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Thread: Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition
Harrison 21:35 30th October 2014
It seems to be a good year for enhanced re-releases of great games because Icewind Dale has just been re-released in an enhanced version by the same developers, Beamdog, as were responsible for the great updated versions of both Baldur's Gate 1 and 2.

You can purchase it directly from Beamdog, or via GOG and Steam.

Well worth replaying.
Demon Cleaner 12:57 31st October 2014
Teho 14:47 31st October 2014
Started Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition this summer. I still intend to finish it. Intended to start BG2EE after but will maybe look at this instead. That'll be chronologically correct anyway, Icewind Dale came before Baldur's Gate 2, right?
Harrison 23:28 31st October 2014
That's the order they were released but the Icewind games are not directly linked to BG and actually play slightly differently.. more action RPG compared to the die hard AD&D rules BG games and only share the same game engine and rules. BG2 is much larger than the original and a more polished game overall.

Personally I would go on to BG2 but doesn't really matter too much.

There are a few other D&D based games released around the same time that I also hope will get an update. Planescape Torment being one of the best ever made, and the spiritual successor to BG, Neverwinter Nights series.

You also have Pools of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor, released in 2001, and less well known. It uses the same rules, isometric view etc, but the combat is turn based and the story not as complex, but still worth playing.

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Storm 07:40 1st November 2014
That's great news. I will have to get it as I did enjoy the originals of all these games back in the day.
Planescape Toment was definitely the best, but as for Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor, I never finished it as I found it buggy as hell
Harrison 10:52 1st November 2014
Pool of Radiance was patched eventually and was quite stable in the end, but it was definitely buggy at the start.
Demon Cleaner 03:48 3rd November 2014
I liked Pool of Radiance a lot, played it on the Amiga, along with other RPGs from SSI, like the Krynn series or Buck Rogers. I actually have a SSI collection, called Lost Treasures - SSI RPGS.
Harrison 11:20 3rd November 2014
That was actually a different game..

The original Pool of Radiance was released on the C64, Amiga and a few others and was the first part of a 4 game series.

The newer Pool of Radiance: : Ruins of Myth Drannor is based on the same game world but it's not actually related to the original 4 games and is more hack and slash using a similar isometric view to BG.
Demon Cleaner 10:59 4th November 2014
Ah ok. Than I probably prefer the other ones anyway, because I prefer turn-based over real time, I really don't like hack'n slash at all, only with cheats
Harrison 12:47 4th November 2014
It is actually turn based, but most of the game is basically turn based hack and slash combat, if that makes sense.

Take a look at this video to get an idea:

I personally prefer the real time combat of Baldur's Gate with a live pause feature so you can setup each attack in your own time and then continue to play it out, over completely turn based combat.. although I prefer both systems compared to completely live combat such as Diablo.

Another of my favourites with the pause feature is the Dungeon Siege series.
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