I bought Neverwinter Nights 2 yesterday, as something to entertain me when my brain is fried from PhD stuff. Now, I could have downloaded a torrent and all, but I ended up buying it because I want to support more story-based rpg’s.
Unfortunately NWN2 has been released with whole lot of bugs (the game version says 0.95? At the LEAST call it 1.00 even if it isn’t really ready for release) – meaning patch-tastic fun for everyone. But the particular bug I have is particularly annoying – the installer finishes copying all the files, but when attempting to verify the .NET 2.0 framework, my computer bluescreens and reboots. I had almost forgotten that bluescreens existed, thanks for reminding me Windows! Luckily I can play the game afterwards, but the installation didn’t set up the registry properly, so patches refuse to install (“Please reinstall your game”).
I have suspicions that this is to do with me running Windows XP x64 edition. There is mention that the retail version doesn’t come with an 32 bit .NET installer, so I had downloaded the x64 version from M$ and that allowed me to play the game. Before that, the executable would just crash. I’m also assuming that because .NET is required, it’ll be unlikely that NWN2 will ever grace Linux.
The other bug I ran into was “Insufficient disk space to save game” – particularly great if you’ve spent 5 hours playing and then try and save over the save slot you’re using. Because, the wonderful programmers decided to delete the existing game in the save slot before the new save has completely successfully. And BTW, I did have over a gig free for saving, while the save games are only 5-10 meg.
So, that’ll teach me for spending money on a computer game, what a stupid idea THAT was. Instead of a relaxing day escaping recent personal sorrows, I instead get pissed off and frustrated with Atari.
(I hear that x64 isn’t officially supported by NWN2, but really, get with the times. That goes the same for hardware manufacturers – 64 bits drivers please, which would be easy enough if you wrote them half-decent.)