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The Witcher 2 reviews start hitting, get rounded up

Tuesday, 17th May 2011 18:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Geralt, our favorite medieval monstrosity-hunter, is back in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The game is out today on PC, and some of the first reviews are finally starting to appear.

According to Gamespot, it looks as though some discs of the game were unplayable due to the retail CD key, as the game couldn’t yet be activated online to be reviewed. This may be the case with some other sites as well, so we’ll add more review scores as they come in.

So far – it’s getting all 9′s and above from the folks who got some hands on time with it already, though.

  • GameReactor – 9
  • CD-Action – 9.5
  • Gry-online - 9.2
  • Bit-tech – 95/100
  • NowGamer – 8.4
  • GameReactor Sweden – 9
  • GamesRadar – 10
  • RPS – Good yet quriky
  • Joystick (France) - 19/20
  • CD-Action (Poland) -  9
  • Pelit (Finland) - 93/100
  • PC Format (UK) - 92/100
  • PC Games (Germany) - 88/100
  • GameStar (Germany) - 87/100
  • PC Guru (Hungary) - 92/100
  • Games Aktuelle (Germany) – 9
  • Hrej.cz (Czech Republic)  - 9
  • Doupe.cz (Czech Republic) - 9
  • Zing.cz (Czech Republic) - 9

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  1. Quasar

    Some poor optimization and autoaim fail
    Other than that, this is GOTY material all over the place

    #1 3 years ago
  2. razvan2you

    It’s the best game i’ve ever played PERIOD. Great story, great sound, stunnig graphics (cryengine 3 an its Crysis 2 is a baby besides REDENGINE), great gameplay, great level of design and custumization (never seen a world so beautiful made)…..and it has something that few games have : diversity….

    #2 3 years ago
  3. KrazyKraut

    folks..the collectors is awesome! but still cant play it…it will activatable on midnight :(

    #3 3 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    First one was really good.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Hunam

    @3 Is that from a retail then? Because if so I’ve got to go give their twitter feed some shit.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    Wish i could spend my money on a new graphic card so i could play this game, as it is now, i can’t waste my money on that.

    @1: Guess they’ll fix the poor optimization, as they did with Witcher 1.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Heinekeno

    Witcher 2 has poor game choices, when you pick the wrong one you die and the game loads the same scene…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Edo

    I wonder how does it look on medium gfx settings coz my PC is no beast….btw something that happens a lot nowadays,but still sadness me…or does it make me laugh….http://www.thegx.co/news/1270/bioware-employee-reviews-the-witcher-2/

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Edo

    #7 Surely you mean that you made some poor choices while playing the game!?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @8: I wouldn’t risk it. Buddy of mine bought it and it … doesn’t work properly, he has a Radeon HD4XXX-Something and the only thing you see are his eyes and everything else is just a mish-mash of colours. So it doesn’t work properly.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DarkElfa

    Why isn’t VG247 reviewing games?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    I’m playing it right now and holy damn… this game is fantastic.

    I love it. The only thing that pisses me off is that dead bodies disappear after 10 seconds. I mean really… 10 freakin seconds.

    Game is gorgeous. Can’t talk about the story because i’m only two hours in it.

    @DarkElfa, because it is strictly a news site and it should be that way.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Mike

    @11 It’s a news site.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    to sum everything: Witcher 2 is UNCHARTED 2 of RPG games :D

    and as a PC player i’m so happy with this. Every UI and interface is PC only.

    everything on max. I will make few screenshots soon just for fun.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Hunam

    @11 Because they write news, not reviews. They do the occasional article, but VG247 is more an industry blog than a games blog. They want to follow what’s happening rather than saying how good the end product is. I think that’s the reason I like the place so much, outside of a few cases their opinion doesn’t get in the way, it’s just the news.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    http://imageshack.us/f/32/witcher2201105172206573.jpg/

    Crazy :D My screenshot.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. YoungZer0

    I’m proud of you.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. rrw

    phew that is beautiful screenshot

    PC spec?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Christopher Jack

    If it weren’t for the awful combat system, I’d consider buying it.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Patrick Garratt

    @16 – Nice!

    #20 3 years ago
  21. YoungZer0

    @19: How can you say it has an awful combat System? Did you play it?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. badboy_122

    @19

    you’re joking … right ?!!!

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @19, Stop worshipping playstation Only. Just play.

    I am playing it right now. Combat system is great. Especially if you use Spells it’s bloody good.

    SCREENSHOTS for VG247 exclusively :D :

    http://imageshack.us/f/402/witcher2201105172205218.jpg/ – fire effects, Geralt details

    http://imageshack.us/f/836/witcher2201105172303298.jpg/ – details

    http://imageshack.us/f/190/witcher2201105172305077.jpg/ – Combat effects

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/3/witcher2201105172309111.jpg/ – Loading screen

    http://imageshack.us/f/219/witcher2201105172309412.jpg/ – I kick some ASS

    enjoy dear gamers.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Kalain

    @19

    Is the combat system awful because you actually have to think before you start a fight, and then think during the fight instead of just button mashing?

