Game Rant's Rob Keyes reviews The Witcher 2 (Xbox 360). Geralt is one of the last remaining Witchers, a mutant with special abilities who makes a living as a monster hunter. Game Rant played the Xbox 360 version for this review. The same goes for certain armors and the variety of items allows players to customize Geralt quite a bit, both from an appearance standpoint but from a playstyle perspective as well. On the outskirts of a dwarven enclave, sunlight glistens upon a misty pond; a tower just beyond it bristles with potent magical properties; the underbrush surrounding you casts deep shadows, yet rays of golden sun coax you onward. Eventually you grasp the rhythm, which is similar to that of the PlayStation 3 game Demon's Souls. We've praised Witcher 2 on PC for its truly mature world and story, renewed pacing and improved combat from the original, and of course, the amazing visuals that still hold up as some of the most impressive we've seen to date. Doing so is incredibly gratifying and the in-game rewards (including wearable trophies) make up for the required efforts.

Even after you grow accustomed to The Witcher 2's combat, there are a few scenarios that are more than just difficult: They are cruel. These are disappointing errors in a well-made game with an otherwise stellar presentation. (Such quick-time events crop up in various boss fights and other scripted sequences as well.)

The Witcher 2 abandons that rhythmic system for a more traditional and challenging one. Even when you know danger is ahead, the views are too gorgeous not to press onward. There's no get-out-of-jail-free health potions or aid available during combat and no amount of preparation guarantees victory. The Witcher 2 is far from ugly , but if you want the best visuals gaming has to offer, keep saving up for that PC. Halo Infinite Developer Responds to Fan's 'Turtling' Criticism, What Everwild's Multiplayer Can Learn from Journey, Fortnite: How to Detect Players as a Shadow, Destiny 2 Releases Beyond Light and Season of the Hunt Calendar, Gamer's Dad Has Beat Red Dead Redemption 2 Over 30 Times, Best PS4 and Xbox One Horror Games Day 26: Until Dawn.

The Witcher 2 is a game that shoots for the sun while its rivals are still lining up their sights on the moon. You'll see townsfolk go about their daily lives chopping wood, butchering meat, and selling goods at shops. Beside the immersive world and engaging storytelling is robust, challenging, action-packed combat that is supported by all the things RPG lovers love: deep crafting, leveling, and inventory management systems. But The Witcher 2 is not primarily about sex, nor violence. Pungent colors, roaring flames, and shafts of glowing light make mainstay environments like sewers and caves a wonder to explore. Geralt's journey is that of discovering himself through regaining his memory and his path frequently relies on the player having to choose which side to fight for, while at the same time seeking to clear Geralt's name and unravel the mystery behind the assassinations of kings during a time where war is brewing on several fronts. You can trade blows with certain locals, though you may cringe when you first learn that doing so entails quick-time key presses--the kind associated more with console action games than computer RPGs. The “F” word gets tossed around like nobody’s business, dialogue is as hilarious as it is vulgar, and the “romance” scenes put Mass Effect’s soft-core love to shame. He can even attempt to persuade certain NPCs to change their tune, a la Jedi mind trick. He's a master swordsman, an alchemist and he has several special abilities called "Signs" that allow the player to do things including emitting a defensive buff, launching fire at enemies and laying traps on the ground. You can bed a few different women, and the game hardly shies from nudity, handily earning its mature rating. Sometimes it's the physical obstacles in the way, made problematic by a not-very-useful map and lack of a fast travel system, other times it's because the journal does not clarify where Geralt must go for the quest or that follow-up parts of the quest will happen in later chapters/other areas. These include the flamboyant bard Dandelion and the earthy Zoltan, a foul-mouthed dwarf who, like most of The Witcher 2's dwarves, loves women and drink. Please refresh the page and try again. You can't hold a key to identify loot and items of interest as you can in most RPGs; instead, you activate Geralt's medallion. For those who are attracted to the choose-your-own-adventure style storytelling from games like Bioware's Mass Effect or Dragon Age, you are in for a treat. You must position yourself well and pay close attention to your supply of vigor, which is required to block, as well as cast signs; get in a few choice hits; and then block or tumble into a safer position. New on Netflix December 2019: New Movies, TV Shows, Netflix Original Series. Geralt seeks clues to his past, as well as the royal assassin that ended the life of King Foltest at the conclusion of The Witcher. By contrast, The Witcher 2 etches gameplay events into your imagination. These hiccups take away from the good parts of the game and even the friendly NPCs get in the way by walking through Geralt or other characters during conversation.

