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D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £3.74 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG

D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £3.74 | GamersGate | PC

The D&D Master Collection | GamersGate | £3.74
Why We Love... The Infinity Engine!

Contains Baldur's Gate Complete, Baldur's Gate II Complete Edition, Icewind Dale Complete Edition, Icewind Dale II Complete Edition and Planescape Torment (oh, and The Temple Of Elemental Evil, more's the pity)

 

D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £4.49 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG

D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £4.49 | GamersGate | PC

The D&D Master Collection | GamersGate | £4.49
Why We Love... The Infinity Engine!

Contains Baldur's Gate Complete, Baldur's Gate II Complete Edition, Icewind Dale Complete Edition, Icewind Dale II Complete Edition and Planescape Torment (oh, and The Temple Of Elemental Evil, more's the pity)

Baldur's Gate 1&2, Icewind Dale 1&2, Planescape Torment, The Temple Of Elemental Evil & Expansions | £4.49 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG

Baldur's Gate 1&2, Icewind Dale 1&2, Planescape Torment, The Temple Of Elemental Evil & Expansions | £4.49 | GamersGate | PC

The D&D Master Collection | GamersGate | £4.49 (save many £s)

Here are some of the best RPGs ever, and all of their expansions, for less than a fiver. Get on this is you haven't already.

D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £5.08 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG
D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £5.08 | GamersGate | PC

Look at these games. Look at the price. Then buy them, immediately.

Baldur's Gate Complete. Baldur's Gate II Complete Edition. Icewind Dale Complete Edition. Icewind Dale II Complete Edition. Planescape Torment. (and The Temple Of Elemental Evil, more's the pity)

Note that you can shave off an extra 5% with the "elder-geek.com" voucher code.

Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Black Isle, Crowdfunding, Defiance, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Podcast, PWNCAST, Sony, The War Z, THQ

Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse

Just when we thought we were in for a quiet run up to Christmas, the zombie apocalypse happened! Sort of...

In the final Game Buzz of the season, Matt and Jon chat about the WarZ fiasco, Black Isle's unfathomable crowdfunding initiative, and THQ's bankruptcy. We also take a look at Defiance's cross-platform potential and ask why the hell Sony and Microsoft couldn't put aside their differences for the sake of their customers and consumers.

Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse. Recorded 20th December, 2012.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Click the banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Best Handheld of All Time

D&D Diamond Bundle | £18.49 | GOG | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG

D&D Diamond Bundle | £18.49 | GOG | PC

  • What: Baldur’s Gate: The Original Saga, Baldur’s Gate 2: Complete, Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, Icewind Dale: Complete, Icewind Dale 2: Complete, Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition, Planescape: Torment & The Temple of Elemental Evil
  • Where: GOG
  • Current Price: £18.49

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition may have been delayed until November 30th, but here's enough D&D to tide you over. In fact, it's enough to choke a beholder.  Less than £20 will net you the contents of the Master Collection along with Neverwinter Nights' Diamond, Demon Stone, Dragonshard and more.

Technically great value, yes, but I should probably point out Impulse and GamersGate frequently slash the price of the Master Collection down to silly levels. Also be aware that deslecting games causes all the prices to go up - I'd hoped that GOG had finally put an end to their deceptive sliding scale deals.

D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £4.28 | Impulse Driven | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG
D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £4.28 | Impulse Driven | PC

Look at these games. Look at the price. Then buy them, immediately.

Baldur's Gate Complete. Baldur's Gate II Complete Edition. Icewind Dale Complete Edition. Icewind Dale II Complete Edition. Planescape Torment. The Temple Of Elemental Evil.

Impulse Driven are back in action with the lowest price we've ever seen for this epic bundle. Grab it ASAP if you have even the slightest interest in brilliant games.

D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £4.49 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG
Discuss:
PC
D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £4.49 | GamersGate | PC

Look at these games. Look at the price. Then buy them, immediately.

Baldur's Gate Complete. Baldur's Gate II Complete Edition. Icewind Dale Complete Edition. Icewind Dale II Complete Edition. Planescape Torment. (and The Temple Of Elemental Evil, more's the pity)

GamersGate's has lowered last month's uber-deal by yet another quid, which is sensational value. Grab it ASAP if you have even the slightest interest in brilliant games.

D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £5.08 | Impulse Driven | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG
D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £5.08 | Impulse Driven | PC

Look at these games. Look at the price. Then buy them, immediately.

