Kickstarter related: GOG selling Infinity Engine games

#1 Posted by oraknabo (1567 posts) -

I just noticed this today. Maybe it's just a coincidence, because it's all part of their D&D sales series, but GOG.com has put nearly every game mentioned in the Project Eternity video (except Arcanum & the Fallouts, I think) up for sale.

In the wake of the Project Eternity getting a million dollars in a single day, I think there are a lot of people out there thinking about these titles and interested parties who never played most of them who want to see what all the excitement is about.

This was either a really smart move on their part or an incredibly lucky coincidence. Either way, I suspect they'll sell a lot of games this week.

BALDUR'S GATE 2 COMPLETE

BALDUR'S GATE: THE ORIGINAL SAGA

ICEWIND DALE 2 COMPLETE

ICEWIND DALE COMPLETE

PLANESCAPE: TORMENT

TEMPLE OF ELEMENTAL EVIL, THE

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#2 Edited by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

As they point out in another article on their site, this was the day that Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition was supposed to be launched. I'm sure they wanted to get Baldur's Gate out there and sell it to as many people as possible before what some might see as the new "definitive version" is out. That article is a novice guide to installing all of the necessary mods to make Baldur's Gate a more modern game (running at 640x480 suuuuucks).

This group of games often goes on sale altogether, as well. When they do a D&D sale, they include every officially licensed D&D game they have, including the non-Infinity Engine games that are kind of duds.

#3 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -

I think it's time for me to try those priceless timeless PC titles that used to scare me as a child. I'm going to buy Baldur's Gate! Or should I buy Planescape?

#4 Edited by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

I think it's time for me to try those priceless timeless PC titles that used to scare me as a child. I'm going to buy Baldur's Gate! Or should I buy Planescape?

Baldur's Gate! Or Both! If only one, then I suggest Baldur's Gate and eventually its sequel and expansion. Just make sure to at LEAST use the resolution hacker or, as I said, be doomed to 640x480 and not be able to enjoy the fantastic art style.

Unless, of course, you want to wait for the "Enhanced Edition," and probably not have to deal with that. Then I'd suggest Planescape, which has probably no chance of being updated.

#5 Edited by oraknabo (1567 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic: It depends on what you like. I prefer Planescape as a more original story, but if you're really into traditional fantasy & D&D, you might like BG better.

#6 Edited by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

@oraknabo said:

@AhmadMetallic: It depends on what you like. I prefer Planescape as a more original story, but if you're really into traditional fantasy & D&D, you might like BG better.

It also depends on how much Kevin Michael Richardson and David Warner you're into. For me, the answer is as much as possible. That's why I choose the Baldur's Gate series.

#7 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12733 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

I think it's time for me to try those priceless timeless PC titles that used to scare me as a child. I'm going to buy Baldur's Gate! Or should I buy Planescape?

Both! Though, Baldur's Gate requires some modding to be approachable, whereas with Planescape all you need is a widescreen mod and a fixpack (and a UI mod that works with widescreen). You're probably good steering away from most of the other games in the promo. Icewind Dale and its sequel are pretty much all combat all the time, as is Temple of Elemental Evil. Neverwinter Nights was always more about the community made modules and multiplayer, and Demon Stone and Dragonshard are apparently just crummy character action game and RTS respectively.

Also I have a copy of Temple of Elemental Evil if anyone wants it. Just a heads up.

#8 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -

@oraknabo said:

@AhmadMetallic: It depends on what you like. I prefer Planescape as a more original story, but if you're really into traditional fantasy & D&D, you might like BG better.

I'm gonna buy both, but let's just say....I wanna play the "easier" one first, gameplay/UI-wise. Which one would that be?

@AndrewB: Why and when is there going to be a Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition? o.O

#9 Edited by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic: I think Planescape is the easier of the two (Baldur's Gate is brutally difficult at times), but I haven't actually played a whole lot of it.

Also, the Enhanced Edition is being developed by Overhaul Games/Beamdog as a port/update of the original game, with some new original content (new kind of throwaway arena fighting area and a couple of new NPCs) and, probably more importantly, some of the gameplay improvements, updated systems, and classes/skills from Baldur's Gate 2.

No idea how it will turn out, but I'd almost be tempted to tell you to try that if this is your first experience with the game, though you can get a lot of that enhancement by owning Baldur's Gate 2 and using a mod that ports the original game to the new engine. Again, here it totally depends on if you want the "core" experience, if you're comfortable installing mods (most of those installs are fairly straightforward with a little readme file glances), or if you want to wait and see how the Enhanced Edition turns out. Seems like it'll be okay, but as someone who grew up with the original versions of the game, some of the stuff they're doing with it rubs me the wrong way.

Oh, also, it was just delayed 'till November. The 30th, to be exact.

#10 Posted by gike987 (1811 posts) -

@AndrewB said:

As they point out in another article on their site, this was the day that Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition was supposed to be launched. I'm sure they wanted to get Baldur's Gate out there and sell it to as many people as possible before what some might see as the new "definitive version" is out. That article is a novice guide to installing all of the necessary mods to make Baldur's Gate a more modern game (running at 640x480 suuuuucks).

This group of games often goes on sale altogether, as well. When they do a D&D sale, they include every officially licensed D&D game they have, including the non-Infinity Engine games that are kind of duds.

Don't forget the Planescape: Torment mod guide.

#11 Posted by jakob187 (22345 posts) -

GOG confirmed today that they will be offering DRM-free codes through their service for anyone who pitches in towards the Kickstarter for Project Eternity.

Fucking. Sweet.

#12 Posted by oraknabo (1567 posts) -

I just missed the last chance at the $20 deal the other day, but I think I'm still going to go for the $25 even though they have more money than they need. It's a tough decision--get a good deal now and then wait a long time or just get it at full price when it's done.

#13 Posted by xxNBxx (1082 posts) -

new 2.3mil stretch goals. Hope they get it. The additions sound like they will add a lot of replayability to the game.

#14 Posted by Ben_H (3619 posts) -

I backed Project Eternity on day 1 and then proceeded to buy all the Icewind Dales, and the Baldurs Gate games. I have no time to play any of them. Haha worth it anyway. I just WINEd Icewind Dale on my Mac so I can play it during my break at school when I have readings to do.

#15 Posted by xxNBxx (1082 posts) -

Not much more to go to get the next goal.

The next stretch goal at $2.2 million adds a new region, faction, and companion along with French, German, and Spanish translations.

I would imagine that a lot of Europeans would like to get this goal met.

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