Thursday, November 13, 2014

Icewind Dale 1 Enhanced Review

Just downloaded Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition onto my Galaxy tablet and, not to sound overloy crass, but I've been pitching a tent ever since >:D  And I know the picture above is not from the game, but I will explain its usage.  Unfortunately I don't know who the artist is, but if I find out I hope to also learn that he/she has a book of selected paintings I can purchase, because it looks great.

Now for the game, which I will break down into segments for the ease of reading.

First: the problems
Sometimes there is so much going on within one screen that things slow down.  I don't know if this is because I'm running it on an older Galaxy, but fortunately it doesn't upset the pace of giving commands.  In that instance it could also be considered a bonus for people like me whose brains are somewhat labored and need more time executing strategy.  Of course the lag isn't as bad with smaller parties, which you want for the sake of easily navigating and fighting in narrow passages, not to mention more XP going around and quicker leveling.

Occasionally there is a dilemma with camping.  When I say camping, I refer to pressing the "sleep" button, the one that looks like a closed eye.  The randomized encounters when you attempt to sleep makes the game more interesting, but the problem I have is when the game seems to pause for about a minute, showing only a black screen with no response.  I also noticed that if I have a party of 6, the sound shuts off when it resumes and I have to restart the program to get it going again.  Now this might simply be an error on the part of my tablet, so hopefully it doesn't affect anyone playing it on an Ipad or similar device.

Difficulty settings exist in all sorts of games, but this one is rather silly.  You gain MORE XP when you put it on an easier setting.  Where's the fun in that?  Ideally a person who is stuck on a tough boss or group of monsters should be able to slide it to the easiest setting and then be penalized with a reduction of XP.  But the game really isn't that difficult if you play it on the core rule setting.  As stated above, just use a smaller party, no more than 4 characters, and level grind.  (Dragon's Eye is a perfect place to do this since the enemies are easy and are also worth some 1400+XP each).

The last last complaint comes from a deaf person whose review I read.  The game has segments where the subtitles are not present and there doesn't seem to be an option to enable these.  This is unfortunate since the writing in the game is better than nearly every fantasy novel I've read, even more so than Terry Brooks and R. A. Salvator, and it would be a shame to be deaf and to miss out on every bit of the story for want of visual text.

Second: the good stuff
I won't prattle on and on about the good stuff, because there is so much that I would probably bore people to tears, but in shortishness, if you have the means I highly recommend buying this game.  It is cherry.

Firstly they added tons of new classes, sub classes, the half-orc race and equipment.  Ammo pouches made me giggle with delight as I hated the fact that my rogue could only carry so much stuff in her inventory because of all the arrows.  Of course arrows can now be bundled by 80 shots and the rest can be kept in your ammo pouches.  They also added containers of every kind, which makes me so happy I can hardly contain myself.  My rogue carries the gem pouch, my priest carries the potion container and the wizard holds the scroll case, leaving the fighter to carry the heavy extras.  And everyone couldn't be happier.

They fixed lots of mission stuff as well: I remember playing the original and would have problems such as finding that all the peasants had mysteriously vanished in Dragon's Eye, or that one of the elves in the Severed Hand wouldn't give me the component to fix the machine after I had exhausted every possible quest.  All fixed and all fancy.

Apart from this game, which again, is an absolute jewel, I recommend, from the deepest places in my hearts, that you also download Baldur's Gate I and II Enhanced Editions.  All of these titles herald back to a time when Dungeons and Dragons was awesome and bore lovely cultural/historic designs and language.  (Not like today's abstract World of War-Crap, Anime-style wannabe fuff).

So that's it.  There's no more.  Now send me money if you want to be happy >:D  (I'm only kidding, naturally, but if you want to send me money anyway, I won't hold it against you)

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