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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

PC | Xbox 360
Genre: Role Playing
Developer: CD Projekt Official Site: http://www.thewitcher.com
Publisher: Atari Classification: MA15+
Release Date:
17th May 2011
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:12am 13/11/14 | 0 Comments
Online storefront GoG has launched its Big Fall Sale, which includes action-RPG Mount & Blade for free during the first two days. There's also a chance to earn a free copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

The offers, which include discounts of up to 90 percent and over 700 reduced price games, ends on November 25th. Each day will include daily bundles and flash sales that turn over every 40 minutes.

In order to get The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition and another gift, the movie The Gamers: Directors Cut, you need to visit the site seven times during the sale. Mid-way down the page, there is a place to collect "stamps" on your visit. Head over to GoG's website for more.
Friday, 21 June 2013
Post by Eorl @ 01:50pm 21/06/13 | 5 Comments
While work on the third and last title in The Witcher series is still well underway, a select few developers from CD Projekt RED have taken it upon themselves to release an "unofficial" mod that looks to rebalance the combat in The Witcher 2.

While not officially supported by CD Projekt RED despite being developed internally, the mod has been described as “a private after-work project” and “not a patch”. Featuring a number of sweeping changes to Geralt's performance in-combat including animation responsiveness, enemies have also been tweaked to offer a more strategic approach where they will "learn" after being smacked around by Geralt.

While the patch notes are quite long, a select few can be checked out below:
CORE CHANGES
  • Up to 80% increase in responsiveness per Geralt's animations.

  • Up to 50% increase in responsiveness per NPCs animations.

  • Added strafing while being locked on an enemy and walking.

  • Geralt can block while moving ( NEW ANIMATIONS ). Static Guard Stance is no longer required to parry enemy attacks.

  • Geralt automatically parries enemy sword attacks and deflects incoming arrows. It doesn't mean Geralt is invincible. It's not a 100% chance to parry and the value is not constant. It changes depending on how many hits you block in a short time and from where does the hit land.

  • Geralt and his attackers are no longer bouncing off parry. It allows to continue attack sequence.

  • Monster attacks still cannot be parried with a sword.

  • While using Guard Stance Geralt channels an active Quen shield.

  • Above listed changes to defence mechanics decreased importance of rolling in combat.
For the full list you can find the mod available over at the official REDKit site, however registration is required to download the mod.
Monday, 13 August 2012
Post by Dan @ 09:52am 13/08/12 | 3 Comments
Just in case PC gamers needed another reason to like CD Projekt RED, the altruistic Polish developer has announced that they will soon be releasing the REDKit, a set of mod tools for their fantasy RPG The Witcher 2.

Specific details of REDkit's contents have not been revealed, however a developer blog post explains that they will enable users to modify The Witcher 2 to create "new, non-linear adventures, great looking locations and much more", which indicates both quest scripting and map-making capabilities.

REDkit is expected to be shown off to press at this week's GamesCom expo in Cologne, so we'll be sure to find out more about it in the next few days.
Friday, 6 April 2012
Post by Dan @ 11:40pm 06/04/12 | 0 Comments
Ok, just one more bit of CD Projekt and GOG.com news for the day, we promise. In case they hadn't earned enough goodwill yet, The Witcher 2 and it's upcoming Enhanced Edition release on PC and Xbox 360 was a central focus of the developer's Spring Conference event.

If you want to catch the whole one-hour presentation, we have the complete video online locally now for your streaming pleasure, however, there's The Witcher 2 related points of note:
  • A comic set in The Witcher universe and developed especially for iOS platforms was announced -- including interactive scenes where you can guide the hero's decisions of combat and debauchery.
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is now available for Mac, exclusively on Steam (GOG doesn't support Mac yet unfortunately).
  • GOG is hosting a "write your own review" program, where they will giveaway 1000 free copies of the upcoming Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition.
  • All current owners of The Witcher 2 on PC -- whether you purchased the game from GOG or not -- will all now be able to obtain, for free, a "complimentary DRM-free backup copy of the game" from GOG.com.
  • Everyone that has purchased the PC version of The Witcher 2 will be able to commence pre-loading the upcoming Enhanced Edition content ahead of the April 17th release.
If this sounds as ridiculous generous to you as it does to us and you haven't picked up this game yet, head over to GOG.com now.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Post by Eorl @ 10:22am 22/02/12 | 0 Comments
CDProjekt Red has just released a new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Xbox 360 versin of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Showing off what PC players have been enjoying, the new trailer gives the Xbox 360 fans a teaser into what the gameplay will be like, and oh boy does it look awesome.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the second installment in the RPG saga about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline defining new standards for thought-provoking, non-linear game narration.

