This isn't Oblivion. This is a Role Playing Game.
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But this is a review of Neverwinter Nights 2, so on with the show. To put it simply, it's a breath of fresh air after worrying that the commercial success of the Bethesda title would cause other developers to go for that dumbed down, but good looking RPG approach. While not perfect, NWN2 retains that classic D&D feel by giving you the opportunity to craft a character and then unleash it into the world, and having the world take notice. You can be a kind and benevolent good guy, an evil blackguard, or anything in between and the world reacts accordingly. Character interaction is fantastic, with some excellent writing. Given the pedigree of the Obsidian developers, this comes as no surprise. You're drawn into the story, and can play your character true to his or her nature, and the story accommodates nicely. There is little left to the imagination. While that last point may seem like a bad mark on the game, consider it in context. Other games purporting to be role playing games make wide allowances for the imagination in lieu of a thorough and thoughtful story. While some may have fun pretending to have a job, eat, go to the bathroom, etc., these activities are what have to be resorted to in order to keep the game interesting. Obsidian, in contrast, provides us with rich and involving game with plenty of things to do from a role player's perspective that such make-believe tomfoolery is unnecessary. To put it succinctly, if I wanted a game that required me to make it up as I go, I wouldn't spend the money on software. Notepad would suffice.
As I said before, the game isn't perfect, and it would be unfair if I didn't point out the bad with the good. None of these things are game breakers, but they can be frustrating. First is the camera. While 95% of the time, everything is fine, there are times when the camera will get hung up in scenery. I haven't had my party get wiped due to that, but it has contributed to some hairy situations. Actually, that's the only negative thing I can find so far. I've played for about 12 hours and everything else is perfectly fine-- INCLUDING THE GRAPHICS. Okay, so they're not absolutely photorealistic, but a true roleplaying game shouldn't have to rely on balls-out graphics to carry it. It's about gameplay, stupid! With all due respect, those of you knocking the game because of graphics seriously need to get your priorities straight.
In conclusion, I'm having a great time so far, and I'm looking forward to whatever expansions both Obsidian and the community comes out with. My faith in RPGs has been restored!