Neverwinter Nights 2

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Neverwinter Nights 2
Neverwinter Nights 2 cover
Developers
Obsidian Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Publishers
Atari
Engines
Electron Engine
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2006
macOS (OS X) February 27, 2008
Reception
Metacritic 82
IGDB 85
Taxonomy
Series Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights 2 on HowLongToBeat
Neverwinter Nights 2 on IGDB
Neverwinter Nights 2 on MobyGames
Neverwinter Nights 2 on Wikipedia
Neverwinter Nights
Subseries of Dungeons & Dragons
Neverwinter Nights (1991) 1991
Neverwinter Nights 2002
Neverwinter Nights 2 2006
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition 2018

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
NWN2 Nexus Mod with a collection of mods for the game

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM.
Patch 1.23 removes the DRM.
StarForce 4 DRM[Note 1] for Russian copies.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Complete Edition; includes all three expansions.
Windows
Steam (unavailable)
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Platinum.
Windows
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete is a complete edition with all three expansions.
Neverwinter Nights 2 Platinum includes the Mask of the Betrayer and Storm of Zehir expansions.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Mask of the Betrayer
Windows
Storm of Zehir
Windows
Mysteries of Westgate
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit nwn.ini[3]
  1. You can simply delete or move all the files in the <installation folder>\movies or
  2. Go to your <My Documents folder>\Neverwinter Nights 2
  3. Open nwn2.ini.
  4. Go to [Display Options]
  5. Add the line to the end of that section: Disable Intro Movies=1
  6. Save your changes.

Restore original opening video[edit]

Edit nwn.ini[4]
  1. Note the expansions packs and complete edition broke the games ability to display the opening video. If you only have the expansions and not westgate module you could use the linked workaround, however it will disable the Westgate intro and ending videos, so it's better to follow these manual steps:
  2. Open the <installation folder>\movies
  3. Rename or delete AtariLogo.bik
  4. Rename Intro.bik to AtariLogo.bik
  5. The opening move will now play first when you launch the game. You can safely revert the changes or delete it after you've viewed it.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Neverwinter Nights 2\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2760/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Neverwinter Nights 2\saves\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2760/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale with resolution and is extremely small in 4K.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Only Off, Medium and High settings.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Separately for each mode.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Voice, SFX
Surround sound
RAD RSX 3D
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3. Can be re-enabled with Creative Alchemy. Also supports Miles Fast2D.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Mysteries of Westage is only available in English.
German
Polish
Russian
No voice acting in DLC campaigns.
Spanish

Network[edit]

Online play requires a CD key.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy master server is offline;[5] use the NWN2 Client Extension for a player-run replacement.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Use Direct Connect button.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Running on a non-primary partition/hard disk[edit]

In Windows, if you are running Neverwinter Nights 2 off of any drive other than the C: drive, there are special system requirements for the game. In addition to the 5.5 GB of free hard-disk space required to install the game on your selected drive, you will need an additional 2-5 GB of free hard disk space on drive C: during run-time. Not having 2-5 GB free on drive C: while playing Neverwinter Nights 2 can cause the following issues:

  • Unable to Left-Click in main campaigns
  • Unable to use Actions in main campaigns
  • Unable to exit first room in main campaigns
  • Able to complete tutorial, but upon completion the game will not load the main campaigns.

Various Bug Fixes / Improvements[edit]

This extension fixes many bugs associated with the game, including choppy camera movement and animation glitches. In addition, it significantly improves multiplayer functionality. Details can be found on the download site. http://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn2/other/nwn2-client-extension

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 2.0, 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
A universal binary patch was planned for PowerPC processors, but it never materialized.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy master server is offline;[5] use the NWN2 Client Extension for a player-run replacement.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Nvidia GeForce 6600
128 MB of VRAM
Shader model 2.0 support

Mods[edit]

Neverwinter Night 2 has an extensive modding community, centered around https://neverwintervault.org/

Another source of mods is https://www.nexusmods.com/neverwinter2.

An extensive , although not up to date, modding guide is maintained by Lilura1 at https://lilura1.blogspot.com/2020/09/Neverwinter-Nights-2-Bugfixes-Toolset-Tips-NWN2-Fixes-SimpleFix.html.

The community outputs mostly standalone "stories", singleplayer or multiplayer, there is precious little in the way of Quality of Life improvements, like texture packs, bug fixing, high definition patches, etc. However, what is there is enough to transform your game.

Depending on the the type of modification, and its extension, files need to be put in certain directories. The most popular and used for QOL is the override folder. There is such a folder inside the game folder, and sometimes, like textures, it works, although the wisdom is that you do not touch this override folder, but the override folder the game creates in Documents, specifically MyDocuments\Neverwinter Nights 2\override. The problem with this approach is that My documents is, usually, on the same drive as Windows, a fast , not very large drive. Another problem is that you have to start over if your windows needs to be replaced, or anything else that deletes the windows drive. One possibility is to use software to force windows to save the mydocuments folder on another drive. Another is to go against the grain and put the files inside the game folder. The advanced way is to use symlinks. No matter what it is strongly recommended to make a backup of the MyDocuments\Neverwinter Nights 2\ folder. For example, in your Game folder you can add a "01 pristine Backup", "02 Qol Backup" "03 mydocuments backup" "04 mods", with each mod having its own folder , inside of which are the files. Textures and meshes are myriad, many thousands of files, so an advanced user might want to, after modding , unify all the files into a file/s, more on that later. A final note; The community was far larger in the past, many files where lost when sites disappeared, it would be better to save the mods in your own cloud, NAS, Hdd/ssd, you never now. The game is unavailable on Steam as of 2022, it was available, but legalese took care of that. Most people use the GOG version nowadays, as it is still available, although, the fact that it was taken out of steam might give people pause. If you own the retail, i must say than many more steps are required, so it is not preferable, unless it is your only avenue

Neverwinter Nights 2 2022 HD Texture Pack[edit]

https://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn2/images/texture/neverwinter-nights-2-2022-hd-texture-pack-0

A complete upscale, manual and esrgan. It contains 2x and 4x (uhd) files. The recommended pack is the Hd one, as the engine may bug out at 4x. Using LAA or NTCORE on the executables is preferable.

https://ntcore.com/?page_id=371

Note: on a relatively new Amd processor, never use the AMD executable, as that executable tries to access the 3dnow set, which has been deprecated by AMD. It is better do delete, or backup said executable

==Trees Textures Overhaul==

https://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn2/images/texture/trees-textures-overhaul

Notes

  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Windows 11.[1][2] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/2760/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2760) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References