In Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, an evil mage has locked you in a dungeon cell with a few of your friends nearby. Explosions and sounds of intense fighting can be heard in the distance as some unknown battle rages. With no clue as to where you are, escape is paramount. Obviously, certain factions deem you a threat and you must discover why.
The game, based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons gaming system, accommodates both solo and multiplayer action (up to six players via the Internet). Hand-designed backgrounds set the stage for the fantasy world and perspective is through an isometric viewpoint. Though otherwise played in real-time, battles can be paused for issuance of individual party actions through a turn-based system that allows you to plan tactical movements and change weapons.
In traditional role-playing fashion, you must create your characters before the game begins and select or modify their attributes. During gameplay, you gather information through the use of dialogue trees with NPCs and fight when necessary. Eleven new playable NPCs are featured in addition to five from the original game (Imoen, Jaheira, Minsc, Edwin and Viconia). As in the original Baldur's Gate, weapons, armor, spells and a myriad of items are available through purchase, discovery or booty from downed opponents. Character experience caps are set at 2,950,000 points.
The game introduces new monsters including trolls, umber hulks, vampires, werewolves, beholders, rakshasas, golems, shadows, mind flayers and three types of dragons (black, red and silver). The interface is point-and-click with a full complement of customizable hot keys available for in-game action as well, including a full-screen option that hides the interface. Journal, map, inventory, character record, mage spell, priest spell and option screens are similar to the original with the added option to create custom journal entries.
In multiplayer mode, you can chat with other players, import and export your own characters or create new ones to join existing games. Gameplay in multiplayer is the same as single-player mode except the six characters are controlled independently by up to six human participants. ~ Nick Woods, All Game Guide
|Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Collector's Edition||PC|
|Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn||Macintosh|
|Baldur's Gate II [European Release]||PC|
Pentium II 233MHz Processor
800MB Hard Disk Space
4MB Video Card
1.2GB Hard Disk Space ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide
|# of Internet Players||6|
|# of LAN / Wireless Players||6|
|Number of CDs||4|
|Tech Support Phone||(949) 553-6678|
|Tech Support URL||www.blackisle.com|
|Legal Copyright/Trademark Line||TSR, Inc.|
|Legal Copyright/Trademark Line||Wizards of the Coast, Inc.|
|Included in Package||268-page Instruction Manual|
|Included in Package||Interplay Productions Reference and Troubleshooting Guide|
|Included in Package||Paper Map of Amn|
|Included in Package||Quick Reference Card|
|Official Product Website URL||www.interplay.com|
|Award||Best Roleplaying Game, PC Gamer, 2000|
|Award||Game of the Year Runner-Up, PC Gamer, 2000|
|Feature 1||Features real-time combat for up to six players, with the ability to pause the action at any time|
|Feature 2||Master a total of 300 spells while confronting hundreds of monsters and characters|
|Feature 3||Supports 800x600 screen resolutions and 3D acceleration|