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The Witcher 3's free DLC run isn't over, a new quest debuts this week


Where the Cat and Wolf Play
Jun 30
// Chris Carter
Another week, another free content update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This time around it's a new quest, entitled "Where the Cat and the Wolf Play." For those who aren't aware, CD Projekt Red has been adding small bits of D...
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Promoted blog

How historically accurate is The Witcher? Part 2


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Jun 23
// RedHeadPeak
[Dtoid community blogger RedHeadPeak gives us part 2 of his look into the historical accuracy of the Witcher.  I'm as happy as a clam in coke.  Want to see your own writing appear on the front page? Go write so...
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Witcher 3

This week's free Witcher 3 DLCs are a quest and armor set


'Later this week'
Jun 23
// Chris Carter
CD Projekt Red is making good on their promise to add in some free DLC post-launch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, even a month after launch. This week sees the release of a new quest (Contract: Skellige's Most Wanted) and a Sk...

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Gwent

Tabletop Simulator mod brings Gwent to the table


Gwent is love, Gwent is life
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
The Witcher 3 is pretty good, but let's be honest: it pales in comparison to the glory that is Gwent, the card game found within it. We all know that come December, any game of the year awards it gets will be for that silly l...
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The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3's already been played for ten millennia or so


That's right -- 10,000 years
Jun 12
// Brett Makedonski
CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3 is the type of game that you can sink a whole lot of hours into. Open-world role-playing games tend to run on the long side. It took testers 25 hours to speedrun it, after all. Couple that ...
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Witcher 3

The newest batch of Witcher 3 DLC includes a quest and a Gwent set


Gotta collect 'em all
Jun 10
// Chris Carter
CD Projekt Red has committed to delivering some free DLC updates post-launch for The Witcher 3 fans. While they aren't spectacular (mostly small quests and cosmetic items), this is the exact kind of content that would be...
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Witcher 3 sales

Witcher 3 sold 4 million in two weeks


You go, girl!
Jun 09
// Steven Hansen
Despite some hiccups with bugs and other nitpicks, The Witcher 3 has been a rousing success for developer CD Projekt Red. It has even, thus far, managed to largely avoid the several weeks later scathing takes that often pour ...
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Witcher 3 patch

Witcher 3 patch ends Geralt's candle-lighting obsession


Also deploys the 'Bovine Defense Force'
Jun 05
// Jordan Devore
CD Projekt RED has pumped out yet another patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (unless you're an unfortunate soul who bought the game for Xbox One). Patch 1.05 is live for PC today. There's an extensive list of changes viewable...
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Are you having problems playing The Witcher 3 on Xbox One?


You're not alone
Jun 04
// Vikki Blake
Commenters on reddit and NeoGAF have reported issues with playing digital copies of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Xbox One. The error -- coded "0x87de2726" -- was confirmed by Microsoft as a licensing issue,...
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Witcher 3

A Witcher GIF that'll make you lose your mind


Or maybe just your head
Jun 03
// Brett Makedonski
Geralt doesn't always kill with this much flair. But, it's a special occasion! You only turn (level) 20 once, and it's worth celebrating. If a stylish decapitation and a body careening far into the sea is what you want, go for it. Treat yo'self, bud! Level up! [reddit]
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The Witcher 3

CD Projekt Red provides huge patch note dump for Witcher 3


No exact date yet
Jun 01
// Chris Carter
Have you been craving that huge patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? The wait is nearly over, and although developer CD Projekt Red doesn't have an exact date yet, it has given us a lot of info.  Fixes range from font size adjustments to bugs like not being able to mount your horse, and cutscene performance issues. Check out the full patch notes below.
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Witcher XP bug

The Witcher 3's XP bug will be fixed next week


CD Projekt RED says to keep playing
May 29
// Jordan Devore
Players have encountered a glitch in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that's preventing them from earning experience points from certain quests. CD Projekt RED says it will resolve the issue "as soon as possible across all platforms ...
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he Phantom Pootie Tang

