Old PC Games That Still Compete With Current Gen Graphics
The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings
The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings on max settings will still give your processor a run for its money today, which makes you feel slightly sorry for anybody back in 2011 that wasn’t using a top of the line rig. The biggest takeaway, though, is how utterly gorgeous it appears when everything is dialed up, running on a good TV or monitor.
The detail on Geralt’s clothes highlight quality textures that you won’t find even in the base PS4 version of the game’s sequel, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The lighting is equally superb, too, which we certainly see the lineage of in the sequel title. Even facial animations really aren’t that different between the second and third game, either.
Of course, there are details and graphical nuances that you’ll see in The Witcher 3 that aren’t present in the predecessor, and the physics of character animations also look better, overall –particularly impressive considering we’re comparing an open world game to a largely linear one. But there’s no doubt that The Witcher 2 holds up remarkably today and is a completely different league than titles like Skyrim, that appear comparatively old-fashioned despite launching in the same year.