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"Looks nice. Shame about the actual game..."
2 stars"

If your only consideration when purchasing a game is fancy graphics, then NWN 2 will have you in paroxysms of delight. On the other hand, if you'd prefer your game to run well, be relatively free of bugs and feature an intuitive user interface to complement the riveting gameplay, then NWN 2 is a game that will see you hurling abuse at your monitor.

Camera control is awkward, intrusive and generally horrible. Even on relatively modest settings, the game runs like a blind, lobotomised paraplegic. The storyline is dull, the NPCs predictable caricatures (a Scottish dwarf, a sanctimonious paladin, a mischievous rogue, etc), and prior to playing the game you're required to download approximately* 396 terabytes of patches, hotfixes and updates. If you're still on dial-up, you'll be sucking mashed banana and milk through a straw in a retirement village before this herculean download finishes.

And then we have Obsidian's Electron Toolset, successor to Bioware's Aurora Toolset. Aurora was intuitive, relatively simple to use and allowed you to knock up a vaguely playable module in a few hours. By contrast, Electron is about as user friendly as a rabid wolverine. While interior areas remain tile-based, exterior areas are sculpted from a flat plain with a selection of brushes. As a result, creating any sort of presentable exterior area is an incredibly time-consuming process, involving a lot of “painting”. If you're crap at painting, you'll be crap at creating exterior areas in the Electron Toolset – unless you're prepared to dedicate enormous chunks of free time to practicing.

Most people have jobs and lives, and spending their weekends wrestling with Electron is going to seem little more than a masochistic exercise in futility. Shame really.

*Hyperbole may have been employed for effect.

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
"If you like DnD you'll probably like this"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Personally I really enjoy this game.

For any dungeons and dragons fans out there, this game follows the rules to the book, using the 3.5 edition rule set.

I liked the story line and the shiny graphics. It is even more fun multiplayer and you can download new modules or create your own if you want a new story.

While it had many bugs when it was released most of them have been patched out now, and while the camera may still be annoying at times it does not ruin the experience.

Recommended for all RPG fans

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"The game that looks antiquated.."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

but needs an ultra modern system to run. It doesn't look bad exactly, but certainly not amazing. It's quite nice with all the shadows on but I had to turn them off to get a consistently good frame rate. I didn't much like the art design either. Some weapons, armour and monsters look unrealistic and silly, and many items lack detail. Some interior locations are beautifully detailed though. I also find the overuse of particle effects annoying. Particularly the big explosion of blue sparks whenever an arrow, not even a magic arrow, hits anything. A clear attempt to impress the eight to twelve year old ADD sufferers.

All that aside, from what I've seen from a few days playing, it's an engrossing, and enjoyable, classic RPG experience. A deliberate attempt has been made to make it feel like NWN 1. I was pleased to see the old voice set from my NWN character was still available, so I basically just brought my old character back to life. The familiar music gave me warm fuzzies.

It's much more party oriented that the first one. I didn't like that so much at first. It would be better to have been required to play alone for some time before being offered companions. And unless you play on whimp mode you will definitely need a couple of helpers. The big plus though is I actually like the characters and enjoy having them along. Unlike the henchmen from the first game that were an annoying necessity.

The real test will be in how long and engrossing the campaign is, and weather towns and other locations are interesting to explore. Neverwinter itself is disappointing, but I'll have to wait and see. So far I'm enjoying it and it's keeping my occupied, which is the main thing.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Very Good when Patched"
4 stars"

Having completed the game on a system under the min requirements GPU wise (64MB requires a hack), I'd say the game was pretty decent.

The story's good, the Companions are brilliant, the graphics are fine. The biggest issue is still the interface which while better than NWN isn't quite up with BG2/IWD2 with regards to party controls.

Overall well worth playing.

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Good game"
4 stars"

This is a good game, with a nice storyline and good combat system. The masses of spells and abilities you can learn are just awesome. Also, there are over 20 classes, which you can multiclass in several exiting ways. I also have to defend obsidian here. There are way less bugs in the game than the other reviews would make you think, I already finished the game more than once, and I never downloaded any patches for it. Most of the problems can simply be fixed by adjusting something in the menu. For example, the “rotating camera bug” can be fixed by unchecking the some the option that allows you to turn the camera angle with the mouse. If your used to turning the screen with the keyboard, this shouldnt be a problem. Once you adjusted a few things in the menu, this is a great game.

"Fun with friends"
4 stars"

NWN2 is a decent game when played alone but it really shines when played with a group of friends. I played through the main campaign over LAN with a friend and up to the beginning of the last act, we both enjoyed it greatly. Past that, however, it is just better to close your eyes, plug your ears and make up your own ending because the conclusion is so lack lustre it will ruin the rest of the game experience for you. Other than that, an excellent game for any DnD fan.

Description

Bards sing tales of heroes from ages past, but never have the Forgotten Realms so desperately needed a champion. Years have passed since the war between Luskan and Neverwinter, almost enough time for the wounds of war to heal. But the brief peace the Realms have known may be at an end. Tension growing between the mighty city-states means the Sword Coast again teeters on the edge of open war. Unnoticed, a greater danger stalks the City of Skilled Hands. Unbeknownst to the denizens of the North, deep in the Mere of Dead Men, dark forces from across the Realms have been rallied under the banner of a legendary evil. If left unchallenged, all of the North is doomed to fall under its power.

Even in this darkest hour, hope remains. A mysterious relic is borne to Neverwinter in the hands of a lone hero so that its secrets may be unlocked - secrets that carry the fate of all the North. So begins an epic tale of shattered alliances, noble acts and dark deeds to be told across the Realms for generations to come.

Features:
  • Experience the long-awaited sequel to the game that revolutionised creating and playing computer role-playing games.
  • Use the completely rewritten, powerful Obsidian Neverwinter Nights 2 Toolset to create your own adventures, share them with friends, or run them through your adventure directly as the Dungeon Master.
  • Play online with other gamers and enjoy limitless adventure.
  • Explore the Forgotten Realms in greater graphical splendour than ever before with a completely new, cutting-edge graphics system and an overland map.
  • Employ new spells, feats, and advanced prestige classes, based on the exciting Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Edition rules.
  • Recruit up to three companions to assist in your adventures. Improved party control allows for more dynamic tactical decisions in combat and more personal interaction.
  • Rediscover familiar locations and meet old friends from the Neverwinter Nights series.

System Requirements:

Minimum System Requirements:
- Windows XP
- 512MB System RAM
- 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
- 128MB Direct3D compatible video card with DirectX 9.0c compatible driver
- CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
- 4.6GB free hard disk space
- DirectX 9.0c (included)
- DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
- Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework for toolset (included)
- Broadband connection for multiplayer online play
- Keyboard, Mouse

Recommended:
- 3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
- 1GB System Ram
- ATI Radeon X800 series, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series or higher video card
Release date NZ
November 16th, 2006
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Box Dimensions (mm)
135x195x35
UPC
3546430123072
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
1471048

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