The Witcher: Wild Hunt (PC/XB1/PS4)
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    Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
    Release Date: May 19th
    Developer: CD Projekt Red

    Welcome to The Witcher: Wild Hunt. You are Geralt of Rivia. You are a Witcher, and you are tasked with finding the Child of Prophec- You know what? I think I'll just let this wonderful trailer explain for itself.

    Quite a thing eh? I can't wait to dive into this world. Hunt and slay monsters, sail to unknown island, wander into a cave of mysteries, help (or hurt) those who are in need of something, play a card game, craft awesomeness, save the world, chat up a mistress, enjoy the music, ride on a horse and just go.
    I'm already in love with this game.

    So, a few weeks ago the developers had a bunch of big name YouTubers over to their offices and play some of the game(up to 12 hours!). They were allowed to record their footage, and here are some that show off the game very well.

    Game Overview:

    Jesse Cox:

    Jesse here does a really good job of explaining the basics of how the game is, especially in the combat department. You've got your weaponry, you can slash, you can shoot, block, parry, but you also have spells which are essential to the combat. You can also use these spells outside of combat, such as when you need to clear some rubble out of the way.

    In the middle of the video above, Jesse had an encounter with a Wraith that he had a ton of trouble with, but he was determined to beat it. Here's the video of it. I really like this clip, as it shows how the game is played when it's in a player's hands.




    Gopher goes in depth with the specifics of the game in a 3 part series. All 3 are well worth a watch, but he touches on a very important point. "Can I jump into this game without playing the previous ones?"  The answer, seems to be yes. As someone who hasn't played the previous games, I am very pleased to hear this. They even changed the logo to reflect this, have a look:

    Original logo:


    Current logo:


    It's cool that they have the three claw marks in the middle too, subtly letting you know that this is indeed the third part of a series. It's a small detail, but it has a large effect. And there are many small details like that in the game too. As time goes by and as you fast travel, Geralt's beard grows. Seriously. You can craft potions in this game, and if you take too many, Geralt's skin looks different. You have a bestiary which details the monsters you encounter and most importantly reveals patterns, strategies, where to find them and how to defeat them. An optional and ordinary fetch quest may very well turn into something grand with a narrative heft that makes it worth doing. Detail, detail, detail, The Witcher is full of it.

    A little bit of history:


    So, GameSpot did a very impressive feature series for The Witcher. They go into the history of the developers, but also the history of Poland and how games were like there. Have a look.

    Introducing the world of The Witcher:


    Exploring the Vast World of The Witcher:


    Unveiling the Gameplay of The Witcher:


    Massive kudos to GameSpot. I think this unprecedented of a gaming news site to go to such efforts to make such a beautiful series that's focused on just one game. I've been a fan ever since they made this featurette.

    More Gameplay by YouTubers and Official Trailers:

    Is what it says on the tin. In this part I'll just be putting in more and more videos. However, most if not all of the trailers have all been PC footage. So, the last two videos of this section will show off some PS4 and Xbox One footage. The game looks fantastic there (despite YouTube compression), but of course, the game will shine on a beastly PC. PC specs are here (scroll down the page). Here you go!



    Some people love him, some people hate him, but in this video it's just Joe and other Joe mostly dicking around and having fun with The Witcher. If you want to see how the game really is like, check this one out.

    TV Spot: (Actually really good TV ad for once)


    Sword of Destiny:


    Elder Blood:


    Rage & Steel:


    Killing Monsters (CG):




    Nice little FAQ video.



    Showing off how the game looks on PS4. The commentary also answers some questions you might have in general about the game. Hollie in particular, is a big, big fan of Triss Merigold. 1080p 30 FPS.

    Xbox One:


    No commentary in the video, just footage of the game. Apparently it's using dynamic scaling so the game is shifting between 900p and 1080p at 30FPS. 

    I think you're in for a fantastic time on whatever platform you play on. Whenever you buy the game, whatever you play it on, you'll also be getting 16 Free DLCs.  No charge, no pre-order necessary. They're just good people. Buuuut there is also a Season Pass that has two big expansions coming down the line. I've never bought a Season Pass before, but I think this might be my first one. 

    You could probably spend an entire day watching all these videos, but I hope that this game intrigues you. I've been quietly excited for this game since its announcement (always wanted to play Witcher 2), but seeing all of these trailers along with the YouTubers' footage, I really just can't wait to play it now.

