Witcher 2 Prison Break Multiple Path Stuff

By Kieron Gillen on September 24th, 2010 at 1:34 pm.

Lars Westergren picks up VG247 posting the latest Witcher 2 video, which presents its non-linear story and non-linear fighty-biff in the form of a couple of NPCs swapping stories about what they know happens. It’s actually the area which Alec saw in Gamescom, but much better than the shaky-cam footage we linked there, so probably worth watching even for those who totally picked over that one. And since this involves the boob-reveal, it’s probably NSFW. I repeat, NSFW.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    Yay, front page fame.
    :)

    I like that they seem to have woven the boob-gate controversy into the trailer.

    This Rashomon/The Virgin Spring/Hoodwinked twist of having the story retold several times by unreliable narrators sounds a lot like what Dragon Age 2 will be like. The fact that they picked a dwarf and a sorceress as the narrators here too makes me think this is another cheeky wink at the audience. Remember that this is just to demonstrate the choice&consequence/multiple path gameplay of Witcher 2 in the trailer. The whole game will probably not be like this.

    • Huggster says:

      Hey I flagged this to Alec as well via PM! Nevermind ;-)

      Yes that was the bit I found most hilarious – “boobgate” – that part of the trailer was a direct nod to RPS and really tickled me. Very, very clever.

      A really mature trailer in my opinion and really got me excited about the game and how they approach things.

      Also the drunken guy at the start was a good add.

    • Giant, fussy whingebag says:

      The way they presented this reminds me enormously of how Dragon Age 2 is going all framed-narrative, with unreliable narrators and all. As you say, Lars (curse my slow commenting!).

      Anyway, it’s looking impressive. The breastiness wasn’t quite as pornographic as the whole mess about it led me to believe. Still, it couldn’t hurt to make her look a bit more tortured and dirty, which is how I hope they are planning to alter it (as opposed to just covering up). Or maybe they have decided to cut it altogether and that is what Triss is talking about when she says it didn’t happen that way.

    • Huggster says:

      They just re-directed the scene by the look of it, certainly for this trailer.
      Also they really listened to RPS and took it on board.
      Also Geralt looks like a right mess. Poor fella.

    • manveruppd says:

      @Huggster: Yeah, it almost certainly was a sly nod to the previous RPS coverage, but I went back to the last post and compared that scene and it seemed to be identical, so I don’t think they’ll be compromising for the sake of offending anybody :)

  2. Caleb367 says:

    I am SO picking this up.

  3. Ravenger says:

    I am deliberately not reading anything about this game to avoid spoiling the story. It is an absolute must buy for me.

  4. Ricc says:

    Exceptional trailer! I like that they are talking to the people interested in this game directly.

  5. Rinox says:

    A boob is NSFW? It’s not like it’s porn…

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      drewski says:

      You must have a pretty interesting boss if s/he doesn’t mind you looking at boobs during work time.

    • SheffieldSteel says:

      Some of us are looking at gameplay, not boobs :-)

    • Rinox says:

      It’s like a 10-second bit in an entire gameplay reel…he would be more concerned by me watching video game trailers than anything else when I should be working. As I said, it’s not porn, just a (glance of a) pair of boobs.

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      We exposure bare flesh and don’t give a NSFW warning, we get people complaining. When people complain about not being warned it’s NSFW, it’s NSFW.

      KG

    • manveruppd says:

      Nah, even a shot of a woman in a bikini would be NFSW, it doesn’t need to be hardcore porn you know, just anything you wouldn’t be comfortable if a coworker looking over your monitor saw it.

      (Actually tbqh I’d be uncomfortable even if a coworker saw me watching Super Mario Galaxy footage in the office…)

  6. duncanthrax says:

    I’m sold.

  7. Rinox says:

    On a less grumpy-old-internet-man note: most anticipated game in years for me. It looks amazing.

  8. Schaulustiger says:

    One word: Awesome!

    If they don’t do something absolutely stupid (DRM), I’m so going to buy it.

  9. Dlarit says:

    My story would have boobies in, perfectly shaped boobies should never have to explain themselves.

  10. SheffieldSteel says:

    Trailer: do not need.
    Game: need.

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    Lambchops says:

    This looks like it could take all the potential the Witcher offered and quite possibly realise it.

    The combat looks more solid, there’s more ways to go about progressing. If they marry that to about the only system of potions that I’ve ever actually liked in any RPG i’ve played (effects that last more than 20 seconds, being able to choose what potions you want for your style of play rather than getting yet another useless protection against a specific damage you rarely encounter) and make the story that little bit more gripping then I’m most definitely sold.

    • Rinox says:

      I thought the original’s story was pretty effective. Civil war, loyalities, losing friends over causes that are merely (in your eyes) the lesser of two evils…sure was more original or involving than “you have to save the world”. For me. :-)

      I got goosebumps when I saw the last page of the ‘neutral’ ending, the drawing of Geralt walking away from the burning remains of Vizima. The last sentence goes something like ‘as for what happened to the witcher…that is another tale entirely’, which cemented the idea of being merely a powerful pawn in greater events that you can influence, but can’t entirely control.

