CD Projekt Red’s RPG masterpiece came out nearly two years ago, but damn does it still hold up. And recently, a handful of people’s favorite character animations from the game have been making the rounds. Advertisement Unsurprisingly, the renewed interest in the game’s storytelling and animation nuances comes in light of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s lackluster achievement on those fronts. Just over a week ago, the game’s facial expressions were put on blast as players finally got their hands on the game’s early sections thanks to EA Access. The uproar even led some people to be complete assholes and harass the people they believed to be responsible. After playing a substantial portion of game now, my sense is less that the character animations are bad than simply under-cooked and soulless. They get the job done, and while jet-pack thrusting from one alien planet ledge to another, I honestly didn’t think too much about it. While I haven’t fallen in love with any of the game’s characters, or been particularly struck by any of the story beats so far, it all feels serviceable enough and par for the course when it comes READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
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If you happen to run into Andrzej Sapkowski, creator of The Witcher, you might not want to bring up the video games. They haven’t made his life much better, in part because they’re not making him any money. Advertisement Sapkowski, who spoke to Eurogamer’s Robert Purchese in an interview published today, has never been a gamer or showed much interest in the video games based on his world. So it might not come as a shock that he sold the rights to CD Projekt Red without asking for royalties. All he got was a check. “I was stupid enough to sell them rights to the whole bunch,” Sapkowski told Eurogamer. “They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, ‘No, there will be no profit at all – give me all my money right now! The whole amount.’ It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn’t believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn’t.” Advertisement In Poland, Sapkowski is the equivalent of J.R.R. Tolkien. But outside of Poland, when people see READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
At PAX East this weekend, members from CD Projekt Red working on Gwent showed off four new animated cards, including one starring everyone’s favorite Witcher steed. Advertisement Gwent is a standalone collectible card game being developed based on The Witcher 3 mini-game of the same name. The game’s been in beta for sometime, with CD Projekt Red slowly introducing new cards as it progresses. And like Hearthstone which has foil editions of cards that have dynamic animations with gold borders, Gwent has animated editions of cards meant to reward the players who seek them out and spend points to collect them with a more engaging experience. And Roach’s stole the show by far. A name Master Witcher Geralt uses to refer to whatever horse he’s riding at the time, Roach is a tried and true mount that’s always there when you need him. It can also be prone to glitches. “Whoa there Roach!” Advertisement While the developers introduced the card animation as a joke, there’s really no excuse for it not to be in the final game. Every dog has its day and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Look at her. She knows what I did. I recently finished the main plot of The Witcher 3. You might have been following my love affair with it through my stories on the topic, or my weekly “What Are You Playing” posts featuring Geralt in various states of undress. My reward for 110 hours of hard work? Accidentally being a terrible dad. SERIOUSLY BIG WITCHER 3 ENDING SPOILERS AHEAD, AS WELL AS EARLY HOURS OF HEARTS OF STONE I’d heard from my colleagues that the game has multiple endings, which I knew had something to do with being a good father figure to Ciri. I interacted with Ciri with that in mind, carefully sizing up every Dad Moment, though I didn’t know which choices would actually affect the end. Honestly, I thought I was a pretty great dad. I told Ciri she didn’t have to be good at everything when she was upset after the battle at Kaer Morhen. I thought it was a valuable moment of growth for her, one both I and Geralt could stand to learn. I went with her to fight Imlerith because we were in this Wild Hunt thing READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Today, Dark Horse Comics announced it is once again teaming up with CD Projekt Red to bring you more collectible figurines from The Witcher series. …Read More The post The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Getting Three More Collectible Figurines Through Dark Horse by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.
