Neverwinter Nights 2

Good
  • Huge array of user generated content and mods to keep your adventure going beyond the core game
  • Perfectly adapts the D&D ruleset (3.5) into a video game party management RPG experience
Bad
  • Plenty of bugs which means no playthrough will go untouched from errors
  • Control scheme has poorly designed elements that can make using all your available tools a chore
8

Neverwinter Nights 2 continues the adventure from the first game with plenty of enhancements to provide an enhanced RPG gameplay experience. Just like the original game you’ll find Dungeons & Dragons rules and the Forgotten Realms universe at the heart of your journey ahead.

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Neverwinter Nights 2 is centred around the city of Neverwinter and fans of the original will recognise most of the game locations for a bit of nostalgic story and setting. This time around though Neverwinter Nights 2 is split into three different acts that each have their own plot elements, side quests and areas which all tie into the main underlying plot line of the game that meet towards the end of the story.

Players will find a familiar camera angle in Neverwinter Nights 2 with players controlling their hero and party from above for a strategic view over the map or battle. Character choice remains equally important and varied with a huge number of classes available that can be paired with sixteen different races to create your own unique combinations for your hero. Races include the likes of humans, elves, dwarves and halflings which combine with warlock, range, monk, duelist, wizard and other classes.

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With the decent number of party members also available throughout your adventure there is plenty of depth available for your party design to ensure you are well equipped for all challenges. Given the Dungeons & Dragons rules in play you can expect your party to play a vital role in Neverwinter Nights 2 with the mechanics relying heavily on party RPG management with a lone hero unlikely to succeed but balanced by design choices to make this party management easier than other party based RPGs.

Along this journey party customisation is high through levels, items, spells and a crafting system that allows you to create armours, belts, boots, bracers, cloaks, rings, headgear and amulets for your crafted heroes.

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Behind all of this is the Keep system of Neverwinter Nights 2 though and is very similar to the way Fable allows players to rule their kingdom. Your Keep serves as your home and also acts as the base of all your operations in the game world before embarking on campaigns. As you advance through the story there are plenty of opportunities to upgrade your keep’s defences while also allowing it to produce income by inviting vendors to work and sell their products in the Keep that adds a touch of management.

While there are multiple such campaigns built into the core experience a community of players has created their own content through the in game tools that players can also take advantage of to design their own.

Summary:

  • The second game in the Neverwinter Nights series building on the foundations of the original RPG experience.
  • Builds on the party mechanics and design of the first game to encourage you to mix and match fighters of all shapes, sizes and specialities.
  • Plenty of race and class options to mix and match for the role playing fanatic to select from and build their own backstory.
  • Enhance your characters through equipment crafting across a range of equipment slots.
  • Multiple included campaigns that run based on Dungeons & Dragons rules with community content also available.

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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