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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition – The Verdict

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition – The Verdict

Geralt of Rivia, the White Wolf, is a Witcher. Witchers are warriors who possess magic powers and superior abilities due to being taken in as children and given potions and martial training for most of their young lives. This special training can cause adverse side affects and sometimes even death, the result of this is that only 40% of children survive the final trial and go on to become Witchers. Once fully trained Witchers use their unique abilities to make a living killing wild beasts and often people who get in their way. Geralt was special, being able to take on larger doses of the mutagen as a child and undergo extra experiments to further increase his abilities. He was lucky to escape with the only side effect of the experiments being his hair turning sheet white. Without giving too much away the game begins with Geralt recalling his story of battle beside King Foltest who he recently saved from an assassination attempt. The King is retaliating against a revolt by the noble families of his kingdom who are unhappy with his rule and Geralt, knowing better than to refuse a King, has taken to becoming his personal guard.

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – The Verdict

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – The Verdict

The Witcher 2 sees us returning to the world of Geralt of Rivia, an amnesiac albino monster hunter, who seems to have a habit of getting caught up in world-shaping events he wishes he could avoid. One of the key strengths of the first Witcher game was how it handled important choices, with consequences often coming back to haunt you, hours after you made the initial decision. It was almost unique in an RPG (or any game for that matter) that you weren’t immediately made privy to how your actions affect the world. It would then, have been disappointing if the sequel subtitled Assassin’s of Kings had bypassed that in favour of a more linear route, but, if anything, developers CD Projekt RED have gone the opposite way.

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