Baldur’s Gate II Released For iPad

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Beamdog has released Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition for the iPad

Thanks to collaborations between Beamdog and Atari, we now have the enhanced version of Baldur’s Gate II available on the iPad. The enhanced Edition includes a remake of Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and the following expansion packs: Throne of Bhaal, Fist of the Fallen, Unbound, A Shadow’s Life, In Defense of the Wild, The Black Pits II: Gladiators of Tay, and Gallery of Heroes II. There are also 4 additional characters that can be purchased desperately. The game along with its many expansions has under gone a thorough make over with high-resolution textures and hundreds of bug fixes from the original releases.

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Lead your party of skilled adventurers into intense, tactical battles. Lure your enemies into deadly traps, call down magical meteors to smash them, and stop time itself to win the day. A diverse array of powers and abilities let you transform into a being of pure elemental force, or wield the might of the heavens with the Holy Avenger.

The original Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition was released back in late 2012 on the iPad and now with the squeal in place, you can have the entire Baldur’s Gate experience in the palms of your hands. A feature in the first remake of Baldur’s Gate that was well accepted by the fan-base called The Black Pits, which puts you in a gladiatorial arena, pitting you up against countless foes, has returned with The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay.  The mode provided a avenue for quick and constant combat action, as well as a great way for new players to learn the combat system before venturing off in the cold harsh lands of Baldur’s Gate.

Four new party members are bundled with the PC and Mac version and are available as in-app purchases. I haven’t quite figured out the cost of each character, as it doesn’t display when you purchase them, I guess I’ll find out when I get my statement. Presumable around $0.99 each as that would bring it around the cost of the first title. Here is additional party members featured for additional purchases.

NameRaceClass-Type
Dorn II-KhanHalf-OrcFighter/Mage
Neera the Wild MageHalf-ElfMage
HexxatHuman/UnknownThief
Rasaad yn BashirHuman/UnknownMonk

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Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition like its predecessor, offers Multiplayer that makes it easy to find, list, and join multiplayer games, even behind a firewall. It offers a fully remastered area artwork from the original in full Widescreen. Beamdog has implemented a host of interface changes as well as many gameplay improvements. Initially the game seemed to have the same run of issues, but with the current version 1.2, playability issues seemed to have been resolved.

When the first entry in the Baldur’s Gate series was remastered and released on iPad, I was more than just excited. Unfortunately, even though they had fixed many bugs from the original game, it had a whole new set of issues, some bad enough to make the game unplayable. The game did receive updates to redeem gameplay, though some of the controls are a bit tedious and could definitely be improved for touch screen. The good news is that Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition appears to have received the same fixes, so its very playable straight from download. The bad news however, is the touch screen controls are still not optimized.

Baldur’s Gate without a doubt made a huge impact on the way we play RPG titles today, as it was critically acclaimed by fans and organizations alike. It’s great to see such a classic masterpiece revamped on the iPad, I really hope that we continue to see more remastered classic games like the IceWind Dale series, which is my favorite of the forgotten realms games.

Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is available now though the Apple App Store for $9.99. Current version is 1.2.0, 2.54GB in size, and is compatible with iPad’s with iOS 5.1 or higher.

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