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First Impressions – Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir Expansion

Posted in First Impressions on June 4, 2009 by DTB

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I’ve only played NWN2: Storm of Zehir for about 2 or so hours, but in that time I’ve finally found a game that returns the PC fantasy RPG to its roots.  From the outset, you realize that the game goes beyond its two predecessors (NWN2 and its first expansion Mask of the Betrayer), returning to the glory days of the Baldur’s Gate series and especially Icewind Dale.  It’s too early to decide whether this is a good thing or not (BG and IWD are tops in PC fantasy RPGs), but the attempt is at least appreciated.

My super-major complaint with the first NWN2 and Mask of the Betrayer was their lack of a sizeable party.  In addition to the player’s character, you could only travel with 3 other characters.  Storm of Zehir brings the party number back to the glory days of 6 members, 4 of which you can create yourself.  This control over party creation was especially fun, as I’ve always enjoyed carefully crafting a band of super-awesome spell and sword wielding heroes and anti-heroes.

The other changed aspect is the “world map” that’s so prevalent in RPGs.  Rather than a stagnant map with click-and-travel icons, the SOZ world map is a zoomed out game-world.  This gives you control of what you explore, where you move, what obstacles you avoid and whether or not baddies will catch you.  I’m not entirely sure whether I like this (I’m terrible at evading skeletons and ogres), but it will probably just take some getting used to.

I’m planning on posting a full review when I complete the game.  There’s a lot of potential here, so we’ll see what happens.

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First Impressions: Dark Sector

Posted in First Impressions on May 29, 2009 by Scott

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I just started playing Dark Sector, an adventure game about an ex-CIA officer who has gone to a town in Russia, and became infected with a disease. The disease is the main power in the game actually. The disease powers you up through the game, giving you more abilities with your Glaive, Hayden’s main weapon. These abilities include being able to guide the Glaive after you throw it, and power it up for a stronger throw.

I have played about 2 hours of the game so far, and I have to say, it is pretty impressive. Over the shoulder 3rd person action, a la Resident Evil 4/5 and Gears of War. The levels are linear, but greatly detailed. The atmosphere is quite nice, like in the Prologue level especially. You are dropped into the combat zone, and using a pistol and machine guns from the soldiers you kill. The mission takes place at night, and you are dressed all in black, like Sam Fisher, but without those stupid goggles. The graphics are almost black and white, using the night time setting very well. The graphics overall are very good, as is the game play.

Even though it was released in March of last year, the game is priced at $8.99 for a used copy at your local games retailer. Check t out, it is certainly worth the $9.00 it costs now, and maybe tat colors my feelings about it now, but all in all it is a solid game so far.