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  • Summary: Evil stirs beneath the Spine of the World. In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 19, 2014
    90
    For someone looking for a game like the Baldur’s Gate titles but with more emphasis on spending time fighting monsters and delving through dungeons, this may be just the thing.
  2. Oct 30, 2014
    90
    Beamdog has delivered the definitive Icewind Dale experience.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    Dec 15, 2014
    88
    A gem of a game. A bit more straightforward than the Baldur's Gate games, but Icewind Dale is a classic RPG in its own right. Beautiful artwork, great soundtrack and responsive combat make for a great game. [Dec 2014]
  4. Oct 31, 2014
    81
    The best possible version of what still is an RPG from more than a decade ago. There's also some new content for people who need it.
  5. Dec 15, 2014
    80
    Icewind Dale isn’t a perfect game, but it’s one of the best RPGs of all times. Obviously, the Enhanced Edition is also among the best in the genre, but it only brings minor improvements into the mix.
  6. Nov 28, 2014
    80
    It may not have the narrative thrust of other Black Isle titles or the likes of Bioware’s slick epics, but Icewind Dale remains an important part of the adventuring landscape for those willing to brave its frosty depths.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 3, 2014
    60
    Nicely done remake of RPG hit shows the time can’t be stopped. This piece will make fans very happy but only them thou. [Issue#247]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Nov 24, 2014
    10
    To make it short, a wonderful edition. I played all the old RPGs at the release date, and i love to replay IWD EE which is running so well.To make it short, a wonderful edition. I played all the old RPGs at the release date, and i love to replay IWD EE which is running so well. With no fumbling for widescreen support and a really clever way to adjust the UI. For my aged eyes, this is the verison i always looking for. (and i prefer to play this game over Dragon Age Inquisition, which was after 7 hours a pure simple, non complex game by any means. Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2014
    10
    It works very smoothly, the new spells are pretty neat, and its nice from a roleplaying standpoint to have all the kits available. They alsoIt works very smoothly, the new spells are pretty neat, and its nice from a roleplaying standpoint to have all the kits available. They also added in two new cleric kits. Supposedly the Priest of Tempus gets additional dialogue but I haven't yet played as one so I can't say how much that is. Still, its a huge improvement over the original (which I sparked up to compare it with) and it doesn't seem to me like its has the kind of problems that BG2EE currently has. The only fault I could maybe give is that they should have added in more kits, though these are relatively easy to mod in anyways. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2014
    10
    If you've never played Icewind Dale at all, see the last part of my review for an explanation of what to expect with the game. First, I'llIf you've never played Icewind Dale at all, see the last part of my review for an explanation of what to expect with the game. First, I'll start with a review of the enhancement.

    This is a beautiful enhancement to an awesome game. It contains all of the expansions and content from Icewind Dale, plus some more. I know that many critics and users will complain, as always, that it doesn't add enough content to warrant the $20 price tag. I disagree ($20 is not expensive for a game) and IWD adds even more than BG1 and BG2 enhanced editions did. It's very similar to the latter two games, but since Icewind Dale originally didn't have very many class choices, you're given all of the kits from BG2 plus a few new ones. The new quests and content add about ~6 hours of play (there are $20 games out there that take this amount of time to beat) and much of it is drawn from deleted content that never launched with the original game, which is awesome to see, as a fan of IWD!

    The UI is beautiful. I have experienced no bugs at all and everything is running flawlessly. The release of the game came quickly and as a surprise.

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    IWD AS A GAME, WHAT TO EXPECT: Icewind Dale is a Dungeons and Dragons-based, isometric RPG that uses the Infinity Engine, with a combat system similar to Dragon Age: Origins. It is like Baldur's Gate but at the same time, very different. Icewind Dale is not dialogue heavy. In fact, there's very little dialogue, although the small amount that exists is well-written. The plot IS good but it is rather straightforward and basic, with a couple of twists towards the end. The game has very little city exploration or party banter. What it does have is the following: superb music, incredible atmosphere, top-notch level/dungeon design, beautiful artwork, extremely high replay value, a sense of adventure and wonder, and strategic, fun, challenging combat.

    The beauty of the game comes from the music, art and design. The fun of the game comes from two things: (1) combat - wish very well-designed fights that require placement, strategy and planning and can be very rewarding on higher difficulties; (2) party creation. If you HATE creating full parties and spending hours thinking about how your party will work, this is probably not the game for you. If you don't hate that, it's a lot of fun and adds a ton of replay value. If you're one of those people who hates being given "premade" characters that you can't customize or build from scratch, THIS is the game for you.

    You get 6 party member slots. You can decide how to play the game in whatever way you want. Solo with a sorcerer? Play with 6 archers? Duo with a 'decoy'/'tank' and healer? Make an all-evil party? An all-good party? A mixed party? Sure, you don't get the party banter of Baldur's Gate, but there's so much freedom. You can name all of your characters and make them from scratch, gear them up, give them different stats so that they work well together. I have spent hours devising ways to create an effective party, e.g., 2 melee, 2 casters, 2 decoy/tanks, or a mix of classes (multiclassing/dual classing is one of the best parts of D&D). If this appeals to you, it can be SO MUCH FUN.
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  4. Dec 8, 2014
    9
    The original game was good for me too, so i'm happy, that it was enhanced.

    What i really like in the EE version of IWD compared to the
    The original game was good for me too, so i'm happy, that it was enhanced.

    What i really like in the EE version of IWD compared to the BGEE-s, that it comes out almost bug-free for the first time. For example, when i put my custom sounds in the proper folder it works like magic.

    The only setback for me is the fact, that the EE-s runs on my laptop with slower speed, but this is partly my fault, because i use the same machine for 8 or 9 years now.
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  5. Oct 31, 2019
    8
    Как балдурс гейтс, только с урезанным в 10 раз сюжетом. Ну то есть с одной стороны, тут на каждой локации сюжета больше, чем во всех частяхКак балдурс гейтс, только с урезанным в 10 раз сюжетом. Ну то есть с одной стороны, тут на каждой локации сюжета больше, чем во всех частях Диабло, а с другой - по меркам нормальных рпг очень мало. Есть странные вещи - варвар это подвид бойца например. Почему? С какой стати? Во второй части все гораздо лучше, но и первая неплоха. Бимдогам спасибо - например, прикрутили регулировку уровня сложности, если запарило проходить гробницу например и тебя постоянно убивают на 3 этаже - снизил на минимум сложность и прошел, очень хорошо. Expand
  6. Dec 5, 2014
    8
    IWD is no baldur's gate or even skyrim, you have no banter or a vested interest in keeping your companions alive, the plot is good but that'sIWD is no baldur's gate or even skyrim, you have no banter or a vested interest in keeping your companions alive, the plot is good but that's all. The kits does bring it up a notch since the original had vanilla classes Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2014
    0
    Storyless boring dungeon crawl. No history or realms lore. Narrow long dungeons where your party constantly gets bottle necked or outrightStoryless boring dungeon crawl. No history or realms lore. Narrow long dungeons where your party constantly gets bottle necked or outright stuck. Kill a goblin then a skeleton the a zombie and it just goes on and on and on.

    Icewind dale was obviously just a money making exercise riding of the success of baldurs gate. You can tell the developers hardly put anytime into making it compared to baldurs gate, goblin, skeleton, zombie then 2nd level of dungeon, goblin, skeleton, zombie then 3rd level of dungeon........ahhhhhhhh please shoot me so boring
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