Ultimate Dungeons & Dragons Collection: A PC RPG Gamer’s Wet Dream

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Last week while doing some online trading I lucked into a steal of a deal for this, the Ultimate Dungeons & Dragons collection. It’s a massive box set compilation of virtually every single D&D PC RPG in recent memory pre-dating Neverwinter Nights 2, including Baldur’s Gate w/ Tales of the Sword Coast add-on, Baldur’s Gate II w/ Throne of Bhaal add-on, Icewind Dale w/ Heart of Winter add-on, Icewind Dale II, Neverwinter Nights w/ Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark add-ons, Demon Stone, Temple of Elemental Evil and Dragonshard. Totaled up that amounts to eight full games and five expansion packs spanning a whopping 17 discs, all in one box! See, I told you it’s a PC RPG gamer’s wet dream. Well, at least I spontaneously creamed in my pants upon opening it up for the first time.

Joking aside, it truly is the greatest gaming compilation ever assembled. Sure, I already had some of the top games in this collection, but as a collector I couldn’t pass up having them all bundled together. Plus, it’s nice to have Baldur’s Gate on a single DVD. Temple of Elemental Evil was another draw for me since I’d always been interested in trying it out but for whatever reason never got around to it. So far, I’m rather enjoying it, too. The turn-based combat is an interesting twist on the Baldur’s Gate formula. My only beef is with the interface, it’s just way more complicated than need be. To do anything you have to right click and choose your actions from this awkward radial menu. It works once you get used to it, but the elegant simplicity of Baldur’s Gate‘s interface puts it to shame.

All told, the Ultimate D&D collection is a treasure trove of RPG goodness. More than that, I see it as a time capsule of the greatest era in RPG history.

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