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Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
2.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Unplayable Jacques Guy (55) 0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars
You can call it a "playable disappointment" Marina Shoykhet (7) unrated
Mediocre, boring Baldur's Gate clone tomimt (339) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars
Second that opinion: AD&D in the Gutter. This game is Blasphemy! Indra is here (19677) 1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.3
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 1.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.2
Overall MobyScore (26 votes) 2.4


The Press Says

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82
Gamezilla
This game is HUGE! Anyone who buys it, plays the whole thing through (I haven’t yet) and beats the end battle is a person with drive. The only thing preventing me from scoring this graphics masterpiece in the 90’s was the somewhat weak storyline and the tedium that got me down on more then one occasion. Again, 100 hours is a long time to play a game -- you should be getting more than simply more powerful monsters once you reach the 50-hour mark. A must buy for the serious RPG player; a casual player won’t finish it.
78
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Pool of Radiance 2 is een knap maar frustrerend spel dat vooral de fans van D&D zal weten te boeien.
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Game Informer Magazine
Once you get the hang of traversing around the problems, you're left with a moderately involving role-playing game of gargantuan proportions. It's not the kind of game that will keep you up late at night or steal away weeks of your life. It's more like the kind of game you'll play for an hour or so every day.
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Game Informer Magazine
The battles are turn-based, and a lot of the new rules made it in. However, the inventory system reeks of Diablo (which is a system I would like to pee on), the pace of the game is painfully slow at times, and the targeting system is quirky at best. Add to this a lackluster character-generation system and you’ve got a game that casual fans will dig, but the faithful will abhor.
72
Gamesmania
Schade. Es hätte so schön werden können, das Wiedersehen mit dem legendären Quell des Bösen. Die guten Ansätze sind zwar vorhanden, doch der Rollenspiel-Hoffnung geht durch die vielen Design-Patzer im Vergleich zur Konkurrenz die Luft aus. Mit Neverwinter Nights und Dungeon Siege am Horizont sowie Baldur's Gate 2 und Arcanum im Nacken hat es Pool of Radiance 2 aber auch wirklich nicht leicht.
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ComputerGamers.com
So while it is frustrating that the bugs were there in the first place (especially so when that bug causes you to lose better than 10 hours of game time), at least the game manufacturers are releasing patches to help things along. Pool of Radiance is a fun game, I have to admit that much. I enjoyed it a lot, but I often found myself bored and frustrated with it, and this really isn't what I pay my gaming dollars out to accomplish. Still, if you are a hard core Dungeons & Dragons fan, give this one a go. It's not Baldur's Gate II, but it is fun in its own right.
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4Players.de
POR 2 steht eindeutig in der Tradition der Gold-Box-Spiele und richtet sich an Freunde ausgedehnter taktischer Kämpfe - der Fokus liegt auf ausgiebiger Dungeon-Action. Das Gameplay beschränkt sich zeitweise auf die ermüdende Abfolge von Kampf, Schlaf, Kampf und Schlaf. Story und Dramatik à la Baldur`s Gate 2 sucht der Fantasy-Freund vergebens. Leider kann man die gewöhnungsbedürftigen Menüführung nicht als einsteigerfreundlich bezeichnen und optisch bietet POR 2 nicht den herausragenden Fortschritt, den die neue 3D-Engine vermuten ließ. Nur eingefleischte AD&D-Fans werden wohl trotz aller Tücken spannende Stunden in Myth Drannor erleben - der Thron von Baldur`s Gate 2 wackelte jedoch nicht mal im Ansatz.
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Pixel-Heroes.de
Trotzdem macht das Spiel irgendwie Spaß. Wenn man es als ein Retro-Remake auffasst, viel Zeit besitzt und sich gerne auf ein überholtes klassisches Abenteuer wagen möchte, wird man mit diesem Titel seine Freude haben, zumal die taktische Herausforderung recht hoch ist. Mir persönlich gefällt das Spiel sogar besser als das viel gelobte "Baldur´s Gate". Und das will schon was heißen!
