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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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Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 has dynamic beard growth


Watch that fuzz grow in real time
May 13
// Laura Kate Dale
The Witcher 3 is a sprawling fantasy epic that sees a gruff manly man travel across the world doing all sorts of manly things in a semi realistic world. Perhaps most interesting about The Witcher 3's quest for virtual realism...

Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

May 12 // Chris Carter
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC, PS4 [reviewed], Xbox One)Developer: CD Projekt REDPublisher: Bandai Namco (Europe), WB Games (NA), Spike Chunsoft (Japan)Released: May 19, 2015MSRP: $59.99 From the very start, The Witcher 3 is a return to form in terms of presenting the core Witcher lore from the first game. Unlike the second iteration, where many elements important to the overarching story were teased or merely mentioned in passing, you get to see more events up close. You'll have the chance to experience The Wild Hunt itself even more-so than the original title, which is going to be a huge bonus for fans of the series. You get to delve deeper into the world as a whole, and the more personal take on Geralt makes it even better. Over the course of The Wild Hunt, players will experience Geralt as a teacher, lover, and hero. There are far more opportunities to actually be a Witcher, haggling for goods and demanding gold for your service. These elements were always communicated in past games to some degree, but given the vast scope of this title, you'll actually get to live it on a constant basis here. The script as a whole is also much sharper, with stronger dialog and a funnier general feel. It helps that it hosts the most interesting cast yet, like a funny young creature that loves to poop, a terrifying trio of witches, a dumb goat named Princess, and one very angry ghost baby. The setup this time around involves Ciri, a young woman that Geralt has essentially raised as his own daughter. She's trained with Witchers, but she also hosts a power no one quite understands that has sparked the interest of The Wild Hunt -- a mysterious and powerful group that roams the land and terrifies everyone who comes in contact with them. Geralt kicks off the adventure in search of Ciri, attempting to find her in various locations, learning of her whereabouts through story missions. Occasionally you'll get to control Ciri herself in short standalone sequences, which serve as a window into her point of view and are a welcome brief departure from the Geralt show. [embed]291344:58447:0[/embed] In general, choices feel like they carry more weight in The Wild Hunt, and the characters are more fleshed out as a whole. I felt like the second game had way too many "Would you like to do option A or option B?" black and white choices, but the third iteration brings back some of the ambiguity from the original. There is immediacy to your decisions, but there are lasting consequences in some cases, with individuals that I actually cared about. I like Ciri in particular, and was inspired to press on to find out what happened to her. More importantly, the game is designed as a large collective of little choices compared to a few sweeping options in The Witcher 2. Having a bit of control over nearly every aspect of your personal story is a much more desirable design. A lot of you out there will probably be disappointed to learn that combat is now essentially Assassin's Creed, as most of the nuances like stances from the first game and the slower flow of the second game are now gone. Instead, you'll attack with light and heavy attacks, spicing things up with a few magic abilities, and separate dodge and roll buttons. Geralt still carries his trademark steel sword for humanoid opponents and silver for creatures, but since he automatically takes the appropriate one out most of the time, that bit of strategy is quashed too. It's not enough to make the game "easy" (especially on higher settings) but normal is significantly more hack and slash oriented than The Witcher 2. For all of the streamlined changes though, I actually enjoy this take on combat the most. Your magic abilities run the gamut of everything you'd need, from traps to projectiles to a defensive shield, and the dodge mechanic works better than it ever has, which makes battles feel more action-oriented and less like an outdated pen-and-paper scheme. When you add in the ability to parry and counter, combat gets even more interesting. Ciri's bits are even less expansive, as she can't access an equipment or inventory screen at all, and only has a few unique spells at her disposal. When you're exploring about, the way fast