Wednesday, 6 March 2013

OnLive Finally Released The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition


Back on Thursday last week OnLive finally released The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition. The coming of The Witcher 2 to OnLive has quite a long and interesting story to it. OnLive announced The Witcher 2 as coming soon at E3 2011. Then in August 2011 fierce rival Gaikai added The Witcher 2 to its game demos. Later on even the games' developer CD Projekt RED multiple times reiterated that the game will come to OnLive, but the game didn't come. Finally, after OnLive went through ABC bankruptcy in August 2012, and after reorganization started and founder and CEO Steve Perlman departed, it was reported that Steve shot down any game that Gaikai nabbed first; even titles that the company had already spent money to onboard, test, and certify with a game publisher. The Witcher 2 was one of these games.

The Witcher 2 was arguably the most anticipated game by OnLive gamers, so its long and troubling story to release did hurt gamers' love for OnLive. Looks like the game was quite far along to release on OnLive for a long time, but after the unpleasant news of why the game wasn't released, OnLive gamers didn't believe that the game will come at all. The more surprising it is now that OnLive made up with CD Projekt RED and released the game after all.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition was released as a PlayPass and into the OnLive PlayPack. The game is priced at $19.99 in the US ($13.99 PlayPack discount), £14.99 in the UK (£10.49 PlayPack discount) and €19.99 in Belgium (€13.99 PlayPack discount). The OnLive PlayPack is now at 242 games in the US, 241 games in the UK and 241 games in Belgium, and counting.

Gamers who purchase a PlayPass for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on OnLive (UK, Belgium), get a free digital download copy from GOG.com with the purchase while supplies last. This is a great option for gamers who fear that they won't be able to enjoy the streaming version of the game from OnLive because they lack the necessary broadband quality. Upon purchase of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on the OnLive cloud gaming service, you will receive an email with your product key. Visit www.gog.com/witcher2/backup to input your product key, then click the redeem button. Follow the on screen instructions to login or sign up for a free account. Your download copy will appear in your ‘My Games’ section on GOG.com.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition is a role-playing game published and developed by CD Projekt RED. Its predecessor, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut, is already a part of the OnLive PlayPack and you can actually import saves from the first Witcher to the second one, as long as you have saves from either “Ice Plains” or the “Order of the Flaming Rose Cloister”.



The second installment in the RPG saga about the Witcher, the professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline defining new standards for thought-provoking, non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features an original, brutal combat system that uniquely combines tactical elements with dynamic action. A new, modern game engine, responsible both for beautiful visuals and sophisticated game mechanics puts players in the most lively and believable world ever created in an RPG game. A captivating story, dynamic combat system, beautiful graphics, and everything else that made the original Witcher such a great game are now executed in a much more advanced and sophisticated way.

It's a truly epic, intense, emotionally charged adventure with non-linear game narration. Three independent plot lines with several alternative events are dependent on the player's choices and lead to multiple different game endings and several additional plot forks. This time gameplay time is shorter than The Witcher 1, but more intense and packed with events.



Entangled in the political turmoil that engulfed Temeria, Geralt helped quell the rebellion of the Order of the Flaming Rose. Soon after, he saved King Foltest’s life when the monarch was attacked by a witcher-like assassin. He continues to protect the king, serving as his bodyguard as Foltest strives to bring peace to his kingdom. The Order’s last bastions have yielded to the royal army, yet one more task remains - the Baroness La Valette announced her secession from the realm, and her fortress must be taken. A month after the attempted assassination, Foltest’s armies stand at the gates of La Valette Castle, preparing for a final assault. Still at Foltest’s side, Geralt is among them, unable to begin his personal quest to discover the mysterious assassin’s origin and identity…

A complex, realistic and mature story touching upon subject matter seldom seen in other RPGs, told in a manner that is understandable and attractive to contemporary gamers. We investigate the assassinations of the rulers of the Northern Kingdoms and follow Geralt's personal theme, in which he's looking for his own identity. Gradually we learn how powerful forces influence our situation and what role they order us to play.

This is an unique, deep, consistent and rich game world established in a series of best-selling books by Andrzej Sapkowski and recreated in the game to provide an incredible, believable story-driven experience.



Metascore: 88

You can play the free demo, subscribe to the PlayPack and buy The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition for the US, the UK and Belgium powered by OnLive.

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