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  • Summary: Set in the lush and vibrant world of the Forgotten Realms, Sword Coast Legends offers a novel new way to enjoy the time-tested magic of playing Dungeons & Dragons as a shared storytelling experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Oct 20, 2015
    80
    Sword Coast Legends is a solid loot crawl with more options than most games of its kind. It may not be the Dungeons & Dragons simulator many were hoping for, but it works well as just a straight video game.
  2. Oct 27, 2015
    70
    With a proper DM, Sword Coast Legends feels every bit like the pen and paper game come to life. On the other hand, running modules or playing through the 40-hour single player game makes it feel like more of a standard fare dungeon crawler than a Dungeons & Dragons game.
  3. Dec 9, 2015
    70
    Will be remembered for its potential, if at all. [Issue#168, p.98]
  4. Oct 23, 2015
    60
    Its overall graphics and presentation are rough around the corners, but it's an enjoyable experience if you can convince friends to join your party. But if you're a lifelong Dungeons & Dragons fan and expect Sword Coast Legends to be the classical D&D experience it claims to be, you'll need to look elsewhere.
  5. Nov 13, 2015
    60
    The core of Sword Coast Legends has potential. The single player story is fine, but not remarkable, and the capacity for multiplayer is welcome but ultimately disappointing.
  6. Nov 3, 2015
    55
    With boring combat and a limited custom campaign toolset, Sword Coast Legends fails to capture the spirit of a true pen and paper role-playing experience.
  7. Jan 27, 2017
    30
    Sword Coast Legends has overreached far beyond its abilities. What might have been a fine successor to Neverwinter Nights is instead a playable, but dull experience for every playstyle it offers. Dungeons & Dragons brand name represents a long lineage of CRPGs. Some excellent, some considerably less so. I, personally, had hoped that this entry could have been the former, given its ambitions to the Neverwinter Nights lineage, but ultimately this game fails to interest for any length of time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 97
  2. Negative: 33 out of 97
  1. Oct 20, 2015
    10
    Excellent campaign with great voice atcing and fun gameplay.
    The multiplayer has less features as expected but it is still fun to play as a
    Excellent campaign with great voice atcing and fun gameplay.
    The multiplayer has less features as expected but it is still fun to play as a DM.
    For 27$ I payed in GMG.com, it is worth the price!
    I do hope the multiplayer community will stay active despite all the negative reviews this game gets.
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  2. Nov 15, 2015
    10
    With over 100 hours in the game, and the recent expansion (and more to come) I can't say that I have any regrets in upgrading my purchase toWith over 100 hours in the game, and the recent expansion (and more to come) I can't say that I have any regrets in upgrading my purchase to the Collector's Edition.

    What truly caught me by surprise was the nostalgic feeling I got, taking me back to my PnP days of D&D 1st edition, while playing with a live DM in Sword Coast Legends. I've tried playing D&D / Pathfinder RPGs using virtual table tops (RollD20) and those experiences just did not capture that same feel.

    Is Sword Coast Legends a perfect game or a perfect translation of D&D 5th Edition rules, "No". But, I had no expectation that Sword Coast legends would do that and understood that something always gets lost in translation.

    So why the 10 out of 10, for me? Because Sword Coast Legends exceeded my expectations, and I honestly could not see any major issues that can not be fixed or aspects of the game that can't be enhanced with future patches or content expansions.
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  3. Oct 21, 2015
    9
    I think it is a nice cross between NwN and Baldur's Gate / Dragon Age. Great voice acting, very promising tools for campaing creatorsI think it is a nice cross between NwN and Baldur's Gate / Dragon Age. Great voice acting, very promising tools for campaing creators (although limited at this point). Plus, don't mind the cooldowns - this game plays like a REAL cRPG D&D. I can tell you this as a real DM in Dungeons & Dragons since 1st Edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, which, in fact, prefers Ravenloft. But honestly, this is a great foundation for years of development to come, just like it was with Neverwinter Nights. Heads up, don't bother with negative reviews - those people would just troll this game anyway. Let them go.
    Rome wasn't built in a day and Neverwinter Nights wasn't too. It was almost unplayable at the start, which most folks didn't know or they pretend they, nomen omen, have forgotten...
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  4. Oct 20, 2015
    7
    It's not a faithful representation of the D&D system (which is a bit of a missed opportunity to show off 5e), and the editor is nowhere nearIt's not a faithful representation of the D&D system (which is a bit of a missed opportunity to show off 5e), and the editor is nowhere near as great as the ones from the Neverwinter Nights games, but it's certainly not a bad game by any means. There's enough here to keep a Forgotten Realms fan satisfied, at least until games like Torment: Tides of Numenera to come out. However, for an RPG coming out in an era where developers are realizing that there's a market for "old school" RPGs, the lack of options for characters is kinda jarring.

    I still hope companies realize that Neverwiter Nights wasn't liked because of it's story, but because it provided a ton of options and a ton of content.
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  5. Nov 3, 2015
    6
    This is a great little game for what it is. It is not the next best thing...it is not really digital dungeons and dragons but it is a simpleThis is a great little game for what it is. It is not the next best thing...it is not really digital dungeons and dragons but it is a simple and elegant CRPG. I love that I can run random dungeons or even create/DM dungeons with my wife and a few friends. I would love to see a few changes but I'm sure in time they will accommodate most of the obvious issues facing players. I'd like to see a better camera system...you can only get so close to the action...and a far better looting system when playing random on line dungeons...first come first serve does not work as people suck and ruin it for everyone. Eventually I believe this game will be far more then it is and I look forward to some good gaming. Expand
  6. Oct 24, 2015
    3
    Not the game anyone was expecting, it's an OK loot crawler but if you want anything even resembling D&D.... look elsewhere, the devs straightNot the game anyone was expecting, it's an OK loot crawler but if you want anything even resembling D&D.... look elsewhere, the devs straight up lied and employed some very underhanded tactics with refunds. Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2016
    0
    So disappointed. I waited for two years to play this game after I heard about it coming out. The release date kept getting delayed. Which wasSo disappointed. I waited for two years to play this game after I heard about it coming out. The release date kept getting delayed. Which was a bad sign I know. It finally comes out and I download it for the $19.99 standard game. I am sad to say it is a huge disappointment. First of all, I couldn't even play it because there was pink box filling up the middle of the screen. Even if I could play it the game is still terrible. The problem isn't with the graphics, I understood this was an old school game, that's why I wanted to play it in the first place, but it takes forever to load, the font is small, the playability is bad. It clunky and unimaginative. I guess the old style, Baldur's Gate, RPG action games are gone forever... Expand

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