Only on 360...hell naw?! I ain't played my Skyrim in weeks.....i kno i ain't nowhere near even half way thru it either.....
For all you RPG fans out there. The Witcher 2 : Assassins Of Kings - Enhanced Edition comes out next week on Tuesday 04.17.12. If you like western RPGs like The Elder Scrolls 5 : Skyrim , Kingdoms Of Amalur Reckoning, etc., then you'll love this game!
Personally I like JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Games) more. But there are several western RPGs i've bought and enjoyed them. Such as the Mass Effect series, Deus EX : Human Revolution and a few others. I plan on buying this game as well. I played a little of the original on the PC back in 07. I liked it a lot. There's a lot of things that reminds me of Japanese RPGs.
Anyway this game has had very positive reviews from number amount of critics and is highly rated. So if you're an RPG fan, then this is a musy buy!
The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition for Xbox 360 is almost a month away from release, finally letting 360 owners in on what PC gamers have been enjoying for almost a year (longer if you consider that the original game, The Witcher, was and is PC exclusive). The air around the game is electric; the PC release got a 9.0 from IGN and was an engagingly deep and action-packed RPG with an awesome lore and atmospheric world behind it, and this year's release of The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition stands as one of the biggest console exclusives on the Xbox 360 for 2012.
At GDC, we took another look at the base gameplay that people can expect from the action-RPG, and the thing that stood out the most from the title was how seamlessly it transitions to the system. The Witcher 2 was an extremely deep PC game, and typically the more PC-centric a title is, the more difficult it is to adapt to a console. Difficult though it may've been, the team at CD Projekt RED has done a truly awesome job of creating not only a graphics engine that runs very smoothly, but controls that, while fairly complex, won't beguile console gamers. The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition feels almost like it was made from scratch for the Xbox 360, but manages to pack in the depth and level of immersion that hardcore PC gamers demand.
A couple of months ago, our very own Peter Eykemans checked the game out, and mentioned how it would take every button on the controller to properly control Geralt, and this is true. You'll have plenty of moves to pull off as the monster-slaying mercenary, as you deftly switch between steel and silver weapons (to combat human and beast creatures, respectively), utilize magic attacks and beat down assassins and beasts like a boss.
Get ready to take on some nasty baddies.
In our recent time with the game, we were given a look at the quest structure ran one of the new missions available to the Xbox 360 version. We escorted Dame Brigida Papebrock through the woods, an informant for Vernon Roche who discovers the reasoning behind a noble's disappearance. Along the way we fended off assassins, giant poisonous spider creatures, and goblin-like monsters. Choice factored into our mission at various times; there were paths that would lead to a lot of enemies and thick resistance, as well as those that would be a lot longer and without as many foes.
Additionally, dialogue chains would determine the kind of missions you'd take, as well as how they'd be resolved, either diplomatically or by the sword. Your choices will have ramifications both small and large in the world, changing the landscape as you play. There is often an easy course for some of these dialogue chains, but this will often have negative ramifications if you just try to rush through them. One section that we played followed an incriminating note associated to a noble. We could have easily accused the noble of participating in a treasonous crime, but by reviewing the evidence, we were able to determine that he was in fact innocent, something that we wouldn't have been able to do if we blindly accused him of the crime.
The Witcher 2 is filled with gorgeous vistas and diverse environments.
Graphically, The Witcher 2 looks great, and doesn't have that scaled down look that many games do when they get ported to consoles from the PC. The character models are nicely detailed and the environments are diverse and well lit. The framerate is also very stable, which is great to observe even as the team continues to polish it for release.
Every nugget of information and play session for The Witcher 2 only makes us more rabid to actually get our hands on the final game. The action is tight, and the world expansive and detailed. If you're not getting excited yet for The Witcher 2 to hit Xbox 360 in April, you'd better start.
Last edited by AppleKing; 04-12-2012 at 08:39 PM.
Only on 360...hell naw?! I ain't played my Skyrim in weeks.....i kno i ain't nowhere near even half way thru it either.....
Witcher 2 Xbox 360 review: Darker than Skyrim, sexier than Mass Effect - better than both?
The black sheep of RPGs fights onto console
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By Rob Taylor for computerandvideogames.com
There's a zinger piece of dialogue during The Witcher 2 where Geralt of Rivia muses: "Power, sex. Sex, Power. They both come down to one thing - fucking others." It's a brilliant line in a game filled with great lines: where musings of causality and morality sit naturally alongside mucky quips about 'lesbomancy', 'ploughing' and 'whoresons'.
First things first: this isn't Skyrim. Duh. There's no epic sandbox to meander through; narratively it's way more linear. You don't get to roleplay Geralt as a tattooed female elf with a pornstar bosom, nor as some Halfling with an afro. Accept that CD Projekt's take on the RPG is more of a framed experience than the one offered by Bethesda and you're halfway to appreciating this game's manifold majesty.