Last year, I cheated in a relationship that was honestly the best I’ve ever had. This is a pattern in my life, a problem that, for a long time, I refused to acknowledge. It’s even extended to video games like The Witcher 3. Advertisement It all started with me beginning to wonder the same thing I always do: “Is the relationship I’m in now the right one? Maybe I’m making a mistake.” From there, I managed to clumsily demolish a really solid foundation I’d spent nearly a year constructing with another person. I started talking to (and eventually flirting with) another person I found interesting. Instead of communicating with my girlfriend and working on our issues, I grew emotionally close to someone else. I made my girlfriend, miserable with worry and myself sick with anxiety. I never cheated on her physically, and I won’t go too much further into the nitty gritty of it, but when it ended, it ended bad. And I absolutely deserved every bit of it. It wasn’t the first time I’ve done this. And it wasn’t the first time I blamed the other person, or the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Oh hey, it’s Maul, Witcherest of Witcher cosplayers, starring in this short film all about Geralt getting his sword on. Advertisement Triss is Erika Rodgers (who also produced), while it was directed by ActionLeo. Via Glixel. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Doug Cockle, the voice behind The Witcher’s Geralt, recently described his experience working on the series, including how awkward it can be to record intimate lines when he’s the only one present. Advertisement An American actor who now resides in coastal English city of Bournemouth, Cockle told Eurogamer he more or less stumbled voicing CDProject Red’s now iconic witcher mostly by chance. After working on the first game in the trilogy, released back in 2007, Cockle almost missed out on returning for the sequel when the Polish developer decided to go with a different recording studio. Fortunately, however, he learned that CDProject Red was casting for the role again when a friend of his who had tried out mentioned it in passing. Cockle followed up with his original contacts at the company and managed to cement himself as the definite Geralt. The one who calls every horse he meets “Roach” and has a sparkling wit that’s as dry as week old bread. Like David Hayter’s Snake or Jennifer Hale’s Shepard, Cockle’s voice has come to define the essence of the character in a way that makes READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
This as close to being “won over” as I can get Geralt to look. Last week, I asked for your advice for finishing The Witcher 3. You had some great, if not sometimes intimidating, tips. This weekend I took some of that advice, and now I’m here to say: oh my god you guys Witcher 3. Advertisement Reading through your comments, I was happy to see I wasn’t alone in being cowed by the size of The Witcher 3. You all had some excellent and thoughtful advice, from setting the difficulty to easy, doing what comes naturally, not being a completionist, treating it more like a TV show, or just getting so wrapped up in the story you can’t help but keep playing. It was a great discussion, so check it out if you’re looking for inspiration Here’s what I eventually decided to do: Over the long weekend, I vowed that I would only play The Witcher 3. On Saturday, when my roommate asked me to play Overwatch with her, I stonily replied, “Witcher 3…” She was confused and possibly disturbed. I brewed some coffee and plopped down in front of my PC. I heard my roommate laughing with our…
As one of 2015’s most acclaimed titles, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no slouch when it comes to offering dozens of hours of quests, missions, and epic storylines, with the game’s Complete Edition now available at …Read More The post The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition Drops to $25 in Best Buy’s Deal of the Day by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.
This is you all talking about your favorite part of The Witcher 3. I’m Geralt, walking away because I haven’t gotten to that part yet. The new year means it’s time for resolutions. This year I’d like to practice my guitar more, be as fit as I was in my 20s, figure out my romantic life—but I probably won’t do any of those things. But I might, with your help, finish The Witcher 3. Advertisement My colleague Patricia and I were talking today about how we’ve both recently (finally) started playing The Witcher 3. I’m only about 10 hours in, and I didn’t get my fellow Kotaku staffers’ flood of screenshots and jokes. I want to finish the game, but it’s just so long, and there are so many sidequests. I have so many games to play, and those stars in Overwatch aren’t going to get themselves… But I want to see The Witcher 3 through. I want to share in the memories and laughter of my colleagues. I want the monsters, the cats, the frying pans, the kisses. I want the haircuts. Oh how I want the haircuts. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
I’ve played a lot of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Like, a LOT. My Steam counter just cracked 200 hours, and that’s not counting the first time I played the game on PS4. I figured I’d seen everything there was to see, but a mod I recently installed has proved me wrong. Advertisement That mod is Wasteland Ghost’s Friendly HUD, which makes a number of small but significant changes to The Witcher 3‘s on-screen display. When Luke posted about that expansive snowfall mod last month, I realized that I’d never really gotten into Witcher 3 modding. I’ve never thought the game had as lively a modding scene as something like, say, Skyrim. I started looking around for good Witcher 3 mods and found a few people recommending Friendly HUD. I installed it, and am loving it. You can watch a demo here: The mod makes a bunch of changes to the game; too many to list here. Most notably, it removes the game’s often intrusive HUD entirely, though it’s possible to toggle it on and off with a click of the left thumbstick. (It also adds a bunch of customizable keyboard shortcuts, but I play with a controller.) Friendly HUD…
Here’s Lyumos as The Witcher 3’s Keira Metz, with one of the most elaborate cosplays from the game I’ve seen yet. And I’ve seen a lot. Advertisement I mean, the shot above lets you see how much work had to go into it, but some of the detail shots below show you just how much work. This is a very cool/ridiculous outfit in the game, with all those weird folds and belts and wraps going on, but she’s brought the whole thing to life just perfectly. Photos by Kira. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!