Posts Tagged ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’

Witchier: The Witcher 3 Adding New Game+ Mode

By Alice O'Connor on July 29th, 2015.

Wednesday is Free Witcher 3 [official site] Day, and this week is due to bring the last of its sixteen planned freebies. What oh what could it- oh, no, it won’t be coming this week. Still, developers CD Projekt RED have announced what the final titbit will be, and it’s a good’un: a New Game+ mode.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Looking Back With Spoilers

By Richard Cobbett on July 23rd, 2015.

Many games suffer from a little bit of distance. You play them and they seem great, but once the novelty has faded, so has part of their soul. I’d say Dragon Age: Inquisition is a good example there. It’s a game I enjoyed, but it’s also one I’ve not really thought about since its credits rolled.

With The Witcher III: Wild Hunt [official site] though, the scale of CD Projekt’s accomplishment still hasn’t fully sunk in, and probably won’t until the next big RPG that doesn’t live up to the many, many amazing bits of design that game offers. I’m of course talking of the big stuff, like its sweeping plot and open world. More though, I’m thinking of the details; the smaller stuff, like how the scripting system is advanced enough to stop a fight after a specific comment of “Wait, you’re Geralt?!” or the exquisite attention to detail on even the smallest of quests. It’s CD Projekt’s masterpiece; the Witcher experience they’ve been working towards since getting the license all those years ago.

And now it’s been out for a while, let’s look at some of the more spoilery bits.

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How Thinking Like A Historian Can Help You Understand Games, From The Witcher 3 To Assassin’s Creed

By Robert Whitaker on July 22nd, 2015.

There has been a lot of discussion recently in games about historical accuracy. We’ve seen a number of articles debating the absence of people of color in The Witcher 3 as well as essays criticizing Apple’s decision to remove games featuring the Confederate battle flag from the App Store. Most of this discussion treats historical accuracy as something close to gospel, beyond reproach or change. “There were never people of color in the medieval, Eastern European milieu from which The Witcher is drawn.” “There were always Confederate battle flags in the American Civil War.” For most people, using “never” and “always” with regard to history seems natural. If any field of knowledge can offer such certainty, it must be history, right?

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Pirouette! Footwork! Murderise! New Witcher 3 Finishers

By Alice O'Connor on July 22nd, 2015.

Stop: murdertime.

With the hearty patch 1.07 out the door, CD Projekt RED are getting back to business as usual with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [official site] – issuing small items of DLC and working on the expansion packs. Today is Wednesday so another freebie has arrived, and this week’s DLC is very much business as usual for a witcher – killing the heck out of stuff.

The fifteenth and penultimate free DLC doodad for Witcher 3 is a set of extra finisher animations for Geralt to murder people in gruesome new ways.

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Glad Rags And Pack Rats: Witcher 3 Patch 1.07 Out

By Alice O'Connor on July 20th, 2015.

Young lady, I don't care if you've put a shrug on - you'll still catch your death in those frozen wastes. Have you forgotten the Wild Hunt and their ice machine?

Things have been quiet on the witching front these past few weeks, the trickle of free DLC for The Witcher 3 [official site] paused while developers CD Projekt RED worked on a big old patch. Over the weekend, they and released what they’ve been up to.

Patch 1.07 has brought a stash to store items in, a new movement option, performance improvements, inventory changes, and, yes, fixes for naughty horses. Sunday also brought the fourteenth free DLC, an alternative outfit for Ciri that’s a touch more sensible for a monster-hunter pursued by ice dogs – though only a touch.

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CD Projekt Red On The Making Of The Witcher 1:
“We thought we could accomplish anything.”

By Rob Zacny on July 15th, 2015.

The Witcher 3 [official site] brings to a close one of the strangest trilogies in games. Unlike a series like Mass Effect, where the first game’s design laid a foundation for each subsequent instalment, The Witcher series completely reinvented itself at every turn. Yet despite the way CD Projekt Red lurched from one design to another, the series also retained an undeniably unique and consistent identity.

