The folks at TotalVideoGames are offering up a new five-page preview of Neverwinter Nights 2, based on a recent showing of the RPG sequel by Obsidian Entertainment's Feargus Urquhart. A snippet:
Beyond that, character customisation extends into several other areas that D&D veterans will recognise: Alignment, Reputations, and Prestige Classes. Broken up into four main areas of Good, Evil, Chaotic, and Lawful, Alignment is personal to that character and is reflected in conversations with NPCs. As well as deciding up a certain alignment at the start of the game however, the attribute also changes according to the decisions and actions chosen by the player during the course of the game. Accurately described as a character's social alignment, Reputation is the population of Neverwinter Nights' knowledge of who your character is within the game world.
The more recognisable Prestige Class of character attribute allows players to decide upon whether their avatar will be one of eight types including Paladin, Monk, Fighter, Druid, Cleric, Barbarian, and new for Neverwinter Nights 2, a Warlock or Bard (the latter currently being work in progress with Wizards of the Coast.) For newcomers of the franchise or the D&D ruleset however, Obsidian is also adding a 'Recommended' button so they won't find themselves picking a relatively incompatible or challenging series of attributes that will leave them feeling frustrated.