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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

3 months ago

Feature: The king is dead

Have You Played… The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings

How many dead kings is too many dead kings? That's the question at the heart of The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings. I mean, the clue's in the title. Perhaps the bigger question is, will you join the ranks of the titular monarch manglers? And it's a doozy of a question. In a world already destabilised by a rush of regicides, what happens when one…

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1 year ago

Feature: Recky with the good hair

Steam Summer Sale recommendations: 2018 edition!

The old quote is wrong: neither death nor taxes are, it seems to me, as terrifyingly certain as the Steam Summer Sale. Yes, once more we can add to the heap that is our backlog by buying games for, what, five quid, on average? But there are so many to choose from that it's easy to get flustered, so who better than the staff of…

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2 years ago

Feature: All trailer, no trash

The best PC game trailers ever

The game trailer is a sly creature. It wants to entertain you, to excite you, to embolden you with curiousity. But it also wants to sell you a bunch of code wrapped up in some 3D shapes. Some trailers turn out to be more artful than the game they’re hawking, others plant sneaky emotions in your head with music. However, some are better than others.…

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4 years ago

Feature: Fiction vs. folklore

The Myth Behind The Monsters of The Witcher 3

The Northern Kingdoms of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [official site] is a realm ravaged by war, pestilence, and greed. And, try as he might, Geralt continually finds himself trapped between the political maneuverings of the Northern Kingdom's most ambitious contenders. So it's easy to forget that Geralt's true calling in life is as a monster slayer. Lucky for him the Northern Kingdoms has no…

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Feature: Difficult Difficult Lemon Difficult

Life’s Too Short: How I Learned To Embrace Easy Mode

Jon Morcom ruminates - not entirely seriously - on trying to overcome difficulty spikes in games. “Slick, you dozy prick! How can you miss with a shotgun from point blank range?” I recently shocked myself by saying this rather too loudly at some pixels on my screen arranged into the shape of a nondescript bald man firing a gun very badly. I’d bought Wasteland 2…

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Feature: Assassin Of Things

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

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.…

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Feature: That Rivia Touch

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

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…

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7 years ago

Feature: Digging For Facts

Cyberpunk’s A ‘Sandbox,’ But What Does That Mean?

Sanboxes are tricky things. I mean, the label's shared by Grand Theft Auto, Skyrim, Just Cause 2, and Mount and Blade - among zillions of others - but it means very different things in all of those cases. I was recently informed that it can also refer to a box full of sand, which isn't a videogame at all but instead some kind of devilishly…

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Feature: CDP At E3, Pt 2

CD Projekt On Game Of Thrones, Sex’s Place In Gaming

Yesterday, I mind-melded with CD Projekt CEO and owner of the most victorious last name ever, Marcin Iwinski, on all things Cyberpunk. Also, DRM. However, with those topics covered and safely underneath fluffy wordblankets of information, the conversation weaved its way toward the next natural stop. I'm speaking, of course, of Westeros. Read on for Iwinski's thoughts concerning parallels between The Witcher and Game of…

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Feature: CDP At E3, Pt 1

Interview: CD Projekt On Cyberpunk, Future Of DRM

Don't worry, members of Witcher's (thankfully not immortalized in card form) lover legion: Geralt's not gone for good. He is, however, enjoying a bit of a vacation, and - for the foreseeable future - CD Projekt's giving its frequently sexed up brand of swords and sorcery a break. But, on the upside, we're now in for a change of pace. Announced late last month, Cyberpunk's…

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The Witcher 2 Is Now The Witcherest Of All

The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition patch is now making the game even witcherier than before, although my game remains in a pre-enhancement state because the patch preload appears to have vanished up its own witcheroo. I'm not entirely sure how to decipher my own sentence but there appears to be a problem with a borked file in the preload so I have been forced to…

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Witcher Too: Former CDP Lead’s New RPG At Deck 13

When I awoke this morning, I could feel a certain electricity in the air. The animals near my home tensed and mewed restlessly, and my left shoulder blade pulsated with a dull ache. I knew these signs. This day, I realized, would be very, very Witchy. Predictably, CD Projekt trotted out Geralt in all his finest freebies, and I figured - short of, perhaps, a…

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CD Projekt Giving More Free Stuff to Witcher 2 Owners

I think I'm going to buy CD Projekt a cookie basket. Yes, that's what I'm going to do. What other language, after all, can express misty eyed gratitude in a more nuanced way? One cookie, I think, will be a witch, and another will be an emergency room. Spelling out "Enhanced Edition" in sight gags will be slightly more difficult, but I'm up to the…

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Summoned: The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Trailer

I never really got to explore The Witcher 2, mostly because my wheezing computer took one look at the first level and had a little single-framerate cry in the corner. I've since upgraded it with a graphics card larger than my first flat and finally feel in a position to take on Geralt and co. in all their luminescent glory. In good timing, because the…

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CD Projekt Will Never Use DRM, Says CEO

CD Projekt will never use DRM again, said joint CEO Marcin Iwinski at a talk at GDC. Speaking to a rather thinned crowd, presumably dented by the post awards celebrations of the night before, Iwinski was explaining CDP's philosophy for success with a PC exclusive game. And one element of that was to completely abandon DRM, since "It doesn't work at all." The talk also…

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Watch The Witcher II: Enhanced Edition Intro

Deep trailer voice: “In a world where the choice between life and death is as thin as a blade of grass balanced on the edge of a knife seen through a pair of binoculars held the wrong way, a king can be dethroned in the blink of a hummingbird's eye when it gets a bit grit stuck in there. RPS presents the new intro to…

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The Witcher II To Land On Origin

I'm fairly ignorant of what's on EA's Origin, which I currently think of as a Battlefield 3 launcher. But even I can't wilfully avoid the news of more new publishers dropping games onto the digital distribution service. Not when it's the likes of Paradox, Trion Worlds, and CD Projekt.

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8 years ago

Feature: CD Projekt Vs The Pirates

Opinion: Me And CDP On Legal Threats

You'll likely remember that last week it was revealed that CD Projekt had hired a firm to send out letters to those they believed had pirated copies of The Witcher 2, demanding large sums of money. It's a practice that is widely despised, due not only to its propensity for threatening the innocent, but more significantly, because it's based on threats in the first place.…

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CD Projekt Threatening Alleged Pirates

Remember how we all cheered when CD Projekt removed the DRM from The Witcher 2? Although the GoG version was always free of the legitimate-customers-only punishing code, all other sources came with the straitjacket. Post launch, however, they patched it out, letting customers enjoy the game without concern. It seemed an all-round sensible way to behave, and despite piracy they sold over a million copies…

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