Good but not great: too combat oriented, Baldur's Gate is better
Charles P. Frederick, Amazon
15 August 2008
Summary: I have played through the Diamond version of this game, including Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark. I can't say much for the multiplayer aspect of it, since my friends aren't really d&d people, but I can speak for the single player aspect. This is one of those games like starcraft, WoW, etc. that is fun mostly for the endlessly competitive tactical combat aspect. In NWN, combat is all about math, especially for fighters.
Summary: I got this game thinking it was another, newer, better version of Bauldur's Gate, it ain't. It just doesn't have the interactivity that Baldur's Gate, not as many side quests, and just not as much fun. I like it, but prefer the Baldur's Gate style combat then the Diablo style. Plus I like being able to control the ENTIRE party, not just one character. I guess its made more for online play, but I'm just not into that.
Adrian Paul Neary "gorehound and splatter punk", Amazon
17 March 2005
Summary: One of the reasons Dungoens&Dragons has a very hard time going from Pen and Paper to video game is becuase of the interactivity factor. Not to say the RPGs based on D&D rules aren't fun to play...I spent a good portion of my 22nd year of life playing and replaying Baldur's Gate. But now that NWN has come out, I think we might have peaked. The game looks great, its level of interaction is very enriching, and for the most part its fun to play.
Summary: While the game itself is fairly entertaining, it still has those typical design flaws programmers just can't seem to see. Inspite of being told to stay put, characters with you magicly show up next to you as you pass through some doorways, often right into a scene best handled alone. More often, very imaginative strategies will gather fewer experience than rushing blindly into battle.
It's a Niche Game, Not Everyone Will Enjoy It Like I Did
21 January 2004
Summary: If I could think of a way to best describe Neverwinter Nights, it would be Diablo meets Baldur's Gate. The game is made by the same people that designed Baldur's Gate but it's more of a mainstream "hack and slash" adventure than an epic RPG. Don't get me wrong, the in-game story is great but it just doesn't feel like a classic RPG. One reason for this might be because of the easy-to-use Aurora Toolset.
Summary: After the release of the Baldur's Gate franchise, players were amazed by the level of depth and scope that could be crammed into one gaming experience. Bioware had successfully captured the D&D tabletop experience, enriching it with superb graphics, a likable cast complete with convincing voice-dialogue, and a fantasy world immersed in epic grandeur.
Alotta hype and for single players that's about it.
17 July 2003
Summary: Well after hearing for several years about the soon to be legendary Neverwinter Nights I have gone out and purchased it as well as it's expansion. My feelings still are very mixed. While it looks better than any other RPG I've had, there are things about it I simply cannot understand. For instance! You are told on various loading screens again and again to have a henchman. The makers have scaled difficulty to assume that you have one. Why doesn't this make sense?
Summary: I've never played D&D. My best friends brother was into it for a while in highschool, but he and his friends would never let us play. Something about being girls I guess. Anyway... I picked up a copy of Neverwinter because everyone at work was playing. The game is simply beautiful to look at. The tutorial does a fairly good job of explaing how to move around and use the menus, but I found my first experience frustrating.
Summary: NWN is the kind of game that you can't decide if you love or hate from time to time as you play it. There are so many innovative and exciting features that make you want to play all day and then there are a bunh of stupid limitations and undeveloped bits of potential that make you want to throw it out the window. The worst feature is likely the offical campaign that shipped with the game.