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  • Summary: The worst fear of the civilized realms has come true. The Goblinoids have united into an army of outcasts and misfits and they want to call the Ten Towns their own. Massive swarms of Orcs and Worg-mounted Goblins are attempting to overrun the town of Targos, and that's just the beginning! AThe worst fear of the civilized realms has come true. The Goblinoids have united into an army of outcasts and misfits and they want to call the Ten Towns their own. Massive swarms of Orcs and Worg-mounted Goblins are attempting to overrun the town of Targos, and that's just the beginning! A call has gone out to all those willing to face insurmountable odds in defense of the Ten Towns. Will you heed the call to arms and face the greatest threat to the Spine of the World? [Interplay] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. It succeeds in presenting a believable story with likeable characters in a world that is far more detailed than the original. If I had to pick an RPG of the Year, (or hell Game of the Year) right now, Icewind Dale II would be it.
  2. Every shadowy corner in Icewind Dale II harbors one intense, challenging, and difficult battle after another. [Dec 2002, p.116]
  3. Every bit as good as you’d hope... If any criticism can be found with Icewind Dale II, it's that it may be more than a little inaccessible to the non-"hardcore" role-player.
  4. 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.
  5. It may not look like much, but it's got it where it counts. [Nov 2002, p.80]
  6. 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.
  7. The control aspect is passable at times, and downright painful at others. Whoever wrote the code for this "nodes" system needs to be taken out in the road and ran over.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    Well this is a old classic and the depth of this game is incredible, I am waiting for the remastered version of this to be released but IWell this is a old classic and the depth of this game is incredible, I am waiting for the remastered version of this to be released but I doubt they could improve much on the original game besides enhanced graphics. Expand
  2. EliasO.
    Jan 1, 2008
    10
    Yet another brilliant RPG!
  3. RonC.
    Oct 29, 2002
    10
    Not the breadth of story Baldur's Gate II was, but the tweaks to the interface have finally evolved. The graphics are on par with Throne Not the breadth of story Baldur's Gate II was, but the tweaks to the interface have finally evolved. The graphics are on par with Throne of Bhaal and the AD&D Third Edition rules add an inventive touch to character development that will resuscitate the genre for jaded RPG fans. I didn't play the first one, but you start fresh in this one anyway - no character porting from the first allowed! Since Neverwinter Nights sucks so much, maybe they should seriously revamp this engine into 3D and call it Neverwinter Nights II? Expand
  4. Apr 3, 2011
    10
    This game is probably is one of the BEST RPGs ever. The atmosphere, is exhilarating, the combat is fun, You get to create your own party, thisThis game is probably is one of the BEST RPGs ever. The atmosphere, is exhilarating, the combat is fun, You get to create your own party, this thing is just so good. If you like games, Then BUY this right away. Expand
  5. JohnR
    Jun 7, 2008
    9
    Can't give this a 10 as perfect scores must be reserved for perfect games, viz. Baldur's Gate I & 2, Torment. But this and the Can't give this a 10 as perfect scores must be reserved for perfect games, viz. Baldur's Gate I & 2, Torment. But this and the first Icewind Dale are certainly worthy of the next rank. If you love fantasy RPGs every BioWare/Black Isle Infinity Engine game is a must because they're quite simply the best CRPGs ever created, eclipsing Oblivion, The Witcher, NWN et al, both for their storylines (which are better than most novels) and quality of the writing and imagination in general, and also because of the peerless D&D rules-based tactical combat and character development (the only system that really works, RIP Gary Gygax) and the fact that party-based adventuring from a 3rd person perspective will always be better than the much vaunted, overrated but now seemingly mandatory 1st person perspective. It's a mystery to me why BioWare ditched this engine and it's clear that their games have lost some of their magic since they split with Black Isle (creators of the awesome Fallout series). All RPGs since the Infinity Engine games have been markedly inferior : quite how BioWare and Bethesda can believe that the dialogue and general writing quality in the likes of NWN and Oblivion is even remotely comparable to that in classics such as the Icewind Dales is an utter mystery to me - don't hold out too much hope for Fallout 3 because Bethesda have no idea how to inject any personality into NPCs and while they're not too bad at creating atmospheric game worlds they can't hold a candle to Black Isle/BioWare. Buy both Icewind Dales (they're equally good), both Baldur's Gates (again, can't split them) and Planescape : Torment (best RPG story ever) and you will thank the day you made the decision - because these games are genuine classics, are almost infinitely replayable owing to their depth, breadth and complexity, contain more personality than all other games ever created put together and have stood the test of time. Expand
  6. Sep 16, 2013
    9
    The game is good but not as good as Icewind Dale 1.The sprites are smaller and the music not so hypnotizing as it was on the first game.At theThe game is good but not as good as Icewind Dale 1.The sprites are smaller and the music not so hypnotizing as it was on the first game.At the plus side it has more races and classes to choose your characters from and it has a chalenging difficulty.At most battles you must use your mind to win not blund force.The final battle is really fun. Expand
  7. Oct 16, 2012
    2
    if you played baldurs gate or icewind dale 1 you know what to expect. Same graphics, same game play, art is really cool. This is hack andif you played baldurs gate or icewind dale 1 you know what to expect. Same graphics, same game play, art is really cool. This is hack and slash like the others, but i found this game really boring...by chapter 3 i could not wait to get this game over and done with. At least the other games had a story that was interesting to follow... this time it fails. i would encourage people to play it so that they may learn what not to do when you are a dungeon master and thinking of plots and hooks to your dungeons and dragons home campaign. if you do not feel frustrated by the predictable npc's and mish mash of random monsters then i don't know what is wrong with you. Expand

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