Neverwinter’s Elemental Evil is now available, insert Minsc and Boo joke here

    
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For some reason it feels like we’ve been writing about Minsc and Boo for months. In any case, I guess we haven’t been writing about them for that long, because Neverwinter’s Elemental Evil expansion just released today.

Perfect World calls Elemental Evil “the largest update to the game yet.” It adds a new playable class (the Paladin), an increased level cap (from 60 to 70), and D&D superstars Minsc and Boo who have come to the city of Neverwinter to battle four elemental cults. The expansion also adds new quests, feats, and slottable class feature powers, according to a Perfect World press release. Today’s release is exclusive to the PC, but Xbox One players will see it “later this year.” You can view the Elemental Evil launch trailer after the break.

[Source: Perfect World press release]

 

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BKone
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BanGoldenGirl Blackomen RealRevenge Greaterdivinity Hmm, my experience is the other way around. NW is getting better and mature with every patch. Yes they change around and nerf things as in all F2P games. But the game is so solid and good that I can’t get into any other fantasy game. Pillars is sitting on my HDD and I can’t bear myself to play it thru at least once.
Putting in NW iconic characters like Elminster, Jarlaxle, Linu or Minsc of course helps but the gameplay is terrific. Never thought I would like action combat so much.
Anyway, Cryptic has a very solid game lineup now…

BKone
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deganderson Frakking gosh this is good!!!!11 :DD

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Textures aren’t showing well on my game now so I’ll just shrug and move on. (Yes I know I could try troubleshooting more)

Detton
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Detton

BanGoldenGirl Blackomen RealRevenge Greaterdivinity On the plus side, if you want an MMO-D&D fix, Wil Wheaton has been doing the voice acting for DDO’s Temple of Elemental Evil pack. =)

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7BitBrian Mimiros My observation about the elements was based upon the trailer that was linked. For a casual player it feels like old and tired elements fighting, obviously veteran players like you know, but there are a limited number of you, and an unending number of new players. For new players, or the greater market, this seems like dry kibble.
So what you are saying is, is that because it is a remake of the original, it can’t feel or hold and resemblance to games that have been doing the “close-ish” plot in the years since 1979? So with that logic, if they did another Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Hulk origin’s story it would be totally fine and not a soulless cashgrab?

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hubristic Alien Legion Wouldn’t appealing to the ‘largest possible fanbase’ mean classes aren’t literally restricted to one exact weapon? Because that’s how it works right now, Paladin included. The best they managed was giving a couple random weapon skins out, like 1h and 2h axes for the GF/GWF/HR/TR. But we’re talking like a single skin here.

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hubristic Alien Legion If you have a link to where it states their weapons options, please share it.  I could find nothing of the sort.
Outside of a forum post from a few months ago referring to a transmog for maces to look like swords, most posts I see back up my point of them being mace only.

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Every video and image I see of the Paladin, they are using a shield and mace. I am left to assume that in PW’s infinite wisdom, equipment choices are nonexistant?  Much like mages forced to use that stupid little floating whatever-the-hell-that-is, instead of, you know … a staff?

Heaven forbid your Paladin want to pickup, oh, I don’t know … a sword?

How this game continues to hold the D&D license is bizarre and sad, to be honest.  D&D has always been, at it core, about imagination and unlimited game play.  You want a mage who can use plate and wield a halberd?  Sure!  They will not be able to cast spells or hit a single thing, but D&D was about building rules around how to make that possible.
The bewildering lack of character options is so counter to D&D.  The game was never intended to be an MMO, that was shoe-horned in after PW bought Cryptic.  I imagine the D&D license was as well, since really, 4E or not, this bears virtually no resemblance to any D&D rules I have read.

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Neverwinter is a game that I play when I need a break from my other games. It’s not perfect, but I enjoy it for what it is – basically a decent action MMO with a Forgotten Realms setting. I really don’t mind the newest content being based on Elemental Evil. I’m just glad that the game is continuing to actually get new content.