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on April 17, 2012
The Witcher 2 is a beautiful masterpiece that I am happy to finally be able to experience on the 360, as I do not game on PC. With a mature setting and beautiful graphics combined with engaging gameplay, this is one exclusive you don't want to ignore. I won't include any spoilers in this review. Here goes-

Setting/Presentation- You are the The Witcher, which is a mutation of sorts of a human. If you haven't played the previous game, which was exclusively on PC, the game does a good job of letting you know what is going on. The voice acting and writing is top notch. Inflections in voices sound natural, drawing you into the conversation and never feeling like someone is reading from a script. Menus are layed out pretty well, although you may find the inventory system to be a bit annoying if you become over-encumbered; You'll only be able to walk, and unless you discard items, you may find yourself walking for a very long time to get to someone who will buy your items.

Graphics- It's not as good as PC, but the Witcher 2 is definitely one of the best looking games on 360. You want to install the game on the drive though, trust me. Texture pop in and load times are dramatically reduced when installed. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but very few would be able to say the Witcher 2 doesn't look amazing.

Story- I won't go into the details of the story. It's engrossing, mature, and almost never feels like it's dragging along. You want to know what happens to The Witcher and the supporting characters.

Gameplay- The Witcher can be difficult at times, but it's not a cheap difficult. Battles rely more on your skill than on stats, so button mashing in hopes of just over powering enemies will often time lead to death. You have to maneuver around in battle and choose when to strike, as the enemies do not just revolve around waiting for you to hit them. Remember to save often, as save checkpoints are a little far apart; You might find yourself fighting only to die and have to replay a large chunk of the game over if you forget. Great gameplay overall.

The Witcher 2 should be in the hands of every 360 owner. I don't usually buy games at retail $60 but after playing through some of this game, I can honestly say this is worth a 60 dollar purchase. Enjoy every moment of the Witcher 2, games this mature, this engrossing, and this polished don't come around often.
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