Review in Progress: The Witcher 2

Our time with The Witcher 2 has been short thus far, but don't fret: we're working on our review!

GameSpot reviews editor Justin Calvert detailed last week how the evolving nature of games--and game publishers--makes the reviews process a challenge greater than it typically was in the past. His words stand on their own, so I needn't repeat them, but they do bear on our attempt to provide a timely review of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. While we ideally would have had the game for weeks already, we never did receive a prerelease copy of the game from Atari, even after countless requests. Our UK office was fortunate enough to receive a copy from European publisher Namco Bandai last week, but the game was unplayable using the retail CD key, because the game couldn't yet be activated online. We received a press key to allow us to start playing just yesterday.

So while I have spent a number of hours with The Witcher 2, I am not sure when the review will post. As you know, it is probably a very long and complex game, and while we would ideally have had a review up on the day of release, we won't rush an evaluation of any game--certainly not one as involved and lengthy as a major role-playing game. Until the review is posted, I will post screens and movies galore. My first priority is to play The Witcher 2 thoroughly and write/film a review, but I will do my best to keep you up to date, and hopefully appease your interest with media until the time the review is posted.

Quick-time events, an old RPG standby.

I will say this based on my time with the game thus far, however: the visuals are absolutely phenomenal. I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

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Discussion

131 comments
Striiket
Striiket

I agree with Yams1980. This game plays like it was meant for console. I couldn't control my character well until I plugged a game pad in. The only thing holding this game together is its great story. Game play kinda sucks.

BeatPlayLove
BeatPlayLove

@AheronSlave - devs have confirmed a 360 release, I don't understand why you find it necessary to call Yams1980 a 'narrow minded little man'. Hating is bad for you :)

AheronSlave
AheronSlave

@Yams1980 You do realize that the Witcher 2 is a PC Exclusive and is very likely to remains so? You have either not played the game, or are a very narrow minded little man. Either is fine with me.

Yams1980
Yams1980

i just played the game yesturday and its overrated. it has a constant sluggish feel to it make it feel more challenging then it really is. It really suffers from the console effect. The interface is made around a gamepad instead of using the pcs full power. You can't even remap your keybindings wtf?

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

[quote="Justin Calvert on Dirt 3 Review Comments"]Witcher 2 review will be up in the next hour or so I believe. :)[/quote] Now I'm getting anxious. :D

pelvist
pelvist

@Matt_Night "Our UK office was fortunate enough to receive a copy from European publisher Namco Bandai last week, but the game was unplayable using the retail CD key, because the game couldn't yet be activated online. We received a press key to allow us to start playing just yesterday. " The game couldnt be activated until the day of release because of the copy protection.

jimmy_loco2
jimmy_loco2

@Matt_Night Offcourse, from the moment it released I got my hands on the copy. Just wanna know if gamespot agrees with me that this game is FANTASTIC! and deserves an editor's choice!

Matt_Night
Matt_Night

come on guys, we know that new Witcher is very complex, and it deserves a lot of time to write him a good review ....but didn't you get your copy of the game in advance?

ujwalv
ujwalv

STILL NO REVIEW !!! :o this is really getting annoying,,,

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Best game this gen, best rpg this gen, simply amazing. This game is a masterpiece.

gamerxxx89
gamerxxx89

now a week over after game release still no reviews i think "kevin is busy play l.a noire haha"

maramsp
maramsp

@ jedikevin2 There are some words of truth in your words written to me.. Its true that you have to look at reviews contextually and without any consideration of trust. I only wanted to say with this, that i mostly agree with reviews of gamespot. Maybe i chose the wrong words to call it, but hope you understand me now. Basicly when gamespot gives a 5 or so, or what ever number, i agree with it most of the time. But yes. I do look at other sites, but their reviews sometimes are like waiste. Dunno how to explain it. But look at some games. They sometimes sound like totall freaks, where gamespot sees the whole thing. But all this never mind. Lets all enjoy our times with this great RPG.. And hope for a witcher 3. And yes, i know its to soon to say it, but we may always have hope..

