Hello! As the title suggest, I would like to know your opinion as when should I play SoD. I'm not really asking about the story or the changes made. I'm not even asking if I should buy it. I preordered it on steam.
Before you answer my question however please read this about me:
Baldurs Gate have a special place in my heart. It was one of the first games I played, and along Dagerfall became my favorite game of all time... Even although I never completed it. The furthest I played was until the kobold infested mines. I would always restart over when I reached that point and created a new character with a different background and RP it until that point and restart the cycle again. Not because I didn't like the story or systems, and neither because I didn't like my build; but rather because I loved the stories that my child brain would create about CHARNAME and the new stories a new CHARNAME presented. While I grew up I found myself to be a flexible nostalgic idiot :P I love remasters and re releases and GOG. And I'm not a puritan except with the original view of designers and developers for a game; that means I love "unfinished bussiness" kind of mods and restored content.
I have come to like the new cinematics of BGEE and even the new outlines of the sprites. I also like the new NPCs. I however feel concerned about the new expansion since I've finally decided to complete the saga. Was a new expansion really needed? Was this expansion what the developers originally wanted to do? Did bioware and/or black isle leave documents about a plot for a possible new expansion? Do the expansion really make sense with BG2 and ToB? How much RP freedom do you have? I've heard that there are a lot of places where you can't commit crimes because out of nowhere a wizard teleports to your location and kills you (like in Ultima 8 pagan), and that in many dialogs you can't be evil or an ass. Any of this is true?
Should I give SoD a go for my first COMPLETE unalterated run or should I disable it? Or should I scrap the enhanced editions and play the originals with TuTu or BGT for that first complete run? (I also have the originals)