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A new mod for The Witcher 3 sticks Henry Cavill's face onto Geralt of Rivia's bodyAug 15, 2019 - EurogamerIt seems some Witcher fans just couldn't wait until the release of the Netflix series later this year, so one of them has gone ahead and created a mod that puts Henry Cavill into the PC game. Modder Adnan on Nexus Mods has created the mod to be "a base for different Henry Cavill variations in the future," he wrote. "With scars, dirt, brown hair with blue eyes etc, but first of all, now I'm presenting a look closer to Geralt in Netflix show". The mod works with all of the physics that it should in the game, so you're able to change Geralt's hairstyle as it grows - like a weird Superman Barbie doll. It also allows for Geralt's toxicity status from the show, and thanks to some other mods that go along with it, you can have his creepy black eyes too. Read more This Witcher 3 mod turns Geralt of Rivia into a man resembling Henry CavillAug 14, 2019 - PC GamerThere was plenty of skepticism floating around the internet when we first heard that Henry Cavill would star as Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming Netflix Witcher series. The first look at Cavill with Geralt's long silver hair didn't quite convince us either. After the trailer hit, though, it seems like just about everyone is on board with Cavill's Geralt and his massive biceps, including modders.  A Witcher 3 mod uploaded on Nexus Mods today does the inevitable: it swaps Geralt of Rivia's face with the other Geralt of Rivia's face. Modder "Adnan4444" certainly took pains to get Cavill's nose just right. It's a pretty darn good likeness, at least in the screenshots uploaded with the mod. Adnan warns in the comments section that results and performance on your own machine may vary because their version of Geralt's face has "more then x2 vertices compared to default one." That is, presumably, a lot of vertices. Adnan has plans for future variations on Cavill Geralt including "scars, dirt, brown hair with blue eyes etc." Adnan also links to a few other essential Geralt mods used to achieve the buff version of the Witcher shown in their screenshots including Geralt on Steroids and Alternative Long Hair. For the rest of the mods you'll need to get the most TV-ready looking Witcher, check out the mod page for "Henry Cavill." I'll leave you with this truly baffling image from the mod page, which I can only describe with one word: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! For lots of other modding options, check out our list of best Witcher 3 mods. Five of the Best: PotionsAug 9, 2019 - EurogamerFive of the Best is going to be a series! Every Friday lunchtime, UK time, we're going to celebrate a different incidental detail from the world of games. The kind of thing we usually just WASD past, oblivious. But also the kind of thing which adds unforgettable flavour if done right. Potions! We've been drinking them for years. In games I mean! I hope you haven't been knocking them back in real-life, they're bad for you. Imagine drinking something which alters your behaviour - how ridiculous! But potions we've been drinking for years. Red ones, blue ones... They're so common they've become a universal language. We don't even really see them any more. We just slosh them back when needed. Gulp! But every so often, we do see them. Once in a while, a memorable potion pops up. Maybe it was a potion which typified a game for you - the port-key to remembering an adventure. A tonic from BioShock, perhaps. Or maybe it was one which made a character drastically more capable, or one which changed who - or what - we were. Can you think of any now? Good - hold onto that! Because I want your input below. Read more This Triss Merigold cosplay looks like a paintingJul 27, 2019 - PC GamerRussian cosplayer Lada Lyumos has been working her way through the women of The Witcher series, including Shani, Keira Metz, and now Triss Merigold. The attention to detail in these shots, both in fine elements of her outfit like that stitching, and in the Renaissance-style composition (thanks to photographer Kira Mitenkova), makes some of them look like oil paintings. Plenty of great cosplay photography resembles screenshots from videogames but a few of these photos, to borrow a phrase from Indiana Jones, look like they belong in a museum. You can see more of Lada Lyumos' cosplay at DeviantArt, though I should warn you that some of it's NSFW, as you'd expect from DeviantArt. PS: If you're getting ready to paste your rant into the comments about how mad you are the version of Triss in the TV show isn't white enough for you, maybe save that for somewhere more relevant, or just plain don't bother. 