Posted October 16, 2018
Greetings. I'm the first to admit that I'm out of the loop when it comes to the 'Enhanced Editions' (EE) of "Baldur's Gate", "Baldur's Gate II", "Icewind Dale", and "Planescape:Torment". I just never saw a reason to buy the EE versions of the other games since I had the originals and could mod them to work. That being said, the EE of "Neverwinter Nights" is the first time I've seen a reason to want to purchase one. I've had my fair share of graphical glitches with the original from driver issues. Furthermore, the EE Deluxe Edition comes with the long unavailable DRM Premium Modules. On top of it all, the introductory price looks more than tempting for someone like myself with an original copy. Everything seems to line up for a purchase, but I keep seeing criticism of Beamdog. Positive reviews of the other EE games talk about the improvements made to the game, but negative reviews seem to exist to spit venom at Beamdog more than to criticize the state of the EE game being reviewed. This has me concerned about making a purchase from this publisher. I'm not expecting a company to be a saint in a capitalist system, but what is driving this poor view of Beamdog? Did Beamdog really mishandle the other games? Are bugs in Beamdog versions really that bad? Did changes Beamdog make to past EE really deviate that drastically from the original editions? I want to make this purchase of NWEE. But if I'm going to do the purchase, I want to be as fully aware of the nature of the publisher as possible going in or if they are even a good company to buy from in the first place.