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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    I got my Enhanced Edition at Wall Mart for about fifteen dollars.

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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    So, I've been playing it for a while now (I've spent about an hour or two...or three <?> at the river/swamp town called 'Flotsam').

    So...yeah. I need a new PC.
    I'm still looking for a better settings combo to balance visuals and performance, but I think I'll have to settle for most stuff on 'low'. If what I've read on some boards is right, the game is quite CPU intensive (and that part of my PC is over six years old ).
    This was painfully obvious when a small crowd of people were walking alongside Geralt...

    So, some more feedback:
    Stuff I liked:
    - Visuals (even on medium/low, I also kept texture downscaling on 'none' for a while): Great. Some vistas (esp. when on a high vantage point) are just great. I don't think there's really been an 'establishing shot' per se, but you do get a sense of the scale and the environment that you're at.
    The characters are also pretty to look at (the armour/uniforms are beautiful. I kinda wish Geralt could wear plate... )

    - Sound: The music and ambient noise (like the firing and winding up of siege weapons near the start) really lend to the 'atmosphere'. I also listened to part of the OST, and it's quite nice.

    - Dialogue/Voices: A bit mixed on this, but I like it as a whole. The dialogue, like the first game, feels 'modern'/anachronistic at times: cuss words, expressions. It works, I think, and some lines are quite funny.
    The voices are also generally good, but some could be better (I've seen on some boards where some folks complain about Triss' voice, but I liked it. She does sound 'American', tho', as do some other characters...I guess most people think 'British' <whether Welsh, Scottish or whatever> should be the 'accent' for a medieval fantasy setting... )

    Things I didn't like:
    - Quick-time events (QTEs): Gee. There's a 'difficult QTE' toggle in the options? *grumbles that he should've read the manual more thoroughly*
    I dunno how many times I died in that particular portion in the prologue (it involved a narrow stone bridge)
    Not all QTEs are bad, tho'. I like the new fisticuffs mini-game.

    - the Stealth bits in the prologue: the transition from sticking to the wall and moving isn't smooth. I'm not sure if the mechanic is lacking...or my PC is just old.

    Things I'm not sure I like or dislike:
    - Combat: I liked the first game's combat and I kinda miss it. The new combat is kinda interesting, but my experience might also be hampered by the framerates I currently have (my FPS is probably below 20, most of the times, hehehe).
    The 'normal' difficulty setting feels harder this time around. In the first game, I can 'coast' through most fights using just one or two signs and no potions. TW2, on normal, requires more use of the various signs and, for some fights, taking potions beforehand (as potions now can only be taken by meditating in relatively safe areas).

    - Story: Too soon to tell. It's ok, so far.

    So, that's it for now. I'm definitely not regretting this purchase and, despite 'technical difficulties' (i.e., slow/old PC), I'm enjoying it (except for that one particular QTE event...which I did manage to finish without toggling the QTE difficulty, but not without contemplating bashing my head on the keyboard first ).

    I'd like to post screenshots, too...but I haven't taken any. That and they'd probably look ugly compared to what people online have been posting.

    Oh well, back to gaming.
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    Meh, Game of Thrones still holds the crown for best swearing in Fantasy with lines like
    "the war for Cersei's c***" and "f***ing boars and hunting whores"

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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    Kinda funny that they used LotR pics, as some of the jokes are taken from that series of books/movies.
    Spoiler:
    the quest giver mentions twenty rings of power being a quest requirement, another NPC quotes the 'One ring to rule them all' line, with that NPC being answered by another NPC w/ a comment about walking barefoot into a volcano.


    I dunno if there's more cussing in GoT, tho'. Especially when one gets to the part w/ lots of dwarves.

    Just finished Chapter 2. Yup. I'm going to have to replay this, as I think I missed out on some stuff (even tho' I tried to be thorough).
    I hope the next patch gives a 'performance boost'. The people w/ high end rigs might be complaining that their FPS dips below 50 or 60...when I'm happy if it's anywhere near 20.
    (yup. still no new PC )
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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by gotthammer View Post
    I hope the next patch gives a 'performance boost'. The people w/ high end rigs might be complaining that their FPS dips below 50 or 60...when I'm happy if it's anywhere near 20.
    (yup. still no new PC )
    Hope you get that new PC, because the graphics are awesome!! I've got a HD 6870, and that isn't overly expensive, about 180 euros or so...

    Just got the game. Pretty much everything exceeds my expectations, except for the clunky inventory, controls, key mapping not working properly and my save files being ignored (my witcher was with Shianni and now he's suddenly sleeping with Triss??)

