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  • Summary: In the midst of the harshest winter in decades, the barbarian tribes have united under a mysterious new king and threaten to take up arms against the people of Ten-Towns. Continue your adventure in five huge new areas that add directly into the original "Icewind Dale."
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
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  1. 86
    Still the best video game music anywhere, and the narration is sheer perfection.
  2. If you prefer the simple hack n' slash action almost on par with "Diablo 2," Heart of Winter might just suffice.
  3. 82
    This expansion pack is worth every last cent to a fan of Icewind Dale.
  4. The numerous engine tweaks, the engaging new story and the insane challenge of the Heart of Fury mode make HOW a very appealing expansion.
  5. 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.
  6. Some good fun to be had here; just odn't expect an RPG revolution. [May 2001, p.80]
  7. It's a short-lived, uninspired addition to Icewind Dale that costs nearly as much as the original game did and requires that you have the original installed; yet it offers only a fraction of Icewind Dale's value.

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  1. Aug 5, 2014
    9
    Amazing expansion and additional adventure to an incredible Icewind Dale. I loved the additional quests, locations and battles here, stillAmazing expansion and additional adventure to an incredible Icewind Dale. I loved the additional quests, locations and battles here, still remember all the details to this day, the werewolf, the banshees, the frozen dwarfs and the ice dragon, fantastic new adventure. Also followed by another free DLC with extremely hardcore difficulty - Trials of the Luremaster containing some of the most, well, no, THE most difficult battles of all the IE games. 9/10 Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2013
    8
    I found the story here much more enjoyable than IWD. Felt a lot more like the BG games. Still somewhat heavy on combat but there was also aI found the story here much more enjoyable than IWD. Felt a lot more like the BG games. Still somewhat heavy on combat but there was also a lot more story which made it tolerable. Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2011
    8
    The expansion to Icewind Dale, this was criticised at launch for tedious areas with lots of the same enemies. It's true that the Gloam FrostThe expansion to Icewind Dale, this was criticised at launch for tedious areas with lots of the same enemies. It's true that the Gloam Frost is a slog. However, there are some truly exciting moments, too: the Cloak Tower (?) wizards, the white dragon. It gets an 8 for the Trials of the Luremaster expansion -- a free download if you bought this, and a wonderful little knot of storytelling. Expand
  4. Oct 11, 2014
    7
    Icewind Dale is a pretty impressive game, but the only thing that Heart of Winter really adds to that is Heart of Fury mode and a number ofIcewind Dale is a pretty impressive game, but the only thing that Heart of Winter really adds to that is Heart of Fury mode and a number of additional spells. Yes it adds its own campaign (as well as ToTL) but it is very short and the storyline is lacking compared to the original game. I'd probably give it a 7.5 as expansions go, but since some have given it an inexplicable 9 I'm giving it a 7 over an 8. Expand