In addition to an epic story, the game features an original, brutal combat system that uniquely combines tactical elements with dynamic action. A new, modern game engine, responsible both for beautiful visuals and sophisticated game mechanics puts players in the most lively and believable world ever created in an RPG game.
This Enhanced Edition will be available for both the Xbox 360 and the PC on 17th of April 2012, so make sure you've got your copy secured. CDProjekts sister website gog.com has the Digital Deluxe Edition for $39.99 and a free upgrade to the Enhanced Edition is available upon purchase.

You can check out the YouTube trailer embedded below while we get a local version, and as always, check out our game page for the latest news, screenshots and videos.

Monday, 13 February 2012
Post by Eorl @ 11:21am 13/02/12 | 2 Comments
CD Project RED, the creators of the very successful The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has released a new Developer Diary video showing off some new Xbox 360 footage for their upcoming release The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Enhanced Edition features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline that defines a new standard for realistic,non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features a complex combat system that uniquely combines deep tactical elements with dynamic action.
Check out the trailer below showing just how awesome the Xbox 360 version will look or fight your way over to here for the HD version. You can also head over to our game page for all the latest news, videos and information.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Post by Eorl @ 06:04pm 08/02/12 | 4 Comments
The Witcher 2 for PC has had some really gorgeous graphics, and it took quite a bit of PC power to play at very high detail, so it's no real surprise Namco Bandai are trying to keep that quality look with their new "Enhanced Edition" coming to Xbox 360 and PC this April.

These 10 new screenshots show off the amazing detail put into The Witcher 2, a single-player RPG that really gave a sense of choice and power to the player. Each one has breath taking scenery, and shows you just how awesome the Xbox 360 and PC versions will be.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition will be available on Xbox 360 on the 17th of April, and also on the same day for PC players, free of charge.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Post by Eorl @ 11:51am 07/02/12 | 0 Comments
While the wait is nearly over for Xbox 360 players to experience one of the most stunning RPG's, and one that AusGamers gave a 9.0/10, Namco Bandai and CD Project Red have released a new trailer showcasing some in-game Xbox 360 footage.
The age of the sword and axe has come.The Northern kingdoms prepare for war. In the rising chaos regicides begin their hunt. Cruelty and violence become the daily fare. Do you dare stand alone among the mighty forces, struggling for power?
Check out the YouTube video below or grab it locally from AusGamers here and make sure you swing by our game page for more screenshots and videos, especially the incredible CGI trailer 'Enhanced Edition Intro Cinematic Trailer'.

The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Enhanced Edition is scheduled for April 17th 2012 on Xbox 360 only.

Friday, 27 January 2012
Post by Dan @ 04:52pm 27/01/12 | 2 Comments
In addition to this morning's news about the upcoming Enhanced Edition of the Witcher 2 -- coming to Xbox 360 on April 17, 2012 with a few hours of extra content and 30+ minutes of new cut-scene footage (as well as that sweet CG trailer) -- we neglected to mention that during the same conference, developer CD Projekt also revealed that all of these new features would also be coming to the PC, and that it would be a free upgrade for existing The Witcher 2 PC owners.

It's not a huge surprise, as the original The Witcher received a similar free bonus months after launch, but that doesn't make it any less utterly awesome of them. You can watch the conference in its entirety embedded below, which outlines the contents of the Enhanced Edition and features a good chunk of gameplay from the Xbox 360 version

Lastly, The Witcher 2 is now on sale on the equally awesome DRM-free distribution service GOG.Com for only US$33.99 -- a fantastic price for what we feel is one of the top PC games of 2011. The Xbox 360 version can also be pre-ordered with a whole bunch of bonus kit via the official Witcher website.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition arrives on both platforms on April 17th 2012.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:52am 27/01/12 | 5 Comments
We all knew CD Projekt RED were hard at work porting their PC hit, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, exclusively (for the time being) to the Xbox 360, but today new details regarding the release have emerged alongside a pretty freaking epic trailer, if I might say so.