Witcher 3 sex glitches out with stiff bodies, floating heads and phantom head


The Phantom Pootie Tang
May 28
// Steven Hansen
Geralt, why are you bald? Also, where is your body? Geralt, why are sniffing your own bum? I don't endorse ass play in fantasy settings without modern hygiene standards. The naked bodies have fused in unholy matrimony erupti...
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Witcher 3 bug

Watch out for a potential game-wrecking bug in the Witcher 3


If you aren't getting XP, wait
May 28
// Steven Hansen
Here's another hazardous Witcher 3 bug to look out for, at least until it's fixed. This week's Witcher 3 patch brought with it an unexpected bug that makes it so players are not getting experience for quests. Keep doing enoug...
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Witcher 3

Witcher 3 getting locked to 30 FPS on Xbox One


Hopefully this lessens instability
May 27
// Laura Kate Dale
If you've been playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Xbox One, you may have noticed that the frame rate on the console isn't entirely reliable. While at times it will rise above 30 FPS, at other times it will dip notably below ...
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Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt RED keeping quiet about Cyberpunk 2077 for a couple years


It's the Witcher's time to shine
May 26
// Jordan Devore
I last spoke about Cyberpunk 2077 over a year ago and noted that the game felt so far off, I couldn't even visualize it despite the cool, seedy, world-building promotional images and trailer. I'd say the project was announced...
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The Witcher 3

Two new DLC updates arrive in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this week


One quest and an alternate look
May 26
// Chris Carter
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a pretty lengthy game, and it's about to get even longer this week. In addition to a new "alternate look" for Yennefer, there's also a new quest coming called Missing Miners. Both will be free. It'...
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher almost didn't star leading man Geralt


Would you have preferred a customisable lead character?
May 26
// Vikki Blake
Former Witcher project lead Ryszard Chojnowski has shed light on the development of the hugely popular RPG series in a YouTube video, revealing that the game was very nearly a top-down Diablo clone inspired by the l...
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Witcher 3 bears

Bears Vs Cyclopes in the Witcher 3


Whoever wins, we lose
May 24
// Nic Rowen
Despite the positive reviews (such as the one by our very own Chris Carter) I've been hesitant to jump into The Witcher 3. It sounds great, but with a potential run time clocking in at 100 hours and up, I don't want to buy a...
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The day is finally here!
The moment you've all been waiting for that has been months in the making, Newstoid is finally officially here! We have all the hot scoops, hot hosts, and side-splitting laughter you could ask for. Not to mention the hot bea...

