CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher series has a wonderful sense of atmosphere that is all its own — though it tends to be lumped in the “dark fantasy” genre alongside BioWare’s Dragon Age series by many. While Dragon Age feels relatively traditional at its core once you get over the ridiculous blood effects, however, The Witcher’s wonderful sense of mournful melancholy is a big part of the series’ appeal.
There are few places where this is more apparent than in the wonderful soundtrack for both games. This track by Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz from the recent The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings sums up the feelings that spending some time in the shoes of Geralt will evoke in most players — the life of a Witcher is not an easy one, but not without its rewards, either. Sometimes it is nice to be able to enjoy a moment of peace while it lasts.