Ultimate Wobblecam: The Witcher 2

By Jim Rossignol on November 19th, 2009 at 9:23 am.


This (below) might well be the prime example of someone sneakily filming a game at a presentation. The result is half what appears to be a door, and the game filmed at a 45-degree angle, largely out of focus. We do, however, get to see a gigantic tentacle monster and plenty of other in-game footage. Not exactly super-illuminating for us Witcher-wanters, but a good covert effort from the cameraman. Polygamia, the Polish games site, has an English summary of the presentation here.

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  1. Alexander Norris says:

    From what little we can see in that video, though, it’s looking very pretty.

  2. jon_hill987 says:

    Looks quite good, is this a PC exclusive? because it looked to me like it was being played with a contoller.

    I recently bought the first game but havn’t played it yet, seeing that vid makes me want to soon though.

    • Psychopomp says:

      Considering that the console port of the original Witcher got canceled, it’s probably safe to assume this is PC only.

    • Ybfelix says:

      No, CDprojekt said the sequel would come to consoles

    • Alexander Norris says:

      I really hope they set this in a different time and place, completely unrelated to the first one’s plot (or a prequel if it also takes place around Vizima). Given how large the Witcher franchise is, it’d be stupid to try to build on the first game’s plot when it was an “amnesiac hero” story and the console players won’t be getting the first game until much later, if ever.

      I’m also really looking forward to having an RPG series where the only tie between the different games in said series is the main character. It’s got that lone gunman feeling to it.

    • dadioflex says:

      I could see myself playing the Witcher 2 with a controller. The combat system was really controller friendly though I went with M&K at the time. Such a great game.

    • Bhazor says:

      You thought the combat was good? Really? Even with it’s broken targeting, a non sensical style system, badly animated kill moves, or the fact the whole is just the easiest rhythm mini game in the world.

      There were many things to admire in Witcher (hot red heads for a start) but the combat was nay one of them.

    • Tei says:

      He.. I like the combat too!. It was a ‘rithm minigame’, true, but It worked. You don’t need Mount and Blade style of combat in a RPG like Witcher.

    • Stick says:

      @Alexander:

      Given the contents of the original’s “outro” video and the sequel’s title, I’d suspect there is some connection. And since they can’t play the amnesiac card again, I’m curious if they’re going to pull a Mass Effect 2 (“your choices carry over via savegame”) or a KotOR 2 (“establish retroactively by dialogue what happened in the original”) or… just refer to the ending in broad strokes and ignore the details of how you got there. Or something else entirely.

      I suppose your Lone Gunslinger scenario would be the easiest to handle. (Many of Geralt’s friends can’t get killed, far as I recall, but their attitudes towards him are very changeable. So, including them would require carryover of some kind. Or a lot of amnesia.)

  3. piratemax says:

    Squaredancing guards at 3:08?

  4. Theory says:

    Call me a cynic, but I think all this “leaked” footage is a marketing ploy to make people more interested in watching the videos.

  5. Shockedder says:

    And it worked ain’t it ? :P

  6. rzeznicc says:

    Witcher 2 is beeing build on a selfmade engine, unlike Witcher 1 which was made using BioWare Aurora engine – this is why you could not just port it to consoles and had to be rewritten.

    In the meantime of making console port (Witcher: the rise of white wolf) the crisis hit and CDProjekt had to shut it down.

    Witcher 2 will be released on at least 1 console, my bet is XBox, PS2 is a possibility

  7. Psychopomp says:

    I find it odd that the game that finally drives me to upgrade my rig is an east European RPG.

    • Pemptus says:

      Central! Poland is in Central Europe!
      Knowing is half the battle!

    • Deuteronomy says:

      Seriously eh? I hate it when people call Poland, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary etc Eastern European. Ukraine is Eastern European. Deepest Russia is “Eastern”.

    • Vinraith says:

      Leftovers of the iron curtain and the cold war, guys. It’s the nomenclature many of us learned as kids, it’s hard to break the habit now.

    • TeeJay says:

      Whatever the historical/geographical reasons there is still a divide between European countries with average per capita GDP >$40,000 and others with <$20,000 which continues to shape economic migration. This means that in the UK for example saying "Eastern European" is a usually a shorthand for everyone from Baltic States, through Poland, Czech, Balkans, Russians, the Caucasus (but not Greece or Cyprus). In many conversations the 'rationale' for distinguishing between 'central', 'eastern', 'northern/baltic', 'southern/balkan' and so forth doesn't exist.

      Conversely in the UK the term 'central european' doesn't normally evoke Germany, Switzerland and Austria – although these countries are often part of a 'Central European' identity/history/culture. It is usually just a smaller sub-set of or even a casually used alternative term for 'eastern european'.

      Speaking personally the last few years living/working in London have been interesting making lots of friends from all these countries – I only ever talk about specifically named countries, because there is so much complexity about how people view themselves and you can't really make any assumptions about people (ie better to remain neutral and listen to how people define/label themselves, if they do at all). Using generalising terms for diverse people is a bit of a gamble.

  8. Borcha says:

    Yay, Witcher 2! Can’t wait for this!

    If they want to port it to console, I personally don’t mind at all. Just as long as the PC stays the lead platform. We don’t need another great PC game ruined.

  9. Schmitzkater says:

    Anybody else have an instant flashback to a certain Johnny Depp movie when that big thingy cries for the first time?

  10. Lars Westergren says:

    Very pretty. Looking forward to W2. But it is distracting when his swords clip through the obstacles after he jumps over them.

    Or in Dragon Age, when dwarf beards clip through their chests when they talk or nod.

    • sfury says:

      It is distracting, but he can finally JUMP!

