Despite the fact that I have almost no free time for gaming these days, I recently started up Baldur's Gate 2 again. I've tried to get through this game about 4 times over the past 15 years, but either lost interest or got too frustrated with how shitty the opening dungeon is. This time, I'm going to give it a real effort and make it further before I inevitably put it back down.
Haha, I've had the same problem. I gave up for good years ago but for a long time I kept trying and trying to get into to that damn game. I don't think I ever got through the first dungeon.
I completely agree with you about getting over the combat elements in order to enjoy the great stories some games have. I remember when I first got into jrpg's when I was younger and I had the same complaint at first about turn based combat because I was accustomed to fps or fighting games or whatever. I quickly got over that though when I realized how rewarding some games can be with a bigger focus on story and characters. Chrono Trigger is great example. Suikoden 1 and 2 were the others that just totally blew me away.
Having said that, I've determined that Baldur's Gate is just not for me
Anyway, I've hardly had any time to play games and my backlog just keeps getting bigger. The only thing I've been playing is NHL 14 (hockey is the only sport game I'll play) because it's something easy that the girlfriend can play along with and it's pretty fun. But I also think I'm gonna clear some time to get The Evil Within this week since it didn't get the abysmal reviews I was expecting. At this point for survival horror games if it doesn't completely suck, then it must be GREAT!