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The Forgotten Realms Deluxe Edition
« on: February 12, 2012, 08:37:43 PM »

Since Valentine's is coming up, I'm looking for some help from our members...

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Quite simply, I'm in the mood for some old school RPG's that don't tax my computer too much, I haven't played these before, and it looks like a nice bundle. It contains:

Baldur's Gate series

    Baldur's Gate
    Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast
    Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
    Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal

 Icewind Dale series

    Icewind Dale
    Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter
    Icewind Dale II

 Neverwinter Nights series

    Neverwinter Nights
    Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark
    Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide

Worth buying, or should I be more selective and purchase each separately in the 'right' edition, such as the Diamond edition for NN's?
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Re: The Forgotten Realms Deluxe Edition
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2012, 12:43:01 AM »

The Baldur's Gate games are classics and should be played by anyone who enjoys RPG's at least once.  Didn't much care for the Icewind Dale games and only bothered with II because Demarch of Mask was one of the class options. The story itself did nothing for me and I never finished the game. The Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale series' are both 2D games that use the Infinity Engine. The best title to make use of the engine isn't on your list. Better even than the awesome Baldur's Gate series is Planescape: Torment. If you want to play an RPG and don't mind going back to 2D gaming then there is no better game to turn to. Nothing even comes close.

The original Neverwinter Nights game was more notable for the community content it spawned than its own plot. Shadows and Hordes were great expansions though (I've played HotU at least half a down times). The Neverwinter Nights series makes use of the 3D Aurora Engine (the same engine that powers KotOR 1 and 2, NWN 2 and The Witcher). Pretty much every other game that makes use of that engine is better than the original. I'd go straight for NWN2 if your system can handle it. 'tis a far better game than the original.




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Re: The Forgotten Realms Deluxe Edition
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2012, 02:10:01 AM »

I normally shy away from PC gaming, otherwise I would've played these before, in particular 'Planescape: Torment'. I will need to pick it up.

Read as much concerning NN's, as well. Figured I'd pick up an edition with the expansions included and see what it's like.

Will be investing in a newer PC soon, so this is a little bit of last fun before moving on.
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Re: The Forgotten Realms Deluxe Edition
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2012, 10:25:52 AM »

Must say those games are some of my favorite. Each have their own relative pros and cons but all are great.

The BG games are probably the best in terms of storyline and side-line plots/quests. The disadvantage to me is that to start with you only get to customer build one character with few custmoer options (BG2 is better) and have to pick and choose your party as you pick up NPCs along the way. There is nothing wrong with that, but party delevopment takes longer, but you do get some some moments as the party interact with each other. Evil characters arguing with the good ones. And there always Minsc, the mad ranger with "Boo the Space Hamster". You'll find out.

In the Icewind Dale games, although more linear, you get to customise all 6 party characters right from the word go. Which is better if you like to balance your party to different tactics from the start. Stealth based, Magic, Clerical, full frontal assault, mixed.
Make sure you have a thief with high lock pick and disabled traps.

Tatic hints. Well I was going to put some in but then decided to let you work it out for your self :P

PS:Torment is an odd ball as you get to change your main character's primary class during the game. Not a game I've played as regularly as the last 2 series.

Neverwinter Nights is also awsome, similar to BG as it's less linear and also uses newer D&G rules, and has better graphics. Something to watch out for with an older PC.
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Re: The Forgotten Realms Deluxe Edition
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 01:54:06 PM »

You never did say how you got on or if you actually bought them or not?
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 11:51:05 PM »

I did get a new PC, but I've been too busy with work and an addiction to another video game series to consider other games.
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Re: The Forgotten Realms Deluxe Edition
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2013, 12:37:28 PM »

Man, the Baldur's series is all time. I replay Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal on the regular. Only that has never been removed from computer besides Sid Meier's Pirates.
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