Like the Baldur’s Gate series, the Icewind Dale games were made using the Infinity Engine, so expect the same brand of real-time tactical combat that has you control a party of six intrepid adventurers. You play a group of mercenaries hired to protect the town of Targos from goblins, but that job is only the beginning of a grand sequence of events.
Why it’s great: While Icewind Dale 2 (originally released in 2002) might not have a plot as memorable as the masterpiece that is Baldur’s Gate 2, it shines in its excellent application of D&D 3.0 rules to create a visceral, addicting combat system. You have full control over the composition of your party, so you’ll grow attached to your characters and feel invested in their development over the course of their journey.
Things to know: You can find the Icewind Dale series on GOG. No knowledge of the first game is required to enjoy Icewind Dale 2 to the fullest.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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