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.