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Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir Expansion - PC

by Atari
Windows Vista / XP
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews) 73 / 100

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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001E3ARJ6
  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,191 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Neverwinter Nights 2 (NWN2) is a computer role-playing game set in the fantasy world of the Forgotten Realms, one of the popular campaign settings of Dungeons and Dragons. It takes the player from the tiniest of villages into a sweeping tale of danger and war, chronicling their rise from a peasant to a full-fledged hero of the Realms, defending it against one of the greatest threats of the age. Build a character that suits your style of play - good or evil, chaotic or lawful, with any number of skills, feats and professions available at the click of a button. Whether lobbing fireballs and researching forgotten spells as a powerful Wizard, hacking a trail through legions of orcs as a Fighter armed only with a battle axe and your courage, or taking on the role of a Rogue that can slip into the shadows at a moment's notice, the choice is yours. Choose your alignment, your allies, your companions, and how you want your character to develop... design the character you want, role-play the way you want, and carry the battle to the enemy.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great December 6, 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Storm of Zehir is one of two long awaited expansions for NWN2. In this expansion they introduce a new concept of the 'overland map' which is both kind of cool, and rather irritating. I like the random encounters and treasure you find if you are fortunate enough to have a thief/ranger in your party. But at the same time, the encounters get repetitive after a while. The whole loading the encounter screen just to fight 8 kobolds you couldn't avoid, gets tiresome after a while, as does clicking to exit the cleared screen.

I do like being able to have a party of adventurers I can design myself. I also like the ocean and sea tilesets, and the character Volo. There is some beautiful 3d scenery in this one, and a couple new races. The yuan-ti pureblood, the gray orc etc. And they reskinned a few of the models.

Unfortunately, I dislike the rest system, the emphasis on trading, and the fact that they still haven't fixed some of the unfortunate models like the half-elf and the elf. They need to redo some of the models. Its sad that a game with such great graphics is cursed with poor character models.

This game is enjoyable, but not my favorite expansion. I miss the long dungeon crawls, the ability to rest after encounters, and the more in-depth plot.

3 stars. Average.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Oh, Obsidian. You are such a visionary company and you have so many wonderful and innovative ideas but why, oh why, do you insist on giving short shrift to your writing? Every time I've played one of your games, I have had the sensation that you are on the cusp of something great but then you invariably fail to carry through, so that the end result leaves me feeling that you got impatient to release your game and so just hurriedly finished it off. While this is nowhere more evident than with the lamentable Knights of the Old Republic II, I fear you have suffered from the same problem with this game.

The overland map concept, first off, is one that is a very good idea--in theory. When I first began playing the game, I enjoyed discovering new areas and having overland encounters. After a while, though, I grew very, very tired of the encounters. For one, there are far too many of them and it is very obnoxious and breaks the flow of the game to be continuously assaulted by a low-level group of monsters that has no hope of defeating my party. Perhaps this problem wouldn't be quite as annoying if it weren't for the fact that the load times of this game--the entire NWN 2 series, in point of fact--are so long as to be inexcusable. It got to the point several times where I was ready to abandon the game entirely because I quickly grew tired of it taking so abominably long to complete quests because I was attacked at every turn. This is but one example of a concept for which Obsidian deserves credit. It's simply too bad that they ruined their own concept thanks to the annoying flaws described above.

As for the dungeons, they were tedious at best.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered December 27, 2008
By D. W.
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Storm of Zehir follows in the grand tradition of Neverwinter Nights (NWN) expansions in attempting to set its own direction and tone while incorporating portions of previous narrative to draw players into the history of the world in which the game is set. Like previous expansions there is much to love, and a little bit to hate about this expansion as it pushes at the boundaries of the engine and the genre.

A big difference between this expansion and previous NWN environments is the split between an overland map (where you move about an entire region) and actual locations in which you can move about. The overland map is wonderful for creating a sense of distance and ambiance, while the locations provide the depth necessary for combat, dialogue, and intrigue.

So as to get them out of the way, I will begin with the bad stuff. First and foremost Storm of Zehir has incorporated the dreaded 'random encounter' mechanic of D&D with the overland map critters. Because of the virtually limitless capacity for players to grind on overland critters the game was also built with the assumption that players would spend considerable time fighting cookie-cutter fights out in the jungle with 200 gnolls, 3000 kobolds, and a partridge in a pear tree. In my tabletop experience we have always avoided these kind of repetitive and functionally random encounters because: they are boring. Other players may disagree, as the wild popularity of MMORPGs might attest, but for me D&D has always been about story, and random encounters do nothing to move this along.

Secondly, the expansion has something of a split personality with regards to towns. Certain towns can be dealt with almost entirely in an overland map setting-- no loading required.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
If you liked Icewind Dale 1 from several year ago you might be tempted to buy this game like I was. Basically, this add-on offers lots of combat and the ability to make your own party from scratch. But I stopped playing after about 12 hours. If you have lots of patience with 1. an awkward camera and 2. a combat interface that is sometimes downright broken, then you might enjoy this game. But for me, I got annoyed too many times. I felt like I was fighting the camera and interface more than the actual enemies in the game. It doesnt help that your party's AI is at best very imperfect. Often you have to turn it off in combat, then operate each character. That's fine with me, but your characters still dont respond as one would expect even in that mode. I should be clear that it looks like a lot of effort and thought went into making the game and there are times when I was enjoying it. This game should have been designed with a fixed 2D overhead isometric perspective. That would have solved all of the camera issues. Also, you can pause combat at any time but when you unpause, the real-time combat is 2x faster than it should be. You can easily lose your party simply because too much is happening at once on the screen. The load times between areas are frequent and that was probably the last nail in the coffin for me. Its a shame because there's a good game under there somewhere.
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Published 7 months ago by Twofoot liberty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 months ago by Maishuheng
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had seen it before, that was why I bought it, I recommend this to anyone. You cannot go wrong with this product.
Published 13 months ago by Murph
1.0 out of 5 stars Neverwinter Nights 2 Gold - PC with this expansion is horrid
Neverwinter Nights 2 Gold - PC with this expansion is horrid. I say this from having a bad experience from the first day of logging in. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Seven
5.0 out of 5 stars NWN game expansions
Good fun---recommended for anyone who has enjoyed playing RPGs like the Baldurs Gate series installments. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pam
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it is a game
This expansion was almost really fun. I strongly feel that they had a high quality writing team start out with a fantastic storyboard and then either fired them or moved the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good expansion to a mediocre game
I tried EVERYTHING in my power to enjoy Neverwinter Nights 2, I bought both expansions, I threw myself into it both online and single player, tried my hardest to enjoy the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Flizbap
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad
SoZ took everything that I loved about NWN, everything that made it successful, engrossing and fun, and removed it leaving a boring husk of a loading screen ridden nightmare. Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by Nicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a TRUE Pen & Paper experience for your computer!
They really did a great job eliminating a great deal of the bugs that have plagues previous NWN2 games. Read more
Published on November 8, 2012 by Josh Winters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
NWN series is a great game,really great.
First time I tried it about 2-3 years ago and didn't understand all the power of this game world. Now I'm just inside of it.
Published on November 4, 2012 by Svo
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