Jul
08
2015
1

Bad, Good, and Great Witcher 3 DLC news this week.

Today in your mandatory The Witcher: Wild Hunt news:

  • Bad news: the expected DLC for this week (a new outfit for Ciri*) has been delayed a week.
  • Good news: there’s going to be at least three more free DLC.
  • Great news: the DLC delay is for the 1.07 patch, which will hopefully fix a metric [expletive deleted]-ton of bugs and will DEFINITELY give players a functional inventory system. And places to stash your loot. No more leaving bags on the floor near your master smiths…

Yeah, I know: they shouldn’t have to have needed a 1.07 patch. The game is still mega-awesome, even with the bugs, so we’ve forgiven them for it.  Sorry…

Jul
06
2015
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I admit to having a complicated working relationship with Roach.

As noted here, there can be a lack of coordination between you and your horse Roach when it comes to summoning him.  Like Tycho, I admit to bossing my horse around all the time in The Witcher: Wild Hunt; also, to be honest about it? It’s not always Roach’s fault.  I will insist on summoning my horse and then running away from him, because I want to get to the objective and I’m caught up in the moment of the chase.  Roach will still follow me; which shows some dedication and professionalism on his part. I should be more grateful for that.

…Look, it’s an immersive game, OK?

Jun
24
2015
4

I gotta admit: I like the way Projekt Red does DLC.

Telling you ahead of time and with some specificity that there’s going to be a bunch of free DLC, then releasing it regularly, seems to work pretty well.  It’s not earth-shattering stuff (armor sets and new missions and some cosmetic stuff), but it makes you feel like the company’s paying attention to the game, and isn’t sourly wishing that you’d stop playing it and buy one of their new games.  I also don’t mind the prospect of paying for meatier DLC later, this way. Mostly because I’m more likely to believe that it will be meatier.

So, hey, good job there, Projekt Red. Hey, look! Free advertising, too!

Jun
12
2015
1

My post on Witcher Wild Hunt is up at PJ Lifestyle.

It’s called “The Witcher: Wild Hunt: An Exercise in Brutality, Fatherhood, and Gwent,” and can be found here. As you can see, it’s about… brutality, fatherhood, and Gwent. Go figure, huh?

Jun
12
2015
4

So, yeah, MY readers buy me Gwent decks.

Because MY readers are awesome.

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Please note, by the way, that the only way you can get these decks is from the Witcher Wild Hunt Xbox One Collector’s Edition.  Just the decks are going for triple digits on Amazon, which means that my readers are far more awesome than I deserve.

Moe Lane

PS: As for the decks themselves: these are obviously Nilfgaardian / Northern Realm decks, with enough cards to play but none of the Universal Hero cards that you can get in game (I think).  Still, it’s a viable card game that you’re seeing there; I think that somebody could make some money off of this.

May
25
2015
4

ZOMG THEY MADE PHYSICAL GWENT DECKS.

Gwent, for those wondering, is the game of chance that you play in The Witcher: Wild Hunt – Collector’s Edition – Xbox One (there’s a reason why I put up the Xbox One link: keep reading).  It’s basically a digital CCG that is simultaneously absurdly anachronistic and sweating-blood engrossing.  Which is why Tycho at Penny Arcade is going nuts over it; and why he wrote this:

I was going to say that, unlike many digital card games – ones that play with the mutable data of the cards themselves, or “summon” cards from a superset you don’t own – there’s no reason why this game couldn’t be played on a table.  Except we know it can be, because the Xbox One version I never considered for a fraction of a second includes physical decks in its collector’s edition.

Indeed, there is currently one – one – available on Amazon right now (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt *2 Gwent Card Decks* from Collectors Edition Xbox Version), and if I had eighty bucks to throw at it I would.  They absolutely must sell these decks.  Absolutely.

 

May
22
2015
5

No video tonight: I’m bleary-eyed.

Witcher: Wild Hunt is a vicious time-suck.  It just eats ALL the time.  You have been warned.

May
20
2015
4

Well, The Witcher: Wild Hunt is going well.

The machine that I bought specifically for The Witcher: Wild Hunt is working fine and the game play is nice and smooth. I still need to get a handle on crafting, and of course relearning the keyboard commands is always awkward. I figure that once I do I can crank the difficulty above Pathetically needs his hand held.  So: so far, I’m enjoying the game.

Moe Lane

PS: Some people apparently hate the keyboard bindings and/or think that it’s a console game imperfectly adapted for a keyboard.  I have no idea if those are legitimate gripes, or just people complaining like people do on the Internet. :shrug: I’m having fun, at least.

 

May
19
2015
4

At last: The Witcher Wild Hunt.

Here we go.

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Mind you, gotta install it first.

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May
08
2015
1

Just a reminder: Wticher 3 will be taking over my brain in two weeks.

At least for a while.  Fortunately – and again, thanks largely to my readers – I have a computer now that can handle what’s below.  Thanks, people.

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Apr
08
2015
1

First bits of DLC announced for Witcher: Wild Hunt.

Sounds fairly filling.

Hearts of Stone will take Geralt on an all-new, 10-hour-plus adventure into the wilds of No Man’s Land and the nooks and alleys of Oxenfurt, where he’ll try to complete a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass. Caught in a thick tangle of deceit, Geralt will need all his cunning and strength to solve the mystery and emerge unscathed.

Blood and Wine, a 20-hour-plus tale that will introduce the all-new in-game region of Toussaint, will take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret.

Mind you, the game’s not going to be out for – dammit – another month.  Which is mildly frustrating. I mean, my new desktop is sufficiently large and imposing that my father-in-law made sardonic comments about it looking like a server. Which is true, and why I bought it in the first place. I want to use it, you know? (more…)

Sep
27
2014
2

New Trailer for the New Witcher Game.

Not a gameplay trailer.

Also, it omits mentioning anything about the rather, ah, ribald nature of the Witcher universe. Not that any of my readers would find such things to be anything except unfortunate distractions from monster slaying and Kings Behaving Badly… (more…)

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