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#1 May 17 2011 at 6:45 PM Rating: Good
I picked it up today. Starts off pretty epic. Graphics are jaw dropping. I'm still figuring out the new combat system and got my but handed to me on the first mission but the story so far drops you right into some cool stuff.

I wish I still had my save files from the first game. I built a new rig between now and then and forgot to save them so I am starting with the default story which is much different than how I completed the first game. Might have to give it another play though and after I beat this one and see how much you can change the outcomes.

Ok back to playing more on this later. :)
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#2 May 22 2011 at 2:48 PM Rating: Good
I'm developing a bit of a love/hate relationship with this game. Some of the time it seems amazing, but that is only when you are not utterly frustrated.

Pro:

Very nice graphics. I'm running a custom blend between high and ultra. I'm not a big fan of Crysis style motion blur camera so I turned that off but I am able to run everything else pretty high and it looks stunning.

Engaging story from the get go. I felt drawn back into the Witcher world immediately. I'm enjoying the plot much like ME/ME2 it's a bit like being part of a good movie or book.

Combat: I like how they switched the combat system to be slow and fast attacks on the mouse rather than switching stances.

Con:

It's very difficult with no gentle learning curve of the new combat system. I hate to admit stuff like this and my gamer pride won't let me set it to easy. BUT MY GOD MAN. You are thrown to the wolves early and often. You better RTFM. Becuase if you are not blocking, dodging, spell stuning, and throwing bombs you are going to die. Often.

Real time Quick events: There will come a time when a dragon is chasing you. To dodge the breath hit left mouse. Simple enough right? (No spoiler there becuase they tell you to do that in game) WRONG! You are going to die over and over until you turn off the buggy Real time event and set that to non difficult. This would only be a blow to my pride if it was not becuase of it being buggy and not registering half the time.

Save Points:

Yes the story is good but no I don't want to go through a 15 minute conversation AGAIN becuase I died right after the conversation and it was a non savable area. You can click all the way through them but be careful becuase you can F up and not pick the conversation answer you wanted the first time becuase you are in a hurry to get back to the part right after. Then you die again on the part right after...


So yeah in conclusion I don't know if the difficulty curve is going to go from: "I'm a Witcher but I die every 30 seconds" to "I"M THE FING WITCHER GOD KNEEL BEFORE ME" after you get more gear and talent points. But early on it's a pretty rough ride lol. Though still fun.














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#3 May 22 2011 at 4:19 PM Rating: Good
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What irks me about this release is that apparently they took down their login/register function while preparing for Patch 1.1. Unfortunately, that means you can't install the patches for the first game since you can't register your copy of the game. Smiley: facepalm

Looking forward to completing the first (never did finish it - found the combat wonky) so I can get the sequel. It looks amazing.
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#4 May 22 2011 at 5:32 PM Rating: Good
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Save points are so irritating to me now that I've gotten used to playing MMOs and PS3 games...

And, if you are going to have them, they sure as **** better be frequent (I thought FFXIII was fine) and cut-scenes that might need to be repeated should have a repeat option. Which wouldn't really be hard. The system could easily be programmed to keep track of answers since your last save and automatically use those if you decide to skip a cutscene in future attempts.
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#5 May 22 2011 at 9:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Just finished L.A. Noire and have been looking forward to this game for over a year. I might have to pick up a second card for crossfire so I can play on high settings. Going to look @#%^ing brilliant on a 55" TV.

From what I hear, this is a game you want to buy a physical copy of as well for the manual etc.

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What irks me about this release is that apparently they took down their login/register function while preparing for Patch 1.1. Unfortunately, that means you can't install the patches for the first game since you can't register your copy of the game. Smiley: facepalm

Looking forward to completing the first (never did finish it - found the combat wonky) so I can get the sequel. It looks amazing.


The fixes they made to the original did nothing short of completely changing the fun factor of the game. I picked it up prior to the big patch and it felt clunky and buggy with long (read ridiculous) load times. After the patch, it became amazingly fun and a joy to play.


Edited, May 22nd 2011 10:21pm by Paskil
#6 May 23 2011 at 7:53 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I heard good stuff about the Enhanced Edition patch. Unfortunately, I can't install them until the website login function is enabled. Smiley: frown
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#7 May 25 2011 at 1:25 PM Rating: Good
Okay so I understand a bit more now why the combat in the prologue was so difficult. I found out if you import your save you get to keep your uber Raven armor and Arondight sword. I imagine that making a pretty substantial difference compared to the default junk I was wearing.