70
Game Captain
Trotz aller Kritik muss ich zugeben, dass ich nach der ersten Ernüchterung und nach 10 Stunden Spielzeit doch noch Spaß an dem rudimentären Monster Hack gefunden habe. Natürlich bietet dieses etwas stupide Spielprinzip bei weitem nicht so viel Abwechslungsreichtum, grafische und storytechnische Brillanz wie z.B. Planescape Torment oder Baldur`s Gate. Dennoch ist es, durch die alten Motivatoren Jagen, Sammeln und um die nächste Ecke gucken, nicht ohne Reiz, die Ruinen von Myth Drannor zu durchstreifen, um dem ein oder anderen Monster in den A...- zu treten.
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PC Games (Germany)
Wir erinnern uns: Kaum stand die US-Version von Pool of Radiance 2 in den Regalen, meldeten sich auch schon erste Käufer, bei denen die Deinstallationsroutine nicht nur das Programm, sondern gleich auch noch ein paar wichtige System-Dateien gelöscht hatte. Von Glück konnte da reden, wer erst gar nicht so weit gekommen war - das Rollenspiel wollte sich nämlich auf Teufel komm raus nicht in ein anderes als das vorgegebene Verzeichnis installieren lassen. Die deutsche Version enthält die beiden von Entwickler Stormfront eilig nachgereichten Updates und lief auf unseren Testrechnern tadellos.
70
Game Vortex
Pool of Radiance is one of those games that promised considerably more than they delivered. It's not that the game isn't packed with stuff--it is--but that the flawed implementation takes away a lot of the fun that could have been had with the content. Even with all of the flaws that I mentioned in the game, I find it difficult to consider the game a failure. It has major problems, yes, but there's still a solid nugget of gaming buried deeply inside of it. The real question is whether you, as a gamer, have the werewithal to take the time and uncover that nugget. Those with lots of time to kill and a deep fondness for old-school gaming will probably be pleased as punch with this game, flaws aside. But most people, with limited times and budgets, should pass on Pool of Radiance. The radiance has definitely dimmed from this one.
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FiringSquad
Pool of Radiance isn't a great game, but it isn't that bad either. If you really like dungeon crawling more than story then you may get a kick out of this game. If you like the Diablo II click-fest type of dungeon crawling, then PoR's turn-based combat will probably turn you off. If you're looking for the next Baldur's Gate, look elsewhere. PoR is the opposite of the heavily story-driven RPGs from Bioware, taking a turn-based hack and slash approach instead.
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GameStar (Germany)
Alles in Pool of Radiance ist langsam, von der Ablaufgeschwindigkeit der Rundenkämpfe bis zu den Level-Beförderungen der Charaktere. Man muss schon mit der Geduld einer Panzer-Schildkröte gesegnet sein, um angesichts der zehnten Konfrontation mit der gleichen Monstersorte seinen Enthusiasmus zu bewahren. Die Spieldesigner scheinen zudem unter einem lang anhaltenden »Confuse«-Zauber gestanden zu haben, anders kann ich mir das heillose Missions-Durcheinander nicht erklären. Es ist gerade am Anfang weitgehend schleierhaft, was man genau machen muss, um in der schwachen Story voranzukommen. Wer Geduld und Zeit hat, wird gelegentlichem Gefluche zum Trotz ein gewisses Maß an Spaß haben. Die rundenbasierten Kämpfe erlauben nette taktische Manöver. Das Erforschen und Charakter-Aufpäppeln hat seinen altbewährten Reiz, und die riesigen Ruinen von Myth Drannor bieten viel Spiel fürs Geld.
68
ActionTrip
The main problems that flawed Pool of Radiance are its countless bugs. I only had the chance to experience several of them; apart from the setup program which refuses to install the game to any drive other than c:, I had a lot of trouble with virtual memory under Windows 2000/XP. It seems that the game devours immense quantities of virtual memory, which can eventually make the game or even the whole machine freeze. There are many other bugs (especially in the gameplay), and as Ubi Soft obviously realized what this can do to their finances, they started publishing patches on a daily bases... Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor could simply be defined as disk full of bugs, striving to be a slow Diablo based on AD&D third edition rules.
