There could have been a quick-sell button to dump all your junk and perhaps a better way to sort your inventory/items. Overall though the menu/UI of the game is good and it does a good job of keeping your attention focussed on the right items that you might need. The Quest Log is a good solid one and the text is written like a story, rather than a checklist of things that you have to do (though you get one of those too).Graphics
Witcher 2 is a good looking game, dare I say that it is one of the best looking games on console for a while that I have seen. It isnít as grand looking as the big brother on PC but this game is no slouch either. The graphics/textures are superb and whilst there are some issues in terms of pop-in at times when running through mountainous areas and ravines, these are minor and donít detract from the game all that much. Day/Night and weather are all replicated really well in Witcher 2.Animations
Witcher 2 is well animated with lots of feel to the characters, and the combat. The combat is some of the finest action rpg combat to date with sweeping sword moves and reactive attacks/defences making up the core of the whole thing. You feel as though each blow connects to the character in question and thereís a real weight behind Geraltís movements in and out of combat, but in combat heís a force to be reckoned with and kicks lots of ass.Physics
There are a lot of things that can break, monsters/Geralt can get thrown around by the force of some blows and thereís a sense of kinetic combat here.Artificial Intelligence
The AI for the game is good stuff. The monster enemies all have different attack patterns, the human foes are sneaky in their attacks, especially wizards and at the higher levels of difficulty they adapt their tactics to your style. Forcing a combination of alchemy, Signs and dirty tricks in combat.Sound
You canít fault Witcher 2 in the sound department, every thunk, thud, scream and clash of steel sounds great.Music
A really stirring and powerful score that has many great moments from the sweeping opening theme to the adrenaline pumping combat score. This is how music should be done in a game!Voice
There are a few choice voice actors in the game, Geralt sounds great along with his companions and I have a soft spot for Vernon Roche and Ves. Thereís nothing wrong with the majority of the voice work and compared to Two Worlds or Risen, you are looking at Mass Effect levels of professional quality. All in all basically itís great.Writing
When CDPR say Mature they mean it. There are curse words galore and anyone who is offended by such things best remember that. The writing is pretty solid and evocative.Maturity
There are tasteful but frank depictions of sex and violence in the game. It earns that mature rating bigtime and Witcher 2 should set the bench-mark for this kind of thing. As adults we are often overlooked in favour of the Political Correct crowd and everything is done to protect and shelter the children in that regard. Thereís nothing wrong with that, but I tell you I prefer to have the choice made myself. I would not let my child play the game until she was old enough so the 18 rating is a good one.
Just remember that itís 18 and if you donít like seeing naked bodies etc in your games, youíre going to want to skip it. If youíre well adjusted and not prudish however, go nuts!