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  • Summary: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and some never before seen content as well.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Dec 11, 2012
    100
    Overhaul Games has succeeded in making one of the big RPG classics available on modern machines. The infinity engine looks great in HD and all the esthetics are well preserved. The new stuff is okay, but most importantly Baldur's Gate can now be fully enjoyed again, as it deserves.
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    89
    The game may not be perfect, and it may not be particularly easy, but that doesn't mean it isn't a fantastic game that RPG fans of all shapes shouldn't try.
  3. Dec 8, 2012
    85
    With this renewed edition, the first chapter of the Baldur's Gate saga revives of a new life, thanks to the original expansion pack "Tales of the Sword Coast" and the new original adventure "The Black Pit" made by Overhaul Games.
  4. Dec 4, 2012
    80
    The classics never die. Baldur's Gate still is awesome. A must have for anyone that not played the original, but less recommendable for the veterans of the saga.
  5. Dec 12, 2012
    80
    Should you buy Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition if you own it on GOG? Probably not. A few optional characters, a Horde mode, and a few built-in modifications do not a Really Special Edition make. You should absolutely play Baldur's Gate if you don't mind isometric RPGs that give you a real challenge, since the writing is still amazing and both the world and combat system are still really deep and engrossing.
  6. Dec 17, 2012
    79
    All in all, you'll have to make that decision for yourself. If you want to play the game as it originally looked, or if you want to pay the barrel bottom price, pick the GoG version, but if you think the game is worth a bit of money, want to play the game with a bit of tweaks to make it more usable, or want access to the excellent new content, be sure to at least give the Enhanced Edition a look.
  7. Jan 24, 2013
    40
    The unfortunately named Enhanced Edition fails to make a compelling case for its existence in any meaningful way, especially when you consider its asking price of twenty bucks can net you both the original Baldur's Gate and the far-superior sequel from a site like GOG, and downloading a few free mods that make them really shine takes mere minutes of your time. I would highly recommend that course of action instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 92
  2. Negative: 28 out of 92
  1. Dec 16, 2012
    10
    I will give this a 10 just because they are bring the best game series of all time back to life. It's freaking Baldur's Gate. The best gameI will give this a 10 just because they are bring the best game series of all time back to life. It's freaking Baldur's Gate. The best game I've ever played! I can't wait for the following releases especially BG2 and finally BG3. I feel like a kid again :) Expand
  2. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    Amazing game, you will not regret buying. Anyone considering this should buy because it is a worthy investment both for your money and forAmazing game, you will not regret buying. Anyone considering this should buy because it is a worthy investment both for your money and for your time spent as a gamer on this top quality product/company. Expand
  3. Dec 9, 2012
    9
    People are as whiny and quick to grab the pitchforks as ever. The bugs are overstated. They mostly pertain to intel integrated graphics andPeople are as whiny and quick to grab the pitchforks as ever. The bugs are overstated. They mostly pertain to intel integrated graphics and multiplayer lobbies. All issues have been acknowledged and diligently worked on since the game was launched (4 patches out within the span of two weeks), and the dev team shows great humility and dedication judging from their statements on the official forum. Just the fact that they maintain a direct line of communication with the fans speaks volumes about their attitude -- and let's face it, in the long run, nothing is more important than that. I think a lot of people don't even realize how small the EE team is at the moment (only 12 people), and that they have to deal with things that large companies with big budgets simply don't have to worry about.

    Buying this game was a no-brainer for me, if only for the continued support (in the form of patches and DLCs) and prospects of BG2EE (and other infinity engine titles, both old and brand new). All the important mods are already being ported over, and very soon BGEE will be the definitive way to play the Baldur's Gate saga, with all of the advantages and none of the flaws of the (brilliant, but outdated and stagnant) original release.

