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First Impressions: The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 - Why am I enjoying this so much?


All of these faults combined would kill an average game, I would have played it once and never again. So how does The Witcher 2 keep me coming back for more? Well it's simple, the story telling is among the best examples in gaming, standing tall amongst the likes of Bioshock, Half-Life and Metal Gear Solid in my own mind. The cinematic that plays before the main menu is one of the coolest fight scenes I've seen since 300 and although the story was a bit dense at first (having never played the first Witcher game) I quickly became attached to the characters and found myself engrossed in the ongoing events of the game.

The reason the story telling is so good in The Witcher 2 is that it really makes you feel like you are apart of the story. Many quests and events in the game have multiple resolutions, some of which drastically affect the outcome of the story. It really feels like you have control over your destiny in this world. At first I worried that having such a well defined character as Geralt of Rivia would make it hard for me to role play in this world, but my fears were unfounded. As far as I am concerned, when I'm playing The Witcher 2, I am Geralt of Rivia, and that is simply the greatest achievement a RPG can accomplish.

So I look forward to finishing the game in the coming weeks, and bringing you my full review as well. In the meantime, I urge anyone with a strong love for role-playing to seek this game out immediately if you haven't already. You won't regret it.

WARNING: I'm merely half way through the first chapter of the game, so please do not spoil anything for me in the comments bellow. Thank you.
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About DaedHead8one of us since 8:06 PM on 12.18.2006

What's up Destructoid?
My name is Sean McLoughlin and I've been sent from the futurepast to march with my fellow robots to victory. For Niero!

My favorite games can be numerous (as I'm sure is true of most here at Dtoid), but my all time favorites are Final Fantasy VI, Diablo II, Bioshock, Braid, Demon's Souls and Metal Gear Solid. I never rent games and I rarely trade in or sell the games I buy so I have a pretty massive game collection. For the sake of space I'll just tell you to check out my Backloggery account which I have linked below.

I'm a video game designer and an RPI graduate with a degree in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences. When I'm not working with my development group Darkroom Games or gaming you can probably find me reading a science fiction/fantasy novel. My favorite authors are George RR Martin, Terry Brooks, Garth Nix and Terry Goodkind. I'm also a big fan of movies, my all time favorite movie/director is Reservoir Dogs/Tarantino. I love Professional Wrestling, Y2J SAVE US! My favorite band is obviously The Grateful Dead although my musical tastes are quite varied. I listen to everything from Modest Mouse to Wu-Tang Clan.

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