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Icewind Dale II (Windows)

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3.9
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
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 4.0
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 3.7
Overall MobyScore (61 votes) 3.9


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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite the high-profile hoopla over Dungeon Siege and Neverwinter Nights. IWD II earns the right to sit in the top ranks of RPG games. When hack comes to slash, its imperfections are dwarfed by the level of gameplay it offers. The only thing really holding it back is that time is running out for titles in this 2D vein. But quality is still quality, so stop waiting. Go out and have a hell of a good time. Now.
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Game industry News (GiN)
If you like role-playing games, but don't like having to write a book just to keep track of what is going on, then the linear nature of Icewind Dale II should show great appeal. At times hardcore RPGers like myself may feel a bit frustrated by the constant combat, but this is easily balanced by interesting tactical puzzles and a surprisingly rich storyline. Plus, epic-sized battles that would make Baldur's Gate characters give a double take are a ton of fun to tackle. Wading through a seemingly hopeless situation to the light at the end of the tunnel is wonderfully satisfying, and you do it so very often here. Icewind Dale II earns 4 and 1/2 GiN Gems for its rapidly accumulating treasure trove of awards.
90
GameZone
The Wicked Wench crawls into the port of Targos carrying a precious cargo – adventurers, or mercenaries, if you prefer. The town is under siege by goblins, and few ships are making port. It is a perilous time.
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IGN
For those of you who didn't catch the original IWD, it's a Black Isle Studios' fantasy-based CRPG (computerized roleplaying game) that uses the 2D Infinity Engine, like the extremely popular Baldur's Gate series and Planescape: Torment. IWD and its freshly hatched sibling differ from the other IE-based games in several respects. First, you create your entire party of six, rather than finding and adding NPCs to it. Second, both IWD games are relentlessly linear, moving from one major quest to the next. You can't pick and choose among a variety of major but nonessential quests. You can choose between different sides in a few secondary IWD2 conflicts, but not to the extent that the Fallout series or Arcanum allows you to pursue two completely separate tracks of good and evil to win.
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PC Gamer
Still, Diablo II didn’t lose any devotees with its ho-hum graphics, so refined was the gameplay. For the same reasons, Icewind Dale II is a game that no fan of this time-honored engine — or an intense RPG — can afford to miss. Besides, where else are you going to get your D&D 3rd Edition party-play fix?
86
Game Chronicles
What am I up to when I am not reviewing games? Hmmm, let’s see, I have been spending way too much time playing Neverwinter Nights on the PC. For those of you that don’t know, Neverwinter Nights was one of the first games that implemented the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Rules. Icewind Dale II continues in this tradition and has added some other great features as well.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Et puisque tout a une fin, je me permettrai de conclure. Croyez bien qu'il m'a été aussi pénible de lâcher Icewind Dale II que de rédiger ce test. J'aurai pu écrire des pages et des pages sur ce jeu, mais je me ferai Bourreau en vous exhortant à le découvrir par vous-même. Icewind Dale II est donc le digne successeur du premier opus. L'aventure est extrêmement prenante, la durée de vie est énorme et le plaisir de jeu est tout simplement immense. Si vous avez aimé la série des Baldur's Gate et les premiers épisodes d'Icewindale, ce nouvel opus est fait pour vous. Un pur bijou vidéoludique.
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PC Games (Germany)
"Sagen Sie mal, laufen Sie eigentlich immer mit einer toten Katze durch die Weltgeschichte?" Was antwortet man auf so eine Frage? Die Hintergründe: Ihre sechsköpfige Söldnergruppe ist gerade in der Stadt Targos angekommen. Das kleine Fischerdorf wird von Goblins belagert und nachdem Sie das örtliche Lagerhaus von den grünen Wichteln gesäubert haben, finden Sie in einer Kiste besagte Mieze. Mausetot. Also ab in den Rucksack damit - wer weiß schon, ob der Besitzer nicht zufällig danach sucht? Die Sache ist nur die: Obwohl Hintz und Kuntz dem Vieh schon mal über den Weg gelaufen sind, will es keiner haben.
83
Game Captain
Gelungenes Spiel für lange Winterabende. Jedoch findet man nicht viel Neues.
83
GameSpot
Like its predecessor, Icewind Dale II is simply a great role-playing game. The designers clearly understood what role-playing gamers want to see and experience in such a game, and they provided plenty of it. The game somehow manages to be long despite having such a brisk pace, and the balance between the story and the action is well maintained. The action itself might appear to be all mindless hacking and slashing, with your small party often having to take on droves of enemies, but in truth, clever tactics are required to make it through to the game's conclusion. So despite Icewind Dale II's somewhat antiquated presentation, it's still very easy to recommend to anyone who's enjoyed previous Black Isle role-playing games--or any of this year's other great RPGs, for that matter.
