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Baldurs Gate II Preview Week
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Baldurs Gate Week
The following screenshots include a certain part of the game
that you may wish to wait and see for yourself. If you don't
care about something being spoiled, Scroll down and check them
These are all from a part in
the game where Imoen, taken, has a dream.... or is it?
Gate II Starts out like this: You wake up, drugged, and
with a bad headache. You and your friends have been
captured, and imprisoned!
You escape, and find your way to the surface, only to have
Imoen taken away from you by a group of Mages.
Your quest starts here...
Baldurs Gate II is a great sequel, and we've been playing
many hours of it to get an idea of the gameplay, check out
the new artwork, and animations.
of the Music in our beta copy is from Baldurs Gate I, but that's
expected. I'm sure it'll be replaced with the new scored
music. The new music we did hear was as good or even
better than in its predecessor.
So far, from what we've seen, the story, and gameplay is
great! The Dialogue between characters within your own
party has been increased dramatically, along with
the conversations with all the townsfolk. (Much like
of the new features is the new graphics resolution, you
can have either 640x480, or 800x600 now. The graphics are
very clean, and seem more defined now as well.
The artwork is totally jaw-dropping as well, each new map
has tons of detail, and MANY things are animated now. Water
falls, Birds, Rats, Magical Globes, Colored lighting,
glows, ripple effects - and tons more..
new resolution isn't the only thing new to the engine. Now
you'll have OpenGL support, which will smooth out the
"fog of war", and give spells and other effects
a nice look. Although, we turned it off, because it killed
the frame rate big-time, and we're using a P3/500 with the
new GeForce2 64mb card. Now we tried to install custom
drivers made for our card, but none were available, I'm
sure when they are, they will work much better than the
AI pathfinding is has been improved as well, I have yet to
curse at my screen about this, as I did with Baldurs Gate.
Also, there are many new options in the configuration menu
this time, which will help people with lower-end systems.
Another thing many hate is load-time. Well, some areas
will take a while still, but if you do a full install, it
should cut down on the load times by 70%. We did an
average install, which was 800+ MB. (Full install was
have tons more previews and columns here at ironworks on
Baldurs Gate II, and in more detail too. be sure to check
back to see tomorrow's previews!
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