BG2EE addicts should get the reference in the title.
I know the sales will be what determines, for the most part, whether Beamdog will be able to make a brand new game of their own, but I wanted to create that poll to collect your thoughts on how Beamdog fared with SoD.
If you can, please explain your vote with a short review of what's good and what's not so good.
Of course, do not forget that not everyone has explored every aspect of the game so please keep any spoilerish content under spoiler tags.
As always, though I have hardly ever been disappointed by the great community of these forums, keep any debate calm and polite.
Alright, I should open the thread with my own opinion.
This game is a plain success.
Graphically speaking, it is really nice and still very coherent with the original games. I really love the new UI. The original one really was too old and not quite practical enough.
Gameplay-wise, well, it is the game we all love, with 2.0 improvements, and one thing that Beamdog achieved which really is awesome is something they already implemented in EE: massive fights with like 25+characters on screen. I know it was not possible to achieve back then simply because computers were not powerful enough, but this really is refreshing though it might look like a big mess at first.
Concerning the scenario, it is really decent. I believe Beamdog passed this test.
Sidequests. I like how early sidequests actually affect the later stages of the game. This really is awesome. Besides that, I really think the optional content is rather good.
Now as to the point I, and I am sure I was not alone, feared most: the writing.
Beamdog's EE content writing was, not always good, and sometimes quite terrible. Yes, "bad cop" journal entry I am looking at you. You too Hexxat.
Well, once again, I was not disappointed. We are not quite yet to the level Baldur's Gate was, but we sure are much closer to it than what Beamdog used to give us.
Overall, I'd say this release is close to flawless, and this game is both a fitting tribute and a fitting conclusion to the best RPG ever. Beamdog really made it clear that they can produce very good quality games, and I certainly trust them to give us that good games in the future.