Posted July 16, 2015
Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga... even though it's kinda cramped in a little 640x480 pixel sized box at the center of my wide screen laptop display (haven't exactly mastered fiddling about with the widescreen mod yet and tinkering with the accessability magnifier didn't help one bit!). I'm continuing to be impressed with all the things they could do using that little Infinity Engine. It started raining one of the days while my party was traveling! There are different things going on in the towns from whether you are in them during the day or at night! Geez... I thought that only more recent games were capable of doing that, so mind=blown. The cut scenes did not age well (Seems like texturing during the 90s was sort of iffy most of the time amirite? :-P People got a better hang of it later in the 2000s?) but overall, wow what a game. You can get lost in it for days trying to explore every little nook and cranny of each area. Takes me back to the days when you sent away for computer games by mail (Remember ads in the back part of catalogs and in comic books?) or went into physical software stores (Remember when those were a thing? Where they had shelves upon shelves you could peruse for things in by genra?) or there was a dedicated software and games section in some of the department stores (I remember as a small child disliking going with mom for fitting back to school clothing, etc. but agreeing because getting to look at the games section over by toys was liek OMG!). Back when LAN parties were for only the elitist of gamers and going on the Internet was a rare special occurrence but a stack of floppies or case of CDs could keep you near endlessly entertained. Pulling off my nostalgia goggles though, there are a few flaws with it... for one thing, when you go to the inventory menu to change equipment set ups on characters in your party the combat unpauses (this seems like a very strange mechanic to me and yes, if you take too long messing around with set ups you can get your ass handed to you by monsters and bandits). For another, wow, I have been having to grind like crazy just to level up a teeny tiny bit and I guess we get spoiled some by the pacing in newer stuff. O_o Still, even though most of my characters are still only level 1 Faerun is this big, interesting place to run around doing quests and slaying a veritable menagerie of various monsters and miscreants in. If I could just... find a way to blow up the play screen bigger D:< ! Curse you Sarevok & your malignant compression ratio!