    The combat system takes a little to get use too, but when you have to combine weapons, spells and items to defeat groups of creature, thats all good in my book.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    My new PC’s been built and it’s in testing now. Hopefully I’ll get it next week. I’ll give this a shot, I reckon.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Edo

    #10 Thanks for the advice,especially coz my gfx card is actually Radeon HD 4XXX Something :)….

    #26 3 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    @26: Good to know i could be helpful. He also could only play it on the lowest settings. Didn’t help.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Christopher Jack

    @24, No, I consider it awful because I just don’t like it, feels terribly outdated & clunky in comparison to every other action game-this is just my opinion, don’t bother arguing with me, we all have different tastes.
    Don’t get me wrong, I think that nearly every other aspect is great, just one small frustration can have a large impact on the overall experiance.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. YoungZer0

    @28: So your opinion is simply “I don’t like it.” Instead of “This is why i don’t like it:”

    Really helps taking you serious.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Hunam

    I think #19 is probably talking about the combat from the original, which kinda sucked hard.

    Those screenies are nice erth, but I wouldn’t call them Crysis or Uncharted 2 from them.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Christopher Jack

    Wow… Read the next 5 words, it’s not that hard. Some things don’t need a deeper meaning but at least I did elaborate a little bit.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. YoungZer0

    @31: That’s more than 5 words.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Christopher Jack

    OMGz, REALLY!?!?!?! O_O
    …*sigh*

    #33 3 years ago
  34. makots

    Just a quick question for anyone out there: Just got a new Sandybridge mobo and an I5-2500K. Which new videocard should I get to run Witcher 2 at mid or max settings? Also, is this game DirectX 11 or 9? Thanks

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Erthazus

    @Hunam, it’s actually beautiful.

    I’m making screenshots from FRAPS and we all know that with “fraps” program you won’t get the maximum juice out of the screenshots.

    Trust me. It’s really beautiful and gorgeous. This game have more grass then PS3 will ever handle in it’s 10 year life cycle. Believe me :D

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Christopher Jack

    Entirely depends on your budget.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. ReeceHeywood

    Playing on Ultra settings, game looks great and I’m enjoying it a lot so far.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Stephany Nunneley

    @23 My GAWD the UPS man CANNOT get here soon enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #38 3 years ago
  39. YoungZer0

    @37: Make some screenshots.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. Dralen

    This is seriously one bad ass motherf***ing game! Not only is it graphically superb, the gameplay is sublime and it’s also a real challenge. This game will really punish you for making an error in combat, but even so “wow!” does it make you want to go back again and again to progress further into the game. It could definitely do with some more patching to optimize it a bit better, but other than that it is the best PC game I have played in a few years now.

    #40 3 years ago
  41. YoungZer0

    @40: Wait, you mean backtracking?

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Dralen

    I just meant that I died alot and I had to go back to my save point. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. YoungZer0

    @42: Puh, good to know, the first one had quite alot of those and this is one of the reasons why i stopped playing it.

    #43 3 years ago
  44. BULArmy

    For me the optimization is good, I can play the game with 4 yo parts. Intel Core Duo 1.86Ghz, 2GB Ram and GeForce 8600GT. And even not everything is set on low and have pretty stable framerate. Also some of the story are given with absurd comic book like style and they botched the funniest minigame Dice Poker. As for the game is pretty good, but not the second coming of Jesus. Also the game really look beautiful if you can run it properly, I think it is the new benchmark for PC gaming.

    #44 3 years ago
  45. mathare92

    Damn you, Erthazus and your damn screenshots! *shakes fist at screen* :)

    Playing through the first one with a 256mb 9400GT on medium settings is cumbersome enough; this would probably just give me a “Are you fucking serious?” screen on installation.

    I bet it’ll be this vs Portal 2 vs Battlefield 3 vs Skyrim vs GuildWars2 for all the PC accolades at the end of the year. /CaptainObvious

    #45 3 years ago
  46. Erthazus

    GUYS :D I found Hillarious EASTER EGG and probably the BEST ONE in years.

    http://imageshack.us/f/163/witcher2201105180049178.jpg/
    http://imageshack.us/f/839/witcher2201105180049326.jpg/

    when you come to this place Geralt says: They never learn…

    :D ahahahaahahah ! *LAUGHING MY ASS OFF* So? Who figured it out? Who is it? :D

    I won’t give hints :D

    #46 3 years ago
  47. Phoenixblight

    @46

    ROFL hahaha Took not even a second to figure that one out.

    #47 3 years ago
  48. Edo

    #44 I have a slightly better PC (Core Duo 2,7 Ghz 3 GB RAM,Radeon 4670 512 MB DDR3)on which resolution are you playing it?

    #48 3 years ago
  49. Moonwalker1982

    How i wish my laptop would play this, i’m gonna give a demo (if it comes) a shot, but it probably will run like crap. Even on low.

    #49 3 years ago
  50. YoungZer0

    @46: Yeah, you’re a few hours too late. Kotaku already posted a video of it. Geralt actually says “They never learn” when you go near the body.