    Stuck at Chapter 1 though
    Spoiler:
    That horrible kraken kills me everytime. Once I sliced off it's tentacles but the rocks came after me next. Gave up soon trying

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazingfire View Post
    Stuck at Chapter 1 though
    Spoiler:
    That horrible kraken kills me everytime. Once I sliced off it's tentacles but the rocks came after me next. Gave up soon trying
    Yeah. The QTE stuff can get frustrating.
    Spoiler:
    I was able to kill it, after a lot of tries...and even w/ just 2 of the 4 'glowy tentacles' cut off. There will be a 'side swipe' that allows for a QTE, if you max the 'click the left mouse button really fast' part and jump off safely, the next part is to run up the rubble to the left over the Kayran and avoid the tentacles trying to swat you off and then it's all done. I found it quite satisfying, killing that thing.
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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    CD Projekt RED announced The Witcher 2 will be released for the XBox 360:

    http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3...witcher/714515

    Patch 1.2 will be released tomorrow, I think.
    edit:
    Patch notes:
    http://en.thewitcher.com/patch1-2/

    GOG.com will also start selling 'classic' EA titles, starting w/ Wing Commander: Privateer (oooh...I loved that one ), Dungeon Keeper, and Ultima Underground 1 & 2:
    http://www.gog.com/en/news/gog_com_s...ssic_ea_titles
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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    Console release trailer thingy for the XBox 360:

    http://www.gametrailers.com/video/ex...witcher/726180

    HD link:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/video/ex...witcher/726181

    Very nice (pre-rendered CGI) trailer. IMHO, worth the watch even if you've already played the game/don't care about the game.

    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:
    It shows Letho's assault on the boat. I think parts of this trailer have been shown before, but I don't recall seeing this in its entirety. I think, if memory serves, this is Demavend he kills/beheads
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    Quote Originally Posted by gotthammer View Post
    IMHO, worth the watch even if you've already played the game/don't care about the game.
    I will have to check it out when I get home. Stooooopid internet filter at work blocks "games"


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    Quote Originally Posted by DigiFluid View Post
    I will have to check it out when I get home. Stooooopid internet filter at work blocks "games"
    A bit off-topic, but should I also post the direct download links for vids from gametrailers when I post them? would that circumvent the filters?
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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    XBox 360 Teaser:


    New Features and Development interview:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/video/ne...witcher/727299

    I guess I'll hold off on a new playthrough 'til the Enhanced Edition update thingy becomes available (I really wish Bioware would do the same thing, if only for DA2).
    Got a new PC and a short peek did show a big improvement. I hope the EE update has more optimization stuff.
    In any case, I'm currently busy w/ Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (fun game, so far. Quite pretty, if you don't mind the art style. Quite big, too) and Battlefield 3...and Mass Effect 3 is coming out in a couple of weeks, and I may just pick up Syndicate.
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    Can't believe this thread has only 2 pages. I've very much enjoyed what I've played of The Witcher so far. I've not quite completed the first game, but I'm close to the ending of it. What I like the most is its open-endedness. Never since Baldurs Gate have I encountered a series that lets you royally screw up your own story-line by making silly, rash decisions.

    The only thing stopping me from finishing game #1 is time. I have none. And also a really crappy graphics card. I need to get that fixed before buying #2, which I have also heard good things about.

    But first I have to make time for ME3.

    I do enjoy the Witcher universe, though. I think it's quite unique, and if I ever get time, I'll read the books.

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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    New 'Kingslayer' trailer:


    Warning: while not 'spoilerific', per se, it does give some info as to who/what the Kingslayer is.
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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    My brain aneurysmed because someone mentioned the horrible War and Peace knock-off known as a Song of Ice and Fire on a thread about an epic series.

    I haven't read the books, just played tiny amounts of the [mainstream PC - ie, not the other ones... the ones which come to mind first] games.

    I really should play more ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supreme Commander Sil View Post
    My brain aneurysmed because someone mentioned the horrible War and Peace knock-off known as a Song of Ice and Fire on a thread about an epic series.

    I haven't read the books, just played tiny amounts of the [mainstream PC - ie, not the other ones... the ones which come to mind first] games.

    I really should play more ...
    Eh? Aside from a Song of Ice and Fire and War and Peace both being epics they really aren’t similar. George RR Martin's work is a labyrinthine fantasy about power politics and betrayal which takes a lot of inspiration from the War of the Roses. Tolstoy's War and Peace is a work where he uses the struggles of Russian Aristocrats in the Napoleonic Wars to discuss philosophy, the nature of war, and history,

    More to the point the Witcher series of books and game has many of the same themes as a Song of Ice and Fire, both are set in very dark, violent and sexual worlds, with lots of betrayal and Realpolitik. The main differences between the two is that the characters in a Song of Fire and Ice are very much at the centre of the intrigues, where as in the Witcher, Geralt the main character, is often just trying to get out of the way of these conflicts and finds himself drawn in against his will.

    But to be honest A Song of Ice and Fire and the Witcher series are much closer to each other, with their dark fantasy worlds than War and Peace, and if you don't like a Song of Ice and Fire, you probably won't like the Witcher series either.

    Hell the Witcher 2 is a better Song of Ice and Fire or Game of Thrones game than any of the actual spinoff games, with all the medieval politics and bloody rebellions, hell it even has a character nicknamed the Kingslayer in it.

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    Default Re: "The Witcher" franchise discussion/appreciation thread

    Yeah. And Letho > Jaime Lannister

    Another trailer:


    For those who haven't seen it, yet, the new Intro for the Enhanced Edition:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt8mUd4mUJs

    'Making Of' of the new Intro:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOapUaH8E9A
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