Icewind Dale Heart of Winter is the add-on pack for the original title that was released between Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 and served for many as a stopgap to keep you busy while you waited for the latter. However, there were many improvements in the game engine by the time Icewind Dale was released and it was an exceptional game in its own right. Now, Black Isle, the game's developers, have released an upgrade to Icewind Dale and if you were a fan of the original then this is right up your street. Taking your original band of troublemakers north to travel to new, unexplored areas, will bring you into contact with much tougher enemies than you've had to face so far. You can also start Heart of Winter from scratch with a new set of characters but, be forewarned, this is VERY hard going. The start of Heart of Winter introduces you to the new story line and then drops you into a small town. From here you must begin to try to fathom what to do and where to go. The one thing recommended is talking to everyone you meet, and that means everyone! You'll soon find that the story line is as well scripted as you'd expect from Black Isle and will be rapidly dragged into the lives (and deaths) of the characters you meet. For newbies to the RPG fold then this might be a bit heavy going, and its probably best to start with the original before you venture here. Die-hard gamers who've played as much as they can of Icewind Dale will certainly be able to get your fix here.--Andi Flower
- The Icewind Dale: Ultimate Collection contains: Icewind Dale 2 2 CDs, Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter 2 CDs, Icewind Dale Bonus CD, Icewind Dale Strategy Guide, Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter Strategy Guide, IWD Soundtrack, 4 IWDII character trading cards, IWDII creature list.Icewind Dale II:New 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons Classes:
- The Barbarian - A merciless warrior of the north, call upon your greater strength, speed and rage to carve a path through your enemies.
- The Monk - A master of hand-to-hand combat and unarmed in battle, the power of wisdom is your greatest weapon.
- The Sorcerer - A natural spell caster, tainted by the blood of dragons, draw upon the raw power within to defeat your adversaries. Character Races:
- New character races like the Drow and Aasimar add to an extensive array of character options.