Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn

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Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn is an isometric role-playing game developed by Bioware and published by Interplay Entertainment in 2000 for Microsoft Windows as the sequel to the highly acclaimed Baldur's Gate, which was released two years prior to this game. Along with the original Baldur's Gate, it received a remaster, which was released in 2013.

Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn
Genre: Role-Playing
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Mac OS
Release Date: September 24, 2000
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Interplay Entertainment
Beamdog (Steam)
Franchise: Baldur's Gate
Previous Game: Baldur's Gate

Why It Rocks

  1. Awesome gameplay inspired by Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
  2. A brand new cast of character available in your party, in addition to six characters who return from Baldur's Gate.
  3. Character interaction has been improved from the first game: you can even find your love interest, whom you must say the correct things to, otherwise he/she will be angry with you. On the same topic, if you decided to kill one of the six characters that come from the first game, you can ask them: "Weren't you dead?" To kill him again.
  4. The problem with the first game being too slow paced at times has been fixed.
  5. Good sound effects, especially during battles.
  6. The game adds new options for character creation. For instance, you can now be a half-orc and there are a multitude of "kits" for you to use, which allow you to specialize in a class.
  7. You can find many pieces of equipment which can be melded to form the most powerful items in the game.
  8. Like in the first game, you can try different types of classes for your characters, which adds more replay value to the game.
  9. The controls and the menu remain intact from the first game and are very easy to get used to. You can decide whether you want to play the game entirely in a point-and-click interface or using the keyboard shortcuts to switch faster to another character or using an attack.

Bad Qualities

  1. You have to spend a lot of time paused to give commands to a character (especially with spell casters, who often ignore your commands and do what they want instead).
  2. Like the first game, having to constantly pause the game in battles becomes a bit tedious.
  3. The graphics haven't aged well.