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A sorry affair
The much-loved RPG that is Baldur's Gate received this unexpected modern add-on but unfortunately it proved to be a far from fitting expansion to a true classic. If you are a fan you'll likely be disappointed with this as it just doesn't feel like BG at all and is pretty woeful in just about every aspect. This one takes place between the original Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 and allows players to further delve into the rich lore of this well-developed series. The gameplay is essentially the same as before, with a mix of exploration, questing, monster slaying, and treasure seeking, and you'll get to explore in the company of familiar characters from the earlier games as well as new faces. There's a new class to try out, the shaman, along with a story mode that is easier to play through if you're just into the narrative and a tougher one if you really like a challenge. This Deluxe Edition includes the soundtrack along with the base game but even if this weren't so bad, it's questionable if it would be worth forking out the extra cash just for a soundtrack. However, Dragonspear really is bad so soundtrack or not, it's just not worth buying. From a narrative perspective, the writing and character development are just plain awful, with the characters having changed beyond all recognition. The interface is also terrible, being awkward and unintuitive, while there are also heaps of bugs to add further to your frustration. The visuals don't even offer much recompense, being bland and uninteresting, so when all things are considered, this is just best avoided.