According to reports, the game will be arriving at Xbox 360 retail April 17, and will feature around four hours of extra content including a new intro cinematic and another 30+ minutes of new cut-scenes. The game also features a lock-on targeting system for combat to take full advantage of the controller. On PC, we scored the game a very respectable 9/10 - check out our review right here.

Watch the announcement trailer embedded below (or click here for the HD video page), and stay tuned for more info as it become available.

Monday, 3 October 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:56pm 03/10/11 | 12 Comments
CD Projekt RED have released the promised v2.0 patch for The Witcher 2 and -- much like the Enhanced Edition update for the original The Witcher -- the free download not only addresses bugs and adds more polish, but also features some tantalising new game content.

Here's a couple of snippets from the feature-set:
  • Completely new, extensive Tutorial System that helps players fully enjoy the game from the very beginning and systematically explains the depth of The Witcher 2’s combat and gameplay mechanics. It allows gamers to gradually and smoothly immerse themselves in the game world and Geralt’s adventures.

  • The new Dark Mode difficulty setting that presents players with a new challenge, the highest level of difficulty where every foe is now a significant challenge requiring careful planning and consideration. Dark Mode also features several new sets of equipment and items all linked together through a dark legend in the game journal.

  • Completely new arcade-style Arena Mode that is infinitely replayable and progressively more challenging. Arena lets you hone your combat skills and techniques against all the different monster types from the game. Dispatch wave upon wave of progressively more difficult enemies, earning awards that you can use to upgrade abilities, experiment with new weapons and armor, and to test your alchemy skills. Hirelings can also assist you in battle—for a price.

  • Technical Bliss: Version 2.0 includes all previous and new technical and gameplay enhancements such as:
    • 40+ new technical and gameplay enhancements
    • 100+ previous technical and gameplay fixes
    • All 9 previous DLC packs
The patch and the comprehensive list of its contents can be obtained either via the game's auto-updater, the official website or locally here on AusGamers (900MB).

For those that already own the game, this is a great excuse for another playthrough. For newcomers, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (AusGamers 9.0/10) can now be picked up from the awesome DRM-free GOG.com for US$29.99 with no regionalised pricing garbage.
Friday, 23 September 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:21am 23/09/11 | 1 Comments
CD Projekt RED are referring to the forthcoming debut of The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 as an adaptation of The Witcher 2 on PC and not a port.

"The CGI Intro for The Witcher 2 will have [a] different flavor than the one known from the first Witcher game," said Tomasz Baginski, a noted BAFTA nominated animator who is working on the prject. "In Witcher 1 we have quite an intimate story which practically consists of only two main characters. The Intro told a part of the first short story about Geralt of Rivia ever written by the author Andrzej Sapkowski and was not directly connected with the game itself. For us it was also kind of a tribute to the author.

"Today, we have a different situation," he continued. "Some shots seen in the Xbox trailers show that this time we went into different direction. We have very spectacular and epic scenes strictly connected with the events from the game and its subtitle. I won’t reveal more in order to not spoil watching it when the game comes out.”

You can take from that what you will, but it sounds like they're updating the story a bit for the Xbox 360 version of the game. The team also showed off the game running on Xbox 360, which they say themselves is a "clear sign that the international release of the game is getting closer".

I do like the idea the game is an "adaptation" of the PC version, I just hope that's not a buzz word created to deal with the fact they just can't make The Witcher 2 on a console. I guess we'll know exactly what it means soon enough.
Monday, 18 July 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:11am 18/07/11 | 8 Comments
CD Projekt RED have updated their website with details surrounding the forthcoming patch update 1.3, which currently has no official release date from the developer, however, they have provided anxious players with the current changelog, which highlights a free DLC addition along with the patch.
New FREE DLC – “A Sackful of Fluff” is a new quest in Chapter 2 of the game. To start the quest, visit the eccentric Elthon, who inhabits a solitary hut near the quarry outside Vergen. The quest will prove most rewarding to those who demonstrate patience.
Beyond that, the changelog is actually pretty damn dense in the way of updates, additions, bug fixes etc. For a better look, check out the team's official PDF.

