I did not post any review of the witcher 2 yet because I have not played it often enough to give a definitive answer.
I "only" played it 4 times and still have not seen all possible story permutations.
Sure, I did some reloads but if you wanna go all the way you have to start a new game.
I already plan a few lengthy new sessions after the 2.0 version hits. but in the end, as all of the above show:
it captivated me enough to replay it.
Corylea noticed that the characters are all business and some of the off-banter was missing, making some of the
characters seem shallow which I can agree with. But I am impressed by the atmosphere, locations and the turns the
story take. I love that there is no "clear" climax, that there is much open for TW3, Geralt's past really takes center
and the political turmoil is just mind-boggling. Nobody can stay clean and emerge victorious, it is cutthroat-
backstabbing hell and the only advantage Geralt has are his knowledge and skills. The villain is just another villain
and the ending gives you the option to express your feelings in numerous ways, not only in the fight with Letho but in
all events leading up to it. I love, love, love what they have done with the different "paths" and both give you
memorable setpieces and insights to the overall story. I know I love Bergen more because of its cozy atmosphere and
its lovely inhabitants but I equally love the military camp and the re-enactment of the curse.
I like the new combat system more although it seems a little inaccurate and clunky and with the right powers
unlocked totally overpowered. I certainly do NOT like the alchemy changes, being: you have to drink before the fight.
Well, what fight ?
Which potion should I use ?
you do NOT know unless you already played the game which defeats the purpose.
when you enter the woods you can encounter insectoids, humans, elfs, nekkers, drowners...that's just stupid.
I would have altered quen to a defensive stance for a short time where you can cancel and apply different potions
midfight with a long cooldown. Meditation is for level up and learn new monster lore, meaning read a book gives you
tactics but fight monsters + meditate gives you bonuses like more damage/resist, whatever. But those are all minor
gripes, I was in there for the story and what a ride it was:
Eyes get gouged out, women get raped, mobs kill nobility, kinky sorceresses double-cross each other,
massriots break out, a vast field of fighting spectres has been crossed in a mind-boggling setpiece,
quiet moments have been found in taverns or random encounters along the way and Geralt is looking up the high hill he has to climb and sees the broken pieces of his past come tumbling down towards him like they want to bury him again
and this time for good.
PS: oops, I wanted this to add to another thread but seem to have started a new one, my apologies.
This post has been edited by mothra: 26.09.2011 @ 15:26