Master_cheat001
Master_cheat001

8.5 i guess. This game is a good game but it isn't excellent. It is buggy and require a high PC to play smoothly. Information is lack and the quest system is so hard to track down the currently quest u are doing. Map is horrible, if I want to go somewhere, I must remember exactly the location of it on the map. no "TAB" to display information or loot items, just Z ZZ Z Z ZZ... frustrating. Anyway, it is good, but this defenitely is not a PC game, it is console!

finshur
finshur

This is the RPG of RPG's, I cannot let it down , I have to savor every drooling sadistic and adult oriented theme from rape to incest to drug and drinking let alone the killing.....Pure unaldarated RPG....I'm in love and Witcher 2 is my new GF....Games Rader pegged the review of this with a 10/10....W'ell see what the corporate controlled Gamespot does..Truthfully i havent been so enthralled since Ultima 7

Dpl420
Dpl420

No rpg where you dont customize your own Character can be the best rpg Period

Dpl420
Dpl420

Takin stupid slow to make the review Bad job gamespot fallin way behind

redder1111
redder1111

..... ..... ..... ..... ..... Come on kevin! tomorrow Witcher 3 will be released !!!

Balck_soul
Balck_soul

anything below 9 would make the reviewers look bad rather than the game

Soundaholic92
Soundaholic92

@Maxxgold I'm pretty sure gamespot reviewers don't just beat the game once, or twice, or on only one difficulty, especially not with an RPG where the possibilities are virtually endless. Don't claim to be a better reviewers if you haven't seen all 16 endings

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

@maramsp You shouldn't hold ANY review with a grain of salt. It is extremely sad to say gamespot is someone you trust.. They have been known for the same shenanigans as other places. Always look at reviews contextually and without any consideration of trust. Also, you will be in for a shock if the game never comes to consoles. If it does it will be some offshoot of it but not Witcher 2. The degradation required to get the game running on a console platform would be intense (look at gothic 4 for example).

maramsp
maramsp

@mehrdad19872010 Eventually this game is released for consoles yes. If you read all the previews and so forth you knew this already. @Maxxgold The other reviewers were to quick with their review. Gamespot is one of the few i trust so. And i think more of you agree with this. For the rest, this game is getting better and better. Best rpg ever maybe?

Maxxgold
Maxxgold

I have already played and beaten this game. It's truly an Awesome Game. 9.4 is my final score. It's pretty sad that Kevin who is a professional reviewer for gamespot can't get this game reviewed before me or the many others who have already reviewed this game. i guess they didn't give gamespot any payments.

gsmull
gsmull

@nyran125 I have noticed this as well. After playing this game I find myself comparing my experience with it with the feel I had playing some of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. Yesterday it was Doom, today it was the Bard's Tale, Witcher 1, and Dragon Age: Origins. This game is great. Around every corner in the game there is some detailed and unique experience. While other RPG releases have taken a big step back recently, this one has taken one forward into new territory. I think its greatest attribute is that it has atmosphere and lots of it.

mehrdad19872010
mehrdad19872010

@Kevin-V is this amazing game ever going to be released for consoles?

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

I am now 32 hours into the game and its AMAZING, just simply amazing. Better then the first game in every way possible. GET THIS GAME NOW PEOPLE! Its RPG geek heaven (: Best RPG since Baldurs Gate2 on PC

finshur
finshur

The Witcher 2 is EPIC in every the SOUND is Hollywood movie level, the Graphics ARE next -gen Rpg WITHOUT A dx11 card. ...Hell just one little ghetta Flostom is better then all of DAO2 KIRKWALL , it Morrowind on steroids with much more direction ....Unbelivavable a quantaum leap in RPG...BIOWARE as much as i love need to resthink alot with DOA 3......Games Radar nailed the review 10/10.....THIS think is f-bomb rpg licious....THis is the reason we own PC's boys and girls.~~~!!! Grat to CD PROJECT they glaDY GET MY CASH! wow wow woW

ArticRecon
ArticRecon

When is it coming to 360 as it was rumored and still "TBA" as listed on GS. I loved the first one, but I have hence abandoned my PC roots (sadly) and forewent powerful PCs to portable tablets/netbooks as many have these days. Just too $$ to keep on the cutting edge of Graph cards when the consoles are still doing well on graphics. I hope that it will port (no fanboy cmmts) not a fanboy, it's just simple economics. plus 50in HDTV with 5.1 surround.. on my couch?? beats the ole comp desk.. Anyways.. to all those who are playing, I'm JEALOUS!!

