“They came as you rested, figures cloaked in mist that clouded your thoughts, blurring the lines between consciousness and dreaming. There was no malice or hatred, no mention of an old score, only quick capture and the promise of grim deeds to come…”
The opening cinematic to Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn is one of the best game intros I’ve ever seen. It’s short, to the point, and sets up the beginning of the game perfectly.
I purchased the sequel to Baldur’s Gate on the day of its release, back on September 24, 2000. I had gotten about 80 hours into it when I accidentally blew away my save games. Long story short: I was installing Linux onto a separate hard drive, which actually turned out not being a separate hard drive, and voila, my “Games” partition was gone. I have been meaning to go back and finish the game ever since, but something else always grabbed my interest. I finally reinstalled it this past weekend and will be slowly playing through it to completion, Throne of Bhaal expansion included.
The first thing that struck me as I pulled out the game box is that they certainly don’t package games like they used to. The manual (an actual, physical manual) that comes with the game is huge, full of background lore, and plenty of other useful information, that you just don’t get any more it seems. Eager to play however, I put the manual aside, installed the game, and dove right in.
I created a Lawful Good Human Paladin (Cavalier kit) and added two proficiency points to each of flail weapons, 2 handed sword weapons, and 2 handed weapon style. There was no rhyme or reason to my selections, I just happened to like those choices. I’m not reading any strategy guides, FAQs, or walkthroughs for my playthrough, so at this point I have no idea if those are good choices or not, or if it even really matters. It’s been eight years since I’ve played, so I can’t remember many of the details of my first foray into the game, so for all intents and purposes, I’m coming in fresh.
After just a few minutes of play, I’m hooked all over again. I’m going to try my best to have a BGII report here at least once a week. I’m looking forward to it.