We had hoped to have the final installment in the Witcher trilogy (excluding the expansions which will be released later this year) out for you all to read much sooner, ‘unfortunately’ thanks to the scope of the game and our chosen difficulty, that proved to be much more of a challenge. Once again we have chosen to recap the choices we made in the prior game as a bit of a summary. Spoiler alert for those who have not played the second game. We recommend you skip to the next page if you don’t want parts of the Witcher 2 story spoiled.
Witcher 2 Spoilers:
We’ll be skipping over items we outlined in the prior review (aka pre-Act 1 items) as there is no point in wasting some of your time going over that. Instead we’ll pick up from Act 1.
Early on we run into a female elf named Malena, who is corned by a group of guards accusing her of helping out the Squirrels (Scoia’tael, Elven ‘freedom’ fighters) we decide to intervene. We did not quite believe the story she was feeding us, so we let her lead us to evidence that would prove she was innocent. Expecting a trap, since it never hurts to, we were ready to deal with the Squirrels who ambushed us. After that, she is taken into custody, tried and hanged. It was a good thing we were suspicious of her, otherwise those Squirrels could have continued to raid the innocents of Flotsam (the town on the water).
Seeing as Geralt still has partial amnesia and doesn’t remember all from his past, we looked for the Rose of Remembrance with Triss, leading to a more intimate scene between the two of them after falling into a bath that is hidden in the ruins below. It was nice to see the two of them show genuine affection towards each other, though that does lead to some tension in the third game.
As we probably stated before, we helped out the Troll to find the killer of his wife, rather than slain him since he was no threat as a monster prior to the loss of his wife, and no longer was one once his wife’s killer was found and brought to justice. He went back to maintaining the bridge mostly happy.
When we were hunting down Letho, using Iorveth as bait we did not give Iorveth his sword as we wanted to know more of Letho’s reasons behind why he was killing monarchs. This lead us to siding with Roche rather than Iorvet, as Roche is a man who is fighting for his country, looking to avenge the death of his king, versus the leading of ‘freedom’ fighters who slay women and children without a second thought (since they are humans) to ‘free’ all elves from the yolk of humans.
The only major decision within Chapter 2 was to either let Roche kill Henselt (the King of Kaedwen) or stop him. As we did not trust Henselt one bit, even despised him, especially after he double crossed Roche killing a lot of his men (nearly raping Vess). We thought Henselt was a monster in human flesh. Geralt could not let the evil king live. This is why we let Roche kill Henselt, the world would be a better place without him.
Chapter 3 we went about saving Anais rather than Triss. Saving a little girl, a daughter of King Foltest of Temeria, or Triss the Sorceress who should be able to handle herself. As we wanted to help Roche return stability to his country we ended up siding with him. The downside to this choice are the rulers find out from Letho that the sorceresses were involved in the regicides, sparking a witch hunt. One could argue that knowing this now would we go back to save Triss and stop this. Would we, no, the mages brought this on themselves by meddling in politics as they are power hungry.
We removed the flawed diamond from Sile’s megascope since even though she was involved with the plot, including the dragon you had to fight, we thought she did not deserve to die due to sharing the information that Yennefer, his ‘true’ love of his life is in Nilfgaard, was in trouble and needed his help.
Finally, in the epilogue we fought Letho but did not kill him, it made no sense to kill him as he was a Witcher working on a contract that he believed was right, the monarchs had become monsters themselves allowing the North to be softened for Nilfgaard to. Other than mages, Nilfgaard is a lot more progressive empire when it comes to tolerating the non-human races than any of the northern kingdoms are. The Squirrels first were hatched by Nilfgaard in the first Northern War to help destabilize the Northern Kingdoms along with promoting equality among the elder races (not human humanoids). Nilfgaard even gave the elves their own country after the second Northern War.