Written by Jeremiah Hisel Thursday, 10 March 2011 16:00
You may remember the 2007 PC RPG hit "The Witcher," but if you've been living under a rock you may not know the sequel, "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings" is due for release this May on PC. GoozerNation got their hands on the game for a single quest, so what do we think?
First, let's have a little history lesson. The Witcher is a 2007 PC based RPG game that was developed by CD Projekt RED, a Polish game developer. The game was based on a series of novels dealing with a select group of warriors, The Witchers, who protected humanity from evil monsters. The game used Bioware's Aurora engine, which was developed for Neverwinter Nights 2, so the game had limitations on graphics and combat. CD Projekt RED has developed their own proprietary 3D engine for the The Witcher 2, which means it looks prettier, and the combat is streamlined for the game.
What was shown at GDC was a mission in which young men are disappearing from a village, and the Witcher has been tasked to find out what's happened to these men. As you travel through the world you'll stumble upon guards fighting demons and other encounters, you can stop and help or keep going, it's up to you. Eventually, we came to a large underground burial site. There were crumbling walls all around us, which we could destroy using our magic. Inside those walls were angry spirits waiting for us.
As for combat, the Witcher carries two swords, but not for dual wield; one is steel and one is silver. Humans are weak against the steel sword, and spirits or other monsters are weak against the silver sword. So, you constantly have to be aware of which you are using and on what enemy. The Witcher has a large array of magic spells at his command also: a push move, a fireball, a electric barrier shield, and many others.
After you kill all the spirits you find one of the missing men, dead of course, and you use your Witcher training to examine the body and to discover that it was a succubus who has been killing these men.
When asked if The Witcher 2 would come out on a console in the future I was told there are no plans to do so, but it's always a possibility. The Witcher 2 is due for release on May 17th on Gog.com, DRM free, Steamworks, and D2D.