Baldur's Gate Complete. Baldur's Gate II Complete Edition. Icewind Dale Complete Edition. Icewind Dale II Complete Edition. Planescape Torment. The Temple Of Elemental Evil.

GamersGate's deal even trumps Impulse Driven's shortlived offer from last month, and provides exceptional value. Grab it ASAP if you have even the slightest interest in brilliant games.

Dungeons & Dragons Classics 2 For £6.33 Promotion (Plus Free Game) | Good Old Games | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, Infinity Engine, PC games, RPGs

Dungeons & Dragons Classics 2 For £6.33 Promotion (Plus Free Game) | Good Old Games | PC

Good Old Games are currently running a nifty promotion for some fantastic games. They've got a grab bag of brilliant D&D RPGs on a 2 for $9.99 (£6.33) offer... which also includes a free copy of The Temple Of Elemental Evil. This technically makes each game worth £3.15.

Here are the games on offer, and I've asterisked the ones you should probably consider getting. If you don't own them already, that is - or you took advantage of the amazing Master Collection deal last month.

  • Baldur’s Gate
  • Baldur’s Gate 2 Complete*
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard
  • Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone
  • Icewind Dale Complete*
  • Icewind Dale 2 Complete*
  • Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition*
  • Planescape: Torment*

D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £6.37 | Impulse Driven | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, Black Isle, PC games, RPG
Discuss:
PC
D&D Master Collection (Loads Of Infinity Engine Awesomeness) | £6.37 | Impulse Driven | PC

Look at these games. Look at the price. Then buy them, immediately.

Baldur's Gate Complete. Baldur's Gate II Complete Edition. Icewind Dale Complete Edition. Icewind Dale II Eomplete Edition. Planescape Torment. The Temple Of Elemental Evil.

I don't know when Impulse Driven's price will expire, so hit it ASAP if you have even the slightest interest in brilliant games.

Fallout Classic Collection | £6.21 | Impulse | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Black Isle, Fallout, Interplay, PC games, RPG
Discuss:
PC

Fallout Classic Collection | £6.21 | Impulse | PC

  • What: Fallout Classic Collection
  • Where: Impulse Driven
  • Current Price: £6.21

The original Fallout games are seriously brilliant; serving as shining examples of beautifully constructed RPGs despite their age. Oh, and Fallout Tactics wasn't too bad. Playing them will help you understand Fallout 3 and New Vegas on a whole new level, and Impulse Driven has undercut Good Old Games to offer them all in a single bundle.

Be on the lookout for Harold and Bob!

Why We Love... The Infinity Engine (And Despair For BioWare)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Baldur's Gate II, BioWare, Black Isle, Icewind Dale, Infinity Engine, Planescape: Torment

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These days, game engines are all about flashy graphics and eyepopping, shallow feature sets. GDC was a fine example of this in phenomenon in action, with Epic, Crytek and DICE facing off to see who could deliver the most ridiculously shiny trailers imaginable. That's great, we said...but in our humble opinion, the best engines allow their developers to create entire worlds with relative ease whilst allowing them to concentrate on massive scope, exceptional writing and truly memorable character design.

Style over substance is also becoming the unwritten rule for roleplaying games. BioWare, once the undisputed kings of the Western RPG, are now churning out shallow, lazy experiences that are worlds apart from their earlier masterpieces. More and more corners end up being cut with every release - and part of that is down to the smaller levels and restrictions forced upon them by modern game engines.

No, this isn't going to be an article about Gamebryo. In fact, we hate Bethesda's buggy glitch-o-rama with the passion of a thousand borked save files. Instead we're going to talk about an engine that delivered arguably the best RPGs of all time and what ultimately made it so iconic.

This is why we love the Infinity Engine.

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BioWare created the Infinity Engine back in the late nineties as part of a prototype project that soon blossomed into a little game called Baldur's Gate. It's a quirky isometric affair that runs on the wonderfully obtuse D&D second edition ruleset, but its simplicity allowed both Black Isle and BioWare to create enormous sprawling worlds that were only limited by their imagination. Sumptuous hand-drawn artwork provided the background to the action, and stellar writing made its characters seem more real than any modern collection of polygons.

We'll get onto the mechanics later on, but for now, just look at these games. Look at them!

Click here to continue our tribute to the Infinity Engine... and see the games in question!