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never played either back in the day, kind of regret it so i found this awesome website back when gaming was great and am looking for a great in-depth rpg game i can playing multi with a friend.

So what game is better BG2 or NWN or some other rpg on this site i don't know about :P

any suggestions is welcome
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BG2 is an excellent single player game, but trying to play it over multiplayer (unless LAN) is apparently somewhat frustrating on account of the lack of support for NAT.

NWN on the other hand appears built for multiplayer gaming, with persistent worlds offering 24/7 adventures for anyone to log on and enjoy along with a slew of downloadable modules that you could choose to play through with a friend if you so wished.

I would get both.
BG2, and the infinity engine games in general, usually always win my vote. The animated sprites on pre-rendered backgrounds have aged very well. It's pretty, and I like the story, and it's fun to mod. NWN is a bit clunky in comparison, and the amount of NWN fedex quests irritate me after my first play through. In terms of gameplay, I'd vote BG.

However, if it's multiplayer, I think NWN will be much easier and lend itself to more casual playing. NWN is also a much more forgiving game, and any in-game strategic mistakes on anyone's part can be smoothed over easier than in BG. If I were paying with a friend, I'd go NWN. And I think it would be fun. Playing by myself, BG.
Post edited December 19, 2010 by strixo
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Deeo2ca: never played either back in the day, kind of regret it so i found this awesome website back when gaming was great and am looking for a great in-depth rpg game i can playing multi with a friend.

So what game is better BG2 or NWN or some other rpg on this site i don't know about :P

any suggestions is welcome
Personally I think NWN is by far the better choice, and not just for MP. Yes, I know I'm in the minority folks and I'm not trying to start a flame war, but for my money NWN was a lot more engaging and entertaining.

I liked BG II but what most people seem to like (i.e. the party banter/interactions) wore on me quickly and I'd personally like to think that the writer who wrote the dialogue for Minsc and the voice actor who portrayed him are both suffering some sort of terrible karmic retribution for what they did to my nerves. IN NWN you can choose henchmen but are not obligated to do so. Even if you do, they are talkative at times but don't natter on incessantly and don't bicker with you.

Having said that, BGII is definitely worth playing. It's combat system is good though if you are a PnP fan it's worth noting that it uses the 2nd edition rules like most of the Infinity engine games, whereas NWN uses a psuedo 3.0 edition of the D&D rules.

Also, and again I'm in the minority here but I felt BGII gave an "illusion" of an open world rather than actually delivering one. That said NWN does the same thing. You can choose to explore areas when you want and do or not do sidequests in any order you choose but you can forget packing up and just going to Waterdeep instead of dealing with the quests presented, you are stuck with them.

Graphically, NWN is leaps and bounds ahead, as it should be, being a much more recent game. Also there are some mods, like CEP, that raccthet it up a few more notches. There is the obvious difference of a 3D NWN vs. a 2D BGII, however BGII graphics have aged well and look nice, they just don't look as nice as NWN IMHO.

Without knowing more about what you like in a game that's about the best way I can break it down as to why I think NWN wins. Realistically GOG has an RPG to appeal to just about any type of RPG gamer once you know what style of game you like.
Post edited December 19, 2010 by asc1974
Thnx for the input, and ya I ended up just getting both lol :P

been playing BG2 first and love the hard core D&D element in it