travel is handled is just about perfect. You can technically use it, but players will need to have explored the target area first, and access an actual dedicated fast-travel signpost. It encourages you to see the world without pulling your hair out and losing tons of time manually getting to places you've already been. Roach, your horse, will assist in finding those new locations, and the controls are fairly versatile with walking, running, and galloping options. Sailing is probably my favorite means of travel, and in one instance I was even left stranded on an island after enemies capsized my ship! Questing is also much more satisfying now because The Wild Hunt is less "tunnel" oriented. Thanks to the advancements of newer tech, the open world can be fully explored by climbing, sailing, and horseback riding. The climbing mechanics are a welcome addition, but like a lot of other sandbox titles (I'm looking at you, Bethesda), it comes with its own set of glitches and rough animations. Specifically, ridges and edges are problem areas, and I had Geralt get stuck a few times in the game world or die to very questionable amounts of fall damage. It doesn't help the situation when a few main story quests have bugs in them as well. It should be noted though that there is a very forgiving checkpoint save system, and you can manually save at any time. I suggest doing so often. Once you get your first look at the world and see the new engine up-close, you'll likely forget about those stiff movements and occasional rough patches. The draw distance is wonderful, and the map in general is insanely detailed. While there are three particular areas that are instanced (cut off from the rest of the world), the core area is huge, and would take you hours to fully traverse and explore, even if you didn't stop to actually do anything. For the purposes of this review, I played The Witcher 3 on PS4, which features 1080p visuals, with a 30 frames-per-second cap. Unfortunately that latter figure is noticeable all too often, especially when you're outside, moving the camera about, and fighting multiple enemies. I have to give it to CD Projekt RED for creating a beautiful, vast universe with very little in the way of load times, but the console edition does feel like a compromise. If you have the rig, I highly recommend taking a look at the PC version, though I haven't had a chance to test out its stability just yet. There is something to be aware of in addition to the technical issues. While the combat and overall story have been improved, a lot of quests (particularly the transitions between story missions) involve "Witcher Vision." Yep, Arkham's Detective Vision mechanic is now a part of the Witcher world, and you're going to be spending a lot of time holding down a button, looking at footprints, and following them blindly to the next sequence. At first it's a really cool mechanic, and appropriately represents a Witcher's advanced sensory and tracking capabilities. But once you do it roughly 100 times, it gets a tad old. If you're looking for a lengthy adventure, you'll find pretty much everything you need here. With four difficulty levels (including a super easy mode) there's something for everyone. Alchemy mechanics shine in The Wild Hunt, as there are lots of ingredient nodes all across the world, easily visible on the game's mini-map -- almost like the developers took a page from the newer Far Cry games. There's literally hundreds of quests to complete, secret locations to find, and buried treasure to search for. The core story will last you a good while. It took me roughly 50 hours to complete the game. Hilariously enough, there is one point that feels like it's the end, to the point where the game even warns you that you should save and that you cannot turn back after entering the area. After I finished that sequence, it turned out that I had at least another 10 hours to go. Once the story is said and done, a few select sidequests can't be completed, but you're plopped back into the world, ready to explore. I suspect I'll be at it for over 100 hours by the time I'm ready to put the game back on the shelf. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a huge step up from its predecessor, mostly because it manages to tell a more compelling and personal tale. At the same time, that intimate feel is juxtaposed against a gigantic, sprawling open-world adventure that may hit some snags along the way but still comes out on top. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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100% more Witchay Woman
I have an odd history with The Witcher series. I absolutely fell in love with the first game near launch, at the behest of a friend, and adored the way it approached morality. Typically, games of that era would offer up black...

