Summary: Let's get one thing out of the way. I never played the first one though I am planning now on going back and revisiting it along with other "classic" RPGs such as Baldur's Gate. But as soon as I finished The Sith Lords heard that Obsidian was working on another game I wanted to buy it. The problem is, I didn't have a PC that could run it (officially... I still don't - I've been using my brother's).
Summary: When Neverwinter Nights 2 was first released, it was riddled with many bugs that left it almost unplayable in certain areas. Fortunately, Obsidian Entertainment did their part and worked dutifully to fix the worst of the glitches and improve play experience. As a result, now is the time to try out Neverwinter Nights 2 if you were wary before.
Summary: I know a lot of people have had trouble with this game and, if you're anything like me, you may have recently gotten Vista on a new PC and are wondering how the game will play. Well, shortly, it plays very well. The game seems to have been patched significantly since early versions, and Vista's auto-update feature for software took over once the normal install was completed, making my first playing experience a fully patched, updated version. Now, there are some caveats.
Summary: Instead of buying games when they first come out, my gaming group and I wait (sometimes several years) to buy new games to play together. With NWW2, this strategy seems to have paid off well for us. After patching (an hour investment at least), we have played this game co-op over a LAN with little problems. The one time we did struggle to play was due to a conflicting setting that was easy to diagnose and change. Graphics are beautiful.
An improvement over the original in some ways, but in others a step backwards
Adam Sugarman, Amazon
28 January 2008
Summary: I want to get this out of the way - it's taken me a very long time to get from start to finish of Neverwinter Nights 2, and for good reason. When the game shipped in 2006 it was all but unplayable for many people because performance was just atrocious. For this reason, I couldn't get passed the first hour or so of the game; it was just too distracting. But the state of the game now is not the state of the game as it was at release.
Summary: DISCLAIMER: I bought both NWN2 and the expansion pack, Mask of the Betrayer, at the same time and installed them both, so my review reflects changes that were implemented with the expansion pack but still available in the original campaign. I'm probably in the minority of gamers in that I never really liked the original NeverWinter Nights.
Summary: Many people seemed to be disappointed with this game, but that's probably because they were expecting too much. It's no Oblivion obviously, but it's still better than 95% of the new RPGs out on the market right now. To simplify things, here's a list of Pros and Cons... I'll start with the Cons. Cons: 1) Graphics - No next generation graphics here; does have Bloom effects though.
Summary: Neverwinter Nights 2 is the sequel to the popular Neverwinter Nights. How does it hold up to its predecessor? Well, if you are looking for upgraded graphics, a new user interface and new "bling" then it is probably what you were waiting for. First off, let me state that Neverwinter Nights 2 is NOT a game that caters to the console crowd. It is not a "hack and slash" nor is it an adventure game like The Longest Journey or Syberia.
Summary: One of the best 3rd person rpg's of all time, until they make a #3 I'm sure. Only brought down by its buggyness, although luckily due to it being a good game, you can find solutions and workarounds to the bugs usually from other people that have worked them out, and not from the game company itself (who seems to just hate people in general and not want them to enjoy their really awesome game).
Excerpt: "You have to understand Neverwinter Nights to get the full potential of the game, the graphics are great yet you have to get a good graphics card. Embark on different missions and your life becomes clearer to the end, dark motives are behind every door and choose the character well as it depends on the outcome of the game, always save where possible and dont be fickle about selecting companions. The storyline does take time which is annoying, you want ...