Every world has conflict. Good and evil. Friend and foe. Safety and danger. In Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn™, you'll find yourself between these factions. This epic sequel will immerse you in a world of intrigue, adventure and fierce combat where your ability to discern the difference between these sides - with the assistance of steel and spell - determines your fate. Your story begins anew in the exotic southern kingdom of Amn, amidst the opulence of the sinister capital city of Athkatla. Journey through the fierce, unforgiving wilderness of Amn, and through the treacherous caverns of the Underdark, in your quest for artifacts of awesome power and treasure of inestimable wealth.. even challenge dragons, if you dare. Such is the life of a legend. Hundreds of monsters and characters to discover, and all new magic spells to master. Richer quests and sub-quests to undertake, for good or for evil. A massive gaming world, hundreds of hours of gameplay! Not to mention the countless...
I would argue that Baldur's Gate II is the greatest game ever created for PC. Similar to its predecessor (Baldur's Gate) but superior in every conceivable way Baldur's Gate II is an epic story telling of not only the path you make, but the friends your character makes, the villains he fights, and the Forgotten Realm he lives in.
The story alone, with hundreds of branches, multiple plotlines that interweave could make a text adventure that would put most modern games to shame. We haven't even touched the gameplay which is free of grinding and tactical on a level that is rarely if ever matched by any other RPGs (Fallout and Arcanum being the closest comparisons).
The artwork in this game may be 2d, but the sprites and environments have aged remarkably well; far better than 3d games of its era or even the generation of games after (Neverwinter Nights). If you have never played this game you are doing yourself a disservice as a gamer. Play this game and its predecessor and prepare yourself to be amazed.
By Far the most advanced Rpg of its time, Rich story telling, some of the best individual characters (MINSC and BOO), strong story and history, and some of the most wonderful isometric Environment Painting and more customisability than you can shake a stick at, Black Isle we miss you and your amazing talents xC Bioware may try to Start where you left but no-one does it like Black Isle..... Anybody who has not played the Baldur's Gate Series and an RPG Fan, (where have you been) this is the greatest series of Rpg's to grace our screens. A DEFINITE MUST HAVE (and MUST PLAY MULTIPLE TIMES xD)