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Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter (Windows)

77
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

I'm sorry. I blinked and I missed the expansion. Gene Davison (730) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.9
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall MobyScore (37 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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90
Gamer's Pulse
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter does what an expansion set should do in my book: it increases the playability of a very good game and adds enough new things to make it almost an entirely new experience. For anyone who enjoyed the original game, this is a definite must have.
90
Game Informer Magazine
Simply put, if you’re an RPG fan you WILL buy this game. If you’re a Baldur’s Gate fan, you WILL buy this game. If you’re an Icewind Dale veteran, you’re already on line at your nearest software store. Please believe me when I tell you that if there was ever a must-have expansion title, this is it.
90
Electric Games
The new plot content is fairly short, but keep in mind that this is an expansion, not a whole new game. If your original Icewind Dale party meets the level requirements, you may march right into the new content. If you're new to Icewind Dale, it's a great idea to get the expansion at the same time, so you may experience the interface and graphics overhaul throughout the entire game. This is a worthy expansion to what already is a great game. Bottom Line: New content, new level caps, spells, skills, and more. The entire interface gets a facelift and looks much like Baldur's Gate II. Those who finished Icewind Dale and enjoyed it will appreciate the new story content. Those who are just purchasing the original game will get much more out of it, as the entire graphics interface has been improved.
87
Svenska PC Gamer
Mycket bättre än så här blir inte en expansion. Näst intill full pott.
86
IGN
Playing through Heart of Winter reminded me just how enjoyable the original Icewind Dale was and I'm actually tempted to go through the entire series again from the beginning of Icewind Dale through the end of the expansion if I can ever find the time. Heart of Winter achieved the goal that I believe every expansion pack should. It added even more life to an already great game, and I cannot find too much to complain about except the level of difficulty. The expansion is designed for characters who have been built up quite a bit, but there are always ways to get powerful characters.
85
PC Player (Germany)
Ein Gold-Player für eine Erweiterungs-CD? Was haben die dem Austinat denn in den Tee oder auf sein Konto getan? Nichts, liebe Skeptiker - Herz des Winters ist einfach ein tolles Add-on zu einem tollen Spiel, das zu meinen Spitzenreitern des letzten Jahres gehörte. Einfach ist es nicht, Sub-Quests gibt's nur äußerst spärlich, doch dafür mischt HDW das Grundprogramm gehörig auf. Einziger Wermutstropfen: der Hardware-Hunger. Dennoch macht HDW jede Menge Spaß - und das zu einem fairen Preis von ca. 50 Märkern.
85
Power Unlimited
Al met al genoeg nieuwe goodies voor de Icewind Dale fans.
85
WomenGamers.com
The thing is, after having played BGII, which came out after IWD, the feeling that HoW is not worth the USD30 Interplay is asking for is somewhat magnified. Many fans will feel this way, I suspect. Does the "heart of fury" mode balance up the scales a little more? Maybe so, but only for those who want to take a break from their BGII marathon.
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een mooie uitbreiding maar men heeft te veel dezelfde fouten gemaakt als bij Tales of the Sword Coast.
82
Game Informer Magazine
Black Isle has managed to harvest an incredible amount of gameplay from the Baldur's Gate engine it created a couple years ago, and much of this lifespan can be attributed to its willingness to extrapolate and expand. This winning attitude was best represented in the recent Baldur's Gate II, but it shines through marvelously in Heart of Winter as well. Taking bits of interface from other games in its D&D line, Black Isle has crafted yet another epic tale set in the Forgotten Realms. Whether you've finished Icewind Dale already, or are about to start, I can think of no reason why one wouldn't want Heart of Winter to go along with it. The lone fact that you can get your characters to 30th level seems reason enough to me. It's not as expansive as Baldur's II, and not as role-playing heavy as Planescape, but it's a fantastic way to lose a few weeks of your life.
82
GameSpy
This expansion pack is worth every last cent to a fan of Icewind Dale.
82
4Players.de
Es wird wieder ganz schön kalt am Rechner. Icewind Dale - Herz des Winters ist die wirklich frostige Mischung aus Rollenspiel und spannenden sowie ziemlich schweren Kämpfen. Im Herz des Zorns-Modus wird das ganze dann schon wirklich nur noch für richtige Cracks ein Spaß - alle anderen werden schnell die Finger davon lassen und sich im normalen Modus versuchen. Insgesamt ist Herz des Winters ein gelungenes Add-On für Rollenspiel-Profis. Einsteiger sollten sich lieber im sonnigen Süden von Baldur´s Gate 2 richtig einspielen und erst dann ins tiefgekühlte Eiswindtal aufbrechen.
82
PC Games (Germany)
Nach der erfolgreichen Dämonenvernichtung geht Icewind Dale mit Herz des Winters in die nächste Runde. In einer linearen Story gilt es diesmal, einen Krieg zwischen verhexten Barbaren und den Menschen zu verhindern. Technisch basiert das Add-on auf der neuesten Version der Infinity-Engine, die bereits bei Baldur's Gate 2 eingesetzt wurde und mit höheren Auflösungen (Standard ist 800x600) sowie ausklappbaren Menüleisten für mehr Übersicht sorgt.
