I recently started yet another playthrough of this game, which remains my all-time favorite, head and shoulders above anything else. And it turned out to be a surprise.
When I first played BG2:EE, most of the new stuff seemed very interesting, delightful even, because it brought new life into an old favorite.
But this time, it wasn't quite the same. I let Clara/Hexxat join my party, and her anguish was so clear and obvious that I went with her to the graveyard district, entered the tomb and eventually met the real Hexxat. At which point I lost my interest in that character completely. Do I want a bossy, arrogant vampire in my party? No.
At the bridge district, I met Neera, and I helped her help that girl escape. Then I got the coordinates to her wild wood, and I thought, do I have any interest in letting that stereotypically girly girl into my group? Do I want to hear her clumsy jokes? Do I want to get involved in quests where I'm chasing cats around? No, no and no. So that was the end of Neera for me.
In Trademeet, I noticed Rasaad fighting with some other monks. We talked. He told me his story concerning some figures I'd never even heard of, and it was articulated badly enough to leave me somewhat unsure as to what had really been going on - but hey, at least I was able to make a snarky comment at every opportunity! (Which I didn't do, by the way.) My interest in getting involved in Rasaad's travails was... negligible. So I didn't take him with me.
Then there was Dorn. I didn't even initiate dialogue. I have played his SoA path all the way through once, just to see what it's like, but it's not interesting. So, no thanks.
I ended up pretty surprised: each of the new characters has dated a lot quicker than any of the old ones excluding Minsc (whose comic relief style got old very quickly but was fun once). In fact, I think both Isra and Kelsey, the two mods, are better than any of the EE characters.
Don't take this too strongly, though: on their first playthrough, three of the four EE characters did impress me, and having them along was definitely worth the money I paid for EE, so absolutely no complaints from me. But boy have they got old quickly.
Any thoughts on this?