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The Fantasy Art of Dungeon Siege II and the Broken World Expansion - Resources
Baldur's Gate is a series of fantasy computer role-playing games set in the "Forgotten Realms" Dungeons & Dragons game world. It uses the Infinity Engine and Dungeons and Dragons game rules. The complete story arc is covered by Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and the Throne of Bhaal expansion. The Tales of the Sword Coast expansion reveals additional areas but is not plot-critical.
This page focusses on mods related to taking better screenshots in and having a better visual experience in Dungeon Siege II. Other excellent mods for can be found at Grail Quest Game Mods. Cat Mansion for Dungeon Siege II is also available there. Most mods do not work properly without Broken World, so if you do buy Dungeon Siege II, try to get it with the Broken World expansion.
Elys DS2 Succubus Manager: For taking screenshots, there is probably no more important resource. Like the original Dungeon Siege, the camera angles are limited, and you can't get level with the character or get really close up. This utility allows you to relax those restrictions. (It has other optional features as well, but nothing critical to seeing the fantasy art of Dungeon Siege II or its gameplay).
With the ability to zoom in closer than normally allowed, you will probably notice that a lot of the outlines are jagged (see the picture below, on the left, for example on her upper arms). This can be further 'smoothed out' by more anti-aliasing, a common option in many games. Depending on the software available for your video card, you can sometimes set the amount of anti-aliasing, instead of leaving it up to a software setting. The picture on the right shows the same character, but with 8×S anti-aliasing forced by hardware settings (set to "hardware controlled" instead of "application controlled").
An improvement in anti-aliasing usually comes at a substantial performance hit, and you may experience "choppiness" in animation and scrolling in the game. If this is the case, you may wish to sacrifice anti-aliasing for performance because for the most part, you won't often be paying attention to such minor details, especially at the viewing distance and angle you would normally play.
Clutter Removal: Unlike the original Dungeon Siege, Dungeon Siege II does not come with a "-gui" console command, and the graphical user interface (GUI) can be very cluttered looking, ruining good screenshots. This mod strips down the GUI into a minimal interface, taking away buttons that have keyboard shortcuts. You'll still get a few here and there, though.
Object Highlighting Tuned: Dungeon Siege II puts a green outline on objects that you mouse over if it can be interacted with in some way. This neon-green attention-attractor is handy when playing the game, but in general horrible to look at, and terrible if you're trying to take screenshots. It's possible to simply be careful and not point to any object with your mouse and having them highlighted bright green by the game. For sheer convenience, use this mod to avoid seeing any green outlines at all.
Ring Removal Mod: Dungeon Siege puts a green ring around characters you can control, and makes it a thick green ring for the character currently under your control. Great for the feedback that provides during gameplay. Horrible to look at. Get this mod to turn it off.
Clutter Removal, Object Highlighting, and Ring Removal used to be available at http://www.dungeonsiege2.net/ds2fun/mods/, but the site quite suddenly became inactive. We have made the files available through the above links, though without the full accreditation and documentation that used to be available.
"Wait" Command: Normally, your entire party follows the character you select as the active character, which can really mess up portraits and shots you are trying to set up especially if you want one of your companions (you cannot temporarily remove your hero from the party). To get around this, you can use the poorly documented "Wait" command by assigning it a hotkey through the Options screen. When you use it in-game, party members not currently selected will stay where they are. In-game, you can use this to single control and position characters or have them fight solo. For screenshots, you can have characters not being engaged by a monster move to a different viewing angle -- this was used extensively in the screenshots collected for this site.
Zhixalom's DS2BW Inventory: This mod allows your characters's carrying capacity greatly, allowing you to maintain many "wardrobes" and to mix-and-match wardrobes without having to switch characters.