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The Witcher

8 years ago

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How The Witcher Dealt With Choice

With The Witcher 2 looming like a dark juggernaut of RPG-based distraction, we thought it might be a good time to go back and poke around in the original game. Just what was it that really made it sing? (There may be some mild spoilers ahead.) Forget about the sex cards, forget about the five hour slog through the Outskirts, ignore the occasionally shoddy writing…

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GameCon ’10 Ripport, Day Too: The Witcher 2

It took me eight straight hours to crawl through the sewers, beneath Cologne's conference centre and then up through an impossibly tight U-bend into a disused toilet somewhere in the North Hall, but finally I was back at GamesCom. The guards had turned me away when I'd tried to enter through the main doors - disgusted by the foul breath that had resulted from eating…

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9 years ago

A Message From CD Project Red: Witcher 2

After yesterday's video, UberJumper on the SA forums noticed it includes on a one-frame message to the devoted (i.e. Those heroically mental enough to advance it frame by frame). Click through the image above to see the whole thing. Paraphrase: we sold 1.5 million! Awesome! Unlike people who say PC RPG is dead. Witcher was awesome, but we've learned a load since then. Next one…

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The Witcher: The Patcher

Polish role-playing epic The Witcher: Enhanced Edition has a muscular new patch. It flexes its 369mb torso to remove DRM, the CD check, to fix a couple of tech issues and to add in five of the best community-made scenarios into the game, for more fantastical adventures. You can download it here, but I can't find any confirmation of whether it updates automagically on Steam,…

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10 years ago

The Witcher: No Sequel Yet, But More Stuff

And the award for Most Prosaic-Ever RPS Headline goes to... All's been a bit quiet around well-received, dodgily-translated blood'n'boobs'n'moral deliberation RPG The Witcher for a while, with its fans hoping E3 might offer news of a follow-up. No such luck, unfortunately, but there is more Witcher inbound - the 1.5 patch, which promises two rather exciting changes. Also, CD Projekt RED's cavalier mention of a…

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The Witcher Done Good?

You probably spotted this from last week, but I wanted to reprise the story to lead into some other thoughts about The Witcher. Polish fantasy RPG The Witcher has sold 1 million copies. That's a fair amount for a game on any format. Developers CD Projekt are rightly pleased with this, and I'm glad that this unexpected success has allowed them scope to continue and…

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The Witcher Is A Bit Patchy

That's right, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition patch is now available for those of you who bought the game the first time around. It's a beefy 1.2gb and there's a mirror here. I'm grinding my way through the Enhanced Edition at the moment and finding The Witcher to be an uneven experience. There's plenty to like about it - especially with Polish voice-acting and English subtitles…

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Eurogamer: Witcher Extended Edition Review

Eurogamer get me to review the Enhanced Edition of the Witcher. Wherein I start like this... Not having read a film mag in years, I don't know if they still do this, but... I always despised the dual-mark DVD review section where they give separate marks for films and add-ons, with a similar sort of split shown in the actual reviews in terms of what…

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The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Enhancements

Popular monster-thumping RPG The Witcher is being overhauled for 2008 with new lines of dialogue and new motion-captured gestures from the NPCs. CD Projekt are showing off these improvements in their latest trailer - and they do seem to be a fairly substantial improvement on the original ham. You can also switch languages in any version of the game, so playing with the Polish or…

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RPS-ish At-ish E3: Day 2, Part 2 – Atari

When I made my appointment to go and see Atari the only PC game they’d announced they were going to show was Deer Hunter Tournament. I thought I’d go along anyway as it might be kind of interesting – I’ve never played a Deer Hunter game, but I’ve heard they kind of have a naturiffic ambience, if you forget all that huntin’ and killin’ –…

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11 years ago

Pleasing The Witcher Extras

The Witcher website reveals that CD Projekt have released the 1.3 patch, which is stuffed to the gills with the adventure editor, and a new quest-o-thing, The Price Of Neutrality. Apparently the new adventure is about two hours long, with multiple endings. It explores the activities of others Witchers, as glimpsed only briefly in the original game. The D'jinni editor, meanwhile, is the tool that…

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RPS Interview: CD Projekt on The Witcher

While our own feelings about The Witcher hover around worthy-but-flawed, other folks felt it was easily last year's best RPG. And, honestly, that's more than enough to make it worth talking about here. Especially in light of the upcoming Enhanced Edition, which promises to redress the major complaints about the original. I'm happily stunned that the new version's happening, both because it proves that I'm…

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The Witcher – Irony Edition

A video discussing the new features and improvements in the enhanced version of The Witcher has appeared. Except, well, rather unfortunately the sound and syncing means it has an awful lot in common with the original game. If you can cope with the muddle of trying to read subtitles with the sound in all the wrong places, there's information to be gleaned. (Working version below…

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Something Less Wicked This Way Comes

Crivens, this is unprecedented. Last year's most divisive RPG, The Witcher, is to be re-released. But not just re-released in a shiny box and with extra smutty collector's cards - re-made, almost. Loading times are to be cut by up to 80%, stability's in for a-fixin' and there are to be improvements in "interactivity and precision in combat." Most fascinatingly for me - as it…

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The Witcher Demo

The much delayed demo of fantasy lady-collecting, monster-hunting romp The Witcher is now available for your perusal. The demo, which is a fantastical 1.97gb in breadth (141 Peggles, FYI), contains the tutorial prologue and the first act, making it so big that if you played it and then bought the full game you'd be annoyed by how much you'd have to replay to get to…

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Gentlemen’s Relaxation Photography

As we've been, ah, discussing The Witcher and its approach to sex here lately, it's worth (somewhat reluctantly) mentioning that Playboy has apparently released its now annual 'Girls of Gaming' issue. Perhaps unsurprisingly, The Witcher features in it. After the jump is the list of pretend women set to display their pretend genitalia in it, together with a sexy picture from one of the games…

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The Witcher – Script Mangle

(Thanks, Gametrailers. Thametrailers) Someone called Martin Pagan posts on Gamefaqs, explaining that the script for The Witcher was given a decent translation, and then "butchered" to result in the garbled mess that now exists in the game (see the clip above - my favourite moment - and I stress, this is one continuous scene, no editing). We can't be certain Pagan is for real, but…

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An Hour With: The Witcher

Something new I thought I'd try. Kind of inspired by ever-lovin' Kyle Orland's A Game For Lunch, basically, it's a first impressions based solely on the first hour of a game. One hour, no more. Clearly, this isn't a real review or anything, just a collection of initial impressions. And clearly this serves the dual purpose of creating a thread for people who have played…

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