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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.
Summary: Consider the rarity of high-quality dialogue, meaningful decisions, and rewarding combat in the action-RPG genre, and then uncross those legs to explore The Witcher 2‘s fresh universe of traditional components.
Excerpt: For better or for worse The Witcher has developed a status in the West as the darker Euro-cousin of BioWare's fantasy titles. Both series' cater to a lanky subcategory of RPGs which focus on honing a more mature tone – and for both that tone basically emerges out of the occasional outburst of softcore petting.
Excerpt: Have you ever gotten so bored one day that you decided to put on six pairs of underwear, just for the hell of it? Of course you have! So too did the ever-vigilant hero of The Baconing , a man who needs no introduction as evidenced by the removal of his name from the game's title. In his latest adventure, DeathSpank, hero to the downtrodden, gets extremely bored one day and decides to put on all six of the Thongs of Virtue at once, inadvertently releasing the fiendish...
Conclusion: The Baconing likes to poke fun at itself- the tedious nature of its fetch quests, the ease with which Spank can be resuscitated at an outhouse- but this just highlights its flaws and doesn't justify their existence. Any developer who is intelligent enough to recognise the stagnant conventions of the genre is intelligent enough to create something better.