• Publisher: Beamdog
  • Release Date: Mar 31, 2016
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 17, 2016
    87
    Via this new expansion pack, Baldur's Gate awakens after many years in hibernation. Even though it will not prove so sensational in the current era of kickstarted RPGs, it still succeeds in finding its place among contemporary epics, such as Pillars of Eternity and Divinity: Original Sin. Siege of Dragonspear may be a bit late to the party and not flawless, nonetheless it's a faithful installment in the series.
  2. Mar 31, 2016
    87
    Beamdog’s first effort at original storytelling is a good start, and I’m excited to see more in the future, even if it’s in the world of Baldur’s Gate.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    May 9, 2016
    80
    Beamdog’s expansion embraces both the past and the present. The adventure is inconsistent, ragged and the script could be a lot better, but at its best Siege of Dragonspear captures the essence of Baldur’s Gate - even if fleetingly. [May 2016]
  4. Apr 18, 2016
    80
    A good effort to bring back the essence of Baldur's Gate, and a mechanically successful demonstration of what makes combat special in this series. Good encounter design with some memorable dungeons, but bugs and linearity along with some shortcomings in its story makes it fall a bit short of its potential.
  5. Apr 14, 2016
    80
    Returning home to Baldur’s Gate makes Siege of Dragonspear one of the most enjoyable RPGs that I have played in a long time, both for the nostalgia factor of revisiting an all-time favorite and for the impressively designed and involving narrative that captures nearly everything that fans love about traditional D&D. Even though the engine creaks in spots, the overall experience is everything that a hardcore D&D fan could ask for, and a superb expansion of one of the most legendary franchises in all of roleplaying game history.
  6. Apr 8, 2016
    80
    The best quality of Siege of Dragonspear is the fact that it is a real Baldur's Gate game. This expansion is linked with its great predecessors not only by name - it fills the blanks between BG one and two and is full of RPG magic from the past. It could have been a bit better though - it's too linear and the Infinity engine is way past its prime.
  7. Mar 31, 2016
    80
    Will it please every purist? Of course not. As with any beloved series, passions run high and nostalgia’s a hell of a drug. There are bound to be those who wish Beamdog had stuck to a purely conservationist role. But Siege of Dragonspear won me over, and I’d like to see what the team does next. Go for the eyes, Boo.
  8. CD-Action
    Jun 29, 2016
    75
    Living up to such legacy seemed impossible but Beamdog understands Baldur’s Gate and created a game true to the original. Unfortunately along with the party you need to gather a band of patches, because bugs are crawling all over the place. [06/2016, p.40]
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  1. With Siege of Dragonspear, Beamdog has come on a long way. It’s not perfect, either at matching the style or being a great new RPG in its own right, and future games will need some heavy QA loving. But, as the company’s first big attempt to both follow in BioWare’s wake (the presence of former BioWare people notwithstanding), it’s a good start and at least a good first step to one day giving us that Baldur’s Gate 3 we’ve been waiting so long for – another nostalgia trip, but with a slightly more practiced eye on the future.
User Score
3.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 556 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Apr 6, 2016
    0
    The game just doesn't work properly, it's buggy, multiplayer practically doesn't work, and there are some worriesome changes to someThe game just doesn't work properly, it's buggy, multiplayer practically doesn't work, and there are some worriesome changes to some characters personalities that are not canon with the series, which is weird considering it's a bridge, not a sequel/prequel. Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2016
    2
    The graphics for the game somehow managed to be WORSE than the original due to terrible line filters on the sprites. The length of theThe graphics for the game somehow managed to be WORSE than the original due to terrible line filters on the sprites. The length of the campaign is extremely short and the characters are so terribly written that it's cringeworthy and is completely irreverent to established characters.

    If you were hoping this campaign would revive the Baldur's Gate franchise, think again. What a terrible insult to a once great game.
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  3. Apr 3, 2016
    0
    MP doesn't work at all.

    A bunch of politically correct nonsense jammed into the game for no reason. So if you were REALLY wanting to
    MP doesn't work at all.

    A bunch of politically correct nonsense jammed into the game for no reason.

    So if you were REALLY wanting to have a transexual as a party member, then this is the game for you.

    Otherwise, avoid like the plague.

    Also corrupts all the mods typically used to play the games.
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