While the combat was far from perfect in the Witcher 2, I thought it was very enjoyable - especially when fighting human enemies. I liked the back-and-forth of the parry system, though I'm not sure that they ever really perfected it. Combat targeting and responsiveness could have been improved. And perhaps this was just me, but I wanted be able to walk backwards rather than turn around. Especially when fighting multiple enemies it would be helpful to back up a little bit without turning your back. That might be kind of a detailed point ... I can see why they made potions only drinkable and oils only applicable out of combat, though I also understand why some people were annoyed by that change. Overall I agree with the change and I thought combat was, generally, very enjoyable, especially 1-1 duels against human/witcher opponents.
The story and characters were well written to at least a workman-like quality with a few gems of dialogue and character interactions thrown in to make it truly interesting. Iorveth and Roche get the best lines (especially Iorveth). Those two characters are interesting to compare to their counterparts in the Witcher 1. Yaevinn and Siegfried are both better than the causes they fight for, but Roche and Ioverth are both s.o.bs (not without redeeming qualities of course) fighting for good causes (in the end). Roche is a brutal son of a bitch, but loyal to a fault with a sense of justice and honor whose brutality comes from impulsiveness and anger. He doesn't particularly hate any group. Iorveth is a racist who truly hates humans, but has a lot of justification for his hatred and is also far more self-aware than Roche about what he himself is, about what he has become twisted into. He is trying to build a better world with Saskia not only for his people, but even humans too. An interesting point of comparison. So nicely complex main characters - a lot of shades of grey.
Beautiful graphics, with well drawn worlds (if requiring a much, much lower setting for those of us without monster computers ... or just on laptops, but great art direction beyond the quality of the graphics), good music.
(Don't want either game from the contest, thanks though and good luck to all who enter!)
Post edited January 26, 2013 by crazy_dave