Of course it’s a good thing these games are still being updated and improvements have been made. The game works on modern PC’s and in widescreen, the zooming option is a good feature and obviously bug fixes are great. The original game had plenty of them and also unfinished side quests. But man, Beamdog should really have left it pretty much at that. The “enhancements” of BG1 have taken the life out of the first game by adding and changing things that did not need changing. The artwork, the new videos, the mobile looking UI and the new characters that feel they come straight out of 5th edition, none of these fit the rustic and archaic feel of the AD&D original BG. I know some people will agree and others disagree when i say that Beamdog should not even have changed it to the BG2 engine.
BG2 class kits, character models, spells and spell animations don't fit the mood of BG1 and mechanically makes the first game unbalanced also. Well then one can say “new players won't mind”, well i can bet that most people who became hyped for the EE's in the first place are those who'd played the originals way back and newer players will most likely go straight to Larian and BG3 anyway. It doesn't make sense to try to appeal to modern fantasy fans with an old infinity game that was released in 1998. I think even new players would "get" an experience that's more closer to the original. Currently BG1 EE has some kind of identity crisis and doesn't know what it wants to be.
BG1 isn’t a game about effectiveness and smoothness, it’s all about setting the right mood - and small things like the flashing effect and the scroll that unfolds when you hover over an accessible area on the map “traveling hours 8” and the stonelike UI - matters.
Moreover I don't agree at all with the BG trilogy people who want to have one seamless playthrough. BG1 is a great and special game in it's own right and should have been given the respect it deserved. BG1, BG2 and Throne of Bhaal are all amazing and separate video games in their own right even though the saga connects them. It seems to me that Beamdog were too concerned to leave their own mark on it with the new content and in the process made people like me who cherish the original experience disillusioned.
Rose tinted glasses? nostalgia? sure, and i strongly believe that is the job of the developer to try to reciprocate and preserve that feeling when it comes to enhanced editions of older games as well as remasters that mean alot to a lot of people.
Old BG fan