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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Review

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Otis1337 17th May 2011, 20:53 Quote
So jsut played about an hour, and jesus funk me chirst its good!... but with only a single 5850 screaming its balls of to run it on max at only 15fps, im not playing till i can get a second 5850 to max the game...
Hardware150 17th May 2011, 21:39 Quote
Preordered this off gog.com, still working my way through the first witcher though.

Damned work and all.
knyghtryda 17th May 2011, 23:49 Quote
Ugh... I really don't want to buy the retail version with DRM, but its $15 less than the digital version. Whyyyyyyy?
radziecki 18th May 2011, 00:18 Quote
It makes me proud to be Polish :D
radziecki 18th May 2011, 00:23 Quote
And for all of you who are wondering about the price difference between GOG and Steam - GOG is CD Projekt own distribution platform, hence the difference.
Waynio 18th May 2011, 00:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by radziecki
It makes me proud to be Polish :D

:D But I'm going to have to unsubscribe from this thread now so I don't get dragged into playing the game until I finish my mod but can't wait to play through it ;).
Toploaded 18th May 2011, 03:24 Quote
I had 5 mins so figured I'd have a quick blast, and well, you can tell I'm not an RPG player :)

First issue was the pop on tutorials were very small and hard to read at a glace, and disappeared very quickly before I could read them all, and I was left not really knowing wtf to do other then hack and slash. This, I'm happy to admit his due to me being a total newcomer to these types of RPG, so I guess I'll have to read up more about it.
AstralWanderer 18th May 2011, 04:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Apoptosis
€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?
This is the big fly in the ointment with CD-Projekt's release strategy in my view.

If you want DRM-free, you have to pay more (and European users have to pay US$65.97 compared to the US/UK pricing of US$49.99) while missing out on the physical goodies like paper manuals and maps.

If you want the best price, a nice box for your shelf, a manual you can read while on the toilet (please don't offer suggestions on doing this with a PDF copy!) and a map you can ogle while waiting on the loading screens, you then have obnoxious online activation DRM to deal with.

If you want the most convenience, you have to buy twice (one physical, one GOG).
CardJoe 18th May 2011, 08:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Toploaded
I had 5 mins so figured I'd have a quick blast, and well, you can tell I'm not an RPG player :)

First issue was the pop on tutorials were very small and hard to read at a glace, and disappeared very quickly before I could read them all, and I was left not really knowing wtf to do other then hack and slash. This, I'm happy to admit his due to me being a total newcomer to these types of RPG, so I guess I'll have to read up more about it.

Press J. The Journal has an expansive and easily accessible manual in it. Some of the stuff it fills in as you go, such as the spells, but it's overflowing with content and lore to start with.
tristanperry 18th May 2011, 08:41 Quote
Sounds awesome. Especially since it's an RPG that doesn't try making things easy for you and hold your hand throughout (ala - for example - Oblivion). Will look to get this after exams I guess.
Chicken76 18th May 2011, 09:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Otis1337
So jsut played about an hour, and jesus funk me chirst its good!... but with only a single 5850 screaming its balls of to run it on max at only 15fps, im not playing till i can get a second 5850 to max the game...
:( This means I won't have a chance of playing it decently anywhere above medium settings with my GTX260.
I'm still looking forward to a performance review though.
WildThing 18th May 2011, 09:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ficky Pucker
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.

Yeah I got home last night only to find my copy hadn't turned up, so I fired up the original. Hopefully I'll have enough willpower to finish before moving on the Witcher 2!
CardJoe 18th May 2011, 09:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Chicken76
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Originally Posted by Otis1337
So jsut played about an hour, and jesus funk me chirst its good!... but with only a single 5850 screaming its balls of to run it on max at only 15fps, im not playing till i can get a second 5850 to max the game...
:( This means I won't have a chance of playing it decently anywhere above medium settings with my GTX260.
I'm still looking forward to a performance review though.

I do want to do a technical analysis of The Witcher 2, but it may have to wait a bit - we've got big plans for next week as it is!
TWeaK 18th May 2011, 10:40 Quote
Really looking forward to playing this! Still got to finish the first one though, and I've got exams and work as well.. :/

Also, cheers for not providing any real spoilers! And I'm glad you didn't put too much emphasis on how it expects you to have played the previous game - you don't hear people complaining about the 2nd and 3rd Lord of the Rings or Star Wars films because they expect you to have watched the first!!

