Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition

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Baldur's Gate: SoD head of studio addresses political backlash

Promises to further develop its trans character, condemns those harassing studio staff.

Yesterday Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear suffered a lot of backlash at launch over the game's numerous bugs and some concerns that its inclusion of a transgender character was overly politically correct. Studio Beamdog's CEO Trent Oster stood up for the company's decision and condemned the online harassment some of its staff has received.

New Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear off to a rough start

New Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear off to a rough start

Criticisms of bugs and a political agenda plague product reviews.

It's been a rough start for new Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear - yes you read that correctly, a very old game has a new expansion (it was released 31st March).

The £15 game, which requires the Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate (significantly reduced in price on GOG) to run, is getting a stream of negative reviews on shops Steam and GOG.

A lot - probably the majority - of the negative reviews mention problems with bugs that result in game crashes and mods not working. And multiplayer apparently barely works at all.

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Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Android release date

Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Android release date

Update 1.3 also adds Linux and iPhone versions.

The Linux, Android and iPhone versions of Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition are coming out 16th December in update 1.3 of the game.

Yes, you can play it on your phone.

Included are hundreds of bug fixes, better pathfinding and stabilised multiplayer. There are German and Spanish text translations and the very-handy-for-a-phone option of increasing font size.

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Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition review

Would you take a chance on a roll of a die? That's every other moment in the life of an adventurer in the Forgotten Realms. To say that death is around every corner is not to repeat a cliché, it's to state a fact. It's a very, very wild world out there, with much to be found by those who dare step off the beaten track. Some things are wondrous, many are dangerous and more than a few are difficult to fully comprehend.

It's not a life that will suit everyone. While there is so much to see, much of what there is to see wants to kill, eat, flay, burn, curse, banish, petrify, electrocute or sacrifice you. Not everything gives you fair warning, and some of the ways I have died in the Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate 2 include unexpectedly walking into a room full of spellcasters who summoned a demon, unexpectedly walking into the tomb of an undead wizard, unexpectedly walking into the lair of a shadow dragon and unexpectedly walking into an exploding magical forest.

Do bear in mind that these and many other deaths were not signposted. Some could have been avoided if I'd had a particular combination of spells to hand in advance and, after reloading, several problems were indeed solved by adventurers returning after appropriate preparations. Other ends were entirely dependent on the roll of that die. A single failed saving throw can and will be the difference between life and death.

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The Enhanced Edition of classic role-playing game Baldur's Gate 2 is nearly ready. It's got a release date of 15th November (Windows, Mac) and a price of $24.95 - a bit higher than BG1:EE. Android and iPad versions are coming but dates are TBA.