Legendary monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, one of the few remaining witchers, seeks to clear his name after being blamed for the murder of King Foltest of Temeria. But, somehow, Geralt becomes emerged in a political world filled with corruption and greed. This is the story behind The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – Enhanced Edition, an adventure which draws players into its dark fantasy world, and forces them to make difficult and laboring choices.
Though not as breathtaking as the PC version, the Enhanced Edition doesn’t mirror the resolution of it computer counterpart, as the shadows are less impressive and there’s a large amount of visible pop-in. However, the overall experience remains unchanged, and the game is still beautiful besides the notable limitations of the consoles.
Each of these elements are a testament to the world of The Witcher, a world alive and buzzing with activity. However, all that glitters is not gold, as the game features an extremely dark and adult overtone, as even elements the mortal condition are presents, including sex and love. This all tangled in a politically dominating plot, which involves so many individual characters that confusion is only natural. However, Geralt is here to ground everything.
Because there’s so much happening story wise, characters and certain events could get lost in translation. But, one thing is clear, Geralt is going to do whatever it takes to clear his name, and bring justice to the murderer of King Foltest. However, that’s not all, Geralt will also meet a number of interesting characters along his journey, including a foul-mouthed dwarf named Zoltan and a misguided poet named Dandelion. These characters round out an interesting supporting class, each with their own unique personality.
Personality just happens to be an interesting platform throughout The Witcher, as the second act tells a completely different tale depending on choices made beforehand. Basically, every playthrough crafts its own individual outcomes, even going as far as changing the characters you’ll interact with, the enemy types you’ll face and the conversations throughout the game. These type of choices also play into combat, as Geralt can only use one of two swords, a silver and a steel sword depending on rather he’s facing monsters or humans.
In combat, switching between weapons and magic spells, called signs, and even drinking potions, determine the challenges of the battle ahead. However, there are times when the controls are unresponsive mid-combat leading to some untimely deaths. But, that is beside the point. It’s these three elements, weapons, spells and potions, which craft a unique and rhythmic combat system.
In hindsight, the Enhanced Edition is an excellent port of an already amazing game. However, the game didn’t make it to the consoles unharmed — because of the compromises that had to be made. But, the overall experience remains unchanged; it’s still a breathtaking experience. More importantly, every decision feels rooted into the experience because everything must be taken to with a microscope. Not only that, the game features an extremely rich amount of detail. Overall the game shouldn’t be missed.
Final Score: 8.7