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Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn is the GWJ CRPG's Club's 18th winner, relegating Skyrim to second place for the second successive vote in a row.
Baldur's Gate 2 is a role-playing video game developed by BioWare and was published by Interplay Entertainment. It is the sequel to Baldur's Gate (1998) and was released for Microsoft Windows in September 2000. Like Baldur's Gate, the game takes place in the Forgotten Realms—a fantasy campaign setting—and is based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition rules. Powered by BioWare's Infinity Engine, Baldur's Gate II uses an isometric perspective and pausable real-time gameplay. The player controls a party of up to six characters, one of whom is the player-created protagonist, while the others are certain characters recruited from the game world.
An expansion pack, Baldur's Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal was released in 2001, adding a multi-level dungeon called Watcher's Keep to the game and completes the main plot. There were several new weapons, a higher level cap, a further refined Infinity graphics engine, and new class-related features and magical skills.
In 2013 Beamdog & Atari released a Remastered version of the game, Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition including both Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal. It also included new content and widescreen compatibility support. It is now available on multiple platforms, including PC, Mac, Mobile platforms, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.
We'll be playing this game until September 31st, 2022. This thread is for friendly discussion as we play through the game. Share your reflections, successes, defeats, tactics, wishes, impressions, and whatever here! The more conversation the better, so post away.
While I recommend the Enhanced Edition for this play through, you are free to play which ever version of the game you have available to you or feel like playing on. Completion of Shadows of Amn will be sufficient to have completed the game for the club, but Throne of Bhaal is widely recommended to complete your experience.
For BIG spoilers, please use the spoiler tag. (No! I am your father!) Tactics, strategies, general story progression likely won't need them.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate, and can start at any time, so join the fun! One quick favor: If you decide to play, make a post here along the lines of "I'm in!" to let us know. If you start and finish the game before the end, you'll level up your GWJ CRPG Membership.
Links to the Enhanced Edition (note Dollar prices are estimates, I can't be bothered to use a VPN)
Steam - £15 / $20
GoG.com £2.99 / $4 SALE
Epic Game Store - an oddly specific £3.19 / $5 SALE
Apple App Store £8.99 / $12
Google Play. $9.99 (no UK Price)
Playstation Store BG1 & BG2 pack £47.99 / $60
Xbox Store BG1 & BG2 pack. £41.74 / $55
Nintendo Switch Store BG1 & BG2 pack £39.99 / $52
How Long to Beat ~ 79 Hours.
GameFaqs Walkthrough. Yeah! Old School!
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