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Recently picked up the Baldur's Gate 4 pack for an obscene $10. It is quite tender. It contains Baldur's Gate 1 + Tales of the Sword Coast, and Baldur's Gate 2 + Throne of Baal. All on nice shiny, high capacity DVDs, with no disc swapping during installs or during play (though if I'm honest, I kinda miss the 'insert disc 4 of 5 messages during installation', pure nostalgia)
The last time I played these games to completion was, quite literally, at their launch nearly twelve years ago. I intend to remedy that.
I don't consider myself to be a particularly fervent graphics whore. I don't mind playing vintage games 'as is', but in this case - as I understand it - there are a whole suite of modifications and tweaks that improve the games significantly with no real downside. A cursory Google search has yielded pages of mods, everything from widescreen tweaks to entire homebrew patches. I don't know where to begin.
The only mod I already knew about was the one for BG2 that removed the starting dungeon. I do not want this mod, but I do want others that improve the resolution, fix bugs and bring back the partially cut content. That sort of material. Can anyone assist me in this or direct me to somewhere credible to get the lot? As I said, usually I would just Google this shit, but when you're going back to the internet of the late 90s it's hard to tell what is legit and more importantly, what is up to date. I've had a lot of 'Warning, this web page will fuck you over' messages from Chrome during my search.
Plus, with no actual knowledge of the mod community, I don't know which of the ten widescreen mods works, or which bug fix pack is the right one etc etc. It's a lot to digest.
I have no doubts the fine Penny Arcade Forums community will be able to assist me in this endeavor. In return I offer a cute puppy.