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 its sales.
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). Although it's a sequel, you don't need to own or play the original Icewind Dale title before.
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. It is a thinking person's RPG that has style and interesting story.
Excerpt: Icewind Dale II, like its predecessors the Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate series of games, is set in the Forgotten Realms world of the Dungeons & Dragons universe. Built on the same engine as the prior games, but embracing the latest 3rd Edition Rules of Dungeons & Dragons, Icewind Dale II is a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new.
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 . Considered by many to be the single greatest game engine ever, it’s being given a heroic sendoff by Black Isle in the fun and well-built Icewind Dale II .
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. sees the removal of obscure conventions like THAC0 and negative Armour Classes. There are also less restrictions with characters allowed to assume any class regardless of race or attributes and equip any weapon or armor piece.