Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 76 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. Jun 27, 2011
    100
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is one of the finest examples of how great an RPG can be.
  2. Jun 4, 2011
    100
    Tough, but fair. Consider it the price of admission to one of the most memorable and best written fantasy video games you'll ever play.
  3. Jun 3, 2011
    100
    CD Projekt has with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings ruined all other games in the genre. With graphics from the future and gameplay from space, they have made this century's best RPG. BioWare has been ousted from the throne and will have to work very hard to reclaim it once again.
  4. Jun 1, 2011
    100
    Such a f..king treat. Rarely does a series so lavishly reward its fans for participating in a game's fiction as the Witcher series aims to do, but the fruits of CDProjekt RED's labor are readily apparent in Assassins of Kings, and a total joy to experience.
  5. May 27, 2011
    100
    It is quite simple. There is not a single modern RPG that can stand up to the story-telling and the convincing, atmospheric world of Witcher 2. In addition to this, CD Projekt simplifies gameplay mechanics wisely, without sacrificing the depth of the overall experience.
  6. May 23, 2011
    100
    The Witcher 2 embodies everything that's good about PC development, and everything that makes it, in my mind, the best platform out there. It tells a mature tale full of intrigue, mystery, and frustrating but satisfying combat, and while it is difficult (remember, there is no shame in playing on easy if you're having trouble; no one's going to take your gamer cred away from you for doing so), it's bound to please any RPG player who gives it a try.
  7. May 23, 2011
    100
    CD Projekt is trying to impress us with a beautiful Witcher 2, deeper and more fun. Finally, we find here the same flaws and the same qualities as in the first episode. The incredibly difficult fights (in the first hours), the unnecessary extras and the bad interface could have ruined the game, but The Witcher 2 will eventually conquer RPG fans with its world, its characters, its atmosphere and incomparable scenario. It's the Empire Strikes Back of video games. I can't wait for The Witcher 3!
  8. May 17, 2011
    100
    Truly a labor of love, this amazing sequel fortifies the foundations laid down by a flawed classic and creates a brilliant masterpiece. Visceral combat, dizzying player customization and a truly immersive story all come together to create one of the best role-playing experiences of the year.
  9. May 19, 2011
    96
    Geralt of Rivia fights against monsters of supernatural and human nature in this not-so-flawless but visually stunning and innovative RPG. While trying to save, not one, but four Realms at once, he also achieves the most difficult task of his career: redefining a whole videogame genre.
  10. Jun 8, 2011
    95
    In the end, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a visually impressive game that contains a very sturdy gaming engine. If you haven't played a traditional RPG in awhile, the learning curve is a little steep and challenging at the start but once you have the experience under your belt and selected a direction for your character, battles will slowly become easier but fortunately there is always something along the way to challenge you. This is what RPG's are all about and I sincerely hope that this game will become the template for games to come on the PC.
  11. May 28, 2011
    95
    The Witcher 2 is everything that a good sequel should be. A continued story, yet one told differently and one that touches difference spheres of meaning. Restrained and realistic references to the original. Riskier, grittier, more confident presentation and design.
  12. May 21, 2011
    95
    The Witcher II is a technical, creative and narrative triumph, a game that pushes videogames closer to maturity thanks to an excellent and strong direction which honors Sapkowski's work. Not even the poor ending can eclipse the masterful RPG archieved by CD Projekt.
  13. May 18, 2011
    95
    If there's one aspect of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings that's worth singling out, it's the fact that it's not afraid to punish you when you make a mistake. This fact, more than the gorgeous graphics, the stellar script or the incredible depth that's been built on and around Andrzej Sapkowski's lore, is what defines The Witcher 2.
  14. May 16, 2011
    95
    Is it possible to create an accessible and modern game that's still an uncompromising, engaging and demanding experience? The Witcher 2 proves that it is definitely possible. Time spent with Assassins of Kings flies unbelievably fast. The player is thrown into a dangerous world full of betrayal, corruption, intolerance and battles for influence.
  15. Jul 8, 2011
    94
    Kicking Dragon Age II in the crown jewels, then stoving its bonce in for good measure, it's one of the best adventures we've ever undertaken. [Aug 2011, p.84]
  16. Jun 8, 2011
    94
    The Witcher is very definition of a new and improved sequel.
  17. May 24, 2011
    94
    The Witcher 2 is bold, inspired, and not afraid to take some risks, but neither does it work overly hard to endear itself to less patient players. In the end, though, it's a no-brainer of a deal. This standout RPG is among the best in years, and one that simply begs for multiple playthroughs. If you have any sort of affection for this sort of game, you can't afford to miss it.