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RPGFan
Any way you look at it, the game that was supposed to relive the glory of the original Pool of Radiance just is not fun. The biggest selling point, The 3rd Edition Rules, was butchered beyond belief, and many of the things that survived the slaughter were still done poorly nonetheless. It would have been nice to see Pool of Radiance return as the best game that ever graced a PC gamer's life, but unfortunately, such grandeur can only exist in the memories of those who played the first Pool of Radiance.
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Just RPG
So, in the end, how good is this game? Never in recent years have I seen such a diversity of opinions over one game as I have seen in this one. If you are expecting a Diablo clone, or another Baldur’s Gate, you will be disappointed. Action-only fans need not apply. If you are looking for a turn-based fantasy game that you can enjoy for over a hundred hours, this is the best one out there. Personally, I think this game is a huge step back in the right direction, and with a little more polish could have been one of the best RPGs of our time.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Un titre qui ne parvient pas à concrétiser ses intentions avec un gameplay qui connaît beaucoup trop de lourdeurs. Pool Of Radiance n'en demeure pas moins un titre intéressant pour les passionnés de jeu de rôle au sens "donjon-dragonéen" du terme.
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GameSpy
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor is a good game concept gone bad due to a number of questionable design decisions and bugs that got past the QA department over at Ubi Soft. A patch or two (or more) could redeem this game.
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PC Zone Benelux
Hoewel Ruins of Drannor veel belooft en interessant is door het gebruik van de derde generatie Advanced Dungeons & Dragons regels, is het een repetitieve RPG en mankeert er teveel aan de interface en gameplay om het eindresultaat net zo'n succes te laten worden als zijn voorganger. Ben je op zoek naar een onafwisselend, turnbased dungeon hack spel met vrij mooie graphics, dan zou je kunnen overwegen toch de poel te gaan sluiten.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Goed bedoelde, maar jammerlijk gefaalde poging om een alternatief voor Baldur's Gate en andere groten te bieden. En we hadden hier nog zo veel van verwacht.
63
GameSpot
The game is primarily an uninspired dungeon crawl, burdened by repetitive gameplay, a cumbersome interface, and some serious technical issues.
60
Super Play
Det kanske är orättvist att jämföra Pool of Radiance med världens förmodligen bästa PC-rollspel, men med hänsyn till all hype och det faktum att de baserar sig på samma spel och utspelas i samma värld är det en ofrånkomlig liknelse. Men trots att det är en bra bit kvar till Baldur's Gates nivå är Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor ett gediget spel, väl värt att titta närmare på för rollspelsveteranerna. Och vill man på turordningsbaserat sätt slå ihjäl oändliga mängder monster i mörka grottsystem så är det här helt rätt spel. Själv trivs jag mycket bättre med just den aktiviteten i snygga och actionfyllda Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, och skulle gärna ha sett ett lite mer sofistikerat rollspel.
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Svenska PC Gamer
När man väl har kommit in i spelet och gått in i den gamla och rätt slitna alvstaden Myth Drannor börjar man se spelets sanna själ: hack-’n-slash. Myth Drannor är mycket stort och det är en försvinnande liten del av spelet som äger rum utanför stadens gångar. Och inuti staden finns inte mycket mer att göra än att hacka sig igenom monster efter monster.
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Gameguru Mania
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (PoR2) is a Dungeons & Dragons fantasy RPG based on the popular 3rd Edition of the Dungeons and Dragons rules. I bet most of RPG fans expected a Baldur's Gate with 3e rules, a deep, rewarding role-playing experience with customizable characters, non-linearity and questing galore. Unfortunately Pool of Radiance 2 is nothing of that.The game looked like it might've been fun, but there is almost no role playing, it's all about hack and slash. When everything is about combat, combat should be perfectly implemented right? But it isn't :( The combat interface is stupid at some times, ruining your planning more often than leading to success. For example, it is completely impossible to disengage from a fight - you just can't run or hide. This isn't what I call role-playing, is it? :)
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IGN
Back in 1988 SSI released Pool of Radiance. It was the first computer game to get a handle on bringing the D&D pen and paper rules from the tabletop to the desktop and was successful enough to generate a host of sequels (known as the Gold Box series) and a bevy of imitators. And while this latest offering is a little bit of fun, it's hardly a worthy continuation of the series. Poor design decisions and some harsh technical instabilities obscure whatever beauty may lie beneath the experience.
