We got Icewind Dale the day it came out, installed it (the
800MB choice) and started up the game....
The Intro movie wasn't that impressive, its just a book that opens
and there's some static pictures and a voice-over explaining the
story leading up to your adventure, the voice acting in the cut
scenes was great, but I kinda wished for a larger scene of Icewind
Dale, like maybe a nice camera fly-by of all of the ten-towns..
Anyway, After the intro, I got busy with creating my characters,
you can create up to SIX of your own characters, and you will NOT
meet any NPC's that will join your party in IWD, but I rather
enjoyed creating my entire party, it brought back the good old
Creating a Party
So what kind of party did everyone create? I did mine as close to
the Characters IN Icewind Dale Books as possible.
Human/Fighter - Ziroc (Me),
Dwarf/Fighter - Bruenor Battlehammer
Elf/Mage - Drizzt (Should be a ranger, but he needs to cast
Halfling/Thief - Regis (High CHR), Female Human/Cleric - Catti-brie
(I know, she's no Cleric, but I needed one), Male Human/Ranger -
Wulfgar (No Barbarians).. This party turned out to be a really
The Beginning of the game started out well, we talked to all the
people in East haven, the town you start off in, and bought
weapons and armor to get ready for an adventure to the south - that's
when things get hairy...
The games graphics are in 640x480 and are on par with Baldurs
Gates graphics, but there are a few tweaks to this game engine
that make it a lot more interesting, the one major change is the allotment
for MUCH larger sprites on the screen, and you'll run into many
Giants, so be prepared.
There is an OpenGL option in the setup, which is will make the fog
of war non dithered (Which worked) and spell effects better, but I
had problems with the cut-scenes when the OpenGL was on, so I
turned it off.
One thing that Baldurs Gate players will remember hating is the path finding..
yes, its just as bad in IWD, but you can increase the AI if you
have a P2/400+ and 64+ megs of ram.
The Engines saved game feature is a normal 'save anywhere'
version, and sleeping will heal lost hit points. The game
will take you through many different Caverns, Dungeons,
Castles/Keeps and we finally get to see Drow again, yes.. Drow are
in the game - you can't BE one, but you'll see a lot of them, and
fight most too! You can import your own portraits, as I did, and
even the portraits that we've scanned for Baldurs Gate work with
Icewind Dale has six Chapters, and each one will take you further
into the story, visiting Elven Ruins, Living Forests, Icy Tundra
and the Underdark (in a way), with the cut-scenes showing the book
again, with voice-overs..
The voices that were available to choose for your party were very
bland, but Black Isle said that because of the Actors Guild
strike, they couldn't get as many voice actors as they needed.
What really got me a bit peeved was how monty-hallish (i.e. Tons
of +3 and +4 weapons everywhere from chapter 3 on up), but you'll need
these weapons because many of the "Bosses" are huge, and
can't be hit without either a +3 or better weapon, or magic.
After Beating Icewind Dale
When I finished IWD, (Which took about 11 days on and off), all of
my characters were level 11 and 12 (IWD allows leveling up to
18!), with TONS of great Cleric and Mage spells to go around, most
of the game was linear, but it wasn't a bad thing, they only thing
I didn't like was after the final battle, you get the end
cut-scene and credits, and are taken to the main menu, and your
characters are all exported (Which is cool), but I wanted to
continue, and walk around and stuff... I just created a new game,
and imported all my people, and started a new game.
- Try and kill me easy NOW goblins!
despite the few flaws, Icewind Dales is very much a worthy CRPG,
and if you like a lot of dungeon hack 'n Slashing, and good story,
you'll indeed love Icewind Dale!
Sprites, Setting is in Icewind Dale, Great Story and interesting.
Lots of great Monsters and lots of powerful magical Items to
640x480, Game is Sprite based. Party AI is as bad as Baldurs
Gate. Voice acting a bit weak.