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10 Dec 2013 at 09:19
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I thought I would start posting some reviews of the various NWN 2 modules I have tried. Here goes:

Balders Gate Reloaded 

A complete remake of the Balders Gate game and its expansion for NWN 2. It is designed for levels 1-10. I have spent a good 20 hours in this one so far and have barely scratched the surface.

This module is an absolutely massive undertaking. It is huge in every way and is very professionally done. Full voice-overs, music, graphics, NPCs, creatures and more await you here, along with a massive game world and thousands of quests.

Every single little detail of the original game made it's way into this module, and it shows great dedication by the team that did it. This is effectively a completely new "game". It is pure brilliance in every single way.

The one and only bad thing I have to say regarding this one is the difficulty. It's hard. Too hard at times. Battles frequently require proper tactics and planning or you will end up dead in a second. This also means that playing a character with ECL or XP penalty would be like trying to ice-skate up-hill.

Jimbo rating: 9/10

Wulverheim 

I have played about 5 hours of this one so far. It is an open-ended, sandbox, akin to The Elder Scrolls games. You can play at any character level, with scaling encounters and enemies.

I has some nice mechanics to it, including gaining experience per hit, as well as by other means, a complete day-night cycle and NPC's that have "lives". It features literally hundreds of quests and the game-world itself is huge. Plenty of opportunities for exploration and lots of nice environments. SOZ party creation is enabled in this one too.

My only complaint with this is that it is a bit aimless. There is no main plot and you are left to do whatever you want. This is also a plus point, but it would have been nice to have some general direction.

Jimbo rating: 7/10

Misery Stone 

I recently completed this one. It took about 10 hours. The module is story-based, with complete overland map that lets you wonder around wherever you want to go. Character level 9-15ish.

Environments are absolutely stunning - the best I have ever seen in NWN (better even than the official game). The story is really good. It's a horror-styled story that works really well and had me engaged from the get-go. Lots of polish - a really well done module.

No complaints at all about this one. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Jimbo rating: 9/10

Relaid: Sex & the Single Adventuress 

Played about 2 hours of this one so far. Story-based, humorous module. It's designed for level 18-20 female characters.

This is a strange, but endearing module. It's definitely not going to be for everyone, since it has lots of sex, lots of nakedness and a very twisted sense of humour. It is however, a really fun little module.

It basically takes the piss out of how women are treated in RPGs, and goes nuts with it. The basic aim of the game being to sleep with as many people as you can.

Jimbo rating: 6/10

Trial and Terror 

Played about 5 hours of this one so far. It is an epic adventure for level 25+ characters.

There are not a lot of high-level modules out there, and this one does a great job of it. The basic premise being that you are entered into a "contest" of sorts, competing against a number of other adventures. There are puzzles and epic battles galore. SOZ party creation is enabled in this one too.

It has full voice acting as well - which is something not many people do, and it is a very welcome addition.

The only bad thing I have to say about it is that it is very vague about what you need to do and where you need to go. I found myself wandering aimlessness with absolutely no idea what I was supposed to be doing.

Jimbo rating: 7/10

The Shadowdancer's Vault 

I have not played too much of this one yet, but was impressed with what I had seen so far. Designed for level 8ish characters.

Another professionally made module with lots of polish. This one is based in the Underdark - a personal favourite of mine (since Drow are cool). Not much else to say at the moment with it, other than I am enjoying it so far.

Jimbo rating: 7/10 (provisional)

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