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[The Witcher] [The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings trailer | 2011 release

AldoAldo Hippo Hooraythe swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
edited January 2011 in Games and Technology
The Witcher II!

See: http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/thewitcher2/news.html?sid=6254071&tag=topslot;thumb;1&mode=previews



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JciyoGmnGyo

The Witcher is a role playing game that puts you in the leather boots of one Geralt. Geralt has a few problems:
  • He lost his memory
  • Everyone hates him
  • His way of living is being threatened by various forces
  • His friends are in trouble

Luckily, Geralt also has a few good things going for him:
  • Every woman wants to fuck him
  • He can decapitate bitches like it's no one's business
  • He can set bitches on fire
  • He can diss bitches
  • His friends have roughly similar skills.

Here is he posing: ve16vc.jpg

Geralt is a witcher, a special sort of being that has been enhanced by all sorts of magic and SCIENCE to be the ultimate monster slayer. His job description states that he is supposed to protect humanity. However, humanity is a bunch of murderous assholes. As with most RPGs you get kicked into this world, have to make moral decisions and gain levels.

What makes this game special is that its moral decisions are - on average - horrible moral dilemmas. You have to make your decisions based on limited information and that often leads to a realization somewhere down the line that you helped torch down an orphanage. Also: there is no clear good/evil scenario, just like real life, there's all sorts of shades of grey.

Combat is more fun than your average RPG: instead of *click* *watch your guy kill other guy* *click* you'll have to time your attacks, pull off combos and switch between fighting styles. To make this easier you can pause the game at any time.

The Witcher is a great game, critics loved it, fans love it and most importantly: the developer, CD Projekt Red, loves the game and its fans. The original version of the game had its problems, so the developer decided to release a huge extended edition and gave it away for free. It contained tons of new dialogue, various bug fixes, slight changes to make the story flow better and the complete soundtrack and a 'music inspired by...' all packed together in one huge patch.

As if this is not enough, they have now also released a new big patch, years after the game went live, to further upgrade their game. They have even removed the DRM on this, because they figured it's pretty damned useless by now. The industry can learn from these guys.

Note to our American friends: the original game was censored to get through the biblehumping/prude/retarded rating systems you folks have in place. However, with this latest version they decided to do away with all the censorship and release the game in all it's soft-porn, profanity spewing, gore-y goodness onto the American countryside.

Note to our console-playing friends: at first there were plans to release a refurbished version of this game to PS3 and Xbox, but the company that was supposed to make this happen cocked some things up and the financial crisis didn't help either, so it got tossed into the freezer indefinitely.

Links to patches. To install you need to register your game on their website:
Finding 1.4 is as easy as going to this page. (this is the version you have when you buy the Enhanced Edition)

Then you go to this page and download 1.5. (this is the version you have when you buy the Director's Cut)

Then, for the boobies, you go to this page.

Alternatively: Fileplanet has all patches available as well.


Enough dwarfshit, screenshots and videos:
Spoiler:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/40361.html

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/39962.html

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I seriously need to pick this back up and finish it.

    I started running into some technically problems in Act 4 and just never soildered through the rest of it.

    I've augmented my rig and updated everything in it, time to d/l the 1.5 patch and get my killing and shagging on.

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  • Skull2185Skull2185 Smile Puddin'! Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    So there's definatly going to be no console versions of this game?


    I've been waiting patiently..for sooooo long..

    man...Disappointment

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  • IvanIssacsIvanIssacs Skull Leader SDF-1Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Wait they gave away the extended edition for free?!

    Wtf do want.

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    IvanIssacs wrote: »
    Wait they gave away the extended edition for free?!

    Wtf do want.

    Yep, if you have a legit registered copy, simply go to the official website and get update 1.4 + a language pack.

    From there you can upgrade to 1.5 and add in the extra adventures they have as well.

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  • IvanIssacsIvanIssacs Skull Leader SDF-1Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Doing that when I get home!

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    OP needs to talk about the fact that the devs are so frikkin awesome that now that the major sales period for the game has passed, they've even patched out the DRM. And in line with that philosophy, they're also the people behind GOG.com

  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray the swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    If there's any extra info anyone wants in the OP, feel free to let me know.

    *e: oh ok added that in right away

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Needs classy music.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWD4c2RsdMY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCk7wpk5Fys&feature=related

    (Very nice otherwise)


    Oh, and I bought the EE just because of all the nifty bonus stuff. Still a wonderful game, I'll get back to it when I finish my replay of Bloodlines.

