Neverwinter is a free, action MMORPG based on the acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game. Epic stories, action combat and classic roleplaying await those heroes courageous enough to enter the fantastic world of Neverwinter!
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Mixed (363 reviews) - 65% of the 363 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Dec 5, 2013

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August 16

Neverwinter: Storm King's Thunder is Live!

Greetings, adventurers!

Storm King’s Thunder calls heroes to Icewind Dale to solve a deadly mystery and recover an ancient artifact of immense power: the famed ring of winter. The ring has been seized by the fierce frost giant Jarl Storvald, who is attempting to control its powers and use it to freeze the oceans, blanketing the world with snow and ice. Orcs, goblins, barbarians, trolls, and other monsters are gathering in the north, ready to pledge fealty to Jarl Storvald should he succeed. This of course is causing havoc in the northern settlements of Ten-Towns.

There are other reasons to venture into the cold. The frozen lands of the north, once the center of the ancient Ostorian Empire, is littered with relics from that long-forgotten time. Those Ostorian relics now lie in dangerous places. They are well worth the risk of acquiring, for they are infused with Voninblod, the ancient power of the giants of old.

This exciting expansion introduces a new campaign that has heroes adventuring in three new wilderness zones, Bryn Shander, Lonelywood and Cold Run, culminating in our most challenging dungeon yet, Fangbreaker Island.

In addition to the new content we’ve listening to you and have been working hard to make changes in Neverwinter, in particular this time around with Class Reviews for the Hunter Ranger, Scourge Warlock, and Guardian Fighter. We made quite a few changes before the Class Reviews went to the Preview server, and then had lots of back and forth discussions on the preview forums, making additional changes and bug fixes with the support and assistance of our awesome preview player base!

Here's a list of some of the major features:
Three new zones: Bryn Shander, Lonelywood, and Cold Run
Ostorian relics system
New Dungeon
Class Balance updates for three classes: Hunter Ranger, Guardian Fighter, and Scourge Warlock
Runic Lockbox

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to adventuring with you in the Storm King’s Thunder! I’ll be the one wearing a big scarf!

Thomas “Mimic King” Foss

Lead Designer

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July 21

Storm King's Thunder Coming August 16

We’re proud to announce Neverwinter: Storm King’s Thunder is coming to PC on August 16! In just under one month, adventurers will be able to investigate the sudden return of giants to the Sword Coast in our tenth expansion, which coincides with Wizards of the Coast’s new adventure.

In order to fight off these colossal invaders, adventurers must return to Icewind Dale and team up with characters from Dungeons & Dragons lore, including Catti-brie and Wulfgar, characters created by acclaimed author, R.A. Salvatore.

Storm King’s Thunder introduces three new adventure zones for high-leveled players where the story missions will take place – Bryn Shander, The Lonelywood and Cold Run. After completion of the new campaign, a new dungeon by the name of Fangbreaker Island will be available to delve into, offering a challenge unlike any other.

Our first step into the much-anticipated class balance arrives with this expansion where the Hunter Ranger, Scourge Warlock, Guardian Fighter and Great Weapon Fighter will undergo overhauls to make different paths more viable. These changes are currently on Preview if you’d like to check them out.

We have more information coming soon in our series of developer blogs leading up to August 16. Keep an eye out on our social channels and news page to stay up to date on all things Storm King’s Thunder.

Will you brave the storm?

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“With its fast-paced combat and ubiquitously streamlined design, Neverwinter nails the concept of what an action-MMO should be.”

“Neverwinter takes the most satisfying aspects of D&D's 4th edition in terms of combat and development, and turns it into a D&D adventure that left me squeeing with the joy of seeing my favorite monsters and mechanics.”
The Escapist

“Cryptic has created a finely tuned, smooth game that remembers the lessons its predecessors learned, and in the process bookends a long progeny of MMORPG development.”

About This Game

Neverwinter is a free, action MMORPG based on the acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game. Epic stories, action combat and classic roleplaying await those heroes courageous enough to enter the fantastic world of Neverwinter!

Explore and defend one of the most beloved cities from the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting as it rises from the ashes of destruction. This immersive MMORPG will take you from the besieged walls of the city to subterranean passageways in search of forgotten secrets and lost treasure.

