Posts Tagged ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’

An Important Update About The Witcher 3’s Beard Physics

By Alec Meer on March 24th, 2015.

That's barely even a beard, Geralt. You'll have to try harder than that

Is a beard growing through the course of videogame physics? I’m not entirely sure: maybe it’s just beard biology? But I’m certain my life has been empty and pointless without the excuse to say ‘beard physics’ on a regular basis, so you can be damn sure I’m seizing the opportunity today.

The reason for this is that good old Geralt’s beard will become steadily longer as you play through the Witcher 3. “Not Gandalf long”, disappointingly, but “really long” is promised. I’m guessing somewhere between Owner Of Hipster Cereal Cafe Long and Brian Blessed Long myself.
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Seven Wyvern-Murdering Minutes Of The Witcher 3

By Ben Barrett on March 9th, 2015.

Geralt, pictured right, about to receive the world's largest hug.

What a wonderful trip it has been for The Witcher [official site]. From dodgily translated, shoe-string original to vastly improved re-release, hotly appreciated if flawed sequel through to one of the most anticipated RPGs of all time. The idea that it might now rival, if not surpass, the likes of a Dragon Age or Planescape would have been unimaginable in 2009. Yet here we are, with the added bonus of it possibly being the prettiest game to grace our hard drives. A new commentated trailer from PAX East below.

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Return To The Witcher 2: Part 2 – The Not So Good Bits

By Richard Cobbett on February 9th, 2015.

'Geralt, what do we do?' 'I DON'T KNOW THIS IS STILL THE TUTORIAL HOW DO I DRAW MY SWORD AND HIT THINGS!?'

So, last time we looked at The Witcher 2 in all its glory. Today, we’re flipping it round. Where did things go wrong? Before we start, a clarification. While this will inherently be negative, it’s not to bash the game. The game was awesome, and many of the balls it dropped to the ground were at least pretty well gathered up by the Enhanced Edition. This is really more looking at issues to hope won’t be repeated by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [official site], allowing it to be all we want it to be.

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Return To The Witcher 2: Part 1 – The Good Bits

By Richard Cobbett on February 6th, 2015.

'You know, I should grow a beard. Just thought of that. Will get started soon.'

Now, if you’re anything like me, you’re really looking forward to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [official site] later this year, and you need to go to the gym a lot more. In anticipation of the first and avoidance of the second, I’ve been replaying the second game to refresh my memory and see a few things that I missed the first time round. With the benefit of hindsight, and a big update, where did it go right and where did it go wrong? Let’s do the negatives tomorrow and start with the positives today, of which it has so many to choose from…

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I’m A Lover, Not A Fighter: 3 Hours With The Witcher 3

By Tom McShea on January 26th, 2015.

I was travelling into the forest with a hunter who had seen a griffin slay dozens of men and women. The ground was still puddled with blood from its most recent massacre, but it was another act of violence that drew my attention. In conversation, the hunter revealed that he was chased from his village because his neighbors discovered that he was gay. Now he lives by himself, away from the judging eyes of his peers. Despite being forced from society, he still helps bring an end to the griffin, to relieve those who shunned him of further suffering.

“Even though it’s a fantasy game, we want to make sure that it feels real,” said Jonas Mattsson, senior environmental artist at CD Projekt Red. Reaching that goal begins with how people are presented in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (official site), the first three hours of which I’ve now played.

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Ger ‘Alt Of Here With These Witcher 3 System Specs

By Graham Smith on January 7th, 2015.

For the past decade I’ve done the financially responsible thing and bought a mid-tier PC and stuck with it till it was melting, crashing, rubble around my feet, but last year I bought something properly top-end for the first time ever. A good thing, because it means it no longer reboots as soon as I load a game. A good thing, because I have a thousand tabs open right now and Chrome needs all the memory it can get. A good thing, if The Witcher 3‘s system requirements are anything to go by, since even the minimum spec is unusually steep. The full details are below.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Has A Second Playable Character

By Graham Smith on December 16th, 2014.