9 details from The Witcher TV series trailer you might have missedJul 22, 2019 - PC GamerThe debut trailer for Netflix’s The Witcher series is finally out and it actually looks good, though that could be Henry Cavill’s muscles talking. And while we already know all about when the show takes place and who it stars, the trailer marks the first time we’ve seen everything in action. So much happens in the trailer's meager two minutes, so unless you're scrutinizing every frame, odds are you're going to miss some stuff. We’ve combed the trailer ourselves and turned to the internet to pull out as many interesting character reveals, plot details, and references to the Witcher books as possible.  Is Yennefer OK? Early glimpses of Yennefer in the trailer depict a woman hunched over with a swollen cheek. That’s the norm for plenty of sorceresses in the world of the Witcher, who often become students of magic due to varying physical irregularities. Yennefer is no different. She, like many magic users, becomes beautiful through the use of magical glamours that mask her actual appearance. Looks like we’ll get to see her transformation in the show.  Hey, it’s the Isle of Thanedd! That’s where sorceresses go to magic school, including Ciri for a bit. It’s also the setting for some big betrayals and terrific violence. I can’t wait to see how the show interprets those big beats. What’s up with that wacky purple tree in the desert? At first glance, I thought this was a scene from Ciri’s trip to the Frying Pan, which feels too far off to plop into season one. I wasn’t alone in my thinking either, but, twist! Showrunner Lauren Hissrich confirmed the purple desert tree is not related to the arc depicted in Time of Contempt. Get to making those theories.  The Dryads aren’t bright green, thank goodness The Witcher show is taking a simple approach to its depiction of Dryads, the nymph-like humanoids that live in the forests of Brokilon. The games tend to depict them as nude green plant people , but the books describe them as very human-like with slightly greenish tints to their skin tone. The show is definitely leaning towards the latter. That’s a Striga A few quick clips depict Geralt going at it with a grimy humanoid, likely a Striga, which is one of the first monsters he dukes it out with in The Witcher short stories. Striga are women transformed into beastly monsters via a curse, something like a werewolf with hints of troll. Geralt dreams of his fight with the Striga in The Voice of Reason, the opening story in The Last Wish collection. And he dreams of it after some good sex. That’s our guy. And that’s a Kikimora There’s some debate over what that swamp spider is in the last shot of the trailer, but I’m banking on a Kikimora , monsters known to live underground or in, get this, swamps. It’s also one of the monsters he kills in the short stories before bringing it to Blaviken, where G...Netflix's first trailer for The Witcher shows off sword fights and magicJul 20, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunEveryone s old Witcher pal Geralt of Rivia is approaching his Netflix debut, and a trailer premiered at San Diego Comic-Con is here to prove it. Tune in for a tale of genocide, some glimpses at familiar characters and monsters, and an impossibly square-jawed Henry Cavill as Geralt. (You know, him off the telly. You might ve seen him in The Tudors, or bigging it up on the silver screen as Superman in those DC movies.) (more…) Netflix's "very adult" Witcher television adaptation gets its first trailerJul 19, 2019 - EurogamerAfter months of teasing, cast announcements, and costume reveals, Netflix's television adaption of Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher novels has received its first trailer, giving fans the best indication yet of what to expect from the finished article. As you'd imagine, the new trailer - rather modestly described as a "teaser", despite being almost two minutes long - offers a decent slice of The Witcher's principal characters in action, meaning the internet will no doubt soon be alive with debate on whether Henry Cavill (as Geralt of Rivia), Anya Chalotra (as Yennefer) and Freya Allan (as Ciri) are up to the task. As someone with only limited experience of the characters in either their game or book forms, I couldn't possibly speak to the authenticity of their portrayals, but the atmospheric trailer certainly looks the part, sporting the kind of lavish production you'd expect from Netflix - and would certainly want in order to do justice to The Witcher's epic fantasy spectacle. Read more The first trailer for Netflix's Witcher series is hereJul 19, 2019 - PC GamerThe first trailer for The Witcher series on Netflix was shown off at San Diego Comic-Con today. There's plenty to recognize in the trailer: monsters, sword fights, Geralt without his shirt on. We do love Geralt without his shirt on. The trailer makes everything seem quite serious, so we're hoping that Geralt gets to crack a few wry and dry jokes at some point. To the question, "So that's all life is to you? Monsters and money?" Geralt responds with the very, very