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GameStar (Germany)
Icewind Dale 2 hat viel zu bieten, um die leicht angeschimmelte Grafiktechnik vergessen zu machen. Bedienung, Umfang und Story sind besser als beim Vorgänger, die Verwendung der neuen D&D-Regeln macht die Charakter-Entwicklung spannender denn je. Und im Gegensatz zum Neuzeit-Schönling Neverwinter Nights kann ich hier eine komplette Party bauen und steuern. Schade nur, dass Kampfdichte und »Örks!«-Schwierigkeitsgrad jeden Einsteiger heulend in die Flucht schlagen. Schon im 2. Kapitel drohen anschwellende Zornesadern, steigender Blutdruck und Reload-Orgien. Die Q-Taste auf meinem Keyboard ist vor lauter Quicksave-Bedarf schon ganz abgenutzt. Und die Krampf-Pseudo-Puzzle aus Akt 5 nerven. Abgebrühte Kenner der Baldur- und Icewind-Vorgänger können’s verschmerzen und erfreuen sich an einem üppigen, anspruchsvollen Abenteuer mit Selfmade-Party.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Kortom, Icewind Dale II is gewoon een goed role-playing game. De ontwerpers hebben begrepen wat rollenspelers van een pc-game verwachten, en bieden een mooi evenwicht tussen verhaal en actie. Om de gevechten tot een goed einde te brengen, zal je intelligente tactieken moeten gebruiken. Ondanks de wat verouderde presentatie is het een aanrader voor wie genoten heeft van de reeks Black Isle role-playing games.
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CanadianGamer
This is the final product of BioWare's Infinity Engine, which has single-handedly created a niche of computer role-playing games since about 1995. Everyone is aware that this is the retirement of the Infinity Engine, its victory lap, if you will. It's another quality product from a team of companies who know what an RPG should be. What's next now that the Infinity era is over? If Neverwinter Nights is any indication, I'm glad to be along for the ride.
82
GameSpy
If you are at all familiar with the original Icewind Dale and its two expansions, then you know exactly what to expect from Icewind Dale II -- a combat laden D&D adventure with one big fight after another.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
For a game that’s billed as strictly linear, the multitude of possibilities in Icewind Dale II is striking; its breadth is in its depth, not its scope. The vast array of new character features and 3rd Edition rules is a welcome addition made doubly fresh by the changes to the interface. Unfortunately, IWD2 is hamstrung by lackluster boss fights and a plot that only skirts the periphery of the Forgotten Realms license, potentially diminishing the drive of players to see the game to its conclusion. Most RPG players on the PC tend to scoff at titles that dare to advertise linearity as a feature; no matter how focused the story and characterization might be, this is still seen as the domain of Japanese console imports. IWD2 is as unrestricting as they come, except its open-endedness begins and ends with character generation. Since this makes players live with their choices, IWD2 is one of the truest RPGs ever made.
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Peliplaneetta.net
Mikäli kaipaat haasteellista mutta suoraviivaista "roolipeliä" tietokoneellesi ja kaikki Diablojen demonit kavereineen on pätkitty haudan lepoon jo useampaankin otteeseen, niin Icewind Dale 2 on ihan kelpo ostos. Mitään mullistavaa tai erityisen hienoa kokemusta on turha odottaa, mutta on tämä nyt kuitenkin ihan viihdyttävää peruspätkintää ilman sen kummempia kommervenkkejä. Musiikki ja tunnelma ovat kohdallaan ja tapettavia hirviöitä riittää vaikka koko perheelle. Aloittelijoille vaikean pelin tarjoama haaste voi tosin olla vähän turhankin kova, vaikka vaikeustasoa saakin halutessaan säädettyä jonkin verran helpommaksi.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Icewind Dale 2 bouwt verder op dezelfde, vertrouwde formule maar er begint wel wat sleet op te komen.
80
Withingames
Das Warten auf Icewind Dale 2 hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt. Endlich wieder ein klassisches Rollenspiel, bei dem man völlig eintauchen kann in die fantastische Welt der Forgotten Realms. Die Technik ist nicht die neueste, doch gerade deswegen kann ich persönlich mich mit ihr noch besser identifizieren. Altertümliches Design, für eine alte Welt. Die Story begeisterte mich besonders am Schluss und hielt mich bei der Stange. Vor allem mit dem Heart-of-Fury Modus und den dadurch höheren Charakterstufen macht es gleich noch einmal so viel Spaß.
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Quandary
Although Icewind Dale II has the same path-finding problems of the first instalment in that your characters still have a mind of their own and brazenly wander off and get themselves into trouble, it's nevertheless a much longer and more intricate game. Personally I would have liked my characters to have had more dialogue to bring out their personalities (see the Paladin comments above) but I still got to know and love them pretty well. All the dialogue is subtitled except for the narration in the opening sequence. Icewind Dale II has a multiplayer mode which wasn't tested here. The single player game, however, is a worthy challenge for players with a taste for strategic fighting, punctuated with some puzzles, and all wrapped up in a daring journey to save the world.
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Game.EXE
Alas! Много маленьких идей в данном случае не смогли заменить одну большую. Icewind Dale получилась бесхребетной, вялой. Не в фокусе. С лёгким сердцем рекомендуем её начинающим ролевикам(не привыкли к Infinity) и хардкорным фанатам(а им всё равно) крайнего патриотического толка. Всем остальным будет скуШно.
