Release: Oct 08, 2011 - Author: -Der-Tribun - Translator: Tony Montana
Baldur's Gate II: Schatten von Amn is one of THE classic RPGs. The concept from the prequel has been successfully evolved and enriched. Combined with the expansion disc "Throne of Bhaal", the sequel is more epic than any other RPG has ever been. It's tremendously mesmerizing and can keep you busy for weeks.
After the events in the prequel, the game character and his men are on their way to trading town Amn. But the people don't welcome them with open arms. The group gets attacked and busted by some strangers. They're being tortured but they can escape from super powerful magican Irenicus. But it's not over, the group gets more and more involved in some kind of masterplan from Irenicus who intends to take them down for good by taking advantage of their weak spot.
Unfortunately, Bioware thought lowering the level of violence was necessaey for the German Version but that can be reversed (details below).
Compared the Uncensored German Version, which has been generated with a simple modification of a configuration file, and the Censored German Version.
Unfortunately the European compilation version seems to only feature the censored German version too. Because of that other European gamers now have to live with the censored version as well although the old version which has been released in their home country was uncensored in the first place. However, most likely the owners of the European compilation version can undo the changes like described at the bottom of the comparison. If you have further information about this, please contact us or leave a comment.
Lower level of violence
The Uncensored Version contains an option menu to regulate the blood level (similar to some Mortal Kombat games). In the Censored Version, that's literally not an option - the blood level has been switched off and that's it.
In the Uncensored Version, blood splatters when the hostiles get hit. The Censored Version lacks any blood splatter which makes it almost impossible to notice whether or not the hostiles got hit (screens only taken from the Uncensored Version).
Removed splatter effects
If a weaker hostile gets hit really rough, like the little goblin on the screenshots, there's a good chance that his body s going to burst in the Uncensored Version. The explosion is a mixture of blood, flesh and guts. The entire effect is missing in the Censored Version. Here, the hostiles simply drop dead. (screens only taken from the Uncensored Version)
Reversing the censorings
Generously, Bioware made reversing any censoring quite simple: one only needs to add/edit the Game Options in baldur.ini:
Memory Access =100
Memory Level =1
Having done that, one can play the fully uncensored version.