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The Witcher

One million people have pre-ordered The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


Are you one of them?
May 12
// Vikki Blake
Over a million people have pre-ordered The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. And even though it's yet to be released -- the game goes on sale May 19 -- the hotly anticipated RPG has already scooped up a bunch of awards ("over 200" accord...
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Witcher 3 on Xbox One

The Witcher 3 looks decent enough on Xbox One


Our review goes up tomorrow morning
May 11
// Jordan Devore
On Xbox One, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt runs at 900p and 30 frames per second. On PlayStation 4, 1080p and 30 frames per second. On PC, uh... how much disposable income do you have? This official footage of the Xbox One versio...
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Deals

All the Witcher 3 pre-order deals available at up to 28% off


Witchin' deals
May 08
// Dealzon
Update: Title was previously "up to 35% off" but that was in error given the GMG deal has been long gone. Sorry for the goof. There's a mini pre-order price war of sorts going on with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and unsurp...
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The Witcher 3 Conan

Watch Conan O'Brien's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt playthrough


Our review next week
May 08
// Chris Carter
I always enjoy Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer segments. He's stuck with them for roughly three years now, and never claims to be a fan of gaming in general -- but he still looks like he has fun doing it. This time he takes o...
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The Witcher

New to The Witcher? Get the first two on the cheap before trying The Wild Hunt


Less than $4.50 combined
May 07
// Brett Makedonski
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2015, and it's now less than two weeks from launch. That's great news for Witcher fans; it's daunting news for anyone who wants to check out the...
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CD Projekt Red

Green Man Gaming and CD Projekt Red are having a bit of a tiff


It's all a bit he-said, she-said
May 07
// Joe Parlock
Well ain’t this a clusterfuck? GameSpot has reported that CD Projekt Red struck out against game selling site Green Man Gaming, claiming that the codes of The Witcher 3 they’re supplying didn’t come from&nbs...

Weekend deals: Witcher III, Project Cars & other May releases

May 03 // Dealzon
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Nothing to do in the summer? How about hours and hours of Witcher? Though the game was delayed several months from its original late 2014 scheduled release, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt will release later this month on PC,...

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The Witcher 3

Yep, The Witcher 3 on PC at 1080p and 60 frames per second is damn pretty


No shocker there
Apr 27
// Brett Makedonski
Those of you who have the beefiest of rigs are in for a treat when The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases in a few weeks. As if this comes as a surprise to anyone, it looks absolutely great when running at 1080p and 60 frame...
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Witcher 3

Witcher 3's newest TV ad takes an already-rare bird that much closer to extinction


Jay-Z got nothin' on this O.G. R.O.C.
Apr 24
// Brett Makedonski
Rocs are giant birds of prey in The Witcher's universe, and in a way, they can be likened to the Giant Squid in our universe. According to the game's wiki, it's extremely rare to actually see one alive, as they usually only ...
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The Witcher 3

Plough yourself, mutant: This Witcher 3 quest cracks me up


I don't know about this guy
Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
In this PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt brought to you by Xbox (check the YouTube account), we're shown around nine minutes of a sidequest involving a merchant and his lost cargo. The quest description sets the scene:...
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Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 map revealed, and it's pretty huge


Goodness that's a big world
Apr 22
// Laura Kate Dale
We already knew The Witcher 3 was going to big, I don't think anyone out there has been doubting that with all the talk of game completion times recently. The question that has however lingered, just HOW big is The Witcher 3?...
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Charles Dance

Check out my boy Charles Dance in The Witcher 3


Great character actor
Apr 21
// Chris Carter
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is nearly upon us, with a rapidly approaching May 19 worldwide release date. For the time being though you can check out Charles Dance in action, who will be playing the Emperor of Nilfgaard in ...
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Promoted blog

How historically accurate is The Witcher?


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Apr 16
// RedHeadPeak
[Dtoid community blogger RedHeadPeak delves into the historical accuracy of the Witcher.  I'm as happy as a little girl.  Want to see your own writing appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams...
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Witcher 3

New Witcher Xbox One bundles coming soon to Europe


No limited edition console, though
Apr 15
// Vikki Blake
Microsoft has confirmed the release of two all-new The Witcher 3 Xbox One bundles for selected EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) territories. The bundles include a standard Xbox One console, a digital code for The Witcher...
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Witcher in 4K

Look away from these 4K screens of The Witcher 3


Unless you're wealthy or something
Apr 13
// Jordan Devore
If an image or video is tagged as 4K, yeah, I'm more than likely gonna click on it. Even if it's media showing a game at a level of graphical fidelity I can't possibly attain with my computer. Misery loves company, so please ...
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Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 DLC gets priced, including a Season Pass