    I hope you'll join me! :)

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  • I had no plans of getting this game and was pretty much ignoring it but the hype seems to have got me interested.

    However the Witcher games always seem (to me) to be some of the most complicated games and have tonnes of menus and requires lots of character setup before being able to do anything. I remember seeing a video of the first Witcher game that showed the person playing having to meditate or something and then having to plan what potions to drink before going into a battle. The game seemed way too confusing and a lot of work and preparation.

    Is this the case or is it easy enough to play? I like most modern action RPGs like Dragon Age (1, 2 and Inquisition), Mass Effect (1-3), Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, so would I find the Witcher a difficult step up?
  • Well, if you go in swinging without preparing specifically for the fight, you are more likely to die. However, the Bestiary is there for this exact purpose, as it tells you the weaknesses of the monsters.

    There are several difficulty levels as well, to accommodate. I would say that this combat is definitely a step up from Skyrim's or Dragon Age's. There is no level scaling as well, so if you're level 3 fighting a level 10, you're gonna have a tough time. But you can still beat it if you're good enough. Jesse Cox's videos in my OP give a good idea of the combat.
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  • Thanks @FirLocke

    I'm still unsure about picking this up. I think I might hold off until I see more of the game to figure out if all it's systems make sense and if I can work them out.

    Reading a tonne of glowing reviews and I've seen some more preview videos (with gameplay) but little seem to mention actual pre-fight mechanics and complexity.
  • Hey you're welcome man. ;) I posted a ton of videos, but AngryJoe's does a good deal showing prepared vs unprepared, and the Q&A video goes into it a bit as well. Of course, there is no harm in waiting. I wouldn't be surprised if this Witcher is easier to get into overall.

    And yes, just after I posted the thread, the reviews came out! A 10/10 from GameSpot, and a reaaaally long(yes) review from Kotaku is all I've seen so far. Hype hype hyyyyype!
  • I'll be picking it up but I will wait until I can grab the import copy. The Japanese version will no doubt have all the juicy nudity cut from it.

    It looks a lot like Dragon Age Inquisition, only minus the annoying party management, better combat, and no steamy dwarf LGBT sex. I'm in. Besides, there's very little else on the horizon.
  • There's sex on a unicorn though!
  • Sex on a unicorn I can deal with. If this game had been made by Bioware the sex would have been WITH the unicorn. A gay unicorn, that wears a "This is what a feminist looks like" T-shirt.
  • Dayum. That would be a quite a side charact-- Neigh! The main character of a porn game!
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  • I've still got The Witcher 2 on 360 in the wrapper. I'm interested in this game, but I'll be playing 2 first. I've never played the 1st game either but it being PC only and no controller support, I'll just start with 2. ;)
  • Speaking of Witcher 2, there is actually a way to have the choices one makes in the Witcher 2 matter in the Witcher 3. On PC, it just reads your save. On the consoles, there is a story sequence where you are asked a bunch of questions about what you did in W2. Apparently, this is mandatory so even if you haven't played W2 you're going to be making these choices. The GameSpot reviewer said he's going to make an article explaining the context of each choice, so that's gonna come in real handy!

    Here are some snippets from reviews around the net:

    Kotaku: Wild Hunt is
    a grand adventure that feels distinctly of its time. It manages to set
    new standards for video game technology while accentuating the fleeting
    nature of technological achievement as an end unto itself. It is a
    worthy exploration of friendship and family, mixing scenes of great
    sorrow with scenes of ridiculous lustiness, tempering its melancholy
    with bright splashes of joy and merry monster guts. Come for the epic
    showdown between good and evil; stay for the unicorn sex.

    Destructoid: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a huge step up from its
    predecessor, mostly because it manages to tell a more compelling and
    personal tale. At the same time, that intimate feel is juxtaposed
    against a gigantic, sprawling open-world adventure that may hit some
    snags along the way but still comes out on top.

