Review Baldur's Gate II
Old game, mostly untouched on the mobile platform
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 25 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Great content here, atmosphere is strong, voice acting and writing are amazing
Doesn't feel "right" on a phone, graphics are outdated
Baldur's Gate 2 for Android is the classic Baldur's Gate game, remade on the mobile platform. When I started up the game, I definitely got a sense that this was an old game, in that the viewing angle was super zoomed out. When you zoom in, the resolution gets even worse. However, given that, you can also tell this this is an older game by the detail in the writing. Right from the beginning, I could tell that the game was going to be a great storytelling experience just from the introductory writing. Similarly, I could tell from the beginning that the combat in the game would be a rough experience. In most ways, the game does not feel suited for a mobile phone. Perhaps it is more suited for a tablet, or especially the preferred platform, the computer.
When Baldur's Gate 2 first came out, it was an amazing experience because of its immersive storytelling and for its graphical value. But now, on the mobile experience, some things feel outdated. For example, the combat in the game feels very unsatisfying, as your attacks miss often, and are mostly controlled just by tapping on a creature and then letting your character auto-attack. With that said, it does get more complex as the game goes on, (with a wider variety of spells etc.) but from the beginning it feels very dull and actually very hard to play, given the touch controls. The creatures in the game can be quite small, and it helps when you zoom in. But it still becomes difficult to select individual creatures to attack, when there are a large number to select from. Zooming out does fix some of the combat problems in the game, but it does make the graphics look pretty naff. And for a lot of the menus, you don't really have that option, and the text is very hard to read too. Given that this game has a lot of text to read, and different choices for you to pick (which in itself is really cool), it's tedious to go through all the dialogue on the mobile experience. Again, this would be a lot better on a tablet or a computer, where this game is really meant to be played.
Baldur's Gate 2 for Android would be a better experience played on a tablet, but for those who are die hard fans, you might be able to get past the limitations of a smaller screen, if you stick with the game and deal with some minor annoyances.