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Baldur's Gate was probably the best computer RPG yet created, and BG2 succeeds by not changing the game, but expanding it. In addition to kits and classes, you get a larger array of weaponry, more spells (over three hundred), and character interaction. In the original, a party with a mix of evil and good characters would inevitably head for an internal show down as your reputation became heroic or villainous. In BG2 it goes even further. Party members will periodically question the path the group should be following, based on their ethics. How you answer that question may determine if you can hold on to the characters in which you've invested so much time, experience, and magic. Romantic altercations are also possible for those with high charisma ratings.
So, fans of the original game: you know what fun it was. The sequel is all that fun wrapped in a neater, cleaner, larger and easier to use package. To those who never played Baldur's Gate: you've been missing out, but BGII will more than atone for that mistake. We at MacGamer would like to thank those of you who have stuck around long enough to read this conclusion, but the truth is, you may confidently join those who ran off a few paragraphs ago to buy or pre-order the game. Baldur's Gate II is absolutely worth every penny, for RPG fans and Quakers alike. This is truly a game with universal appeal.
Inside Mac Games (IMG)
Save lackluster OS X support, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn is one of the finest games I’ve ever played. Boasting an intricately rich story, 200-300 hours of gameplay, a spectacular spell-casting system, deep character interaction, lush graphics AND stellar audio, this game is worth the price of admission.
Ich kann nur sagen das Baldur's Gate eins der schönsten Rollenspiele für den Macintosh ist. Ihr könnt euch darauf verlassen, dass ihr bis zu 200 Stunden an euren Mac gefesselt sein werdet. Die Grafik und der Sound sind wieder einmal sehr gelungen, aber vielleicht sind die gemalten Hintergründe nicht jedermanns Sache.
Dieses Spiel ist seinen Preis wert.
Game industry News (GiN)
Like most role-playing games, BGII comes with a daunting 271 page manual and fold out map. The game requires a serious time commitment to successfully complete. Still, if you're a role playing fan, this game is a must have. I give it 4 + GiN gems. It would have gotten five if the manual had been rewritten for Mac.
Baldur's Gate II is an impressive game. While it won't necessarily appeal to beginners—or to those who simply prefer to mow down opponents instead of exploring a complex world—experienced RPG addicts will appreciate the game's complexity and attention to detail.