    GameSpot: These distractions stand out in part because The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is
    otherwise incredible and sumptuous; the little quirks are pronounced
    when they are surrounded by stellar details. And make no mistake: this
    is one of the best role-playing games ever crafted, a titan among giants
    and the standard-setter for all such games going forward. Where the
    Witcher 2 sputtered to a halt, The Witcher 3 is always in a crescendo,
    crafting battle scenarios that constantly one-up the last, until you
    reach the explosive finale and recover in the glow of the game's quiet
    denouement. But while the grand clashes are captivating, it is the
    moments between conflicts, when you drink with the local clans and bask
    in a trobairitz's song, that are truly inspiring.
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  • Daaaaaaamn. Now that's a CGI trailer!

    And here is a video talking about the choices you make that affects characters from W2 returning to W3.

  • Just wrote a big post and fucked up and lost it :( .

    @Firlocke You deserve a hundred noobies for the effort you have put into this post. It is so appreciated mate! Thankyou.

    This is a game I was going to play eventually and mildly interested, but after seeing some of the impressions and this in action my excitement has increased exponentially! OMG this looks good!

    This looks like the definition of the golden standard of current RPGs. I cannot really understand how little attention I had given this beforehand!

    Also it helps that I am such a sucker for sexy lighting and shaders! 
  • Haha, it's nice to be appreciated. Thanks @8drawt! :) Time permitting, I like to give the games that are worth it their due attention. This has potential GOTY written all over it!

    Here's another great review as well:
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  • So the hype for me. I bought wit her 1 on a steam sale never played it. 2 ran like shit on ati cards if I remember so I gave up on that.

    I have just preordered this on ps4 I hope to god I don't need to know back story an life to get me going.
  • @nutta27 Not at all. :) The game is made to accommodate new players! I have W1 & W2 on PC as well but they run terribly too.
  • Holy shit, this game is retailing for close to $90 here. The import version a tad more. That's some major hype and moron tax going on! Guess I won't be playing day 1.
  • Whooooaaaa. Meanwhile on it's like 43 or so euro. My copy is coming from Amazon and I have exams up the wazoo atm, so I won't actually be diving into this properly for a while.
  • My copy is downloaded and waiting on my PS4 just over 12 hours left. I'll probably make a start later tonight but I have work tomorrow so won't play much.

    Edit. I did the tutorial. Got to some inn and turned it off. I have been reading up Witcher lore today so I know a bit more about the world and the characters.
  • Would be reaaaally nice if this arrived in the post by Friday. It seems like it is more than playable on both XB1 and PS4, so whatever platform you're on, you're in for a good time! <- Slight frame rate drops, but that's about it.
  • The frame rate drops are at weird times too they seem to be during cutscenes mainly. The cutscenes are fmv though which is odd.

    I have heard they are hiding the loads in the cutscenes though that may be a reason for framey videos.

    I took out probably one of the first big missions in the game taking out a griffin which was fairly simple.

    The game seems easy to me at the moment. Having not played a Witcher game I set it to the default difficulty so I could focus on all the shit they are throwing at me. Trust me it's a lot. Then when I become more verses with the game I'll knock it up. You can do that on the fly which is nice.
  • Jim Fucking Sterling Son gave it an 8.5 for some technical issues. The big world full of side missions that aren't just obscenely boring fetch quests sounds appealing, but I still ain't gonna drop $90 on it. I'm glad this game has come to console, and I hope Bioware is paying attention. You can still make a great RPG without pandering to all the LGBT dwarves in the world and cramming it to the brim with your politics.

  • I was thinking of buying this at launch 90$ no sankyuu, i am enjoying my free to play Warframe and Warthunder too much :P
  • All the sex and nudity (and some gore too apparently) has been censored in the Japanese release too, so it looks like you'll have to wait for the import version Epke. 
  • I must admit that I am enjoying Witcher 3 so far (I've only played about 3 hours) but combat in the early games feels a little bit odd. Maybe I am just too used to how Dark Souls controls were very tight and felt spot on, except for that my only irritation is that I can't tell when people will get upset when I am looting everything that is not nailed down.

    Everything I see and can tell about Witcher 3 makes me very excited about Cyberpunk 2077, it sure feels like that might be able to pull it off right.

    @Epke and Dr Flibble, 90$ seems like too much to me, even for a good game like Witcher. I am curious can't you get it from or do you want it on a console and hence forced to go to local retailer?
  • Jerom, unfortunately my PC does not have the same specs as Skynet so I avoid playing it on it where possible. I'll wait for the import price to drop a bit before I grab it on PS4.

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