I went into SoD expecting higher quality writing and better development than the previous added content simply given the fact that Beamdog has a larger staff and resource pool now than they did in the past.
What I didn't expect was an expansion that (in the first 7 hours at least) would blow me away with its creativity, thoughtfulness, competence, and overall quality. Really, really impressed so far – somehow, SoD has managed to feel fresh and innovative while staying faithful to the spirit of the game and hitting the right nostalgia buttons along the way.
There are going to be a lot of threads re: complaints and bugs over the course of the next few days (as is to be expected), so I thought there should be a place where players can express their thanks to the developers and list off a few of their favorite features, characters, and quests.
I'll start: hearing new dialogue from Minsc, Imoen, and others for the first time in 15 years has been one of my all-time favorite moments in gaming ever. Thank you