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This game is excellent. The fighting is much more involved over the original, much more challenging, got to say it was a very good change. Graphics are fantasitic, espeically considering that it is a DirectX 9 game that looks better then many DirectX 10 and 11 games. the storyline is fun and engaging, and it is great that there are 2 completely different paths to take in the game, with different areas and storyline, literally 2 games in 1. I highly recommend this game to any one who loved The Witcher, and to anybody who loves playing RPGs. The Witcher series is definetly on the list of great RPGs in history.
I found the user interface, especially for combat to be a little demanding. Almost too hard to be fun. Liked the interface of the original much better. Why is it when companies try to improve something, they end up making it harder to use?
posted by Oberdan (Oklahoma City, OK) Nov 12, 2012
Member since Nov 2012
Why a 3? Simple.
Strike One: This game is a beast to install and get configured correctly. I have downloaded and installed complex games before, and my comp is not an old system, less than a year old as of this writing. I've wrangled with .ini files before, but this is the first game ever where I needed to set the .ini file to 'read only' as it will change it back to the crud settings at every start of the game. I ended up configuring it more than I actually played it. Not good.
Strike Two: Do you recall those early Korean Free to Play games where you needed to control the camera with WASD and your mouse separately, as there was a terribly programmed chase camera that didn't turn when you did? Yup. It takes getting used to, but you can eventually learn to ignore watching your character turn while in the heat of combat, then remember to sway your mouse so you can get the new target into view. Sort of. It's a skill I don't care to further develop. It's also why I don't play Korean free to play mmorpgs.
Strike Three: Terrible Combat Controls, a terrible, stupid tutorial where you get more 'explanatory popups' telling you about how to do something, and before you can do it, another two pop-ups stop everything to tell you what's going to happen after you learned about it. Meaning you're a few hundred words past the actual skill they're teaching and into a new skill before you can actually 'do' it the first time. Plus, the ending Arena battle that determines your game difficulty settings is a complete mess. I've played free games with less frustration than I do with Witcher 2.
Save your money. I wish I get could mine back. By the time you're done looking up how to get this game smoothly working with your computer, you could have been enjoying a day or two's worth of fun in any other game that is actually enjoyable the first day you download and install it.