PC Port Report: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

May 22 // Patrick Hancock
[Note: Screenshots and video used in this post are taken from my experience with the game.] Tested on: Intel i7-4770k 3.50 GHz, 8GB of RAM, Geforce GTX 970, Windows 7. Framerate measured with FRAPS. I'd be remiss if I didn't address the now-infamous trailer of the game that incorrectly showed what it would look like back in 2013. The developers have since downgraded what the game can do, and have addressed the issue. There are lots of elements to this and it isn't as simple as "downgraded because consoles" or "they couldn't afford it," but the end result is still the same. Regardless of that trailer, The Witcher 3 still looks phenomenal. In order to achieve 60 frames per second with my setup at 1080p, I needed to play with the settings a bit. Most things were kept at the Ultra settings, except for the foliage and shadows, which were turned down to High. The game stays consistently above 60 FPS for me now, even during combat and most in-game cutscenes. Some cutscenes are evidently capped at 30 FPS, which is offputting and incredibly noticeable. The biggest setting to turn off in order to achieve a good framerate is HairWorks. With HairWorks on, hair does looks absolutely stunning and is perhaps the best rendering of hair I've ever come across, though up close it's still a bit funky looking. There are three options for HairWorks: on, Geralt-only, and off. If fully on, even the monsters and Geralt's horse will have HairWorks-quality hair. However, even when I had this on "Geralt only," the framerate would fluctuate between 30 and 50 at any given moment. Yes, the hair looks great, but it is not worth the huge dip in framerate. Another option to be aware of is the "Hardware Mouse." It's located under Options in the Video section for some reason, and anyone playing with a keyboard and mouse is likely going to want to turn this option on. Doing so disables mouse acceleration, essentially making the mouse "feel" like it is supposed to. Many of the .ini files located in the installation folder can also be edited to further customize many of the options. [embed]292553:58627:0[/embed] There's some strange odds and ends in the options to take note of. To turn on unlimited FPS, the FPS slider needs to be all the way to the left. The middle option is 30 FPS, and the right option is 60. For those playing on a big television screen via Big Picture Mode or something similar, be aware that the font size is rather small, and the HUD size does not get any bigger, only smaller. In fact, there's only two sizes for HUD size: Large and Small. Controlling Geralt with a keyboard and mouse is somewhat clunky. Turning is awkward and slow, and managing to interact with a specific object or NPC can be a struggle. Combat on a mouse and keyboard feels fluid, at least. Controlling Geralt with a controller simply feels better, all things considered. It's not that controlling him with a keyboard and mouse is awful, but there's an unfortunate feeling of "this just isn't right." Switching to a controller input is as simple as hitting any button on a connected controller. As soon as the game detects a controller input, everything is switched to controller prompts and the game immediately recognizes it. The same goes with switching back to the keyboard. The responsiveness of switching is fantastic, and future PC game designers better take note. The keyboard keys can be remapped, except for movement. The WASD keys are set in stone. When using a controller, all of the buttons are locked in at the default assignments; there is no remapping of any of the buttons. Since the PC release, there has already been a couple of large patches to help improve performance and fix bugs. CD Projekt RED has always put a lot of focus on the PC community, and that certainly still seems to be the case with The Witcher 3. More patches are on the way, and despite the console-esque nature of the third iteration, I would not expect the game to be neglected on PC going forward. It's also important to note that, apparently, it is coming to SteamOS/Linux. There was a banner on Steam saying as much, but CD Projekt RED has not commented on the Linux situation. Currently, the game is only available for Windows. Some users have been reporting crashes on their systems, but I have yet to encounter a single one. Mods are still in their infancy, but they are there. Mostly small game tweaks at the moment, but the toolkit is evidently on its way. It took a couple of years to get the official modding toolkit out for The Witcher 2, but it has been promised to come out sooner for the latest installment. Plain and simple, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a great PC port. Whether or not it should have ever been a "port" in the first place is a separate discussion, but what's presented here to the consumer is thoroughly enjoyable. Oh. and you can skip all the splash screens when booting up. 10/10, would port again.
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Gwent Simulator 2015
The Witcher is an interesting series on PC. The first game was a PC experience through and through: you could pause the action at any time and movement was mapped to mouse clicks. The second was way more action-oriented ...

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Save bug

Witcher 3 bug kills Xbox saves, console patch not ready this week


Watch out for save bug on Xbox One
May 22
// Steven Hansen
While reception towards the usefulness of The Witcher 3's day-one update on Xbox One was mixed, the general stability patch CD Projekt RED is working on would be welcomed all around. Especially on the Xbox One, where people a...
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Hardware

AMD's angry at Nvidia because of Geralt's fabulous hair


There's just too much blast processing
May 21
// Joe Parlock
Oh hey, it’s that thing that happens every time a new major release comes out. AMD and Nvidia are trading blows yet again about the performance problems some have reported in beard-cultivating simulator The Witcher 3: W...
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Is The Witcher 3 hanging after the opening cutscene for you?


Here's some tips to get you going again
May 20
// Vikki Blake
Having trouble with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? You're not the only one. Some Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players over on GameFAQs, Reddit and Twitter are reporting that the game hangs after the opening ...

