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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition


Developer(s) Overhaul Games
Publisher(s) Atari
Engine Infinity Engine
Platform(s)
Release date(s) October 30, 2014
Genre(s) Role-playing video game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is a remake of the Black Isle Studios role-playing game Icewind Dale and its expansions Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster. The game was launched on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition was officially announced to feature new content, widescreen compatibility, and will continue to use 2nd Edition D&D rules.[1] Developed by Overhaul Games, a division of Beamdog, the game was published by Atari. Developed through use of an updated Infinity Engine, referred to as either the Infinity Enhanced Engine, Infinity Plus Engine or the Infinity Bless Engine, the remake was released in 2014.[1] On October 30, 2014, the Enhanced Edition was released to the Beamdog client, Steam and Good Old Games.[2]

Contents

  • Gameplay 1
  • Development 2
  • Reception 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Gameplay

For all editions, the game features 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons licensed by Wizards of the Coast. The game allows for an updated multiplayer feature, including cross platform, letting players play together regardless of the platform they played on. Much like Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Icewind Dale features a revamped user interface and a new renderer. To enhance gameplay several different viewing modes are available, as well as touch commands for mobile editions. The game is updated to allow for sixty new items. The enhancements also include thirty class/kit combinations and the playable blackguard class, a feature first presented in Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. Due to the intense difficulty presented in the original game, Overhaul created new difficulty settings to make the game more approachable for new players. Due to the player driven nature of the original Icewind Dale, Overhaul refused to add in new characters or story expansions, but did recreate six adventures that were cut from the original Icewind Dale.[3]

Development

Due to its similarity in programming with the original Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale was pitched by the Overhaul team to Wizards of the Coast to receive an enhanced edition. With the intent of announcing the game only a month prior to release, this was later changed, forcing the team to reveal it at the Penny Arcade Expo.[4] Although most of the assets of the original Icewind Dale were retrieved, the original programming done by Black Isle Studios was dumped. Instead, coding used in Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition was utilized. New code was then created by the Overhaul team to replace lost programming from the Heart of Winter expansion. While most of the code for Heart of Winter was rewritten, the majority of the original game's assets remained.[5]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 82.80% (PC)[6]
86.67% (iOS)[7]
Metacritic 80/100 (PC)[8]
83/100 (iOS)[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
Gameplanet 9/10[10]
Gamezebo [11]
IGN Italia 8.1/10[12]
MeriStation 8.2/10[13]
Multiplayer.it 8/10[14]
PC Gamer 74/100[15]
Softpedia 8/10[16]

The game received mostly positive reviews from critics. The PC version has an aggregate of 82.80% on GameRankings based on 5 reviews while the iOS version has an aggregate of 86.67% based on 3 reviews.[6][7] The PC version has a score of 80/100 on Metacritic for the PC version based on 13 reviews while the iOS version has a score of 83/100 based on 4 reviews.[8][9] Gameplanet gave it a review score of 9/10 praising it for graphic upgrade over the original, bug fixes, rule tweaks and adding in all the additional content of the game while critisicing it for its uninteresting story mode and dated graphics.[10] Gamezebo gave the mobile version a review score of 3.5/5 praising it for its new features, being free of lags and glitches and having a customisable UI. At the same time it criticised it for being difficult towards newcomers and being hard to play on a touchscreen.[11] PC Gamer gave it a review score of 74/100 calling it, "A cool must-play for RPG fans who’ve not tried it before, and a warming flashback for those who have."[15] Softpedia gave it a review score of 8/10 praising it for its replay value, vast world, adding new UI and other features and for adding all its additional content and never-before-seen content. At the same time it also criticised it for not showing much graphic improvement over the original, being too difficult for new players and having no Dungeons & Dragons ruleset system tutorial.[16]

Josh Sawyer, one of the designers of the original game commented on the Enhanced Edition in an interview:[17]

As one of the main designers on Icewind Dale, seeing the BG2 kits in there destroy all the balance kind of made me a little sad. The BG2 kits are really powerful and Icewind Dale was kind of balanced around one thing. But it was still really cool to see it with all the tech upgrades.

References

  1. ^ a b "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition announced at PAX". PC Gamer. 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will be out this month". PC Gamer. 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is coming soon to iPad, iPhone and Mac". Cult of Mac. 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  4. ^ "Feature : Icewind Dale : Enhanced Edition Interview". RPGamer. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  5. ^ "How a tiny studio enhanced Icewind Dale and other classic D&D games (interview, part 1)". Venturebeat.com. 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Reviews for PC on GameRankings".  
  7. ^ a b "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Reviews for iOS on GameRankings".  
  8. ^ a b "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Reviews for PC on Metacritic".  
  9. ^ a b "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Reviews for iOS on Metacritic".  
  10. ^ a b Chris Brown (October 30, 2014). "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition review on Gameplanet". Gameplanet Australia.  
  11. ^ a b Tom Christiansen (November 12, 2014). "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition review on Gamezebo".  
  12. ^ Andrea Giongiani (October 30, 2014). "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition review on IGN Italia".  
  13. ^ Martin Iraola (October 31, 2014). "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition review on Meristation" (in Spanish). MeriStation. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ Simone Tagliaferri (October 31, 2014). "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition review on Multiplayer.it". Multiplayer.it (in Italian). NetAddiction Ltd. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Dan Grilliopoulos (November 13, 2014). "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition review on PC Gamer".  
  16. ^ a b Cosmin Vasile (December 15, 2014). "Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition review on Softpedia".  
  17. ^ Dingman, Hayden (February 20, 2015). "Pillars of Eternity: Josh Sawyer talks mods, PC-first focus, Big Head mode, and more".  

External links

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