Key Features

  • Completely Free-to-Play
    You don't have to pay to adventure. From 1 to the level cap, all playable content in Neverwinter is free for everyone to experience.
  • Engaging Action Combat
    You can forget about tab-targeting or auto-attacking your enemies to death. Neverwinter provides an amazing combat experience where every action requires planning, feels visceral, and looks spectacular.
  • Infinite Content
    Neverwinter comes with the Foundry, a dynamic toolset that provides you the game assets and a sandbox environment to create your own adventures. When your creation is complete, you can hook it up directly into the existing world for everyone in the community to play!
  • D&D Experience
    Whether you come from the tabletop game or the novels, Neverwinter has recreated many iconic classes, locations, and encounters that you might recognize. You might choose to adventure as a hearty Guardian Fighter, deceive foes as a Trickster Rogue, follow the righteous path as a Devoted Cleric, or more! On your journey through Neverwinter and the surrounding lands, you will face Kobolds, Beholders, Mimics, and other nasty creatures of the D&D universe.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual-core 2.0GHz CPU or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 or higher, GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon X850 performance, 128MB+ video ram
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound chip or onboard audio capability with the latest sound drivers
    • OS: Windows® XP SP3, Windows Vista SP 2, Windows® 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz CPU equivalent or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon HD 2900GT performance or better, 512MB+ video ram
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound chip or onboard audio capability with the latest sound drivers
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Mixed (363 reviews)
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2.0 hrs
Posted: August 31
cant even make a account it says invalid email but i never even made a account on this shity game
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535.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
Pay to win, that it all.
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10.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
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1.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
guys i can register arc sayed me region is banned :| what i must do please help me
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2.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
how is your sex life
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240.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
First off, my play time is at least double what is shown "on record." I've been playing this game since before it was on Steam. Secondly, I am a huge fan of RA Salvatore's universe and characters.

Unfortunately, I hear that Cryptic is a horrible company to work for becuase I briefly had a dream to one day work for them doing whatever, it didn't matter. Anyway, it appears that this bad work environment comes across while playing. The game is pretty glitchy, some main NPC's voices don't exist randomly, quests don't really let you finish them ever or the quest markers don't work or you have to re-do the quest after restarting. Like all RPG's you wake up on a beach after a shipwreck, find your lame armor and weapon and start adventuring. The whole, go here, talk to this person, kill the monsters, find the treasure, burn the stuff and so on. The whole load as you play thing is pretty lame too because for minutes you could play in a chrome universe with no textures until you... well I don't know, the textures and effects just load eventually. Items are expensive to buy with real money. The game looks like it was made 3-5 years ago...because it was...

It's a free game. You can beat all the quests and the entire story without paying a dime. You can have fun playing PVP without paying a dime! You just need to know how to build your character and utilize astral diamonds and enchantments to get some good equipment from the auction house. There is a ton of free content and the game is actively being updated and improved. The game is much less grindy than other MMOs. You level up really fast and just by playing the game as it was inteded. IFf you need something to play with your entry level gamer or cheap friends or kid brother or wife or whatever. It's really fun to adventure around in a group and kill a bunch of stuff together. The characters are more customizable than many games and the item diversity and enchanting system is pretty easy to understand and fun. RA SALVATORE UNIVERSE. Anyone that gives this a bad rating obviously isn't a Drizzt fan. It's awesome to be able to MMO around in universe. I can be dual weilding Drow Rogue with a freaking panther! YES!!! Overall, 7.5/10. Because of universe and lore and constant new content, 11/10.

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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
I didn't see any gameplay footage. Wonder why...?
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3.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
uninstall pay 2 win
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Guns Blazin’
103.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
Best mmo that i have played for a while. Everyone talking about p2w most of them heard abot this from other people. I'm absolutely addicted to this game right now, quests and story line here is one of the best in mmo history. I have so much fun from combat, questing and looking for all lore items that i don't want too level up, and actually asked gms once to block my exp income. You definetely can achieve alot and much faster in this game with money, but you also can achieve same without spending real money, all you need is brain and ability to think.
Don't listen too people who dont even come close to lvl 70 end talk about p2w, just try this game. Try too feel it, don't rush to max level, don't pick op but borring class, just think with your heart and you will love this game.
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26.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Its not pay to win but its really really close. But i have fun in it
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109 of 128 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,887.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Pay to win.

