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How important is it to play Witcher 1 before #2?

#1NicodimusPosted 9/22/2013 10:09:37 PM
I see Witcher 1 is on sale, and I haven't started going through #2 yet (just bought and configured it.) Is it a big deal, like say, Mass Effect where it's very helpful to start with the first game? Or is the first one not all that great?
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#2Gojak_v3Posted 9/22/2013 10:11:10 PM
The first game is amazing, get it.
#3MaKhaosPosted 9/22/2013 10:15:46 PM
Witcher 1, 2 ,and 3 are all different stories but form one overarching story of Geralt of Rivia's life. You don't need Witcher 1 to understand and play Witcher 2's story. Witcher 2 will make references to the first one but nothing you need worry about. However, I highly recommend playing the first one because it was a great game itself and in my opinion had the better story. Witcher 1 and 2 play very differently in their combat systems, and of course the second one is much better than the rhythm based one of the first one.
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#4someguyshandPosted 9/22/2013 10:20:47 PM
The combat system in Witcher 1 is a hit or miss with most people. If you don't like it after chapter 1/2, then move over to Witcher 2
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#5Cool_Dude667Posted 9/22/2013 10:21:34 PM
MaKhaos posted...
Witcher 1, 2 ,and 3 are all different stories but form one overarching story of Geralt of Rivia's life. You don't need Witcher 1 to understand and play Witcher 2's story. Witcher 2 will make references to the first one but nothing you need worry about. However, I highly recommend playing the first one because it was a great game itself and in my opinion had the better story. Witcher 1 and 2 play very differently in their combat systems, and of course the second one is much better than the rhythm based one of the first one.


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#6kobalobasileusPosted 9/22/2013 10:24:59 PM
someguyshand posted...
The combat system in Witcher 1 is a hit or miss with most people. If you don't like it after chapter 1/2, then move over to Witcher 2


It is mindboggling that people don't like the combat in Witcher but love the ground-rolling clusterfrag of Witcher 2's combat.

TC, the stories are directly connected and occur chronologically. It's a good idea to play the first game instead of skipping it.
#7_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 9/22/2013 10:33:54 PM
Honestly the combat in both games is not that fun to me, though I somehow found the combat in the witcher 2 more tolerable.

As for the story, you do not really have to play the 1st. The developer made a pretty good video that explains all the important events from the first game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB_bHqHzhIA

But even though there is a backstory there, the game itself does a pretty good job of letting the player know about the current conflict and the things that are going on in the game-world.

Honestly after you watch this, you should be fine.
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#81618dudePosted 9/22/2013 10:34:11 PM
I kinda enjoy the combat of the two games. Both have problems, but are fun in my opinion although it's easy to understand why most people prefer the gameplay of the witcher 2. TW1 combat is very unusual.

I would suggest to play the witcher 1 first so you can import your save to witcher 2. I don't think you will lose too much if you don't do that, but the witcher 1 is a good game and have some good twists. It would be a shame to miss it.
#9Nicodimus(Topic Creator)Posted 9/22/2013 10:38:35 PM
I just got it (it's on sale for 2 more hours for $2.50 at Gamersgate.) Thanks for the input.

In your opinion, is it best played with KB/M or a controller? Thanks.
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#101618dudePosted 9/22/2013 10:42:45 PM
Nicodimus posted...
I just got it (it's on sale for 2 more hours for $2.50 at Gamersgate.) Thanks for the input.

In your opinion, is it best played with KB/M or a controller? Thanks.

I don't know. If you decided to play TW1 first you don't really a choice here, but in TW2 both KB/M and the controller are good, I guess. Well, you are have the game so you can just test it yourself. Do you usually prefer one over another?