Ever since the dawn of PC games there have been Dungeons & Dragons type style of games. From Zork to the Bard's Tale to The Elder Scrolls
, all can trace their roots back to D&D. The classic gold box games by SSI are forever classics but this list contains more recent titles. Here's ten of my favorite "newer" Dungeons and Dragons computer games.
Neverwinter Nights is the best game to date that attempts to physically transform the table top AD&D game into an online game. With dungeon master and players online controlling characters from behind their PC screen. Dozens of sites that offer free modules to play. Single player mode is challenging but not very long. Two expansion packs have been released for this and they are now sold in a complete set.
Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn is the sequel to the award winning Baldur's Gate. It surpasses the original in almost every aspect. Graphics, game-play and storyline are all improved. BG2 has one expansion pack called Throne of Bhaal and is also available in a multipack.
Planescape Torment was one of those games that was released after a big title(Baldur's Gate) and kind of flew under the radar. Low and behold it was the better of the two in terms of storyline with the gameplay being virtually the same. Torment won many RPG Game of the Year awards back in 1999. Graphics are good, but not great when compared to today's releases, but it does provide an excellent gaming experience.
Incewind Dale 2 was the sequel to Icewind Dale and is based entirely on the third edition D&D rules. It was also unique in the fact that it let you create every character in your party instead of just one and then computer controlled non player characters.
Baldur's Gate is the game I associate with the rebirth of Dungeons & Dragons computer games. For the 5 years preceeding(after the release of Eye of the Beholder 3) it's release in 1998 the various D&D titles lacked any sort of direction or lasting gameplay(and impressions). Baldur's Gate changed all that, strictly adhearing to the second edition rules it captivated gamers everywhere and it's game engine was used and upgraded for many games to follow.
Greyhawks The Temple of Elemental Evil is a remake or translation of the classic Gary Gygax module by the same name, to the computer. With a good gameplay interface and nice graphic, fans of the super module will be happy to venture back into the village of Nulb and the Temple.
Icewind Dale was the second of three titles, (Planescape Torment, and Baldur's Gate being the other two) that used the same Infinity game engine. Virtually the same gameplay and graphics as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale takes you to the Spine of the World, one of the most famous settings of the D&D worlds.
Hordes of the Underdark is the second of two expansions released for Neverwinter Nights. It includes more single player campaigns as well as developer created modules for use in the multiplayer game mode.
Throne of Bhaal continues the adventure begun in Baldur's Gate 2 Shadows of Amn. Adventure new areas and fight new monsters all with your original party from BG2 Shadows of Amn.
Pool of Radiance Ruins of Myth Drannor attempts to pick up where the gold box classics from SSI left off. Although not highly reviewed it does have some good features. It implements the third edition rules it contains some 100+ spells, new classes, and 3-D animation and for less that $5 on some sites, it's worth a try.