I dropped the shooters. Four in a row was fine and all but none of them are as good as Assassins of Kings. I already know I'm going to immediately replay this game simply because out of my curiousity I checked online to see if there would be any difference between the missions after you make your choice of who to side with. Turns out we're talking completely different areas with different characters and different quests. Turns out that beating the game once means you haven't seen everything. And The Witcher 2 is too good to pass up. First time through I chose to side with Vernon Roche and the Blue Stripes. Second time through it'll be Iorveth and the Scoi'atel I side with.
CD Projekt Red are going to go down in history as one of the greatest development teams to have ever been formed in this time or any other. Assassins of Kings is wondrous and while I do miss the tactical combat of the original, which has been dropped in favor of a more action-RPG type of combat that involves rolling, parrying and dodging out of the way and careful use of traps, I have to say, it's still impressive. It isn't worse, it's different, because it's still so well made. It's beautiful. The forests near Flotsam and the Kayran have provided some of the most memorable moments as I brought Act 1 to a close. From the prologue that you play through Geralt's interrogation to the journey that begins in Flotsam, this game is just ridiculous.
I knew after playing The Witcher that CD Projekt had the talent to be one of the best. I now know after Chapter 1 of Assassins of Kings that they are, and whatever they have planned for their new Cyberpunk game I'll be there to buy it. And I've heard that the ending for Assassins of Kings leaves so much still for The Witcher 3 which is damn good news because I have unfinished business with The Wild Hunt.
The greatest licensed series ever created. The best RPG development team of this generation and true visionaries for the future of gaming. CD Projekt Red is going to be remembered. If you aren't playing their games at this early stage in their career you're going to have a lot of catching up to do in the future. Forget BioWare, forget Bethesda, forget Blizzard, it's all about the Polish boys and their DRM-free future with their forward looking games that will soon influence all comers.
Consider me blown away, and you should be too.
About time you played it. That's why I own the game in three different formats.
I normally hate any kind of national, state, city, town, school, etc pride but I'm happy to be Polish because of CD Project.
I've got the physical copy that I bought and redeemed the GoG backup version immediately myself.
As for this Polish pride, well.... my aunt's husband is Polish. And that's about as Polish as I get haha.
Yeah I immediately replayed through The Witcher 2 after finishing it. I was so stoked when I reached Act 2 on my second playthrough only to discover I was basically playing through a nearly completely different game because of a simple choice. Act 3 was also a lot different. Best part is choices aren't black and white with black and white repercussions with a lame moral meter tied to it. Nice actually having to think before I do something, instead of it being all "A: Kill murderer for good points. B: Kill woman he was going to murder for evil points. C: Make them kiss and make up to be neutral for no points. D: Would you like to grab you balls and make a funny face?"
That gray decision-making carries over from the original game. I really do like that CD Projekt Red's game design is based around actual choices that lead to a completely different game rather than BioWare's illusion of choice that takes you down the same path with some different conversations.
Also. Flotsam. Damn. I simply love that place. The low-fantasy town and those forests look *so* good.
About time you started Witcher 2,good sir.
I went with Roche too the first time around and the effects are rather stunning. It leads to an ENTIRELY different Act 2 and when I say that I also mean they're completely different in how they *feel* too. Roche's Act 2 which takes place in King Henselt's camp is charged with political intrigue. Some of the quests are equally beautiful and memorable. However, after my first playthrough, I missed the "magical fantasy" feel the original Witcher had and even included it as a negative for Assassins of Kings.
Turns out,Iorveth's Act 2 takes place in Vergen which *is* exactly what I felt was missing from my original game. Combined, they make for a stellar game.
Witcher 2 certainly leaves a LOT of scope for the future. From what I've read,the ending gathers up many of the indications from Geralt's flashbacks that the canon of the books and the game is going to merge somewhere in the third game. And boy, I'd love to see how that turns out.
I'm stoked for their Cyberpunk game too. It already happens to be one of my favourite genres and their take on a pen-and-paper RPG will surely turn out to be really interesting.
There is no doubt that CD Projekt is one of the best developers we have right now. Every time gamers lament the lack of "hope" in gaming industry, I just point people to the likes of CD Projekt.
I am honestly hoping to just tear through this and get to my second playthrough because I have NEVER seen this. Not since SotN's inverted castle has a game gone with the whole "Wait, there's the other half of the game you still have to see!" I'm excited for Cyberpunk and their upcoming fantasy game that isn't The Witcher 3, but I also want to see the next game. It's a stunning series.
And those forests are wonderful. I have never, ever been so enamored with a fantasy world as I have been with Flotsam.