Very Quick Tips: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

May 19 // Chris Carter
General tips: If you come across a bulletin board, always take all of the quests. They don't force you into completing them right away, and most of the notices highlight extra points of interest on the map. There's no real downside to it. Save often. Death can mean loading up a recent checkpoint, which is often fair, but I've encountered a few 10-15 minute losses before. Try to keep at least 3-4 saves handy with different tiers -- like when you enter a dungeon, keep at least one save available before you head into it. Sometimes calling your horse, Roach, can be a pain. Keep calling it by double-tapping the left analog stick and try turning around. Often times that's all you'll need to get it "unstuck" as turning will allow it to teleport. If you look straight at it, it won't break the rules of the game to get to you. Take lots and lots of food. If you use an auto-inventory slot on a certain food item it will automatically replace it with something else. Get in the habit of buying food bits often on the cheap. If you're not sure which sword you're using (steel or silver), remember that the empty scabbard will match up with whatever you have equipped. Remember, steel is on the left, and silver is on the right. It's confusing at first but you'll get the hang of spotting it. [embed]292348:58570:0[/embed] Mutagens are an easy way to buff existing abilities. The simple way of looking at it is to line up the color of the Mutagen with abilities. Red is for melee, blue is for Signs, and green is for alchemy. If you have that color correspond to each skill in a quadrant of the skill tree, you'll add a bonus effect. Meditate often if you aren't playing the top two difficulties that remove the healing bonus. It will save you tons of gold, not having to heal using items or food. Seriously -- even if you are only missing a tiny sliver of health, just meditate for a few seconds to pop your bar back to 100%, so you're always read for what's next. Don't forget your Signs (spells). Even if you don't use them often, try to always have Quen queued up and use it to shield yourself before (and during) every fight. Actually do the quests you come across. You'll need to level up to complete the campaign, and your gold will slowly drop over time if you don't complete tasks. This can lead to some disastrous results if you don't have enough cash to repair your gear or buy healing items. In combat, you can dodge out of stuns pretty easily. Don't just sit there and remain reeling after a hit -- try to hit the Circle (B) button often to cancel it out and get your bearings.
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Geralt can't catch a break
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an improvement upon its predecessor in a lot of ways, and despite the fact that it's a tad more streamlined, there is a learning curve involved. Here's a few quick tips to get you started.

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The Witcher 3

Maybe you shouldn't download that Witcher 3 patch on Xbox One


What's important to you?
May 18
// Brett Makedonski
Before firing up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for its global launch tomorrow, you'll be prompted to download a day one update. This patch is supposed to fix some issues, and generally make everything better. That's not quit...
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The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3's day-one patch isn't all that massive


Also, have a launch trailer
May 18
// Chris Carter
When The Witcher 3 went gold, it was basically done. Although the normal industry protocol is to patch in a massive 20GB+ day-one patch to fix nearly everything, the day-one update for Wild Hunt only clocks in at 4...
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Game News Haikus

Game News Haikus: Bloodstained, Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, and more


Zen-distilled stories
May 18
// Darren Nakamura
To fans of weird deadpan comedy poetry: I'd like to extend my humblest apologies for the hiatus. I'd like to say I was celebrating the 10th episode by taking some time off, but the reality is that I have just been super busy...
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Books, aye, remember them?!
As we all know, Geralt of Rivia is back on fine video game form with The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, but lesser known is his return to print with Sword of Destiny. First published in 1992, Andrzej Sapkowski's second short story...

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Witcher 3

TMZ Alert: Nip slip in The Witcher 3 cinematic trailer


Good thing we're here to report
May 14
// Brett Makedonski
Wouldn't it be great to run a site that focuses on video game characters as if they were out doing celebrity stuff? Marcus Fenix got out of a limo wearing no underwear! Exclusive photos! Nathan Drake's unflattering day at th...

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