The devs are greedy. The price it costs for max level items like mythic artifacts is quite funny. Maybe a few thousand dollars to get your char near max or more, it has been a while since I played so I'm not sure how much it is now, but everytime lots of players get maxed they increase the gear further to squeeze more money out of people.

I loved this game, the best combat in any MMO I have tried but after all the hours I have put into this game I can be 1 shot by other players because of p2w and in pve the paying players can clear content so much easier. I have played nearly 1900 hours and not even close to being maxed.

You will need to spend money to buy a mount, have fun using the slow one you get for free, it will make most content terrible. You will need to pay for inventory slots since items have soul bound, shared bound and about 4 other types even if it's all the same item they won't stack. A good way for the devs to make people need to spend money on extra slots.

If your rich or don't mind never getting stronger no matter how long you play then you might like this game, otherwise I really wouldn't reccomend it.
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46 of 56 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
What can I say, this game used to be good, until they made almost everything pay to win, I did play this game for more then 2 years and had to quit because a non-casher like me couldn't compete with millionaires in this game anymore, end game is now hard, PvP is all about money, if you don't want to spend money don't bother starting to play this game. I don't recommand it at all!
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
128.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I used to LOVE Neverwinter, played it for 8+ hours a day for almost a year (I played most of my time not through Steam, if you're wondering why the numbers don't add up. After getting a few characters to max level, I find the game unenjoyable for several reasons. However, let me not be entirely biased to the negative aspects of the game, I shall list some pros too, if I can think of any that is...

+Fun I guess, decent lasting appeal.
+Cool animations, mechanics, and cinematics in my opinion.
+Many ways to play your character.
+Many dungeons, plus community made instances that make end game less dissatisfying, and it welcomes harder or easier instances than what is provided in the actual game.

If I can think of more, I'll be sure to mention it.

-Game can be really laggy if you don't have a high-end PC, poor optimization.
-Quests, quests, quests.. Daily quests, instance quests, collecting quests, I'm tired of hearing the word quest.
-Most of the dungeons provided are WAY too easy and drop absolutely rubbish gear.
-Grindfest up to max level, I got bored and took several hiatuses while leveling my first and second characters.
-You thought the grindfest was over at max level? Think again! Time to grind for good gear while getting overloaded with gear that's so garbage, it's comparable to Trump's campaign.
-The community is honestly toxic. There's a lot of spammers, scammers, beggars, and elitists who look down on everyone else. The Elitists are the worst. I can't count the number of times I had to leave a dungeon because my gear wasn't to their standards. Screw you kids.

And the biggest con of all, the one EVERY other review mentions...

You ready?

Me neither.

You like green stuff in your wallet? Don't play this game.
If you like this game, say goodbye to that green stuff!

This game evolved from a sheer grindfest to who can waste the most money on an online video game. Fits in with the elitists. Allow me to simulate a conversation.

1: "Hey man! I just spent $200 on the game!"
2: "No way dude! I just finished farming for 8 hours and got nothing!"
1: "Man that's unfortunate! Good news for me though, I just spent another $200 and tricked out my first character! I'm so happy!"
2: "You wasted that much on the game?"
1: "Your gear sucks, don't talk to me pleb."

^Neverwinter in a nutshell.

Don't play this game, it's terrible now. Cryptic put this game in the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ in recent months/years by adding an insane paywall to even be able to play with other people, unless you're lucky and wait for a few hours.. or days.. Stick to World of Warcraft, Rift, or something along those lines.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
In the 2 or 3 years I've spent on and off playing this game, I can honestly tell you it's one of the best mmo rpg games I've played. I love the gameplay, and it's got a lot of content to satisfy a variety of playstyles. That being said, I don't recommend this game because it has been lagging on me since I started playing, and it's especiay bad in common areas (I'm sure it's because I play on a not-so-decent system, but I don't care-I'm complaining anyway). Another reason is that the community for this game in particular is ♥♥♥♥ing garbage and it's one of the reasons I'd rather just play a single player game. Another thing I hated most in this game is that it's largely a play to win game. Now, I'll spend a couple dollars on a game I really like, but I'm as cheap as the next person, and I don't want to spend hundreds on any game--it's just not worth it. So why not just get rid of the paying aspect altogether? Anyway, since this game only has a few good things about it, I'd not recommend this to anyone, unless they're willing to shill out thousands of dollars to look like an elitist ♥♥♥♥♥♥. To me, that's just short of an overall disappointing game.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,022.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
It's a huge cash grab. It's not p2w but it's pretty close, you can play for free and have some fun but you'll never be great for free anymore. They keep taking stuff and nerfing stuff trying to combat bot farmers but here's the thing, those farmers aren't negatively affecting players, the changes that they make to combat the bots do negatively affect the real players. They have made it so much harder for the new players to ever get anything that I'd never recommend this game. If I never played again it'd take a new player 5000 hours and a couple of thousand dollars to attain the things that I've gotten in my thousand hours. It has great things about it and if they made it a subscription game and stopped all the stupid nerfing then it'd probably be awesome. At this point I'd recommend Rift or ESO before this even though they are also heavy cash grabs.. I guess the days of great subscription mmo's are gone in favor of the cash shop..

