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Baldur's Gate Console Feedback

Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
So as most are aware the games are finally out for PS4, X-Box and Switch owners to enjoy.

It's an amazing port and the controls work really well I'm happy to report. I thought it would be great to have a thread specifically for the console versions where we could give general feedback that may be able to get "fixed" or added in in a future patch.

Please keep it reasonable in terms of what we can realistically expect the team to add :smile:

+ The most obvious for me; a hot quick save button. Essential for harder difficulties so users aren't going into the menus every minute.
+ When I'm checking my characters stats etc it would be great if it switched to whatever character I selected with the bumpers rather than go back to the first of the 5 black rectangles. This instigates 4 more button presses per character to get to where I was i.e when checking how many individual enemies a character has killed from one character in the party to another.
+ The map screen really could be bigger, certainly the text before the mouse cursor hovers over needs to be.
+ Cutscenes seem to zoom out an uncomfortably long way (a medium zoom or user selectable zoom would be ideal).

More a neutral take it or leave it thing... but having the boots of speed equipped for the main character is like all the characters having boots of speed equipped with how the anologue stick movement works (the rest of the party follow a fraction of a second behind).

Feel free to most anymore feedback. I'm sure game vets will be able to go into alot more detail. Overall well done Beamdog and thank you for an amazing port :)

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  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 19,179
    Thanks for the feedback. Make sure to report big issues (especially save corruption and crashes at https://beamdog.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals so that we could investigate).

    Hostile_18typo_tillyStummvonBordwehr
  • Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
    Oh yes I totally forgot about the zooming out during cut scenes, I'll add it to my list as well. Even on the Playstation 4 pro on a 65 inch oled tv zooming out all the way feels unnatural. It's like it suddenly goes out to google earth lol. Luckily the cutscenes at least in the first game are few and far between.

    typo_tilly
  • Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
    Yep these are just small niggles of an overall amazing, albeit expensive package (PS4 UK digital). The team has done an great job bringing an older collection of games to modern consoles and making the controls work well. :)

    JuliusBorisovbyrne20
  • Tommy123Tommy123 Member Posts: 20
    Thanks for the feedback. Make sure to report big issues (especially save corruption and crashes at https://beamdog.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals so that we could investigate).
    I created 3 bug reports for these bugs:
    Tommy123 wrote: »
    - Crashes: I had two "normal" crashes - both on cutscene start (one in Durlags tower and one when you approch Simmeon with Dorn in your party). Not a big problem, as after restarting the game the cutscene played correctly.
    - Save corruption: So far the game crashed for me twice on saving. The result of this is that your savefile is gone. I had to rely on the Auto Save, but started to alternate between two savefiles to prevent losing to much progress when it happens again.
    - Durlags tower: I exited the tower by talking with Islanne on basement level 4 with the intend to return later. But re-entering the elemental chamber on level 3 (as I did it on the PC version) does not teleport me to the chessboard. So I can not finish the Soultaker quest as I can no longer reach the lowest level.

    JuliusBorisovtypo_tilly
  • spacejawsspacejaws Member, Mobile Tester Posts: 327
    I've got a few.

    When using tactical mode, holding down X or A for the highlight shortcut, releasing it will cause an action like move or such. I'd prefer it if it didn't do this. I don't like highlight on all the time but if I hold it down during a fight I have to be careful not to cancel my teams actions.

    Individuals with the X cancel action command. When you group people you get the X cancel action command on the hotbar but not for individuals so it can be a bit funny to get them to cancel an action.

    When opening containers in stores pressing Circle or B for close exits out the store, feel like it should close the container first. Not a biggie but a nuisance that has caught me a few times because Circle or B is like back key in my mind not exit and I am aware you can close the container using another key but whatevs.

    Using the left stick to scroll in store should snap the directional buttons to that section. You can scroll all the way to the bottom of the store using the left stick, then when you move the d pad it snaps you to the top of the store or wherever you were last. Feels kinda clunky.

