4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Late to the Party and Glad I Was,
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This review is from: Neverwinter Nights 2 Gold - PC (DVD-ROM)
I enjoy RPGs whereby one can have several party members who join you and NWN2 delivers as opposed to NWN1 where your PC is limited to one companion and an animal companion if your PC can cast such a spell. The original campaign is also superior to to the OC of NWN1 as well and the very fact you can access your NPC party members is a real boon to gameplay. I thought the voice acting was excellent and the NPC characters had considerable depth. The bottom line is that I had a lot of fun with it. The resting aspect of only five seconds instead of a whole game day was refreshing. There were also a number of things that I never experienced before in an RPG that were quite intriguing: a trial and the running and defending of your keep.
The game is decently long, the story line good, and various quests fun. You also get to choose who will be in your party as you go though there are a few times when a certain NPC has to tag along. There is even a cheat code, if you like, to raise your NPCs to a total of 6 + you = 7! You muct put this code in at the beginning of every chapter.
There are a few cons, however. The first and foremost is: Get ready to spending a significant time of patching the game. I am so glad I waited three years before buying it because the amount of patches to get this game working properly is astounding. Obsidian deserved the heavy criticism for initially selling a bug infested slop. Just use the update button until the patching is finished and then get ready to patch the included expansion Mask of the Betrayer (MotB). After the patching both games played without any issue.
Another con - to a degree - are the cut scenes. Now they are important to the game and some of them contain enjoyable humor, but sometimes they get long and there are a suprising number of them throughout. Still, not a real game breaker.
The last con has to do with MotB in that there are a few significant game mechanics that are different from the OC. Proabably the major one is spirit-eating and the impact that has on gameplay. It can really force you to get bogged down as you are always having to gauge your spirit hunger and spiritual energy. The aspect was none too popular with the majority of players and is the reason for my 4 Star Overall rating. There is a cheat code whereby you can disable it. Still MotB was a lot of fun and you can export your PC from NWN2 into this expansion.
This is a worthy game to purchase and play; glad I did.