Excerpt: game was released by Black Isle Studios, it faced a bit of trouble from being released on the same day as the highly-anticipated Blizzard Entertainment hack-and-slash juggernaut . The game still received favorable reviews, however, and the popularity of computer RPGs at the time undoubtedly boosted...
Conclusion: The Wrap-up: IDII is a good game if you are looking for a story driven, action-based RPG. The combat in the game requires not only for you to have a balanced party but to know when to cast certain spells, which character(s) should be engaging which monster, and when to cast certain spells.
Excerpt: Every old soldier deserves a sendoff this good. Bioware’s Infinity Engine has been the backbone of so many great games, from the first Baldur’s Gate to Planescape: Torment to the spectacular expansion for Baldur’s Gate II .
Excerpt: In 1998, Black Isle Studios introduced us to the Infinity Engine with Baldur’s Gate . The engine and the game helped to revolutionize the role-playing genre, and they received many critical and popular accolades.
Excerpt: Icewind Dale II is the sequel to Black Isle Studios' AD&D RPG, Icewind Dale, developed by Black Isle Studios (the core Icewind Dale team, most of whom also worked on the Fallout, Fallout 2 and Planescape: Torment).
Conclusion: epic tale complete with the triumphs and pitfalls you’d expect from a good fantasy novel. Like Neverwinter Nights, the gameplay mechanics are based on the new Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition ruleset. It’s a wise choice as 3rd Ed.
Excerpt: Interplay brings us the last RPG to use the Infinity engine. A bit of silence is in order. OK, now we can make a whole lot of noise about Icewind Dale II. Utilizing the Third Edition AD&D rules set, it isn't the prettiest RPG out there, but it is one of the biggest and best. Click here.
Pros: ups: Solid gameplay; comfortable to get into; large parties are fun; uses Third Edition AD&D rules; great story.
Cons: downs: Dated graphics and game engine; large parties shift focus away from individual character-building experience.