Thanks. I get the intention of ToB and that it's what it all had to end with. The quarrel I have with it, is that being a powerful demigod trivializes most stuff. If you have 50 battles of epic scale in a row, what's so epic about it? What's the difference between a fire giant and a too-large goblin if the former is equally common? Mix in the game design choices I mentioned above, which imo were not a good idea to translate from PnP to a video game, and the lack/slow pace of narrative and it all feels weird.I think Throne of Bhaal is a good conclusion to the saga since, in a way, that's what the bhaalspawn were heading to. A war for power and domination. The first game was an adventure of self discovery and exploration, the second was about the realization that there was a taint inside and the cost of unlocking it, for you and those around you. ToB is about the rise to power and the decision of what to do with it. I agree, it is too crammed with constant combat. But once you get past the fire giants and meet the other bhaalspawn, battles get very intense. Abazigal and Sendai, for instance, are really challenging. There is some slight sense of satisfaction in seeing how your character slowly becomes a demi god, as you approach level 30 or so. Gutting common soldiers in one hit, casting massive spells, slaying dragons with your bare hands (OK maybe not so bare), heh.
In any case like Bloth said the high point of ToB is Watcher's Keep. By itself it's like twice the length and scope of a modern expansion, and possibly one of the best dungeons ever created.
If I were you I'd finish the game just to complete the Saga. For future playthroughs just do BG + TotSC + SoA and perhaps the first few hours of ToB.
I would guess around 15-20 hours, maybe less if you are good in combat and can clear the battles with the first try.Anyway, what do you think, how long does it take a first-timer to get from the Temple where you get the quest to retrieve Yaga Shura's heart to the finish line?
Interesting. Don't know what to think about these IE remakes but I noticed the website said Steam would offer a Linux version.
Hmm I didn't have a single issue with modded BG1+2 from gog. The EEs on the other hand are said to have added more bugs than features and new content is often perceived as mediocre, if that. The one big upside I see is that these games (hopefully) get some more attention among a new generation of gamers influencing the industry as a whole.Interesting. Don't know what to think about these IE remakes but I noticed the website said Steam would offer a Linux version.
Honestly it just seems to me these are desperate attempts at squeezing the last bit of money out of these games. But who knows, maybe they do play better. The originals aren't completely stable in modern platforms.