? great scripting
? the ability to have Aragon as a henchman
? good choice for story
? a few surprises keep you interested
? very intelligent dialogue
? a little too many delivery-type tasks
? only being able to play Gandalf feels somewhat limiting
The Bottom Line – The best Lord of The Rings module for NWN yet.
There is an old saying that goes like this “Often imitated but never duplicated”. That saying pretty much sums up the efforts to recreate the excellent Lord of the Rings franchise into a Neverwinter Nights (NWN) module. However Lord of the Rings: The Dunedain stands out among the numerous wannabes and commands attention from any Lord of the Rings fan that owns NWN.
Unlike the many LOTR-themed attempts at a module The Dunedain mainly uses just characters of the movies/books while following its own story. Instead of playing with Frodo or your own character you must play with Gandalf while trying to find the Dunedain (a group of rangers). Disappointed that its not more like one of the movies? Well you shouldn’t be because the story and action are very tight through out most of the module. That’s not even talking about the excellent dialogue that makes this module almost feel like a movie on its own. Furthermore the story allows the module to be set in the Lord of the Rings universe while delivering a surprise or two along the way. I will not give away any spoilers but I will say that the use of Glamdring in one scene was simply brilliant and caught me off-guard as well.
Let’s hope that The Dunedain is a start of a new trend because the NWN community could definitely use more LOTR-inspired modules like this one. That said this is easily the best LOTR-themed module yet and I would even go so far as to say the best module based on a major movie as well. This module gets the full five stars because it succeeds where so many others have failed.
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