In honor of the release of the Neverwinter Campaign Setting for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, it is Dungeons & Dragons week here at Diehard GameFAN. As part of this week, we will be opening up the Diehard GameFAN Hall of Fame to five nominees – all video games based on Dungeons & Dragons in some way. Our standards are just like the Baseball Hall of Fame: every game will be voted on by members of the staff, and any game that gets 75% of the vote – with a minimum of four votes – will be accepted – or thrown – into their respective Hall.
Neverwinter Nights was a big deal for several reasons. It was Bioware’s first Dungeons and Dragons game without Black Isle or Interplay to help them out. It was Atari’s first real game with the D&D license. It was a test of how well third edition D&D could hold up in a video game after its lackluster debut in Pools of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor. It was a test to see if the PC could still thrive in a market where video game consoles were becoming a larger and larger piece of the market with systems like the Sega Dreamcast and the Sony Playstation 2.