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Icewind Dale II plays like Baldur's Gate with one major difference: you create and control your entire party, which leaves you free to experiment with the huge array of options D&D 3rd Edition makes possible. Halfling paladins, wizards with thieving skills, it's all possible because Black Isle dutifully added all the new skills, rules, options, and feats given to D&D characters in the tabletop game.
The story line is long and epic and maybe too focused for its own good. You can experiment with any character combination you want, but you can't really range far and wide, adventuring as you wish. The story concerns a goblin army that is threatening human settlements far to the north. Infernal implications quickly surface as you learn that the goblins' masters might not be of this prime-material plane. The combat is fast, furious, constant, and extremely challenging. One of the reasons Baldur's Gate II worked so well was that your priest always had enough healing powers and Raise Dead spells handy. In Icewind Dale II, you begin at first level, so for half the game you must trudge homeward whenever somebody dies, which is frequent. The enemy appears in large numbers, usually with a spell caster in tow--and just beyond one group of enemies is another one. It's relentless and strategically satisfying, if more than a little frustrating too.
Fans of the earlier games who were perhaps a bit unsatisfied with the single-PC focus of Neverwinter Nights will delight in another chance to play party-based D&D. --Bob Andrews
I dont care for the 3d crap out now this is what Forgotten realms is made of i hope they make more of these.Published on Dec 21 2004 by Deimos
Incredible game! RPG's are my life so I know what im talking about... Although i despise games that are finite (games that end) this game is incredible. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Rob
Icewind Dale 2 is a computer RPG, and the last one to use the Infinity Engine popularized by the Baldur's Gate series. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by Cog
This game is beutiful. it is extremely challenging(perhaps to a fault... nah), but very fun to play. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003
I had a lot of fun with this game until close to the end. At the end of Chapter 5, the game forced me to enter a dungeon, and denied me the ability to exit until all monsters had... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Craterdigger
This game may be made by most of the creators of the Baldur's Gate series, however, while the game interface may appear to be much the same, the story level certainly isn't. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003
Although the staff at black isle usually knows how to create magnificent plots and entertaining gameplay, this game is a major disappointment. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2003 by "ancient_gamer"
While I like this ype game, I found myself thinking I was on the wrong side. Premaking all fighters takes some of the fun out of building a team, such as in bauldars gate. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003