The Witcher 2: The Assasination of Kings – Enhanced Edition Review

May 6, 2012

The Witcher 2The Witcher 2 is an RPG game released by CD Projekt RED. It was originally released for the PC in 2011 and is now available as for the XBox 360 as an enhanced edition. In the box you get the following:

The game is set in a medieval fantasy background with an almost norse like backdrop. There is a backdrop of war, intrigue and assassination and a mix of races, elves and dwarves among others. It is a cruel world where you must fight to survive. It is also a beautiful world, the graphics are amazing and really make you feel like you are part of the game.

The Witcher 2In the game you play Geralt of Rivera, who is also known as the White Wolf. He is a witcher, a professional monster slayer trained  from an early age to  to hunt and destroy monsters provided he is paid enough. He is a well honed fighting machine with magical skills as well as an intelligent character with a sense of humour.

At the start of the game we find Geralt in a dungeon and he is questioned by a knight who wants to find out why he was there. Geralt recalls the events that led him to the dungeon, a political battle where he fought to protect King Foltrest but has ended up being wrongfully accused of killing him. He must set out into the world to clear his name.

The world is breathtaking, you find yourself in dark forests, ancient ruins, caves and medieval towns. Each location is rendered with great detail. It is not a nice world however, you start in the trade-post town of Flotsam. This is a riverside settlement and it gives off a reek of poverty and hopelessness with its whorehouses and gambling dens. You can while away many an hour and penny here.

The Witcher 2The towns feel alive as the characters go about their business, but you can see why this is rated for 18 and over as there are some themes you would not want your child to see. The sound track and game sound effects only add to the game making it feel more realistic.

Combat  is not straight forward and I would advise taking the tutorial to get to grips with it. It will take you thought the basics of sword fighting, bombs, traps and combat targeting and being a witcher you also need basic magic spells and potion creation skills.

The Witcher 2You will need the skills you learn in the game as you can’t just run in sword waving and expect to win. Combat is challenging and you need to learn the weakness of each foe that you face. A lot of decisions need to be made before combat, such as which potion you will need. These can not be changed in battle so it pays to think about what you are doing. The game will reward careful planning.

The game is about much  more than combat though, it has a strong storyline. You need to make sure you watch the cut scenes as often they contain valuable information. There are loads of sub plots going on and subtle twists mixed with political intrigue and it is definitely a game where you need to think.  Choices that you make during each part of the game and the things you say to the different characters can lead to a different outcome. The game actually has 16 different endings so you can play it again and reach a different conclusion.

I loved this game, it is an epic adventure and you really get immersed in the world. It is beautiful and complex and I appreciated the fact that the dialogue and the story were just as important to the outcome as the action.

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