    I couldn't be happier with the purchase, and I must say that my personal experience has been 100% bug-free. Even if it wasn't, I wholeheartedly support anyone who dedicates their time to producing Infinity Engine content in 2012, regardless of any potential oversights (which, as we've already seen, are being corrected in real time with great dedication).
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  4. Sep 12, 2013
    7
    Having owned the original version of this game with several discs, it must be said that the main reason for obtaining this game isHaving owned the original version of this game with several discs, it must be said that the main reason for obtaining this game is convenience. The enhanced edition adds a few extra characters and quests here and there, but it is largely the same as the original. There have been a number of issues with bugs in the steam edition, but these are fixable and hopefully updates are on the way now that contractual issues have been resolved. Worth a positive score simply because the original game was that good, but this port has not enhanced the game in any particular way. Definitely worth playing if you enjoy RPG's, it's the most in depth game of it's time. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    5
    I had great hopes, becausei absolutely loved and adored baldur's gate 2.. and having never played BG1, i was very excited..turns out, it didI had great hopes, becausei absolutely loved and adored baldur's gate 2.. and having never played BG1, i was very excited..turns out, it did not hold up for me.. you would have a better experience with the game when using the Gog edition.. with all the community content.. Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2018
    3
    This is very hard to review. The original Baldurs Gate is a masterpiece and a memorable part of gaming history. The enhanced edition (herebyThis is very hard to review. The original Baldurs Gate is a masterpiece and a memorable part of gaming history. The enhanced edition (hereby refered to as EE) is a re-release of the same game with (very) minor addition at premium price tag. They add a few new NPC's, change some of the core DnD rules, and adjust a few things but none of it was worth a re-release and all of it was already available for free via mods. In fact, with exception to the new NPC (which add nothing to the game), mods are better than the content that was added in EE and I recommend you install mods even if you have the EE.

    So how does one review this? Do I review the original game or do I just review the new addition in the EE? I think I will review the two game separately. So the score here will only reflect the content that was added by Beamdogs and not the original content. I will review Baldurs Gate on it own.

    In terms of content, the additions are the new voiced NPC's and their associated quests. I got to play Neera's quest line as well as Dorn but overall I think that they were not needed. There were already dozens of NPC's available in mods that do exactly the same thing as these "official" additions and even without the mods, there were already plenty of NPCs to choose from. So no points for that.

    They added a few new class kits to the game like the Wild Mage. A nice addition, but again, even without the new kit, there were already way more kits than anyone could possible play through. And you could add dozens of kits and rebalance mods prior so again, this is nothing new and not worth a new price tag.

    Bug fixes... problem is, they were already fixed by modders more than a decade prior. Its nice to incorporate them into the official game, but they did a very bad job of it. For one thing, they didnt apply the already fixed stuff from mods and chose to fix things themselves. Problem is they introduced more bugs by doing so and since this was a new version of the game, the old mod bugfixes no longer worked. To Beamdogs credit, they did fix most of the stuff that they themselves broke in time but it would have never happened if they had done it right from the start, by reviewing the fixed made by modders in the past.

    To me, the only worthwhile contribution from Beamdog is the slightly improved menus which now show your stats clearly like ability to hit enemies (THACO) and such. This is nice for powergamers who like to build their characters and see the results directly but that said, we had ways of figuring that out in the past through logs so again, this is a nice convenience but nothing that was not already available in a different way.

    Overall, the current version of the EE is fine but not worth extra money. At best, the additions should only cost about $5 more than the price of the original game and not the 200% markup that Beamdogs demanded for the EE. If you were to buy the games today, I would say buy the EE only if the price is about the same as the originals otherwise, get the originals and install BG trilogy mods. That will install a lot of the bug related fixes and add about 20x more content than the EE anyway.

    This was a very weak effort by Beamdogs to milk money from a great game.
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  7. Jan 29, 2013
    0
    Very disapointed since I was looking forward to this re release. But Intel gfx here so the game suffers from rendering issues. for the priceVery disapointed since I was looking forward to this re release. But Intel gfx here so the game suffers from rendering issues. for the price they ask they should be delivering a flawless experiences after 10 years. Expand

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