Metacritic (Xbox): 88/100
Release: May 2011
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is the sequel to the popular action role playing game and is available on Windows, Mac and the Xbox 360. An Enhanced Edition was released in the following year which added tonnes of new content along with a number of important bug fixes and tweaks.
The game is loosely based on the book series with the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. One of the few games to come out of a book has proven to be a very successful venture with countless reviews citing the mature and engaging storyline as one of the best features. Praise has also been given to the immersion, customisation options and flowing combat.
In The Witcher 2 players again take on the role of Geralt, one of the last Witchers. These Witchers are genetically modified humans trained to fight monsters and each have their own special powers. The story of The Witcher 2 has multiple game paths for players to explore and even has a number of different endings based on choices made throughout a player’s journey.
Gameplay in The Witcher 2 is slightly faster paced than that of the original game with player attacks generally involving a mixture of swift and weak attacks combined with slower and more damaging moves. Players can also make use of traps and various ranged weapons that makes for some tactical combat choices.
Players have the ability to guide the growth of Geralt as the game progresses in sword skills, alchemy and magic. At times stealth is also available to the player although its often easier and much more fun to simply fight enemies head on.
While the game world isn’t as large as some of the other big action RPGs around today. The Witcher 2 offers one of the best and most engaging storylines and immersive environments for its genre.
- Based on a book with a mature storyline.
- Plenty of decisions and story paths to follow.
- Fast and fluent combat.
- Beautifully presented game world.
- Packed with unique and interesting mini games (fist fights, wrestling and dice poker).
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings,