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The Witcher 2

/ Jun 21st, 2011 No Comments

The Witcher 2 is a PC-only RPG game that boasts some of the best graphics in PC gaming right now, along with a edgy storyline and gruesome action. This is definitely not an RPG for the feint of heart nor one for those of you on old outdated computer systems.

The game is flat-out gorgeous and has a ton of action, although the learning curve can be quite steep and younger gamers should steer clear of the game. Nevertheless, if you’re like us and enjoy a serious toned game that offers up ghastly action and edgy themes, then The Witcher 2 will be a must-own.

Graphics

This aspect of the game is where the title shines the most. The graphics of The Witcher 2 are downright jaw-dropping if you have the right PC hardware. Fortunately we have a nice rig and were really impressed with the graphics in the game, especially of the environments and action. Playing the game early on, there was more than one moment where we literally said out loud, “HOLY S*#%” when some environmental effects took place.

The characters in the game look great and you can tell the art department over at CD Projekt took a painstakingly long amount of time getting the details just right. It also helps that they really got the naked women in the game right, too! That said, there are plenty of things done amazingly well in the graphics department. Top notch work done for this title.

Storyline

The Witcher 2 - Combat

The Witcher 2 - Combat

We’re used to a good versus evil battle in video games, which you won’t necessarily get when it comes to this title. It’s an interesting take on developing storylines as you’ll just decide for yourself who the bad guys and the good guys are in the game. It’s not explicitly stated and there’s no true moral compass nor is there a completely linear storyline. You just are one serious bad mamma-jamma and take on missions and chop people up (or set them on fire) in the process. Despite the narrow road we’re usually led down with video game storylines, you’ll find the characters are rich in their own rights. The story is deep and the characters are interesting, making for a nice deep storyline that may not be totally pleasing to all gamers but was a nice departure from the usual that we enjoyed.

Gameplay

Having not played the first game, we found that there was a bit of a learning curve getting through just the first stages of the game. Even on normal mode, you’ll find some of the action sequences quite hard and this game isn’t designed to be button mashed through. There is some planning involved here because you won’t be able to heal mid-combat and some foes are more susceptible to certain attacks or spells than others. For those of you that like a good RPG and want to use an Xbox 360 controller, you should be in luck. Although we preferred to play the game with the keyboard, there should be full support for using a gamepad which actually might work a lot better.

In terms of pure loot there’s isn’t too much to get you all that excited. The game focuses much more on presenting the story and big action sequences that force you to actually use your brain to get through. Again, unless you play the game on easy you will have to try to get through some levels on multiple tries. There is a ton of dialog in the game and you’ll get to respond as you like which at times elicits some pretty hilarious dialog along a very serious overall tone.

Scoring the gameplay does get high marks because when it comes down to it, the game is a heck of a lot of fun to play. The controls aren’t totally easy to grasp at first and there’s no real tutorial level to take you through the mechanics of combat and spellcasting. However, if you have played the series before or if you don’t mind doing a little bit of reading (plus some guesswork) you’ll pick it up in no time.

Overall Impressions

The strengths of this title are the graphics, by far. They are simply outstanding and the sound effects and music should get an honorable mention as well. The gameplay, while tough even at normal difficultly levels, is challenging to the point where it’s fun and the variety of environments and combat mechanics make for a fun but challenging experience. Overall, we’re looking at a really solid title for PC RPG fans and one that is definitely worth checking out.

gaming illustrated logo product ratings
entertainment factor 9 out of 10 for entertainment
longevity rating 8 out of 10 rating
audio and video rating 10 out of 10 rating
overall score final score 90%

 

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
Sean W. Gibson

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