The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a role-playing game set in a high fantasy universe.
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Story & Themes
The Witcher 2 features a branching storyline with multiple possible endings, but the core plot is the same. The protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, has found himself in the position of bodyguard to King Foltest due to the events of the previous game. However, during an uprising Foltest is killed by an assassin and Geralt is apprehended for the crime. Eventually Geralt's innocence is proven, and with the help of sorceress Triss and military leader Roche, Geralt sets out to track down the true kingslayer.
The Witcher 2 autosaves periodically and can also be saved manually when no enemies are nearby.
There is a definite learning curve to The Witcher 2, especially if you're unfamiliar with its predecessor. However, once the controls are mastered, the game isn't unduly difficult. Multiple difficulty settings are available, including "insane" mode which doesn't allow the player to load any save files.
Violence The game features fantasy combat during which blood is present. Dismemberment and decapitation can also occur.
Sex & Nudity Sexual content is certainly present, but not overtly graphic. Topless women can be seen throughout the game, and the player can engage in sexual acts that can feature topless nudity, moaning, and implicit activity before the camera cuts away.
Strong Language Frequent strong language can be heard in language, such as f*ck and c*nt.
Substance Use The game features a substance reminiscent of cocaine that is snorted by characters.
Discrimination In The Witcher 2, the racial minority groups are elves and dwarves. They are varied and multifaceted, but nevertheless the game's human characters are virtually all white. Female characters hold a variety of lead roles in the story which is refreshing; however, women are definitely sexualized throughout the game and the representation of prostitutes isn't exactly positive.
- What type of person did you choose to have Geralt be? Would you have made the same choices in real life?
- Are you satisfied with the ending you received? Did it suit the type of in-game narrative you had been working toward?
- What do you think about the racial discrimination in the game's world? Even though those being discriminated against are dwarves and elves, does the treatment reflect reality?