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Baldur's Gate 2 (DVD Packaging)
- An epic continuation of the plot that was started in Baldur's Gate
- Over 300 spells like: time stop, finger of death, chain lightning, and more
- Over 100 subplots in the game, some taking "real-time" days to complete
- Play as different character races such as: human, elf, half-elf, dwarf, gnome, halfling and half-orc
- Choose weapon styles including one-handed weapon, two-handed weapon, weapon and shield, brawling, and two-weapon
In Baldur's Gate 2: Shadow of Amn, you face an uncertain future, with a lineage that tempts the unscrupulous to use you and the ignorant to fear you. You will face a foe that views you as no more than chattel and that toys with you at every turn; a villain whose goals go beyond a quest for power and who threatens to use a lost companion as a tool for unparalleled destruction. The choices to be made will not be easy, and you may have to align with the lesser of evils, even though all evils cannot help but seem equal. In the end you will have mourned lost loves, celebrated new ones, and had adventures that profoundly shaped the Realms.
It's not easy being a child of a god. Your character quickly comes to this conclusion after being imprisoned and tortured by a wizard with an unhealthy interest in your parentage. So begins Baldur's Gate 2: Shadow of Amn, an ambitious RPG based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game.
Shadow of Amn is not really a sequel to Baldur's Gate. Instead, Baldur's Gate was merely a prelude to Shadow of Amn. Shadow of Amn develops the plot lines, characters and events introduced in the first game into a mature, genuinely interesting fantasy tale. Players who thought the original game shallow will be pleasantly surprised by Shadow of Amn's bold story arcs. Major events are afoot, and the character's choices have a real impact on the Forgotten Realms.
In the same way, Baldur's Gate served as a proving ground for the refined game mechanics evident in Shadow of Amn. The game's artificial intelligence has been vastly improved, and the player has many more choices for NPC AI scripts and party communication. Keeping with Shadow of Amn's more mature theme, the party interaction even goes so far as to include possible love interests for your character.
Those who played through the original Baldur's Gate can import their character into Shadow of Amn, or can choose to create a new character. Character kits such as the Mageslayer and Swashbuckler add variety, and the game even includes the Monk, Sorcerer, Barbarian and Half-Orc options from the new Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition rules. Whether you import an old character or create a new one, you'll begin the game as a fairly advanced character--unlike most RPGs, you won't have to spend hours slaying puny critters and instead are plunged into a high-stakes plot against powerful foes.
A strong plot backed by strong technology makes Shadow of Amn stand out as one of the best RPGs you'll ever play. Fans of the AD&D game will love the classic AD&D feel, and fans of the popular Forgotten Realms setting will delight in the people, places and politics found in Shadow of Amn.--Michael Fehlauer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Although it's early days and I haven't had much time to explore the depths of the game, it's pretty obvious even now that they are going to have another bestseller on their hands.
If you're a fan of the first Baldur's Gate game, or of Planescape: Torment or Icewind Dale which followed it and used the same game engine, you should love this. The graphics have been tweaked a little bit, but fundamentally use the same engine as before.
Having not played "paper" AD&D for the best part of 16 years, I can't really comment on how closely the game adheres to the rules, although it appears from the attention to detail in the manual that it is pretty accurate. The game still uses the 2nd Edition AD&D rules, although there are a few nods to the new 3rd Edition rules - new player kits and the ability to create a half-orc player character are among them. Lots of new spells too.
From what I've seen of it so far, the storyline is every bit as impressive as the original BG was - perhaps even more so. Lots of quests for you to pursue if you choose, but always against the backdrop of the main storyline: your attempt to find out why you were taken prisoner and subjected to gruesome experiments by a mage named Irenicus, and just what he means by "unlocking your potential"......
One other advantage that it has over BG1 is that you start BG2 as a fairly powerful character - no fears about having to avoid combat even with kobolds for fear of getting your fledgling adventurer killed.Read more ›
Being serious Black Isle have really outdone themselves this time. If you have been living in isolation, Baldurs Gate I was a massive, immersive roleplaying game, which broke the genre wide open, mainly by letting you play it's hundreds of quests in pretty much any order. BG2 takes this concept and raises it to new heights, going straight in to at least fifteen separate, memorable quests from the word go.
The quests are amazingly drawn and plotted as well, and two days into play I have found underground temples, travelled to other dimensions, fought gangs of evil wizards, infiltrated thieves' guilds, and saved a castle - each one thoughtfully written and characterised.
