Joined: Jun 2009
Finished Suikoden. Good stuff, it didn't always grab me but I can definitely see a framework for greatness that I've heard countless times the second game reached.
"Yes, I have been deprived of emotion. But not completely. Whoever did it, botched the job."
- Geralt of Rivia
Joined: Aug 2014
Finished replaying Baldur's Gate 1 EE, now moving on to BG 2 EE
Some thoughts on the game, without spoiling too much:
I liked the game, I think the overall story was well written and interesting throughout. The main villain is great, and the final boss battle does live up to all the build up. It was fucking anal rape for me, who isn't particularly great at the game.
The dialogue is fucking abysmal. It's completely black and white, and there were many moments where I couldn't roleplay as I wanted to because the game forced me into being either a goody-two-shoes or Satan reborn.
I really dig the graphics, there's something really charming about how the IE games look.
The enemy designs are varied, which I like. I also like the combat, but I can understand if someone finds it boring/dislikes it.
The world design is... generic. It's generic fantasy all over. It's also full of huge wilderness areas that have little to nothing in them. The first half is literally going from wilderness area to wilderness area, stay in town for a little bit, then proceed to next wilderness area where you'll go into a dungeon and fight a boss in order to progress through the story. It would've been way better if every wilderness area had something unique to explore about it. That said, I did enjoy exploring at times.
The second half becomes a bit more interesting. You finally go into the city of Baldur's Gate, and there you can do a multitude of quests that make you explore the city and find out about the people that live there.
The final third (which begins with you returning to Candlekeep) was great, but I won't be getting into it because I would spoil a lot.
Now, the ending.. is extremely abrupt. KOTOR 2 levels of abrupt. You defeat the villain, a short cutscene of his final moments plays out... and it ends. I don't care if it has a sequel or not, the game should've had proper closure. Even KOTOR 2 which ended abruptly did give some closure through dialogue and the final cutscene (LS ending only).
So, that's my two cents on the game. It was fun replaying it and I will be doing so every few years. Now, off to the second one.
Modified by Voidling, Sep 16, 2015 2:04 PM