Zero Punctuation: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

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Ok, let us make things clear as to WHY pc gaming IS superior to console gaming:

Of course every game plays as SHIT on consoles compared to a pc. Framerates suck in most cases simply because console hardware is vastly inferior. For example, you can go out and buy an old GeForce 8800 GT which is a BEAST of a card compared to what is inside the PS3 and Xbox 360. GeForce 8800 GT is OLD AS HELL when it comes to pc gaming however. That said, WHY does Final Fantasy 13 LOOK good? because it only "LOOKS" good. Why? Well same reason people are lied to about how PS3 games run on 19201080. The PS3 has only 256 mb memory, and 256 mb gpu memory. The gpu is a 550 MHz NVIDIA/SCEI RSX 'Reality Synthesizer' and it is based on a NV47 Chip (Nvidia GeForce 7800 Architecture). Yes, the games only LOOK good because the game ISN'T running on 1920*1080 and because AA and AF are a myth. Hell, Nvidia doesn't even support Physx on GPUs older than the 8000 series. I won't even mention how old the other harware is. Of course, one might argue that the PS3 hardware was superior to pc hardware when it first hit the market, but lets look at it this way: 1) no it wasn't, it was on par for less than a month with the pc hardware in its time. 2) A ps3 costs today more than an old pc which can run Crysis 2 at above 40 fps. It's true, you can run Crysis 2 at almost 50 fps, while you can run DiRT 3 at 50 to 60 fps with an old GeForce 8800 gt and all settings maxed out on both games. Almost all console games are made to go on 30 fps, nuff said. Try playing a first person shooter on a 5000+ dpi laser mouse and then try playing on ANY gamepad. Also, try playing Magicka on a gamepad, then play it on a keyboard (or any other RPG). Ever heard of a strategy game on a console? No? Well there are some, but there's a reason you've never heard of them. Try playing Anno 1404 on a PS3, the mirth. You don't care for strategies? You only care for Need For Speed and Halo? Well then GTFO and don't ask why. The ONLY reason you'd buy a console is because you don't want your 5 year old son to smash your pc so you buy him something which has flash but no bang, something for kids...the same reason why you buy your retard brother a mac and not a pc.

Oh yeah, and On Topic: Ben is, as always, just a casual (I'm not allowed to write an insult because I'm not Ben himself). He doesn't know a thing about gaming, let alone RPG games. Just the fact that he's so (another insult) he can't even figure out how to skip a cutscene is NUFF SAID.

I was expecting another Painkiller skit or somesuch. I think you can imagine how disappointed I am. In case you can't, the answer is, "very."

And thus my bold boycott of Zero Punctuation begins.

Neither PC nor console is superior. Take the best of both worlds.

This review reminds me of the time I tried to play The Witcher 1 (on Steam, and what a horrible mess that was). The interface was, mildly speaking, an eldritch abomination of a nightmare, and on contemplating it, it sounds like The Witcher 2 is only worse. Not that I needed another reason to avoid this series whose user interfaces must have apparently been designed by Hitler.

Not necessarily by Hitler himself, but someone with deeply infested hatred for all gamers.

Someone who has never held a mouse in his hand. Most likely because he has no hands.
Because that would explain total and painfully obvious lack of any ergonomics elements.

"But, but" - you say - "there are many games with not that great interface"

Not like this matey. This one takes it to another level completely.
It's like C64 and magnetic tape all over again, as sometimes it takes 20 secs, and multiple key hits, just to get from one interface screen to another. You can loot some corpse and spend next 5 minutes searching for it through the pile of shit they call Inventory system...

[was about to write a wall of text but then saw my cat passing by, and decided to hit her instead]

Witcher 2 is one of the best gaming experiences Ive ever had. The main complaints here were "its too hard, I don't know how to equip stuff and I didn't know I could skip cut scenes by pressing the right mouse button.

The game gets considerably easier as you gain more specialties via leveling
Beyond that there is an easy mode for those who want it easy.
Play the game beyond the first chapter before damning it...

And about the elf scene how about commending the writers for pulling a fast one on the gamer who's all too used to the generic "save the damsel in distress and be rewarded" mechanic.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/05/24/the-witcher-2-video-review?objectid=14345201

Watch the video it covers more of the game than Yahtzee has in the Witcher and its Sequel combined

I'm totally going to play this game nonstop - for the next 3 years if that's what it takes to finish it. Geralt is HOT. I consider it a privilege, not a predicament, like SOME people. Witcher 1 was amazing - shame yahtzee can't see that. and console games suck; just admit it, people, and move on. Join the glorious master race of PC gamers. we have cookies.

Err, while I do like ZP, Yahtzee is wrong on one LARGE count here. The cutscenes ARE skippable, CDProjeckt doesn't make the same mistake that Bioware does many times. That five-minute, (more like 30 second), cutscene before the Krayan boss fight? Yeah, all you got to do is hit the right mouse button.