60
G4 TV: The Electric Playground
A mediocre dungeon-crawl in which repetitive gameplay and technical issues make the experience one of boredom and frustration.
60
GamersWanted
Pool of Radiance is a familiar title for some of us. Some may remember it as one of the best CRPG’s ever created. Others may distinguish it as the game that brought Dungeons and Dragons into the computer gaming scene. However you remember it, Pool of Radiance 2 does not live up to the original. Sure it has better graphics and sounds, but when it comes down to content, role playing and technology vs time period, the original was a much greater achievement. PoR2 won’t blow you away as the original probably did when you first played it.
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GameZone
PoR: Ruins of Myth Drannor is an attempt to carry on in the enthusiastic adventuring spirit of games like the Baldur’s Gate series. Unfortunately by offering little to no role-playing experience and by being based on an outmoded and poorly accessed combat system PoR is anything but radiant.
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PC Gamer
Not since the infamous debut of Daikatana has the release of a single game generated so much incensed indignation from early buyers. Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor had the potential to be one of the greatest “dungeon-hack” epics of recent memory, but it’s looking like it might go down in the anals (sic) of RPG history as one of the greatest disappointments.
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GamingIllustrated.com
Far from being the next-in-line to carry the D&D computer game legacy to new heights, PoR was close to being a disaster, given the bugs and - to a lesser extent - the missing features. For the players expecting an in-depth roleplaying experience at least on the level of the lesser gold box games, PoR is sadly lacking. Those who enjoy basic dungeon hacking and tactical combat, or who want to ogle the fantastic animations, may glean some fun from the experience. Otherwise, though it may mark the beginning of 3rd edition D&D for the computer, PoR is a step backward - off the pier - for D&D computer roleplaying.
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Game Over Online
Overall, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor is a game you should definitely avoid -- especially these days when there are so many good RPG�s on the market. The game just has so many problems that I don�t think future patches will help it any (or at least enough), but hopefully Stormfront Studios can learn from their experiences here and make a better game in the future.
50
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Как и предполагалось ранее, в PoR сохранился дух его древнего предка. При этом сохранился как-то уж слишком хорошо. Основу игры составляет матерый dungeon crawl, до ужаса однообразный и не подкрепленный никакими внятными целями. Увы, но ей катастрофически не хватает глубины — не той, которая исчисляется метрами под уровнем поверхности, а совершенно другого свойства…
50
Quandary
In fact this game improves with age. For instance, it gets more interesting and varied when you leave the first set of dungeons. This is when the story kicks in more prominently, and you meet a few extra characters who have information and quests for you. It becomes immediately more involving. Also there's a lot of diligent exploring to take care of, and the graphics are pretty good, if a bit repetitive in the dingy dungeons. Though I must say that these dark areas make the spell effects look quite spectacular. My Sorcerer well and truly earned her keep letting go with fireballs and sending streaks of lighting into the fray. Area spells work wonders in this game both visually and practically, and the game engine lets you take careful aim so you (or your friends) don't get hurt.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
This highly anticipated follow-up to the classic Gold Box game from 1988 has to be one of the most disappointing releases in the history of computer gaming. The terrible character creation process, and pedestrian dungeon design are surpassed in incompetence only by the nonexistent story, frustrating interface, and game-destroying, buggy code. Consider yourself fortunate if various hardware conflicts keep you from installing this dog—some lucky souls have had their operating systems decimated simply by trying to uninstall PoR.
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Gamers.at
So weh mir dieser Totalverriß vom Nachfolger des Urvaters aller AD&D Computerrollenspiele im Herzen tut, blieb mir bei aller Fairness unseren Lesern gegenüber nichts anderes übrig. Wenn selbst Garret Graham, der für Pool of Radiance verantwortliche Producer bei Ubi Soft in einem Interview über das Spiel sagt: "Nahezu alles was schiefgehen konnte, ging schief. ... Die Geschichte dieses Projekts ist ein Paradebeispiel dafür, wie man Spiele nicht entwickelt. ... Zu viele Leute trafen ohne ausreichende Überwachung zu viele Entscheidungen und das merkt man dem Spiel an.", was soll ich dazu noch anmerken?