Reviews and Problems with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
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The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition PC Review
2 April 2013
Excerpt: The Witcher 2 is not a normal video game, and it's not a normal fantasy. It subverts the old high-fantasy stereotypes even as it employs them. The elves that you'll meet in Temeria aren't charming, ethereal forest-dwellers, they're guerrilla insurgents raining death on humans from the trees.
Conclusion: You may have seen the score already. It’s a 9.0, which puts The Witcher 2 in classic must-buy territory, but I’ll admit that it’s slightly grudgingly so. I’ve never come across a game that I wanted to berate as much as sing its praises. I felt like I was grumbling to myself or my friends every few minutes, like about the map being useless or a boss fight being tedious, but would I consider stopping playing? Never .
Excerpt: What level are you? It's a question that is brought up often among my friends. Whether it is the latest installment in a popular FPS franchise, an open-world RPG, or a simple dungeon crawler, it betrays a truth about videogames as a medium: it is still very much about the mechanics as far as the pop consciousness is concerned. The Witcher 2 is a game that opposes that idea. CD Projekt RED have instead focused on bringing clarity and vision to its world.
Excerpt: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a macrocosm of its meditation function, distilled ambition and control. Before slicing through nests of drowners (wet goblins) or trapping the hulking bullvore (horny bears), Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher) sits cross-legged on the bare ground to focus on his combat approach. He drinks potions for temporary buffs. He watches time pass its shades around him, saving the memory.
The Brilliant Dark Fantasy Adventure Is Just As Good On Console
16 April 2012
Conclusion: Concept: Thread your way through a branching, epic plot that has equal parts heroism, villainy, combat, booze, and (ahem) short-term romantic encounters
Graphics: This looks almost as good on 360 as it does on PC. If you put your mind to it you can find some low-res textures and level-of-detail pop-in, but they do little to cheapen the experience
Sound: Every piece of dialogue is voice acted, and very few exceptions mar the generally high-quality work in a variety of...