    #50 3 years ago
  51. Edo

    My god it’s like war out there!!!!!!Disappointed DA fanboys trolling and pissing all over it!On the other hand,some of them(frustrated with DA2)giving it 10 all over the place,(just look at the GameSpot user scores and “reviews” http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/thewitcher2/players.html?tag=scoresummary%3Buser-score ) it’s madness I tell ya MADNESSSSS!!!! :)

    #51 3 years ago
  52. ninjanutta

    Wow,Thats sounding amazing,my gtx 580 is shouting buy me at this game already.just hearing uncharted and this in the same sentence is enough for me,If only naughty dog would do them for pc,Dream on.Uncharted 2 dx11 would be a dream though but this will do.LOL !

    #52 3 years ago
  53. defede

    GamesRadar Review
    http://www.gamesradar.com/pc/the-witcher-2-assassins-of-kings/review/the-witcher-2-assassins-of-kings-review/a-201105171466879070/g-20100323131251436086

    #53 3 years ago
  54. blackdreamhunk

    I am going to pick this game up for sure

    #54 3 years ago
  55. Blerk

    Oh man, woe is my poor old laptop. :-(

    /wants
    /can’t have

    #55 3 years ago
  56. Mike

    Looks like picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

    #56 3 years ago
  57. Moonwalker1982

    I tried the game on my laptop, but as expected..it runs like crap. It’s do-able with everything, absolutely every single setting on low but still not that nice to play. It still looks damn fine with everything on low though.

    If only i had the money for a new pc, hell…i’d do it. This is the game i am sure to love to death. I’m sure if i want to be able to play it on high settings…i’d need to buy/build a complete new pc..and the costs would be around 1000 euros..wouldn’t surprise me.

    #57 3 years ago
  58. UuBuU

    It’s times like this i’m glad I invested £1,700 in a good laptop.

    I was going to get Brink and La Noire, but i’ve decided to get this game instead. Can’t wait!

    #58 3 years ago
  59. Blerk

    £1700?!

    /faints

    #59 3 years ago
  60. Christopher Jack

    £1700? I could build a comp that will run it at max for quarter of that price.

    #60 3 years ago
  61. Suppafly

    @57 I’ve recently built a ~800 euro rig; Witcher 2 is running smoothly at ultra settings.

    @58 £1700 is a bit too much even for a high end gaming computer. I’m sure you are using it for other purposes.

    #61 3 years ago
  62. UuBuU

    @60 Well yeah, it kind’ve goes without saying that gaming laptops are hideously overpriced.

    #62 3 years ago
  63. Erthazus

    This game btw is a new graphical benchmark. Games like Crysis looks like garbage. I won’t mention console games, because they are not even close to Crysis anyway.

    Just try to get to the forest.

    THE BEST forest in videogames. Hands down. Not just graphicaly, but design of it is pure genious.

    #63 3 years ago
  64. Moonwalker1982

    @ 61 really? Wow…800 is do-able, not bad at all. If this game doesn’t ever come to consoles i might do that.

    #64 3 years ago
  65. Blerk

    Are there videos of the afore-mentioned forest? I like a nice bush.

    #65 3 years ago
  66. OlderGamer

    This makes me think MS/Sony have waited too long to put out new hardware. It would be nice if future hardware could be easily upgradable. I know system add ons havn’t always been glowing in the past. But expanding system ram and graphic ability makes a lot of sense. If it could be done for a reasonable cost.

    But I guess putting out a new system that is 100% Backwards compatible is a lot like achieving the same type of thing.

    Its just that next to a growing selection of PC games, the current crop of current generation games on consoles are lacking.

    Not trolling, its just obvious. Consoles are aging at this point. Ten year life cycles are too long imo.

    #66 3 years ago
  67. RandomTiger

    @66 Allowing upgrades to consoles just causes fragmentation of your audience, its bad enough with different platforms, controllers and harddisc options.

    Expanding ram and graphics for a console isn’t as easy as it might sound, this article is interesting as it shows how difficult it is just to pick the right hardware for a console, never mind make it upgradable:

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/digitalfoundry-in-theory-mapping-the-next-gen-xbox

    Frankly making upgradable consoles for a market that has shown raw power isn’t the major selling point just seems like madness to me.

    #67 3 years ago
  68. OlderGamer

    A good read RT.

    #68 3 years ago
  69. Suppafly

    @64 The computer is at the moment a mid toward high end rig; according to some standards I’ve found on the internet.
    You could make get it a bit cheaper if you buy the components in the US/have them bought there. Roughly; the equivalence was 1 euro : 1 dollar for most of the parts.

    #69 3 years ago
  70. bpcgos

    @ moonwalker
    Have you tried to turn off the “uber” something in graphic option ! I read it on RPS user comment, and they said Its help a lot to make his witcher 2 run smooth on its 3 year old rig!

    #70 3 years ago
  71. Moonwalker1982

    @bpcgos

    Well i’m looking at the advanced settings now and basically i got everything set to low and minimal. Texture downscaling is at low, i can choose ‘none’ maybe i should try that. Also….i can lower the resolution.

    #71 3 years ago