Couple tricks from the first game that people might find useful:

1) Not sure about that amulet thing the article mentioned, but you can set the game to always display text above characters, containers, plants and bodies. This makes it much easier to find those hidden barrels in dark corners, without so much pixel hunting. There's also a toggle key that brings it up - I think it's left Alt by default

2) If you Control+Click on bodies, plants or containers, you can take everything out of it without bringing up the inventory screen. If your inventory is full or you've got already got that type of weapon it will pop up, though, letting you drop what you're carrying if you want the new item.

I'm not sure if these are still there in this game, but I'd be surprised if they weren't!
Fizzban 18th May 2011, 11:07 Quote
Great game so far but damn I aint played a game in ages which brought my pc to its knees. Had to drop settings to medium.
Chicken76 18th May 2011, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
I do want to do a technical analysis of The Witcher 2, but it may have to wait a bit - we've got big plans for next week as it is!

That's good to hear.
Think I'll buy this game anyway. Really, a new PC game without DRM (on gog.com)?! (and a good one at that) CD Projekt deserves my money just for that.
Hovis 18th May 2011, 12:04 Quote
Goddamnit. I click on the start new game button and what does it offer me? The chance to import a savegame. I know, I'm weak, but I can't turn that down. I love importing savegames. It makes me happy.

So I guess now I have to complete The Witcher. And I have to do a proper job of it, lest I mess up The Witcher 2. Nuts.
fatty beef 18th May 2011, 14:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Otis1337
So jsut played about an hour, and jesus funk me chirst its good!... but with only a single 5850 screaming its balls of to run it on max at only 15fps, im not playing till i can get a second 5850 to max the game...

I have two 5770, crossfire scaling is meh right now, you should disable the motion blur effects, turn everything to "high" then turn off ubersampling and you should see a pretty big jump, takes out a few goodies (really marginal stuff) but still looks better than any other game I have played
Mentai 18th May 2011, 14:04 Quote
Oh hey, this review ended up on metacritic.

@TWeak

Started playing Witcher 1 tonight, I was wondering how to auto loot! Cheers.
Bauul 18th May 2011, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mentai
Oh hey, this review ended up on metacritic.

@TWeak

Started playing Witcher 1 tonight, I was wondering how to auto loot! Cheers.

Wow, never thought I'd see Bit-Tech (well, Bit-Gamer) up on Metacritic.

Clearly you are all sell-outs now. ;)
Whirly 18th May 2011, 16:06 Quote
I'm so glad to see this game get top scores. It seems rarer and rarer nowadays to see a developer create a labour of love and they deserve to be rewarded. Here's hoping it sells massively.
Eiffie 18th May 2011, 18:29 Quote
All I have to say about this game is man, THEY REALLY went crazy on the amount of graphics options, just the way I like it!!!
Toploaded 18th May 2011, 23:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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Originally Posted by Toploaded
I had 5 mins so figured I'd have a quick blast, and well, you can tell I'm not an RPG player :)

First issue was the pop on tutorials were very small and hard to read at a glace, and disappeared very quickly before I could read them all, and I was left not really knowing wtf to do other then hack and slash. This, I'm happy to admit his due to me being a total newcomer to these types of RPG, so I guess I'll have to read up more about it.

Press J. The Journal has an expansive and easily accessible manual in it. Some of the stuff it fills in as you go, such as the spells, but it's overflowing with content and lore to start with.

Ah thanks, that's cool I'll have a good look over it. It's a game I'm happy to invest some effort into in order to get the most from it.
Toploaded 19th May 2011, 04:23 Quote
Sorry for the double post and all, but and I the only one that keeps getting his butt well and truly handed to him on the very first section of the game?? :/ I'm only playing on medium too, crazy. I never thought of myself as a sucky gamer before but this game reminds me of when a girlfriend has her first attempt at playing an FPS on a mouse and keyboard.
Helz 19th May 2011, 04:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hovis
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.

The exact same thing happened to me. Twice. It's just about the second chapter where I think, "I will not go back into that same goddamn swamp one more time." And I quit.

Now I've read this review and I'm seriously considering giving the game one more go :)

The only change I disapprove of is the removal of the cards. I'm gonna miss those.
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