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The Witcher

Please sign this petition for Destructoid to send me to Witcher School


This needs to happen
Feb 04
// Zack Furniss
There's a real-life LARP Witcher School where you can learn how to fight with swords and bows, make potions, and combat humans dressed in monster suits. It's held at Castle Moszna in Poland, and this March 17-20, they'll be a...
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Witcher 2

The Witcher 2 is currently free on Xbox Live right now


Grab it
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Why is The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings free on Xbox 360 in the US? We don't know (CD Projekt Red hasn't updated its Twitter in nearly two weeks)! But you sure can mosey on to the download link and grab it! I just tested it,...
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Game Writing

The Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity score Writers Guild Award nominations


Assassin's Creed gets 9th nomination
Jan 12
// CJ Andriessen
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an unstoppable, award-winning machine. While it failed to take home the industry's top prize, the Destructoid Game of the Year Award, it has secured victories from other, lesser organizations ...
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Witcher 3 patch

The Witcher 3 patch 1.12 smashes Hearts of Stone bugs


Other performance fixes...and not giant
Jan 11
// Steven Hansen
There's a lot to peruse in this 1.12 patch-notes-filled The Witcher 3 PDF. Much of it has to do with the new-ish Hearts of Stone expansion and fixing bugs therein, but rest assured that this patch isn't 15gb (a much more reasonable 1.4gb) and it contains quite a few continued general improvements to gameplay, UI, and performance. Some highlights, if you don't want to read through the whole PDF:

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Witcher 3

CD Projekt Red denies existence of The Witcher 3: Enhanced Edition


Seen at multiple retailers
Jan 10
// Chris Carter
The Witcher 3 -- am I right, guys?That's basically all you need to say before a back-patting ceremony ensues, congratulating one another for playing Geralt's latest adventure. It's pretty damn good, and with all of the sales ...
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GDC Awards

Metal Gear Solid V and The Witcher 3 lead all nominees at GDC Awards


Four a piece
Jan 08
// Brett Makedonski
When the Game Developers Choice Awards take place March 16 in San Francisco, two games will already have a leg-up in their odds of bringing home some hardware. The award show has revealed all the nominees for its nine categor...
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GOTY 2015

Mike Cosimano's personal picks for Game of the Year 2015


The People's Choice(es)
Jan 04
// Mike Cosimano
2015 was a divisive year -- tremendous in terms of media (TV like Master of None and The 100; movies like Spotlight and The Force Awakens; games like...well, keep reading) and a garbage year in terms of my life. Entertai...