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ActionTrip
On an overall note, thanks to the enhanced character creation system, you now have a chance to make a unique-looking RPG hero of you very own. After creating your ideal character, you're faced with a challenge of properly using all of his/her potentials. Immersed in a good story, slicing enemies, completing quests, advancing you group's experience, are all elements that will keep you going in Icewind Dale 2 and they represent game's essential qualities. These features are all well-balanced and can guarantee some long hours of fun RPG fun.
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FiringSquad
Icewind Dale II is a stumbling block of sorts, and a clear indication that the Infinity-engine has finally reached its limitations, especially in light of the recent, fantastic development in PC RPG engines such as Morrowind and Neverwinter Nights. For those who simply need a solid RPG to chew on, Icewind Dale II will serve quite nicely as an appetizer. For those who can manage to wait for the full course, Black Isle’s Lionheart looks to be the next genre-breaker, once again reasserting their dominance in the field.
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Game Over Online
In 1998, Black Isle Studios introduced us to the Infinity Engine with Baldur’s Gate. The engine and the game helped to revolutionize the role-playing genre, and they received many critical and popular accolades. Now, almost four years later, Black Isle has released the fifth game to use the engine, Icewind Dale II, the sequel to 2000’s Icewind Dale. But while the first four games to use the Infinity Engine were above average or better, culminating with the superb Baldur’s Gate II, Icewind Dale II looks old and plays familiar, and there isn’t anything special about it besides its heritage.
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4Players.de
Alte Liebe rostet nicht? Doch, sage ich schweren Herzens als alter Rollenspieler. Icewind Dale 2 wirkt trotz seines ausgefeilten Charakter-Systems und der neuen Möglichkeiten der 3. D&D-Edition wie ein Relikt aus alten Zeiten: Die Fantasy-Recken sehen fade aus, bewegen sich hölzern und die Landschaft zeigt sich nicht gerade lebendig - die Infinity Engine gehört endgültig zum alten Eisen. Daran ändert auch die gelungene Akustik nichts, die mich mit klasse Sprechern und epischen Melodien verwöhnt. 2D-Konkurrent Robin Hood ist wesentlich ansehnlicher und stimmungsvoller. Aber auch spielerisch bleibt alles beim Alten: Trotz einiger Rätseleinlagen bleibt es bei viel Kampf, wenig Quests und viel zu einfacher Story. Nur wer sich zur eingeschworenen D&D-Fangemeinde zählt und auf knackige taktische Teamkämpfe steht, liegt mit Icewind Dale 2 richtig.
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PC Zone Benelux
En toch... toch is Icewind Dale II geen slecht spel. Ondanks de teleurstellingen, hebben we ons prima vermaakt tijdens het spelen van de game. Vooral het verhaal is sterk verbeterd ten opzichte van zijn voorganger. Verder wekte de RPG bij ons een groot gevoel van nostalgie op, dat veel fans aan zal spreken.
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Super Play
Summan av kardemumman är att Icewind Dale II är en utmärkt pausfågel i väntan på nästa stora rollspel. Det är ett utmärkt sätt att avreagera sig eller fördriva tiden, men knappast något man lägger ned sin själ i.
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Armchair Empire, The
The appearance of Dungeons & Dragons titles on the PC was spurned by the critically acclaimed Baldur’s Gate with succeeding titles re-iterating the now trademark format: party-based adventuring, authentic D&D mechanics and real-time, RTS-style battles. Icewind Dale 2 does little to change this formula but offers a more refined, concise adventure for the RPG enthusiast.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Suite au succès rencontré par la série des Baldur's Gate fut publié Icewind Dale, utilisant le même moteur de jeu que le premier cité, le Infinity Engine, mais ne s'encombrant pas d'un scénario aussi étoffé. Dans le premier épisode, les personnages, entièrement soumis à vos talent de créateur, arpentaient le Nord des Royaumes, le long de l'Epine Dorsale du Monde, afin de vaincre un mal indicible. Le second volet de la série reprend peu ou prou les mêmes décors de cîmes enneigées, de forêts sombres et de plaines glacées.
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Joystick (French)
Le gameplay est plus riche, l'intrigue tient le coup sur la longueur, et la resucée technologique de Baldur's Gate 2 est correctement exploitée. Black Isle a su faire du neuf avec du vieux. Ca se laisse jouer. Si on est fan de jeu de rôle PC, et surtout de Baldur, le jeu vaut le coup.
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Gamers.at
Für diejenigen unter euch, die wirklich keinen wert auf Grafik legen und denen die Baldurs Gate Reihe gut gefallen hat, die sollten sich diesen „ungeschliffenen Diamanten“ unbedingt besorgen. Für Leute, die sich bereits auf die Grafik von Neverwinters Night eingeschossen haben, ist Icewind Dale II jedoch nur mit Vorbehalt zu empfehlen.