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So now that it's released. Any of you 360 owners picked it up? And if so your thoughts so far.
With the Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition on the horizon are any of you who wanted to play it but only had a 360 and not a PC that could handle it going to pick this one up when it releases on April 17th.
The Enhanced Edition will have new cutscenes, new ingame content (if I remember correctly 4 more hours of added gameplay). And an extended third chapter. For those who already bought this game on the PC all the extra content the Enhanced Edition provides will be free. CDProject is awesome.
Personally I have been wanting to play this what has been my absolute favourite game of 2011 another time and this will be the perfect opportunity.
Enjoy this awesome new cutscene (many more like this we're already in the game, they just added some more just for sheer awesomeness).
(for some reason embedding the youtube movie doesn't work, a link will do)
I bought the first game after I finished The Witcher 2, have yet to finish that game though but it is not neccesary to play it to fully enjoy this game. The intro has a short text explaining whats going on in this game and explains what you need to know. Basically the Witcher is a professional monster slaying badass.
When Enhanced Edition is released all content will be the same, the xbox gets everything complete and the people on PC have to download the additional content when it's released, free of charge if you already have the game. I don't know exactly what the price difference will be though.
The Witcher 2 was first made exclusively for the PC and the game is used by alot of people to benchmark their rigs since the graphics are just insanely good. It was then remade for the 360, the graphics on the PC will always be better ofcourse but they tried to get as much as they can into the 360 version and from what I've seen so far it's pretty damn impressive. It's not with just a simple port either, but the studio spent alot of time coming up with a UI that works for consoles, the combat is overhauled for consoles to make it work for controllers. The PC version also supports gamepads btw.
The extra thing on the PC is the modding community, there are alot of mods for the game, like item weight mods (because yes there is item management in the game), armor remodels, skin remodels etc.
If you like an excellent Fantasy story with action, monsters, violence, sex and political backstabbing and intrigue this is definatly a game you want to check out.
I don't think it's essential, the game does a pretty good job of welcoming new players to the series. What I mean by this is that, I didn't played the first Witcher before The Witcher 2 and I never felt as a stranger through my playthrough.
That's not to say you shouldn't buy the first game, if you have the money, if you have the rig, and if you have the motivation to spend plenty of hours on a great game then by all means do it. The first game is still fantastic and some would argue it's even better than the second one as far as gameplay elements go, I would say the combat in particular as well as other elements have been streamlined due to console integration, this is specially true considering how much better the controllers feel if you play with the 360 controller, it has full support, so if you're worried about using k/m, the gamepad option is an excellent alternative.
I'm pretty sure the 360 version will be sold at $60 dollars, you can get the PC version at $40 or even $30 depending on where you buy.
So yeah, there's absolutely no reason why you should pick the 360 version instead since the controller was your biggest concern.
''For instance, is there a significant graphical advancement in one or the other,''
Isn't this obvious? Of course there is, The Witcher 2 is one of the best looking games in the market, not only artistically, but technically as well. You will never be able to get the same level of detail in a console version, and this is the kind of detail that doesn't go unnoticed.
Not only that, but if you've played and finished the first Witcher you will get more content than the console version since the game allows you to import your save.
What's your rig? Even powerful hardware will take it up the ass with supersampling enabled.
Yes, as I mentioned before, the game has full support for the 360 controller, the tutorials as well as the 'press this button to do this' are mapped to the 360 controller layout already, no need to configure anything else, just plug your controller and you're set to go.
For your last question, yes.
You should have no trouble running The Witcher 2 at all with that setup. UberSampling pretty much renders the frames several times and overlays them to give a more smoother look especially when in motion but it does cause a drop in the framerate and to this day does need quite a powerful rig.
Left with UberSampling, Right without. (notice the hair)
The rig you have can handle everything on ultra with the Ubersampling turned off and it still will look like the best game you have every seen.
Outdated bios and recording at full resolution was the cause of my crashes. I don't think I've ever posted my rig here, but yeah, my graphics card is significantly better than yours. I don't doubt that you can max games but can you run them at 60 fps constant at 1080p with physix enabled?
I can't see your rig pulling Witcher 2 at max with a decent framerate, even if I take ubersampling out of the picture.
What Joong said. I have everything on ultra except for the ubersampling option I have that one disabled, because still messes with my framerates a little and I rather play it smoothly.
X6 4Ghz processor, 8gb RAM and a Radeon HD 6900 series, it's what I got and makes me able to play this game on highest quality (well without ubersampling) perfectly.
A video for the difference with and without UberSampling, from what I can tell not much quality difference only a framerate drop.
Snagging this sometime down the road. What I saw of it last year looked absolutely incredible and now that it's a coming to ma 360, I'm very excited.
Oh just a little something the game has 5 difficulties. Easy, normal, hard, dark and for those that cant even get enough of that they added an Insane difficulty. I think thats the one where you lose the savegame if you die. For those super hardcore people I suppose hehe.
(Bringing this back to page 1 for the release instead of making a new thread.)
I'm really enjoying this game. I believe I'm about halfway through chapter 2 and i can't put it down. It's everything Dragon Age 2 should've been.
Definitely going to pick it up eventually, but I'm re-playing DAO at the moment.