Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Release Date: April 17, 2012 (Xbox 360)
Genre: Third-Person, RPG
There are so many reasons that The Witcher 2 belongs in GameDrunk’s Treasure Chest. CD Projekt RED is arguably the coolest development house out there. They constantly go above and beyond to increase the overall experience for gamers and are renowned for their sterling reputation with the gaming community. This game, the Xbox 360 version of Witcher 2 is a prime example of this reputation. Not content to simply port their successful PC series over to the 360, they completely revamped the combat system to better suit consoles, made enhancements to the graphics engine and added content to the game. They have done numerous cool things for the gaming community such as offering the additional Witcher 2 content as DLC to PC gamers for free. To quote their co-founder, Marcin Iwinski “I think the value in the whole proposition is that we are honest, straightforward, and fair, and this pays back. So you can call it a business model, in a way.” Seem like cool guys to me.
In addition to this game being made by cool guys, it features many cool things. A bad-ass protagonist with a mysterious background. Imaginative and interesting characters with cool stories of their own to interact with. Varied and atmospheric environments that range from serenely beautiful to pants-loadingly creepy. Plus, boobs, sex, whores, drinking and fighting. One of the characters in the game even got her own Playboy spread – from which we found several pictures we will share with you later in the post.
It’s difficult to come up with more convincing arguments to elucidate the quality of this game. It is very easily found for a cheap price ~ $20, maybe less. The storylines are very intriguing and the game plays out sort of like one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books wherein the choices you make determine the course of the game offering great replayability. The voice acting is up there with the best games I’ve experienced, there are a handful of mini-games to distract you if you’re bored with the main quest. I’m not sure visiting brothels counts as a mini-game, but I’ve certainly distracted myself from the main campaign to visit each of the fine ladies in each establishment in each town.
The game is not without fault, however. Though the combat system was revamped for the Xbox 360 console, it still leaves a lot to be desired. The combat is clunky and not at all intuitive, it is difficult to take a keyboard and mouse based combat system and restrict it to the few buttons allotted on a console controller. I wish I was able to come up with some brilliant way they could improve upon their implementation, but I think this is just one of the pitfalls of bringing a PC game to the console. The combat suffers.
In my opinion, the protagonist is quite interesting. I’ve always been a fan of having some things left to the imagination and there are a lot of holes in the Witcher back-stories that you are allowed to create yourself. That’s not to say they aren’t doing a good job of spinning a compelling narrative for you. Each character you meet is more interesting and shady than the last. You never really know who you can trust and it’s a lot of fun to watch it all play out and then start over and try differing decisions to see new stories unfold.
All this being said, it’s a game that any self-respecting, adult gamer should at least try.
Enjoy the boobs: