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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition (Windows)

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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is an enhanced re-release of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and also includes the content of Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (plus the two bonus merchants from the Collector's Edition). It carries over all technical changes introduced in Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (support for higher resolutions, cross-platform multiplayer, the ability to zoom in, a quick save button in the UI, new kits and various engine bugfixes) but drops the new cutscenes. It also adds a quick-loot button which opens up an additional bar showing all near items on the ground. This edition removes the external configuration tool and the tutorial.

This edition adds four new NPCs (plus a fifth easter-egg character without special content). Dorn, Neera and Rasaad are already known from the predecessor; the evil thief Hexxat is new. All four NPCs have two questlines (one in Shadows of Amn and another in Throne of Bhaal) with a scope comparable to major sidequests from the original game, e.g. the planar sphere. Each questline features completely new areas and sometimes optional sidequests of their own (although these are fetch quests which Baldur's Gate II usually avoids). The characters have dialogue with the main character, banter with other NPCs and romances; for the first time in the series there is also a gay and lesbian romance available. Besides bugfixes, there are no changes to the original content.

Also back is the Black Pit game mode which is a straight continuation from the same story of the predecessor: after escaping the Underdark, the group is captured by a powerful group which forces them into another area in Thay. The player can either use a predefined group (including custom behaviour scripts) or create new characters. The basic procedure is the same as before: this a series of arena fights; between fights players receive money to buy new gear from traders. However, this time the environment is bigger, has more story elements and non-trading NPCs to talk to.

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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Windows Visiting a temple with Rasaad
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Windows The area is much bigger now...
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Windows Dorn's quest eventually leads into a god's plane
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Windows We help some dwarfs in one of the new areas

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The Press Says

GameStar (Germany) Nov 25, 2013 80 out of 100 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) Nov 22, 2013 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Nov 22, 2013 67 out of 100 67

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Trivia

Controversy (Hexxat spoiler!)

The new character Hexxat caused a big controversy in the official forums because many members could not handle a lesbian NPC without a romance option for male characters. Another hot topic was Clara (white skin), the NPC which is originally introduced as Hexxat and dies after the player finds the real Hexxat (dark skin); some players were very unhappy with this story arc.

Shortly after release the official forums were dominated by threads about Hexxat - mostly frequented the expected vocal crowd - and therefore Beamdog felt forced to ban those discussion topics altogether.

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Patrick Bregger (110127) added Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition (Windows) on Jan 03, 2014
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