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Neverwinter Nights
$9.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (Retail) (NEVERWINPR)

Publisher: BioWare Corp

Game: Adventure

- Blood and Violence

Ratings:

93 from ActionTrip

Your Unlimited Adventure Begins Here....!

Neverwinter Nights (NWN) is a computer game set in a huge medieval fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. This role-playing game (RPG) puts you at the center of an epic tale of faith, war, and betrayal.

As a player, you are able to choose what skills and abilities you will develop as you voyage though the complex and dangerous fantasy world of Forgotten Realms. Be a deadly and dangerous Rogue moving through the shadows using stealth and secrecy, be a scholarly Wizard and wield powerful magic against your enemies, be a hulking Barbarian whose lust for battle is matched only by his terrible rage, be a armor-clad Paladin who protects the innocent and vanquishes his foes, be a crusading Cleric who heals the sick and defends the helpless… be all this and more.

Neverwinter Nights allows you to create your own worlds. This revolutionary game will come with all the tools needed to construct your own unique lands of adventure. The Neverwinter Nights Aurora Toolset allows even novice users to construct everything from a quiet, misty forest or a dripping cavern of foul evil, to a king’s court. All the monsters, items, set pieces and settings are there for world builders to use. But do not stop there; construct traps, encounters, custom monsters and magic items to make your adventure unique.

But the Neverwinter experience is not just for one person- adventure with all your friends. Neverwinter Nights can be played online with up to 64 friends, all sharing in the adventure. You can organize and run your own adventures through the role of the Dungeon Master and control all the monsters, creatures and characters your friends meet as they journey on their quest. A powerful piece of software that is included with Neverwinter Nights, the DM Client, allows nearly unlimited control for running your own adventures for your friends.

Neverwinter Nights…endless adventure!

Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP: Pentium® II 450 MHz or AMD K6 450 (recommendedMHz Pentium® III 800 MHz or AthlonTM 800 MHz) , Windows 98/ME 96 MB RAM, (recommended 128 MB RAM), Windows 2000/XP 128 MB (recommended 256 MB), Hard Disk Installation 1.2 GB (recommended 2.0 GB) CD ROM or CD/DVD ROM Drive 8X DirectX , DirectX® version 8.1 Video Card ,16 MB TNT2-class OpenGL 1.2 compliant video card, NVIDIA GeForce 2/ATI Radeon Sound Card , DirectX® certified sound card Multiplayer IPX or TCP/IP via LAN or Internet Multiplayer via Modem 56k (2 players max )

Reviews:

ActionTrip by Ure "Vader" Paul

"The tale of Neverwinter Nights really got under my skin in the past few weeks. From what I saw on my adventures through the labyrinths, dungeons, forests, caves, villages, and cities, I can safely say it was one hell of an enthralling RPG voyage. I'm sure that most gamers are aware of Bioware's reputation when it comes to making thorough role-playing games. Even though the game's only just been released, the community of Neverwinter Nights is already thriving like crazy. What makes Neverwinter Nights stand out from other RPGs, is its unique Aurora Toolset, which gives players the opportunity to create their own scenarios and worlds to venture in. The rest of you can just sit back and enjoy a single-player experience that includes four huge chapters along with a couple of sub-chapters. In any case, we finally have a true fully 3D 3rd Edition AD&D title on our hands. In short, playing an AD&D game with 3rd edition rules expands the RPG genre and it allows you to create your ideal fantasy character."

"...I was completely swept away by the excellent single-player plotline, and the endless possibilities in terms of character enhancements. One of the coolest things about Neverwinter Nights is that you can make your hero adept in wielding almost any weapon he has physical aptitudes for. For instance, my ranger gradually became very skillful in brandish axes, longswords, and knives. But in the end his main talents were archery and lock-picking (even a ranger's gotta make a living). It would actually take an eternity to name all of the possible skills and capabilities. Suffice it to say, no matter which class or profession you choose, you're in for one heck an adventure."

Quandary Review by Rosemary Young

"In Neverwinter Nights you control a single character. Although you can hire a Henchman (there’s a choice of six of various classes) you can only take one at a time. Hence your party consists of a maximum of two characters plus, perhaps, a familiar if you are a spellcaster, and any summoned creature. If you insist you can play the game entirely with a single character and, indeed, this might be possible on the ‘easy’ and even on the ‘normal’ level, but the two more difficult levels would surely prove a bit of a challenge. I played on ‘normal’ and for some of the time I went solo and for some I hired help."

"The story is traditional fantasy fare with some unexpected twists and turns and it’s long and complex and very satisfying. As usual there are many side quests and they seem to fit well with the pathway of the story so it doesn’t feel like you are taking too many lengthy detours on the way to your crucial destination. You don’t have to complete all the minor quests but each of the Henchmen has a personal story to tell and a personal quest to fulfil, and it’s advisable to keep them happy if you want to keep them around."

" … Neverwinter Nights isn’t perfect. But I nevertheless had a great time on this journey and it’s kept me well and truly entertained for the past few weeks. The graphics are excellent, the new 3D engine and music contribute greatly to the atmosphere, and the mapping and journal functions keep you right on track. Also you have the option to control the camera in three different ways and there is a handy function to zoom in on the action, which I greatly appreciated. I have to say that although I do fervently wish that the game had been based on a traditional party system, my wayward helpers never deterred me; I always had the urge to continue. The story kept me very happy; the questing was engrossing … even now I have the urge to dip into it again … but unfortunately not the time!"



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