Reviews by Deadboy90

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A facinatingly dark RPG

Deadboy90 | Nov. 2, 2013 | Review of The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition

While playing this game I was faced with something I have not seen in I don't know how long: moral choices that make it hard to be a good person. There are some obvious ones like saving some trapped villagers from pillaging soldiers but more difficult are choices like if you should let a vengeful spirit have his revenge on the men who tortured and killed him. Or whether to side with a band of murdering elves or humans who discriminate and torment them on a daily basis. This is a far cry from the usual RPG moral choices of "will you save the kitten from the tree or shoot it and smear yourself with its blood." I love this aspect of the game and these choices are easily my favorite bits.
Aside from that the game play initially appears deep but I guarantee it will always degrade into running up, striking an enemy once or twice, dodging away, rinse, repeat. Perhaps with a few magic spells peppered in if you are feeling fancy. The combat overall is functional but mediocre at best. The environments are pretty varied and pretty in general. CDProject really brought the best out of the DX9 engine but my play through I was hampered by stuttering despite owning a fairly substantial rig. Voice acting and the writing is good but not great.
Overall, I think I should be giving this game a lower score but for some reason I just cant bring myself to do it. I cant exactly put my finger on why I like this game so much but I will close with this: CDProject, ARRANGE FOR MORE AUTOSAVES! The most frustrating part of this game is playing for a while, getting overwhelmed by nekkers, and realizing that I just wasted the last hour of my life because that's when the last auto save was. I nearly threw my mouse at the screen the third time it happened but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did, The Witcher 2 is one of the best games of 2011.