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Title: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-06-06, 19:21:22

I still haven't gotten around to playing Witcher 2 (though I bought it, and it's on my list), but this looks interesting:

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt - E3 2014 Trailer - The Sword Of Destiny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtVdAasjOgU#ws)
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Ian on 2014-06-06, 19:23:57
Witcher 2 was vastly superior to Dragon Age (all of them) in my opinion.  Witcher 1 was a bit clunky, and I would say DA:O was better than Witcher 1. 

Now Witcher 3, if it delivers everything they promise, will be a top tier, hall-of-fame level fantasy rpg.  The setting is just so awesome... it's like Game of Thrones level maturity, instead of the more tame DA fare of Good vs. Evil with very little real in between.  The Witcher really lives in the gray area.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-06-06, 19:33:27

Yeah, I never played Witcher 1 either, but on your suggestion I bought W2, and just haven't played it yet. Maybe this is the incentive I need.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Ian on 2014-06-06, 19:38:29

Yeah, I never played Witcher 1 either, but on your suggestion I bought W2, and just haven't played it yet. Maybe this is the incentive I need.

Feel free to skip W1, it's entirely unnecessary.  It just has some back story, but you'll figure it out just fine in W2.  W2 is mechanically the far superior game to W1. 
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Thorsteinn on 2014-06-06, 20:21:41
Now I want a better PC just so I can play this one.

BTW GoG.com has it available for order IIRC.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-06-12, 14:00:32
I'm a short way into W2 right now, and of course, my video card has been dying a slow death for the last month. Now it's on its way back to EVGA for RMA, and I'm back on my older card, 3-generations out of date. I'm tempted to just wait for the replacement before firing up W2 again, because I'm afraid of what the framerates may look like. ;)

Then again, if I turn off all the detail for a little while, that might be OK.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir William on 2014-06-12, 17:21:00
Witcher 2 was vastly superior to Dragon Age (all of them) in my opinion.  Witcher 1 was a bit clunky, and I would say DA:O was better than Witcher 1. 

Now Witcher 3, if it delivers everything they promise, will be a top tier, hall-of-fame level fantasy rpg.  The setting is just so awesome... it's like Game of Thrones level maturity, instead of the more tame DA fare of Good vs. Evil with very little real in between.  The Witcher really lives in the gray area.

Well that's true, in DA they never let you see your character get it on- they lead you right up to it and then a few noises and fade to black.  Not real at all!

But I'm looking forward to this Witcher game...it sounds weird to my ear but from what I've read, right up my alley.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Ulrich on 2014-06-13, 23:30:01
I'll have to try it when it goes on sale, I normally dont pay full price for games until they're either on a steam sale or store sale at my local bestbuy. Though I never did beat the first Witcher I liked it due to its dark medieval theme, the TC for Oblivion called Nehrim reminded me of the Witcher quite a bit.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Douglas on 2014-06-14, 02:47:12
I'll have to try it when it goes on sale, I normally dont pay full price for games until they're either on a steam sale or store sale at my local bestbuy. Though I never did beat the first Witcher I liked it due to its dark medieval theme, the TC for Oblivion called Nehrim reminded me of the Witcher quite a bit.

Well, like Thorsteinn said, GOG.com has it for pre-order and it's currently $9.00 off. Still pretty close to full price, but I just bring it up again because GOG.com is part of CD Projekt Red family, so the entire price goes to supporting the devs directly instead of part of it going through a third-party like Steam or a store.
Plus, it's DRM-free.
And GOG is just cool.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Naythan on 2014-06-14, 23:09:40
Wow this looks like something Id play
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-06-15, 01:24:32

The pre-order is $9 off on steam right now too. I think I'll grab it.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Douglas on 2014-11-29, 19:25:05

Yeah, I never played Witcher 1 either, but on your suggestion I bought W2, and just haven't played it yet. Maybe this is the incentive I need.

Feel free to skip W1, it's entirely unnecessary.  It just has some back story, but you'll figure it out just fine in W2.  W2 is mechanically the far superior game to W1.

So I finally finished my first playthrough of The Witcher last night (I know, I know, I'm very late to the party as usual). It took me a little while to get into it at first, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. If the second one is that much better than the first, then I'm looking forward to playing it. :)
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Ian on 2014-11-29, 21:32:54
You just reminded me, Steam just dropped the price of the pre-order for Witcher 3 to -20% for the current sale through Dec 2.  It was -10%, and may go back up to -10% after this sale.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: scott2978 on 2014-12-01, 23:57:06
I've been watching this ever since I recovered from playing through the Mass Effect series. The end (not the actual ending but the fact that it was over) of Mass Effect felt to me a lot like when you're a kid and your best friend moves away.

