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Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - January 19

It's never a good thing when a large game developer shuts its doors and two of them effectively did that today. We feel that the (almost) shut down of Bizarre Creations really hurts as we don't think its owner Activision gave it much of a chance.

GoG.com adds Icewind Dale 2 to PC game library

It's time for GoG.com to reintroduce us to yet another classic fantasy RPG game. The PC DRM-free download site has just added Icewind Dale 2 to its library and it and the game's Adventure Pack can be yours for $9.99.

Originally developed by Interplay's internal development studio Black Isle Studios, the original game was first released in 2002, not long before Black Isle Studios closed its doors. GoG.com's version of the game, now published by Atari, comes with some free extras including the game' soundtrack, a book of spells, a 152-page manual, wallpapers, pieces of artwork, avatars and more.

GoG.com adds Icewind Dale Complete to its collection

Starved for good RPGs? Not if you've been following GoG.com since their rather rocky relaunch. The day of their return, they brought with them the incredibly classic Baldur's Gate as a peace offering. The following week came Planescape: Torment, one of the most highly regarded RPGs ever made. This week, it's Icewind Dale, another RPG classic utilizing the Infinity Engine. Naturally, thanks to where it was released, the pack includes both expansions, is fully compatible with Windows 7, and has a slew of extra goodies such as the soundtrack. This leaves only two Infinity Engine games left: Baldur's Gate 2 (one of our favorite games ever) and Icewind Dale 2.

Resolution mod makes classic Black Isle RPGs beautiful


There's a mod out in the wilds of the internet that scales classic Black Isle RPGs like Planescape Torment, Baldur's Gate, and Icewind Dale to any resolution you want to play them at. Previously, these games were only playable at extremely low resolutions such as 640x480. If you haven't played them at all before, this is the perfect opportunity. Black Isle was the successor to BioWare, and its titles paved the way for games like and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect.

The "widescreen mod" (a deceptive name, as it will also scale to resolutions in any aspect ratio) is developed by modder the_bigg, in association with the Gibberlings Three group. It doesn't just stretch the graphics; it expands the viewing area dramatically, so players can experience these classic RPGs in panoramic, true high resolutions.

We discovered this mod through an article at Rock, Paper, Shotgun and were so impressed we decided to host it at Big Download. If you're an old fan of Black Isle's RPGs, download the mod and revisit them!

Download the Black Isle Widescreen Mod from Big Download.
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