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First of all ill start of by saying that this game, was originally on PC. About 6 months later, they released it for the Xbox 360.
When I got this game, the first thing I noticed was the box. It came in a nice thick, glossy box, and inside the box is the game case. In-between the game case and the box comes a Quest hand book, and a glossed double sided map of Tameria.
Game play- Fighting/combat system.
The combat system in this game is very swift, and easy to use regarding all of the different ways you can fight in this game. You have 5 spells, 2 swords, and 5 usable items all accessible without actually pausing the game. Each sword/spell/combat item, can be easily accessed by simply pressing the LB button, which slows down you and your surrounding, in which you can quickly choose the item of choice.
The Sword fighting is also very amazing, as well as the directions of the sword going in many different directions, you also do many different manoeuvres with your sword to kill your enemy's, which is very exciting to play. You also have 2 different swords. One is silver in which you kill monsters, and one is steel which you kill humans with.
Game play- Non fighting elements.
one of the aspects that raise the bar of this game, is the alchemy and the crafting.
Alchemy- The sheer amount of potions you can make in this game is amazing. You get ingredients from trees, bushes, and underground and also you harvest pieces of monsters (eg. harpies eyes,kayran tentacles). To make these potions, you need to "Meditate" and you also need the Diagrams of the potion. You then choose the diagram, and make the potion.
Crafting- You can make Swords and armour by crafting. You use ores which you can buy, loot or get from underground and gem dust to make swords. And items like monster skin, ores and other pieces of monsters. To make the armour, you also need to have crafting diagrams, and you go to a blacksmith and they make them.
Graphics- The graphics are amazing, and the best graphic game i have seen on the Xbox 360, it really pushes the boundaries of the system.
Upgrading your character- As with all RPG's you can upgrade your character, and in this game you have a 4 path star, Swordsmanship, Mage, alchemy and training. And each path has different aspects of your character you can upgrade.
Game play- Storyline.
you play as someone named "Geralt of Rivia" and you're a monster slayer who is trying to stop the assassination of kings, and you can choose many paths, each path changes every aspect of the game, eg, at the end of chapter 1, you can choose to team with "Iorveth and the elves" or a human called "Roche" and each path changes chapter 2 very much. In my opinion this has an extremely deep story line which will leave players hooked, and even wanting to do the side quests, (which also have a very good storyline!)
-Very Good story line, which makes quite a long play through.
-Amazing combat which is very easy to use.
- Huge amount of side quests which are just as fun as the main quest.
-Sex scenes are totally uncensored.
- the area is so vast, and there is so many paths, it can often be hard to navigate, the map being not much help.
-Not much player customization, you can only change his hairstyle.
-The only good weapons in the game are only swords, you can have axes etc, but they have very low damage.
Overall I rate this game 9.5/10. I would give it a 10 if I didn't have to spend a lot of the game running around looking for places.
I would definitely recommend this game to my friends, especially if they are a fan of the RPG genre.