Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back To The Past - Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter

My party that consisted of a Paladin, Cleric, Druid, Ranger, Bard, and Thief/Mage continued on in Icewind Dale's expansion Heart of Winter. Of course the expansion was much shorter then the main game, but it still was fun to finally beat the entire package. As this is the Enhanced Edition of Icewind Dale, both the main game and it's expansion were included for one price. They also threw in the free DLC that came out in 2001, but I didn't play through that. I only focused on the main story.

Even though the story was short, it was still interesting and continued off the ending of Icewind Dale. The thing I noticed most in the expansion were new creatures. And a lot of them were a good challenge. Icewind Dale loved to throw a ton of enemies at you and that didn't stop in the expansion. But with my party I was able to handle the large amount of creatures thrown at me.

As I spoke in my last post, I had a love/hate relationship with Icewind Dale back in 2001. I didn't understand how to play. It was a pleasure to finally complete the game 15 years later. Since there wasn't that much to the expansion, I'll keep this post short. One thing that really annoyed me was the one town that was your main hub for resting and supplies, didn't have much supplies. Towards the end of the game I found it hard to find anyone who sold arrows. So I had to be very picky on when to use my Ranger. Though, that issue could have been my fault cause the guy who sells them had a quest. Once you complete his quest, he refuses to sell you anything. Don't understand why they did that, but it didn't hurt me all that much.

If you have been waiting or just never played a party based RPG. I'd suggest to pick-up Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition. If anything it will at least run on modern OSs and you get the full package for cheap. I have other party RPGs to play from long ago and other games as well. So look for my next post on Back To The Past.

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