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Awesome: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

  • A Meta moment: On 4chan's /v/ board, someone asked for help cracking the game... he was promptly told to "Fuck off and buy the damn game" multiple times, rewarding CD Projekt RED's faith that if they treat their customers with respect, they would get respect back.
    • Aside from this, the company also detailed that the game had been pirated... but oddly enough, the pirated copy was the copy with DRM, while the one without DRM was nowhere to be seen on torrents.
  • Another meta moment came when the Enhanced Edition for the Xbox 360 came out. What did CD Projekt RED do? Instead of charging those who previously bought the game on PC for the new content like Electronic Arts, Capcom, or Activision, they released every bit of new content (over 4 hours of new gameplay, as well as a soundtrack, interviews and concept art) all for free. If that doesn't win a consumer's respect for CD Projekt RED, I don't know what will.
    • They also give DRM-free copies to any customer who emails them with proof that they purchased it on Steam. There's really no reason they should do that, but they do anyway.
  • The new combat system is more action-packed and reflects the kind of combat in the first game's intro movie. The first game's combat system was an uneasy combination of real-time and turn-based, leaning towards real-time, but the second game's combat gave a much stronger sense of Geralt's agility and versatility. This makes a systemic moment of awesome that harkens to the very first experience anyone has with the first game.
  • The first time you do a Group Finisher - your jaw will drop from how bloody awesome it is.
  • Foltestīs epic Rousing Speech at the start of the game:
    Foltest: Where the hell are we headed?!
    Nobles: To battle!
    Foltest: What the fuck do we want?!
    Nobles: Victory!
    Foltest: This I like!
  • Iorveth and Geralt's plan to save the non-human convicts at the end of Chapter I by faking the Elven leader's capture!
    • Geralt nutting one of the morons in the face, stealing his sword and cleaving him open. While Iorveth shoulder lifts-barges a guy over the gunwale and into the Pontar with his hands tied. Then he breaks the rope cuffs and retrieves the borrowed sword Geralt throws him, which lands point first in an unfortunate mook's chest right behind him for the Scoia'tael guerrilla to rip free!
    • Their Back-to-Back Badasses pose on the deck of the prison galley, after they take out said three of Loredo's goons.
  • Roche's Big Damn Heroes moment in Henselt's camp. In Iorveth's path.
    Vanhemar: (examines Geralt's meteorite sword) Any last words, Witcher?
    Geralt: Go plough yourself, Nilfgaardian.
  • The end of Chapter II on the Iorveth path is this as a whole at the Battle of Vergen. Oil gets poured on the Kaedweni soldiers, Geralt and company put up a spirited defense on the walls, a pair of trolls potentially join in on the action, and Saskia reveals her true form to Geralt while saving his life. And just when things are about to get hairy, Iorveth arrives in a glorious Big Damn Heroes moment. In the end, a small ragtag rebel army consisting of untrained peasants, a handful of knights, some dwarven civilians, and Scoia'tael archers manage to beat the army of the most powerful northern kingdom which has them outnumbered 5 to 1. Henselt's humiliation is the cherry on top.
  • The end of Chapter II on the Roche path is this as well. Geralt lifts Sabrina Glevissig's magical malediction upon Henselt, then saves the Kaedweni monarch again from the Viper Witchers: Serrit and Auckes. And manages to kill one of the brothers in the skirmish, cutting off Auckes' leg then cleaving his head open while he's flying up in a reverse clothes-line. After Sile's betrayal, Roche and Geralt fight their way through all of Henselt's rear-guard and can even hold the king's life in their hands despite his victory at Vergen.
  • At the end of both paths, if Geralt chooses to save Triss from Nilfgaard's compound. He storms the place all on his own, planning to trade hostages by capturing the, until recently, unflappable Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen. Unfortunately, Renuald aep Matsen, the Emperor's military presence at the summit, decides to just shoot the ambassador instead, and when Geralt is left alone, faced down by the very elite of the Imperial army, he gives us this one, very, blood-chilling condemnation.
    Geralt: And now, you will all have to die.
    • Alternatively, storming the Kaedweni camp alongside Roche. Or not storming it, and realising that Roche did almost as well without your help as he would have with.
      • Roche catching up with Dethmold, the murdering slime who had his Blue Stripes Boys hanged.
    Roche: (punches the sorcerer in the face)
    Dethmold: (grabs knife off desk)
    Geralt: (slams fist into the crook of his elbow)
    Dethmold: (wailing) You broke my arm!! Do you know its worth, you son of a bitch?!
    Roche: Now it's worth shit, like the rest of you! (pins the loathsome adviser down and draws his special forces dirk)
    Dethmold: (terrified) Please! I'll give you anything!
    Roche: You can't give back what you took from me... Since I don't have the time to torture you; cutting your balls off and slitting your throat will have to suffice. (does just that, but stuffs his testicles into his mouth before administering the coup de grace)
  • Geralt's showdown with a young dragon on the roof of a burning castle tower. In the lore, even being near an angry dragon is tantamount to suicide. After a lengthy duel on the ground the Witcher latches onto the fire wyrm's neck with his steel sword and just manages to hold on throughout some aerial acrobatics, he then digs his trophy hook under Saesenthesis's eyelid for leverage - and pulls her into an uncontrollable spiraling loop; crashing her chest first into a jagged tree. Deciding to either spare Saskia, who is mind controlled, or putting her out of her misery is certainly going to play a big part in the Wild Hunt.
  • The final showdown with Letho during the epilogue, should you choose to fight him. When the player first faces him in chapter 1, Letho is the strongest enemy faced in the game. An unprepared player could be killed within seconds. But during the epilogue, it seems that the Villain Forgot to Level Grind, bringing Geralt to at least Letho's level of power, if not, much higher. Winning this fight is very satisfying when you consider Letho is the one who put Geralt in this mess in the first place.

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