9.5

Pros: Very intriguing story, lots of customization and lots of classes Cons: Some glitches make the game freeze u

First of all, the character creation is amazing! There are 8 basic races, Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Half-Elves, Half-Orcs, Halflings, Gnomes, and Planetouched, as well as a few sub-races such as (Drow, Duergar, Svirnefblin). Each of the races has special racial abilities, resistances and racial spells and whatnot. Next you choose your class, almost all of the classes from the original game are here, only a couple are missing (i.e. shapeshifter) but there are some new classes as well, the warlock (a sorceror with no caster limit), Shadow Thief of Amn, Neverwinter Nine etc. After class you can choose your skills, feats, and spells if need be. ***MINOR SPOILER WARNING***

The story starts off in the swamp village of West Harbor, with an optional prelude (which should be done with every new game as it gives quite a bit of xp) which has you competeing in the Harvest Festival for the Harvest Cup, afterwards you wake up to the village under attack and you must go defend your home, in the wake of the attack, your foster father then sends you to get a silver shard. He then deems it necessary to send you to Neverwinter.

***END SPOILER***

At a certain point you are granted Crossroad Keep, which you must reconstruct, then manage, and by populating it with people you've met on your travels, you can draw peasants, merchants, and recruit Greycloaks to the Keep.

The technical aspects have high quality also, the graphics are very impressive, and the sound and voice acting is well done, excepting Grobnar Gnomehands, whose voice kills little puppies and tiny babies when they hear it. I can't legitimately complain about the game freezing up, since my video card is less-than capable (NWN2 runs but only after taking off all shadows, light sources and special effects).

In the end I would recommend his to all RPG fans and even some non-RPG fans.

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