The Witcher 2 Early Review In!!!

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#1 Posted by ducati101 (1741 posts) -

PC Format UK, has reviewed an early (pre-release) build of The Witcher 2.

Can't link it, as I'm viewing the actual the mag. To cut a long story short,the score is 92/100.

Summary: Involving Combat, Stupendous Visuals, Varied gaming.

It goes on to say; If the bugs are stamped out (awkward pathfinding), we've got a new king of role-playing to doff our caps to. Witcher 2 is vast, varied and challenging.

Not too bad at all, considering CD Project is still polishing the game. I for one can't wait for the 17th!!!

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#2 Posted by GeneralShowzer (11598 posts) -
How can they review a preview build? It was just the first chapter.
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#3 Posted by AAllxxjjnn (19992 posts) -
Awesome. Little less than a month : )
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#4 Posted by funsohng (29917 posts) -
Bugs for the vanilla version of the game was expected, at least for me.
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#5 Posted by Zurrur (1701 posts) -

Flop? Early reviews always give full score to anticipated games

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#6 Posted by ferret-gamer (17476 posts) -

Flop? Early reviews always give full score to anticipated games

Zurrur
Let me get this straight. you are predicting it will flop because it was given a high score?
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#7 Posted by GeneralShowzer (11598 posts) -

Flop? Early reviews always give full score to anticipated games

Zurrur
DA II first review was 95. DA II : 1 Witcher 2 : 0
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#8 Posted by Lethalhazard (5452 posts) -
Wait, they gave a full review before the actual full game is out? What kind of credibility is that? Especially when it's on a preview version...
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#9 Posted by GeneralShowzer (11598 posts) -
Anyway, this review holds no weight at all, they are reviewing only 1/3 of a game, and a preview build no less where it's full with bugs and nothing is finalized.
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#10 Posted by osan0 (15019 posts) -
How can they review a preview build? It was just the first chapter.GeneralShowzer
its probably the full game but with issues and not fully tested yet....a beta basically. it was the same with shogun 2......reviewers have played and reviewed a version with DX11...something we dont have yet. mags do that from time to time to ensure that the review is out early or on time. other mags have a policy of only reviewing the finished article though. anywho looking good. i have a lot of RPGing to do next month....modded morrowind, DS3, drakensang (just dug up my copy :D ) and this....good month :).
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#11 Posted by mitu123 (155231 posts) -

Flop? Early reviews always give full score to anticipated games

Zurrur
Batman AA got like 9.4-9.6 for 1st score and look how that turned out.
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#12 Posted by JohnF111 (14187 posts) -
Anyway, this review holds no weight at all, they are reviewing only 1/3 of a game, and a preview build no less where it's full with bugs and nothing is finalized.GeneralShowzer
A lot of games get this, people complain that games should be re-evaluated after patches and updates plus they are hardly going to play the game from start to finish on every difficulty setting while collecting every item and slaying every beast before deciding on how good a game is, does this mean that people who say "I played 2 hours and gave up" didn't do a thorough enough test and that their opinions are wrong?
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#13 Posted by GeneralShowzer (11598 posts) -

[QUOTE="GeneralShowzer"]Anyway, this review holds no weight at all, they are reviewing only 1/3 of a game, and a preview build no less where it's full with bugs and nothing is finalized.JohnF111

A lot of games get this, people complain that games should be re-evaluated after patches and updates plus they are hardly going to play the game from start to finish on every difficulty setting while collecting every item and slaying every beast before deciding on how good a game is, does this mean that people who say "I played 2 hours and gave up" didn't do a thorough enough test and that their opinions are wrong?

Huh?

No...it means that this is far from the full finalized game and it's unprofessional to give a review of an early demo. That little message up there is present for this reason alone. See?

