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Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer

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"Let down"
2 stars"

I love the NWN series! but this expansion has a huge let down. As part of the story you become a spirit-eater and have to feed on spirits constantly to avoid negative effects and eventually death. The main problem with this is that in MOTB resting and travelling take certain amounts of time. Say resting may take 8 hours and when you wake your spirit meter is either dangerously low or you are simply dead. Problem? going a spell caster class is nearly impossible! I played as a spell caster for about halfway through the game and had to quit and start as a melee character because i couldnt rest to replenish my spells. Melee is just boring but this game kinda forces your hand and limits your possiblilities.

The story was actually really good but the gameplay was so torturous and i had to force myself to play it just so i could finish the game. Its taken me a little over a year to finish the game but there was roughly 10 hours of gameplay… not so good.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Should have been great... but it's not."
2 stars"

Right, so I purchased Mask Of The Betrayer in the vain hope that the digital abortion that was NWN 2 would somehow gradually be redeemed. While there have been notable improvements, overall it remains a steaming pile of FAIL.

In the plus column we have a far more interesting story, with a generous helping of moral ambiguity and the opportunity to be truly vile if you’re that way inclined. The pretty graphics are now even prettier, but that prettiness comes at a heavy cost. If your machine struggled with NWN 2, that struggle only becomes more obvious with MOTB. NPC’s are interesting and varied, including Okku, the great bear spirit of Rashemen and One-Of-Many, a malevolent undead entity comprised of many composite spirits.

In the minus column, we’ve been lumbered with the ‘Spirit Eater Curse’. Basically, when you start the game, you discover that you’ve been cursed with a kind of spiritual vampirism. A ‘spirit meter’ allows you to see how much spirit energy you possess. Over time your spirit energy is steadily depleted. As it declines you suffer penalities to your abilities, and these penalities grow more severe as your level of spirit energy drops. To replenish your spirit energy you must ‘devour spirits’. If this feeding is neglected, your level of spirit energy can drop to fatal levels.

Seems like a novel idea, right? However, in practice it simply turns the game into one of those horribly annoying ‘beat the clock’ affairs. You spend a lot of time fretting about your falling levels of spirit energy, and it really detracts from the enjoyment of the game. Worse, when you’re in conversation with NPCs, your spirit energy continues to drop necessitating a manual pause whenever you engage an NPC in conversation.

Novel idea – cack-handed execution.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Nearly perfect"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is very nicely done, i was a little miffed at the story line jumping so far away & ahead of the prior one, especially how i thought the charecters in the end of nwn2 where finally getting fleshed out to a decent extent, and bam your in another completely different area, which is where its charms are and the new sounds that should have been in the original nwn2 have finally made it in, which is good. Game play does not change that much for me as i tend to go for half orc sorc , (flawed charecters are lots of fun to play). However there are lots of options to the point i might actually go work on my level 8 elf, as the fights are more interesting. I think the game would have been more warmly recived if the nwn2 was as polished on realese as this game is. If you liked the first nwn or nwn2 then this is a must have since good indepth rpg's are becoming harder to find these days, however if you hated the original games, this will not make you magicly like them.

Description

Following the climactic battle against the King of Shadows, you awaken alone and stranded deep beneath the earth. A dark hunger grows within you, threatening to devour your very soul. Will you fight against the hunger within or will you embrace it, revelling in your newfound power?

Set in harsh, spirit-rich Rashemen, near the powerful nation of Thay, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer presents players with an exciting new 20-30+ hour campaign filled with meaningful choices, rich characters, and surprising outcomes. Continue the adventure of your Neverwinter Nights 2 character or create a completely new epic hero - no previous Neverwinter Nights experience required. Hundreds of new gameplay options include epic levels; feats, spells, races, and classes; powerful weapons, armour, and crafting options; and hordes of diverse creatures.

PRODUCT FEATURES:
  • Major improvements to the Neverwinter Nights franchise: enhanced graphics, including extensive use of specularity, environment effects, and normal maps; improved performance; streamlined party control; and an easier to use and more powerful toolset. Experience Neverwinter Nights 2 at its best.
  • Epic storyline provides the most riveting RPG experience since Planescape: Torment, with the compelling characters and plotlines for which Obsidian Entertainment is renowned. Play the official campaign either alone or online with your friends.
  • Stunning new environments include the Astral Plane, sunken Imaskari ruins, a Thayan wizard academy, and the Shadow Plane. Immerse yourself in the Forgotten Realms as you’ve never seen it before.
  • Explore an amazingly reactive world, where your decisions affect those around you and the passage of time realistically impacts gameplay.
  • Switch seamlessly between exploration and tactical combat with the immersive, over the shoulder view of Character Mode and the top down perspective of Strategy Mode with its RTS-like controls.
  • Combat and negotiate with dozens of new creatures including many D&D favourites such as blue dragons, treants, hags, solars, and the two-headed fell troll.
  • Choose from over 20 classic and exotic D&D races, including the new genasi: planetouched humanoids hailing from the elemental planes of air, earth, fire, or water.
  • Customize your character with over 60 epic feats including the monk’s Blazing Aura, the rogue’s Epic Precision, and the druid’s Dragon Shape.
  • Master more than 50 new spells, including epic spells such as mass fowl, damnation, and vampiric feast.
  • Play new D&D classes such as the Red Wizard of Thay, spirit shaman, and invisible blade.
  • Collect souls from defeated foes to create mighty artefacts using an expanded item enchantment system.
  • Create your own D&D adventures to play with friends online with enhanced modding tools.

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or Athlon XP 2000 or equivalent, 512 MB RAM, 5.5 GB hard disk space, DirectX 9.0c, GeForce 6600 or Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card with PS 2.0 or better
Release date NZ
November 1st, 2007
Media Format
PC CD-ROM
Publisher
UPC
742725275591
All-time sales rank
Top 500
Product ID
1542502

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