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Baldur's Gate II comes to GOG for $9.99

Retro gaming site gog.com capped off its recent run of Infinity Engine madness with Baldur's Gate II: Complete. The release of the classic RPG and its expansion, fully updated for Windows 7, follows in the line of a string of classic role-playing releases that began with Planescape: Torment, and included Neverwinter Nights, Icewind Dale, and the original Baldur's Gate.

Often held up with the Fallout games and Planescape: Torment, Baldur's Gate II is easily one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and dedicated players have been known to sink 80 hours into a single play-through. Not a bad deal for $10.

Nov 16, 2010

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13 comments

  • flang - November 19, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    @fullmetallegend - Bioware's Infinity Engine games (Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape) are all more complex and "strategic" than modern RPGs like Fallout 3; the biggest difference is that combat is a pretty complicated affair, in that instead of just controlling a single character with a few primary abilities, you have to manage up to 6 characters with several special abilities and hundreds of spells. This means you'll be pausing the action a lot to issue orders during combat. Also there's a lot of text-based dialog (especially in Planescape), so it helps if you're a fast reader. So whether or not they "stand the test of time" comes down to whether you prefer RPGs that are more action-oriented - as nearly all modern versions are - or more strategic, which are slower-paced and require more input from the player. If you wanted to start with the simplest one to see if it's your cup of tea, I would go with Baldur's Gate I or Planescape, as they both start you off with a single character and just a couple of combat abilities. BG II and the Icewind Dale games both start you with a full party and a ton of spells, so it's much more complex from the get-go.
  • Cleanser247 - November 17, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    Baldur's Gate is EPIC! I recommend it!
  • Eliath - November 17, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    @fullmetallegend I actually played through Baldur's Gate II last month. I'm not sure if these GOG versions include the widescreen mod, but you can get BGI and BGII plus exapnsions for $17 or so from Amazon and apply the widescreen mod. The games still look beautiful and the gameplay and story are still excellent. I definitely think they stand the test of time. Metacritic still shows BGII as the best PC RPG, and I wholeheartedly agree. Also, these Baldur's Gates are entirely different from the console games of the same name.
  • fullmetallegend - November 17, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    This looks interesting, but my question is whether or not these games stand the test of time. I don't have nostalgia on my side for these games, but maybe they're just as fun now as then, like Ocarina of Time.
  • gmknoble - November 17, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    I loved these games. I played BG I & II, Icewind I & II. These games fucking rule.
  • Fusionmix - November 17, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    @Bonesquaw: Modern Rerelease? This GOG version has the expansion pack in it too. Just sayin' :)
  • Bonesqaw - November 17, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    Unless I get the modern rerelease with the expansion pack, I'll have to remember that come college time. Fallout 1 made me fall in love with the PC style of RPGs, and I can't wait to play this classic
  • pka4lif - November 17, 2010 6:25 a.m.

    OMG!!! So many nerdgasms i can hardly believe it.... Anyone have any gatorade?
  • Rubberducky - November 17, 2010 3:57 a.m.

    I should probably finish Dragon Age before I get this....
  • JohnnyMaverik - November 17, 2010 3:29 a.m.

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  • Technomancer - November 17, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    @#$%^$%^@#$ spam. Anyway, GOG apparently has Baldur's Gate 1, Planescape Torment, Neverwinter Nights, and Icewind Dale in addition to Baldur's Gate 2. All for $10 each. If I didn't already have a large backlog of games I would hand over $50 for all of them right now. The Baldur's Gate series alone gives you hundreds of hours of gameplay, well worth the price.
  • johngrybos - November 17, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    This is my single favorite RPG ever. I was sorely let down by Dragon Age because I unfairly held it up to this masterpiece.
  • NocturnalRight - November 17, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    Even though I still have my copies of Baldurs gate 1 and 2 I still might go for this just because of the expansions since I never knew they existed until recently.

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