Anyway, I knew he wouldn't like it, just wanted to point out he's completely wrong on that point. Yahtzee has no patience for anything that doesn't immediately start out good, lol. And obviously if he didn't finish The Witcher 1, he's not going to get a lot of things in The Witcher 2. He never even discussed the fact that you can have two *completely* different Act IIs depending with whom you side in Act 1, and the very open-ended... well, ending, the game has.

I didn't really find the game all that hard with group fighting anyway, the only challenge was on Hard mode, except with certain fights that were obviously meant to be hard. It's one of the best games that's come out recently, and I'm happy to disagree with Yahtzee on this one.

As far as fights being too hard, learn to use the Yrden sign, traps, and bombs. Makes them a cinch.

The second Yhatzee said he was playing a AAA PC game a laptop I took the review as seriously as it was meant to be.

It took me over 2 months to play this game because it took CDPR that long to fix the 3D Vision. Was it worth it? Oh my goodness, yes. I was blown away by everything. Story, gameplay, atmosphere, graphics, sound, lore... everything.

60+ enjoyable hours on my first playthrough as a spellcaster. On to my second playthrough as a Sword specialist. (Obviously being a Witcher you are awesome on all of the 3 specialisms regardless of which you pick)

I can only justify buying one game for the holidays (last year it was Just Cause 2 - fantastic). And I am well pleased it was The Witcher 2.

It's a cunning economy of scale myth about consoles being cheaper for gaming. If you buy at least one game a month, it is no cheaper to game on console. That's on release...

Looking on Play.com Deus Ex 3 costs 38.89 for PS3 and 360 but 27.99 on PC. PC games often cost 10+ cheaper than consoles. That is on release date. If, like me, you are willing to wait a month (sensible nowadays) the difference quickly becomes even greater, often beyond 15.

I have just upgraded my machine. After shopping around, all the components cost just under 800. I game in 3D so that includes the 3D Vision kit with 23" 3D monitor.

If you are savvy with your CPU when you buy it, you only need to upgrade your CPU, motherboard and RAM every five years. (~200 for a decent overclockable graphics card every two years.)

Factor in the cost of the console unit and it doesn't take long to see it isn't that good value for money...

Over 5 years:
PC GAMING: 800 + 300 (for 1.5 * gfx card upgrages) = 1100 + 1680 (28 * 60) = 2780
CONSOLE GAMING: 425 (on release) + 2340 (39 * 60) = 2765

Only 15 difference and that is assuming you a moron by having bought the game on release date.

I actually like the Witcher dispite the fact that i've never finished the game. Everytime i go back and start another playthrough(i have to refresh myself with the story) i always get bored halfway through chapter 2.

That's not to say it's bad, the story just never drove me to see it to the end.

Chapter 2 is the worst chapter of the first game. :P

I am shocked at how many comments this review has: over 700. Very few ZPs get more than 500 comments. I guess Witcher 2 fans are real "chatterboxes", in a way.

I'm a bit sick of games like this. It's hard enough for me to find intriguing fantasy games and the Witcher promised respite from games like Oblivion and World of Warcraft that while appealing didn't have a lot of depth to them. Seeing the Witcher was like sitting across the river from a woman doing yoga in a bikini but when I finally build a boat strong enough to handle the river's demanding current she pulled a Crying Game on me and now I'm just left unsatisfied and a little ashamed that I put in so much desperate effort for it. It really doesn't matter that he/she looked good or had an engaging mind and deep personality because ultimately we just weren't compatible.

Is it really so impossible to make a video game with a clean and concise controller layout that doesn't read like a Microsoft Flight Simulator? Because no one plays that anymore.

SnakeoilSage:

Is it really so impossible to make a video game with a clean and concise controller layout that doesn't read like a Microsoft Flight Simulator? Because no one plays that anymore.

I played the game with a mouse and a keyboard. I used 7 buttons (w ,a ,s ,d ,q ,r and alt) 9 if you count lmb and rmb. It that amount of control options is too much for you than clearly you are missing a few fingers.

MadeinHell:

SnakeoilSage:

Is it really so impossible to make a video game with a clean and concise controller layout that doesn't read like a Microsoft Flight Simulator? Because no one plays that anymore.

I played the game with a mouse and a keyboard. I used 7 buttons (w ,a ,s ,d ,q ,r and alt) 9 if you count lmb and rmb. It that amount of control options is too much for you than clearly you are missing a few fingers.

And how drastically did you alter the default controls to do it?

SnakeoilSage:

MadeinHell:

SnakeoilSage:

Is it really so impossible to make a video game with a clean and concise controller layout that doesn't read like a Microsoft Flight Simulator? Because no one plays that anymore.

