Release Date: April 17th, 2012
Developer: CD Projekt RED
Publisher: Warner Home Video Games
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360]
Rated: M for Mature
The Witcher 2, originally a hit on PC, has finally made it’s way to console. As of April 17th all you role playing gamers finally got the chance to experience The Witcher 2 and NO, you didn’t have to run out and upgrade your PC’s. The Witcher is based on a series of bestselling novels by Andrzej Sapkowski and was brought to life by the guys and gals behind CD Projekt RED.
The Witcher 2 beautifully combines an adventurious story with amazing graphics all while giving you, the gamer, an easy and enjoyable gaming experience. Not only does the story provide a magical world that is compelling and captivating, but the game itself seems to have a magical quality that completely sucks you in.
In The Witcher 2 you play as Geralt, a Witcher, a slayer of monsters with special training and “abilities” to aid him in his dangerous adventures. Labeled a “King Slayer”, Geralt is on a mission to not only clear his name but find the man actually responsible for the Kings death.
Originally a PC game, the controls via console start off a little confusing, but that can be expected when you have so much content. Have no fear though the tutorial is here, and when it comes to tutorial’s it doesn’t get better than this. CD Projekt RED has managed to combine the tutorial smoothly into the story of the game, introducing you to the controls and menu’s flawlessly, without jeopardizing game play. And even though slightly confusing, you will be a pro in no time.
Graphically speaking it can’t get much better than The Witcher 2, and this isn’t just when it comes to the cutscenes. Gameplay is extremely comparable. Unlike other games in similar genres, you won’t even notice a difference as the visuals alternate between gameplay to cutscenes and back again. If you can, it’s recommended to make room on your hard drives for installments as there is a significant difference in graphics and gameplay. Although this difference isn’t enormous, it is significant in that you will get a smoother and cleaner graphic along with a less leggy gaming experience.
Do you love a game with an alluring story that has you so immersed that you just can’t get enough? Well The Witcher 2 does just that. It is after all called “Assassins of Kings”. They have taken a best selling novel and turned it into not only a beautiful game, but a playable book. Not only just a good story that you get to witness, but a story you get to experience and feel like you are a part of simply by allowing you to make choices as you play. These choices have a significant impact on the game. Not just a slight change but a change so significant that you can actually see it! From a happy visual of a town banquet to an extremely not happy genocidal riot. Leaving you with multiple scenarios, hours of gameplay and most importantly, replayability.
No game is perfect and The Witcher 2 is no exception. It does however do what most other games fail to do and that is make a game so well rounded that it is closer to perfect than any other game I have ever played. The gameplay issues consist of occasional freezing in which you will have to reset your console and the some changes of texture in the graphics. Although not completely eliminated, these issues are all further minimalized by simply installing the game to your hard drive.
Overall, The Witcher 2 is a must buy. If you don’t have this game you’re really are missing out. It has beautiful graphics; cutscenes and gameplay alike, a story so unbelievable captivating; with controversy, good and evil, blood and gore, and with the ability to make choices, you can’t go wrong.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5