"If you can look past the balancing, pacing and technical issues, there is an extremely solid RPG here - nothing especially innovative, but definitely a game that sets out to be the most absorbing, rich and spectacular experience it possibly can be. Itís a disappointment because it largely succeeds in that goal while fluffing the basics. The best RPG of the current generation? With a bit more care, it could have been."
The Witcher 2 is an ambitious game that doesnít quite meet its own high standards. Thatís an important thing to keep in mind throughout its 20 or 30 hours of play time. There are occasions when The Witcher 2 feels like the greatest RPG of the current generation, and others when it feels like a crushing disappointment, abjectly ruined by shabby design decisions and ludicrous technical hiccups. The truth, however, lies somewhere in between.
Itís the sequel to CD Projektís 2007 debut, based on a series of short stories by Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher was a commendable effort - flawed in a great many ways, but still engrossing, and still able to demonstrate a deep understanding of how roleplaying games work. In it, you played as Geralt - a monster slayer known as a ďwitcherĒ - whoíd lost his memory after a savage attack.
The Witcher 2 continues the first gameís amnesia theme, although this time around itís largely relegated to an ongoing sub-plot in which Geralt attempts to rescue memories of the time before the first gameís events. The bulk of the main quest instead involves a hunt for the Kingís murderer - a giant beast of a man whoís framed Geralt for the assassination.
Freelance review by Lewis Denby (May 23, 2011)
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