Dungeons and Dragons has become hugely popular in recent years, and the hype train shows no signs of slowing down. Thousands of gamers enjoy tabletop roleplaying, but the J&D brand has always had its fingers in other pots too.
Over the decades, there have been dozens of J&D video games, allowing players to experience their fantastical adventures in stunningly rendered computer graphics. Some gamers feel that video games can never offer the same level of creativity that tabletop gaming allows, but there have been some that have been exceptionally well received. J&D video games over the years.
ten Dragonshard presented Eberron (80)
Released in 2005 by Atari, dragon shard is a real-time strategy RPG set in the world of Eberron. It was the first video game set in the world of Eberron, which debuted a year prior. It was also the first RTS game under the J&D mark, allowing players to control one of three warring factions for control of a magical artifact called the Heart of Siberys. Critics generally had good things to say about dragon shard, praising it as a decent entry into the RTS genre. Gamers were a bit less supportive, giving it a user score of 7.6 out of 10.
9 Neverwinter Nights 2 wasn’t as popular with fans (82)
The sequel to the hugely popular Nights without winter, this game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind Fallout: New Vegas. It uses a modified version of D&D 3.5 rules, allowing players to create their own character from 16 races and a total of 29 classes.
Critics gave Nights without winter 2 some praise, but fans weren’t as happy with it. Nights without winter only has a user score of 6.6, with many fans condemning it for fundamental issues with the camera controls and complex system.
8 Chronicles of Mystara Bundles Two Older Games (Ps3 83, PC 80, Xbox 360 and WiiU 77)
Chronicles of Mystara is a compilation containing two former J&D arcade games, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Destiny from 1994 and its sequel Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara from 1996. These 2D side-scrolling games allow up to four players to work together against J&D monsters including trolls, dragons and an archlich. Each platform ranked slightly differently on Metacritic, but overall audiences like them much less than critics.
7 Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance branched out into genre (Ps2 87, Xbox 83, GBA 76, GC 79, Switch 64, Xbox One 65)
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance marked several major firsts for Baldur’s Gate series and for J&D brand as a whole. First released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2001, it was the first Baldur’s Gate game released on console on PC. It was also a real-time game, marking the first time the all-new 3rd edition the rules were used in a real-time game rather than a turn-based game.
Dark Alliance has been ported to several different consoles over the years, but the original PS2 and Xbox releases have the highest user and review scores. Interestingly, the Nintendo Switch only has a critical score of 64 but boasts a user score of 8.3, roughly equivalent to the originals.
6 Icewind Dale served as a companion at Baldur’s Gate (87)
Released in 2000 for Windows and 2002 for Macintosh, Icewind Dale takes place in the Forgotten Realms setting, just like some of the other popular games J&D video games. I thought he shared a name and frame with RA Salvatore Icewind Dale trilogy, its plot is different. The gameplay is similar to Baldur’s Gate series, using a computer-calculated version of the Advanced D&D 2nd edition rules. Critics and gamers generally agree that Icewind Dale is a solid entry into the J&D series and an improved edition released in 2014 also received positive attention.
5 Lords of Waterdeep is a board game app (90)
Perhaps one of the best J&D video games is actually an adaptation of a tabletop game. Lords of Waterdeep is a board game set in the city of Waterdeep, with each player taking on the role of a scheming ruler of the city. They can use agents and adventurers to complete quests and increase their influence over the city. The digital adaptation for iOS was extremely well received by critics, but there aren’t enough user reviews on Metacritic to earn a good user score.
4 Planescape: Torment has become a cult classic (91)
Although it uses a system similar to the Baldur’s Gate series, Planescape: Torment takes place far from the Forgotten Realms. Instead, it’s set in the Planescape multiverse, another J&D setting. Although it is an RPG, each player starts the game as a fighter with the option to change class later. Although it was a commercial flop, Planescape: Torment was critically acclaimed and has since achieved cult classic status, as evidenced by its user score of 9.2.
3 Baldur’s Gate launched a franchise (91)
the original Baldur’s Gate launched the wildly successful franchise and helped raise awareness J&D video games as a whole. First released in 1998, this RPG allows the player to create their own character using the AD&D 2E rule system.
Around 25 different NPCs can accompany the player on their journey through the Forgotten Realms, including icons such as Drizzt Do’Urden and the wizard Elminster. Baldur’s Gate has retained its popularity, despite being nearly 25 years old, with a user score of 8.9 and a third sequel released in 2021.
2 Neverwinter Nights had a lot of content online (91)
Not to be confused with the 1991 MMO of the same name, Nights without winter is an RPG first released in 2002 by BioWare, the same company behind Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Star Wars: KOTOR. Although it only featured a roughly six-hour campaign, Nights without winter featured robust multiplayer, including a Dungeon Master feature that allowed players to create campaigns for others to play. Users always love this game, and it has a user rating of 8.2.
1 Baldur’s Gate II upgraded to perfection (95)
Yes Baldur’s Gate introduces a formula for success, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn perfected it. With a main campaign of nearly 60 hours, not to mention hundreds of hours of side quests, Baldur’s Gate II something to keep players busy. It was designed to be a complete improvement over the previous game, and BioWare actively considered so many fan suggestions and criticisms. This work has paid off, Baldur’s Gate II received near-perfect ratings from dozens of critics. Fans tend to agree, as the game has a whopping 9.1 user score.
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