As the title suggests, is this game easy to pick up without having played the first Witcher? Any important plot that won't be understood?
Need to play the first?
You'll miss out on not knowing some characters, but in general you should be fine. You'll probably miss some of the references made to what happened in TW1, but the story just stands on it's own.
As far as the plot of TW1: A bunch of things happen that have little to no bearing on the second game's plot, except that Geralt saves King Foltest from a mysterious assasin.
Or just watch this: (No real story spoilers for TW1, but it's the ending cinematic of TW1 and sets the events of TW2 in motion.)
Just play the first game, it's brilliant in it's on right. Sure it has flaws but it's still among one of the best RPG's ever made. TW2 will still be here, once you're done and you'll easily get through it within in a week or two if you put the hours in. I don't understand why people feel the need to discourgage people from playing the original.
I'm playing the first at the moment and I'm really struggling with it. The world is just so bleak. I'm ok with dark, but this is depressing and the town at that point in the game is ugly - not tech-wise, but as in it's like a big slum.
I'm on chapter 2, though, so hopefully it's just a slow start. There's so much love for this game, that I'll dig a little further :)
I read a story synopsis of the first game which gave me all I needed to know. I'm not sitting through 40 hours of an old game, which looks rather dull at that, when I have a new game in front of me that is much better. I've had no trouble understanding the story and have been having a great time with the sequel. Playing the first is not needed.
It's a must play, don't listen to these fools.It's really not. Sure it's a good game in it's own rights but to say you HAVE to play it first to enjoy the second is not true, at all. And name calling makes you look like a child by the way, people are allowed an opinion.
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