Baldur's Gate Reloaded Goes For The Eyes

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Baldur's Gate Reloaded Goes For The Eyes

An ambitious new mod recreates the entirety of Baldur's Gate in the Neverwinter Nights 2 engine.

Baldur's Gate. Everytime you mention it, someone reinstalls it. Or is that Deus Ex? Regardless, prepare your party's marching order for a walk down memory lane yet again, this time in glorious 3D. If Beamdog's Enhanced Edition didn't seem nearly enhanced enough for you, there's now the fan-made Baldur's Gate: Reloaded. Built entirely in the pliable Neverwinter Nights 2 engine, this mod doesn't just recreate the original 60 hour campaign, but the entire Sword Coast expansion pack as well.

To run Baldur's Gate Reloaded, you'll need a copy of Neverwinter Nights 2, along with the Mask of the Betrayer and Storm of Zehir expansions. The platinum pack over at GOG works nicely. While the mod doesn't require that you own a copy of the original Baldur's gate, you can play nice and pick up a copy from GOG as well. Once that's installed, you can download the mod from the Neverwinter Nexus.

While Baldur's Gate might not be the easiest game to get into (you can thank the archaic 2ed ADnD rules for that), it made waves that we still feel today. It established Bioware as an RPG titan and created a market for RPGs rich with dialog and characters. I've never been so happy about triggering my Nashkel Mines-induced PTSD.

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Finally I can play this game in 3D, yaaaaay!

Excuse me while I gather my party before venturing forth, now what was that download link again?

Well if that is not a reason to reinstall NWN2, I don't know what is. I may need to re buy Storm of Zehir though, oh well.

Akexi:
Well if that is not a reason to reinstall NWN2, I don't know what is. I may need to re buy Storm of Zehir though, oh well.

I just finished the original NVN, any suggestions on what to buy for 2?

IanDavis:
I've never been so happy about triggering my Nashkel Mines-induced PTSD.

I go into convulsions if anyone mentions the mage outside the Friendly Arm Inn.

I've always been hesitant to get NWN2, as the things I've read and heard about it were patchy at best.
This is really cool though and I think I may give it a shot.

NWN2 was disastrous in the beginning, but with constant patches became much more enjoyable later. The original campaign isn't great either, but the first expansion is. The game is still a diamond in the rough, but projects like this show it's potential.

Anyway, you can get the whole thing on GoG.com, I don't think the expansions are sold individually anymore.

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG !!!

And to clarify my position

OMG

Freakin' awesome. Still got my 6 disk copy of BG1&TSOC at home, sitting next to Icewind Dale ... Shadows of Amn ... NWN1 ... NWN2 ... Champions of Krynn .... Gateway to the Savage Frontier ..... Eye of the Beholder ....... Pools of Radiance ......

(am I showing my age yet?)

I have tried on 6 different occasions to lay out a playthru of BG all to dismal failure.

I have NO tolerance or patience for isometric click click click click click click gaming. I can handle them on a technical level but they drive me to distraction and boredom as I do not look at Isometric RPGs through the nostalgia goggles many do.

So I confess I do find this intriguing not only for more 3d representation but I already have the GOG versions of NWN2 and BG and this "MIGHT" be what allows me to settle down enough to actually get into the enjoyable parts of what is arguably one of the best RPG series.

LOL, poor Witcher 2... Something else has now popped up to push it right back to the backlog pile again. Someday perhaps.

IanDavis:
Baldur's Gate. Everytime you mention it, someone reinstalls it. Or is that Deus Ex?

Hm. What if someone recreated Deus Ex using Baldur's Gate's engine? Or vice versa?

This must happen. I want to see a Boo gun that does extra damage when you aim for the eyes.

piinyouri:
I've always been hesitant to get NWN2, as the things I've read and heard about it were patchy at best.

I aint fond of nwn2 ,but think of it this way: you wouldn't be getting it for the game itself but for the many, many, MANY fan made modules and campaigns ;)

Even i do prefer neverwinter 1's selection..But thats just nostalgia making me biased in that regard.

Shamanic Rhythm:

IanDavis:
I've never been so happy about triggering my Nashkel Mines-induced PTSD.

I go into convulsions if anyone mentions the mage outside the Friendly Arm Inn.

he is all well and good, it is NIMBUL that wrecked me at an early stage!

Why haven't WotC/Bioware worked on something like this themselves already?!

Minsc looks a bit... small though doesn't he?

Oh my oh my oh my. Now this is worth a look indeed. Now we just have to wait for BGII Redux (remade in the Dragon Age Origins engine) and I will be happy indeed. Don't understand why it's not remade by BW themselves, with much of the original assets; it would sell incredibly well. Kind of in the same way there's a new Superman movie now for a new generation. Some stories are worth retelling, and the saga of the Child of Bhaal is one of them.

uzo:
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG !!!

And to clarify my position

OMG

Freakin' awesome. Still got my 6 disk copy of BG1&TSOC at home, sitting next to Icewind Dale ... Shadows of Amn ... NWN1 ... NWN2 ... Champions of Krynn .... Gateway to the Savage Frontier ..... Eye of the Beholder ....... Pools of Radiance ......

(am I showing my age yet?)

champions of krynn is one of my favourite rpgs of all time

im very impressed over the years ive seen many people try this with baldurs gate but this is the first time ive actually seen someone completely recreate it

This is just as good as the Diablo Lord of Terror module for NWN1. I just wish I wasn't upgrading my rig so soon so that I might actually have a chance to play the damn thing.