Last week CD Projekt Red released a new trailer for The Witcher 3 and teased that one of the characters within it – other than Geralt, obv – would be playable. Is it the cowering man who whimpers and narrates the introduction? Is it one of the Wild Hunt baddies Geralt slays throughout, or one of the horses they dismount from? Is it– Oh, wait – yeah, it’s the lady in the header image of this post. Ciri – a character referenced in The Witcher 1, with a big role in the books and TV series, who can teleport and who is Geralt’s Witcheress apprentice.

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Call Off The Dogs: The Witcher 3 Delayed Into May 2015

By Alice O'Connor on December 9th, 2014.

Easy, boy.

It’s good when a game is delayed, isn’t it? Unless your calendar already lists something that’ll render you unable to play games at a certain point, surely it’s better to play a game finished nicely rather than one rushed out to meet a deadline? I wish more games were delayed; too many are presented as finished but shoddy at launch, slightly spoiling that first play.

So sure, CD Projekt RED, please do delay The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt if you think it’s necessary. Again. After you said you wouldn’t, you big sillies. Previously due on February 24th, Geralt will now be riding out on May 19th, 2015.

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Free Beards And Horse Armour: The Witcher 3 DLC Plans

By Alice O'Connor on November 6th, 2014.

Not ANY.

“We wouldn’t fill anyone’s eyes with needles,” CD Projekt RED say. “Some people, they… wellll… but not us. We wouldn’t. In fact, we quite like you. We’re not even sure what needles really are. [Yelling into the next booth] Say, Gary, have you seen any needles?” Something like that, anyway.

Reminding people that The Witcher’s post-release support has been splendid, not like those other RPGs other people make (without mentioning many patches were necessary because both games were wonky at launch), they’ve announced plans to release sixteen pieces of free DLC for The Witcher 3 over the weeks and months after its release. Whether you pre-order or not, they say. No matter which edition you buy, they say.

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The Witcher 3’s Intro Cutscene Has All The Special Effects

By Alec Meer on October 24th, 2014.

What is a roleplaying game without an extravagant pre-rendered introductory cutscene these days, eh? One I can start playing that much quicker, that’s what. But The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt means to take its place in the RPG premiership, and it’s got the CGI to prove it. Killings! Fire! Vast armies! Decapitated horsies! Devouring earth! Tribal drums! Yodelling! Beardmen!

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The Witcher 3 Should Be Subtitled ‘Lovely Scenic Hunt’

By Graham Smith on September 26th, 2014.

Some of the claims in this new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer sound awfully familiar, especially those to do with the NPCs living in cities. They have their own lives and motivations! They have an opinion of you based on your actions! They’ll gossip about you in public! Have you heard of the Gray Fox?

I’m skeptical. Adam is skeptical. But then, it does look golly pretty, so these five minutes of travelling across its world and fighting monsters is worth your time.

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Presenting Exhibit A In The Witcher 3 Trial

By Adam Smith on August 20th, 2014.

There were so many great games in Cologne this year and yet I decided that the first thing I’d write about from the show would be the one disappointment. Maybe disappointment comes more naturally to me or maybe I just wanted to get it out of the way – whatever the case, later that evening, I was slightly annoyed with myself for sending a grumpy dispatch rather than a chronicle of the good times. The Witcher 3 presentation that I watched is now online, so you can watch it for yourself below, and then use the comments section to solemnly agree with my judgement, or to thank me. Because if you do enjoy the video, it’s thanks to the expectations that I so graciously lowered.

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Eyes On: The Witcher 3

By Adam Smith on August 15th, 2014.

They're wild those guys, totally wild!

I’ve been watching somebody chopping monsters into pieces. In a miniature temporary cinema in the chaos of Gamescom, The Witcher 3 is on display, strutting around the place like a peacock. In a forty-five-minute live presentation, it proves itself to be the most handsome game at the show but I’m left wondering what exactly it has to show beneath all the finery. That doesn’t mean I want to see its nude collectible sex card but I do want to see what really makes it tick.

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