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#14 Posted by ducati101 (1741 posts) -
The score doesn't really interest me. What does is this; Involving Combat, Stupendous Visuals, Varied gaming. Now that is something to look forward too!
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#15 Posted by GeneralShowzer (11598 posts) -
[QUOTE="ducati101"]The score doesn't really interest me. What does is this; Involving Combat, Stupendous Visuals, Varied gaming. Now that is something to look forward too!

Yeah, well all the previews have been saying that. Indeed it is something to look forward too.
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#16 Posted by Heil68 (57942 posts) -
[QUOTE="Zurrur"]

Flop? Early reviews always give full score to anticipated games

GeneralShowzer
DA II first review was 95. DA II : 1 Witcher 2 : 0

Anyway, this review holds no weight at all, they are reviewing only 1/3 of a game, and a preview build no less where it's full with bugs and nothing is finalized.GeneralShowzer
Game is only 3 chapters long? D: [spoiler] :P [/spoiler]
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#17 Posted by deactivated-58b6232955e4a (15594 posts) -
I thought it was 5 chapters long?
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#18 Posted by Gibsonsg527 (3313 posts) -

I never trust these early review.

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#19 Posted by lawlessx (48753 posts) -
I thought it was 5 chapters long? SAGE_OF_FIRE
pretty sure devs said the game would have 3 chapters.
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#20 Posted by GeneralShowzer (11598 posts) -
[QUOTE="SAGE_OF_FIRE"]I thought it was 5 chapters long? lawlessx
pretty sure devs said the game would have 3 chapters.

I think there's a prologue and an epilogue as well.
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#21 Posted by RyuRanVII (4254 posts) -

The game will have three chapters plus prologue and epilogue. Chapters 2 and 3 will be entirely different depending on the players' choices.

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#22 Posted by MikeRpgFan (72 posts) -
Found links to this review. If anyone interested, pls pm me.
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#23 Posted by SkyWard20 (4509 posts) -

[QUOTE="JohnF111"][QUOTE="GeneralShowzer"]Anyway, this review holds no weight at all, they are reviewing only 1/3 of a game, and a preview build no less where it's full with bugs and nothing is finalized.GeneralShowzer

A lot of games get this, people complain that games should be re-evaluated after patches and updates plus they are hardly going to play the game from start to finish on every difficulty setting while collecting every item and slaying every beast before deciding on how good a game is, does this mean that people who say "I played 2 hours and gave up" didn't do a thorough enough test and that their opinions are wrong?

Huh?

No...it means that this is far from the full finalized game and it's unprofessional to give a review of an early demo. That little message up there is present for this reason alone. See?

If CDProjekt gave permission to review, then it's ok.

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#24 Posted by McStrongfast (4701 posts) -
Obviously this is a review you can trust.
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#25 Posted by PcGamingRig (7383 posts) -

its only a preview build so not that conclusive, but the comments about the gameplay in the review look positive. :)

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#26 Posted by h575309 (8551 posts) -

Its pretty sad how much faith we put in reviews really. The dev's last outing was strong, the game looks amazing and early previews have been stellar. What else do you need?

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#27 Posted by BlbecekBobecek (2932 posts) -

[QUOTE="Zurrur"]

Flop? Early reviews always give full score to anticipated games

GeneralShowzer

DA II first review was 95. DA II : 1 Witcher 2 : 0

But why do you compare DA II to an RPG? :question:

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#28 Posted by rzepak (5758 posts) -

[QUOTE="GeneralShowzer"]

[QUOTE="JohnF111"]

A lot of games get this, people complain that games should be re-evaluated after patches and updates plus they are hardly going to play the game from start to finish on every difficulty setting while collecting every item and slaying every beast before deciding on how good a game is, does this mean that people who say "I played 2 hours and gave up" didn't do a thorough enough test and that their opinions are wrong?SkyWard20

Huh?

No...it means that this is far from the full finalized game and it's unprofessional to give a review of an early demo. That little message up there is present for this reason alone. See?

If CDProjekt gave permission to review, then it's ok.

I think the first official review is supposed to be in the Polish Pc mag CD-Action. I may be wrong though.