    I'm at Chapter 3.


    I should look into reading the novels, as the short story included with the EE is quite good. You should read it if you're curious about what's going on in the opening video.

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  • grrarggrrarg Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Did the 1.5 patch remove a choice from the tutorial?
    Spoiler:

    I understand if they did since most people favored one choice, and it was a relatively minor choice. But did they change any other choices later in the game?

    If you play a game and then are able to spend pages debating with someone on the actions of a faction within that game you probably just played a pretty sweet game.
  • AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Got the EE lying in the shelf next to me. Got the regular witcher version cheap before that, but I loved the game that much and the box looks pretty cool.


    Great game, great characters, great story.

    @grrarg
    Spoiler:

  • grrarggrrarg Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Yeah, I was concerned because the patch notes did not mention any gameplay changes. Maybe I forgot to talk to someone to get that choice. I'll give it another shot. I was planning to get the ending with
    Spoiler:

    If you play a game and then are able to spend pages debating with someone on the actions of a faction within that game you probably just played a pretty sweet game.
  • MongerMonger Hella Fuckin Smokey Dallas, TXRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Alegis wrote: »
    @grrarg
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

  • AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Oh right. I guess the other reward is
    Spoiler:
    grrarg wrote: »
    Yeah, I was concerned because the patch notes did not mention any gameplay changes. Maybe I forgot to talk to someone to get that choice. I'll give it another shot. I was planning to get the ending with
    Spoiler:

    I did that ending on my last playthrough.
    Spoiler:

  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    what kind of a computer do you need to play this game competently? screenshots look pretty, even though it's a couple years old

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    A nice one. You can adjust the settings accordingly, but at full, this game is a beast.

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  • Ah_PookAh_Pook Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    i was really looking forward to the console version of this. sad, that. is it 100% confirmed that its not happening?

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Not really. They've said they're still trying.

    But this is a game worth getting a nice PC for.

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  • GraviijaGraviija Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    So I just bought this over Steam. Been considering it for a long time, really, and have wanted a long, meaty RPG to keep me entertained at school, since I leave my consoles at home. And the news of the console version being indefinitely delayed made the decision easier.

    I don't have a great PC, but I meet all the recommended specs, and games like Fallout 3 run very well, even on high-ish settings. Looking forward to it.

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    This game is all about the racism. I hate to think about all the backlash that will be involved but the truth must be told. The truth about a man who kills people by dropping them from his crane. Political correctness be damned. Damned to the max.
  • Toxic PickleToxic Pickle Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I own this for the PC, but around Act 3 I started really getting tired of the mouse-clicky combat. Was really hoping for a console version, because this game really does feel like it would be at home with a controller.

    Edit: However, with the new patch that removes the censorship, I may just give it another go. :D

  • DetharinDetharin Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    God I loved that game, most memorable moment
    Spoiler:

    If I was kidnapped, woke up in a lab, told they were going to replace my vocal cords with those of Tony Jay, and lock me in a sound booth until the day I die I would look those bastards right in the eye and say "Alright you sons of bitches lets do this. This one is for the children."
  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    your mother sucks dwarf cock.

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  • ShabootyShabooty Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Ok so I finally beat VtM:B. Now to finally beat this game. Backlog is going down.

  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Fuck the whole "This is coming to consoles wait nevermind!" thing. This looked really damn interesting.

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  • GraviijaGraviija Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I've been playing for a couple hours.

    I love it already. Great characters and atmosphere.

    rvcontre78 wrote:
    This game is all about the racism. I hate to think about all the backlash that will be involved but the truth must be told. The truth about a man who kills people by dropping them from his crane. Political correctness be damned. Damned to the max.
  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    So just to make sure, if I buy the normal version (for like $25 cheaper), it can be patched up to have all the content in the directors cut?

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Spoit wrote: »
    So just to make sure, if I buy the normal version (for like $25 cheaper), it can be patched up to have all the content in the directors cut?

    In one awesome word, Yes.

    Be prepared to wait a bit on downloading, unless you have a smoking fast connection. IIRC the 1.4 patch + a language pack is 1.4 gigs.

    The 2 extra adventures (Price of Neutrality and something else) are about 300 megs a piece, and then the 1.5 patch (removes DRM, puts all the lovely blood and titties back in, also improves load times again and adds 5 more community written adventures) is another 300-400 megs.

    All told, you're looking at around 2.5 gigs of patch goodness (tack on another 2 gigs if you download the bonus DVD content), but they are very much worth it.

