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Icewind Dale 2: Official Strategy Guide (Prima's Official Strategy Guides) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; 1st edition (31 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761539514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761539513
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but its a waste of money... 9 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have bought all the Strategy Guides for the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale titles, but this one is rubbish by comparison.
There are no statistics (characters, monsters, npcs), no item tables/descriptions and no benefits over what is freely available from web sites.
The book itself is in black and white, and the useful information in the Icewind dale and Heart of Winter guides is missing:-
Spells are listed alphabetically, with a nice picture of the in game icon, and a brief description (no stats - even in the appendix) - i.e. no real use.
There are no item tables, stats or descriptions at all for anything magical - its find out for yourself.
The bestiary has no monster stats, only a cursory description.
The Skills and Feats sections are skimmed and have no tangible information - again just a brief overview, without actually discussing the benefits of each.
The walkthrough itself is ok, but there are better, and more detailed ones available online for free. It is more of a story than a full walkthrough like in the Heart of Winter guide. The maps could do with being bigger with more detail, and the area descriptions should cross-reference these.
Perhaps I have been a bit harsh in this review, and I was hoping that after having another look at it I might have changed my mind, but I can't find anything in this guide worth more than 1 star. Personally I could have written a better guide, but then I think most people could. Save your money and go to one of the many fan sites around. For those of you who do buy it, it's OK and will help, but ultimately like me you will be disappointed by its lack of depth.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide That Loses Its Way 20 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having had previous experience of devious design in other Icewind Dale games, I thought this would be an essential purchase.
I was right - sections of the game are impossible to complete without the comprehensive hints, tips and walkthroughs that this tome provides, unless you have infinite patience and aren't averse to saving (& re-loading) your game every time your attempt to solve a puzzle goes horrendously wrong. Which it will. Over and over again.
Of course, with a 3-star rating, there has to be a downside and it's rather a significant one. Put simply, some of the walkthroughs are plain wrong; they advise courses of action that hinder rather than help you or provide information that is completely inaccurate (some of this can be fatal to your party). I can only assume that the guide's writers produced this handbook before the game was finished and missed some of the changes that were made, or, if I'm being uncharitable, were just not thorough enough.
In summary: You will almost certainly need this guide to complete the game without enabling cheats, but don't believe everything it tells you (and Save Game regularly!)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Prima's guide is nice, but not thorough. 30 Aug 2002
By CMC - Published on
Prima is usually the standard when it comes to strategy guides. They are pretty reknown for their in-depth walkthroughs and attention to detail, but with Icewind Dale 2, they fell somewhat short of my expectations.
The guide has the "essential" information; they detail the new 3rd Edition D&D rules, providing a small glossary of 3E terms (Hit points, Armor Class, etc.) lists the new skills, feats and races, including all the benefits and disadvantages of each. The Character descriptions are nicely detailed, describing their individual abilities and disadvantages and their roles and recommended positions in combat. A monster list is available with a description of each, and they give an outline of the spells with their respective icons in the game. Additional spell lists are found in the appendix, listing individual class spells separately. Prima also gives a "few guidelines" for building your own party. Helpful notes and tips appear in rounded boxes throughout the book which give necessary information that you might not spot immediately in the book text, and it provides a decent walkthrough. The maps of the areas are impressively crisp and clear versus previous Prima strategy guides; you won't have to squint to see them. For black and white reproductions, most are surprisingly easy on the eyes.
Unfortunately, the book is not quite thorough. Are they going to produce another Icewind Dale 2 guide with complete information and charge everyone for it a second time? You will find a list of BASIC weapon stats and BASIC Armor and Shield "Data" all on one page, but a COMPLETE list of items, magic or otherwise is absent. In addition, the guide states that all major/minor quests are detailed but not every "experience point opportunity". This may have been implemented for those who wanted to find everything on their own. I would have loved the guide to list a few sample parties; that's the first place I turn to. Veteran gamers like me may not need that info but it's a must have for people new to the game. If you are expecting this book to have everything, you will be disappointed. Prima did do an okay job on this book, but I expected better from them; if they are the only company producing an IWD2 strategy guide, fans looking for additional info will have to look elsewhere.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah, more of a teaser than a guide. 7 Dec 2002
By W. Worsham - Published on
This Guide is about all it does. Get's you through the basics. To bad they didn't let VersusBooks do this one. Their treatment of Baldur's Gate II & the Expansion was perfect (except for the printing errors, which they graciously correctly and provide a replacement at no charge for those of us with an early edition) All the really good stuff you buy a guide for is completely left out (What the loot is where to get it) and although you don't always want to use them. The inclusion of the cheats codes is a nice bonus VersusBooks gives us for BG:II but prima LEAVES OUT for ID:II. But since this is all there is I guess you have to buy it. I hope Bioware and BlackIsle will use Versus in the future as prima's guides are weak.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Walkthrough, but that's all 15 Sep 2002
By A Customer - Published on
The consists mainly of a walkthrough. The do have maps and nice little helpful hint boxes. That portion of the book is done well and I have no complaints there, but what I can't understand is not having a list of items or breaking down the spells by class and by level (something sorely needed in the manual). If you just want a walkthrough, then this guide will serve, but if you want a complete guide, you will be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars just the guide i wanted 30 April 2013
By Michael R. Bressler - Published on
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great guide book. good maps info for the towns and areas. recommend this to anyone playing ICWD. won't miss too much.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's dangerous to go alone.Take this! 20 Mar 2013
By George Raybin - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Icewind Dale 2 is one of the best old school rpg's you could ever ask for, and this book will be invaluable to you.
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