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The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Review


The Witcher 2 is not good, there I said it.
Back in 2011, many of us were wowed by its charm and mythical setting. However, after nearly ten years, I have gone back to this game to look at it with a critical eye, and my god, what a mess it stands to be.

After an exciting opening prologue sequence where you fight a dragon and are framed for the murder of a king and escape captivity, you are thrown into a semi-open world environment that stands to falsely lengthen the game’s playtime with arbitrary fetch quests and the like.

First off, as far as open-world games go, this game fails in so many aspects. There is no fast travel system, so you can’t go from one place to another without walking there. You can’t mark the map, so if you want to come back to a specific spot that you were at before, then you have to memorize where it is, a difficult task, given that many of the environments look the same.

When Fighting enemies, the combat is an absolute joke.
Many times as long as you stay at a safe distance away, the enemies won’t follow you.

I won half my fights by just attacking a group of enemies, retreating, waiting for my health to regenerate, and repeating the same process.

The adventuring part of this adventure game is even worse.
When I was following the main quest, things were going well, but the side quests kill this game.

After I talked to a person during the main quest, and established a relationship with him, making me a valuable asset for his cause, I then took up a side quest where I met him again.

This side quest had me meet him again, and we talked to each other as if we were meeting for the first time. Were the developers so lazy that they couldn’t program alternate dialog in the case where you meet him a second time?

Anyway, after I met him for a second time, he wanted me to throw a fight so that he could win by betting against me. I refuse, and this causes him to detest me and have him send people out to attack me.

Meanwhile, when I am performing the main quest, He is all buddy-buddy with me.

This is some of the most horribly scripted gameplay I’ve ever encountered in an open-world game.

As for the upgrade system, it is serviceable. You unlock different abilities through a skill tree that you can upgrade with experience points. It’s a decent system; however, you won’t be able to upgrade everything unless you perform all of the side quests, many of which range from descent to mind-numbingly boring.

Another thing that plagues and halts the flow of the game is the ridiculously complicated user interface, most noticeably the item equipment menu. When you are trying to put on a new piece of clothing or accessory, you can’t just click on it and equipt it. You have to go through a convoluted process of selecting the empty space on your character’s body and finagle around with the analog stick until, by coincidence, you happen to click on the item you want to equip. You may think I’m exaggerating, but that is what it feels like.
After 37 hours of playtime, I still am not sure what I have to do to equip an item.
When a game’s biggest challenge is figuring out the menu system, then you know something has gone terribly wrong.

The story is the only real saving grace here, and while I did like going along for the ride, it is so hard to follow with all the times the character’s opinions on you change on a whim.

The game may have looked the part of a triple-A game back in 2011, but without any substance to back up the visuals and environments that look the same, you’re not going to be invested in it for long.

The Witcher 2 may have a fun nugget of a game hidden deep inside of it.
However, it is buried beneath a horrid user interface, insane amounts of backtracking, the inability to mark your map, the inability to fast travel, enemy AI that can’t make up its mind, and scripted sequences that are often played out of order. 

SCORE 4.5/10

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About Spazzzh20one of us since 9:46 AM on 10.09.2018


I am an avid fan of art, literature, and history. I live in New Jersey and am currently a student at Seton hall. I have always been a fan of Anime since I was six and I was first introduced to Dragon Ball Z. I have always wanted to start a blog but was afraid that I would never be able to update it as often as I wanted to. Anyway here are some basic things you should know about me

My Favorite cartoons (American) The Simpsons, Batman the animated series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Transformers Armada, Sonic Sat AM. Ed, Edd, And Eddy. Dexters Lab, Power Puff Girls, Megus XLR, basically anything from Cartoonetwork 1998-2004. Hey Arnold, Rug rats, Cat Dog. Rocket power, Southpark, Family Guy, Cubix Robots for everyone, Jakie Chan Adventures

My Favorite cartoons (Japanese Anime) Toonami, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Evangelion, Dragon Ball Z, Elfen Lied, Clannad, Mezzo DSA, Nightwalker the midnight detective, Fist Of The North Star, Berserk, Pokemon (First 3 seasons) Digimon (First two Seasons) Ruroni Kenshin Episodes 1-65 (Everything after that was just filler) Yu Yu Hakusho, Yugioh, Sonic x (Japanese Dub Only) Naruto ( Not Shipudden it completely destroyed everything that the first series established).

Favorite books. Star Wars, Lord of the flies, The New Police Man, Maze Runner ( Soon to be a Feature Film) Goosebumps (Series) Ender's game.

Favorite Films (Not Animated): Star Wars, Terminator 2, Dead Poet Society, Jurassic Park, The Goonies, Back to the future 1, and 2, Indiana Jones trilogy, Good Will Hunting, The Wolverine, 300, Skyfall, Casino Royale, Goldeneye, A view to a kill, Tomorrow never dies, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, The world is not enough. Die Hard 1-4

Favorite animated Films: Akira, Children who Chase lost voices from deep below, End of Evangelion, Buddha The Great Departure, The Evangelion Rebuilds (Not 3.0 that movie sucked) Berserk the golden age ark films. Toy Story trilogy, How to train your dragon, transformers (1986) The Hunchback of Notrodome, Disney's Aladdin.

Favorite Manga: Detective Conan/Case closed, Evangelion, Evangelion Shinji Ikari Raising Project, Berserk, Ruroni Kenshin, Fist of the north star, Dragon ball Z, Change Guy, Change 123, Elfen Lied, Akira, and Yugioh.

Favorite Shows: Breaking Bad, Law and Order SUV, The Twilight zone, New Amsterdam, The new outer limits, 24, The angry video game nerd Web series.

Favorite games: Sonic 3 And knuckles, Sonic adventure, Bioshock infinite, Rayman 2 the great escape, Super Mario 64, Mario galaxy 1 and 2, Mario kart 64, Metal gear solid series, Golden sun 1, and 2, Skies of Arcadia, Dark souls, Resident evil 4, uncharted 2, The last of us, Max Payne 1, 2, and 3, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, GTA 4. Call Of Duty 4, Zelda Majora's, mask, Super Smash Brothers (Series) Metroid prime 3, Super Metroid, Mega Man 2, Ecco The dolphin, Soul Calibur, Tech Romancer, God of war Series, Castlevania (The good ones) Killzone 3, Halo 2, Amnesia the dark descent, Age of Empire2, gone home, FTL, X-com enemy unknown. Singularity, Star Wars Jedi Knight 3 Jedi Academy,

Well, that's the basic just of me, I do hope to write journal entries more often.