Icewind Dale is an Dungeons & Dragons RPG released in June 2000 by Black Isle Studios. Though based on the Infinity Engine, which powers the Baldur's Gate series, Icewind Dale is less focused on story and character development than those games. Even though it's mechanically identical to Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale is more spiritually similar to the Diablo series, in that the primary driver for the game is combat, leveling up the party, and collecting more-and-more powerful equipment.

From the get-go, the player creates a party of up to six characters, which fall into the classes offered in the 2nd Edition AD&D Rules. There is little-to-no backstory for any of the characters, unless the player chooses to create one, and limited personality to each party member beyond their stats. In contrast, Baldur's Gate allowed the player to create one main character with all of the other party members being predefined and joining the party as they were encountered.
Black Isle Studios
Release Date:
June 29, 2000
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Though graphically and mechanically similar to Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale focuses less on story and more on lots of combat. Play Now!