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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Review

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Skiddywinks 17th May 2011, 13:08 Quote
I seriously need this game. Unfortunately I have just too many to play right now. Which is a shame because I want this game so bad.

Screw Dragon Age. The real RPG action is here.
Claave 17th May 2011, 13:09 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.

CD Projekt got in touch with us to say that the retail code will have engine/performance optimisations that our review code didn't have (note: not gameplay changes or visual differences, just performance optimisations). We'll give the retail code a whirl when we can and look into a performance/hardware article if we think it's interesting enough.
Blademrk 17th May 2011, 13:17 Quote
I need to play the first one (sitting in my steam collection, waiting for spare HDD space to download)
Unknownsock 17th May 2011, 13:25 Quote
I really really need to finish Witcher one fast now :(
Apoptosis 17th May 2011, 13:27 Quote
Now I am burning with anticipation, Joe Martin's opinions regarding RPGs haven't let me down in the past and I suspect they won't now. If only the postman hurried to bring me my copy...
Kris 17th May 2011, 13:28 Quote
Can't wait to buy it!

question though: is there a difference if i were to buy it from steam? I have loads of games on my account there, wouldn't want to buy this from let's say GoG just because they are 'drm free'.

Meaning: how do the games bought from gog.com work? any accounts needed, or is it basically the same system as steam?

Also, awesome review Joe - i've been banging the drum of the Witcher one being one of the greatest rpg-s ever and i'm pretty sure the second one is even better! :)
will buy this the first chance i get.
Madness_3d 17th May 2011, 13:36 Quote
What happened to No DRM? I know it's not Draconian but 2 PC's is a bit harsh!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11087241/Photo%20May%2017%2C%2013%2032%2040.jpg
Installing now :-/
Fizzban 17th May 2011, 13:37 Quote
Was a joy to get in from work and see it sitting there waiting for me. Currently installing it. *bounces up and down like a little kid* :D
jhng 17th May 2011, 13:40 Quote
95%?? Seriously??

The review certainly suggests that CD Projekt have done a good job and put together a good game, but I didn't get the impression reading it that we're talking about a classic, 'must play', 'will be remembered for years' game. Maybe it is, in which case the review could perhaps bring out that brilliance a bit better. Alternatively, could it be that the score is bit overgenerous for what it really is?

Since the scoring system changed, I've read several recent reviews where I've had this impression. Products that do alright and I would have expected to be respectable 7s in the old days are suddenly 88%, 92% etc etc.

Clearly it is nice to give producers some support -- particularly when they are guys like CDProjekt who are fighting the good fight for PC gaming -- but not at the cost of undermining the usefulness of the review process.

I'll give Witcher 2 a go anyway, although I wasn't so keen on the first one (and ended up dropping it in favour of Dragon Age: Origins). Hopefully, it will indeed be one to remember for years.
Blademrk 17th May 2011, 13:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Madness_3d
What happened to No DRM? I know it's not Draconian but 2 PC's is a bit harsh!

The digital copy from GOG.com has no DRM, not the retail copies.

The retail copy DRM is for 2 concurrent installs, uninstalling a copy on one of the two (or not logging into the game for 2 months) should give you an install credit back. As far as DRM schemes go, it doesn't seem too bad. Still, the digital version seems the way to go with this one.
Kiytan 17th May 2011, 13:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kris

Meaning: how do the games bought from gog.com work? any accounts needed, or is it basically the same system as steam?


You sign up for an account (just like any other website) then when you are on your account page, you will be greeted with something similar to:

This

Then you just click on any game to download it (or one of the extras that come with it) Either via a direct link, or the GoG downloader.

EDIT: It's aslo cheaper from GoG than steam.
Madness_3d 17th May 2011, 14:05 Quote
A 28MB Activation patch... Just been digging around for my Witcher 1 save files. I'd archived them off my SSD because there's over 500MB of them :D

Just got this...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11087241/Witcher2.JPG

So I have an Unlimited License but I can't register the game to get the DLC...
"Connection Error. Try again later"... grrrrr...
Aracos 17th May 2011, 14:48 Quote
Quick question, I thought this was supposed to be a multi platform game? When did they scrap that idea? I'm by no means complaining, just asking out of interest.
jon 17th May 2011, 14:54 Quote
Good lord! Steam has Witcher 1, Enhanced Edition Director's Cut for $19.99 right now ... GOG.com is offering it up for $4.99 ...

