Alright, got my hands on The Witcher 2, and for the time being, I'd say this game is worth my money. No voice on video, as I hate 'Let's Play' stuff - I only wanna see the game, not listen to some teenage rants =/
I am still struggling through The Witcher 1, to be honest. I loved the stories by Andrzej Sapkowski, but the first game felt lacking in more than one way. It was a good game nonetheless, and the fact that I got it really cheap on Steam last christmas erased the sadness about not having bought the Collector's Edition when it was released due to my computer being kinda sucky a few years ago.
The Witcher 2 looked awesome. From the first trailer on. Unlike other games, every new trailer and diary I watched hyped me more and more. Especially this last week was a great one, and you really should check Gametrailers.com for some really sweet pre-release footage! http://www.gametrailers.com/game/the-...
However, can the actual game live up to the expectations? Games have been promising heaven on your harddrive time and time again, but failed to deliver. What about the new tale of Geralt of Rivia, then?
Well, the first 30 minutes might not be much, and mostly about dialogues (choices start right from the beginning!) and no fighting yet, but introduction into the story and some tutorial parts.
Okay, what I really like are the improved graphical aspects. The opening scenes are FANTASTIC, people look better while talking, cutscenes are no statical 'people stand around and talk' anymore. I did not see people magically standing in front of me in dialogue scenes when they actually were sitting on a chair in The Witcher 2 (yet).
We actually get to meet Triss again, get in touch with the Crinfrid Reavers, known from the original story "The Limits of Possibility" and receive some hints on the Sorceress Yennefer.
King Fornest seems kinda cool, in a way; interesting character, much more promising buildup and development than anything I saw on The Witcher 1 got til date. We don't simply interact with him, no, we were kinda sidelined at first, seeing him talk to his subordinates, giving some background on the war we're in et cetera.
The music and voices are GREAT. A great spectacle, the voices really breathe life into an already lively scenery. It really gives a much better atmosphere than the first game, and especially the way dialogues seem to work, they improved their skills on transitions between the dialogue-parts you decide to pick.
You also have a much bigger range of skills and items or alchemical knowledge right from the start, which seems plausible, since Geralt did not lose his memory again.
All in all, it seems more fluid than the first game, you actually feel like the Witcher you're supposed to be, instead of being 'a Witcher'.
The controls, sadly, feel a bit choppy to me. It's probably just me, but since they reconfigured the way the game plays, and I mean completely, its kinda hard for me to get in, and I find myself running against stuff all the time. Needs time to get used to, for sure.
In the end, just watch that video and comment on this post. If the overall reactions of you people seem interested, I might just as well go ahead and record some more, hopefully including actual combat!