But I am out of the prologue now and working my way through chapter one. With a bit of better armor and weapons I am now doing pretty well. The forest around the first town is stunning. Walking along the high rocky bank of the river below, looking at the old growth tree's and light steaming through them. Then it started to rain and the effect was really cool.

Anyway I am not very far yet in this game due to a slow start and still playing some MMO's but hope to get further in soon.

Edited, May 25th 2011 12:25pm by Shojindo
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#8 May 26 2011 at 9:02 AM Rating: Good
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I'm surprised noone linked this yet.
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#9 May 26 2011 at 9:30 AM Rating: Good
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I can totally relate to that.

it should be noted that the intro is like .2 hrs :P

Edited, May 26th 2011 8:31am by KTurner
#10 May 26 2011 at 1:18 PM Rating: Good
I thought those were going to be links to the fine digital boobies that are in one of the first cut scenes...

"Camera pans up...wait are they going to show that...woah"

Nice.
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#11 May 26 2011 at 2:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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Fony just posted his latest BFF Report and it's on The Witcher 2: http://www.zam.com/bffreport.html?bffreport=69.

I personally haven't picked up the game yet. It looks interesting, but I'm afraid I'd end up like that Penny Arcade comic.
#12 Jun 03 2011 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
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this game kicked ****. had to skip most of the side quests in the second half because ****, **** was going down!

had to play on the lowest settings (except texture size to large) and it still looked amazing.

far from perfect but i give it 10/10.
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#13 Jun 04 2011 at 3:26 PM Rating: Good
Yeah I just finished my first play through as well. I concur, this game is fantastic.

I mostly went sword line with a bit of buffed quen sheild and about midway through ch 1 I was starting to be pretty **** strong. Really the Prologue was the hardest part. Although there are a few tough spots after. But non of that matters becuase the story is great and the pacing leaves you breathless at times.

I think this game puts DA 2 to shame. Honestly this is one of the best RPG's I have played to date even with it's flaws its a stand out masterpeice IMHO.

And now for some spoiler talk!:

During Witcher 1 I had originally sided with the Scoia'tael . As I did not have my save handy the game had me defaulted to having not helped them and the elves calling me a bertrayer and whatnot. So I went with helping Roche. Partly becuase I wanted to nail Ves. (Mission accomplished there!) But also becuase I thought Roche was pretty cool. I had also chosen Shiani over Triss in the first game. But the default had me with Triss here so I ran with that.

I was thinking about it and I realized my old computer is in the storage closet and I might be able to salvage my save. So on my second play through I am going to side with the elves again and help Iorveth. I'm thinking the story will be pretty different since I hope I might team up with the virgin sword lady and oppose Henselt from the start.

I also skipped a bit of the side quests in ch3 just becuase I was way into the main story line. On my next play I plan to try and complete everything and explore a bit more. For example there was a sword recipe for an uber super sword I never got becuase it needed a dragon scale. But I killed the dragon and there was no chance to loot it ... Plus the vendor was gone after the dragon fight. So I know I missing several tings like that on my first play through.

I think the game has some serious replay potential though. Next time I am going to invest heavily in magic and alchemy in stead of swords and see how that goes.



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#14 Jun 05 2011 at 12:12 AM Rating: Good
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After watching the Escapist review for this game, and listening to all of the frustrations that they expressed with the gameplay, I just re-installed Morrowind.

/shrug
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#15 Jun 05 2011 at 1:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Demea wrote:
After watching the Escapist review for this game, and listening to all of the frustrations that they expressed with the gameplay, I just re-installed Morrowind.

/shrug


Yes but he has liked a total of what, five of the games he has reviewed? I'm still waiting to play. I think I'm going to order a second 6850 next week and possibly a SSD for my games sometime in the future. I probably won't get around to playing Witcher 2 for another month at least, mostly because I'm going to get Infamous and something else to play first for my PSN free games. Also, I think I may download a few PSX games for my PSP (Chrono Cross and FFIX) and I still need to play through The Witcher again first since it's been a while.
#16 Jun 05 2011 at 9:20 PM Rating: Decent
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Paskil wrote:
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After watching the Escapist review for this game, and listening to all of the frustrations that they expressed with the gameplay, I just re-installed Morrowind.

/shrug
Yes but he has liked a total of what, five of the games he has reviewed?