To arms then, with a speedy plot recap. After an epic opening where Geralt helps gallant King Foltest to subdue a noble uprising, said sovereign is brutally butchered. Suspicious eyes fall on our mutated hero, and he's tossed into gaol to rot. We know the White Wolf (Geralt) is innocent; indeed he's already deduced the true killer is actually another Witcher. So, after a suitably epic act of escapology, Geralt begins his quest for answers... and the true machinations behind Assassins of Kings begin in earnest.Witch witcher
Humans, non-humans, soldiers, sorceresses, kingslayers, trolls - everybody has their own tale (usually of woe), their own ambitions, and their own agenda. Indeed, there are so many shades of grey here we're guessing the devs might have even concocted some new ones. Suffice to say Temeria is not a happy place - from the loftiest monarch to the most browbeaten serf. Geralt and chums usually find themselves slap bang in the middle of the maelstrom, the resulting catharsis rarely being all that, er... cathartic. Such is the life of a Witcher; prepare for some of the toughest role playing decisions you've ever encountered.
Indeed, there's a nastiness to some of the quests that might prove eye-opening after the relatively safe worlds of Skyrim and ME3. The original Witcher is still (unfairly) pilloried in some quarters for its obsession with carnal pursuits, with the same criticisms flung at this sequel. In truth, the frequent crude references to, for want of a better word, fucking actually help flesh out the game's uniquely base universe. Sex is as much a way of Temerian third-world life as slavery, magic, bloodshed and the threat of starvation. That said, by the time Geralt's managed to bed a busty, goat-legged succubus you might be rolling your eyes a bit. Or, like us, cheering.
Rest assured, Geralt's not the divisive character you might be expecting. He's a big, ugly man sure - but there's an incredible depth behind those scary yellow eyes. Similarly, just because you're stuck with the White Wolf as your avatar, it doesn't mean there's not a considerable capacity for independent decision making. Play him as a slimy old git or bastion of heroism - there's room for both.Geralt's romance with foxy magic user Triss Merigold is particularly well-realised; there's a steamy scene in a rose-smattered Elven bathhouse that captures both the physical and mental sides of their relationship better than any other title this writer can remember. Dialogue is rich and expertly penned, and while the sheer amount of lore being spouted is occasionally disconcerting, it's a boon rather than a hindrance.
That depth continues through to the gameplay itself, with three significantly disparate paths to plough XP into. Is your Geralt a herbalist, wielder of the magic-alike Signs, or swordsman supreme? Signs like Aard (Force Throw) and Axii (Jedi mind trick) lend the combat a quasi-Force Unleashed feel, while the kinetic swordplay recalls a simplified Arkham Asylum. Both elements are satisfying and sound, if not quite class-leading. There's also a stack of weaponry and armour to purchase/pinch/forge, meaning Geralt's garb feels constantly fresh and - more importantly - badass.
And badass you'll need to be at times; despite a tweaked tutorial and massaged difficulty spikes this can be frustratingly tough. A button-spamming hack 'n slash it is not, and your initial encounters with the likes of Letho and the Kayran will end bloodily and abruptly unless you quickly learn to block and roll- dodge with the best of them. The key lies in preparedness, so ensure you guzzle potions, craft incendiaries, apply any vicious, viscous blade coatings, and don't swear too much when you're occasionally hamstrung by fiddly multi-enemy encounters.
Depending on your choices then, Act 2 plays out in two drastically different ways. We're talking near-totally disparate locations and characters, here - before everything comes together with a (rather abrupt) resolution at Loc Muinne. That said, it's also a rather brave ending in one way - and speaks volumes for the devs' approach to storytelling. The Witcher may look epic, but much of its lore concentrates on suggesting that these 'heroes' and 'villains' are little more than motes of dust in the grand galactic scheme of things. That's really rather progressive when you stop to consider every other title out there is continually trying to out-epic one another...
Unlike the heavily-modded version of BioWare's Aurora engine that did for the original title, the RED engine is a bespoke colossus that oozes potential for franchising out. Some naysayers have expressed dismay that the 360 conversion only drives visuals equivalent to a PC's medium spec, yet that still results in one of the most stunning titles on the machine. Flotsam's town square genuinely feels alive, the kind of virtual world we could only fantasise about when tinkering with RPGs like Bard's Tale and Ultima way back when.
It's a combination of art design and sheer engine potency - but whether you're exploring riverside ports, looming forests or army encampments you're continually aware that gaming universes have rarely felt this real. Ally this to haunting Celtic melodies and some bang-on regional British acting chops and you realise CD Projekt's craftsmanship effortlessly compensates for their relatively meagre resources.
Even better, this is far from a straight port. Dubbed the 'Enhanced Edition', 360 owners get a subtle drip of fresh content in the shape of side quests, fresh faces and beefed up cutscenes. The only real surprise is that it's taken this long to come to 360. Ultimately, The Witcher 2 is an outstanding title that offers a uniquely tough take on role playing - standing proudly alongside its more revered peers, and quite possibly gobbing a greenish wad of phlegm in their faces for good measure.