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#29 Posted by herezjarchus (316 posts) -

This review is a sign for me to not trust "PC Format UK". Early reviews of a not yet released games (like this one) are far from being professional and bring no valuable information - no wonder that they gave a very high score to DA2 (95, I believe) while the general consensus among the gaming sites was that DA2 was far from being a great game or at least nowhere close DA:O... It just proves that they don't treat game journalism, game reviewing and even gamers seriously, and that they're just a bunch of damn lazybones only knowing how to take money for a badly done job.

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#30 Posted by SkyWard20 (4509 posts) -

This review is a sign for me to not trust "PC Format UK". Early reviews of a not yet released games (like this one) are far from being professional and bring no valuable information - no wonder that they gave a very high score to DA2 (95, I believe) while the general consensus among the gaming sites was that DA2 was far from being a great game or at least nowhere close DA:O... It just proves that they don't treat game journalism, game reviewing and even gamers seriously, and that they're just a bunch of damn lazybones only knowing how to take money for a badly done job.

herezjarchus
Wasn't that PC Gamer UK? I think those are two different magazines.
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#31 Posted by ducati101 (1741 posts) -

Its pretty sad how much faith we put in reviews really. The dev's last outing was strong, the game looks amazing and early previews have been stellar. What else do you need?

h575309
Absolutely, that's why I didn't even pay attention to the score. But the summary, Involving Combat, Stupendous Visuals, Varied gaming etc. This is why I mentioned the review. :)
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#32 Posted by gamebreakerz__ (5120 posts) -
Don't get your hopes up, the first review of Dragon Age 2 said it was revolutionary.
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#33 Posted by herezjarchus (316 posts) -

[QUOTE="herezjarchus"]

This review is a sign for me to not trust "PC Format UK". Early reviews of a not yet released games (like this one) are far from being professional and bring no valuable information - no wonder that they gave a very high score to DA2 (95, I believe) while the general consensus among the gaming sites was that DA2 was far from being a great game or at least nowhere close DA:O... It just proves that they don't treat game journalism, game reviewing and even gamers seriously, and that they're just a bunch of damn lazybones only knowing how to take money for a badly done job.

SkyWard20

Wasn't that PC Gamer UK? I think those are two different magazines.

I was confused there for moment after your answer, but I've checked it to make sure that I didn't mistaken the sites, and I've found it - their early review of Dragon Age 2 (one day before launch) with score - 95. http://pcformat.techradar.com/review/dragon-age-2-review-07-03-11

PC Gamer UK, indeed made a similar review (although not early, but still written surprisingly fast after the game's release (on the same day actually)) and with score of 94. http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/03/08/dragon-age-2-review/

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#34 Posted by Pvt_r3d (7901 posts) -
I lost trust in early reviews after PC gamer gave Dragon Age II a 92/100 a week before the release.
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#35 Posted by wizdom (10109 posts) -
How can they review a preview build? It was just the first chapter.GeneralShowzer
I agree, if it wasn't final build that they shouldn't review it
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#36 Posted by krisk7 (102 posts) -

CD Projekt Senior Producer Tomasz Gop stated during a live chat today that no media received full game so far so they could only have done a preview not a review.

By they way today CD Projekt sent gold master to production!

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#37 Posted by tomarlyn (20148 posts) -
PC magazine, PC exclusive, AAA....... *troll mode deactivated*
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#38 Posted by Crimsader (11672 posts) -
Good news. I gotta pre-order it.
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#39 Posted by xqtr74 (34 posts) -

Scans:

http://i.imgur.com/7kkym.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/XB1r8.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BNWSf.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/kulsz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/LFIhk.jpg

The game will have three chapters plus prologue and epilogue. Chapters 2 and 3 will be entirely different depending on the players' choices.

RyuRanVII

And there are eight different versions of epilogue, each one with two different endings.