Get both expansions for 20
Apr 13
// Laura Kate Dale
Are you eagerly awaiting the launch of The Witcher 3 next month? Want to purchase a huge chunk of extra content before the game has even released? Well, if you do then we now know how much doing so will set you back. Accordin...
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The Witcher 3

This Witcher 3 overview trailer is cut well, also funny


Looks like a hell of a game
Apr 10
// Jordan Devore
In this overview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, protagonist Geralt and a woman sit on a unicorn in just their underwear and she uses "breathtaking magic" to dissolve her bra (quick, cut away!). It was at that point I shed som...
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Witcher 3

A Witcher 3 playtester needed 25 hours to speedrun the game


The Internet can probably do it quicker
Apr 09
// Brett Makedonski
Everyone knew that The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt would be a massive game. CD Projekt Red's been touting that since early development, and, frankly, it was just kind of assumed anyway. Sure, there will be plenty of non-integral...
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Witcher 3 DLC

Size matters: The Witcher 3 dev is proud of how big its two add-ons are


'Hearts of Stone' and 'Blood and Wine'
Apr 07
// Brett Makedonski
The customary development cycle for large-scale videogames in 2015 all but necessitates that the conclusion of working on a base title segues into working on downloadable content. That's just how it works now. And, that's wha...
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Witcher 3 opening

Watch the bewitchering first 15 minutes of The Witcher 3


Lilac and gooseberries
Apr 06
// Steven Hansen
This is the first 15 minutes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, without the opening cinematic, but still with a couple minutes of cutscene followed by horse riding and monster smashing. I've yet to catch up on the series ahead of ...
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Witcher beard

Geralt will grow a beard while you play The Witcher 3


FUTURE
Mar 23
// Jordan Devore
Some would call beard growth in videogames insignificant -- a waste of time. They would be wrong. As spotted in the NeoGAF recap of German gaming magazine Gamestar.de's factoid-filled coverage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, pro...
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The Witcher 3

There was almost ice skating in The Witcher 3


The concept was prototyped
Mar 09
// Jordan Devore
Let's take a moment to imagine Geralt ice skating in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Ahh, sweet bliss. Over the weekend, senior game designer Damien Monnier told a crowd at PAX East about CD Projekt RED's canceled feature. "It was ...
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Here's what you'll find in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Xbox One Collector's Edition


The real-life version of Gwent sounds pretty cool
Mar 07
// Brittany Vincent
Hyped for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Looking to throw down for the Collector's Edition? If you're not sure whether you want the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version, this video might help sway you. Major Nelson has posted a vide...
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The Witcher 3 difficulty

CD Projekt RED isn't afraid to make The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt difficult


Some like it hot, and some sweat when the heat is on
Feb 06
// Jason Faulkner
If you're planning on purchasing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt you're in for a tough journey. When developing the game, CD Projekt RED wanted to break the mold that action-RPGs have created lately with being too friendly, eve...
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The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 team recorded 16 hours of motion capture for sex scenes


Yep Yep Yep Yep Yep Yep Uh Huh
Feb 01
// Jonathan Holmes
Do sex scenes in videogames ever arouse you or do they just look like two action figures rubbing their crotches together? Or both? If you're said "yes" or "both" to those questions then you're in luck. The upcoming action RP...
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The Witcher 2

Today is your last day to grab The Witcher 2 and D4 for free


On Xbox platforms
Jan 31
// Chris Carter
Microsoft's Games With Gold promotion actually isn't too bad anymore, but this month's offerings are on their way out. MX vs. ATV Alive is already gone, but you still have time to get The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on...
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Witcher 3

Witcher 3 may have 'Insanity' mode, deletes your save upon death


Plus, how to carry over choices from earlier games
Jan 28
// Steven Hansen
I've always been fascinated with permadeath options in games. Witcher 3 might have a doozy. Witcher 3 senior game designer Damien Monnier and level designer Miles Tost recently streamed the game on Twitch and hosted...

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