By guynamedbilly 3 Comments
After spending a good five hours or so in BG1 and more than that in BG2, I've come to the conclusion that this series is probably not for me.
I missed out on playing a lot of these RPGs and any game involving demons or the various magics as a kid because my parents were very religious and didn't allow it. There was a very real fear in my church and family of people getting possessed by demons by just picking up a D&D book, game, or even thinking about them too much. Because of that, I only got to experience the D&D possession when I was much older and gaming had generally gotten much more polished.
I knew all along that I probably wouldn't finish BG1 because everything I've ever read said that it wasn't that great compared to the sequel, and it was mostly about exploring the world. Exploring without any direct path is just fine with me, but the ancient interface and general antiquities would make exploring in BG1 more of a chore than an adventure. On to the second game...
Baldur's Gate 2 is the big one. This is one of those games that everyone mentions when discussing the RPGs of old, or decries their modern progeny. I feel like I gave it a good effort, getting into the city, past the slums. I aced the circus "dungeon" and was on my way to earn a ton of money needed to progress the main story when I decided that I was having no fun. The combat system is incredibly archaic. The story seems like any other RPG story these days. Sure, this was one of the grandfathers of computer RPGs, but that doesn't mean the past ten years never happened.
I'm certainly willing to concede that maybe I'm just not in the right mindset for the game right now. I doubt that's the case because I have no problem playing similar games and even older ones; Planescape Torment is spectacular. Heck, I just finished replaying Battletech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception late last year and I feel like it was more intuitive and connected me more to the characters than BG2, and the main character in it was a swatch of about 8 pixels.
I'm also willing to concede that it might just be what I'm nostalgic about and that I missed the boat on Baldur's Gate. I hope not, because I'm not sure that I like what that says about myself.
There will be some day this year when I just have nothing else to do and I load up BG2 again. Keep your finger's crossed.