Nights: Shadows of Undrentide
Developed by Bioware/FloodGate Entertainment
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Requires: Neverwinter Nights
Price : £19.99
Nights has been a huge success for Bioware and as a result of this,
the expansion packs are set to flow. This year there will be two
released, the first of which has to be the worst named expansion
pack ever, Shadows of Undrentide. Shadows of Undrentide is not a
Bioware creation as such, as the development was carried out by
FloodGate Entertainment. I was surprised to see that it's not a
continuation of the story from Neverwinter Nights and what we have
here is more of an add-on rather than expansion.
game begins in a similar manner to the single player game in Neverwinter
Nights. You begin in an academy and you have to locate 4 dangerous
artifacts and of course at the beginning of Neverwinter Nights you
had to locate 4 different creatures. However this is merely a coincidence
and the story ends up being completely different. In the academy
there are yourself and three other students, Xanos, Dorna and Mishca.
The leader of the academy is Master Drogan, a dwarf and at the very
beginning he comes under attack and is almost killed. A female Harper
named Ayala tends the sick Drogan, whilst you are told that Drogan
was attacked because he looked after the four dangerous artifacts.
You must go after the assailants, take vengeance for the attack
and recover the artifacts. You are not alone though and you can
take either Dorna or Xanos to accompany you. In total there's about
20 hours of gameplay to be had with this add-on and whilst that
is some way short of the 60 hours that you had in the original game
the story is interesting enough to want to play it through again
with a different character.
extra story isn't all you're getting for your money though. You
also get five additional prestige classes. These are Harper Scout,
Arcane Archer, Shadowdancer, Blackguard and Assassin. Those who
like to create their own modules for Neverwinter Nights will be
pleased to find that an additional 3 tilesets have been included.
The Desert, Ruins and Rural Winter tilesets should allow for some
different looking modules. Module creators should also be pleased
to know that there are now new scripting commands available too.
I can't say how effective these are mind you as I never have the
time to dabble in module creating. There are also 50+ new spells
and 30+ new feats available to you. There are 16 new monsters and
grenade-like weapons have also been added. The best improvement,
in my opinion, has to be the enhanced enemy AI. Enemies actually
seem more intelligent this time around and will give you more of
Shadows of Undrentide doesn't offer any improvements over Neverwinter
Nights. What's strikingly obvious is how much brighter it all looks
thanks to the new tilesets. We still don't have the level of detail
that we were used to in the Baldur's Gate series but it still looks
good, particularly on the higher screen resolutions.
of Undrentide is absolutely fine for deaf gamers. The game is exactly
the same in this respect as Neverwinter Nights, what else would
you expect. The manual fills you in on the new additions that have
been included in the game and explains all the new spells and new
feats so you'll know exactly what they all do.
of Undrentide is a solid expansion pack. The new tilesets, classes,
spells and feats will all be welcome additions for fans of the original
game. The story is also enjoyable and whilst it doesn't last as
long, it's still worth the money. You now have greater control over
your henchman (or woman as the case may be) and you can put armour
on them and encourage them to develop their abilities in a certain
way. Despite all these good additions though it's a shame that the
game doesn't add any real depth to Neverwinter Nights. Maybe I'm
looking for something to make it more like Baldur's Gate II? Perhaps
if you were able to have a party of more than two it would add the
need for more in-depth tactics. As it stands there is still a little
too much hack 'n' slash in the game for it to have the appeal that
Baldur's Gate II enjoyed.
Game Rating: 7.4/10
A solid expansion pack that fans of Neverwinter Nights should appreciate.
No problems for deaf gamers. Shadows of Undrentide is exactly the
same in it's provision for deaf gamers as Neverwinter Nights.