  18. May 20, 2011
    94
    The Witcher 2 exceeds every expectation. Assassins of Kings is a remarkably well-crafted, charming and violent RPG adventure, leaving players at its ending wanting for more. This new Geralt de Rivia adventure is superior to its predecessor in every way: A truly must-have.
  19. Oct 21, 2011
    93
    Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. A true, polished diamond. Watch and learn Bioware. [May 2011]
  20. May 21, 2011
    93
    It's not common for an editor to beg a consumer to buy a game. This time I'm going to beg you to buy one of the greatest role playing games this year. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings definitely brings the RPG genre to a higher level. And damn, it's totally not linear either. Buy it!
  21. May 19, 2011
    93
    I play role-playing games to explore fantastic worlds, interact with interesting characters, and pull off *** stunts that only a world-saving hero could accomplish. The Witcher 2 obliterates all but the best competition on those criteria. As frustrating as it can be at times, this adventure's charms vastly outweigh its warts.
  22. Sep 14, 2011
    92
    The Witcher 2 easily stands amongst the big boys in the CRPG crowd and is also the best Action RPG to come out since Mass Effect 2.
  23. Jun 30, 2011
    92
    This is undoubtedly a must-have. A long, complex, deep and adult game, which becomes one of the best PC RPGs these last years, although its high difficulty level might set back some players.
  24. Jun 13, 2011
    92
    An RPG that is just begging to be played, packed full of visual treats and substance.
  25. 92
    It's true that fights are maybe too simple, the GUI a bit awkard at first and the difficulty will kill you, so you need a little patience until the game is released from its shackles. And when it is… dark and loving, brave and treacherous, Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings offers almost everything you could want from a fantasy RPG.
  26. Jun 1, 2011
    92
    With its immersive world setting, nuanced choices that aren't clear cut good or evil, and large number of quests to eat up all your free time (and more!), Witcher 2 has become the game to beat in the RPG market.
  27. Jun 1, 2011
    92
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is everything the first game should've been and more. Combat is swift and brutal. The graphics are gorgeous and the animations flows. The unfolding plot is well-written and compelling. It's shorter than its predecessor, but there's more replayability than in pretty much any other RPG in recent memory. Don't get me wrong – The Witcher 2 demands a lot of the player, in terms of both understanding the combat and understanding the plot – but for those willing to put in time and effort, this is a must.
  28. May 23, 2011
    92
    The Witcher 2 could be the best RPG on the market right now but it has several small problems inside its gameplay and some flaws with its design. The result is without any doubt a wonderful game that you can't miss.
  29. May 22, 2011
    92
    An ambitious, charismatic RPG that plays like no other. [June 2011, p.80]
  30. May 26, 2011
    91
    Quibbles aside, The Witcher 2 is an incredible achievement in graphical fidelity, branching storytelling, and just flat out smart gameplay. It's not as long as the first game, and the final chapter's story arc does feel rushed, but any issues are massively outweighed by the brilliance of this design.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 3286 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. May 17, 2011
    10
    This definitely is Game of the Year 2011. The single best RPG I have played since Planescape: Torment. The characters are deep and complex, the storyline develops depending on your actions and choices. It takes what was good from every single RPG released in the last 15 years and makes it into something better. The graphics are simply the best ever seen in an RPG to date, if not the best that we have so far in any game (compare to Crysis if you want to). The flaws are few if any. The stealth sections are not the best, but they are optional, and there are a few bugs and such. There is no ACTUAL character customization, but you can change what the protagonist is wearing with quite a bit.
    The combat system works quite well. It may not be the best combat system in gaming history, but it does exactly what is is supposed to do. But all that is just beside the point. The atmosphere, the music and the character lines are just amazing, combining to create one of the best RPG's of all time.
    Full Review »
  2. May 17, 2011
    10
    One of bests game ive played after a long time, the graphics are amazing, everything is made with passion, so deep and immerse.
    TW1 is good,
    but TW2 is better in all aspects. Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2011
    10
    This game is probably GOTY of year 2011 in category of cRPG. Great writing, good combat mechanics, great gameplay whatsoever. Feels like good old cRPGs like Planescape or Baldurs Gate. Graphics are beautiful and the engine optimization is really great. There doesn't need to be character customization when there is a great story to be told. This game has great atmosphere and breathtaking world. Great improvement since Witcher 1, CD Projekt did a great job with this game. Probably one of the best cRPG in history of modern gaming in my opinion. Full Review »