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BEHOLD! A whole 24 hours before its scheduled release date, I am the proud owner of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition (was this named by Capcom?)! Yep, I was one of the 1,000 lucky gamers chosen to review the new release from CD Projekt Red! Is there anything better than getting free games simply because you love games? More things in life should be like that! If I didn't already love CD Projekt because of GOG, I would love them now for this promotion.

Speaking of the promotion, I'm willing to bet that a lot of gamers who were chosen to review The Witcher 2 won't fulfill their end of the bargain. Hell, I even saw one guy on 4chan claim he was just going to sell the copy he won since he doesn't even own a 360. Like a digital Batman, I intend to make up for this miscarriage of justice by doing a whole series of blogs on The Witcher 2 here on Destructoid. Currently you're reading my Pre-Review of the game, where I gush about how excited I am to play the game. In a few days I will post an impressions blog. Once I've completed the game (for the first time) I will give it a complete review. Upon completing the game a second time I will give a Post-Review blog where I sum up my overall feelings on the game, sans a review score.

Let me tell you why I think you should be looking forward to my series on The Witcher 2:

1) I've never played The Witcher or The Witcher 2 on PC. Not even for 5 minutes at a friends house. I am going into this game completely blind, so my opinions will be totally fresh.

2) I have a long history of reviews and opinion pieces on Destructoid that are generally very well received.

3) I am a RPI graduate with a degree in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (see sidebar) so I will not be looking at this game objectively, like most reviewers, but from the critical eye of a game designer with a passion for games that push the industry forward with innovative game mechanics interlaced with quality story telling.

So please do look forward to my next three blog posts and let me know what you think I should expect in the comments below. No spoilers please!

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