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The Witcher: on 360/PS3 fall 2009

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    durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Are the other languages better voiced? Polish could be fun (I'm a Pole, not that I know a lick of the mother tongue but whatever). The English voices were serviceable but kind of strained. And yeah, even from playing it briefly, it seemed extremely interesting. Any game whose incidental dialogue includes a fat hairy man commenting on the time he fucked a she-elf is getting a second look from me.

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    SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Cantido wrote: »
    I'm curious about this game and will join in the fun. I'm going to witch the fuck out of some fucking witches.
    Make sure to fuck some fucking Witches as well, Witcher style.

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    StollsStolls Brave Corporate Logo Chicago, ILRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Silpheed wrote: »
    Cantido wrote: »
    I'm curious about this game and will join in the fun. I'm going to witch the fuck out of some fucking witches.
    Make sure to fuck some fucking Witches as well, Witcher style.

    Some literally, some figuratively. A few, both.

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    SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Stolls wrote: »
    Silpheed wrote: »
    Cantido wrote: »
    I'm curious about this game and will join in the fun. I'm going to witch the fuck out of some fucking witches.
    Make sure to fuck some fucking Witches as well, Witcher style.

    Some literally, some figuratively. A few, both.
    The best of two worlds, in my opinion.

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mei Hikari wrote: »
    Alright, so I'm retarded and I don't remember how to download the EE patch (I have the original version). Anyone care to guide me through the process?

    You need to register your game on their website first, and then you should see the links to download it all: http://www.thewitcher.com/registration/

    Cool, thanks. If I already registered once can I do it again?

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    StollsStolls Brave Corporate Logo Chicago, ILRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mei Hikari wrote: »
    Alright, so I'm retarded and I don't remember how to download the EE patch (I have the original version). Anyone care to guide me through the process?

    You need to register your game on their website first, and then you should see the links to download it all: http://www.thewitcher.com/registration/

    Cool, thanks. If I already registered once can I do it again?

    Once registered, you can download again as many times as you like. You should be able to just sign right in and start grabbing files.

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    BiopticBioptic Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Are the other languages better voiced? Polish could be fun (I'm a Pole, not that I know a lick of the mother tongue but whatever). The English voices were serviceable but kind of strained. And yeah, even from playing it briefly, it seemed extremely interesting. Any game whose incidental dialogue includes a fat hairy man commenting on the time he fucked a she-elf is getting a second look from me.

    Having only played the demo and the full EE, I'll say that the improvement in English voices (and lines!) is noticeable between the two versions. I'll also say that things improve greatly once you move away from the rural areas and towards the city. I care a lot about VA quality, and by chapter 2 nothing jarred or stood out in particular, and it actually greatly enhanced my enjoyment of characters like Thaler, Leuvaarden and Zoltan.

    I've tried the game in Polish with English subs, and you get the 'subbed Anime effect': it's easy enough on the ears, and probably more authentic, but unless you're fluent in the language it obviously lacks the immediacy of your native tongue.

    Frankly, even if you can't find a VA set you like in the 10 provided, you can just turn voices off and enjoy a really interesting story with some excellent characters. You can even download a subtitle pack that gives a more direct, and sometimes earthier, translation.

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    AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    OK, I've had my first real problem with the game. Mid/late Chapter 3 spoilers:
    I just helped the Order run the Squirrels out of a bank that they were robbing, after staying neutral for as long as I could. I did it because a) the Squirrels remind me of the 'Socialist Alternative' group at my uni, that I'm sure exists at every uni, and b) they took innocents hostage and fed them to ghouls, whereas the Order gave me bonus payments for saving the innocents, even though it meant letting the Squirrels get away. I don't like either group, but that event really meant that I'd rather kill some Squirrels.

    Then when I talked to Triss about it, she asked for my movitation, and there was no 'they are dangerous and stupid' option. I picked the closest that I could get to it, and Triss said something that made me think she understood what I meant, but nooooooooooooo. Now my quest log says that I helped the Order because 'I don't understand the Squirrels. They are alien to me.' What the fuck?

    It's not the biggest deal, I guess, but every time I check my active quests, there it is, staring at me, taunting me...