81
GameStar (Germany)
Spielerisch ist Herz des Winters eine solide, gut gemachte Missions-CD für Icewind Dale, das es ohne spielerische Innovationen fortsetzt. Und das ist gar nicht negativ gemeint: Ich finde dieses Kampfsystem immer noch erstklassig, es gibt stets ausreichend neue Wunderwaffen, und die Handlung hält auch einigermaßen bei der Stange. Wer keine Überraschungen erwartet, wird von dem Programm also perfekt bedient. Dank Technik-Update sieht das kampfbetonte Programm mittlerweile deutlich besser aus – da wäre es nur fair, wenn Interplay die Software-Verbesserungen auch als kostenlosen Patch bereitstellen würde. Trotzdem: Wenn ich Icewind Dale noch nicht durchgespielt hätte, würde ich das nur noch inklusive Addon tun.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
As a stand-alone addition, it’s fairly bare-bones, offering about 10 hours of additional gameplay, which makes its nearly full-blown price tag seem rather excessive. However, when you take into account the host of changes to Icewind Dale‘s core gameplay, the expansion begins to show its true colors. Being able to go back and play through the original with an increased resolution, new spells and additional items is truly fantastic, as is the number of tweaks done to the various class abilities. The “interactive item” hotkey is truly a necessity, as it simplifies some of the trickier elements that plagued the original. All in all, Heart of Winter is one of those rare titles that not only builds upon its predecessor’s success, but also manages to enrich it tenfold. It’s a must-have for those who loved Icewind Dale, and definitely worth a look for those who found themselves turned off by its few flaws.
79
PC Action
Das endlose Monstergekloppe wird in Herz des Winters in höheren Auflösungen und mit der neuen, maximalen Charakterstufe 30 fortgesetzt. Auf Dauer fast nur pures Hack ’n’ Slay, da kommt die Abwechslung etwas kurz. Wenn Ihnen aber Icewind Dale gut gefallen hat, können Sie auch bei der Mission-CD bedenkenlos zugreifen.
72
Gamezilla
Overall, the expansion is well done, but it will appeal mostly to rabid D&D players and those who have played the original game as it is entrenched in the world of Icewind Dale. The storyline is entertaining and builds on the original, but it only offers about 15-20 hours of play on its own. One can only fight so many undead creatures before getting tired of it. This is not a game for the casual RPG player, which is why I gave it a score of 72.
72
ActionTrip
Small innovations and enhancements are sure to attract people who were thrilled with the original game, but are highly unlikely to attract anyone else. Hence, I can but conclude that Heart of Winter presents a good Expansion Pack, but nothing else that would leave a deeper mark on the video-game industry.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Au total, les joueurs motivés et expérimentés pourront finir ce nouveau scénario en seulement une vingtaine d'heures, si la trop grande difficulté du jeu ne les rebute pas avant. Une durée de vie un peu courte, mais compensée par l'excellence du gameplay qui n'est plus à démontrer. Le moteur de Baldur's Gate, remanié pour l'occasion, fait des merveilles, mais la réalisation graphique très soignée est peut-être un peu dépassée. Les adeptes d'Icewind Dale en mal de challenge pourront donc se laisser tenter sans hésiter par cet add-on au bilan mitigé : les améliorations et les ajouts sont appréciables mais on aurait souhaité davantage de nouveauté pour justifier l'existence de cette extension. Un patch aurait-il suffit ? Heart of Winter sera donc à destiner uniquement aux véritables fans du genre qui ont fait leurs preuves sur Icewind Dale et souhaitent dépoussiérer leur groupe de héros expérimentés en mal d'aventures.
65
FiringSquad
Shoulda been, coulda been, woulda been - like ashes in the wind. If Black Isle spent half as much time making the game as they did improving the graphics and music, we might have had a contender on our hands. As it is, however, all we have is a beautiful disappointment. Heart of Winter might crash and burn, but it does it in style! At its current price point, it is not a fair value to most gamers - especially those who have already uninstalled Icewind Dale and trashed their old characters. Having to hack my own characters just to do a review is a disgrace. For those who've played IWD to death, it's a slap in the face. Honestly, we can't figure out what Interplay was thinking by not updating character generation for Heart of Winter. HoW will be a good deal for those who buy it in the bargain bin after playing Icewind Dale (and saving their characters) or those who get it as part of a "Collector's Edition".
64
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Heart of Winter is geen zonde van je tijd, het vraagt simpelweg te weinig van diezelfde tijd.
60
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Of course, all this is irrelevant if you don’t plan on replaying the original ICEWIND DALE journey but just want to see the new areas. It’s tricky to balance the relative worth of new content versus enhancing content, and it depends on what you’re looking for. Me, I merely slogged through the new stuff, but having my party unleash Power Word: Kill onto a pack of shivering, squirmy little goblins made it all worth it.
57
GameSpot
In the end, it's not that Heart of Winter isn't worth your time, because it really doesn't take much--the problem is it just isn't worth your money.
55
JeuxVideoPC.com
Heart Of Winter est un add-on allongeant la durée de vie de Icewind Dale d'une vingtaine d'heures seulement. Par contre, il permet enfin les hautes résolutions dans l'affichage...
50
Gamekult
Pour une extension, Heart of Winter déçoit énormément : au lieu de corriger le tir en améliorant le jeu original, les développeurs ont foncé tête baissée dans les défauts pourtant largement pointés du doigt par les joueurs. Le scénario est toujours aussi impersonnel, les combats toujours aussi nombreux. Reste une mécanique bien rôdée basée sur les sempiternels Baldur's Gate, mécanique qui commence quand même à lasser. Surtout que l'extension est anormalement difficile et rebutera même les joueurs chevronnés ayant importé leurs personnages originaux.