at some screenshots or videos) than you should really give it a try. Its simply brilliant.
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  4. May 27, 2011
    9
    Ah, the Throne of Bhaal. Like BG 2 SOA, it is fun, immersive and challenging. While a great expansion, it isn't exactly on the same level ofAh, the Throne of Bhaal. Like BG 2 SOA, it is fun, immersive and challenging. While a great expansion, it isn't exactly on the same level of BG 2, but you can't go wrong here, especially if you want to see how the Bhaal saga unfolds. Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2013
    9
    A welcome addition to Baldur's Gate 2. One of the best expansions ever. Like the main game, I can not fault it at all. Well, maybe a little,A welcome addition to Baldur's Gate 2. One of the best expansions ever. Like the main game, I can not fault it at all. Well, maybe a little, it could have been longer, but then again I could say that about any great game.

    Throne of Bhaal just adds and gives us more, and if anyone is a devote fan of the first game as I am, that is a very good thing.

    Overall:
    Throne of Bhaal is a fantastic expansion to an already fantastic game.
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  6. Jun 24, 2011
    8
    The conclusion to the Baldur's Gate saga, this expansion pack to Baldur's Gate 2 really ought to have been made and sold as a standaloneThe conclusion to the Baldur's Gate saga, this expansion pack to Baldur's Gate 2 really ought to have been made and sold as a standalone Baldur's Gate 3. As it is, it feels compressed: a somewhat rushed conclusion to the Bhaalspawn saga, plus a huge dungeon in the style of Durlag's Tower: Watcher's Keep. Throne of Bhaal takes the style of the BG series and turns it up to 11: everything is bigger, flashier, explodier, with multiple dragons. Some annoying difficulty spikes -- notably the encounter at the Throne itself (I just want to see the ending, not reload multiple times!!). Still, the essential conclusion to the saga. Expand
  7. Dec 24, 2016
    6
    As said before, too much combat. And the combat is too difficult; playing your mages etc. well requires an amount of planning and thinkingAs said before, too much combat. And the combat is too difficult; playing your mages etc. well requires an amount of planning and thinking that borders on work, not play. I played on normal setting. Expand

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