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    meta game spoiler:
    Note that you are playing as Geralt and not as yourself. There are times where you think 'wtf, that's not how I would have handled it' (love life spoiler)
    especially with your lover, jesus christ, just dump that bitch while you save the world!
    , but you are playing the role of Geralt, who has different interests than you would have had in similar circumstances.

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't get the whole "Shani is a Bitch" thing. She's been nothing but nice to me. Triss is a hell lot more bitchy and manipulative.

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't get the whole "Shani is a Bitch" thing. She's been nothing but nice to me. Triss is a hell lot more bitchy and manipulative.
    both of them annoyed me, to be honest.

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    AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Both of them annoyed me on occasions, but at least Shani wasn't scheming behing my back and lying to me. She was only a bitch when she was jealous (and she had a lot to be jealous of, Geralt wasn't exactly faithful to her).

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    JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited April 2009
    OK, I've had my first real problem with the game. Mid/late Chapter 3 spoilers:
    I just helped the Order run the Squirrels out of a bank that they were robbing, after staying neutral for as long as I could. I did it because a) the Squirrels remind me of the 'Socialist Alternative' group at my uni, that I'm sure exists at every uni, and b) they took innocents hostage and fed them to ghouls, whereas the Order gave me bonus payments for saving the innocents, even though it meant letting the Squirrels get away.

    It's important to remember that
    Siegfried gave you the bonus, because he genuinely believes in goodness and justice. Not necessarily the Order.

    What exactly annoyed you about that group in college?

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    JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited April 2009
    Now if I only I could find that last stupid sephira, the one I'm supposed to come upon "by chance."

    Don't sweat it. That one happens naturally while you're doing other things.

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    MegazverMegazver Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Well, in the books elves are basically
    nazis. They run around razing villages SS style and later on it turns out that the majority of elves fled quite a while ago into another dimension and went all Final Solution on the primitive humans that lived there. Sure, the Order is full of xenophobic assholes, but they're not quite genocidal assholes yet. Neutral all the way, baby. Neutral all the way.

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    AshanceAshance Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I felt the need to post in here just to complain about the extremely goddamn annoying ambient city noises. It's not quite as bad as Assassin's Creed repetition, but hearing passerbies repeatedly say the same phrases ("Society made me what I am!" "What's that?!" "A witcher! Hide your women!") and that random kid puking noise in the background wherever you are actually cause me to turn off the sound sometimes when doing city quests. Anyone else get annoyed at it?

    I'm also wondering if anyone who owns the PC version is also going to get the console version when it comes out. The combat system sounds like it's a lot better, but I'll have to wait and see.

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    SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Megazver wrote: »
    Well, in the books elves are basically
    nazis. They run around razing villages SS style and later on it turns out that the majority of elves fled quite a while ago into another dimension and went all Final Solution on the primitive humans that lived there. Sure, the Order is full of xenophobic assholes, but they're not quite genocidal assholes yet. Neutral all the way, baby. Neutral all the way.
    If you side with the Order they will become genocidal assholes, not that it took much for them to go that final mile..

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    AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Thank you witcher!

    I just burnt my hand, but this game's isometric view can be played one-handed, so I can happily continue gaming.

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    You might be interested in this.
    http://www.gamebanshee.com/news/static/EkupAuuElEaevQKOPt.php
    GameBanshee has learned from an inside industry contact that The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf has indeed been cancelled.

    Details are sketchy, but the following facts have been confirmed: after the release of The Witcher, CD Projekt Red took the financial obligation of starting 3 projects simultaneously, a console port of The Witcher, and two more titles based on The Witcher intellectual property, one of which was The Witcher 2.

    As the financial crisis hit, the studio was affected as well, finding itself incapable of managing all three projects and forced to lay off a significant portion of its staff. The third Witcher IP project was cancelled, and its entire crew was let go or left of their own volition. A second round of layoffs followed as The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf was cancelled, including around two dozen people losing their jobs yesterday.

    All funds and manpower have been redirected to a single project, The Witcher 2, which will be a multi-platform title for PC and consoles.
    http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/58373
    Following rumors that the console port of CD Projekt's 2007 cult hit RPG The Witcher has been cancelled, a company representative told Shacknews that an official statement on the matter will be released "soon."

    The rumors began with a report from Polish site PolyGamia, which heard from multiple sources that The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf had been cancelled.

    When contacted yesterday by Shacknews, a CD Projekt representative issued an uncharacteristic "no comment" on the matter.