On a graphics front, it holds with the 2d isometric art based form of BG1, but this is no bad thing, as every screen is perfectly pre-created and glorious to look at. The new 3d spell effects are beautiful, and greatly add to the excitement of the game.
In conclusion: if you liked BG1 buy it. If you liked Icewind Dale buy it. If you liked the Ultima games buy it. If you don't like rpgs - give it a go, it may change your mind. A truly first-class game. Just don't plan on getting much sleep.
Whereas nevrewinter and most rpgs are straight forward and linear Baldur's gate is the complete opposite it is huge and there is so much to do from working for a thiefs guild to valiantly slaying hords of trolls to protect citizens of a castle. The party system is amazing and i even found my self torn between which charcters to keep and who to take as they all have unique abilities and personalities.
I recomend any fan of rpgs to buy this and possibly even baldur's gate one as it is also still a great game rated out of ten Baldur's gate shadows of amn would break the limits hitting 15/10 lol. There is only one problem with the whole game and that is after playing it every other rpg seems like a disgrace to the genre.
There is a noticable lack of FedEx quests, thank god, and all of the optional ones are well integrated into the storyline.
Perhaps the added bonus is the NPC interactions, if you ever played Baldurs Gate and wondered just what those five people were talking about while you were slogging through that jungle now you know. Oh, and they don't hesitate to tell you what they think of your decisions, alignment or sense of humour.
The character kits and new classes are also great, you can even give them to your BG1 characters, and they make the game more diverse, as to the class specific quests. Alowing it to be played over and over again, with different quests occuring each time.
So, quit reading this and buy it.
I was slightly irritated by the fact that, between BG1 and BG2, I had bought a new computer and no longer had the save game to play through right from a level 1 character to the final climax at the end of ToB. No matter, BG2 sucks you into a massive epic story that draws in original and exciting subplots, good characters, and some wonderful set piece battles.
The game engine is getting on a bit now, and with the new 3-D RPGs such as Dungeon Siege and NWN, some people feel that it doesn't do a good enough job. Actually, in my opinion, the Infinity Engine's 2-D setting gives a much BETTER feeling of a quest on a grand epic scale. The backgrounds may not be interactive, but they are beautifully drawn and give a real sense of atmosphere. The differences in scale between the small characters and the larger monsters really adds to the atmosphere. The only flaw here is that the actual battle scenes are a little generic, save for magic use.
BG2 has a refreshingly adult feel, with serious romances, a maturely realised good vs evil plot, moral choices and decisions. Not to the extent of PS:T, but still nice to see a game being aimed at adults rather than children. The quests are refreshingly non-linear, you can spend as much or as little time on 'other matters' as you wish - although I did miss the opportunities to wander in the wilderness simply exploring that were possible in the original BG.
The party system and user interface remain the most intuitive and user friendly in RPG games. IMO user interface is one of the most important, and most overlooked, factors in a game.
All in all BG2 is a great choice for anyone who wants a game that's a little more cerebral, with a wonderful plot and hours and hours of questing. For RPG fans it's an absolute must.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the alltime classic computer RPGs, it has it all, great story, fantastic gameplay. This was Black Isle at their best. Dated of course.Published on 22 Aug. 2014 by Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm
Many options for classes, party members and non-linear gameplay made this, its predecessor and its sequel classics. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2010 by HeecheeRendezvous
This was the LONGEST the MOST FUN games I have ever played!
The original BG series was excellent in all of storyline, gameplay, music and stability. Read more
Baldur's Gate II is probably the pinnacle of BioWare RPGs - and that's saying a lot because BioWare are among the best story-tellers out there. It exceeds BG.I in every way. Read morePublished on 4 April 2010 by Craig Manton
Baldur's Gate II is my unsurpassed choice-game, possessing the highest quality of all the countless Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) PC games available; it ate up nearly two years of my... Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2006 by Mr. RB FORTUNE-WOOD
I bought this game when it was originally released, and after some years I still feel it's the best RPG available. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2005
Amazing. You can keep starting again with different characters and it never gats boring (except perhaps the first chapter dungeon, which after playing about 50 times and can do in... Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2004 by Sarah
I am a huge fan of RPG games and this is the best one I have ever played except for the mighty Final Fantasy VII. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2004
All i can say is, WOW!! This game had me gripped. The story line is the greatest, the characters are the greatest and the locations are the greatest. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2004 by Utter Rpg fan!