      (I am a fanboy, I suppose :-) )

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      Lambchops says:

      It was effective to an extent. I guess my problem with it was more the pacing. The story seemed to arrive in fits and starts and just felt a little disjointed. I agree with you “the lesser of 2 evils” stuff was refreshing.

      Then again one of my favourite bits of the game atmosphere wise was the fields in Murky Waters when they decided to more or less put the overarching story to one side for a couple of hours so I guess I’m just a dirty big hypocrite!

    • Rinox says:

      Oh no I agree, the presentation/introduction of the storyline was somewhat lacking (especially in the first part of the game). The story itself did what it had to do though, imho.

    • SheffieldSteel says:

      Unless your game is utterly linear, you’re always going to be at risk of being criticised for uneven pacing. Personally I really like being able to wander off and do side quests.

  12. TheApologist says:

    Looks like really entertaining stuff – dialogue and voice acting a bit off but no worse that general videogame standards. Game itself looks awesome.

    And yes, very clever trailer.

  13. Ignorant Texan says:

    Shaulustiger

    Depends on what you mean by DRM. Here’s a link with an explanation of CD Projekt’s stance on DRM: http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/55291/The-Witcher-2-Assassins-Of-Kings-DRM-Policy-Explained

  14. Al3xand3r says:

    I just hope the combat is enjoyable and engaging this time, since the games are so combat heavy. It looked good enough here but it also seemed to be more scripted than normal, especially when kicking the shit out of the guard since it went from one fluid animation to the next with no chance for the enemy t retaliate at all.

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      I think they scripted it for the trailer. The Gamescon demos’ combat looked a less fluid.

  15. merc says:

    WANTWANTWANT

  16. Al3xand3r says:

    Yeah that was my point, it looks good here but doesn’t really represent it since it’s not how it really is. Not that I can really gauge how it controls etc from a video anyway, but yeah.

  17. Taillefer says:

    Looking exceptional in every way so far. Now just to wait until they cancel it as a joke.

    • blargh says:

      I laughed. :D
      This is the only game I’m this eagerly looking forward to, so I hope they don’t pull a GOG on us.

  18. Navagon says:

    If they include the papercraft with the special edition then I know which one I’m picking up!

  19. coldwave says:

    Punches are actually punchy.

  20. pipman3000 says:

    spoiler: geralt gets laid

  21. Jimbo says:

    There is a much better version of all of that ‘shaky-cam footage’ stuff available on GameTrailers by the way.

  22. blargh says:

    God, this is too good! I CANNOT WAIT!

  23. manveruppd says:

    Re: Tittygate: That was IT??? THOSE were what all the fuss was about? The scene wasn’t sexualised at all, the woman just looked a bit scared, and she promptly covered herself as soon as the shackles came off! And they were neither superhumanly large like some pairs in the first game, nor unrealistically pert for a woman in her late 30s or early 40s. And I have NO IDEA what Alec meant about them being oiled and glistening and the camera zooming in on them salaciously!

    Grow up FFS, I hate racial stereotypes but if you guys are typical then Brits really are repressed! If someone showed you a Druuna comic or something you’d all have strokes and then declare war on someone!

    • arqueturus says:

      Are you talking about this trailer or the original because this one is fairly different in style actually.

    • Jimbo says:

      They’ve cut the split-second where she walks off camera. That’s literally the only difference as far as I can tell.

      Nice touch having Triss comment on it though.

  24. Tei says:

    What make me think.. why all other RPG games are not as awesome as the witcher?

  25. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    hopefully they will release this in a bundle with witcher 1, I stupidly missed out on what appears to be quite a good game…
    also Tei; see Diablo 2, not much comes close to that gold covered goddess of a game

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      You can get the special edition Witcher quite cheap. It’s a lovely package and worth it.

      KG

    • Huggster says:

      I would also like to point out that Diablo 2 is not an RPG, its a game where you repeatedly click LMB.

    • Urthman says:

      Doom: A game where you repeatedly click LMB. Civilization V: A game where you repeatedly click LMB. Starcraft: A game where you repeatedly click LMB. Myst: A game where you repeatedly click LMB. World of Goo: A game where you repeatedly click LMB.

      PC Gaming; It’s a clickfest!

  26. Poop says:

    would I really miss that much if i just pick this one up without playing the original? I got the first one last christmas and I always lose interest right after tiny wolftown

    • Collic says:

      Probably not, although I really would suggest going back to it. The opening is probably the weakest part, but it does pick up and the further along you play the more your past decisions come back to haunt you.

      That’s the real hook of The Witcher’s plot, and it only really starts to take shape as the morally grey decisions pile up.

  27. humpnik says:

    Just wanted to say that I’m not really into fantasy RPGs and never played the first game, but this trailer really sold me. This looks amazing, with lively dialog and a hint of self-irony that only helps taking the serious parts more serious.

  28. Collic says:

    This trailer illustrates why I love these guys so much, and why the witcher 2 is going to be fucking fantastic.

  29. Juzuzuzu says:

    Hoping that combat is far far FAR FAR better than in Witcher 1. Only game that had comparatively crappy combat was Gothic 2. Also it would be nice if the story was slightly less… boring.