Score attack! Mario, Metal Gear, Witcher, and more games better than Star Wars

Dec 21 // Steven Hansen
Now, at year's end, Destructoid's Brett Makedonski rekindled this bonfire in my head with an innocuous tweet, "How does Rotten Tomatoes work? If something's a 6/10 or better, does that review count as 100% fresh for the aggregation?" I replied, "yeah." And then, [embed]328101:61584:0[/embed] What Brett gets at seems like a no-brainer concern for anyone who works in video games. What happens when the average games gets across-the-board 7s and then comes up as a perfect? Well, thankfully movie reviewing is a bit less insular than video game reviewing and there's a bit more disagreement. There are more people giving negative reviews -- even to almost universally praised things. And that's okay! Let's look at 2015's common Game of the Year award candidates and, via Metacritic, see what their RottenTomatoes "freshness" might look like (the percent of reviews that are positive, versus the average score). The closest thing to a negative review among the 874 total are two instances of 5/10. The lowest Metacritic score here is an 81 (Splatoon) while the highest is 93 (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Undertale) for an average of 88. For a more direct comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Metacritic score (they do movies, too) is 81. RottenTomatoes, which also displays an average rating, albeit less prominently, has the film at 83. I don't think anyone who worked on the project is going to miss his Xmas bonus. This isn't to rail on Metacritic, a common target for its reductionism, for game developer bonuses contingent on its averages, for failing to include individual writer names on its listings. Nor is it to kick the tires on the "do review scores matter" question, crossing up hypothetical opponents and swishing a "read the words" as if it were a mic drop. What these trends point to is a blind spot in game reviewing and the lack of diverse opinion. There are reasons for this, but first, note that the above comparison is, admittedly, not one-to-one. There are publications rating games not on Metacritic, there are game and movie publications that don't score reviews, movie aggregate sites have a wider pool to cull from because of the prominence of movie reviews as newspaper/magazine staples. But the Metacritic sample size is still a large representation of major outlets writing about games. Okay, so, why? Oh, man, so many reasons, most of which overlap in various ways. First let's try this out: You can be smart about games, but absolutely terrible at actually playing Bloodborne, for instance. And that's not me projecting -- I'm the best Souls player on staff. It does get to a good point, though, which is how game reviews are assigned. Familiarity with the French New Wave canon may inform your thoughts on the new CGI Samey Explosions, but lot of styles and techniques work across eras, genres, etc. This knowledge is more cumulative. Games? Content, style, presentation, physical means of interaction vary so wildly. Someone joked they need a community college course on Xenoblade Chronicles X. Twitch shooters and Devil May Cry-style action games require additional physical skill and execution. Sure, knowing about RPGs and progression systems helps a critic working on a sports or action game when those genres started adopting those systems regularly, but god damn, some people just can't do a Dark Souls. And so there are often experts. There's "the Dark Souls woman," or the "the JRPG guy," or the "the MOBA person." And that's not all bad. Sometimes the expert or genre fan has broader context or deeper insights. However, the setup is fated towards homogeneity. Especially when coupled with -- I'd be remiss not to mention this -- the tendency of major video game writing publications towards hiring middle-class-and-up white dudes. Similar types of people with similar experiences all reviewing the same stuff. And there are reasons for this, too: members from that group are most likely, especially in this economy, to be able to work unpaid internships or for the bum rates that writing gets these days, period, while having financial security or backup otherwise. Sometimes it's just a Rolodex problem, as Jenn Frank noted.  It is much more sane to write a review of a 100-minute movie for $50 than a 100-hour game for $50. With its shorter history, gaming media exists more so in the current era of devalued writing that has felled everyone from, well, all the game sites that have closed down recently, to the best film (The Dissolve) and sports/pop culture outlets (Grantland). I think this translates -- to the sincere dismay of everyone involved -- to a lot more "good enough" writing than we'd all like, especially when most of the people who are writing about games are underpaid, hustling freelance, or both. This is a general publishing woe perhaps exacerbated by games writing's shorter canon and fewer agreements on how even to talk about games (aside from the established, book report-y "is it fun?" style). Demanding more rigor from overtaxed, underfunded writers and editors working in a devalued, fraught industry within a generally struggling economy, well, damn, it's tough. A doable step, though, is actively hiring from a wider pool of applicants than your typical just-graduated-22-year-old-Nick. I think here at Destructoid we do a good job simply encouraging our reviewers to be as straightforward and honest as possible without kowtowing behind cookie cutter review formulations and tasteless writing that goes down without a fuss, but serves no one (I'm cautiously optimistic that fans of the genre will enjoy this return to the series roots). Average starts at 5, and all that. Some of the biggest holiday releases (Fallout 4, Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider) came in under 8. But it's almost more disheartening for the state of gaming as a whole that folks across the net will point to an incredibly good score like a 7/10 as rabble rousing, as trolling for hits, and that collectively -- as in the Chart Chart Binks above -- it's rare to even end up on the "negative" side of the spectrum. Someone has to dislike something.
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Yes, they all reviewed better
There are exactly 100 professional reviews culled on the Bloodborne Metacritic page. Of that 100, 99 are "positive" and 1 is "mixed," a lowly 7/10, which I'd suggest is still positive. Oh, so nobody dislikes this game? When I...

Nominees for Destructoid's Best PC Game of 2015

Dec 12 // Steven Hansen
Here are the nominees for Destructoid's Best PC Game of 2015: The Beginner's Guide Downwell Her Story Heroes of the Storm Invisible Inc. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Rocket League Soma Tales from the Borderlands Undertale The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [Incomplete products like Steam Early Access titles, and episodic titles that are not fair to assess as stand alone experiences, without a full episode count, were not eligible for this year's awards. The cutoff for entry into Destructoid's 2015's Game of the Year awards is December 4, 2015.]
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Got a PC? Then you've got a computer!
The personal computer ("PC," to those in the know) is always good for a clutch of unexpected surprises and in 2015 it was no different. There heavy hitters are there, from Metal Gear to The Witcher. But there is also an unexp...

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The Witcher 3 DLC

The Witcher 3's second expansion looks lovely


Blood & Wine
Dec 08
// Jordan Devore
There's no snow where I live, thank goodness, but it is cold and rainy. Gloomy vibes all around with no end in sight. I don't want to think about it, so excuse me for a moment while I get distracted by these warm screenshots ...
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GameBarcodes

GameBarcodes distill games down frame by frame


Journey's is the best
Nov 19
// Darren Nakamura
A couple weeks ago an imgur page was floating around the Internet showing various films with each frame reduced to its average color and represented as a single vertical line in what turn out to be often vibrant barcodes. Thi...
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Witcher movie

A Witcher movie's in the works, somehow not for Skinemax


From The Mummy producers
Nov 05
// Brett Makedonski
The Witcher video games have a lot of sexin' going on, but that doesn't mean any movie made about the franchise will be automatically relegated to the late-night softcore adult entertainment channels. There's a silver sc...
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Witcher 3

Use a money-making exploit in Witcher 3? Then a taxman's comin' after you


One for you, 19 for me
Oct 15
// Brett Makedonski
Historically speaking, there have been very taxmen that skew toward likable. The Beatles sang about one, but the lyrics indicate that even he wasn't a particularly great dude; it's just that he's the subject of a very good s...
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The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3's physical Gwent set has been delayed


'Logistical problems'
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
The Witcher 3's Hearts of Stone DLC is set to drop on October 13, along with a physical version that came packed with Gwent cards. Now CD Projekt Red has noted that due to logistical problems, this edition has been delayed fo...
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15GB patches

Are you okay with 15GB patches for console games?


