You've spent countless hours raising your characters in Neverwinter Nights 2, completing numerous quests and making multiple decisions and choices along the way. Unfortunately it all ends rather dramatically, but leaving one in no doubt that the story is still to continue. Some time after the final battle against the Shadow King, you wake up on a rune-etched cold stone slab deep below ground, in terrible pain and unable to move. Then you tone down the graphics options, and the FPS increases to a playable level. Welcome to Mask of the Betrayer, the first expansion for Neverwinter Nights 2.
Many fantasy RPG titles start off the same way that typical run-of-the-mill fantasy novels do - low-level, low power characters are slowly built up to face tougher opposition and finally win the day, slaying a dragon or some other mighty foe. In the original Neverwinter Nights 2 campaign, your fresh-faced adventurer started out by competing in a friendly village harvest festival - a brilliant way to mask an in-depth tutorial.
Mask of the Betrayer - Developer Walkthrough E3 2007
Not so with Mask of the Betrayer. The traumatic events of the original campaign's culmination have left your player character scarred - both physically with a hole in your chest where a silver shard was lodged, and mentally with a bout of amnesia [Gosh, that's soooo original -Ed]. You are immediately plunged into the deep end of a high-stakes, high-risk adventure, and you'll make powerful friends and enemies in the first minutes of playtime. As if that weren't enough, the shard in your chest has been replaced with something much more sinister, an insatiable hunger that's threatening to take control of you.
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