editing because my comment was too long to reply in the comments.

demon dog, I have every class at 70 (10 characters - 8 are 70) and complete collections of epics. I know how to play and I can afford things if I did want to buy them.. If you read everything I wrote I explained that new characters can not get these items now without thousands of dollars spent and thousands of hours. Yes you can play the game now and enjoy it for free but you will never be the best without paying, even if you play great they have now make it impossible to earn enough in game to level up items, pets, etc. without spending cash. I am a guild leader and I see new and casual players leaving the game like crazy because they can't grind for 1000 hours after hitting 70. They are making changes that ruin the game for new players and casual player alike. Get your epics, pets, maxed, runes to rank 12, without paying? I don't think so. Perfect example is wards now are only buyable with cash or trade bars which come from chest which you pay cash to open, good luck getting your enhancement slots to rank 12 without spending a fortune right there. Pets take 1 million astral diamonds to just get from purple to orange, they just took out the freebie daily diamonds so now you have to go raiding to get them and salvage anything that you get. getting 3000 at a time good luck with that too. Getting one of the best mounts without cash? you tell me how now. Now that the mounts also add combat stats it actually does make a difference. The foundry? That turned to crap a couple of years ago, does anyone run player made stuff anymore? doubtful as nobody that I know does. The community in general has been declining greatly over the last couple of years. Now random groups are all zerg with maybe even an afk or two. It was not that way before and the changes that they are making are in my opinion for the worse not the better. How many guilds ever see more than 10% of their members online together now?

Best of luck to those that want to play it, enjoy it. I think that you can probably play quite a lot before you really notice the issues or before you start spending your cash. I didn't say the game is garbage, it's headin in that direction though, I stand by my review. My review is for new players to know what they are getting into, for the record I have no problem myself attaining anything or in completing and dungeon, I feel the need to point that out as some are taking my review as me whining and that's not what it is..
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
535.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Pay to win, that it all.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Really enjoying the experience so far (level 30). Combat system is great, visually its decent the world has enough events going on to keep things interesting. Ive done three dungeons so far, Que times have been excelent. Two were instantanaous the other was a 10 second wait. Dungeons aside, it plays a lot like a single player RPG. Cant comment on end game as i am a way off but can definatly recomend the leveling experience. I may udate this review upon reaching max level.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
426.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
A fun mostly skill based (not tab targeting) action game with varied classes.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Full voicing acting from all the quest givers and NPCs is a really nice touch. Dont even get that with some subscription MMOs. Yes im looking at you warcraft.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
DISCLAIMER: Played this game off of steam for about a year with two max level characters, both of which have a gearscore of 10,000+ so you can disregard the 'time played' Steam reports.

Garbage game from a garbage company. Cryptic (Perfect World Entertainment) is well known for releasing a slew of subpar mmos that are all cash grabs, immediate mmos come to mind are Champions Online, Star Trek Online, and of course Neverwinter, all of which have the majority of their content HEAVILY blocked by paywalls.

Cryptic (Perfect World Entertainment) is also a notoriously bad company with terrible business practices, seriously. Do a quick google search of their name or mmos and you will see widely spread player/customer discontent and stories of PWE outright ignoring even paying customers sometimes, refusing to ban trolls, and handling their business with zero strategy for retention because they do not CARE about customer retention. They only care about milking money out of you for as long as you will put up with their abusive one-sided relationship and then as soon as you try to talk back? They just ignore you.

Most unhelpful, unprofessional, and toxic company. Maybe even worse than SWG-era Sony Online Entertainment.

Avoid this game and all games by Cryptic or Perfect World Entertainment. It will save you a headache.
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