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Some general warnings and guidelines for prospective buyers:
- NWN is huge. It is time-consuming. If you want to have fun expect to spend a lot of time doing it. My friend bought the game at my recommendation and he has recently forgotten his girlfriend's name.
- There is a lot of dialogue and reading in NWN. There are books about the history of the world and everything in between. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of characters in the world to interact with. If you don't like reading or story development (i.e. you prefer action) then avoid NWN like the finger of death.
- NWN is Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) in electronic format. If you don't like magic, monsters, and swords then don't bother. Your character in the game will earn points and increase in power, requiring you to manage his skills and abilities - if you don't like managing stats and inventory then don't bother.
The storyline is immersive. This Diamond Edition comes with so much game it's hard to explain. The original campaign alone is vast - I mean VAST. The Diamond edition comes with the original campaign and two expansion packs (both like the original campaign in size and scope); in addition, the Diamond gives you three premium modules (official add-on adventures) and several smaller adventure packs. For the price you CANNOT find a better deal - if this is your style of game.
Technical notes: your computer should exceed the recommendations on the box. The game runs good at those specs, but the engine is beautiful if your hardware can support it.Read more ›
There is an issue with this Diamond package - Atari, the producer (not Bioware) altered the main program with some sort of copy protection scheme, which screws it up. But all you have to do is run the update program (included on the DVD), and all is well - the correct file is downloaded and installed. If that worries you, or you don't have a DVD drive, or just want a printed manual, get the Platinum version instead - you can get the "Kingmaker" modules later. But don't miss NWN - this is a really great game!
If you are considering purchasing Neverwinter Nights, then one of the main factors for the purchase should really be the current state of NWN's persistent worlds. Given the above, a review of those worlds and especially the ones that still have enough players to make them fun seemed in order.
Neverwinter Nights can be one of the best gaming investments you can make. The official campaigns can be fun and will build your gaming skills to a point that you will be familiar with the NWN interface and thus will be able to take advantage of the nearly endless possibilities offered by online campaigns.
I have played on several servers and wanted to share with the reader a very quick review of each.
If you purchase this product or already own NWN I would recommend taking a look at the following servers (They are totally free and have viable player populations.)
Higher Ground POA (Look for it in the action section of Game Spy) (This world is gigantic, it is a mini MMOG, and has so much to offer that I could write a book sized review about this server alone. Higher Ground has all the standard D&D fair plus the Hells, Abyss, Elysium, and soon the Elder Evils.)
This server is totally free and its game balance and content could easily compete with any pay to play games such as WOW, Everquest or D&D Online etc.
This server requires CEP 2.3 etc. but they made it easy to install everything all at once via their helpful ARF2 download.
Just Google nwn higherground and click the getting started button.
Player vs. Player:
Heart of Winter: This is a very well designed world with a heavy Player vs.Read more ›
The original game is truely a classic.
Quick story outline: The city of Neverwinter is falling under seige from, not a person, but a disease. You must find the cure by battling your way through the streets of Neverwinter and defeating your foes. Very open-ended game lets you choose which direction you want to take next.
Undrentide Story: Your mentor has had some very important, magical artifacts stolen from him. In your quest to return them safely, a foe has found a way to use one of the artifacts to raise the ancient city of Undrentide back to the skies.
Underdark Story: A seige of the City of Waterdeep has come from below. All manners of ungodly creatures come up from the Underdark and you must stop it all. Amazingly open-ended, you can choose up to 4 different sub-missions once you're there, and you only get to do three before the final battle happens. A great closure to a wonderful epic.
The expansions both are incredible addons to the orginal game, allowing a completely new story to follow, and totally new classes, feats, skills, and levels that act to enhance your control over the character. The replayability of this game is very high, as you can choose hundreds of combinations of classes, feats, weapon specializations, every aspect of the game and character development is in your hands.
Warning: To those hoping to pick up, easily learn a game, and play it will be disappointed. A player must make very precise decisions on character development to get the most out of the character. But if you are; 1) familiar with D&D; 2) have played other D&D games, like Icewind Dale or Baldur's Gate; 3) really want to sit down and learn the vast things to learn about the game, then you are in for a huge treat that will be played over and over.
A true gem!
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Buy for $10 on gog.com: http://www.gog.com/game/neverwinter_nights_diamond_edition
No other game made since this (13 years ago! Read more
It showed up a day early, installed, and works; you have to download a critical patch from online to make it work on modern OS's though.Published 10 months ago by Cordie
Must have for all D&D fans. I consider this game the best D&D game to date. there are also some good mos for the game, including some graphics mods that will further improve on the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Practicedummy
Good deal for the cost and lent to my collection a collectors item which has yet to be open.Published 17 months ago by Raya
I am an avid gamer. It takes up a majority of my free time. I have played hundreds of games across all consoles and it is very rare for me to find a game that really sticks with... Read morePublished 23 months ago by A. Gordon