Summary: Icewind Dale II is packed with entertaining storylines and encounters. This game makes use of the 3rd Edition rules reasonably well. Black Isle Studios no longer exists, so getting the patches for this game may be difficult. Overall, Icewind Dale II is well worth playing and is a lot of fun.
Summary: First of all, if you expect or hope for meaningful character interactions, go away. Icewind Dale 2 is hack and slash. True, it's glazed by some nice voice acting, beautiful locales, villains that are satisfying to kill (and even some that you half don't want to kill) -- but in the end, the game is linear, and there is really only one way to complete it.
Summary: I still remember the reason I got the original Icewind Dale. I was simply bored out of my mind, disappointed with Diablo II, and looking for more Baldur's Gate while waiting for the sequel to be released. Icewind Dale had a unique flavor that distinguished it from the other Infinity Engine games, and a fast-paced, svelte system that still makes it an eye-opener in this world of 3-D everything games. The soundtrack, also, was arguably the best of any game I've seen.
More enjoyable than the first thanks partly to 3E D&D rules.
CMC "Diamondfist", Amazon
9 September 2002
Summary: I was somewhat pleased with Icewind Dale; due to a few issues I had with the game, I thought myself through with Black Isle Studios, but upon hearing about the release of their sequel Icewind Dale 2, and their implementing 3rd Edition D&D rules I decided to give it another shot. BIS has modified the Infinity Engine to accomodate the 3E rules, including the Half-Orc and the special new playable races, like Drow, Aasimar and the new Forgotten Realms races, like the Gold...
Excerpt: ATTENTION: Possible spoilers Icewind Dale 2 is the sequel of Icewind Dale and keeps the tradition of a Baldur's Gate game with more action and less story and sub quests. At the begining of the game, you can choose one of the premade partys or make your own that go up to six party members.
Excerpt: Icewind Dale 2 is the long awaited sequel to the popularly acclaimed Icewind Dale. In essence many things are the same in IWD2 as in the first game but there also many significant changes and improvements. IWD2 sees you fighting off the goblin hoards who have invaded the land of the men. To accomplish this you may choose up to 6 characters to fight the enemy. Here comes much of the versatility of the game.
Excerpt: How many years have we been playing Infinity Engine games? The answer is four — Baldur’s Gate hit the pavement hot and sizzling in November 1998. That makes Icewind Dale II Black Isle’s last tango with yesterday’s golden-child technology. But everything you may be thinking about this game is probably wrong.
Pros: Impressive storyline; great use of a sturdy engine
Cons: Some of the seams are showing in the engine; tiresome journal system
Excerpt: The continuation of Icewind Dale is most probably one of the RPG most awaited by the community of the "rolists". The reasons of the success of the first edition are due primarily to the balance of the first shutter which took again best hits such as Planescape Torment and famous Baldur's Gate.
Excerpt: Background: A new adventure into the cold north of the Spine of the World. The Goblinoids have untied into a terrifying army, the Orcs are advancing, and a darkness is brewing. The time has come for a force to come against this new untied evil, to bring peace back to the Ten Towns of Icewind Dale. A generation after the events of Icewind Dale 1 finds a new band of unaware heroes in the port town of Luskan.
Pros: A "cool" Rpg game that will keep you occupied for hours
Cons: the setting might be a bit far featched for some