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It's all about the money...
on 23 July 2004
Neverwinter Nights itself is a brilliant game, but everything about this 'Gold Edition' suggests that Atari are just trying to squeeze out every last ounce of profit for the minimum possible outlay. I regret buying this version, and I'm going to think long and hard before letting Atari have any more of my money.
I had the same problems with the serial codes as many other people (to see just how many, go to the official Neverwinter Nights message board at the Bioware homepage and search for 'cd key'). Not only was the code for the original game illegible ('O's, 'D's and zeros were indistinguishable, as were 'R's and 'A's - it took me nearly two hours to get it right), but the codes were in the wrong boxes! I had to use the Shadows of Undrentide key to install Neverwinter Nights and vice versa. Very shoddy indeed.
The lack of a paper manual or map is also extremely mean - compare this package to Morrowind: Game of the Year Edition, in which you get a full manual, a large map and BOTH expansion packs for roughly the same price.