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The Witcher 2 - Premium Edition (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
4.0 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B004CJ8YTO
  • Release Date: 17 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,635 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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PREMIUM EDITION CONTENTS

  • BOX: Exclusive box with all the following contents.
  • GAME DVD: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings game DVD.
  • MAKING-OF DVD: All the cinematic materials related to game - trailers, dev diaries, gameplay footage, interviews and making-of exclusive video.
  • ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK CD: Audio-CD with in-game music.
  • WORLD MAP: A map of the game's world.
  • GAME GUIDE: The Witcher 2 strategy guide for both novice and experienced role-playing fans.
  • GAME MANUAL: A rulebook and interface explanation to help you get started.
  • PAMPHLET AND COIN: A physical representation of two of the in-game items.
  • PAPERCRAFTS: Two papercraft dolls - Geralt and one random character for collectors.
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In brief

The second instalment in the RPG saga about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline defining new standards for thought-provoking, non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features an original, brutal combat system that uniquely combines tactical elements with dynamic action. A new, modern game engine, responsible both for beautiful visuals and sophisticated game mechanics puts players in the most lively and believable world ever created in an RPG game. A captivating story, dynamic combat system, beautiful graphics, and everything else that made the original Witcher such a great game are now executed in a much more advanced and sophisticated way.

Developer: CD Projekt RED

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Story

After helping to stop the rebellion undertaken by the Order of the Flaming Rose and saving King Foltest’s life, Geralt became one of the central figures of political turmoil in the Kingdom of Temeria. Geralt continues to protect the King in the monarch’s mission to bring peace to his state. The last bastions of the Order yielded to the royal army. The only remaining task is to pacify the rebellious castle of Baroness La Valette, who announced separation from the Kingdom.

It’s been a month since the attempted assassination of the king, when his army arrives at the gates of Baroness La Valette’s fortress in preparation for the final battle. In the meantime, Geralt, stuck with Foltest, cannot begin his personal quest - to discover the origin and identity of the mysterious witcher-like assassin responsible for the attempt on the king’s life - a quest that would answer many questions...

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Key Features

  • A truly epic, intense, emotionally charged adventure with non-linear game narration. Three independent plot lines with several alternative events are dependent on the player’s choices and lead to multiple different game endings and several additional plot forks. This time gameplay time will be shorter than The Witcher 1, but more intense and packed with events.
  • A complex, realistic and mature story touching upon subject matter seldom seen in other RPGs, told in a manner that is understandable and attractive to contemporary gamers. We investigate the assassinations of the rulers of the Northern Kingdoms and follow Geralt’s personal theme, in which he’s looking for his own identity. Gradually we learn how powerful forces influence our situation and what role they order us to play.
  • Rich, mature dialogue as found in Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series and The Witcher 1, presented in highly filmic cutscenes and dialogues sequences, thanks to a new game engine.
  • New, improved system of flashbacks. Now the reminiscences of Geralt, in which we observe the link between our past choices with current actions, are realistically and smoothly woven into the gameplay.
  • Sex and eroticism will be introduced in a much more realistic, involving and mature way, thanks to which sexual relationships are presented more credibly than in TW1.
  • Unique, deep, consistent and rich game world established in a series of best-selling books by A. Sapkowski and recreated in the game to provide an incredible, believable story-driven experience.
  • Believable, true-to-life characters with their own motivations and goals. During our journey we meet ordinary men, soldiers, rebels, powerful mages, rulers and their assassins. Depending on our decisions we meet different game characters, and our relationships shape further actions in the game.
  • Highly varied, breathtaking locations, which thanks to the new engine create a cohesive, fully accessible world!
  • Rich, living world in which every character has their own way of life and unique occupations. Our actions modify the relationship with the game-world population and, in the case of the main plot line, open or close the possibilities of interaction with the game world.
  • Greater freedom of exploration to provide increased game realism and a wider range of new tactical options. Geralt will surmount barriers, jump over fences, scale walls and ascend rock formations.
  • A beautiful new graphic Red Engine based on State-of-the-Art , ultramodern technology created by CD Projekt RED.
Minimum System Specifications
  • CPU: Dual-Core, 2,2 GHz.
  • RAM: 1 GB (Windows XP), 2 GB (Windows Vista / Windows 7)
  • GPU: nVidia GeForce 8800 / 512 MB
  • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7


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As with the original Witcher the player plays the role of Geralt, a witcher, a magically/genetically modified monster-slayer, who is a master swordsman and can use a variety of potions to give him various buffs and special abilities. In the Witcher 2 Geralt's character evolves from the first game and he really does turn into a great video game protagonist.

