Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (PC, 2000)
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|In Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, an evil mage has locked you in a dungeon cell with a few of your friends nearby. Explosions and sounds of intense fighting can be heard in the distance as some unknown battle rages. With no clue as to where you are, escape is paramount. Obviously, certain factions deem you a threat and you must discover why.|
The game, based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons gaming system, accommodates both solo and multiplayer action (up to six players via the Internet). Hand-designed backgrounds set the stage for the fantasy world and perspective is through an isometric viewpoint. Though otherwise played in real-time, battles can be paused for issuance of individual party actions through a turn-based system that allows you to plan tactical movements and change weapons.
In traditional role-playing fashion, you must create your characters before the game begins and select or modify their attributes. During gameplay, you gather information through the use of dialogue trees with NPCs and fight when necessary. Eleven new playable NPCs are featured in addition to five from the original game (Imoen, Jaheira, Minsc, Edwin and Viconia). As in the original Baldur's Gate, weapons, armor, spells and a myriad of items are available through purchase, discovery or booty from downed opponents. Character experience caps are set at 2,950,000 points.
The game introduces new monsters including trolls, umber hulks, vampires, werewolves, beholders, rakshasas, golems, shadows, mind flayers and three types of dragons (black, red and silver). The interface is point-and-click with a full complement of customizable hot keys available for in-game action as well, including a full-screen option that hides the interface. Journal, map, inventory, character record, mage spell, priest spell and option screens are similar to the original with the added option to create custom journal entries.
In multiplayer mode, you can chat with other players, import and export your own characters or create new ones to join existing games. Gameplay in multiplayer is the same as single-player mode except the six characters are controlled independently by up to six human participants.
|Publisher||Black Isle Studios|
|Game||Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn|
|ESRB Descriptor||Animated Blood, Animated Violence, Use of Tobacco and/or Use of Alcohol|
|Control Elements||Keyboard, Mouse|
|Number of Players||1-6|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Baldur's Gate Series|
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Best Game In Its Class
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- fairy-red-himeSep 1, 2009by
A great game!
The first Baldur's Gate game was amazing, well-told, with an easy battle system, and a compelling story. The sequel, Shadow's of Amn, takes all the amazing things that made Baldur's Gate 1 successful, and multiplies it by 100! It is graphically improved, an amazing soundtrack, new classes, new spells, new weapons for your PC to use, and then there's the even more amazing storyline! From start to finish, you'll be at the edge of your seat! I could be playing this game now, if it weren't for the fact that our disc 1 is broken, which is why I've turned to eBay to find it.