Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2

A friend of mine (who is practically illiterate), has said that I have too little writing here, and too much photo contest material. I've decided to rectify that with a review of Neverwinter Nights 2.

NWN 2 is a good game. It has some issues, (long loading times between zones becomes frustrating quickly, and the processor intensive graphics limit the computers it can be played on), but it is enjoyable despite them. You can make a large variety of characters, and the NPC companions are interesting and numerous. The voice acting is definitely on the good side of the scale.

It does a great job of capturing D&D for a pseudo turn based computer game. Whether you enjoy this is dependent on how much you like D&D, really. All of the basics are there: races, classes, feats, skills, etc.

Social interaction is done very well, for a video game. It'll never approach the infinite options of a pencil-and-paper RPG, but it does a good job of giving you options, most of the time. Some conversation trees seem to lead inevitably to giving offense, or making some stupid statement. Your dialogue choices do affect the game, which is always nice. You can make your companions more or less friendly, and you can use conversation skills in dialogue trees to make fights easier or avoid them entirely.

The graphics are quite nice, although, since it is a computer game, this means that fewer people will be able to play it. (Does anyone know why games don't have a "this will work for older computers but it looks like a bunch of cardboard cutouts" mode? Seems like some people would appreciate that.)

Overall, I'd give Neverwinter Nights 2
.85 Out of 5 Pongs

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