Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Retrospective Review

I'm not sure how the same guy has managed to review nearly the entire Baldur's Gate collection in something like 10 days, but you can now read this retrospective review of Baldur's Gate II over at Mana Pool. Despite the score of 9.2/10, they do find a couple of flaws in the ten-year-old game:
The quests are also generally more enjoyable, with far fewer postal service-style quests, and a more polished feel. The evil (or at least, non-good) options in the game are also more interesting, and represent a far more varied replay of the game.

Unfortunately for those of you wanting to play evil parties, however, the numbers of companions are skewed against the evil protagonist, with it not being possible to field even a single 6-character party solely with evil NPC companions. Whilst this was not highly unusual at the time of release, modern RPGs really try to give their players options regarding their moral activities, and Baldur's Gate 2 still falls short on this count.


As with the original Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2 has aged very well, and still looks very respectable. The audio is likewise of good quality, with the music once again being of high quality ('˜The Domain of the Dragon' is probably amongst the most epic combat music in an RPG), with the only possible flaw being the limited amount of voice acting.