Ronan   United Kingdom (Great Britain)

System: The Little Machine That Could

i3 6100 3.7GHZ
Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI
16GB of Hyper X Fury DDR4 2666mhz
Kingston V300120GB SSD
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB SSD
Fractal Design R5

Attempting to complete The Witcher 3
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Do you like doors, high amounts of contrast and bloom? Then look no further!

On a serious note..

The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings is an interesting sequel. It has everything that The Witcher had, but makes it a bit more accessible to a wider audience. My understanding is that the game was considered for consoles or that it was built with that flexibility in mind.

While this is seen by some as a positive step forward, as it helped to grow the brand, I feel that it lost the spirit of what made the first game so special.

The game is linear... Yes, you can go back and forth, but everything is tied to a narrow path or small location. Invisible walls, doors (loading) and convenient rocky/ swampy locations makes everything feel smaller. Having looked back through my playthrough, I didn't feel like I had much choice other to continue going forward. Yes, there were side quests, but most of them felt like a chore to do.

Characters also felt a bit forgotten about. You had a select few new introductions, some development and then they would be tossed aside. The story was good throughout, but rather narrow on certain plots/characters and a lot shorter than the first game. It also seemed to get really developed midway and then suddenly rushed in the third act to a grand finale.

Overall, it’s a great game. If you wish to learn more about the backstory behind Geralt and The Witcher, I would highly recommend this. I just think that it is the weakest out of the two I have played so far.
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Jamdear Jul 12, 2014 @ 12:11pm 
Thank you so much for the gift of HL2! Haven't even played it yet, so top gift m'lad! Ta vey mooch! x