developer: Overhaul Games
publisher: Atari / Infogrames
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-6
Siege of Dragonspear is a large expansion to Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition – a 2012's remastered version of the cult isometric RPG released on PC. This title, originally known as Adventure Y, is a bridge between the first and the second installment in the Baldur’s Gate series, offering roughly 25 hours of gameplay. Just as the two enhanced editions, the expansion for PC, AND and iOS too was created by Overhaul Games, a division of Beamdog.
The story in the expansion connects the storylines of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, although it faces us with a completely new threat. Killing Sarevok (the main antagonist from the first game) theoretically should have saved the world from the evil spawn of Bhaal. Alas, Siege of Dragonspear reveals that the victory celebration was premature, for an evil crusade is marching down from the north, led by a mysterious, charismatic female warrior called Shining Lady. The rumor has it she too, like the game’s protagonist, is a Bhaalspawn. The player has to set off on a quest to face her. This gives a start to another adventure, whose climax occurs in the eponymous stronghold of Dragonspear, where you eventually confront the enemy. The ruins of the stronghold stand over a portal to the Nine Hells that was once used to launch a demonic invasion on the Sword Coast.
Among the new features implemented in Siege of Dragonspear, the most essential, right after new quests and locations to explore, are four new companions who can join your party: Captain Schael Corwin (a human archer), Voghiln the Vast (a skald from the north), M’Khiin Grubdoubler (a goblin shaman), and Glint Gardnersonson (a gnome with combined abilities of a cleric and a rogue). The companions' descriptions reveal another novelty – playable shaman character class. Besides, there is no shortage of new items, spells, etc. We should also mention a new difficulty level – Story Mode – prepared for the players who simply want to enjoy the story without having to go through multiple fights.
Interestingly, it is possible to import a saved game from Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition to continue playing with your character from the base game. What is more, after completing Siege of Dragonspear you can transfer the accomplishments of your heroes into a new adventure in Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition.
Siege of Dragonspear offers the same play modes as the base game. Hence, you can complete the story campaign either solo or in a group of six cooperating players. Like before, the co-op mode is cross-platform, which means that PC players can play together with users of other gaming platforms.
Just as previous games in the series, PC, AND and iOS version of Siege of Dragonspear is based on the classic technology offered by the Infinity Engine. However, the developers refurbished the engine and introduced some changes in the user interface.
age requirements: 16+
PC / Windows
Minimum: Pentium 4 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, graphic card 128 MB GeForce 5900 or better, 2,17 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10