As you may have heard, NeverWinter Nights 2 recently launched on the Mac App Store. So, in true D&D spirit, we want you to be set with the tips you need to quest your way to victory. Whether you’re a dagger-wielding novice, or a highly skilled sorcerer, this guide can assure you get the most out of your game play experience. Want to join the adventure, but lack the gear? Loot a copy of NWN2 from the Mac App Store today!
Starting the game
Are you prepared to become a hero? Use the tutorials at the beginning to become familiarized with the game and controls. During the tutorial, you can decide if the options need to be changed to fit your preference. I had to lessen the sensitivity of the controls for my own liking. (Spinning the view in circles was making me sick).
The tutorial lands you in the middle of the High Harvest Fair, where you will take on short quests to teach you the controls and some basics of the game. There are 5 main quests for this tutorial, but also a side quest that you have the option of taking. During these quests you practice shooting, fighting, picking locks and more.
Don’t worry; if you’re a rebel who doesn’t like to be told what to do, there is an option to skip past the tutorial and straight into the first main quest. Though, as a beginner, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Choosing your path. NWN2 gives you the power to create your own character before you begin the game. The extensive races and classes may make this a daunting task, but it is worth the time to create a powerful character.
First, choose your character’s race. The race selection is immense, ranging from humans to elves, from orcs to dwarfs. Each race comes with different ability adjustments, such as +1 Intelligence or -2 Dexterity.
Now, on to choosing your character’s class. This is essentially what your character will be. An array of options are also available for class selection. You can be a bard, wizard, fighter, cleric, and many more. Each class has different abilities and skills that can help, or hurt, your game.
Though you may have the urge to make a Halfling Wizard, keep in mind that different races are paired better with certain classes. The trick is to match up the race’s ability adjustments with the class’s powers and skills. It is possible to create and succeed with a mismatched pairing, but it may be slower to level and gain new abilities.
In a hurry to start the game? No problem. NWN2 also has preset characters to choose from. These characters are already equipped with a class and skills, and are ready to fight.(more…)