Monday, July 9, 2012

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings A MagmaFlow Review

Before I get into this game I have to let you know a little bit about its history. I didn’t know this when I first played through it, but the game is based on a series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapowski [link to ] and follows the main character Geralt of Rivia. Just wanted to let you know that as you know the books came before the game…not the other way around. I’m in the process of reading the books now.
Back to the game. I’ll just break it down into categories, and I’ll do this with all my reviews hence forth. Categories are gameplay, story, and replay-ability. I’ll give it an overall score out of…meh I dunno…10 pt scale you think? That’ll work.

King Foltest and Vernon Roache
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a follow up to the PC only title The Witcher. It follows Geralt of Rivia  and his quest to regain his memories while trying to unravel the reasons why kings in the land are being assassinated. [insert video of opening scene with caption of NSFW or whatever] Geralt is a Witcher, if you haven’t guessed. Witchers are the world’s monster slayers. Their purpose is to kill monsters, lift curses, and otherwise rid the world of the things that go bump in the night.  The story gets very political at times and is sometimes hard to understand. Because this is an established world you’re most likely to be lost for just about all of the game. You’ll get bits here and there, but by and large you’re not going to understand what the hell is going on. That’s not to say that realization won’t come. It’s just going to take a little bit of work. You’re going to have to go into the games journal and read up on the characters that you meet, the quests that you’re working on, and enemies that you’ll be facing.
I found the story (once it clicked) to be pretty freakin’ cool! There was a point in the first act where it just ‘clicked’ for me in gameplay and story. That’s the point where I started over again and had a very enjoyable time. The point here is that there is a great story to be had…you’ll just going to have to take your time and give it a little work.

The game plays like your typical action type RPG, but it has a lot of subtle differences. For instance, the game forces you to think about your battles. For starters you have two swords. One is a steel sword for fighting humans, elves, dwarves, etc and the other sword is a silver one. The silver sword is for monsters like werewolves, wraiths, etc. So you have to know what you’re up against before you fight. Another thing about the battles is that there are numerous ways to prepare for a battle to give you an edge. There are oils that you can coat your blades with to do extra damage or add a special effect. There are also potions that you can drink to change your attributes. These little things are done and over in about five minutes, but it’s enough to give you an advantage in combat. So it’s very useful to know what you’re up against and prepare accordingly.
I’m going to be honest here. When I first put in the game and started playing I was like, “This game is lame! The combat sucks!” But there was a point in the game, close to the middle of the first act, where the whole thing just clicked for me. Then I was like, “Ooooh. I get it now. That’s pretty freakin’ awesome!” Then I started the game over from the beginning and had a helluva good time with it.
Anyway…It’s a linear game so don’t expect too much openness out of it. It’s not like Skyrim, but the game does give you two different stories depending on which story path you take. This little bit adds to the replay-ability. I played through one story arc and met all these characters and had all these interactions. Once I played through the other story arc all those characters that I met and knew through the other arc were completely different. Some allies in the other arc were my enemies in the other. It was interesting to see both sides of it. I really dug that….Really.
Here's a gameplay trailer for you.

OK…Down to the replayability. Other than playing through both story arcs and the achievement whoring (which I do from time to time) there really isn’t much to do in this game except that. So the replayability is pretty low in this game unless you’re a fan.
Overall The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a very good game and worth your time and effort if you’re an RPG fan. It has an engaging story and memorable characters. But don’t be afraid to work for it. There is a good bit of reading…so bring your glasses if you need them.
I give this game a 9.3 out of 10! Pick it up…it’s good!


  1. Dude cool nice to know more about the game this way than hearing you play it over Xbox live..;) Awesome review.

  2. HAHAHA!!! Forgot to take out the note to myself in the brackets. Oh well.