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Maurvir wrote: »
Part of the problem is that BG2 practically requires the protagonist to have a party to get out of the starting dungeon.
Balrog99 wrote: »
It's more of a 'do you prefer a low-level or high-level experience?'.
Pokota wrote: »
Regarding getting railroaded into companions you didn't use in Baldur's Gate 1... so? You're not required to keep them in the party at all, and even with that they're at least useful in getting out of Chateau Irenicus. The only member of the canon party I have trouble with is Jaheira, and even she is entertaining if you're not romancing her. Imoen becoming a mage became a plot point in BG2 because (if I remember right) so many players dual-classed her in BG1 that it only made sense to do so for the story of BG2 (though ironically, I stopped dualling her in BG1 for the Enhanced Editions with the introductions of Set Traps to the thief skillset and A Certain Magical Neera - the former gives her a use in combats I can prepare for, and the latter is technically a non-restricted caster). Do not forget that newcomers to BG1 were railroaded into either playing as a warrior or taking Xzar and Montaron as companions just from the prologue.
Pokota wrote: »
That... is why I specified newcomers
If you're playing Baldur's Gate for the first time, you're going to follow the breadcrumbs. "If we ever become separated, it is imperative that you make your way to the Friendly Arm Inn. There you will meet Khalid and Jaheira." The problem is Tarnesh - your first hostile spellcaster. Even at level 1, you're facing a level 5 generalist mage with three Magic Missiles memorized, as well as Horror and Mirror Image. Before the Enhanced Editions made the nearby guards react to the assassination attempt, this guy was going to kill non-warriors that didn't take Xzar/Montaron (and even a few who do!)
There's railroading by script, and then there's railroading by beef gates. Either way, "there ain’t no gettin’ offa this train we’re on, till we get to the end of the line."
Wrathofrecca wrote: »
Good to know. Maybe I assumed he just auto leaves or tries to kill Keldorn so I never tried.