    That's all for now! My other complaints are old issues like defensive fighter script running into melee range with a ranged weapon after completing an action and there being no other good script to not initiate combat unless party are attacked and continue fighting after your target is dead. The Advanced AI script seems to be missing an option for a defensive mode to kinda not make the first move. Bit irritating when an enemy just comes into view and I'm sneaking and Khalid just starts shooting and Jaheria casts Bless then runs right up to an ogres face and pelts him with the sling.

    JuliusBorisovHostile_18typo_tillyStummvonBordwehr
  • Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
    edited October 22
    Heres another two really small ones.

    On the left trigger that brings up the party member "circle" where you can select different sub groups within the main group. It would be alot more usable if when you select a subgroup it goes straight back into the game, rather than having to manually exit out of the circle menu each time.

    If theres a use I've over looked for selecting characters and it not going straight into the game then ignore this point (obviously triangle wouldn't do this as this assigns groups not selects them, just cross should do this).

    Secondly it would be handy if when loading saved games they were ordered so the most recent save is always at the top. This would save time looking at how many days have passed for each save slot. The harder the difficulty the more convenient this would be. :)

    JuliusBorisovtypo_tillyStummvonBordwehr
  • Tommy123Tommy123 Member Posts: 20
    Tommy123 wrote: »
    - Save corruption: So far the game crashed for me twice on saving. The result of this is that your savefile is gone. I had to rely on the Auto Save, but started to alternate between two savefiles to prevent losing to much progress when it happens again.
    It happened a third time. This time at the Cloud Peaks. Saving in the Dark Moon Monastery Caverns crashed the game and my savegame was deleted in the process. Had to load the Auto-Save and do everything again.

  • Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
    Tommy123 wrote: »
    Tommy123 wrote: »
    - Save corruption: So far the game crashed for me twice on saving. The result of this is that your savefile is gone. I had to rely on the Auto Save, but started to alternate between two savefiles to prevent losing to much progress when it happens again.
    It happened a third time. This time at the Cloud Peaks. Saving in the Dark Moon Monastery Caverns crashed the game and my savegame was deleted in the process. Had to load the Auto-Save and do everything again.

    Ah that's not good!

    Whatever is causing it I think its limited to the Switch Lite/Switch.

    I'm saving a hell of a lot of the PS4 Pro and not one corruption. Maybe 3 hard crashes in 60 hours though.

  • Tommy123Tommy123 Member Posts: 20
    I finally finished Baldurs Gate and advanced to Siege of Dragonspear. And there my fourth save corruption bug happened. When saving at Ducal Palace my game crashed and deleted my savegame ... good that there are auto saves.

    JuliusBorisovHostile_18StummvonBordwehr
  • Juggernaught203Juggernaught203 Member Posts: 2
    I am unable to teleport back to Durlag's Tower level 4 on Xbox One after having teleported outside through the help of Islanne located on Level 4. I was going to sell some loot to the vendor outside on the map, but have been unsuccessful re-entering the "Chessboard Area" needed to progress back into Level 4. This is a common and old bug that seems to have carried over from the PC version(s). I have tried re-entering the "elemental" rooms several times in many different orders, tried waiting in the rooms, sleeping in the rooms, tried summoning creatures into the room to kill them and see if this would trigger a teleport, and even tried killing my own party members, but to no avail.

