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The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings Preview

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chrisb2e9 4th March 2011, 08:19 Quote
sounds good. going to buy it for sure, how about the load times though?
TheLegendJoe 4th March 2011, 08:35 Quote
Looks great :) Never played the first one though... Do you think I should/is it still worth playing?
Kiytan 4th March 2011, 08:42 Quote
Yes the first one is very much worth playing, especially if you've played dragon age (as it has quite a few story similarities, but imo is done much better)

Can't wait for the second one, this might be a pre-order
63jax 4th March 2011, 08:54 Quote
i really hope they kept the isometric camera view too from the first one, that's how i like to play RPG's
bob_lewis 4th March 2011, 09:04 Quote
Excellent! Gief now, plz.
Jack_Pepsi 4th March 2011, 09:13 Quote
I only just started playing the first one. I'll admit that the combat system really pissed me off at first but I've warmed to it. After getting laid a few times, I've decided I like this game and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
adidan 4th March 2011, 09:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kiytan
Yes the first one is very much worth playing, especially if you've played dragon age (as it has quite a few story similarities, but imo is done much better)

Can't wait for the second one, this might be a pre-order
Agreed. Play the first for sure.

Oh and if you get it on pre-order you get some in game freebies, these are different depending on where you buy it from. ;)
adidan 4th March 2011, 09:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
I only just started playing the first one. I'll admit that the combat system really pissed me off at first
I nearly gave up on it because of that but once I got into it I loved it.
Jack_Pepsi 4th March 2011, 09:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by adidan
I nearly gave up on it because of that but once I got into it I loved it.

Same 'ere. My attention span is pretty short mind so I find myself dropping in and out of the game a lot.
Nikols 4th March 2011, 10:44 Quote
I have the sticking power of a used stamp! The combat system was enuff for me to go meh! If I want to sit there clicking keys in a defined order I'll type a letter. Good to heat there is a new system in place, may give this a look!
hexx 4th March 2011, 10:53 Quote
is it going to be on ps3? i've read something some time ago
TWeaK 4th March 2011, 11:39 Quote
If you preorder for PC be sure to buy from Good Old Games (effectively the developer's site)! They're doing it completely DRM-free, which needs to be supported.
Kris 4th March 2011, 12:10 Quote
I finished finally the first witcher a week ago (after buying it at the christmas sale for €5, but never getting around to playing it). I must say, it's one of my favourite RPG-s of all time, and if it's true that the second one is better, then.... well lets just say bioware might be in trouble :)
Jewels 4th March 2011, 12:31 Quote
BioWare's Aurora engine.
Dragon Age uses the Eclipse engine.
Er-El 4th March 2011, 13:18 Quote
Hopefully I get Witcher 1 done first before this is already out.
WildThing 4th March 2011, 13:48 Quote
Nice preview, looking good. I'll be getting this when it comes out, just not sure If I can be bothered to pre-order it.
Madness_3d 4th March 2011, 14:54 Quote
Can't wait, The Witcher 1 was one of my favourite games ever :D
sear 4th March 2011, 15:57 Quote
What's with all this retroactive bashing about The Witcher? It's one thing to say the new game is better, but when you imply the original game was clunky, unattractive, had poor combat, immature, etc., that's a bit unfair in my book, especially considering it's now several years old and the standards of the time were different. In fact, many modern CRPGs like Risen are still not significantly better than The Witcher as far as interface, visuals etc. go.

I don't know, it just strikes me as creating extremes where they don't actually exist, in order to create the illusion that the new game is somehow a bigger improvement than it actually is. I could just as easily turn things around and make it look worse when put next to the first game. "The Witcher 2 lacks all of the depth of the first game's combat and has been transformed into a mindless hack-n-slash, its menus lack the artistic elegance of the first game's, and the lack of an overhead camera makes the game feel more like an action game than a real RPG." That'd be unfair to The Witcher 2, of course, but my point is that it reduces the whole article's integrity.

This "retroactive reviewing" of games isn't just confusing, it also highlights significant problems in the reviews process.

Then again, I'm not sure I'd expect much insight on RPGs from the web site that voted Mass Effect 2 "RPG" of the year.
adidan 4th March 2011, 16:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
What's with all this retroactive bashing about The Witcher?
Eh? From what I can see it's primarily praise about The Witcher.
Toploaded 4th March 2011, 17:20 Quote
I've never really given any RPG's a chance, working in game development I tend to spend hours in front of various editors and when it comes time to play, I like something fast paced.

Main reason I'm going to get this game is due to there bold anti DRM stance, I want to help it pay off for them and hopefully show the industry it was the right thing to do (The company I work for has long taken an anti DRM stance, but it's very significant to see it for a AAA title). Although I tend to prefer my games attached to steam works I've pre ordered straight from GoG.com. And who knows it could be the start of my love affair with RPGS ;)
Apoptosis 4th March 2011, 20:25 Quote
Preordered, now just to wait for Dragon Age 2 and grind that until May.
tad2008 4th March 2011, 20:59 Quote
Seems to me that those Bit-tech peeps present at the demo were too busy looking out for some sex and weren't paying enough attention to the actual goings on in the game, lol
Kiytan 5th March 2011, 01:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear

Then again, I'm not sure I'd expect much insight on RPGs from the web site that voted Mass Effect 2 "RPG" of the year.

Mass effect (1 or 2) to my mind had more role playing in it than most "proper" RPG's did.
frontline 5th March 2011, 13:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
Then again, I'm not sure I'd expect much insight on RPGs from the web site that voted Mass Effect 2 "RPG" of the year.

That was user votes, not bit-tech themselves, if i remember rightly. Mass Effect 2 is probably not the rpg purist's choice, but it is an accessible and well made game experience.
rtrski 5th March 2011, 15:33 Quote
For me good RPGs aren't just about the role and the character development, but the story development as well. Witcher was great (based on enjoyment of the game I've even bought the books that are translated to English, unfortunately only the short stories ("The Witcher") and the first novel ("Blood of Elves") in the series are available so far.

Regarding Mass Effect as RPGs.....sorry, ME1 was great, and ME2 was going well (although the characters all seemed a bit more "cliche'd" into specific roles -- the reluctant/dying/sensitive assassin, the Cerebrus tormented genius gorgeous chick with a past, the ultrapowerful abused child physic prodigy, etc -- until the final boss just ruined it for me.

SPOILER ALERT DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED ME1 or ME2!!! (It pisses me off but I don't want to ruin it for others)






We understood from the end of the first one that the Reapers "needed" biological organisms for some reason, hence the technology bait to build up followed by the repeated return from deep space every aeon to 'cull'. The return of the Prometheans as modified puppets of their former selves was a nice reveal. But when the Reaper being built from human bodies is a giant stupid pseudo-robot skeleton with giant "SHOOT ME HERE DUMBASS!!" H.U.D. markers on gushy bags inside it....oh dear god. Unfinished reaper or not, it was like they didn't even try. I mean, compare that with the fight down the spine of the Citadel having to fight off Soverign's minions and the ship's batteries on the way... Such a complete and total story failure from what was a great buildup until then. Nearest equivalent final boss fail: Borderland's "prize" for opening the Vault being some stupid tentacly blob that just took ammo and no real skill to put down. Sigh.
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