I haven’t done a gaming post for awhile and that’s mostly because I restarted Baldur’s Gate II. This was one of my favourite games when I was in highschool and I literally dropped hundreds of hours into playing it. The worse thing was that after several upgrades to my computer system my original game discs were no longer compatible and I had to put aside the very large manual that had come with the game and finally move on. Thank you to enhanced editions and now I am back to this game and to be honest I have had it sitting on the computer for awhile but I started playing it again recently because of how stressed I’ve been. There’s something very comforting about revisiting an old favourite game.
That isn’t to say it is all smooth sailing. Mostly because I am much better at games now then I was then and to be honest even on a higher difficulty setting than I ever played it on back when, I’m kind of breezing through most quests. My character is a thief/mage half-elf and this is kind of my default, don’t make me decide, character. I have played through as a cleric, shaman, and various specialty mage types but I’ve never taken on a warrior character. I’m also pretty boring in that I’ve only played as a human or half-elf. Sure there’s other options but I enjoy my game.
I did actually create a warrior character this time and have him in my party. He’s kind of boring but a pretty effective tank. He’s backed by a cleric in most fights and then I’ve got various spell casters of various types (both priest and mage) backing them from a distance (okay, I don’t like close combat and that would be why I tend to suck at these games). Still, there’s something immensely satisfying about ensuring your warriors are protected from fire and then just lobbing in fire balls until all the enemies go poof.
I’ve been avoiding the main storyline so even though I raised my 20000 gold ages ago, I have been back to pay for the information about where Imoen was taken. Instead I’m pretty much exploring everything and doing any side quest I can. I’ve saved the keep from the trolls, and fought off the druids who were sending animals into Trademeet (yeah, I like that Trademeet raise a statue of you as thanks), protected the wild mages from the Red Wizards (kind of – there may have been a few additional casualties) and currently I’m running a branch of the thieves guild. Still plenty to do and while I don’t really have a lot of free time, an hour of this really leaves me feeling quite calm and content.
I am however looking forward to unleashing some more powerful magic spells once I level my character up enough. The other thing I want to test is whether they ever fixed the glitch in the game that allows you to keep your equipment if you start a new game with an imported character provided you pause the game after the first scream and drop everything on the ground. That was always kind of fun to start the game with some decent equipment.
So that is what I’m playing. I’m going to finish smashing my way through the graveyard and then I might hit the Umar Hills and see what trouble I can stir up there.
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7 thoughts on “What I’m Playing: Baldur’s Gate II: Shadow’s of Amn”
Nothing like revisiting a classic you loved to play way back when. I plan on doing the same starting this weekend, playing Space Quest 1 and 2 then try to figure out 3. 🙂
Haven’t played it myself, but have fun!
I love the Baldur’s Gate games! The first one was the game that introduced me to the RPG genre and made it my favourite genre of video games to play.
I’d have to agree. It is kind of what got me off console gaming onto PC gaming back in high school and really into RPG’s.
Baulder’s Gate II? I see you are a woman of exquisite taste.