I Cardly Know Her
HIGH Meve is one of the best protagonists in ages.
LOW Exploring the overworld is pretty dull.
WTF Trying to place these events in the timeline when I haven’t read the books.
As most who’ve played the Witcher videogame series know, it’s inspired by a bestselling series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. In his novels (as well as the games) a ‘witcher’ is a mutant human hybrid specifically engineered with supernatural strength, fighting skills, magic and elixir abilities, but also seemingly absent of outward emotions. Witchers – via trademark steel and silver swords – earn their keep by fulfilling contracts that require the slaying of monsters terrorizing the masses. They do so, however, under a strict code: no innocents can be slain. However, not all witchers adhere to the code in the same fashion, if at all.
HIGH The professor's fate.
LOW A few of the dialogue choices with Shani felt a hair off.
WTF Some folks actually chose a different ending than me? Why?
HIGH Snowball fight!
LOW A character I liked showed up in the final showdown to immediately die.
WTF Wait, so the Wild Hunt has been chasing Ciri the whole game but now we need to find a magic thingmabob to get them to show up?
HIGH Going on one hell of a bender in the company of some old friends.
LOW The combat remains lamentably dull, and there's a ton of it.
WTF Thinking Geralt had named his horse after Vernon Roche for the first ten hours or so.
HIGH The inexplicably detailed and believable dwarven city of Vergen.
LOW Killing a family of friendly trolls and feeling really bad about it.
WTF "King, command your vulture to shut his beak before I thrust his cockerel up his ass and twist so hard he'll crow until noon reverts to morning."
HIGH The moment when the combat clicks and Geralt slices through five or more attackers with ease.
LOW Twenty minutes of pure exposition before the game's final moments. Very clunky.
WTF Being tossed into the story with no clue who any of these people are if you didn't play the first game.
Over the last few days, there's been a lot of heat directed at Bobby Hunter, the reviewer who covered Witcher 2 for Gamer Limit. In any event, the reason I bring this up is not because I agree with the criticisms, but to express a little surprise at how many people in the review sphere seemed eager to take Mr. Hunter to task for any number of reasons.
HIGH: The death of an NPC I'd wanted to kill since the moment I met him.
LOW: The boss checkpoint that didn't give me a chance to use any potions when I died and respawned.
WTF: The absolute orgy of exposition at the end of the game.