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Posted: November 8, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
I just don't know what to say about this game - it's just awesome. That's all there is to it. If I could be more specific, I would, but the game excels in just about every way - it's a treat to play. And with so many different storyline options, not only is it a treat - it's extremely replayable, making it well worth the money. Of course, a game like this deserves its own feature here on Tweak3D - hence this tweak guide. Luckily, this is the most tweakable game amongst the Infinity Engine games (the original Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment), so there should be plenty to whet your appetite.
There are three installation types you can perform - Minimum, Recommended, and Maximum. Minimum is going to run you about 600 MB (it copies the entire contents of the first CD to your hard drive if my memory serves me correctly), and has only the files that you NEED to have to play the game - there is going to be a lot of CD swapping with this option, though, because all of the levels will be stored on the CD. The recommended install, a whopping 1.1 GB, has most of the maps and stuff installed on the computer, but all of the music, movies, and other stuff are still stored on the CDs so you will still have to swap CDs sometimes in-between maps. The full install, which is over 2 GB in size, installs everything to the hard drive, and the game only uses the CD for verification - so there is no more swapping.
If you are like me, and are at least marginally limited by disk space (perhaps not right now, but you don't plan on uninstalling the game anytime soon and would like to be able to install some other ones), I would suggest the recommended install. The minimum install really doesn't perform as well as I'd like - the load times between levels then become nearly unbearable, and load times are already the one thing that pulls you out of the game during play. If you've got the space to spare, or you are having some CD problems (maps not loading fast enough for your liking, or the movies are skipping a bit), go ahead and do the full install - this will probably be the only game you'll be playing for the next month or two anyway.
Drivers are particularly important for this game, especially if you are running it in 3D Accelerated Mode (more on that later). I would grab the newest versions of both your sound drivers and your video drivers before playing - particularly in the original release (if there is a patch available, that might fix the problem), I have run into a few driver problems - some of which were solved by installing the newest drivers available. Doing so will probably increase the overall speed of the game for many people as well.