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Nostalgia incarnate and all the more beautiful and entertaining for it. I'm a big fan of Skates more realistic approach but there is something stupidly fun about pulling off 20 move combos impossible in the real world. I'm not sure what I'd consider completed on a game like this, usually I go off seeing a credit roll but that hasn't happened so far. I 100% both core games now I'm just doing the speed runs and ranked play before I start exploring some of the other elements. The soundtrack was also a major blast from the past and gave me some intense feels. I only really listened to the songs once or so then just switched to my own playlists.
If you have fond memories of the original series then this is a no brainer. I'm actually sort of curious what people think who have made this their entry point to the series.
My only big complaint is probably replayability since I'm more of a single player but I think the online elements might keep me occupied further once I start dipping in. We shall see.
Ehhh. I think if I had played it on release it might have made a stronger impact. It's okay. It's just so repetitive after a while, same environments, same ten enemies, same basic objectives. It set up for the awesome remake but compared to 1+2 and 64 it's by far my least favorite entry in the series. Even the final battle feels like a major letdown after 8 or so hours. Meh. Mostly finished for completions sake. Now all I need to play is Doom Eternal and I'll be up to date on the series!
CRPG's have made a major impact on me recently. I never got to play a lot of these in my formative gaming years because my PC was utter garbage, I could barely run Math Blaster. But now with a lot of games getting remakes or re releases on modern systems, or with great services like GOG, I'm able to go back and play the classics like this one. I personally think I prefer this to the first Baldur's Gate, which seems to be it's closest counterpart. I think the fast pacing of Icewind just caters a little better to my style. It's also nice that the games simply hold up by and large, even compared against modern interpretations like Divinity or Pillars of Eternity these games still play wonderfully and the only major downfall tends to just be in the menu departments. Small issues for me, if you happen to have a Switch I can't recommend the Enhanced Editions of this, Baldur's Gate 1+2 and Planescape Torment. If not then GOG puts all these games on sale for a couple bucks like once a month so keep an eye out, especially if you are an RPG nut like I am.