dramatic: "It's all it needs to be." He also gets very dirty at some point, so hopefully there's a tub nearby: The trailer hints at a few different storylines: the cultural clash between humans and elves, the political feuds with Nilfgaard, and the connections between our three protagonists. And of course there are monsters, because hunting them is what Witchers do. The trailer, though, focuses more on the humans, who as we know in the world of The Witcher are often the real monsters. We see both Ciri and Yennefer undergoing separate trials. Ciri appears in a dark landscape with a magical tree while we hear that she is the reason Nilfgaard is invading. We see the Nilfgaardian army coursing over a hilltop in the style of epic Lord of the Rings cinematic battles. Yennefer, after undergoing a fiery transformation, lays bedridden and begs Ciri to go and find Geralt. The first season seems like it will revolve around the dangers and temptations of magic as we see Ciri surrounded by elves, out beneath that magical purple tree, and throwing a room full of courtiers to their feet in a fit of rage. "Without control, chaos will kill you," one character says of the underlying magical force. It may be that the premier season of The Witcher on Netflix will revolve around Geralt and Yennefer mentoring Ciri through her discovery of her own abilities.  The Witcher series will come out later this year, and until then we can pick apart this trailer for more info.  This Witcher 3 HD texture mod is impressive?Jul 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun A sharper, more detailed version of a Witcher 3 texture overhaul mod came out two days ago. I’d say the mod has a very impressive comparison video, but I’m standing in a treehouse divided. (more…) One of the best Witcher 3 graphics mods is even better nowJul 18, 2019 - PC GamerLet's face it: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is starting to get a bit long in the tooth. And while it's still looking mighty fine for its age, modders have been hard at work over the last couple years making it look better than its age would suggest. One of the best HD retexture mods has been updated, making everything in the game look even better. The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project has just published version 10.0. This is a mod we've featured before in earlier incarnations, and that's because this is some genuinely terrific work. The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project touches nearly every environmental texture in the game, making trees, stones, grass, leather, and iron all look much better and sharper even under close inspection. To download, head to the NexusMods page and click the "Files" tab. Download both parts, but pay attention to the warning: There's an error with the current version of the installer, which will create an additional "mods" folder inside your mods folder. It's a simple fix though: Once you've installed the mod, go to your main Witcher 3 folder, head to /mods/mods, and move the files modHDReworkedProject and modHDReworkedProject2 to the base mods folder. So, instead of living in /mods/mods, they ought to be in /mods/. Modder Halk Hogan says this mod shouldn't hit performance too hard, but they recommend at least 3 GB of VRAM, with 4 GB being ideal. As far as Halk is concerned, if you've got anything more powerful than a GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X, you should be good to go. The amazing stories behind PC's greatest gamesJul 17, 2019 - PC GamerWe produce a lot of making of features on PC games, and we thought it'd be handy if we put them all in one place for your convenience. These pieces cover the creation of entire games in some cases, but others are more granular, digging into levels, quests and even in-game vehicles. Note that the year mentioned for each piece refers to when the game was released, rather than when each feature was published. Enjoy.  The making of Alien: Isolation Year 2014 Developer The Creative Assembly Article by Andy Kelly To help them, Fox supplied an enormous archive of original production material—a whopping three terabytes of it. "It was like that moment in Pulp Fiction where they open the suitcase," says Hope. "We were stunned that all this stuff existed. For them to be able to drop that amount of material on us was great. It gave us a really good insight into how that first film was made... The audio of Alien: Isolation Year 2014 Developer The Creative Assembly Article by Jody Macgregor The sounds of the creature crawling overhead were initially placed at random, triggering unpredictably to startle the player, but van Dyck says the effect "wasn’t quite right." That changed when development reached a point where the coders and animators made it possible to realistically track the alien's position even when unseen... The making of Audiosurf, the synesthesia simulator  Year 2008 Developer Dylan