In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the frozen and untamed region known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World Mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory teeming with fearsome and merciless beasts. There you must confront an ancient evil that threatens to unleash an unspeakable horror upon the face of Faerun.
Just then a new war begins between people of the Ten Towns and the barbarian tribes united under a new king. Journey to the secluded town of Loneywood to forestall the invasion and discover the secret that lies locked within he frozen Heart of Winter in an awesome adaptation of the Advanced of Dungeons and Dragons system.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Blood, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2010-10-06 11:02:30 bydrhoads:
While not a big fan of the sequel, I felt that the original had the perfect blend of strategic combat, story, art design and sound design. I absolutely loved this game, and truly felt as if I was exploring the frozen north. I imagined following in the footsteps of the likes of Drizzt Do'urden on my quest to save the ten towns. This game had such a great atmosphere for me, I rememberread more almost feeling the warmth of the fire while standing next to a hearth in this game. (Because it truly made you feel that you were exploring this frozen tundra). This is truly a great game that everyone should have a chance to enjoy.
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Posted on 2010-10-06 14:22:15 byPH:
Using the same game engine than Baldur's Gates, the game is another sequel in this astonishing serie of games. While BG balances fight and story, while Planescape Torment is a role/adventure game that focus on story, Icewind Dale is the exact opposite : an endless fight from the first to the last screen. The story is strictly run-on-the mill heroic fantasy, without much to say about.read more The few dialogues are here only to add some flavor. Regardless of what you say or read, you'll have to fight anyway. The game's progression is strictly linear. Finally, there is no NPC that you can hire, so no banter and characters interactions in your team (though you can find mods that add such things to the game).
I can hear now die-hard RPG gamers fleeing. I'm one of them and, frankly, reading my first paragraph, I would walk away myself. I'd be wrong because what it does, Icewind Dale does it extremely well. You will fight all the time, but the fights are just great. Most of the Forgotten Realms franchise bestiary is here. You will walk through a lot of strange places, splendidly painted with the great 2D engine, and face hordes of exotic, as well as familiar, creatures.
The character creation follows the ADD 2 edition rules, that force specialization of characters and synergy. Building your team is therefore a pleasure, especially since portraits have a great RPG flavor. They are, in my opinion, much better than in BG. Anyway, you can import portraits easily. The sound packs, that cover all basic personalities and actions, are nothing to write home about, but do the job they're supposed to do. The wide number of weapons, items and spells provide another source of interest for the RPG addict. Unlike some other RPG, the items aren't randomized, and many of them have their own personal description.
Following the BG engine, the fights themselves are in real time, with an active pause that you can change parameters of. The game provides automated scripts that cover some basic actions but, most of time, you are better doing things yourself. It may sound difficult with 6 characters but, with some practice, it becomes as easy as 1-2-3, and allows many team tactics that will rejoice the RPG experts as well as the more casual gamers.
So, alright, it's all about fighting. But these fights have that special "Forgotten Realms" epic flavor, fleshed out by the splendid Infinity Engine and, last but not least, enlightned by a musical opening title that will make you feel really heroic. Pompompom, pom pom pom pom...
PS : I'll leave the 5 stars to Icewind Dale 2, which is the same, but even greater and better.
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Posted on 2010-10-06 10:21:44 byrampancy:
While BG2 and BG were classics in their own right, Icewind Dale was what really shined for me. It had all of the immersive and engaging plot elements which sucked me deep into BG2, while at the same time cutting away some of the other elements that for me, got in the way of the action and fun. I can't say enough good things about this game - action, plot, writing, dialogue...forread more me, Icewind Dale was a checklist of all of the things I needed in a fulfilling game experience. This is the kind of game where you clear your social calendar, forget about raising your GPA, call in sick to work, and forget about such unessential activities like eating, sleeping, or tending to your pets/children/significant others. For the next few weeks (or months?), you'll be living in Kuldahar.
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