Stay tuned for details on the Patch 1.3's official release as soon as we hear it from CD Projekt RED.
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 08:04am 05/06/11 | 17 Comments
You may have already seen the reveal trailer right here on AusGamers, but we've also got a bit of the skinny on CD Projekt RED's decision to launch The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to the console realm, in what appears to either be a timed Xbox 360 exclusive or a straight exclusive to Microsoft's console, with no mention from the team about anything to with the PS3, nor even a whisper at the potential of Nintendo's forthcoming console to be revealed at E3.
The planned release date slated for Q4 2011. The Xbox 360 version will be an enhanced adaptation of the PC game released to instant international acclaim in mid-May. Accordingly, it will incorporate numerous improvements and enhancements. Details will be announced over the coming months.
The team are being adamant that this will not be a straight port and are already utilising critical feedback from the PC release for the 360, and here's hoping any and all changes also make it into the PC version by way of patches and the like.

"We’re very proud of The Witcher 2 and the highly positive reactions it has received from both our players and the media," said John Mamais, Executive Producer out CD Projekt via press release. "Taking it to the Xbox 360 represents an exciting opportunity to introduce it to a new segment of the gaming audience. I’d like to stress that we are doing a full adaptation to the new platform, not just a straight port. Technology-wise, this means we are aiming to push its limits in order to get visual quality as close to high-end PCs as possible – and during E3, you’ll see how good the results we’ve already achieved are."

We're on the ground here in LA for the event, so stay tuned for our impressions against the statements above.

Also, watch the new Xbox 360 trailer below, or click here for the HD streaming option.



Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Post by Dan @ 11:17am 25/05/11 | 33 Comments
Although the PC have been left wanting recently with a few recent big releases such as L.A. Noire snubbing the platform, things are still looking up for desktop gamers with graphics tech now really starting to forge ahead of the current console generation, a fact that is made all the more glaring by this week's PC exclusive launch of CD Projekt RED's latest RPG, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Kosta has been adventuring all over The Northern Kingdoms for the past week and has many good things to say about the game in today's review.

If after reading the review, you realise that your PC is going to need some beefing up to get the most out of the game, there's still time to enter our Witcher 2 competition for a chance to win a new MSI graphics card.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:50pm 18/05/11 | 30 Comments
The hotly anticipated RPG sequel The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings from Poland's CD Projekt Red is now available from local stores as well as Steam and GOG.com and to celebrate, we have some sweet gear up for grabs.

Thanks to Namco Bandai Partners, MSI and CD Projekt Red, AusGamers has some very cool Witcher 2 prize packs to give away and entering is easy!

Once again it's a standard "25 words or less" affair, but this one could net you an MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Series graphics card, as well as a copy of the premium edition of The Witcher 2 for Windows PC and a Witcher 2 branded Laser mouse and mouse-pad.

Head over to our competition page for full details to enter now and stay tuned in the coming days for our full review of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Post by Dan @ 01:22pm 17/05/11 | 41 Comments
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, The hotly anticipated RPG sequel from Poland's CD Projekt RED, can now be found in Australian stores exclusively for PC and we have a new launch trailer for your viewing pleasure.
The second installment in the RPG saga about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline defining new standards for thought-provoking, non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features an original, brutal combat system that uniquely combines tactical elements with dynamic action. A new, modern game engine, responsible both for beautiful visuals and sophisticated game mechanics puts players in the most lively and believable world ever created in an RPG game.
Digital distribution of the game from Steam and (DRM free and superiorly priced) GOG.com don't kick off until tomorrow.

Still currently a PC exclusive title, there has been more recent murmurs that ports for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of The Witcher 2 are still a possibility. If true, we expect to find out more at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles next month.