They're no longer stress-free machines
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
Remember the retro days where console games worked, and they couldn't be patched (and subsequently fixed?). Yep, I do, but I was also a PC gamer during that same time period -- I had the good fortune of meeting friends from a...
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The Witcher

The Witcher 3's next patch is 15GB on consoles


Think of our hard drives!
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
You know they mean business when you have to open a PDF to read patch notes. CD Projekt RED has detailed patch 1.10 for The Witcher 3, and it's freaking huge. The changelog is housed within a 13-page document that covers fixe...
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Cyberpunk > Witcher

Cyberpunk 2077 is aiming to be 'far, far bigger than The Witcher 3'


Bigger is better, right guys? Oh yeah?
Oct 06
// Jed Whitaker
"Cyberpunk is far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt Red has done before," said visual effects artist Jose Teixeira speaking to MCV. "Far, far bigger." "Working on The Witcher 3 was a really good and often brutal learning experience," he said. "Cyberpunk is going to benefit greatly from it. I can almost guarantee it."
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Witcher 3

Decapitation won't stop the foes in Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone


Try something else
Oct 06
// Brett Makedonski
Geralt of Rivia has found himself opposite all kinds of opponents. Ghouls and beasts and insects and vampires -- the list goes on and on. So, when he's facing boring ol' humans, well, that's about as mundane as his life gets...
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The Witcher 3

Check out the main theme for The Witcher 3's Hearts of Stone DLC


Nice
Oct 02
// Chris Carter
The Witcher 3's Heart of Stone DLC is coming on October 13, and will have 10 hours of content in tow. But before it drops, you can listen to the main theme above from composer Marcin Przybyłowicz. Wild Hu...
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Witcher 3

The Witcher 3's 1.09 patch will include PS4 performance fixes


Minor stuff
Sep 30
// Chris Carter
If you're sick of hearing of The Witcher 3, you're going to have to deal with it for quite a while longer, as CD Projekt Red is in overdrive mode with this game, even months after launch. In addition to a ton of swift patches...
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Witcher 3

Here are 22 Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone screens to tide you over


Just two more weeks
Sep 28
// Brett Makedonski
I write, you read -- that's the arrangement we have here. It has worked fabulously for the past three years (except for those of you who hate me). As if a substitute teacher were in class, I'm going to take it a bit easy on y...
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Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 cost a cool $81 million to make


A worthwhile investment
Sep 09
// Brett Makedonski
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cost CD Projekt $81 million to develop. That's a decent amount of coin. But, the publisher is already seeing the fruits of its investment, as the company's latest financial report shows it's in ...
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Witcher 3

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone special edition comes with real Gwent cards


'You can play it after/during the story'
Sep 08
// Chris Carter
The Witcher 3 has had a pretty phenomenal launch. It sold gangbusters, and it did so without pinching pennies and splitting up pre-order DLC like many other sleazy publishers. But now, the time has almost come for its Season...
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Witcher 3

Witcher 3 dev wants free DLC to be an industry standard


But it won't
Aug 20
// Brett Makedonski
CD Projekt Red released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in May, but it didn't stop offering content there. Over the course of three months, the developer continually put out free add-ons -- 16 in all. That's a trend that it'd l...
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Seven

Former Witcher devs to make Thief-inspired RPG Seven


Nah, Brad Pitt's not in it
Aug 18
// Vikki Blake
IMGN.PRO and Fool's Theory have announced details of their new game: a post-apocalyptic, open-world RPG inspired by Thief called Seven. The developers -- some of who hail from CD Projekt Red -- don't have much to share at this point beyond a couple of screenshots and these fancy words:
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The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3's New Game Plus DLC is available now


XBox One is live, PC and PS4 incoming.
Aug 17
// Laura Kate Dale
If you're a gamer with a lot of time on your hands, you may have already finished playing The Witcher 3 and be itching to play more questing adventures. If you're already burning with a warrior-style bloodlust for more conten...
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The Witcher 3

ModKit is the only modding tool The Witcher 3 is getting


Bye bye, RedKit
Aug 17
// Joe Parlock
ModKit for The Witcher 3 was released last week, which allows more experienced people to create mods for the game by giving them access to game resources. It’s a fairly limited system compared to REDKit that was release...
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Witcher 3

Latest Witcher 3 patch makes it so you can hoard severed heads


Several severed heads
Jul 31
// Brett Makedonski
Look, not everyone's a lunatic with some sort of dark pit (un-amiibo) in their basement. Those people probably have a stockpile of severed heads already. The latest Witcher 3 patch is for those who don't possess a bunch ...
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The Witcher 3

Gwent cards won't carry over for The Witcher 3's New Game+


Plan accordingly!
Jul 28
// Jordan Devore
While New Game+ isn't an option for The Witcher 3 yet, it will be soon. But before you commit to another playthrough, you should know what will and won't transfer. CD Projekt RED has answers. New Game+ will bump you to level ...
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Witcher 3 update

The Witcher 3 is adding New Game+


It'll be free, of course
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
Even if I don't end up starting a New Game+, I love knowing it's always an option. I had expected the feature to be in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which I still haven't even begun (I'm only now on inFamous: Second Son, as far a...

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