    Hostile_18typo_tilly
  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Member Posts: 68
    I would like to echo the same comments as others here and add some more of my own. Playing on Nintendo Switch.
    • Cutscenes zoom way out, way too far to see what is happening. Additionally, dialogue happening within cutscenes zooms way in to default zoom, so you get this bizarre whiplash diving in and out. Given the choice, I would set cutscenes to the same zoom as dialogue; I believe this zoom level was the default one in the original game and give a good enough view on what is happening.
    • Quick save would be great. There is exactly ONE unmapped button function: clicking in the left stick. This would be perfect for quicksave. Clicking in the right stick centers the camera, however I find this functionality completely unnecessary since moving the left stick at all (walking) ALSO centers the camera...this could be quickload.
    • I don't see a point in the world map screen having text below the locations when it's far too tiny to read. It'd be nice to be able to zoom in on the map, but alternatively I wouldn't be opposed to removing that text altogether and having us hover over locations to see what they are. Seeing it there makes me want to strain my eyes to read it!
    • With how often you pause in this game, mapping pause to the + button is very awkward. It's tougher to press than the face buttons. Conversely, at least the way I play I don't use the map too often, so I would gladly swap Y with + in a heartbeat. Maybe this could be added as a toggleable option under Gameplay? I already suggested this one via the feedback page linked above.
    • I encountered some weird UI bugs during the tutorial but I don't know the best way to describe them to be reproducible. I think it's related to events happening on a timer, where suddenly dialogue pops up no matter what you were doing. I could be in a menu poking around and suddenly dialogue is on the screen obscuring the menu, and upon leaving dialogue...things got weird. At least once, after backing all the way out with B I was left with no bottom screen UI at all! Couldn't press X to perform character actions. I had to wait for another dialogue popup and back out of it to get my normal UI back. Very strange. Probably limited to the tutorial (the menu-selected one, nothing in the actual game).
    • Nahal's Reckless Dweomer spell description says "The actual effect of the spell is determined randomly by a dice roll on the Wild Surge Table (see the manual for more details)." However this game did not come with a manual. Not sure of a better way to handle this. "Google BG1 manual for details?"

  • Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
    Thanks for the feedback. Make sure to report big issues (especially save corruption and crashes at https://beamdog.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals so that we could investigate).

    Hi. Will there be a patch for the console versions? If so will it just be bugs or will a few quality of life features that have been mentioned possibly be added? Just trying to set my expectations as support for games varies greatly from developer to developer. It will also determine when I'll tackle the other games on the disc (just at the end of BG1/Sword Coast now). :smile:

  • Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
    Ah I guess I won't be beating the game today :(

    Saverok has gone MIA. I was up to the final battle, I was triggering the traps and then going outside and resting up and when I got to the end of the room he isn't there and the important events part of the journal says finished. 3 of my saves I wrote over as I didnt realize it had glitched. So I'm about 2 hours back.

  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Member Posts: 68
    edited October 28
    Removing this post as Tresset restored my original post, so this became redundant. :p See above for list of suggestions.

    Post edited by UncleSporky on
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  • TressetTresset Member, Moderator Posts: 7,658
    @UncleSporky Your comment here was caught by the forum's automated spam filter. I have restored it and verified you so that this should not happen again.

    JuliusBorisovUncleSporkySkatan
  • Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
    Great feedback! I agree with all your points.

    I think the same button that opens the map should also close it. I had to fight alot of muscle memory to stop highlighting the walkable area of the map all the time lol.

  • spacejawsspacejaws Member, Mobile Tester Posts: 327
    edited October 28
    [*] Nahal's Reckless Dweomer spell description says "The actual effect of the spell is determined randomly by a dice roll on the Wild Surge Table (see the manual for more details)." However this game did not come with a manual. Not sure of a better way to handle this. "Google BG1 manual for details?"

    Beamdog did actually create an updated online pdf manual for the EE games. The Wild Surge table is on page 31. It's actually an amazing resource that delves into almost everything you could want to know like Summon stats, weapon stat requirements, class level tables and all the spell details.


    https://cdn.baldursgate.com/files/AdventurersGuide.pdf

    StummvonBordwehrJuliusBorisovleeux
  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Member Posts: 68
    @Hostile_18 I'm not sure if this is how Beamdog would like us to handle these things, but if you like the idea of some of those button changes maybe you could submit them here too, just to show there is more support for the idea. I would especially love to get quicksave/load but I'm sure that would take more work on their part than simply swapping map and pause around.


    I also wanted to leave a bit of positive feedback: holy crap this game loads fast. I know it's an older game but from the Switch main menu, pressing A on the game's icon to open it, and hammering A as fast as possible to skip intro stuff and continue the most recent save...I timed it, it's less than 10 seconds to gameplay. That is INSANE. I don't think any game on Switch comes close. Almost every game has at least 30 seconds of cumulative loading, often a minute or more.

