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Neverwinter nights is one of those games where you can do what you want, where you want, how you want it. It wouldn't be safe to call it a sandbox game, but it takes the Dungeons and Dragons mindset and immerses the player into a very rich and complex universe where one can control how indepth on wants to go.
What do I mean by that?
Unlike other sandbox games like the infamous Grand Theft Auto series, Dungeons and Dragons type games requires the player to read and think about things on levels that you'd never have to for GTA. The large text walls of text are savory and the problem
solving skills necessary may thwart the casual player into drop kicking their keyboard into oblivion and with that said I DO believe it is safe to say that neverwinter nights is not a game that would capture new players into the genre. It doesn't fluff up or lighten the world of D&D and the learning curve to play the game might be considered steep.
Speaking of learning curves, the first difficulty most players not very familiar with the universe of D&D will find is the character creation. The large variety of classes you can dual or stay single with can be daunting. The armor saves and penalty system is also something that most players will kind of disregard until it begins to play a more important role, which is usually after it's too late and you have to spend lots of time reshaping your character to how it should be.
It is important to note that combat is real time, which you can micro manage or set AI's to characters. I would have killed to know there were AI's available. Now you know.So recapping, the strongest element of this game is it's thrilling story line, very believable and lovable/despicable characters, rich cultural universe as well as a varied combat system.
The learning curve is STEEP. If you know nothing about the D&D universe and are willing to try and learn it, i'd say a game like this would be exceptional at guiding you through it through trial and error. If you're not into reading into the story *and trust me, not reading the story will mean missing out on your quest and running around like an idiot for hours wondering what to do next*, then this is definitely a title to stay away from.
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