    Also, the patch up to Extended Edition (1.4) can tak a long ass time to install (about 40 minutes on my rig and that's with a 2.8GHz dual core, 4 gigs of RAM, and a 7200rpm HDD).

    I've played back up to the start of Act 1 today and it runs like butter now, plus I got a new Triss card.

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  • RakaiRakai Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    You will also have to e-mail Atari for a CD-key I believe.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    But if you don't buy the EE, you miss the extra stuff like the novel and the soundtrack discs.

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Rakai wrote: »
    You will also have to e-mail Atari for a CD-key I believe.

    I didn't have to, of course I bought mine way back in 2007 when it first came out.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Wait so if I nip on down to the store and pick up the EE for $40, I can then download a patch that puts back in everything that was cut from the NA release?

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  • RakaiRakai Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Wait so if I nip on down to the store and pick up the EE for $40, I can then download a patch that puts back in everything that was cut from the NA release?

    Technically you could do it before by downloading files from another source, but now it's officially patched back in (something that required getting re-rated by the ESRB).

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  • grrarggrrarg Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    If you don't want to fool with that much downloading and patching, you can get the international version of the Enhanced Edition from gogamer. It is the UK version and plays fine on US PCs. I got the international version from them when the game was initially released.

    If you play a game and then are able to spend pages debating with someone on the actions of a faction within that game you probably just played a pretty sweet game.
  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    But if you don't buy the EE, you miss the extra stuff like the novel and the soundtrack discs.

    Actually the soundtrack is also available online. As is the map, manual and game guide. All that stuff's just a digital download instead of a physical copy. Not sure whether the "making of" DVD stuff is available as well.

    The first chapter of the novel they couldn't put online for publisher reasons (likely because that'd be making it available in territories it wasn't already).

    Word of warning though, I just went to the site now and tried to download the 1.4 patch and addon stuff, I'm just getting a blank page. I'm guessing the server's just getting hammered or something, but I can't say for certain. Could also be because I'm not logged into the site, so who knows.

  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    patch 1.5 does not include boobies per se, there are 2 downloads, 1.5 and new edition.

    Steam version already got 1.5, but didn't get the boobies yet. Soon.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Aldo wrote: »
    If there's any extra info anyone wants in the OP, feel free to let me know.

    *e: oh ok added that in right away
    Talk about the console version and what happened/is happening. That's the only reason I came in the thread and no one seems to really answer the question.

  • AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    CD Project Red employed Widescreen Games for the console version.
    They missed the milestone deadlines and didn't meet the quality guidelines, Project Red stopped paying them, deal was off.

    Project for now is frozen, development continues on Witcher 2 (I believe an expansion project was in the works at first but got merged with The Witcher 2 project because of financial difficulties).

    It's possible they do something with White Wolf in the future with a new partner, for now they aren't expanding yet. Had to cut a few jobs a while back thanks to mentioned financial difficulties.

  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive Damn these electric sex pants! Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I downloaded the demo for this a few weeks back, and got sucked in pretty much immediately even though I have to turn all the settings down to minimum for it to work. Once I get a bit of cash, this is the first game I'm buying. Luckily, it looks like that time is quite a way off, so it might be in the super-reduced section by then.

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  • grrarggrrarg Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The original version of the game has been out for two years now. $14.99 is super-reduced. You'll just have to register the CD key on The Witcher website and get a couple of gigs of patches to turn it into the Enhanced Edition Director's Cut.

    By the way, that demo is also old, made when the game ran like ass. CD Projekt optimized performance considerably in the various patches.

    If you play a game and then are able to spend pages debating with someone on the actions of a faction within that game you probably just played a pretty sweet game.
  • AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Sorry to change the discussion from patches and prices to gameplay, but did anyone else have a bit of a problem with potions? This doesn't really deserve a spoiler, but just in case:
    Spoiler:

    Incidentally, is there any way to patch out inventory limits? Because I just found that annoying after a while.

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  • travathiantravathian Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Spoit wrote: »
    So just to make sure, if I buy the normal version (for like $25 cheaper), it can be patched up to have all the content in the directors cut?

    In one awesome word, Yes.

    Be prepared to wait a bit on downloading,

    Understatement of the year. What a pain in the ass. I can't believe they don't have a better system. Their website is terrible as far as support goes. The first thing it tells you to is upgrade to 1.5, well you can't do that unless you're at 1.4 already, and finding 1.4 is annoying when you are dealing with a Polish website. This is 2009, I shouldn't have to download 3 different things just to patch the damn game. The game has a "check for updates" button, but all it does is take you to their website.

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