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#40 Posted by PcGamingRig (7383 posts) -

Scans:

http://i.imgur.com/7kkym.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/XB1r8.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BNWSf.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/kulsz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/LFIhk.jpg

[QUOTE="RyuRanVII"]

The game will have three chapters plus prologue and epilogue. Chapters 2 and 3 will be entirely different depending on the players' choices.

xqtr74

And there are eight different versions of epilogue, each one with two different endings.

i hope they're big chapters. :)

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#41 Posted by herezjarchus (316 posts) -

[QUOTE="RyuRanVII"]

The game will have three chapters plus prologue and epilogue. Chapters 2 and 3 will be entirely different depending on the players' choices.

xqtr74

And there are eight different versions of epilogue, each one with two different endings.

Yes :) ...From what I've heard the game will have:

1 Prologue

5 Chapters (One 1st chapter, two 2nd chapters and two 3rd chapters)

8 Epilogues

But obviously we will visit only one from the 2nd and 3rd chapters and only one of the epilogues. If this confirms to be true, then it could be one of the best rpgs since long time.

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#42 Posted by Icarian (1779 posts) -

Weird to review a preview copy, but I'm sure the game will rock.

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#43 Posted by Coyful (373 posts) -
...I have one question; Can you change his god aweful haircut? If I'm going to role play, I'd rather not look like a glam rock barbarian.
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#44 Posted by philiwaniuk (25 posts) -
Hi everyone, I'm the guy who reviewed The Witcher 2 for PC Format, and since a number of people across different forums have wrongly suggested I review preview code or an incomplete version of the game, I think it's best to clarify. I reviewed the game at CDP Red's HQ and played the review code from start to finish including different narrative paths, NOT the preview code. The review code had all the same content as the shelved copy of the game, but as I mentioned in the review (and opened a pandora's box by doing so) it was 'pre-final' in the sense that bug testers were still working on ironing out issues before the game went gold. I felt I had a responsibility to mention the bugs i encountered in the game in case they weren't fixed, but an equal responsibility to note that CDP were working on it. Whatever people's opinions are on review code vs retail (perfectly valid reservations, in my opinions), it's not correct and unfair to say PC Format wrote a review based on preview code. Thanks for reading, Phil
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#45 Posted by philiwaniuk (25 posts) -
Hi everyone, I'm the guy who reviewed The Witcher 2 for PC Format, and since a number of people across different forums have wrongly suggested I review preview code or an incomplete version of the game, I think it's best to clarify. I reviewed the game at CDP Red's HQ and played the review code from start to finish including different narrative paths, NOT the preview code. The review code had all the same content as the shelved copy of the game, but as I mentioned in the review (and opened a pandora's box by doing so) it was 'pre-final' in the sense that bug testers were still working on ironing out issues before the game went gold. I felt I had a responsibility to mention the bugs i encountered in the game in case they weren't fixed, but an equal responsibility to note that CDP were working on it. Whatever people's opinions are on review code vs retail (perfectly valid reservations, in my opinions), it's not correct and unfair to say PC Format wrote a review based on preview code. Thanks for reading, Phil
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#46 Posted by philiwaniuk (25 posts) -
Hi everyone, I'm the guy who reviewed The Witcher 2 for PC Format, and since a number of people across different forums have wrongly suggested I review preview code or an incomplete version of the game, I think it's best to clarify. I reviewed the game at CDP Red's HQ and played the review code from start to finish including different narrative paths, NOT the preview code. The review code had all the same content as the shelved copy of the game, but as I mentioned in the review (and opened a pandora's box by doing so) it was 'pre-final' in the sense that bug testers were still working on ironing out issues before the game went gold. I felt I had a responsibility to mention the bugs i encountered in the game in case they weren't fixed, but an equal responsibility to note that CDP were working on it. Whatever people's opinions are on review code vs retail (perfectly valid reservations, in my opinions), it's not correct and unfair to say PC Format wrote a review based on preview code. Thanks for reading, Phil