Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings

GAME DETAILS
Released
17 April 2012
Format
PC, Xbox 360
Developer

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
4 Star Empire Rating
Batman: Arkham Knight
5 Star Empire Rating
Yoshi's Wooly World
4 Star Empire Rating
Lego Jurassic World
3 Star Empire Rating
Heroes Of The Storm
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Batman: Arkham Knight
5 Star Empire Rating
Witcher III: Wild Hunt, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Bloodborne
5 Star Empire Rating
Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Elite: Dangerous
5 Star Empire Rating

The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings


submit to reddit

The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings  (2012)
Review
The dark fantasy world put forth by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski in his ‘The Witcher’ novels could put Tolkien to shame with their deeply considered tapestry of mythology and internal history. No surprise then, that CD Projekt’s digital spin-off proves to be one of the richest and most impressive western role playing games in years.

Gruff anti-hero Geralt returns, and the game’s complex and political tale takes him from being a powerful chess piece used by lords and kings to a prisoner and back. Gratuitous violence and unashamed nudity are enough to earn The Witcher 2 its adult rating, but it’s the complex moral web that makes it a genuinely mature work. A branching main story that offers few black and white moments, along with side-quests challenging your ethics as much as your fighting skills, make this one of the most thought provoking releases of the year.

Be warned though – probably the biggest criticism that can be levelled against The Witcher 2 is that it is by no means an accessible game. In fact, it’s unapologetically difficult at times, relishing its demanding nature. Combat is complicated and can rarely be waded into – the right weapons and preparations must be considered beforehand, traps and wards can be set and bombs placed in waiting. Meanwhile, the rules governing potion making, the huge amounts of statistics that require attention, and a wealth of crafting options are likely to overwhelm less committed players.

Look beyond that, or at least battle through the merciful tutorial to get to grips – one of many improvements elevating the game above last year’s initial PC outing, along with a battle-driven Arena mode and a soul-crushing ‘Dark’ difficulty level – and you’ll enjoy a thoroughly captivating title, one that rewards your persistence with a world you’ll be loathe to leave.


Reviewed by Matt Kamen

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings
Empire Star Rating

Flawed

A good game crippled by quest killing bugs. I traded it in after I saved over a file before realising that a quest was bugged which stopped me from progressing. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by tallaght24 at 12:06, 25 April 2012 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Steven Seagal's Greatest Hits
Our leading Seagalogist charts the big man's finest moments

100 Greatest Movie Characters
Week 2 of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

10 Things To Look Out For At Comic-Con
Empire's look ahead to this week's big panels

Mirror Match: 10 Movies Where Your Evil Twin Attacks
A new challenger enters… and it’s YOU (but with bad facial hair)

Please Explain! With Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Plus Emilia Clarke on pranks, smiles and 'The Robot'

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)