Baldur’s Gate Reloaded is a mod that recreates the original Baldur’s Gate saga in Neverwinter Nights 2 engine. This fan-made mod is an impressive work that took seven years to complete.
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Every time I hear someone mention Baldur’s Gate I just wonder off and install the game to play it all over again. This epic fantasy RPG was published in 1998, I am old enough to remember those days. It was the first tile to use the Infinity Engine for graphics and set the new era of an RPG gaming experience.
The game takes place in the fictional world known as Forgotten Realms with such an amazing story following player’s character and their party members to uncover the source of the recent problems. Everything is falling apart and the only man who knows what’s going on dies while defending player from the bandits. Player now has to follow the path to discover the story behind it all.
Baldur’s Gate was a true RPG with all important elements featured in it, including interesting characters. My favourite one was Minsc, a crazy ranger who talks to his hamster called Boo. “Go for the eyes Boo, GO FOR THE EYES!! RrraaaAAGHGHH!!” was Minsc’s favourite shout in combat. The dialogues in a game were so clever and sometimes humorous. It just kept me glued to the monitor for hours. There was even a loading screen reminding players they have to eat.
I must have been playing the game when the Reloaded mod came out, that’s the only satisfying excuse I can give for not knowing about the mod until today. While searching for Baldur’s Gate Enhanced edition, I stumbled upon someone saying how the game has been recreated in a 3D. Couldn’t believe my eyes, it was something I wouldn’t even dare to hope for.
Ported into Neverwinter Nights 2, the Reloaded has all of the Baldur’s Gate including the expansion on a newer engine. Yes, it is bit dated now, but this is the best recreation of a game ever. My life stopped after seeing the not so recent news, installed Neverwinter Nights 2, downloaded the free mod and installed it. Nervous isn’t the right word to explain my anticipation: will it really work? It does!
Standing in front of the tavern in Candlekeep, for God knows how many times, and it all looks familiar. Except it has been beautified, good enough reason to play the game again. Not that I need an excuse in the first place to play my favourite game. Not going to talk much about the details as that might be a spoiler for the fans.
You will need a copy of Neverwinter Nights 2, Mask of the Betrayer expansion and Storm of Zehir expansions. In case you don’t have those, GOG has them in a store. Then go to nexusmods and download reloaded. The page has all instructions.
I could write about Baldur’s Gate Reloaded for hours, instead I am going to play my favourite game and leave you to discover this great mod all by yourself. Still can’t believe it exists. Drew Rechner, guy who created Reloaded, is our hero.
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