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2011 Platinum Chalice Game of the Year nominees: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

GamesRadar’s Platinum Chalice awards begins this Friday, so to stoke anticipation for the occasion we’re revealing one of our five Game of the Year nominees each day this week. Be sure to check out the videos for the previous days’ nominees, Portal 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The Chalices will be posted on Friday afternoon (Pacific time), after which we’ll reveal a video of our winner.

While Portal and Zelda are obvious contenders, a slightly less likely candidate, especially for the many gamers that don’t play on their PCs, is The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. We had a feeling the second Witcher would be amazing, since we loved the original, but we didn’t expect to be so mesmerized by some of the most witty, mature writing we’ve seen in gaming, combined with possibly the most detailed graphics ever conceived, and a world and story filled with layers and complexities and political intrigue.

Is The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings your favorite game of the year? Are you a PC elitist or hater? Let us know in the comments, and keep an eye out all week for the rest of the Platinum Chalice nominees. 

20 comments

  • iKindred - December 16, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    TW2 should get this award It's the best RPG ever made. Not having enough hardware is not an excuse to say It's a bad game
  • Yeager1122 - December 15, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Not my GOTY but i did ove it although i never finished the whole thing.
  • Net_Bastard - December 15, 2011 5:26 a.m.

    "Are you a PC elitist or hater?" I'm neither. I'm a PC GAMER. Not all PC gamers are elitists. I did not expect that to come from Matthew Keast. I thought he was GR's resident PC Gamer.
  • Manguy17 - December 15, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    Just reinstalled this yesterday to be greeted with derp graphics,(chose new tv over graphics card, somthing im sure ill regret) still when i did play it last time it was so good that i could slog through it, as far as rpgs this year id say this is about on par with deus ex, depending on preference, id say skyrim is better but mabye if i can finish this without family members killing my computer i might prefer it.
  • Gibsonsg527 - December 15, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    The Witcher 2 was of the most memorable games this year and I loved it, but I still think Deus Ex HR and Skyrim were better.
  • spawny0908 - December 14, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    Can't wait to try it next year!!!
  • shawksta - December 14, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    My computer's a Piece of shit that cant do anything, but I agree that this game was awesome and makes me jelouse my Computer cant do anything right. Though I have to agree with the same concerns as db1331
  • BigLandoz - December 14, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    Love The Witcher 2, but it's not my GOTY. It's easily a Top 5 game of 2011, but not my GOTY. 360 owners are in for a treat whenever this comes out in 2012!
  • TheZigMan - December 14, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    This game was dope...but it was so difficult. Still haven't finished it. Legitimately, the fight against one of the main bosses took me like 4 days to finish without looking up easy finishes. Still, I think I enjoyed Skyrim a little bit more than this game.
  • inkyspot - December 14, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    I'm not a PC gamer or hater, I'm not a hater of anything. I would if I could but my graphics card won't support games. But my brother has witcher 2 and it's badass.
  • sirdilznik - December 14, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    This is definitely my RPG of the Year (Yes, I think it's better than Skyrim) and in most other years I would consider it Game of the Year, but I'd still put Super Mario 3D Land and Portal 2 slightly ahead of it. Absolutely phenomenal game though, one of the best RPGs ever made. 360 owners are in for a real treat in 2012.
  • Regemony - December 14, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    As I've said before, this is definitely my GOTY. It looks and sounds amazing and the story is tight and exciting. Call me an elitist if you like, but I didn't find the combat to be difficult but certainly a challenge. It required planning and use of all abilities; not just a hack n slash. After just finishing Skyrim and Arkham City, my thoughts still go back to my Witcher 2 playthrough.
  • FriendlyFire - December 14, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    TW2 would certainly be deserving of a GOTY award, if only because it shows that serious, deep and genuinely interesting RPGs exist beyond the ridiculously shallow Bioware stuff (hey, I still liked Mass Effect and DAO, but TW2 is in another class entirely).
  • RedHarlow - December 14, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    Easily one of the better stories (continued from TW1). Every choice is grey, and it's really difficult to pick out the best choice because everything can have consequences you never saw coming.
  • winner2 - December 14, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    Not GOTY, but one of the best for sure. Beautiful graphics and voice acting, just wish it was longer. Only complaint I had with it was (shamefully) the difficulty. I don't know why, but this game is just hard as balls, and then when you take down the difficulty you feel like a god and there's less of a fun challenge.
  • jasoncarter - December 14, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    It not a GOTY. I personally hate how they changed it to a more hack and slash then the first game. I'm not even going to mention the amount of hate I have for them from the launch issues, losing their tech forums for months and then waiting 3 months for a widescreen patch. It would be pages long.
  • lilspooky - December 14, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    I am going to pick this game up during the xmas steam sale for sure. it is 40% off on steam and GOG right now though...
  • db1331 - December 14, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    TW 2 is one of the best looking games ever created. Where it stands alone though, is the voice acting. It's got the best voice acting in any game I've ever played. The combat is challenging as well, but it can be frustrating sometimes. It doesn't always maintain that balance of hard-as-hell but fair like Dark Souls. I'd give the game a 9.5 at release, but after the 2.0 patch, the game is a solid 10. That being said, I still like the first game better (it's one of my all time faves). I think the one area where TW 2 wasn't as strong as the first game was in showing the impact your choices had on the world. Plus there weren't as many grey choices, just obvious good and bad ones. Something I loved in 1 that 2 didn't quite do: There was an early quest in the first chapter to guard a shipment outside a merchant's house at night. Some elves show up to raid the shipment. You can stand by and let them take what they want, or you can kill them to prevent the theft. My first time through the game, I let them steal whatever they wanted. A few hours later, in the next chapter, I found that these elves had killed a man I needed to talk to for a quest. The arrows they stole from that shipment were designed to inflict serious damage on soft targets (civilians), while being useless against armor (soldiers). So I basically helped fund terrorism. So on my next playthrough, I thought "Fuck those assholes", and I killed them instead of letting them get the supplies. Then, again a few hours later in the next chapter, I found out the entire elven camp I had visited in my previous game had now been massacred, women and children too, because I denied them the weapons in the shipment, and they were unable to defend themselves. It seemed like no matter how right you thought your actions were, you were going to fuck somebody over. I loved that about the game.
  • fullmetallegend - January 5, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    I was also disappointed in the lack of impact most choices had. Sure, one choice completely changes your path in the game, but, do to the crappy ending, you never get to see the impact of many of the choices you made.
  • Sjoeki - December 14, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    For me it still has to be portal 2, but if you guys add Arkham City to the list I don't think I can decide.

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