So, just finished the second playthrough of The Witcher 2, and I have to say that prior to what I thought, it is actually a really good game. I do not play many games a second time.
I managed to hold of playing this for so long that the enhanced edition came out and fixed the thing that made me so hesitant to play it in the first place. The stupid life bar was missing and it bothered me to no end. The other thing that kept me from playing was the fact that you can’t heal in battle, you have to buff before battle and keep out of harms way while in battle with either dodgeroll or Quen (witcher spells). But I managed to pull through that and cursed at it along the way to the end in the beginning.
The enhanced version is well worth the wait as well with all the things it adds to the game. Things such as more game content (around 4 hours of more gameplay), two new quests, two new locations and lots of improvements. It also adds the video at the beginning that I’ve put here in my blog, as well as tiny videos throughout the game, explaining a bit of story from the first game. It also adds ending videos, showing how the choices you make along the way changes the world after. You can also see our dear Dandelion share his throughs between each chapter.
I played the first round on the kings side with only the force of my swords and followed Vernon Roche all the way through, ignoring the elfs. (I know, how terrible that I ignored the elfs! I found out late that joining Vernon Roche changed the story quite a lot so I went with it and I honoured the elfs in the next playthrough.)
I also did all the quests and explored everything I could as I always do, despite the rather linear game, worldwise. The world is really beautiful and it is fun to explore and see it all. The views are so breathtakingly beautiful and the feel to it is rather brooding at the same time.
Many things on the other side plays out differently and when I thought that it would just be a button mash through the same game, I got a slap right across my face telling me that it sure isn’t so at all. It can also be a bit hard to realize when that big choice comes, so keep your eyes on the options you get to choose.
The second round of the games were by the elfs side, and what a different story it is. The feel, scenery and overall feel changes and it’s quite refreshing. Saskia, the Virgin Dragonslayer is a way better person than the filthy, terrible, raping king and I’d stand by her anyday. On this path, I don’t see much of Vernon Roche and many of the events that I thought I’d get through again, isn’t there but in their place, they give me new events that makes the game feel almost completely new again. This is a game that should be spent time on, as well as the game before it, The Witcher. So entertaining games and such nice lore.
I have to complain a bit though, as few of the quests made me facepalm a few times being so very much like mmo ones where one should gather 60 harpy feathers or collect monster remains. But otherwise the quests in the main storyline and the bigger quests around is entertaining and made me really get into the story. And what is up with only letting me carry such a small amount of weight? I need to collect, horde and sell, damnit!
Geralt himself is one nice character and the romance that he have with Triss, is really wonderful and realistic for once. They have sex and care for one another but that seems to be it. No relationship and Geralt gets the chance to have sex with a few girls throughout the game, but not the one I wanted besides Triss (Saskia). And I love how explicit the game is compared to say Mass Effect, with their ass showing, that caused such a shitstorm.
So go and play it, and have fun.