Where do you want to buy your games? :)
spectre456 17th May 2011, 15:33 Quote
How come you guys didn't a graphics benchmark? this looks like a beast to run and i wan't to know which settings sap the most performance.
b0ng0 17th May 2011, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
CD Projekt got in touch with us to say that the retail code will have engine/performance optimisations that our review code didn't have (note: not gameplay changes or visual differences, just performance optimisations). We'll give the retail code a whirl when we can and look into a performance/hardware article if we think it's interesting enough.

As Claave said, they don't actually have the retail code which is optimised performance-wise from their preview code.

I was wondering how they posted a review when the game had only been out for 4 hours, unless there's some serious speed gaming going on :D.
fatty beef 17th May 2011, 15:58 Quote
First game was a little clunky at times and started slow. After the 2nd chapter it starts rolling and you can legitimately irritate people so it gets more interesting and kick ass if you stick with it.

Hysterical dialogue options at times. But overall pretty engaging and fun. Way better than Mass Effect or DA if we are using those as the bar. Like not even close. No char customization but with the choices you can make or ignore that more than makes up for it.

I thought the cards were funny - total cultural thing - growing up in pretty Polish area stateside I get it (more of a joke than anything) but can see where some people would find it stupid/offensive. Some of the dialogue options as well were super Polish and amusing in themselves.

That Aurora engine looks better than the Unreal one used in the ME series (which makes me throw in my mouth) and the footage (will be waiting for me when I get home from work) from the Witcher 2 looks pretty glorious.

Playing the first one is probably worth it, cant say one way or another but it looked like you get to keep some items and gold which is boss but it takes a while to get through it. It's not like you can just run through it in 10-12 hours though so expect it to take a while.

Can't wait to give this a try.
Waynio 17th May 2011, 16:17 Quote
Ahh, relief it's a gooden , this & L.A. Noir could hold up my mod considerably :D.

Gonna buy it right now from GOG & get it downloading & hopefully get a good bit done on my mod while it downloads woo hoo :D.
Toploaded 17th May 2011, 17:19 Quote
So glad this game didn't suck, and I hope it goes on to sell very well. I really do think everyone, even the most die hard of Steam fans should consider getting this on GoG.com just to support what they are doing and own a truly DRM free version of a AAA game.
MiNiMaL_FuSS 17th May 2011, 17:56 Quote
I played the first one recently after putting it off.

It's one of the single best games I've ever played, immediately made my top 10 along side the original mafia, original halflife, deus ex and the like.

Please go and play the first if you havn't...reviews dont do it justice as it was re-released with alot of fixes.

I've been looking forward to the second installment and it looks as though it wotn disapoint!
Apoptosis 17th May 2011, 18:38 Quote
€49,99 in both Steam an GoG.com, glad I pre-ordered a physical copy from Play.com for less than €32. How can it be so much cheaper to manufacture a disc and package and ship it, than to download a digital copy?
Hovis 17th May 2011, 18:41 Quote
I really, really want to play the first one through, but I just bored to tears somewhere around the second chapter, and I hate myself for that because the game really comes across like a labour of love and exactly the sort of thing I'd normally love. I just can't handle the slowness of those early stages. I blame the way the game lured me in though to be honest, I feel so compelled to wring everything out of it that I kind of get bogged down. I can't play a game half arsed, and fully arsed, well that just takes a long time, so I get stuck. Here's hoping the sequel warms up a little faster.
Orca 17th May 2011, 19:13 Quote
:( :( :(

Came home expecting to play this game only to find a bloody Royal Mail note saying the parcel was too big to fit through the letterbox! Aarggggggggggghhhhhh it's only the premium edition as well! Will have to wait until tomorrow before I can get my mitts on this :'(

Edit: Actually after watching this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAxjqUYPJaU I understand the postie's dilemma... didn't quite expect all the "premium" content to come in more than a DVD box. Lesson learned - always deliver to the office from now on :(
Ficky Pucker 17th May 2011, 19:16 Quote
95%, it seems the game will be as good as i hoped it'd be :D

i'm replaying the 1st one before i get my hands on the witcher 2.
mckoneds 17th May 2011, 20:02 Quote
I really want to get this and support people who are doing real PC development. Seems like CD Projekt, Valve, and Blizzard are the only companies we have left. Unfortunately I haven't finished #1 yet, and have a pile of games to play already on my steam list. It may be a while before I get to this.
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