Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition Xbox One Review
A BLAST FROM THE PAST:
Yes, after twenty years from its original release, Baldur’s Gate comes to Xbox One, with a stunning overhaul to the original game. Better known for the Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic series, Baldur’s Gate was one of BioWare’s first titles, and after a long run, they’ve returned to their roots. The world is on the brink of war, an iron shortage strikes the land and mysterious forces are at work…
One of the first things you’ll notice about Baldur’s Gate is the terrifyingly deep attention to detail they have put in the UI. Fans of the Elder Scrolls series or any other RPG game, will recognize some of these tools, but the depth to each of the options can be quite overwhelming at first glance.
I highly recommend, for first time players, finishing the tutorial. This took me roughly half an hour to complete and the tutorial is dense. There’s a lot to learn about the many features and tools you will need to utilize in Baldur’s Gate.
The game is essentially a digitized version of the tabletop game, Dungeons and Dragons. Being over 20 years old, it’s quite astonishing to see so much detail in a game. You can get lost in the amount of things to do.
Tactics are everything, however. In Baldur’s Gate, much like Dungeons and Dragons, you will need to build your character and a formidable team. This aspect of the game is the strongest. The different amount of statistics and ways in which you can shape your experience are near infinite.
When you create your character, you will have to roll for your stats. This means there is a degree of chance in your character creation, not like in games such as The Elder Scrolls or Fallout. You can short of shape your character, by choosing what class and race to be, and it’ll be up to you to see what modifiers go with what race and what works well.
However, it’s not just about you. You will gain party members as you play the game and these members will have different bonuses they can offer you. Rogues can be used to sneak around and pickpocket people as well as detect traps and unlock chests. They can also be used in situations that require stealth and can be a big bonus to you.
Mage classes can use different spells to attack or heal different targets and even summon creatures to help aid you in the midst of battle.
Combat in Baldur’s Gate is, in a way, like chess. When you encounter danger, the game pauses and focuses your attention to what is threatening you. Here, you can see how to approach the danger, or if you’re like me, unpause the game and go balls to the wall and see what happens.
Combat can either be planned or be spontaneous, with the latter being more fun and perhaps a little more on the dangerous side.
Graphically, Baldur’s Gate leaves a bit to be desired for, but considering it’s age, it looks pretty damn good. The basic styled pixel graphics have been remastered to full HD and resolution, with a nice smoothness overall. Performance wise, I didn’t experience any problems and found the game to run at a steady pace the entire way through.
What Baldur’s Gate gets really well is the attention to detail with the characters. There are so many different individual stories and quests to find and do. With a rich story, there’s a lot to be engulfed with. You can spend hours doing side quests in this game.
Overall, Baldur’s Gate was a mixed experience. There are many elements of this game I recognize from other RPGs I have played, namely that of The Elder Scrolls series. Fans of these games will enjoy Baldur’s Gate as there are a lot of similarities. However, in comparison, Baldur’s Gate is a lot more in depth and whereas players may understand some of the concepts of the game, may get overwhelmed by how many different mechanics there are. One of the biggest issues with the game is that there is a massive learning curve and you will need to get on top of this if you’re going to be fighting and surviving in the game. For those who played the game back when it was released, I wholly recommend as the performance and graphics overhaul looks brilliant.
Thanks to Reinassance PR for providing us with the code.
Price – £41.74