Summary: Icewind Dale I is a tad buggy, esp. at the end, though there are certain areas of the game that are EXTREMELY beautiful, and quite imaginative. It is very wise to use bards, druids, etc. in your party, as well as plenty of fighters. The storyline is a bit weak though. Icewind Dale II has more of a "rough and adventurous, go kill some monsters" kind of quality to it. Both games have lots and lots of snowy, very cold areas, go figure.
Summary: Icewind Dale and Icewind Dale II are wonderful games, infinitely playable. Heart of Winter continues the main Icewind Dale story with its own epic extension. The reason for the star loss is that multiplayer is practically impossible on machines newer than Microsoft XP, even in compatibility mode. So if you're hoping to play multiplayer on Vista or later platforms, you may be sorely disappointed.
Summary: This game uses the same engine as Baldur's gate I and II. The main differences being that you can create all of your own party instead of just one main character. The reason for four stars is that Baldur's gate is more engaging and has a better story.
Summary: The DVDs and CD arrived promptly and appeared to be in good condition. I installed the ICEWind Dale DVD and the game played well. Upon trying to install the Heart of Winter Expansion CD, it could not be read by my computer. I tried a few times but it did not recognize the CD. I installed the ICEWind Dale 2 DVD and my virus protection software detected a Trojan and automatically removed it. A scan of the DVD with my virus protection software did not reveal any problem.
Summary: I played IWD some years ago and enjoyed it a great deal. Having given away the game to a friend, I decided to order the bundle of three disks. I loaded up the first disk and heart of winter and then began to play... It was like visiting an old friend. The story is engaging, the mechanics easy to master, plenty of strategy and you feel connected to the party you creat right away. The graphics are old school but still serviceable. I highly recommend.
Summary: Icewind Dale ("ID") is somewhat unique in the Infinity engine games as it focuses on combat over storyline. In the BG series, you find yourselves doing more "adventuring", going from zone to zone hoping you find something to fight that is level relevant. ID is linear, and action packed, meaning you never go more than a few minutes without a fight. There is sufficient story to make this feel like a real DnD game though.