After install there is an online activation screen which proceeds without hassle, the game then downloaded a patch which all proceeded quickly and without problem.

The game starts with an excellent tutorial and then seamlessly progresses onwards.

Thoughts:

- One of the first things that you will notice (mainly because you are supposed to notice - there is a Fallout 3 style 'this is the world' moment at the start) is that the graphics are really very good. Also the overall 'feel' of the world is superb - they have really nailed the setting and how it is realised.

- Usually in games I turn the music off because I find that it always grates rather after time but The Witcher II is one of the very few that I have left on because the soundtrack - not just the music - is quite superb.

- The voice acting script and characterisation of The Witcher are really excellent, I would suggest that they are up there with anything that Bioware have come up with. This really adds to the sense that the player is part of a story in a fascinating world rather than just walking around whacking people with a sword.

- This all adds up to give the sense of drama you get more in a movie or in one of those fantasy-historical TV series laced with nudity that are so popular at the moment.

The control system is massively improved over the first game and far more intuitive and easy to use.
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The quick version - this game is simply head and shoulders above any other RPG. If you have any interest at all in this kind of game, then do not hesitate to buy it. If you're not off ordering it, read on...

CD Projekt have created a complete, living and breathing world rich with detail and more `real-feeling' than Bioware or Bethesda have managed before. The world of The Witcher feels `old' and lived-in with a real sense of history, where Bethesda's and Bioware's worlds just seem like a framework to hang the plot on, and go adventuring in.

The entire game world is not `open-plan' like `Oblivion', for example, but rather a collection of huge `open' areas to explore. I'm not sure if they can (or need to) be returned to once left, as I'm only beginning to scratch the surface.

Because of the sheer depth of the world and gameplay, The Witcher 2 (TW2) can be a daunting experience; you do NOT play this game - you IMMERSE yourself in it. If you're not willing to completely involve yourself in this world, and commit to the game, you'll struggle. The game expects you to read the manual BEFORE playing - a crazy idea in these attention-deficit, `drop in, drop out' gameplay days. It also expects you to read through the tutorials in your in-game journal as they appear; this is a complex and rewarding PC RPG - not some crappy, dumbed-down console game that will hold your hand all the way through; if you can't be bothered to prepare, and read the literature and help provided, that's not the game's fault.

Every new location you enter, new person you meet, new monster you encounter, or even conversation you have adds new information to your Journal; enriching it with backstory, or adding to your knowledge base.
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This game is truly amazing, and it triumphs its predecessor in every way, the game world sucks you in with it's deep conversations and beautiful game world thanks to the game's amazing art work and graphics. The characters are rich and engrossing, meaning it is often hard to distinguish who to trust and whether they are a good person or not. And I found myself forging a lot of friendships along the way It is quite possibly the best RPG I have ever played, in terms of looks and gameplay. You can tell CD Projekt really put a lot of care into this game and you can tell playing the game and even when not; You get the premium edition for less than the standard edition of most games! CD Projekt really care about their customers and they deserve your money for all the hard work they have done.

However, it does have a few bad points: The combat, at least for me, is VERY difficult at the start of the game, and I found myself turning the difficulty down to easy until I progressed later, once I started unlocking skills and getting stronger I found the combat to be satisfying and fun. The game also requires a high end PC to play, I consider my PC fairly powerful (9800GT, Quad core, 4GB ram) and I am playing it on med/high settings and I get roughly 20-35fps and sometimes as low as 15! However, the gorgeous graphics make up the sacrifice of framerate and particularly high amount of fps isn't needed for this game.

Bottom line is if you love RPGs and/or games that suck you in and are tired of the 'streamlined' games that fill the genre like Dragon Age 2, then I definitely recommend you pick up this gem.
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