Having just finished Dragon Age 2 for the tenth time (yes - I know people hate this game. However, I enjoy it for what it is). I decided I wanted a more robust PC RPG. After poking around and doing some research (read: check forums), I narrowed my list down to: NWN1, Jade Empire, Baldur's Gate, and NWN2.
I must admit, I am a late late bloomer into PC gaming. Until very recently, I was stuck only on consoles. This means I have missed out on some great games during their 'prime.' I picked NWN2 because, well, hell, I don't know why. I want to play all the above listed games, but NWN2 was the first I went for. Maybe because it seemed more recent than the others. After all, I want to take baby steps.
I spent a good amount of time with the game last night and I am enjoying it a lot more than I originally thought. I hear a lot of stuff was cut from the game (poor Obsidian always getting the shaft), but I'm intrigued by the story and plan on devoting my free time to it this weekend. Although, this is the first game I've played that makes me feel like a complete and utter moron -and that was just with creating my character.
I understand the game goes by the Dungeons and Dragons rule set, and that's great, but man, I feel like a need a Phd to understand what points I'm allocating and what this skill allows and why that armor will actually hurt me more than help. Maybe I just need more time learning the system, but at this point, I feel so in over my head that I am almost POSITIVE I am going to gimp my character severely. I don't fault the game for this, after all that is the system it is based off of and it seems to work very well. I just think I need to spend a few hours learning exactly how it works. Something I'm not sure I'm ready to do for a game.
Regardless, as I said, the game is a lot of fun and I'm happy I decided to get into it. I am sucker for story heavy games and until I completely ruin my character stat-wise, I will keep trucking through. The only major complaint I have, one that actually had me turn off the game for a while, is the camera/controls. I can't stand the fact that my character seems to be controlled like the original Resident Evil games. Instead of following the direction the camera is facing, she will take off in another direction. It makes for a lot of running into walls and cursing on my part. I'm only a few hours in though, so hopefully I get the knack of it before I throw my computer out the window.