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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Review

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RedFlames 17th May 2011, 10:41 Quote
I really should finish the first one...
thom804 17th May 2011, 10:46 Quote
95% for a non-valve game? Must be freaking amazing.
I'm not making disparaging remarks towards bit-tech, rather the opposite as I can imagine a lot of other sites will be rating this game this highly as well.
Also, as RedFlames says, I really need to finish the first one though :P
Madness_3d 17th May 2011, 10:59 Quote
I finished the first one and it is a masterpiece and I have no doubt this one will be as good maybe even better :D My copy is landing today :D
Phalanx 17th May 2011, 11:00 Quote
YES! Thank you CD Projekt! I loved the first one and was worried they would ruin the second, but I am glad to say I was wrong! I want your babies, CDP!
DwarfKiller 17th May 2011, 11:00 Quote
So many games, so little time... so little money :-(
adidan 17th May 2011, 11:00 Quote
I can't even remember much of what happened in the first one now. Bugger, do I replay that first? W2 turned up today safe and sound in a pretty box. :)
Baz 17th May 2011, 11:07 Quote
I didn't play the original Witcher, but watching Joe play this has thoroughly convinced me. Imminent purchase.
RedFlames 17th May 2011, 11:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by DwarfKiller
So many games, so little time... so little money :-(

what he said, only reword slightly to avoid accusations of plagiarism...

there's a few games i want to play, and this is one of them [once i finish the first one]
Phalanx 17th May 2011, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
I didn't play the original Witcher, but watching Joe play this has thoroughly convinced me. Imminent purchase.

You would benefit immensely from playing the first one Baz, as by the looks of it, The Witcher 2 continues where the first one stopped. Be warned though, there's a lot of stuff in there that is non-politically correct (that doesn't mean it's bad), and CDP clearly aren't scared of making stories involving items that people will find... touchy, at best.
seeds 17th May 2011, 11:19 Quote
I finished the first one last week so I was ready for this one. I really enjoyed the first and by the looks of it the second looks like it will be as good if not better. The only thing a fear is the QTEs.

-Seeds
Doctor Hades 17th May 2011, 11:26 Quote
I installed my GOG.com copy this morning but sadly I only got to try ten minutes of the Prologue before I had to leave for work. Fortunately, I'm taking the afternoon off so noon cannot come soon enough.

First impressions are that the game is a real labour of love as it shows in every aspect of the game I saw from the beautiful presentation and menus, stunning visuals, excellent voice-acting through to the sheer amount of detail in the game world. I was getting around 45-60 fps on the Prologue with Ultra settings (UberSampling disabled though) at 1920x1200 which is better than I expected. Apart from one stutter during a cutscene - likely streaming related - the game feels smooth. It even supports the Xbox 360 controller with button icons show on-screen and in the tutorials which is very welcome addition IMO.

Mind you, it's obvious that the game has been designed with an eventual port to the consoles as the graphics options are accessed through the launcher not from within the game menus themselves which makes tweaking the settings somewhat clumsy. Considering the first game had graphics options within the game itself I find this a surprising change.
jimbok11 17th May 2011, 11:33 Quote
anyone know the specs for this bad boy?
tad2008 17th May 2011, 11:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by DwarfKiller
So many games, so little time... so little money :-(

+1 to that...

Witcher 2 at 95% tho makes it a must buy for me and should keep me going till ME2 and GW2 are finally released.
misterd77 17th May 2011, 11:35 Quote
"Mind you, it's obvious that the game has been designed with an eventual port to the consoles as the graphics options are accessed through the launcher not from within the game menus themselves which makes tweaking the settings somewhat clumsy. Considering the first game had graphics options within the game itself I find this a surprising change."

not a bad thing, if it happens, w3 will be funded by
Phalanx 17th May 2011, 11:35 Quote
Recommended specs:

Processor: Intel Quad Core or AMD equivalent
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 260, 1 GB memory / Radeon HD 4850 with 1 GB memory
Memory: 3 GB for Windows XP / 4 GB for Windows Vista and Windows 7
Hard Disk: At least 16 GB of free space

Minimum specs:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD equivalent
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800, 512 MB memory or ATI equivalent
Memory: 1 GB for Windows XP / 2 GB for Windows Vista and Windows 7
Hard Disk: 8 GB for the game installation and 8 GB for bonus materials
Gunsmith 17th May 2011, 11:38 Quote
A game that doesn't patronize you or hold your hand and requires the ability to think as well?

must be a PC exclusive then.

must be purchased for great justice
Mentai 17th May 2011, 11:40 Quote
Being that this is the biggest PC exclusive in a long time it would have been good to see a performance section, even just a paragraph. Otherwise good review, sounds as good as I was hoping it was.
vampalan 17th May 2011, 12:07 Quote
Wow.. 95 percent.
bob_lewis 17th May 2011, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
A game that doesn't patronize you or hold your hand and requires the ability to think as well?

must be a PC exclusive then.

must be purchased for great justice
Exactly this.

2,5 more hours at work...
runadumb 17th May 2011, 12:24 Quote
So you're saying I should stop pissing around with the rather dull overlord and get started on The witcher 1?

Going by the review I'm not sure I would really like this but I feel so tempted too buy it from GOG anyway to support the developers, GOG and their sublime message.

DRM FREE!!!

Shame people are going to pirate the **** out of this :(
Spreadie 17th May 2011, 12:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
A game that doesn't patronize you or hold your hand and requires the ability to think as well?

must be a PC exclusive then.

must be purchased for great justice
+1

Wasn't overly fussed about, and haven't really played, the original. I'll definitely give this a go though.
Action_Parsnip 17th May 2011, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
A game that doesn't patronize you or hold your hand and requires the ability to think as well?

must be a PC exclusive then.

must be purchased for great justice

:D

Crysis 2 take note please....

P.S. on the strength of this review this might be the first 'fantasy' hobgoblins and frilly outfits rpg I've bought since .........Ocarina of Time
WildThing 17th May 2011, 12:49 Quote
My copy should be on its way, and I simply cannot wait! I was going to replay the first game but I doubt I will now...
Zurechial 17th May 2011, 12:59 Quote
Dammit.. I guess I have to go finish the original now if W2 has lived up to its hype.
Aracos 17th May 2011, 13:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mentai
Being that this is the biggest PC exclusive in a long time it would have been good to see a performance section, even just a paragraph. Otherwise good review, sounds as good as I was hoping it was.

But but.....what about my poor shogun 2? T_T
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