The original Witcher game is perhaps one of my favorite RPGs of all time do to its complex, enthralling story and living world. The game is one of the best at pulling you in and making you feel connected to each choice and action. The game was not without flaws however. The combat system was a bit clunky (although still fun) and the engine was a bit sluggish. Despite its flaws, it was still one of the bust cRPG experiences I’ve ever played.
The Witcher 2 improves upon the first game in just about every single way. Graphics, combat, interface, minigames, etc. have all been changed for the better.
The graphics engine in the Witcher 2 is simply breathtaking. This game is hands down the best looking RPG out there currently. With a powerful computer, you will absolutely be blown away by the detail in the environment. The forests look real, the landscapes look real, every ray of light, every shadow blends together to create a seamless beautiful world. Graphics aren’t the most important part of a game, but they can help bring a feeling of immersion and this game does just that.
|Swamp in The Witcher 2|
The Witcher can level up to 35 and spend talent points in a very large branching skill web system. There are general talents, swordsmanship, potions, and magic. Each talent has 2 ranks, with the second rank being up to 3 times as powerful as the first rank. Some of the talents also allow you to place a mutagen inside that adds more stats to your Witcher without changing the base talent.
There were some annoyances that held this game back from getting a perfect score. All of these things can be fixed and I will update my score if they are hammered out.
- Getting the game to run smooth was a challenge at first and required uninstalling a 3d vision driver and installing new beta drivers to get the game to stop lagging. AMD users had an even harder time with new drivers just now being released. The inventory system is a mess as items are not sorted alphabetically, value or weight.
- The inventory at least has tabs to organize by most types of ingredients like potions, armor, weapons, etc. but all the items when sorted are still not in any order. The game needs to patch in an ability to sort items by alphabetically at the very least and preferably by weight and value.
- It is often hard to precisely target a specific foe in combat and you usually target the wrong enemy. It would be nice if these targeting issues were hammered out a little bit.
Overall, the Witcher 2 is a brilliant sequel to the first game and will thrill lovers of the first game and people who have never heard of the Witcher before. If you have never played the first game, I highly recommend it (it's only $10) and is a great game. I stronger recommend both games game despite their minor flaws.