What’s up with: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Too often had I read Internet forum-posters declaring they’re going back to play The Witcher 2 (TW2) after trying out a new role-playing game (RPG). This is often accompanied with proclamations of how said RPG is shallow with high praises for the complexity of TW2’s combat and story.

I bought TW2 during the Steam summer sale last year and there it sat in my backlog as its retail price continued to drop. I finally gave it a whirl after the game was updated to version 2.0, making it both more accessible and difficult in the same stroke.

It took me a while to get the game set up so it won’t cause my laptop to explode and an even longer while before I could actually feel myself getting into the game (much, much longer in fact). When I finally finished the game (one of the paths anyway),  I came away with the feeling of how some gamers seem to be confusing a hardcore RPG with a complex story to be one which is inaccessible that is utterly confusing, the understanding for the laud bestowed upon TW2 and its failure to reach above 90 for its Metacritic rating despite all the support and hype that surrounds it.

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Holiday Games Roundup

I originally titled the entry “Steam Holiday Sale Roundup” but I’m including the two games I got from work.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Company gift)
  • Driver: San Francisco Deluxe (Company gift)
  • Portal 2 (me)
  • Orc Must Die! (yun; got myself the DLCs)
  • Dungeons of Dredmor: Realm of the Diggle Gods (me)
  • Cthulhu Saves the World & Breath of Death VII Double Pack (Isaac)
  • Guardians of Graxia Complete (Isaac)
  • Sonic Generations (Khalid)
  • Dead Space (yun)
  • Planescape Torment (Weiquan)

The holiday plan was to clear my backlog but it seems I got myself a new stack of games. Hope you guys enjoy my gifts to you too!

Let me know if anyone is interested in any of these.

Interesting Factoid and Interesting Game

Top 10 Scouting Population by Country

I was following some links in Wikipedia where I found this list of total Scouts membership by country. I’m really surprised that #1 is Indonesia and more than twice the population of #2, USA. There’re a lot of south Asia countries as well.

Tried the lite version of this iOS game: Shake Spears!. Basically, it’s a medieval tilting / jousting simulator. You use your left thumb to control the shield and right thumb to control your lance. I was a little annoyed when they referred the lance as a spear but I guess they wanted the “shakespeare” pun. They correctly calls it the lance in the shop though.

Seems fun enough, doubt I’d buy it. Just bought Pocket Academy by Kairosoft for 99c.

Summary of Summer Sale Damage

Steam Summer Sale has always been a devourer of wallets. These are what I got for myself:

  • Witcher 2 @ $33.49 USD (U.P. $49.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood @ $19.99 USD (U.P. $39.99)
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat @ $3.74 USD (U.P. $29.99)
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light @ $3.74 USD (U.P. $14.99)
  • Company of Heroes Gold @ $7.49 USD (U.P. $29.98)

Total: $68.45 USD (U.P. $164.94)
Savings: $96.49 USD (58.5%)

I also got Alien Breed 2 for free from their summer activities and a handful of games which as gifts for some buddies’ birthdays.


The Espionage RPG

When Alpha Protocol (2010) was announced, I was totally psyched. Following the success of Mass Effect 2, another shooter-RPG, I had great expectations of this “Espionage RPG” from the makers of Knight of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2. Alas, Obsidian Entertainment’s first foray into original IP territory left many disappointed.

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