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Discussion in 'Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition' started by reepnorp, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Gaear

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    Probably won't be able to tell for sure until you see them moving, but I agree they look a bit cloddy in the still.
     
  2. Taluntain

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    The backgrounds in the shots are anti-aliased to the point blurring, it's really quite horrendous. And since they're using SpeedTree for new trees, yes, they are photo-realistic. And stand out too much... should have used the original models instead.

    But yea, who thought that blurry backgrounds were a good idea? :hmm:
     
  3. Marceror

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    If I recall correctly, the blurring effect is call Depth of Field, and it is meant to simulate the blurring that occurs in photographs in the background. I've gotten used to this effect in other games, such as Shogun 2 Total War. While I'm not going to sing its praises in these shots, I'm clearly not bothered by it like you are. Even still, I believe that all of these little visual enhancements/tweaks/whatever-you-want-to-call-them only serve to make the characters look more out of place.

    Hopefully things will work out better in game when they are moving about, as Gaear suggests. I admit that not all the photos look nearly as bad as the one that I linked. Even still, I would have loved to have seen a lot more attention given to the avatars.
     
  4. Blades of Vanatar

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    Just gotta peak from my home PC. The 3 NPCs look good and will add new classes to the game, which I love. That's a plus. New areas are also a plus, though they are only hinting at 2 new areas. Whoopdie-effing-do......

    Marceror and Tal are right, the graphics look out of place. Unless the new content is dynamite, I would hazard a good guess that there are several mods out there that will provide a better experience. And they'e free....

    Hopefully we're dead wrong....

    And I sure hope they don't keep releasing little tidbits. That is childish to the extreme. Most of the original players are a bit older now and have no interest in that grade-school non-sense. Just release all the info you plan to reveal on the new Edition for crying out loud. It's just a re-worked, there is no suspense....

    Edit:

    I also noticed this on the BG2 Features portion...

    "All of the additions and improvements from Baldur's Gate 2: The Shadows of Amn have been brought to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Now you can use class kits, new subraces and classes that were previously unavailable."

    New Subraces is plural. The only new race in BG2 was Half-Orc. I hope that is not a typo or oversight. I am a big fan of more character build options. The more Races/Classes/Kits the better, but only if they balanced the new editions to BG1. Or balanced the game to the kits, though I think that would be tough to accomplish. Adding Drow, Wild Elf, Aasimar or Tiefling would be sweet...
     
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  5. Marceror

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    I believe there are actually 3 areas. The monk brings a new areas, as does the wild mage. And of course, there's the arena area in the Underdark. Sorry to "red-pencil" you on that BoV.
     
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    I think it looks good so far. But I would be interested in knowing about those 400 changes thy have made.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if one of the changes is fixing Keldorn's armour so that monks can't wear it :(
     
  8. Taluntain

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    Marceror, the depth of field you're referring to is a 3D effect. The BG backgrounds are flat bitmaps. They're just blurry.
     
  9. Marceror

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    Seems a fairly safe bet. I'm betting that a lot of the stuff that you find in the more popular Fixpacks will be included in that list of 400. Why reinvent the wheel?

    ---------- Added 0 hours, 1 minutes and 35 seconds later... ----------

    It's a similar effect, to my eyes at least.
     
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    Haven't you been reading the tweets?!? (<<-- sarcasm about having to read tweets as a changelog) ;)


    Looking more closely at Marceror's still, I think what makes the center figure stand out is the lack of dynamic lighting/shading. (She appears to be standing in the shade of those trees and yet she's fully illuminated.) Didn't the BGs use that technology?
     
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    Looks like the three new NPCs are getting alot of the new stuff. I wonder, though, if they have added alot mor dialogue and bantering to the rest of them. Would suck if I had to go with the new ones, simply to get all the content. The rest of the NPCs being exactly the same as in the original game.
     
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    Maybe Typos!:D
     
  13. Marceror

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    Well... typos are horrible. So....
     
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    Typos indeed :)
     
  15. Blades of Vanatar

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    I missed where the Arena actually is... is it a new map area or inside one of the current areas?
     
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    As I understand it, it's a game apart from the game, or a separate adventure altogether, where you create a full party and then battle through the arenas.

    http://www.baldursgate.com/blackpits.en.html
     
  17. reepnorp

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    Ugh, that doesn't sound fun to me at all. Even when they are part of a game like in Fable or the Elder Scrolls games it feels like a chore to me. If there isn't some kind of benefit to the main game I highly doubt I'll be doing this.
     
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    I see that one of the new ones is a Blackguard. Did 2ed even have those? i thought they were called Anti-Paladins. And that Blackguards popped up as a prestigue class for 3ed?
     
  19. Blades of Vanatar

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    Yep, it was a 3rd edition Prestige class. But teh sorcerer and barbarian builds of BG2 are 3rd edition as well, so it is what it is I guess.

    Battle Arena sounds fun, hopefully it will be replayable. B

    The more I think about it, I will be buying it for Windows PC. This is my favorite type of game and no one else is making anything new out there that fits the bill. So what the heck... 20 bucks isn't breaking my bank....
     
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    I think the sorcerer, barbarian and monk were 2ed classes. They were about to be implemented into the 2ed, but Wizards of the coast bought the franchise, and 3ed came out soon after. Blackguard, however, is pure 3ed. Ergo...its filth has no business being in a BG game!!!!
     
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