The legit review, not the crazy British guy who only ******* about things with terribly over-wrought analogies.
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#17 Jun 05 2011 at 10:24 PM Rating: Good
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There do real reviews? Huh.
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#18 Jun 05 2011 at 11:14 PM Rating: Good
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http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/8905-The-Witcher-2-Assassins-of-Kings-Review
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#19 Jun 06 2011 at 3:55 AM Rating: Good
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The Escapist is the magazine (or company), Zero Punctuation is Yahtzee (crazy British guy).

You don't watch Zero Punctuation to figure out if you should buy a game, you watch it because he's awesome at ridiculing stuff.
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#20 Jun 06 2011 at 5:35 AM Rating: Decent
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Demea wrote:
Paskil wrote:
Demea wrote:
After watching the Escapist review for this game, and listening to all of the frustrations that they expressed with the gameplay, I just re-installed Morrowind.

/shrug
Yes but he has liked a total of what, five of the games he has reviewed?

The legit review, not the crazy British guy who only ******* about things with terribly over-wrought analogies.


Ah, my mistake.
#21 Jun 06 2011 at 7:26 AM Rating: Default
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eh, i'd never base my decision on the second lowest review of a game.

this guy's review hit the nail right on the head. i can't stand video reviews or vlogs or any of that crap. give it at least 3:30 to see the weidzmin polish tv show and the da2 bit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htP7S7jsXyA&feature=youtu.be

from the escapist:
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The fundamental problem is that the game is terrible at teaching you how to enjoy it. I have no qualms with offering players a challenge, but too often I failed in the opening of The Witcher 2 because I simply didn't have the mechanics properly demonstrated to me, not because it was actually challenging. My experience with the prologue carried through the rest of the game.


baloney. after i beat it once i started it right over on hard difficulty and there were some sequences that took a dozen tries to beat. hard = really hard, easy = not exactly easy. if you get surrounded you will die.

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I will likely replay The Witcher 2 again and again as I wait for the inevitable threequel,

sounds like he lowered his score just to get clicks, a la that destructard.

Edited, Jun 6th 2011 9:37am by axhed
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#22 Jun 06 2011 at 7:31 AM Rating: Good
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I'd like to watch that review, but after 10 seconds of his monologue (between the voice, the facial expressions and the gestures) I wanted to murder something.
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#23 Jun 06 2011 at 7:39 AM Rating: Decent
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don't hate him because he's beautiful.
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#24 Jun 06 2011 at 7:42 AM Rating: Good
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lol, he just needs to tone it down. Maybe I'm just dull, but I don't enjoy watching overly animated people. They should be repressed and bored.
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#25 Jun 06 2011 at 7:43 AM Rating: Good
All the comments on that escapist review are funny. Basically they say "If you suck at video games you probably should not review them".

Which I agree with to a certain extent. But I had the same experience on my first play through. All I have to say is "Stick with it." It's sooooo worth it.

I just played through the prologue and part of chapter 1 again and pretty much owned it all with no issues. Because I am so much better at the combat now than when I first started. Instead of searching for my old save I decided to just download one from a gamefaqs thread where they made the same choices as me on The Witcher 1.

Starting with the Raven armor and 2 better swords helps some but they scale them down so they were not as much stronger than the default starter gear as I thought they might be. I've already replaced them early into chapter 1. Mostly it's just that I have my combat skills down to instinct now.
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#26 Jun 06 2011 at 7:49 AM Rating: Good
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All this Witcher talk is making me want to build my rig sooner...
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#27 Jun 06 2011 at 8:11 AM Rating: Good
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But I had the same experience on my first play through. All I have to say is "Stick with it." It's sooooo worth it.

In that case, do you think my PC could run it reasonably well?

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#28 Jun 06 2011 at 8:16 AM Rating: Good
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i fired up witcher 1 again and gave it a real effort this time. I'm glad I did. The combat is still pretty wonky to me but i do enjoy it.
#29 Jun 06 2011 at 8:58 AM Rating: Good
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In that case, do you think my PC could run it reasonably well?

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http://www.techspot.com/review/405-the-witcher-2-performance/

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Overall, we've found that The Witcher 2 scales quite well, covering a broad range of today's hardware. On one end of the spectrum, you can scrape by with an affordable graphics card such as the $80 Radeon HD 6570 by playing with the Low Spec quality preset. On the other end, you can quite literally incapacitate today's fastest dual-GPU cards, the GTX 590 and HD 6990.


