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Baldur's Gate 2 Expansion: Throne of Bhaal
- Adventure deep into the lands of Tethyr with a new story and add-on areas
- Achieve up to character level 32 with an experience point cap of 8 million
- Powerful high-level abilities for higher level characters.
- New Wild Mage character kit.
- Encounter dangerous new monsters
- Learn several new spells
- New map screen can allow gameplay to continue unpaused
- Also available: Official Strategy Guide
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Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the add-on pack to Baldur's Gate II, expands and enriches the gameplay experience by adding several new locations, high-level spells and powerful new characters to the Baldur's Gate II game. Set in the Forgotten Realms campaign world of the Dungeons & Dragons game, Throne of Bhaal is the ultimate conclusion of the Baldur's Gate legend, as gamers fulfill their destiny as the child of Bhaal, god of Murder.
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal takes players through an all-new storyline rich with intrigue and treachery as they unravel the mysteries of the Dungeon of Watcher's Keep and explore other new areas such as the City of Saradush, the Fortified Monastery of Amkethran, Sendai's Underdark Fortress and the player's own Abyssal Stronghold. Throughout their journey, characters may extend up to level 40, made possible with a raised experience cap of 8 million points, quite possibly the highest level ever achieved by characters in any Advanced Dungeons & Dragons computer game. Also included in the quest are over 40 new powerful high-level spells and abilities. The Wild Mage Character Kit will also be included to the already extensive list, allowing gamers to create a powerful new character able to cast spells with very unpredictable results.
Baldur's Gate II players will be pleased to hear that Throne of Bhaal is fully playable either while questing through their BG II adventure or after they have completed BG II.
Bioware's Baldur's Gate II is the game that keeps on giving. Already one of the most massive role-playing games in memory, particularly when you add on the original Baldur's Gate and Tales of the Sword Coast expansion, with 300 hours of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition role-playing genius. Just when you've got your life back after finishing BG2 along comes the new BG2 expansion pack, Throne of Bhaal.
BG2 is already so huge one might wonder why you would need or want an expansion. Is it because there are hordes more monsters to fight, a couple new classes and kits to explore (the Wild Mage, for example), new treasures and artefacts, new quests and new dungeons, and the ability to reach an unprecedented Level 40? Well, yes, those are pretty much the reasons why. Why wouldn't you want to meet strange new creatures, unleash strange new spells, and listen to even more bizarre voice acting from the lovable Minsc? But the real reason to get this is to see the massive story finally reach a conclusion. There won't be a Baldur's Gate III and Throne of Bhaal lets you see the fate of the character that began as Gorion's young ward so many years ago in the original Baldur's Gate.
This is an expansion, not a sequel, and thus the game mechanics and animation are pretty much the same as Baldur's Gate II. No new animation, save the new spells, and only a handful of new beasts, it doesn't innovate, but adds to the overall experience. Naturally it's fully playable in multiplayer and you can start anew with one of the new classes, or continue with your old character. --Andrew S Bub
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Top Customer Reviews
It's nothing to do with the graphics, or the new spells and monsters, or the new levels and powers available. Gameplay is much the same as before.
What's exceptional is the way the story unfolds and draws you in, all the while exploring themes -such as conversations about your lost innocence, or the advantages that Gorion gave you compared to the other Bhaalspawn - that might be expected in a novel but are extraordinary in a computer game.
There are also many other things that every BG fan will want to experience, including some great battles with truly worthy opponents, and combat with masses and masses of enemies - seeing this makes you regret that the attack on your castle in the original BG2 wasn't done in the same way!
If you loved BG and/or BG2, you'll want this. If you haven't tried this series yet, I strongly recommend starting with the original BG. You'll be missing a treat if you don't play the series in sequence.
Music- The music is emotive and exciting at times. Especially the bhallspawn battle music.
Sound- The sound effects used for battle are realistic but the battle cries can be a little repetitive. Good voice acting.
Gameplay- Level raising aspects are great, especially if youve played since BG1.
Story- Only makes sense if youve played the rest of the series. Exciting nonetheless. The end comes a little to quickly but the plot is full of twists unlike the others in the series. The ending FMV's are nice and cinematic.
Conclusion- A must-have for lovers of the genre
and Baldur's Gate players. Not really suggestable for someone new to the series, but could possibly tempt non-rpg fanatics. Overall a very nice and playable game. Does the series justice.
The original BG series was excellent in all of storyline, gameplay, music and stability. Now, nowadays, sequels usually mean a graphically-improved expansion (at best). BG2 is a rare exception of the sequel clearly SURPASSING the original. And in the case of such great original, this means a lot!
Words fail to describe the perfect harmony of brilliant ideas, emerging story-line and detailed coding that makes this game an unsurpassed classic! Do not let the slightly outdated graphics discourage you. They were cutting edge only some years ago - and you will be able to unleash their full potential even on mid-range PCs!
I have yet to meet anyone who has played it and not raved about it! Hard-core D&D fans will find the character building, fighting checks and balances and overall experience very close to the actual pen-&-paper games.
Casual computer gamers will notice none of the tedious stuff of other cRPGs as the gameplay runs smooth and beautifully.
You even have the choice to turn it into either a turn-based or an action game by tweaking the auto-pause options! I am telling you: this is how computers games should be!
You will let yourself get lost in the deep dungeons of the labyrinthic story; you will be laughing out loud to the humorous dialog; you will be surprised as to who is a double and triple-agent.
There is an evil beyond imagining unleashed and only you with your party can stand in its way.
Party members offer a multitude of unpredictable balancing points and diverging story-lines of their own: side quests, conflicts and love affairs enrich the story in so many original ways!
An unsurpassed classic!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic. Expanded the original quite a lot and finished the storyPublished 19 months ago by R. M. DENT
More of the same stuff we came to love in Baldurs Gate 2, same quality as the original game. You man want to start up a new game to experience all the new stuff (though it's mostly... Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2014 by Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm
Baldur's Gate: The Throne of Bhaal concludes the Baldur's Gate saga, picking up at the end of the previous game after your defeat of Irenicus, and progressing things to the very... Read morePublished on 22 July 2009 by Michael Sutherland
If your really into the whole fantasy thing then this is a game for you personally i think it's brilliant,the consept is great! Read morePublished on 16 May 2003
This game was the best RPG i had ever played.
The expansion was so different to the SOA game.
I have now played the whole series 3 times and i still am finding secrets... Read more
If you played Balders 1 and 2 - you HAVE to buy this. Its not a huge game - I finished it in a weekend, but for that its excellent. My character is now a good god! Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
The Baldur's Gate series has been amazing and the expansion for BG II provides you with many new opportunities. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2001 by Manda