Fitterer Article by Jody Macgregor A telling difference between today's indie games scene and that of 10 years ago is how excited Dylan Fitterer was to hear his game was going to be on Steam. Audiosurf had just been nominated for three IGF awards. As Dylan tells it, "Then I got a call from Jason Holtman at Valve who said, 'Hey, you want to sell this on Steam?' That blew me away. That was crazy to get an offer like that..." The making of Battlefield 5's campaign  Year 2018 Developer EA DICE Article by Xalavier Nelson Jr. I think what we found was a way to weave a story and gameplay in a way to emotionally reach the player. It might sound obvious, but that was our biggest takeaway. Battlefield has always had spectacular, high-agency experiences. But the 'feels' were new to the series. That was what we wanted to build on most... The making of BioShock's twisted green belt, Arcadia  Year 2007 Developer 2K Boston Article by Jon Morcom So many things in game development are opportunistic, run-with-it type affairs. Once the visual identity of the fisheries and the submarine bay in the preceding levels became clear, and once we decided the player would be entering Arcadia not via a bathysphere station but via a tunnel into the lush cemetery and tea garden, it was obvious we had an opportunity for a surprising visual moment... The making of Fort Frolic, BioShock's most twisted and memorable level Year 2007 Developer 2K Boston Article by Andy Kelly Cohen's ...Here's your first look at Roach in Netflix's The Witcher seriesJul 16, 2019 - PC GamerNetflix's The Witcher series has wrapped up filming, but despite a trickle of on-set photos and casting shots, we still haven't seen all the characters who will appear in the show. Today we get our first look at someone we've all grown to know and love: Geralt's faithful mare, Roach. Netflix's NX account tweeted the photo today. "You begged, we delivered," they said. Included in the tweet is a production still of Geralt astride the noble steed. She's a beauty, isn't she? Ears up, she's paying close attention to her job. That's more than can be said for Henry Cavill's Geralt, who appears to be wondering if he forgot to turn off the stove before he left this morning.  Since this is just one still photo, we don't get to see many of Roach's abilities here—she's not standing on top of a roof or hiding in a goat pen. But the show is in post-production now, so it's likely they're adding stuff like that in as we speak. I'm sure Roach would be pleased to know that fans have welcomed her with open arms. Steam Charts: Bubbling Trousers EditionJul 15, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It’s another dire old week in Chartland, with the last breaths of the Summer Sale ensuring, with the exception of spots #4 and #5, that all the usual suspects dominate. But we won’t let that change us! We’re better than this! We’re going to have fun anyway! (more…) Podcast: The best horses in gamesJul 11, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunHorses, that s this week s topic. Big galloping buddies full of teeth and flies. Brush em, ride em, put em in your videogame. The RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, will appreciate it because this episode the pod squad are talking about their favourite saddlepals from the fantastical realms of this bewildering industry. Horses. They re like big cats. (more…) Steam Charts: Got The Runs EditionJul 8, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Yes, yes, it’s me. I know, I know, but calm down. While it’s obviously very exciting to have a celebrity as handsome and excellent as me writing you some Steam Charts, I’m still just a regular ordinary guy underneath it all. I leap into my trousers both legs at once, same as anyone else. (more…) Geralt's gorgeous hair gets some love in this Witcher 3 modJul 5, 2019 - PC GamerThe Witcher 3 might not have spawned the sort of mod community that Skyrim enjoys, but four years (!) on, people are still are still working away on it. One of the newest additions spruces up Geralt's magnificent mane. After all, his hair is one of the game's most important characters.  "It bothered me how bad the LOD for some of the Hairworks hairstyles was," says modder BlurredNotions. "So I increased it for all of them."  Along with making the monster slayer's hair and beard more detailed, BlurredNotions also tweaked the physics values, making the hair more responsive at framerates higher than 60. The physics tweak is an optional file, and you can download the LOD increase on its own.  Download the mod here, and here are the best Witcher 3 mods. A bunch of new snaps from The Witcher Netflix adaptation appeared recently, showing off Geralt and Yennefer. Twitter was a bit mean about Cavill's Geralt wig, but I reckon he's a pretty good match for his digital counterpart. Good bum, too.  