Neverwinter Nights PC CD-ROM
Published by Mastertronic
Developed by Bioware
Release Date: Out Now
After the classic that was Baldur's Gate II everyone expected big things from Bioware. Their next game was Neverwinter Nights. The game was quite a bit different from their previous games. For starters it was 3D. The classic, isometric 2D game engine that had powered the Icewind Dale series, Planescape Torment and the Baldur's Gate series had now been scrapped and instead we were given 3D graphics that actually looked impressive when the game was initially released.
Unlike their previous games Neverwinter Nights (click to read our original review) was created for online play and to this day it's still popular online. That's not to say single players had been short changed though. There is still a lengthy single-player story (60+ hours long) to engage you and it's a quality one at that. Bioware have even made some free expansions (as well as the two retail ones) that you can download and enjoy. In fact Bioware still fully support the game and have made an expansion that you can purchase and download. It's online where the game really shines though and with the D&D 3rd edition rules and the ability to have a GM controlling the proceedings it's one for RPG purists.
Neverwinter Nights is fine for deaf gamers and will cause no problems at all. Here's what we said in our original review:
Bioware's previous games have been very deaf gamer friendly and Neverwinter Nights is no exception. One change that has been made is that when you have a conversation the dialogue and the answers you can select are now placed in the top left of the screen. This doesn't seem as comfortable as having it in the lower middle of the screen, as in the Baldur's Gate series. You can't move this conversation panel either. Previous messages can still be accessed from the chat window that is in the lower middle of the screen. The game journal is superb and never allows you to lose track of what you're meant to be doing. The games manual is again a work of art and answers any questions that you might have.
Neverwinter Nights was a must when it was initially released but at less than £10 there's just no excuse for not owning a great RPG.
Overall Game Rating: 5.0/5
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