I played the game with a mouse and a keyboard. I used 7 buttons (w ,a ,s ,d ,q ,r and alt) 9 if you count lmb and rmb. It that amount of control options is too much for you than clearly you are missing a few fingers.

And how drastically did you alter the default controls to do it?

...Those ARE the default controls. Oh sure there are more buttons, but they are extra functions for shit you can already do with those listed commands. I find it baffling how people think this game is overly complicated in its gameplay and controls. People really overblown the whole issue when these controls are basic rudimentary stuff you see in tons of other games, hell the game was optimized to work with a 360 controller.

Seriously, if people think either Witcher games have complicated controls....I fear to see how problematic other PC games are for them. I mean damn people, this ain't calculus.

-Seraph-:
...Those ARE the default controls. Oh sure there are more buttons, but they are extra functions for shit you can already do with those listed commands. I find it baffling how people think this game is overly complicated in its gameplay and controls. People really overblown the whole issue when these controls are basic rudimentary stuff you see in tons of other games, hell the game was optimized to work with a 360 controller.

Seriously, if people think either Witcher games have complicated controls....I fear to see how problematic other PC games are for them. I mean damn people, this ain't calculus.

No it isn't calculus, but it's about as fun. You don't need to know all of the buttons to fly a plane either, but that doesn't make it more exciting when you're left flipping through the manual in the middle of a nose dive.

Lemme put this forward; do you believe that Witcher 2 and World of Warcraft have a similar number of command keys? If so, do you believe that World of Warcraft should be as difficult to handle as Witcher 2? If not, why? If they both have a roughly equal amount of keys, and tons of commands and menus, why is WoW so much easier to play?

SnakeoilSage:

-Seraph-:
...Those ARE the default controls. Oh sure there are more buttons, but they are extra functions for shit you can already do with those listed commands. I find it baffling how people think this game is overly complicated in its gameplay and controls. People really overblown the whole issue when these controls are basic rudimentary stuff you see in tons of other games, hell the game was optimized to work with a 360 controller.

Seriously, if people think either Witcher games have complicated controls....I fear to see how problematic other PC games are for them. I mean damn people, this ain't calculus.

No it isn't calculus, but it's about as fun. You don't need to know all of the buttons to fly a plane either, but that doesn't make it more exciting when you're left flipping through the manual in the middle of a nose dive.

Lemme put this forward; do you believe that Witcher 2 and World of Warcraft have a similar number of command keys? If so, do you believe that World of Warcraft should be as difficult to handle as Witcher 2? If not, why? If they both have a roughly equal amount of keys, and tons of commands and menus, why is WoW so much easier to play?

All the difficulty in the Witcher is more due to the game difficulty and not the controls itself. I dunno if you have even played through the Witcher 2, but really, people over blow the difficulty of this game. The controls are so simple and the challenge comes from the fact that the game doesn't pull any punches when it comes to confronting enemies which will wreck your shit if you don't pay attention.

Using WoW as a comparison doesn't work either given that WoW is an MMO is is very hotkey intensive while the Witcher is an ACTION RPG where on the fly tactics matter most. The fundamentals of each game are vastly different so it doesn't matter if they have the same number of keys or not.

Again, if you've played any sort of action RPG, the Witcher 2 isn't that difficult to PLAY, the main problem is the inverted difficulty curve and that's it. And it's not even that difficult if you play smart and don't just rush into battle like a lunatic.

-Seraph-:
All the difficulty in the Witcher is more due to the game difficulty and not the controls itself. I dunno if you have even played through the Witcher 2, but really, people over blow the difficulty of this game. The controls are so simple and the challenge comes from the fact that the game doesn't pull any punches when it comes to confronting enemies which will wreck your shit if you don't pay attention.

Using WoW as a comparison doesn't work either given that WoW is an MMO is is very hotkey intensive while the Witcher is an ACTION RPG where on the fly tactics matter most. The fundamentals of each game are vastly different so it doesn't matter if they have the same number of keys or not.

Again, if you've played any sort of action RPG, the Witcher 2 isn't that difficult to PLAY, the main problem is the inverted difficulty curve and that's it. And it's not even that difficult if you play smart and don't just rush into battle like a lunatic.

It's the helicopter and airplanes arguement - both fly differently but they both have a lot of complex controls, and if you think WoW isn't one of those games where you need to know where your keys are you haven't been to a lot of the recent raids.

But you raise a valid point. I should really give it a proper chance before I got running off after the "controls scare me" wagon. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt if I find a copy at my local game shop.

i enjoy zero punctuation because its entertaning and because I reviewrs opinions fairly ofen alligns with mine.

Review of Witcher 2 hower, game that has a good deal weak spots none of witch are mentioned in review left me buffled. As many other have mentioned before, not figuring out how to use potions, upgrades and witch direction the pointy end of the sword goes is not this games faults in my opinion.

I also am amazed by how anyone who plays games for living can find Witcher 2 to be a hard game.

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