How much of The Witcher series’ evolution was by design, and how much was improvised? It’s hard to say, even for the CDP veterans who oversaw Geralt’s video game odyssey from beginning to end. I know because I asked.

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Witcher 3 Patch Notes: Gravity Will Apply To All Horses

By Philippa Warr on July 13th, 2015.

Look at it. Menacing everyone and everything.

“Various improvements to horse behavior”. That was a patch note Marsh showed me last week. I had hoped it was one of God’s own patch notes and He was finally going to address the problems with those four-legged jerks but apparently it was CD Projekt Red talking about The Witcher 3 [official site] and the upcoming 1.07 patch. Disappointing.

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The 50 Best RPG On PC

By RPS on July 10th, 2015.

An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC RPGs ever released. Covering the entire history of computer role-playing games is a daunting task and attempting to place the best games in such a broad genre in any kind of order is even more daunting. Thankfully, we are equal to all tasks and below, you will find the best fifty PC RPGs of all time.

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The Latest Witcher 3 Freebie: A New Quest

By Alice O'Connor on July 1st, 2015.

This picture explains nothing.

As The Witcher 3 [official site] nears the last of its sixteen planned free ‘DLC’ releases, developers CD Projekt RED are dragging things out, the awful teases. This Wednesday brings only one new pack, rather than the usual two, in the form of a new quest titled ‘Where the Cat and Wolf Play…’. Sounds like another Witcher might be involved in this one, aye?

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This Week In Witcher 3 Freebies: Coat And A Quest

By Alice O'Connor on June 24th, 2015.

Blending in nicely, Geralt. No one will know you're a tourist, I'm sure.

Do you ever worry Geralt seems a bit too into the fashion of the places he visits? He cottons onto a local look and adopts it himself, which I’d say is worse than a tourist wearing an ‘I ♥ Skellige’ t-shirt. He wants everyone to know he totally gets the culture, yeah? The sort of arse who’d swan around Paris wearing black and smoking Marlboros, nodding at passers-by in the market like “Yeah, we Parisians get this.”

This time, he’s dressing up as one of Skellige’s own sons in the latest round of free little add-ons for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [official site] as he undertakes a new Skelligen quest.

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Hungry Like The Wolf School In Latest Free Witcher 3 DLC

By Alice O'Connor on June 18th, 2015.

I’m doing it again and you can’t stop me: I’m posting about a released game during E3 week. Come at me, you nerks; I’ll fight you all.

This time it’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [official site], which deposited its customary weekly drop of new free pellets of content on our gamedoorstep yesterday. Sorry I’m late; I was busy doing video games. Breaking the pellets open, we discover Geralt has a new scavenger hunt quest leading to Wolf School Witcher gear, and Triss gets a glam alternative outfit that I’m sure I’ve seen before on Rick Wakeman.

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The Witcher 3’s Gwent Comes To Tabletop Simulator

By Cassandra Khaw on June 14th, 2015.

One of the best things about The Witcher 3 is its awareness that fetch quests are absolutely silly. The other fantastic thing is Gwent. I like Gwent. A lot. In case you don’t know what it is, it’s this in-game collectible card game that has two players take control of different armies and duke it out to see who is the better general-leader-hypothetical-head-of-army. While not the deepest mini-game I’ve encountered, it’s certainly fun and has, to date, consumed a worrying amount of my time in the Witcher 3. And now it is available as a mod for Tabletop Simulator [official site], which is similarly awesome.

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The Witcher 3 Explores A Village For Pigs In New Free DLC

By Alice O'Connor on June 10th, 2015.

“Geralt and a village idiot team up to learn the secret of an abandoned village inhabited entirely by pigs.” I’ll give you a second to read that again. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? What larks will surely ensue!

See for yourself, as it’s a new quest released today for The Witcher 3 [official site] as part of its weekly free ‘DLC’ drops. Witching Wednesday, developers CD Projekt RED could call it. This week’s other pack is pretty alternative art for a few Gwent cards. All this arrives after the announcement that – gosh! – it sold four million copies in its first two weeks across all platforms.

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