Scott
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir William on 2014-12-03, 19:19:29
Scott...I totally get that.  I felt that way too.  It was like okay, what next?  What could possibly top that?  After wading through a few shooters that I never gave a second glance at (Bioshock Infinite, Red Faction Guerilla), I had a go at Dark Souls II but wasn't really feeling up for it.  I know, blasphemous, right?  Its medieval in orientation, I should be worshipping it!  lol

Anyway, I'm just marking time right now...found out I'm to get the XBone for Christmas!  So I went back into GTA Online...as far as open world and being able to get into just about anything, its as close as I'll get to the awesomeness that was Mass Effect.  I really, really liked that series of games.  And Sir Edward was right, the DLC really added to the whole experience, not to mention fleshing out already well written and engaging characters.

So there's a new ME on the horizon, but who will be in it and what it will be about is still in the ether.

On Witcher 3, I think I'll wait for it to come out for the nextgen systems...I'm certain it'll be worth it.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-12-04, 14:29:57

I pre-ordered it a while ago, so I'm set. I started playing Witcher 2, and then my video card failed. I lost momentum during the few weeks that the card was out for RMA. I'll get back to it eventually, but right now Dragon Age: Inquisition has my attention.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Ian on 2014-12-04, 21:06:11
I'll get back to it eventually, but right now Dragon Age: Inquisition has my attention.

Haha, yes... so far Origin says it has captured about 48 hrs of my attention!
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir William on 2014-12-09, 18:09:39
Sir Ian, you're playing DA:Origin?  You're in for it man- 48 hours is but a pittance.  ;)
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Ian on 2014-12-09, 20:58:38
Sir Ian, you're playing DA:Origin?  You're in for it man- 48 hours is but a pittance.  ;)

I played DAO when it came out and really enjoyed it. We're talking about DA:Inquisition, the one that was just released a couple weeks ago.  So far, the best in the series.  Much grander and bigger than DA:O, and I didn't care for DA2, but DA:I is making up for it.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir William on 2014-12-10, 16:50:23
Oh, sorry.  When  you said 'Origin' I just assumed you meant DA: Origin.  I'm vacillating between salivation and outright fear of that game...fear that it could soak up loads of my time (just like the previous two entries).  I did like both- the first for the heavy RPG aspect and engaging storyline, the second I liked for the admittedly shallow action bits and lite RPG, I guess mostly because I didn't have to read all of the dialog.  I think my eyes might be going...it gets harder and harder to read that stuff, no matter how big a screen I'm playing on.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Ian on 2014-12-10, 18:59:51
Oh no worries.  "Origin" is EA's electronic service that they sell PC games through.  It's like a really bad version of Steam if you're familiar with that.

Yes, if you choose to play DA:I I can guarantee one thing for certes, it will consume a lot more time than you may want it to :)  But so far I'm very much enjoying the trip.
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-12-12, 19:05:28

Oh yes, DA:I is excellent so far. I read somewhere that they estimate about 150 hours of play, if you do all of the side quests. I believe the first two games kept me going for about 50 hours each (Steam says 90-something for DA:O, but that also includes the Awakening expansion).

I've put just about 50 hours into DA:I so far, and I think it's believable that I'm about a third of the way through. And it's not dragging. Not at all.

One piece of advice though, if you do pick this one up. You should try to unlearn what Bioware has taught you to do in the earlier games in the series, and with Mass Effect. That is, they previously trained us all to complete a zone before moving on, and to generally do as many side-quests as you can before advancing the story. Both of these are mistakes to do in DA:I, which is much more free-form, and clearly is meant for you to fluidly go in and out of the zones over time.

The zones are HUGE compared to previous titles. And the first one they put you in, The Hinterlands, is probably one of the largest. You can spend 15 hours in that one area alone, and if you try to do it all in one go, you'll wonder why the game is dragging and the story isn't moving forward. It's better to advance the story, until the "recommended level range" for the story missions holds you back.

There's so much depth and complexity in this one, it's quite amazing. And yet, they kept some of the streamlining from DA2, in a successful blend.

Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir Martyn on 2014-12-12, 21:54:10
Also playing DA:I at present (on 360) - agree it's good.  Also a fan of W2 :)
Title: Re: Games: The Witcher 3
Post by: Sir James A on 2015-11-27, 04:18:19
Steam sale, 50% off, only $29.99 through Dec 1st.

And the Witcher 1 and 2 are under $5 for both.