Bringing Geralt to a New Audience – The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition Hands-On at PAX East 2012

The jaw-dropping video above (seriously, watch it in 1080p) is where my expertise with The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition began at PAX East. As a person who had played The Witcher 2 on Pc already, I was skeptical of this “Enhanced Edition” being something much more than a low grade port to the 360. As an individual who had played The Witcher two on Computer currently, I must have had a lot more faith, since this is CD Projekt RED we’re talking about. The new intro video was my very first indication that a lot of effort went into updating the game to the Enhanced Edition, but it definitely wasn’t my last.

I began my hands-on time with an assault on a castle throughout a time when Geralt is nevertheless in the employ of King Foltest. The fundamental controls have been carried over to the console without concern, but the menus have been refined to take advantage of the trigger and bumper buttons of the 360 controller. Generally such menus are ported without having much thought, but the adjustment makes the console version’s menus just as useable as (if not a lot more so than) the PC’s. The camera was adjusted as effectively it can be controlled manually with the correct stick as with most games, but if left alone will car-adjust behind Geralt as he moves for a better view.

Right here you can see a graphical comparison amongst the 360 and Pc from Gamespot.

Yet another aspect of the game that impressed me as I leaped about slaying soldiers was just how excellent The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition looks on Xbox 360. It doesn’t equal – or even rival – the Pc version in terms of visual fidelity, but it’s a single of the best searching 360 titles I’ve ever noticed. The color palette utilized on 360 appears a tiny more washed out aside from character models, but there’s nonetheless a high level of detail. Oddly, the frame rate suffers the worst (screen tearing, and so forth.) when Geralt is wandering around locations with dense backgrounds such as forests. The frame rate appears to stabilize correct away (at least to non-distracting levels) when entering combat. This is true even in the sorts of regions the frame rate drops down in.

I spent the remainder of my hands-on time talking to Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, Senior Quest Designer for CD Projekt RED. After reaching the top rated of the castle and dispatching the noble major the army I was moved to one more console to expertise one of the new quests added to the Enhanced Edition. This quest introduced me to Brigida Papebrock, who I had to escort to safety although keeping agents chasing her at bay. Considerably like Brigida, there will be other characters present in the new quests who accompanyGeralt. The majority of these characters will have prominent roles, acting as primary characters in the proceedings rather than window dressing. They will not be helpless followers either a point that was illustrated for me in vivid detail when, as I moved to take on assailants in the woods, Brigida stepped up, blades in hand, and started out cutting down opponents almost as quick as the Witcher.

The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings

As I explored the a lot of paths of the forest I was informed that the Enhanced Edition will have roughly 4 hours of new gameplay, as effectively as new cutscenes and new repercussions for choices created throughout the new quests (and the game as a whole). Those repercussions will presumably ripple out into the expanded ending that CD Projekt has put together. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that the ending is only getting fleshed out, not changed. The developer saw an chance to answer some criticisms about the length of the game’s third act and how it wrapped up (which appears to be happening a lot lately) and chose to take benefit of the situation.

In reality, Mateusz noted that he was “glad for the time to make enhancements” to the game and that it also gave the team time to apply fixes to things that had bothered them about the Computer version. Don’t worry Computer players, the fixes will be coming to Computer as effectively when the Enhanced Edition drops. There’s in fact a list of fixes already up on the Witcher web site so players can see what adjustments are coming. In addition, loyal fans that already bought The Witcher two will be able to download the Enhanced Edition add-on at no additional cost preloading the expansion is already available for Pc players who want to get a head start off. When I asked about the possibility of a PS3 release of The Witcher I wasn’t given a flat-out “no” in response, but the answer leaned towards it being unlikely. Unfortunate news for PS3 players, but Xbox 360 and Pc owners can look forward to fairly a treat on April 17th.

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