Despite trying, I just can’t get into The Witcher 2. It’s a gorgeous game, I loved the first title, and I have time for an RPG right now while waiting for :NDA:, but I just can’t do it.
The main problem for me is the basic interaction mechanic; you can open chest/doors or investigate things by looking at them while your character is near them and hitting F, but this is so flaky that it’s infuriating. The game would be downright impossible without being able to ‘flash’ highlight everything by hitting Z, but what was originally a nice feature I now view as absolutely necessary just to minimize the game’s biggest flaw.
The combat also feels like a lesser version of what the first title did. I can’t say exactly what it is, but it just feels cheaper and more ‘gamey’ in a bad way.
Then there are all of the little things, like the overuse of stats, crafting, and other ‘normal’ things an RPG has that really don’t add anything to The Witcher. The first game was so great because it was focused on what it did really, really well (story), and did not distract from that with tacked on junk. The Witcher 2 feels like the devs had the money, and rather than just make a better Witcher, they made a bigger Witcher instead. Bad choice IMO.
So I’m back to Skyrim, thanks to a final-day Steam purchase of the two DLC packs, along with a slew of new mods. Surprise, Skyrim is still awesome.
Edit: Oh more DLC coming ‘soon’ huh.