Despite the fact that I’ve written other articles on Baldur’s Gate 2, I’ve never yet written a full review of the game itself nor the update with the Enhanced Edition. I think it’s about time I put my thoughts down on the overall experience with this game not just with the Enhanced Edition but even the older version that I had.
Since I’m nearly done with another round of Baldur’s Gate 2 with a good aligned party using an elven female kensai/mage/thief as my main character (yes, she was modded via EEKeeper), I started toying around once more with how I could improve upon the existing NPCs and make them interesting through EEKeeper. So this blog introduces utilizing the Enhanced Edition updates along with EEKeeper where I only use a single PC (the main) and employ 5 other NPCs for an evil aligned party.
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.