9.2 out of 10
Gritty, sexy, vicious, sumptuous bastard of a role-player that in-between Mass Effect and The Elder Scrolls heralds an exciting third pathway for the genre
- Geralt and pals are an earthy joy
- Beefy combat with goresome finishers
- Some great virtual shagging
- Checkpoints are a bit fiddly, with long-ish load times.
- Ending's been padded out, but it's still abrupt.
Last edited by AppleKing; 04-13-2012 at 10:46 AM.
I have 84 360 games, 37 PS3 games, 23 Wii games and I still have my 11 year old Gamecube. I have 30 GameCube games.
Last edited by AppleKing; 04-13-2012 at 02:36 PM.
I know what you mean. I wish I still had my Dreamcast. Man I had some games on Dreamcast. I was talking to this guy on this gaming site. He still has all his older sytems dating back to the 8-Bit NES. Over the years I either sold my systems, traded them in, or they went out on me. I work a lot. But since gaming is a hobby of mine. I find time to play them.
It comes out tomorrow!!!!!!
Oh yeah I just got back from buying The Witcher 2. I didnt get any of the expensive special versions. But the standard $60 dollar version I bought comes with a quest handbook, 3-Disc (2 Disc for game and 1 Disc is a soundtrack for the game) and a poster/map. Well worth the purchase. Im about to play in a lil bit and give my thoughts later.
Damn you payed cheap for the Castlvania: Lords Of Shadow limited edition. I remember it being $80 (79.99). I bought the standard edition of Castlevania:LOS for $60 (59.99).
It really depends on the developers. Some developers care about their fans and give you your money's worth with your purchase.
Ah man you never even played Lords Of Shadow. Dude that was one of the best releases that came out in 2010. It did the Castlevania name justice and was a amazing action/adventure game. I still have mine. But I never sold or traded my games in over a decade. After I got my GameCube back in 01, I stop selling and trading my games in. I just save and collect now. I wish I still had all my systems I had before then.
Played a few hours earlier and so far it's a great game. This is a very mature and adult game. As it deals with some very mature situations. There is even a sexual encounter early in the game, showing breast, ass and all. But all the sex in the game aside, the story so far is pretty interesting and the characters I interacted with have been very unique.
I clocked in at 40 or so hours in Mass Effect 3. Mostly cause I played nearly all the side quest. The Witcher 2 is said to be just as long and maybe even longer. Any way im only a few hours in and am going to take my time playing through. This game has a complex battle and magic system. Im still trying to master it, so I can be more effective in battle.
On another note. The graphics are extremely gorgeous. Some of the best I seen on this generation of consoles. The music and voice acting is also top notch!
Last edited by AppleKing; 04-17-2012 at 07:07 PM.
I been playing for about 10 or so hours now and still fairly at the beginning of the game. Been trying to play a lot of sidequest. What I like about this game, is the choices you make in the sidequest actually has some form of impact to the main story.
This game is pretty challenging. For those of you playing, I advise you to try to master every technique at your disposal. You're going to need them. Knowing what potions to use, what magic spells to use in certain situations, evading attacks, blocking, etc. If you don't become familar with any of these, you will die quickly. Right now im on a boss called the Kayan and I died a lot, but I pretty much figure out how to beat it after trying different strategies. Will play in a lil bit, to take it down.
Beat the Kayan boss on first try earlier. Banged my lover Trish in some underground pond. Man the sex scenes in this game make Mass Effect sex scenes look PG rated. The sex scenes are so explicit. Not XXX rated explicit, but like one of those unrated japanese anime sex scenes. Nice lenghty detail sex scene.
Anyway fighting with the King Slayer Letho now. He beat me earlier, I have to find a strategy to take him down.
I had this game on PC for almost a year now. I have the first Witcher game on PC to. I like the second game more though. I played through the game several times. It has 16 different endings. Also everytime you play through it's different cause you have so many paths you can take and so many choices you can make. Geralt a player. That nigga be trying to fuck every broad he run into. I got him to hit Triss....Ves...and a couple of prostitutes. Say AppleKing you should try playing both the Roche and Iorveth paths. You'll get more out the story. Make 2 seperate save files one for joining Roche and the other for joining Iorveth. The people you'll meet and areas you'll go to, will be different.
A few sex scenes from The Witcher 2
There are more. But you have to play your cards right. Say the right things in conversation. You can also buy a hooker.
OMG the graphics are visual stunning though i would love to see how new xbox and ps4 are going to be able to beat those graphics! it's scary to because now people are not going to be able to tell the difference between real life and fictional virtual world! this should trouble people with kids and people would are hardcore gamers and people with mental conditions! due to the fact that most of the newer games are very graphic and mature rated games. like from watching tv commerical i have yet to see a rated teen or rated E video game. since 2011 i have only seen like 6 rated e titles compare to 20 rated m games.
damn i pray for the new school gamers that they just see it as entertainment!
Last edited by 614/706/334; 04-23-2012 at 12:30 AM.