      Now if they also do something about that awful click-a-couple-’o-times-on-it combat system I might actually buy this and not abandon it 10 or so hours like the Enhanced Edition.

  11. Ausir says:

    “Looks quite good, is this a PC exclusive? ”

    “Considering that the console port of the original Witcher got canceled, it’s probably safe to assume this is PC only.”

    The two of you haven’t read the Polygamia summary, have you?

    “Call me a cynic, but I think all this “leaked” footage is a marketing ploy to make people more interested in watching the videos.”

    No, it was an invite-only presentation at a Russian gaming convention that someone recorded.

  12. Ausir says:

    Looks quite good, is this a PC exclusive?

    Considering that the console port of the original Witcher got canceled, it’s probably safe to assume this is PC only.

    The two of you haven’t read the Polygamia summary, have you?

    Call me a cynic, but I think all this “leaked” footage is a marketing ploy to make people more interested in watching the videos.

    No, it was an invite-only presentation at a Russian gaming convention that someone recorded.

  13. Bhazor says:

    Just so long as it doesn’t have the same attitude that Mature = Every single person is a rapist. Honestly, you could play the darkest drinking game in the world to Witcher. You drink a double whenever theres a pedophile.

  14. Rick says:

    Geralt still has this amazing capacity for magnetic clip-on swords… still, should be entertaining.

  15. ZIGS says:

    The Witcher is awesome, can’t wait for this

  16. Okami says:

    Wait…. There’s a polish gaming website called Polygamia? That’s the most awesome thing I’ve heard all week.

  17. Alexander Norris says:

    I’ve just bothered to read through to Polygamia’s English summary which basically confirmed that the console remake of the first game will eventually be done when they port everything to the new, console-friendly engine. That’s pretty good news both for console players and CD Projekt themselves, especially since the controls would work pretty well on a gamepad.

  18. Mike_in_Ohio says:

    Any game where your character can boff his girlfriends in each port of call he visits is OK with me..

  19. Carter says:

    Neck hurts now – completely missed out on the Witcher the first time around, this ones certainly on my radar

  20. Vinraith says:

    Hmm, further motivation to get more than an hour into the original.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Do – it’s really good, although a few bits are annoying (the chapter 2 boss is quite hard and will probably make you want to tear your hair out, but it’s entirely possible to beat it on the first try).

      A word of warning, though: try to finish it in one go. I made the mistake of taking a break for a couple of months around about 40% of the way through the game, and I still haven’t managed to get back in despite trying a handful of times because there’s so much to remember that it’s proving a barrier to re-entry.

    • Vandelay says:

      Something similar happened to me. Stopped playing during chapter 3 (mostly likely due to being busy with uni work rather than being bored with the game,) and recently tried to get back into. After failing to do so, I ended up having to restart from the beginning. I actually think I’m enjoying it much more now this time round.

      The main problem of facing bosses is that you don’t really know you are about to face them, so you don’t have time to prepare potions, oils and bombs for the fight. These are much more vital during a tough fight than the sign powers.

      @Vinraith – if you only played an hour, you probably barely got beyond the tutorial levels, if that. Those levels are not a true reflection of the game at all.

    • Kadayi says:

      Alexander is quite right, it’s a great game and well worth the time, but that chapter 2 Boss requires some strategy to beat. Make sure you have potions ready is my advice.

  21. Railick says:

    Are you guys talking about the dog boss? If so I think I had to fight him 4 times before I beat him (I had to go back to an earlier save and go out of my way to make oils to assist me) I ended up stopping playing durning the swamp part but the game itself is wonderful. If I’m being honest the reason I stopped playing is because I cheated to get all the skills/levels ect and ruined the game for myself, I do that a lot :(

    • Stick says:

      Bloody burning dog boss, yes. Argh.

      I think it would’ve been less bad if the battle wasn’t preceded by a loooong dialogue scene. That you had to repeat at every failure, since… no saving during combat. (Item #12 on the List Of Things Dragon Age Does Right: Always autosaving right after pre-battle talky choicy bit.)

    • Vandelay says:

      I think Alexander was talking about the next chapter (the Professor and Azar Javed.)

      I remember playing the first time having great difficulty against the dog boss too. Playing this time though, I used the Aard sign and stunned him. A simple one hit kill finished him off with in couple of seconds. To be fair, I think I got lucky; I’m fairly certain he is resistant to stun attempts.

      As Kadayi says, just make sure you have potions at the ready of any such battles. I’ve also been finding oils pretty useful for giving a big boost to your swords (not sure which oil it is, but I’m currently using one that boosts my silver sword damage by 40%.) Also, I’ve found the bomb that causes fear amongst the enemy to be very useful against large numbers. It even worked against some nasty looking vampires in the Night House. One of the things I feel that is a slight problem with the game is that it settles you into a bit of a false sense of security. Most of the time the fights are fairly straightforward and makes you think that the combat is pretty easy, but once in a while you come across some enemies that are really tough. Being prepared for these is very important.

  22. Kenny says:

    Thats the back of a chair

  23. Pemptus says:

    How people can declare that a game “looks great!” by watching a shaky, blurry screen the size of a postage stamp is beyond me.

  24. Kadayi says:

    I’m hyped. Any idea when it’s supposedly coming out? Before Christmas or the new year?

  25. Jim Reaper says:

    Um, I think we would have seen a bit more of it sooner if it was that close to release. It’s probably due sometime next year…can’t wait.

  26. Deuteronomy says:

    Anyone have flashbacks to the ending of Dead Space while watching this?

  27. megaman says:

    Pretty. And most lucky me got the first part cheap on steam over some of the last weekend sales. Now it only needs to be christmas, then I can play the first one and will be all ready for the second part to arrive.

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