I decided after fulfilling my recent Diablo 3 fix to return to Baldur’s Gate 2 as I never finished my last round. I wanted to mix it up a little bit and try a few things to see how my latest party would feel. This time, I’m starting with an human Undead Hunter.
At a certain point where you feel you’ve accomplished your basic goals in a game, the way you can take it to the next level is modding it. With Baldur’s Gate 2, there’s a really cool utility called EE Keeper that allows you to modify your saved games for the Enhanced Edition. The main purpose is to modify your characters for both single and multiplayer saved games. This blog talks about my little experience working with it on a Mac.
I heard there’s a program that allows you to modify NPCs a bit. The main benefit is to give the NPCs a little more variety and hopefully make them more appealing (since many have either poor stats or just offer nothing in terms of their classes). So here’s some ideas in terms of making the NPCs more interesting with regards to classes:
Right now, I’m deciding on giving a purely evil party a try. There’s a LOT of ramifications by choosing this path since the vast majority of this game is based around being a relatively good party. What I want to discuss here is the implications of choosing an evil party and how that can affect the class combinations.
Having beaten Shadows of Amn again, I decided to just mess around with the party creation process and see what I could come up with considering all the new classes. The first thing I decided to try was taking a good aligned party again and toying with some statistics, gear and dual class possibilities. Here’s some ideas I looked at and my findings.
I decided to give one of the parties I mentioned a try in terms of starting from scratch. What I attempted to do was create a cleric/swashbuckler. Unfortunately, I discovered the hard way that this combination was not possible, at least not in that order of creation.
I prefer multi-player play more than the single player option just because of being able to have the ability to customize my party, even if i merely choose to create a single character. However, after writing a few lengthy articles on customized party combinations, I decided to put some thoughts down on using a single character with 5 NPC party combination.
People might wonder, “Why did it take you so long to beat a game that’s over 10 years old?” My reply is that I just have been distracted and never really put the time and commitment into going through the entire game. I’ve defeated Shadows of Amn a few times but for some reason Throne of Bhaal didn’t feel as compelling. However, I felt this time I just needed to pull through to the end.
After the latest play through of Baldur’s Gate 2 and from writing my previous article on classes and party combinations, one thing I’ve come to realize is that you’re still somewhat limited on a few possibilities. Of course, the game introduces limits to provide a sense of balance but the balance introduced in Baldur’s Gate 2 feels a little arbitrary at times and restrictive. As a result, I wanted to discuss freeing up some of the restrictions that attempt to play within the realm of the game without completely overpowering one class or another with regards to dual class and multi-class possibilities.
I finished Shadows of Amn once again yesterday and began Throne of Bhaal but have made little progress thus far. The play through on my party consisted of a human kensai/mage, human undead hunter, half-elf ranger/cleric, Jaehira (half-elf fighter/druid), human wizard slayer/thief and elf fighter/mage. Mostly, I just powered my way through and did most of the Watchers Keep to gain a few levels (mostly for my kensai/mage and wizard slayer/thief to get their best abilities) then slaughtered the end. My only regrets in playing this round were that I started the stronghold quests too late in the game and not doing any of the NPC quests. Most of that was probably because I kept Jaehira in my party the entire time and did not have a rotational spot available. With that in mind, I decided to re-think my party strategy and look at other party combinations by re-examining certain classes a little more in depth then seeing what is needed at the end.