Read our review to see if this RPG is worth your time and money. In The Witcher 2, sights like these communicate so much. If you played the original Witcher, then forget what you learned from its combat mechanics. Outside of slow menus and frequent texture pop-in, The Witcher 2 makes an adequate transition from PC to the Xbox 360, offering a rich world with brilliant story-telling, not seen in other fantasy RPGs. Thank you for signing up to GamesRadar+. You will receive a verification email shortly. Geralt, once thought dead, is still piecing together his memories of a savage battle and a beauty called Yennefer. Learn more. Anyway, the greatest draw in The Witcher 2 are the ways Geralt can affect the world through the story. This man's identity is not a secret for long, but then, this is not a murder mystery; rather, it's a chronicle of discovery, redemption, and political upheaval. As you level up and spend skill points in four different skill paths (witcher training, swordsmanship, magic, alchemy), combat becomes more manageable, and you begin to feel more powerful. The most welcome addition takes all of the guesswork out of getting thrown in the deep end and carefully explains all of the essential systems and even breaks down how to use Geralt's magic signs. Not so minor are the few quest bugs that can aggravate your travels. The enemy AI is easily confused so the player can take Geralt and run him a few dozen feet away and employ hit-and-run tactics with Signs, daggers and traps. Geralt can exploit enemy weaknesses by coating his swords with various oils to boost damage or gain status effects, or protect himself by drinking potions to counteract harmful effects like poison or bleeding. Instead, you must down potions while meditating. This superb role-playing sequel offers a bold world woven together by tenuous alliances and closely guarded secrets. Yet, the action is largely satisfying and enjoyable. Instead, we are allowed to have it all. But you learn an important lesson: You must tread carefully. Morally ambiguous choices lead to game-changing consequences, A number of exciting and memorable moments, Involving tale of lost memories and political allegiances, Fun, challenging combat with a satisfying sense of impact, Combat sometimes ventures into cheap territory. That said, save often as The Witcher 2's autosave feature isn't always reliable, and if Geralt feels the fatal sting of one of the game's many monster types, players will need to load up their last save file.

Like the Mass Effect series, The Witcher valued player choice and wrapped it in a rich world with an engaging story. The game's side-quests often tie into the overarching story and return as conversation topics later.

And this does happen often. By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's ), particularly during the first act, when you feel most vulnerable. The Witcher 2 is not the most accessible of games for casual players but that works to its charm as a deeper, more complex experience. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is probably one of the best RPGs you'll play this year (if you haven't already). Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher - a mutant monster hunter with magical powers, silver hair and so many scars that chicks probably don't dig it anymore. And in this complicated world, just as in the real one, there isn't necessarily a right or wrong choice--or a neat resolution. GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers. The first is primarily concerned with following the killer's trail, while the second greatly expands the plot, introducing so many new characters and so much lore that you might be initially confused. The superlative art is rendered by equally superlative technology that ensures you can admire the rips on a mercenary's trousers, a harpy's individual feathers, and the buckles and seams on Geralt's clothing. Graphical detail and resolution took a hit, and we saw the occasional muddy texture and some spotty lighting showed up here and there, but these small shortcomings never brought out of the experience or kept us from enjoying the adventure. Geralt is constantly posed with decisions that literally change his path in the game and the course of history in the world. I play games on PC and all of the consoles.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition is available on Xbox 360 and PC.

You won't regret it. Drunks stagger outside taverns, whore houses are thriving businesses, hangings are common place and interacting with townsfolk and major characters is just as colorful. It's about the search for truth. It's too easy to inadvertently tumble toward an enemy behind the one you meant to attack and find yourself in the center of a deadly mob. Potions are toxic to Geralt; thus, the number you can drink is limited. Geralt's world is an unforgiving one filled with bickering nobles, downtrodden peasants, and racially abused "non-humans" (elves and dwarves). Geralt is not a tank, and taking frequent hits, even against the seemingly least intimidating of foes, will result in death and the all-too-familiar "Game Over" screen.

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