But I dunno how low the scaling can go to tell you the truth. That might be a pretty tough job for that card depending on the resolution you play at. It does utilize CPU as well. The CPU/GPU testing at techspot had the lowest cards in the GTX 450 range and they got a performance boost from OCing the CPU as well.

I have a core-i7 6GB DDR3 and a single GTX 460 PNY OC 1GB and the game played great. Even though that performance test shows them getting ~30 FPS with that card. I was getting much higher but I turned off SAO and Ubersampling as well as motion blur on camera. Everything else was set to high.

Axhed said he played it on low settings. What kinda rig were you playing it on Axhed?

Edited, Jun 6th 2011 8:01am by Shojindo
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#30 Jun 06 2011 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
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my laptop was kicking out some major heat! i played at 1280x720 on my laptop and tv. the game is locked at 16:9 ratio for now, old school 4:3'rs beware.

steamfiends should be warned that steam is having issues with patches. for performance purposes cdprojekt packed the game into a 9gb archive. the gog.com, retail, and d2d patches for version 1.1 were 16mb files that edited that archive, but steam had users downloading the whole 9gb new archive.

well darn... looks like it's the same deal for patch 1.2 and steam is locking all the b!tchfest threads.
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#31 Jun 07 2011 at 1:17 PM Rating: Good
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I'm playing through this as well.

I would say the only flaw in the game is that it will sometimes spontaneously shut down...usually after I've been playing it WAYYYYY too long. :D

Really, the biggest stumbling blocks for people that I can see in the game are:

- Starting on the wrong difficulty.
If you are the type that starts off all games on the hardest difficulty...yeah, prepare to spend long hours staring at the game reload screen.

- Recognizing and being prepared for boss-ish fights.
Yeah, all those oils you can make? They're there for a reason and they are EXTREMELY useful. When the NPCs give you an option to either keep going with the story or wait a bit, you will want to choose the wait a bit option most of the time so that you can drink potions and maybe leech a place of power or two, although you may have to move to a different location first to proceed. Potions are cheap to make--just run out harvesting more herbs if you run out. Far better safe than sorry.

- Getting used to the left/right click part of combat.
In the first Witcher (for those who don't know) you used the keyboard to determine the style and the mouse to time the swings, and were pretty much a chainsaw to your target once you started. In Witcher 2, you just swing away and the left/right click determines the style, but you have to learn to back off or parry instead of madly swinging so you don't get gibbed on a counterattack.

- Packrat tendencies
Weight matters. Those 60 Iron ores you've been lugging around? They're really heavy. So's having 5 suits of armor and 20 different swords. This game is not very friendly to packrats. :)

I'm also going to mention that if you don't have target lock on, it's REALLY cool using the speed style and basically flying all over the the battlefield slicing and dicing.

Bad grammar...>_>

Edited, Jun 7th 2011 3:18pm by Ravashack
#32 Jun 11 2011 at 2:50 PM Rating: Good
Just played my second play through. All I can say is wow. Playing the other side is like a completely different game. New quests, a different perspective, and a different ending. I definitely suggest playing through both sides of the story to get the complete picture of what's going down. It's like 2 games in 1.

My final assessment is this game is fantastic, get to playing you slackers so we can talk about plot spoilers and whatnot more. ;)

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#33 Jun 13 2011 at 1:35 AM Rating: Good
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Loved that dwarf's comment:

"My favorite type of magic -- Lesbomancy."
#34 Sep 29 2011 at 7:33 PM Rating: Decent
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version 2.0 is out today, with tons of fixes and stuff
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#35 Jan 26 2012 at 8:15 PM Rating: Good
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enhanced edition (xbox 360) trailer is out. not embedding cuz 720p.

looks freaking nuts. crossing my fingers for you xboxers, w2 on min settings looks better than skyrim on max. i have no idea how cdprojekt will squeeze the game into 512mb of ram.
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#36 Jan 27 2012 at 12:41 AM Rating: Good
I am so going to have to play through this game again soon after watching that.
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#37 Jan 27 2012 at 9:03 AM Rating: Good
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I was disappointed how poorly my computer ran this game even on pretty crappy settings... :(

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#38 Jan 30 2012 at 7:45 AM Rating: Good
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I was disappointed by the crappy controls. I thought they'd fixed it since the first game, but apparently not. Combat is more wonky than Skyrim, which is pretty bad.

It's a shame. I want to like the games, but I can't make myself play a game that fights my every move.
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360 and EE out today.... i'm downoading...
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