In case you missed the announcement last week, the Enhanced Edition of the classic RPG Baldur’s Gate (that previously came to the iPad) is now available on Mac OS X. You can pick it up directly from Beamdog’s website for US$19.99 right now, and we’re told it’s incoming to the Mac App Store very soon (probably as soon as Apple approves it). This version of Bioware’s classic title includes a new adventure to play, three new characters to play with and a number of other technical enhancements, including new character paintings, and support for high-resolution displays. In other words, if you’re a Baldur’s Gate fan and have been thinking about playing through the title again, this is the way to go for sure.
On the iPad, I had a few reservations about this one, mostly that the control scheme tended to lean a little too far to the old-school for it to really work well. But of course on the Mac, that’s not an issue, as this game was originally made for a mouse and keyboard. The graphics, though updated, won’t stand a chance against modern RPGs like Skyrim and The Witcher, but the story is such a classic one, and Baldur’s Gate pioneered Bioware’s storytelling and gameplay techniques later seen in games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age. Baldur’s Gate is a valuable piece of RPG history, and it’s great to have this excellent edition of it available now on the Mac.