Good story crippled by horrible UI and camera control
11 December 2011
Summary: Unfortunately you will spend far more time maneuvering the camera than you will actually playing the game. There is also really no reason to call this a sequel to Neverwinter Nights. Frankly there is very little in common gameplay-wise. For some reason they brought the full party DND experience to NWN2. Single player DnD was one of the best aspects of NWN1 so that was pretty disappointing to me. I may end up finishing it, but I doubt it.
Summary: "Mask of the Betrayer" is great, good story which I was actually amused with.. The next version after that is crap, it got no story whatsoever. Hopefully neverwinter 3 will actually have a compelling story. Don't preorder it yet, wait for the reviews.
Summary: This was a very fun game overall. It has a great story, it was cheap to buy, you have a lot of great character customization, and as far as these semi-strategy type RPGs go it has decent gameplay. Unfortunately, it was clearly very rushed in production. The graphics are rather terrible, but it manages to run very poorly with high system requirements at the same time due to a near absence of any optimization. It is also -riddled- with bugs.
Summary: I enjoyed playing through all of the origanl nwn2 and its expansions. The games are fun and will provide you with many hours of gameplay. Thats the good news. The technical issues with these games however are many which is probably more to do with a rushed release than bad games themselves.
Summary: If you're expecting an action rpg along the lines of Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age or Elder Scrolls, you will be disappointed. Instead of a long review I'm going to point out some features. The cons: -Combat takes place in rounds. Although control of your character is real time, each character can only attack once per round so combat feels extremely slow, almost like you are playing old final fantasy tactics or something.
Summary: I wish i could have liked this game i really wanted too, but several problems made it just another D&D based rpg game. the story is pretty generic and boring.You awake after a night of rest to find your village under attack where you find eventually find out you are the "chosen one" to yield some magic sword and defeat the evil bad guy.
Summary: My wife and I are middle aged old school gamers. We started out playing table top games like T&T and D&D, and played just about every generation of RPG ever since. So when we both agree that a game stinks, you can take our word for it. This review is from both of us. #1 Complaint... How come using diplomacy makes you chaotic? Followed closely by the strict linearity of the story. It looks like one of BA's maps from KODT: on the left... mountains impassable...
Capable of great things, but needs a bit more work
J. Zinski, Amazon
20 February 2010
Summary: First of all, I'm a huge fan of the whole Forgotten Realms series. I loved the Baldur's Gate series and I really enjoyed the original NWN. Therefore, I was eager to play this game and I had high hopes that it would be as good as its predecessors. Overall, I enjoyed this game, but there are some major flaws that detracted from its potential. First, the good: -- I thought that the graphics were quite nice.
Decent Game, But A Few Non-Computer Related Quibbles
William Alexander "Alexander, Shaun", Amazon
14 January 2010
Summary: I am unfamiliar with computers, and I will say that this game installed and played fine on my VISTA 64 system. I did have one "crash" episode in the "Tomb of the Betrayers," but on reload the error did not repeat. I guess my problem with the game overall is that the story arc narratives got a little long, and too many characters, like Duncan, were left disappointingly underdeveloped.
Summary: The game is great but the patches take forever to install. After installing the original game and all patches and the expansion pack and all patches and then the latest expansion pack and all patches I think I spent 8 hours on installation. This is an installation for very patient people. It would not have taken as long if I had split the installations bet I wanted to get the complete package NWN2Gold and the Zehir installed before I got started.