    The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf was announced late last year, as sales of the PC title passed the one million unit mark. The port is scheduled for release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall.
    The fact that they did not deny it does lend some weight to it, and this is one of the few things that I think a company would straight out deny.

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    CadeCade Eppur si muove.Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Very sad news, the Witcher is such a superb game and with the reissue of the game with all the bonuses they put out last year that was on par with any CE edition they deserve success.

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Cade wrote: »
    Very sad news, the Witcher is such a superb game and with the reissue of the game with all the bonuses they put out last year that was on par with any CE edition they deserve success.

    Indeed, there's few developers who would go back to their game and completely re-work it, making the changes free to the original purchasers. Heck, they deserve plenty of praise for setting up GOG on the side as well, and pretty much nobody else would even touch a concept like that.

    Man I hope that at least Witcher 2 doesn't suffer in the process with all the layoffs.

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    AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Man, that's a shame. I'm glad to see that they're still working on The Witcher 2, though. The first one's good, but I would really like to see what they can do now, really build upon their formula, and work out a few of the issues in the first one.

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Evil Avatar says it's been confirmed. That's sad news, I want those guys to make a lot of money making great games.

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    CadeCade Eppur si muove.Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    subedii wrote: »
    Cade wrote: »
    Very sad news, the Witcher is such a superb game and with the reissue of the game with all the bonuses they put out last year that was on par with any CE edition they deserve success.

    Indeed, there's few developers who would go back to their game and completely re-work it, making the changes free to the original purchasers. Heck, they deserve plenty of praise for setting up GOG on the side as well, and pretty much nobody else would even touch a concept like that.

    Man I hope that at least Witcher 2 doesn't suffer in the process with all the layoffs.


    Yeah if any other company released half the stuff that CD Projekt put out in the reissue they would have charged DLC and more, but here we got it for free as we SHOULD. More companies could learn a thing or two about quality and respecting their customer as these guys do.

    It's too bad this had to happen to them.

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    Mei HikariMei Hikari Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    DAMMIT

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    *sigh* well once an official announcement comes out I'll just re-install the PC version and finish it up.

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    At least the Witcher sold well. It would have been even sadder if it had been a flop.

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    DeaderinredDeaderinred Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    oh well, saves me 40 quid i suppose and i start a 3rd playthrough sooner then i thought. o_O

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    ShadowrunnerShadowrunner Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    That's too bad about the console port, I was looking forward to playing this on my 360. I guess I'll pony up and get it off of Steam.

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    captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Also it's good to see that a true sequel is still on-track.

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    MaticoreMaticore A Will To Power Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    captaink wrote: »
    Also it's good to see that a true sequel is still on-track.

    This. Despite my joy that console-only friends could get through witcher, I still must be selfish and happy that I will have another round of it for myself.

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Maticore wrote: »
    captaink wrote: »
    Also it's good to see that a true sequel is still on-track.

    This. Despite my joy that console-only friends could get through witcher, I still must be selfish and happy that I will have another round of it for myself.

    Well, Witcher 2 is going to be multi-platform anyway, so it's not like it's an either-or there. Probably going to get a simultaneous release.

    WRT Witcher 2, I'm less worried about a crappy port job since the team already made Witcher 1 and know what works on the PC, they aren't likely to push clunky menu driven interfaces.

    Then again, the same could be said of the Unreal series, and UE3's interface was ridiculous.

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Still, you'd think they could get a loan for the money to complete Witcher 360, if they did a decent job porting it they could make some serious money back.

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Rolo wrote: »
    Still, you'd think they could get a loan for the money to complete Witcher 360, if they did a decent job porting it they could make some serious money back.

    I wouldn't expect it in a recession. Major multi-billion dollar companies are going out of business left and right, banks and investors wouldn't exactly be queuing up to invest in an SME that has one original, niche title under its belt that sold just over a million units. Everyone else is having a hard time getting loans, in the grand list of investment possibilities CD Projekt wouldn't have much chance at all.

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    Nimble CatNimble Cat Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Lame. I really wanted to play this.

    I guess my computer will run it now, but I much prefer playing games on consoles.

