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21 May 2014 @ 05:36 am
[Roaming in the Sword Coast] part 1  
Told last post I'd do some kind of journal/review of my adventures in the Sword Coast. I'm still not decided on how to proceed so I'll make do as it comes. It'll probably be a mess, at least in the beginning.

But, first things first: some context. Baldur's Gate was created by Bioware and released in 1998. It's a high fantasy rpg that takes place in the Forgotten Realms, a fictional world that served as a campaign setting for D&D (well, AD&D, D&D 3rd and 4th edition to be exact). It's been remastered and released in 2012 for PC and 2013 for mac (I use the later version). The licence is held by Wizard of the Coast, who's also got D&D (but that was obvious) and Magic: The Gathering, which—surprise!—I'm in love with since my brothers introduced me to it when I was little and kinda got back to it a couple years ago.

I played to the original version as well as its sequel, back when it'd been released and loved every bit of it. It's not flawless but in my mind, it's pretty perfect. Anyway, I'm not going for an deep analysis or anything of that kind. It'll mostly what happens, the interactions between the characters, funny things (or maybe not, you'll juge~), gameplay. All in all, a little bit of everything.

Now, a last important thing. I'm much more familiar with BG2 than BG. I know I did finish the game, I remember clearly the prologue and last chapter and battle. I don't remember anything in between though, except for a few characters and the impressions they left me (like Edwin, yes). For my defense, it's mainly because I was 7 and it was the period when I breezed through games. On the top of that, with BG, I used mods and a peculiar cheat code I'll speak about later. So, most of the game will also be a (re)discovery and almost like a first play.

Off we go then.

The opening scene (enhanced version | original) introduces us to the Obvious Big Baddie of the game. I mean, come on, it's written all over his design. Big menacing guy in a dark armor and horned helmet. And, ooooh, glowing yellow eyes! And then, that villainous laugh. The cinematic is cliché as hell, BB killing the poor guy in a very dramatic way. With the inevitable heavy rain while lightnings streak the sky and thunderous thunders of doom resonate. It's over the top, but I absolutely love it. I mean, it's effective. You can feel the poor guy's fear and that BB is strong and menacing, and merciless. Also that he's got a goal and initiates something, sinister without a doubt. And it's making me kinda curious about his big plan and how it'll go: I already know the "kill the main character" part of it and why he has to, but can't remember the lines between the beginning and BB's defeat. Anyway, I remember the original opening making me all chilly and nervous at the time and I really like it (and the graphics were really beautiful back then). Still, I slightly prefer the enhanced version: the fast pace and abruptness make the scene more powerful and fluid.

And, that's all for tonight. My brain's too much of a pudding for more. Next time will be the main character and the prologue.
Mood: chipperchipper
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on May 21st, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, I totally enjoyed this!! I've seen hubby play both versions and I've never quite looked at the games like this before. I very much look forward to more from your POV!

Luo: Ariesluorescence on May 21st, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it *hugs*

That's so great your hubby played to the game!