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Author: dagoss
Posted: July 12, 2012 (07:34 AM)
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That Ghost Lion reference is hilarious!

Out of curiosity, did you ever get around to trying Pool of Radiance. Between PoR and HotL you basically have the best and worst of what AD&D had to offer. After the Black Isle's infinity engine games, I'd say PoR was the best D&D game ever made. The NES port is missing some features from the PC version, but it was a lot more user-friendly (and the music was catchy!).


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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: July 12, 2012 (08:49 AM)
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Pool of Radiance might be the best computer-to-console port of that era. About all that was deleted from the computer version were:

a) Outdoor monster lairs -- about 6-7 small dungeons with a couple battles and some loot.

b) Battles were on a bit smaller scale...7-8 monsters instead of 12-15, for example.

c) You don't get all the loot monsters had. By which I mean all the leather armor and daggers they were holding. In the computer game, if they held it, you could get it, even if it was all mundane junk that wasn't even worth taking the time to pick up and sell.

d) Can't remember PC AI for followers, but all the computer NPCs you could recruit were pretty much useless on the NES. The only one that mattered to me was the cleric who helps you with the Temple of Bane quest because at least I'd have another healer for after-battle curing. And I guess it was kinda helpful to recruit Genheeris for the final battle.

In a way, I think the NES version was actually better, because a lot of what got cut was more of the filler sort of stuff that only really probably pleased the true diehards who wanted to do ANYTHING they'd do in an actual tabletop dice-rolling get-together.


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: July 12, 2012 (11:49 AM)
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Dagoss:
Thank you! Never played Pool of Radiance, though I intend to one day. I'm not big on most early console D&D games, but I've heard PoR is great.

OD:
That actually makes me want to play PoR even more. I was worried that it would be a subpar port, but it sounds excellent.


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Author: dagoss
Posted: July 12, 2012 (12:16 PM)
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I thought to myself, "self, why haven't you reviewed PoR?" So I went to the game's page to see if there were any other reviews. Turns out I already reviewed it. Four years ago.


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