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    StollsStolls Brave Corporate Logo Chicago, ILRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Cade wrote: »
    subedii wrote: »
    Cade wrote: »
    Very sad news, the Witcher is such a superb game and with the reissue of the game with all the bonuses they put out last year that was on par with any CE edition they deserve success.

    Indeed, there's few developers who would go back to their game and completely re-work it, making the changes free to the original purchasers. Heck, they deserve plenty of praise for setting up GOG on the side as well, and pretty much nobody else would even touch a concept like that.

    Man I hope that at least Witcher 2 doesn't suffer in the process with all the layoffs.


    Yeah if any other company released half the stuff that CD Projekt put out in the reissue they would have charged DLC and more, but here we got it for free as we SHOULD. More companies could learn a thing or two about quality and respecting their customer as these guys do.

    It's too bad this had to happen to them.

    A thousand times this. A lot of games I love are broken on release, sometimes criminally so, and few of them get reliable patching or rebalancing after the fact. At best, it gets modded out later.

    They didn't iron out everything, but CD Projekt should be given a goddamn medal for what they did and every other game company in the world should be taking notes. Far as I'm concerned, Witcher 2 is a launch day buy, and I probably would've picked up the console version just out of principle. It's really a shame that they had to cancel it :(

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    FawstFawst The road to awe.Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Ah, fuck me! I was REALLY looking forward to the port of this. Now I'll have to actually put together a computer that doesn't suck so I can play this.

    Well, I want to put together a Core i7 system anyways, but whatever.

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    WotanAnubisWotanAnubis Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Fawst wrote: »
    Ah, fuck me! I was REALLY looking forward to the port of this. Now I'll have to actually put together a computer that doesn't suck so I can play this.

    Well, I want to put together a Core i7 system anyways, but whatever.
    I feel the exact same way.

    Except that I wasn't actually planning on getting a new computer any time soon. Urgh. I'll have to start looking into upgrading or something.

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Stolls wrote: »
    Cade wrote: »
    subedii wrote: »
    Cade wrote: »
    Very sad news, the Witcher is such a superb game and with the reissue of the game with all the bonuses they put out last year that was on par with any CE edition they deserve success.

    Indeed, there's few developers who would go back to their game and completely re-work it, making the changes free to the original purchasers. Heck, they deserve plenty of praise for setting up GOG on the side as well, and pretty much nobody else would even touch a concept like that.

    Man I hope that at least Witcher 2 doesn't suffer in the process with all the layoffs.


    Yeah if any other company released half the stuff that CD Projekt put out in the reissue they would have charged DLC and more, but here we got it for free as we SHOULD. More companies could learn a thing or two about quality and respecting their customer as these guys do.

    It's too bad this had to happen to them.

    A thousand times this. A lot of games I love are broken on release, sometimes criminally so, and few of them get reliable patching or rebalancing after the fact. At best, it gets modded out later.

    They didn't iron out everything, but CD Projekt should be given a goddamn medal for what they did and every other game company in the world should be taking notes. Far as I'm concerned, Witcher 2 is a launch day buy, and I probably would've picked up the console version just out of principle. It's really a shame that they had to cancel it :(

    I mean I had the original version, I downloaded all the update stuff they released, but when I got the chance I bought the EE anyway. Technically I had almost everything in there already, but it still makes for an awesome pack. Another thing companies could learn from CD Projekt is how to really do a special edition. Not just one crappy 15 minute "making of" and 20 page mini artbook or something, it came with a whole DVD devoted to making of features, another two discs dedicated to soundtrack and inspired by music, a proper printed manual (rare enough these days), game guide, and map.

    Seriously, Most special editions don't get even half that stuff.

    The Dawn of War 2 steelbook just had a nice case and a manual.

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    Phoenix-DPhoenix-D Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    subedii wrote: »
    Rolo wrote: »
    Still, you'd think they could get a loan for the money to complete Witcher 360, if they did a decent job porting it they could make some serious money back.

    I wouldn't expect it in a recession. Major multi-billion dollar companies are going out of business left and right, banks and investors wouldn't exactly be queuing up to invest in an SME that has one original, niche title under its belt that sold just over a million units. Everyone else is having a hard time getting loans, in the grand list of investment possibilities CD Projekt wouldn't have much chance at all.

    It sounds like they just overextended themselves- something that would also make loans less likely.

    Then again...an original, niche title that sells a million units? Even EA usually can't do that.

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