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  • Re: Musings about Classes & Playstyles [Newbie Perspective]

    Like yourself I'm playing baldur's gate 2 for the first time after completing BG1. And guess what? I'm a paladin (basic) just like you are at the moment. And I'm currently loving it in BG2 and I'll tell you why.

    Paladins in Baldur's Gate with the leveling from 1 to 9 iirc doesn't offer you much really. But in BG2 that changes greatly, eventually you will be given cleric spells that you can cast and will help you better as a frontline fighter. And that's what your paladin should be (a frontline warrior or tank) with a two handed sword is great. Not to mention if you are using 2 handed swords, you'll have a chance to wield Carsomyr. And Carsomyr is a weapon of destruction which could be upgraded to a 6+ weapon in ToB which is crazy. (And only paladins can wield Carsomyr.)

    Also the paladin stronghold quests are well done and very rewarding, and I very well enjoyed it. I think you should give it a shot in BG2, because paladins are a ton better than in BG1 by far.
    JuliusBorisovtbone1
  • Re: Your first time through chapter 4

    Well I almost reached to the end of chapter 4 for the first time and boy oh boy.... was it interesting. My overall feeling for the entire chapter is kinda long but I'll shorten it to the best of my abilities.

    Chapter 4 was just a roller coaster of emotions for me really. I mean starting with finding Imoen in Brynnlaw, the attempt to get to spellhold was interesting because it was like "really another quest to go to spellhold" I mean after helping the shadow thieves... I kinda wanted Imoen back.
    But the quests were well done in fact. I enjoyed it... it's like desperately doing whatever you must to get to Imoen but I didn't rush it... because simply I like to read over the dialogue a lot ;)

    Then spellhold. I took the way in as a deviant and it was jokes seeing Tiax back... it's funny because I didn't like him in bg1, but I giggled when I saw him again (same with feldorn and Xzar) But Irenicus' damn he was slick in his plans... I mean I was spoiled a bit by the story and throughout chapter 4 I understood why everyone liked him as a villain. He's honestly the best character in the game. I enjoyed the cutscenes with him. But yoshimo..... damn bro I'm still hurt over that. at first when it was revealed yoshimo as Irenicus' puppet I was pissed, but then as you fight him for the final time and told you about the geas and he accepted his fate. I saw him as a complete badass... Yoshimo's character development was prefect in chapter 3 to chapter 4. (The little hints in the banters, the random outbursts in dialogue) Also Saemon Havarian, honestly Saemon is too funny for you to be mad at him. First he snakes you by going on Bodhi's side and he snakes you again by giving you a silver blade which leads to an ambush and snakes you again by selling you out to the githyanki. And then says to you "good luck in your travels" as the ship is breakign about and then ditches you while he swims away. When I saw that I couldn't stop laughing, like damn this guy is the prefect pirate... his sleezy dialogue, him being a smart mouthed idiot and just being plain witty.

    Now I'm at the Sahuagin City. I currently like this bonus addition to chapter 4 to help these guys out. But so far chapter 4 in baldur's gate 2 has to be the best written chapter in both games so far.


    I really enjoyed reading this. :)
    So good to read a players first time impressions of the game.
    Let us know how you get on with the rest of the chapter.

    It reminds you just how damn good BG/BG2 is.
    And of course why oh why can't somebody/anybody make something comparable.
    I'm glad you enjoyed it. Before I started playing BG2 my expectations were really high. But currently it's even surpassed my expectations of the game. The game is OUTSTANDING, easily my favourite game of all time.

    But as for chapter 4 I finished it currently and I'm at the underdark.
    I took Prince villynaty's side to fight the king for the Sahuagin people. King whatever-his-name-is was too crazy and too blind to be king. But prince villynaty was a massive jerkwad lmao, glad to see he doesn't backstab you and rewards you nicely for helping him out. I only wish I had the wave blade from villynaty :(


    Now I await to see what the underdark brings to me :)
    UnderstandMouseMagic
  • Re: Your first time through chapter 4

    Well I almost reached to the end of chapter 4 for the first time and boy oh boy.... was it interesting. My overall feeling for the entire chapter is kinda long but I'll shorten it to the best of my abilities.

