I go to install it, and we always install ALL games
under C:\games\nameofgame, but did it
install to my directory I chose? Nope. It decided to go ahead and install it to
the 'default' directory. Although, it did create the directory I chose--it was
just empty. The patches that are out are supposed to correct this, and other
I load the game up, spend a good half
hour choosing what 4 types of characters I wanted (You are able to create 4) and
2 NPC's are able to join you later in-game. So I finish with my glorious party,
which doesn't allow you to choose your own kits, they are
pre-chosen per race/profession. So after all that, I went to start the game. At first, It
took some time to learn the interface, and
get used to it. the text menu system is just a complete failure. They could have
learned something from Bioware and Black Isle--The Infinity engine
that Baldurs Gate used was perfectly simplistic, and great!
The first thing that really set me off
was the mouse response--Many people have reported this, and have said change to
16 bit color, load new drivers, change resolution to 640x480 or 800x600 but NONE
of that worked at all, and when you are in combat, my 'combat time' runs out
BEFORE I EVEN CHOOSE AN ATTACK! So I had to set it too unlimited time JUST to
take the time to attack. It felt like I was moving my mouse in mud or
So I go looking for a little help, and
visit the official PoR forums, and wow, what I found was worse looking than the
Descent to Undermountain or Ultima 9 aftermath response from fans--are they
still fans now?
It looks like the Quality Assurance
team at Stormfront Studios didn't do their jobs, or did them poorly. There is a
rare bug that will even DELETE your Windows directory files if you uninstall it under certain
circumstances! This also was corrected by a Patch.
If you save the game while your characters are invisible, your saved game (or
game files) will become corrupted, and you won't be able to save ANY
FURTHER--you will have to restart over from scratch. Many people have put 10
plus hours into the game only to run into this game ending/stopping bug--terribly
frustrating. Also, be careful not to close doors that you unlock, because if you
close them, they will become locked again, and since you have already used your
key, you're screwed. All this was patched as well.
Overlooking MUCH of this, the game play
IS fun, but there are so many things that get in the way.. I've spent about 15
hours on PoR2, and a few things I don't like are the following: When you
click on something, and text comes up, everything stops until you click ON the
text--not a big deal, but just a bit annoying. Also, I was trying to take my
thief (separate from the party) and I get less than 2 screens away, and
the games tells me that I am too far from the party, and in a few instances,
when encountering enemies, the game will pause as usual, but the monsters are
OFF the screen, and I can't move them to the monsters. Also, another major
annoyance is the way the turn-based play was implemented. It's so
very SLOW to fight even a few monsters, never mind a whole group
of them. It's no as fast as the old Gold Box games turn based
play, which is sad.
The Graphics are actually quite nice though, the only thing is
that it doesn't have Anti-Aliasing, which leaves the outline of
your characters (and the monsters) very pixilated. The Spell
casting effects ARE amazing--some of the best I have ever seen in
Now on to the story. It's your basic 'kill everything until you
reach the bad guy boss' type plot, but with some puzzles thrown
in. These puzzles are pretty easy, and some are fun, but they are
few and far in between. The atmosphere feels really 'dead'. as in,
you feel like you're the only one in the entire area. Now, you do
meet NPC players, and many can join you, but there isn't that much
interaction in the game. Over all, It was a pretty good story, but
it's mainly your typical dungeon hack.
Over all, I would recommend this game only if you like
turn-based play and Diablo style game play (Enjoy a Dungeon
Hack) merged together. But for the hard-core AD&D player, you
may just buy this to 'own' it, and you may enjoy it, if you
can over look the implementation of the 3rd Edition rule set. But
if you're a Old school RPG gamer, you may not enjoy this at all.
It's mainly a dungeon hack, and has very few NPC encounters.
Now after the patches were released, they corrected the numerous
bugs that plagued Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor, and it
was refreshing that UBISoft stepped up and admitted that POR:RoMD
was rushed, and that they would make things 'right'. But this
seems to be a new trend in games lately, they are released, with
tons of bugs, and we end up being the beta testers--this needs to
Just remember: If you do decide to buy this game, to make sure you
apply all the patches before you play it.
effects, and some animated cut scenes are nice.
program. The large amount of bugs as well. The Story is
weak, and fighting is slow and boring. Most fights take MUCH
more time than is really needed.