I bought BG II on GOG a while ago and tried to play it, but the outdated graphics turned me off in the end (however it's understandable as it's an old classic game, I am not moaning or complaining about it:)
Then I happened to install the amazing looking Baldur'sGate Reloaded for the NWN2 game (which I also bought on GOG and a favourite game of mine, and I am not easily impressed with games).
But BG 1 just isn't taking off. The battles seemed so hard that I started to load cheats etc, and even with these it's a struggle. Which is fine, as a game that's too easy is really boring.
The thing that puts me off the most is just the lack of 'sense' in the game. I got in the iron cave or whatever, and I could not explore any of the towns as some of the characters would shout at me 'You bastard, you promised we would go to XYZ town, die a thousand deaths! Bye!'
I would just go 'uh? I just started and am still trying to figure out what the hell I need to do, and this madman is leaving.'. LOL
So I got to the iron cave as fast as possible without exploring any towns etc. Now I am in the cave and seriously considering uninstalling the game as I have NWN2 and recently I started Divinity 2, plus I need the HD space.
I just don't understand what's so great about Baldurs Gate 1. Is the game going to pick up in emotional involvement with the story, the characters etc? What are the reasons why I should keep playing?
I just want to make sure I am not missing on a great game that maybe picks up slowly (it has happened with some other great games too).
I really like games that are able to involve the player emotionally, with unpredictable twists in the plot and great character development. Does BG 1 has these things?
Well... This game IS a masterpiece, a classic, a point of reference for RPGs, not simply a cult classic. It IS difficult, because it uses AD&D rules with dice rolls. It has a strong, alive scenario, which you HAVE to follow, like in ANY other game. You are the child of Bhaal, targeted by assassins and other children, and you have to solve the conspiracy and troubles of the Sword Coast. Or drown everything in blood, while roleplaying a chaotic evil character. With proper consequences of course.
Now let's discuss party. One stat of yours, named CHARISMA, is responsible for the disposition of NPCs or party members towards you. The higher it is, the more firm your leadership and image to others. The lower it is, the more chance of fighting between party members, nagging or departure. Your morality! Having evil characters to follow you when you are good, is a bad idea. Same goes for the opposite. So you need decent charisma AND proper morality to have things run normal around you. Like in society. Like in real life.
About Nashkel mines, it would be best for you to fly there as soon as possible. Or would you rather have your weapons break down into a useless pile of metal every 10-20 minutes? Also, some NPCs have pressing business there. You should be happy about how live the world of this game is, and how convincing its characters are.
Last but not least, BG1 does not take any space at all (a few MB). It is neither my job nor my place to tell you what to do with those games of yours, but if you do not play BG1 thoroughly, you cannot consider yourself a true RPG fan/player/connoiseur.
PS If you did not like the Graphics of 2, you might need to play an FPS. RPGs have never been about graphics. And 2 is in the peak of the isometric era.