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Special Report on Baldur's Gate II
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

IGN's RPGVault has written up a 'Special Report' on Bioware's
massive RPG Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Kevin Martens, co-lead
designer for the game, gives a few good quotes in the piece, which covers many
aspects of the making this sequel to Baldur's Gate. The discussion reveals many of
the sequel's features, including the ability to import your old Baldur's Gate
character into this title. Here's an excerpt with more:

In terms of expanding the game, the developers identified a few key areas. "One major design issue was area content," Kevin recalled.
"Baldur's Gate had a lot of space to explore but not always something to do. Shadows of Amn is very focused. It still has tons of areas but
most of them are literally stuffed with quests, items, encounters and people to talk to. There are still areas that exist for the sake of
exploring but there is never a dull moment. Other than this, we really do have many new features - things such as 3D support, higher
resolutions, bags and scroll cases, hundreds of spells, thousands of items, hundreds of plots, etc. We also spent a lot of time greatly
expanding character options. We added three new classes - the Barbarian, the Sorcerer and the Monk. We also added three kits to each
of the primary classes, with the exception of the Mage, which already had eight specialty kits. This greatly expands replay value and player
Take a minute to read through the rest of the article, as it gives an excellent
overview of what Baldur's Gate II is all about. Mac gamers should be able to enjoy this title on our platform
sometime next year, thanks to the folks at MacPlay. The expansion pack
for the original Baldur's Gate, known as Tales of the Sword Coast, will hopefully
be released in the next month of so by the publishers of Mac Baldur's Gate, GraphSim.
If you'd like even more details, check out IMG's preview of Baldur's Gate II.

IMG First Look at Baldur's Gate II
RPGVault Article on Baldur's Gate II
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