Originally Posted by E-Peen
Hey everyone, I have a simple question that I hope a few of you can answer.
I've never been a huge fan of RPGs. I enjoy them, but they've never been my "go-to" game. Games like Fallout 3, New Vegas and such I just can't get into. I don't like the feel of that type of RPG. Basically, I'm a person who's never been fond of RPGs, but I'm buying this game Tuesday, so I'm wondering if this is a game I won't end up enjoying in the long run. I heard this is probably one of the best PC games people have played to date.
Yeah, it's probably weird that I'm the OP of this thread and I don't even own the game, but I just want to make sure before I put $50 into a game.
The Witcher 2 isn't what you'd consider a traditional RPG. It's more like an Action RPG, with the scale tilted in more in favor of the "action" part in the easier difficulties and more towards the "RPG" part on the hardest difficulty. If you play on Easy, or even on Normal, you don't have to worry about collecting materials, brewing potions, or upgrading your weapons/armor. You can just hack 'n slash your way through the story and fool around with Alchemy and Crafting as you see fit. If you play on Hard or Insane, you'll need to make good use of potions and gear upgrades (until the 3rd act, at which point the game kind of takes a nose-dive).
In any event, the game is pure eye-candy all the way through. Best looking DX9 game extant, if you ask me. Not just the graphics, either. The art direction is gorgeous. I don't know if you've read any of Sapkowski's novels, but CD Red really nailed the feel of The Witcher universe in this game - much moreso than in The Witcher 1, if you ask me.
The game's strong points, in my opinion, are the story (despite the end), the graphics, and the presentation. There are a ton of little game-play niggles that will probably irritate you, which was also the case in The Witcher 1, incidentally. CDRP has a bad habit of repeating their mistakes, but what they improve upon, they make light-years better. It's hard to recommend the game to someone who doesn't like RPGs, but I think if you're willing to forgive the (many) tiny imperfections, and you're looking for a complex, mature, and interesting high-fantasy story set in the best looking game-world to date, then drop the 50. Worst case scenario, you trade it in for credit towards BF3.
Hope that helped!