Watch the launch trailer below, or click here for the HD option.

Friday, 6 May 2011
Post by Dan @ 10:13am 06/05/11 | 32 Comments
A couple of bits of bad news for Australian's looking forward to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings today, as we've learned that not only has the game been slightly altered to pass under the MA15+ classification bar for Australian sale, but online retailer GOG.com has also had to adjust it's pricing to align closer to Australian brick-and-mortar distribution.

It's not all bad as it sounds however, as according to CD Project lead Adam Badowski, the "two small content changes" are trivial and "unlikely to significantly affect the overall play experience"
From the time we started developing The Witcher 2, our goal was to create a single international version. So, we are happy the game will be available almost everywhere exactly as we envisioned it. At the same time, we are disappointed that because Australia’s rating system for computer games does not go above MA 15+, we had to make two small content changes in order for our game to be distributed there at all. I would like to assure our Australian customers that we aware of the situation in their market, and will do everything we can to support them
According to fellow Australian game blog Gamepron, Australian distributor Namco Bandai Partners also had this to say:
In the original version your character Geralt was given the choice of accepting sex ‘as a reward’ for successfully completing this particular side quest. The Australian Classification Board originally refused classification as they deemed the inclusion of ‘sex as a reward’ as not suitable for an MA15+ classification.

The change is only minor, in that the character choice is now made automatically for him. The character and the side quest are still in the game but presented in a slightly different context. No other changes have been made and this change has no impact on gameplay, storyline or character development.
As for the GOG.com pricing adjustment, that's not all bad news either. A press release explains that they were regrettably required to adjust their pricing for Australian customers due to their licensing agreement and that the price will now be $69,99 AUD, where it had previously been $44.99 USD ($42.30 AUD at today's exchange rate).

However being European (and subject to similar game pricing disparities as us) they clearly sympathise with our plight and so their "Fair Price Package" offer extends to all Australian customers.
GOG.com will still offer their ‘Fair Price Package’, like they do for customers paying in Euros, to match the price in USD. This means all Australian gamers who buy The Witcher 2 at GOG.com will get $26 USD store credit to spend on Good Old Games’ 300+ games catalog.

All preorders by Australian gamers that are made before Friday, May 6 at 3:00 p.m. GMT, will be charged at the original price of $44,99 USD, and will receive the Australian version.
3pm May 6 GMT is 1am tomorrow morning (Saturday May 7th 2011) in AEST (Sydney time), so any Australian's still wanting to nab this one at the original US dollar price have until the end of today to jump on that. The price for Australian customers on Steam has already been adjusted without warning.

No specific mention was made of whether the GOG.com Australian version will be DRM (copy protection) free, however as GOG have a DRM-free policy, it's safe to assume that would be the case. Nevertheless, we've contacted them for clarification on that one.

Update: GOG let us know that the Australian-specific version will still be -- like the rest of their catalogue -- free of any DRM. They also made a point of reminding us how quickly the community release modifications to remove the censorship from the original Witcher.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is due worldwide on May 17 2011, exclusively for PC.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Post by Dan @ 02:55pm 27/04/11 | 11 Comments
CD Projekt have released yet another trailer for their hotly-anticipated upcoming PC-exclusive RPG The Witcher 2. Today's video once again feature's Senior Producer Tomasz Gop, this time explaining the intricacies of the all-new combat engine and the many ways that a player can choose to fight.

Check it out below or click here for the 720p HD streaming option.

And if you haven't seen our own coverage of the game yet, click here for a full hands-on preview, and here for our video interview with Tomasz.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:56pm 19/04/11 | 2 Comments
With now less than a month to go before the launch of the hotly anticipated PC RPG The Witcher 2, CD Projekt continue to make big efforts to bring us up to speed with everything the game intends to offer.

In addition to a new FAQ, they've also released a video recording of the English portion of last week's press conference, for those that missed the live online stream of the event.

We've mirrored that one locally on AusGamers and you can check it out right here. The 37 minute long video includes a detailed briefing from Producer Tomasz Gop of everything to do with the game as well as another lengthy section of walkthrough gameplay.

The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings is due exclusively for PC on May 17 2011.