publisher: Skybound Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition for PC is a remastered version of the classic RPG by BioWare. The remaster was developed by Beamdog which created several similar productions, including Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, and Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition.
The project is based on Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition, which means that it comes with the vanilla game as well as the Shadows of Undrentide, Hordes of the Underdark, and Kingmaker expansion packs.
The action takes place in Forgotten Realms which are the most popular setting of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game. The story of the vanilla version of Neverwinter Nights revolves around the eponymous city of Neverwinter that fell victim to a mysterious plague and was therefore quarantined. The player assumes the role of a hero tasked with devising a cure for the plague and investigating its cause.
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is a classic PC RPG. While playing, we explore locations, develop our character, perform quests, and fight. Battles take place in real time; the combat system offers an active pause feature that lets us stop the game and calmly issue orders.
The game lets us create our own character from scratch but also offers a set of premade heroes to choose from. In Neverwinter Nights, the player starts out with just the protagonist. Later on, we can recruit a henchman (one in vanilla game and Shadows of Undrentide, two in Hordes of the Underdark), which is controlled by the AI.
The game offers an extensive story campaign. Neverwinter Nights alone offers tens of hours of gameplay, while the included expansion packs prolong the fun even further. Moreover, the production puts emphasis on multiplayer mode, letting players freely shape the online gameplay. Even a hundred players can play on a single server, including the Dungeon Masters that control adventures and change them on the fly as needed.
The title also comes with powerful and user-friendly modding tools that let us create both single player and multiplayer content.
Compared to the original, the biggest changes were naturally made in the graphics. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition features an improved engine that uses the pixel shader technology and offers additional visual effects. The enhancements were also made in the interface; while the entire game was revamped to suit the 1080p and 4K screen resolutions.
What’s praiseworthy, despite these enhancements, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is fully backward compatible. Not only can we use old save games but also mods. Moreover, the developers worked with the fans and introduced a number of facilities on the basis of their feedback – these include those that make the gameplay and designing mods more pleasurable.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 10 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10