There was supposed to be a mod putting all of Baldur's Gate II into the Dragon Age engine which I was quite excited about. Haven't heard any news of it for a long old time now, though. Still, this seems pretty cool. Never actually played NWN2, so this might be the excuse I need to pick it up.

Barda236:

I just finished the original NVN, any suggestions on what to buy for 2?

I would definitely suggest Mask of the Betrayer for sure. The story gets a bit deep into the DnD lore, but an overall fun trek. Storm of Zehir's quests are simple and tends to become kin of boring over time. That said, the campaign does allow you to import multiple main characters.

Holy crap yes!
All my want!

IanDavis:
I've never been so happy about triggering my Nashkel Mines-induced PTSD.

This made me chuckle. I'm pretty sure we've all been there.

OH MY GOD. I'm so glad I recently bought Neverwinter Nights 2 off GOG.

Is this on baldur 1's ruleset, or nwn2's?

I just like to point out that the quality of bioware's games especially in the story department isn't what it used to be when black isles left.

xdiesp:
Is this on baldur 1's ruleset, or nwn2's?

As far as I can tell, it's still using the original 2ed ADnD ruleset. It might be sacrilege, but I would kill for a proper 3.5ed adaptation.

IanDavis:

xdiesp:
Is this on baldur 1's ruleset, or nwn2's?

As far as I can tell, it's still using the original 2ed ADnD ruleset. It might be sacrilege, but I would kill for a proper 3.5ed adaptation.

I haven't checked combat logs or anything, but it uses 3.5 for character creation(I made a warlock), and I find it highly unlikely that the mod team managed to change the entire NWN2 combat engine to implement THAC0 and Save vs Breath Weapons. On what basis are you claiming that the Reloaded mod is using AD&D rules?

Barda236:

Akexi:
Well if that is not a reason to reinstall NWN2, I don't know what is. I may need to re buy Storm of Zehir though, oh well.

I just finished the original NVN, any suggestions on what to buy for 2?

Buy the diamond edition that comes with everything.

Wow, that is quite an impressive mod.

Too bad I recently finished BG1 again so although I would like to play it in 3D, it is way to early to do so. Nonetheless, I recommend those who haven't played it yet to try it.

No way.

I came here all smug, wanting to rant about how this mod will never be finished because it's far too ambitious and BG is just too big and this and that.
And then I read that it's actually already done?

Consider me flabbergastedly humbled.

Damn, I don't have Storm of Zehir, time to rectify that!

Tiamat666:
No way.

I came here all smug, wanting to rant about how this mod will never be finished because it's far too ambitious and BG is just too big and this and that.
And then I read that it's actually already done?

Consider me flabbergastedly humbled.

Never underestimate the power of the Modding, Luke. Been on and off following this for the last 2 years, and I believe they began before that. Unlike others they don't really flaunt it past the Bioware forums, I first heard about it secondhanded on a roleplaying server and shot it off as impossible.. But nope, now it's here.. I'm gonna play it. Whoooo!

Note: Someone is well underway in making a full Icewind Dale remake for NWN2. Just saying.

Tiamat666:
I came here all smug, wanting to rant about how this mod will never be finished because it's far too ambitious and BG is just too big and this and that.

To be fair it was an ambitious project ;) The guy behind it started in November of 2006[1]

Nimzar:

Tiamat666:
I came here all smug, wanting to rant about how this mod will never be finished because it's far too ambitious and BG is just too big and this and that.

To be fair it was an ambitious project ;) The guy behind it started in November of 2006

Wow. The guy must have a very deep love for BG running through his heart to keep that up. That is just amazing.

Incidentally, I just ran through the whole modding procedure for the original BG/BG2 a couple of days ago intent on taking the plunge. Now I guess that was a futile gesture as I'm going to have to play this.

Or maybe I should wait another 7 years until this person mods BG2 into NWN and makes it seamless to BG1...

Scars Unseen:
On what basis are you claiming that the Reloaded mod is using AD&D rules?

Well, I didn't see any mention of it ANYWHERE on the project page, so I assumed when they said "porting the entirety of BG1", I figured that meant the rules. Somehow, I thought that a 3.5ed conversion would be a huge, newsworthy thing, but you're right, converting NWN2 backwards is more of an accomplishment.

So, it's actually more awesome than I originally thought.

Akexi:
Well if that is not a reason to reinstall NWN2, I don't know what is. I may need to re buy Storm of Zehir though, oh well.

Good luck, the DRM server is no longer available, so unless you can get it DRM free you won't be able to activate it. I have a legit copy on dvd, and I can't get it to activate, even with cracks. (this applies to SoZ only though)

Also, there is a complete remake of Icewindale on there as well. Fully made, non-beta.

Tiamat666:

Nimzar:

Tiamat666:
I came here all smug, wanting to rant about how this mod will never be finished because it's far too ambitious and BG is just too big and this and that.

To be fair it was an ambitious project ;) The guy behind it started in November of 2006

Wow. The guy must have a very deep love for BG running through his heart to keep that up. That is just amazing.

Incidentally, I just ran through the whole modding procedure for the original BG/BG2 a couple of days ago intent on taking the plunge. Now I guess that was a futile gesture as I'm going to have to play this.

Or maybe I should wait another 7 years until this person mods BG2 into NWN and makes it seamless to BG1...

Not sure about NWN2, but someone was working on remaking Shadows of Amn for Dragon Age. Here's a cutscene they did for the exit of Irenicus' dungeon:

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