I preordered Baldurs Gate yesterday and i would like to ask some questions about it and hopefully get some tips for my first playthrough. I never played the original Baldurs Gate, but i kept hearing about how great it was, so i decided to get the Enhanced Edition and try it out myself. I read the article with the basic tips for beginners, for example about the armor classes and the races you can play, but there are a couple of things i would like to know:
1) Can i expect that this game plays like for example Gothic 1 or Drakensang but with a bigger NPC party?
should i constantly look for side quests and collectable stuff that is in chests or on the ground?
2) How should i begin when i started my first game? I'm not asking about a specific skill for a character or a "walkthrough" for the game, but rather how to get started. Should i try to have a party with as many different characters as possible, or rather try to make something specific like 2 fighters and 3 mages?
3) Can i select a difficulty at start or is it set? If i can set it, what would you suggest? I don't want the game to be super easy at the first try because i think a lot of the fun is gone when you replay a game, so i want to be my first game challanging but not having to fight a certain enemy 100 times before i can finally kill him.
Thank you for your help everybody, i might have some more questions but this 3 are all i can think of at the moment!