THE WITCHER 2: ASSASSINS OF KINGS
System: PC Out: May 17 PC gamers who favour deep, mature role-playing games lapped up The Witcher when it was released in 2007.
With a wonderfully written story and humorous dialogue, the game was extremely well received, garnering many Game of the Year awards and creating a legion of fans.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings sees series protagonist Geralt of Rivia return as the last of the Witchers, a powerful group of monster hunters who use their skills in combat and alchemy knowledge to rid the world of evil.
With this sequel, developer CD Projekt RED aims to improve all aspects of the original, and also make the game more approachable for action-oriented players.
Combat is no longer a finicky timing and stance-oriented affair, with a more fluid fast- strike and attack-based system that will be instantly familiar to anyone accustomed to traditional action games.
With a few mouse clicks, players can easily jump between enemies and slash them down with ease. Geralt also has the ability to slow time down to a crawl, letting players step back and choose their magical attacks or combat tactics in the middle of a battle.
The developer has also created its own game engine for The Witcher 2, which lends the game stunning graphics that easily eclipse those of the original, and indeed most other role-playing games on the market.
Each player’s experience will be unique, too, thanks to a non-linear campaign with a number of completely different outcomes based on decisions made. If the writing can live up to the quality of the original, The Witcher 2 has the makings of a classic. It’s released worldwide on May 17.
Classic: Geralt of Rivia returns as the last of the Witchers.