My main memory of combat in bg2 was figuring out the mage load-out to beat the litch ( it was it an arch Litch?) there was some feat that let you put a series of spells into 1 slot, what was that called? Anyway good times. In bg1 my character was a dual class gnome wizard/crossbow user (rogue? Fighter? I forget) who abused invisibility. I enjoyed them both but somehow never felt the urge to replay either. But I still have fond memories of them.
But I could also say the late game is filled to the brim with an embarrassment of unused, extraneous abilities, potions, phat loot, win more progress. You don’t need half of them. At low level everything carries more weight. Every new character level a game changer.
I think around the time I stopped using fireball because it was too weak, with the advent of high damage AOE that doesn’t harm your party, the combat starts to suffer.
I haven’t played Dragonspear yet but I too prefer BG1 over BG2 and it’s add ons.
I would agree with this. In most games of this type it is surviving to the level where you don’t have to worry about what is around every corner that is best. Once you know you can kick ass the game loses that feeling of imminent danger. Also, there is something to be said about just having to much crap available to you. But every game of this type suffers from that. Inventory overload.
An embarrassment of choice, you say? I kid - sort of. It does get a little ridiculous toward the late game.
But BG1 is at the other extreme. I started replaying this last year and I kept having to reload and replay battles constantly and it wasn’t much fun with the limits of being level 1 or 2. Maybe games have just gotten easier in the last 20 years? I know it gets better with a few more levels in but getting there is a pain. I still have great memories of this game and will get back to it at some point, but BG 2 was just more fun/engaging right from the start.
Like any game you get swamped by multiple enemies early. But I remember in BG you run into a mage outside an Inn, possibly in the first hour of game play (if you are quick with the tutorial) who will kick your ass. But you need to get in the Inn because you have friends there.
Yep, that asshole at the Friendly Arm Inn (ha!) has killed me many a time. The upside is that the guards will attack him, and if you pick up the people you meet along the way, he’s not so tough, but he does like to hit you Fear or Confusion (I forget which) that certainly makes that combat tricky.