    Chapter 4 was just a roller coaster of emotions for me really. I mean starting with finding Imoen in Brynnlaw, the attempt to get to spellhold was interesting because it was like "really another quest to go to spellhold" I mean after helping the shadow thieves... I kinda wanted Imoen back.
    But the quests were well done in fact. I enjoyed it... it's like desperately doing whatever you must to get to Imoen but I didn't rush it... because simply I like to read over the dialogue a lot ;)

    Then spellhold. I took the way in as a deviant and it was jokes seeing Tiax back... it's funny because I didn't like him in bg1, but I giggled when I saw him again (same with feldorn and Xzar) But Irenicus' damn he was slick in his plans... I mean I was spoiled a bit by the story and throughout chapter 4 I understood why everyone liked him as a villain. He's honestly the best character in the game. I enjoyed the cutscenes with him. But yoshimo..... damn bro I'm still hurt over that. at first when it was revealed yoshimo as Irenicus' puppet I was pissed, but then as you fight him for the final time and told you about the geas and he accepted his fate. I saw him as a complete badass... Yoshimo's character development was prefect in chapter 3 to chapter 4. (The little hints in the banters, the random outbursts in dialogue) Also Saemon Havarian, honestly Saemon is too funny for you to be mad at him. First he snakes you by going on Bodhi's side and he snakes you again by giving you a silver blade which leads to an ambush and snakes you again by selling you out to the githyanki. And then says to you "good luck in your travels" as the ship is breakign about and then ditches you while he swims away. When I saw that I couldn't stop laughing, like damn this guy is the prefect pirate... his sleezy dialogue, him being a smart mouthed idiot and just being plain witty.

    Now I'm at the Sahuagin City. I currently like this bonus addition to chapter 4 to help these guys out. But so far chapter 4 in baldur's gate 2 has to be the best written chapter in both games so far.


    JoenSoThacoBell
  • Re: New characters in BG2

    The New NPCs kit classes are the best thing about them. You get to have a monk, vampire, blackguard and a wild mage.

    As for the storytelling aspect, well it horrible imo. SImply because it doesn't feel like it fits in and out of place. The voice acting is different because it was written by different people, even so your CHARNAME is spoken a lot different too with the dialogue options and it just doesn't feel right after all that hours you've spent with them until you've spoken to those characters. Like Neera feels out of place, the voice acting and the "nutcase" personality of her doesn't fit with the original BG2 NPCs. Rasaad's acting is good, but once again it feels out of place. The only acting that really fits in with the rest of BG2 NPCs is most likely dorn because he kinda does feel like he fits in with the group. And hexxat... she's just boring and uninteresting... so I dumped her after she killed clara. And it's also good to say that Dorn and Rasaad have decent voice acting so there is that.

    The worst part of these NPCs.... is that some new NPCs have a stupid "cutscene" interaction that you usually cannot avoid... like seriously. And even so they always force this quest down upon you which feels like a huge burden. Like Clara/Hexxat, Neera and Dorn, they ask you to do something which is really lame and just annoying... like hexxat's quests I'm never going to touch but I'll see it right there in my journal log which is annoying for a completionist.

    Like what the previous post said... beamdog did a fantastic job enchancing the BG series. But the new content is horrible from a storytelling aspect. It honestly makes me install a remove new NPCs mod just so I don't have to bother with the new content and the horrible/out of place NPC dialogue. And seeing how big storytelling is in this game... you just want to cringe when Neera makes a horrible joke to CHARNAME
    OrlonKronsteen
  • Re: Let's talk Mazzy

    Mazzy is amazing at everything. She has everything a good tank or archer or fighter needs.
    Except for a bearable personality.
    Nah, Mazzy's great. She's no goody-two-shoes; she likes Korgan, considers Valygar her squire without consulting him, yells at Jan, calls Anomen a windbag, ... she's real folk, as my grandfather used to say.

    Also an amazing friend to Aerie, too.

    She's a really good hearted person without being naive. It also helps that CHARNAME for me currently is a paladin, it's like we are partners in arms.
    I just freed her and did her quest, went with Specialization in Katana (Celestial Fury) and used her SS in the offhand, Hill giant belt from Adventurers Mart, plus full plate, helm of Balduran and some +1 pap and she was rocking -8 AC and with boots of Speed would gap-close in an eye-blink and stun n gun everything in her way before my Barbarian could catch up for the most part lol.
    I did the same thing as you did. But I'm using tuigan bow with +2 arrows which is absolutely disgusting IMO. When I got to thaxll'ssillyia I just remember my Pali CHARNAME (Who is wielding Carsomyr) and Mazzy doing a smack ton of damage to it. thaxll'ssillyia never stood a chance lmao

    I just think it's better to leave her as a ranged character since there is 5 pro slots used for shortbows And I'm just leveling up short swords as I'm going.

    But seriously so far she's the best/OP NPC I've seen so far. Korgan being a 2nd on that list.
    GrumThacoBell