ArticRecon
ArticRecon

When is it coming to 360 as it was rumored and still "TBA" as listed on GS. I loved the first one, but I have hence abandoned my PC roots (sadly) and forewent powerful PCs to portable tablets/netbooks as many have these days. Just too $$ to keep on the cutting edge of Graph cards when the consoles are still doing well on graphics. I hope that it will port (no fanboy cmmts) not a fanboy, it's just simple economics. plus 50in HDTV with 5.1 surround.. on my couch?? beats the ole comp desk.. Anyways.. to all those who are playing, I'm JEALOUS!!

nitrocole
nitrocole

Every review I've seen has been positive, and I expect the same on Gamespot. I can't wait to pick up this game on PC :)

nyran125
nyran125

if they are reviewing it they BETTER not be using a control pad, this game was designed for MOUSE and keyboard. You need the mouse to be precise in this game and quick. With a control pad, its all over. Get good at the mouse with camera movement you wont regret it. I agree, best RPG for a very very long time. Ive never felt like playing a game twice and maybe even a 3rd time, half way through actually playing it the first time round, Since morrowind. This game is filling the void of not having anything like Conan the Barbarian comics and movies i use to love growing up.

maramsp
maramsp

This game is one of the best rpgs ever in my opinion. And looking at the graphics, this game will definitely get a technical profincient graphics award xd. But now i sound like a graphics junkie. No, this game is great in all its ways! Definitely a must buy. And Justin/Kevin.. Plz do not rush the review :) Take ur time, cause gamespot is one of the few i trust. But as for now, this game had blown me away. Last but not least. If my english sucks, then sorry for that. Im dutch ye know

gsmull
gsmull

I just finished the prologue which is almost a game in itself. I am very impressed so far. If you like RPGs this is a must buy. The combat is actually challenging on the normal level (as it was in the original witcher) which is a huge contrast to DA2. I was unexpectedly and pleasently reminded of games like Doom with regards to how rich the environment are and how many unexpected things/quests can be discovered with a little exploring. Everything in the environment is relevant depending on your preferences such as crafting materials. If you put some time into it those things that you can make will be very helpful in combat later and keep you from going back to the last saved game repeatedly. It is obvious to me already that CD Projekt put alot of time and effort into enriching the environment which also stands in stark contrast to the latest Bioware efforts. The game is a bit of a memory hog so you will need a higher end platform to run this right. Enjoy this one, I certainly will.

jhawk
jhawk

@StDrake Maybe you should actually try reading what Kevin wrote up there, he explains why it's taking so long in the very first paragraph. They never got a prerelease copy from Atari.

JTR_IceBerg
JTR_IceBerg

1,280 people say 9.5 No "official" review needed to make a purchase decision. And these guys busted their asses for 4 years to bring you this awesomeness so do BUY the game so they can keep doing bigger and better.

StDrake
StDrake

Why taking so long?When LA Noire is release and I check gamespot..whoa theres already a review

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

@Kevin-V Just remember to getcha a few play thru's and enjoy different endings.. [spoiler] looks at your twitter and just giving a reminder [/spoiler]

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

8.5 I'm calling it. Many journalists have complained about the undercooked combat system. Also I'm hearing bad things about Act 3 and the ending...

DraKKuLL007
DraKKuLL007

Tonight and all the weekend I'll have to find some excuse to my girlfriend... probably I'll be lost in Temeria... guess she'll not understand it... =/

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Best game this gen imo and best RPG in years!!!! Cant wait to check out Kevins review!

2chase
2chase

I am more than happy to wait for a thorough review of this game. I own a Mac :)

speedfreak48t5p
speedfreak48t5p

nyran125: Gamers who don't like RPG's aren't going to like it either.

Theconsciousss
Theconsciousss

@Ravenchrome I'm a rather big Bioware fan mate and I can tell you this, though I enjoyed DAII for what it was, this game is phenomenal! Absolutely on another level to anything Bioware have done in this (their worst in my opinion) year ever...

piotrjustyna
piotrjustyna

omg, User Score is 9.5 based on almost 1k votes. Well, that is impressive.

gamerxxx89
gamerxxx89

excuse me puhlees dis player or site reviews dnt tel me wt i hv 2 buy or not DIS IS THE WAR BETWEEN US THE PC GAMERS AND THE OTHER FANBOYS , SITES pc games must cm first always.....

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

Take your time - no need to rush. The player reviews have spoken and the game is a gem. People, no need to wait for official reviews, go out and buy this awesome game.

Psycho_Hands
Psycho_Hands

Well I hope you'll enjoy the game as much as everyone else. Can't wait to see your thoughts on it.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

This is likely GOTY. Stellar stuff through and through.