    StummvonBordwehrHostile_18
  • snurfle87snurfle87 Member Posts: 2
    loving the game on switch so far, blazing through.

    however! i just hit some button or did something that made it so the game is highlighting every available object/item, all character names are listed above everyone's heads (PC and NPCs).. it's a mess. anybody know how to get it to revert to normal??

  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Member Posts: 68
    snurfle87 wrote: »
    loving the game on switch so far, blazing through.

    however! i just hit some button or did something that made it so the game is highlighting every available object/item, all character names are listed above everyone's heads (PC and NPCs).. it's a mess. anybody know how to get it to revert to normal??

    Press X to get to the action bar, then press left to highlight the red diamond. Press A to toggle it on and off.

    I actually have it turned on myself because I like it that way, I'm not missing anything interactive. But if you just want it some of the time, you can also hold the A button as you walk around.

    StummvonBordwehrsnurfle87JuliusBorisov
  • snurfle87snurfle87 Member Posts: 2
    Cheers, thanks! Everything is much clearer now. :D

    StummvonBordwehrJuliusBorisov
  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 19,179
    Thanks for your bug reports, folks! At the moment we're going through all the feedback and figuring out the way forward.

    Hostile_18Skatan
  • Hostile_18Hostile_18 Member Posts: 12
    Thanks for your bug reports, folks! At the moment we're going through all the feedback and figuring out the way forward.

    That's good to know everything is been considered. Thank you for the update :smile:

    JuliusBorisovStummvonBordwehr
  • KV1KV1 Member Posts: 2
    Xbox One Baldur's Gate.....my party members suddenly have their names and hit points above their heads on the game screen (not the portraits...but actually as they walk about). How do I get rid of this?

  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Member Posts: 68
    KV1 wrote: »
    Xbox One Baldur's Gate.....my party members suddenly have their names and hit points above their heads on the game screen (not the portraits...but actually as they walk about). How do I get rid of this?

    I answered this just a few posts above. The buttons aren't the same as on Switch but the method is the same. Click the red gem in party actions UI.

    KV1
  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Member Posts: 68
    Another bug I've encountered on the Switch which I will report at the portal:

    During the encounter with Bassilus the intended behavior is either making him angry and needing to fight both him and his undead army, or saying the exact right things (choices 3-1-1) for his entire army to crumble and die as realization dawns. Instead, no matter what you say or do, all his minions will remain passive to you and will neither attack nor die. This was a bug reported in December 2012, and reported fixed in the same thread March 2013: https://forums.beamdog.com/discussion/11350/bassilus-instant-death-of-undead-option

    StummvonBordwehr
  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Member Posts: 68
    I hope it is ok to report any bugs I find in this thread, as well as submitting them on the portal. I feel like posting them publicly gives an opportunity for others to double check and corroborate the bug.

    New one:

    While saving the game, when you press down from the New Save option, the game will highlight the most recent UI slot you saved on, and not the most recent save file you used or whatever is at the top of the list. This behavior feels even weirder when your most recent save is below what's visible on screen, as your UI save selector will be scrolled off the bottom in a lower slot and won't be visible. Hard to describe, needs to be experienced.

    Steps to reproduce:

    - Have 4 existing save files
    - Save the game once by scrolling to the bottom and overwriting the bottom-most file
    - Without exiting the game or loading, go to save your game again
    - You will now be highlighting the New Save option; your most recent save that you overwrote will be visible just below New Save
    - Press down
    - Your UI selector will now be confusingly below all visible save slots on the screen, and you will have to press up to see where you're at in the list

    StummvonBordwehr
  • spacejawsspacejaws Member, Mobile Tester Posts: 327
    Not sure how to replicate this bug but my Beastmaster in BG1 learned the Slow Poison special ability after a dream sequence but wheneger I try to use it the action will hang. The targets feeback circle will do the cross point iconnto indicate they are targeted but my character won't do the ability. I have found that I can sometimes get them to do it by using the cure light wounds ability which they do without problem then the slow poison immediately after.

    Playing on PS4.

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