Rated 4.4 out of 5★ by 11reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 More than I expected A true review of this product would take many hours and many pages, so let's cut to the short version.As an old-school D&Der, I went in with many reservations. The new edition of the game, with all fairness, looks to be much better than I expected, and not the travesty that some had led me to believe. At the same time, I don't feel it is the perfect next-step in D&D evolution.The game looks decidedly fun. It's got a lot of great options. It seems simple to play while allowing many strategic options. They succeeded in creating a game where no player is left without useful actions during combat. The game appears streamlined, and allows for different options to make characters unique. I love the new ritual rules -- for the most part. I've seen complaints about the artwork, but I thought it was fine.On the other hand, some things they added (Dragonborn as a player race, backstories of Dragonborn and Tiefling empires in the race descriptions, etc.) were annoyingly high magic and setting-specific. While a home-brew campaign can rule these things out, I didn't really like them as part of the core rules. Some of the economics behind the creation vs. purchasing of magic items or purchasing vs. coping rituals did not make any sense. Casting time for some a few of the rituals seemed too long for them to be useful. Finally, some things were removed or altered which gave previous editions the distinct D&D feel, such as alterations to alignment and the requirement of miniatures in play. I have many problems with the game, but most of them are small and more flavor-oriented. There's not enough room to list them here.All in all, it appears to be a great game for telling the stories of great adventures. For the changes to game flavor, it still seems like it should be called "a game inspired by Dungeons and Dragons" or "a companion game to Dungeons and Dragons,"but while it goes its own course, it does so in a mostly enjoyable way. 01/19/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Mustangwill It is a useful product I think that anyone who wishes to play D&D should first buy this, because, without it, you won't be able to understand half of what is going on. 01/25/2010
Rated 3 out of 5★ by Wulfere Not Needed Hasbro/WotC have given us yet another new version of DnD. Frankly, I understand their desire to make money and continue to grow the game. But they could have done more than this. It is more like a video game now. Many I have spoken with say that it seems Hasbro has fashioned a game built more like TORG than DnD. Only TORG was a better Game than this.Perhaps I am too critical. But, I wish I had spent my money on something else. At least I didn't pay full price at a gaming store. My advice...stick with the 3.5 rules. 07/08/2008
Rated 3 out of 5★ by Guntherfuzz8 If you like games in the style of World of Warcraft you will really like this edition of D&D. But if you are expecting something like earlier editions prepare to be disappointed. A decent product for a new generation of gamers, but a radical departure from the past for older fans. 09/12/2008