Henry Cavill flaunts his Witcher's bottom, and other photos from Netflix's new showJul 2, 2019 - EurogamerWhat fine rump Henry Cavill has - a super bottom, you could say - so why not slap it on the poster for Netflix's new Witcher TV show? Exactly. Which is why Cavill, turned away from camera, decked out in full Witcher garb, is the lead image for the show. And it's a clever shot, because bum aside, it's how you see Geralt (the character Cavill is playing) for hours and hours when you play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game. It's familiar. It's saying, "This is the character you know." Oh, and his carrying only one sword in place of the two you're used to seeing him with in the games? As people have pointed out in the comments below: Geralt carries one sword in the books, leaving the other with his horse Roach for when he needs it. And the show, remember, is based on the books, not the games. Read more The Witcher TV series on Netflix now has a poster, logo and first stillsJul 1, 2019 - PC GamerThe Witcher on Netflix, which is coming later this year, now has an official poster that showcases star Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. It makes a slightly better impression than the initial costume test from last year, and features the series' tagline: 'The worst monsters are the ones we create'. Here it is in full: PC Gamer's Tom Senior was quick to point out that Geralt is carrying one sword rather than two (typically he carries one to kill men, the other monsters). Maybe he'll get the other one in the season finale? Or maybe he just left the other one at home which, you know, can happen (update: a few book experts have pointed out that Roach is likely carrying the other one).  In addition, stills from the series have been released: The Witcher has previously been given a release date of late 2019, and its showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, was one of the producers behind Netflix's Daredevil series. This series is an adaptation of the books, rather than the games, but let's face it: a lot of people are going to be watching this because they've enjoyed CD Projekt Red's trilogy.  The reveal of the poster coincided with the launch of an official Twitter channel, which you can find here. Expect to learn more about the series at San Diego Comic Con on July 19.  Steam Charts: Summer Sale Silliness sEditionJul 1, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to sweep through the Steam Charts like a giant fart, it’s a Steam Sale. Blowing out all the fresh, original or interesting new releases, the mid-year discount warehouse (Junction 45 off the M91) ensures it’s a top 10 of games you already bought or decided you don’t want to buy. So who is buying them? Baddies. You lot are the goodies. It’s the baddies who do this to us. (more…) Steam Charts: The Worst Week Ever EditionJun 17, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun I’m declaring it: this is the Worst Week Ever for Steam Charts. And let’s face it – this is entirely your fault. If you were a better person, you’d buy better games. But instead you buy the same eight bloody games every bloody week, and then buy a game that isn’t even out for over a year. A YEAR! You are awful, and you do not deserve me. This is your punishment. (more…) Players Return to The Witcher 3 for Blood & WineMay 31, 2016 - GitHypThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was one of 2015's top games, however, most players said goodbye to Geralt shortly after the game's release. Whether beating the game and/or moving on to other adventures, the world of the Witcher's population couldn't hold up when compared to other popular RPGs such as Skyrim and Fallout 4 -- both of which have maintained 4-8x more players per day over the course of the past year. At its peak, The Witcher 3 brought in 1.5 million players in one day on Steam during its May 2015 launch week. But only two months after its release, The Witcher's player count quickly dropped to an average of around 150k players per day -- enough to keep The Witcher 3 as one of the most played games on Steam, but far from the 500k+ players that Skyrim and Fallout 4 continue to bring in. While CDProjektRed has continued to release updates and patches, it hasn't been enough to reignite the player base anywhere close to its high launch numbers. The game's first expansion pack, Hearts of Stone, was able to double The Witcher's daily player count value with 416k players in October, but shortly after its release the numbers again dropped back down to the same daily average as before the expansion. The player count again rose even higher at the end of 2015 as the game racked up numerous Game of the Year awards and sold well during the Holiday season. Yet, even after another spike, the Wild Hunt still could not manage to retain more than half of its player base as gamers slowly lost interest with the single-player game over time. Now, to celebrate the anniversary of the game's launch, CDPR has released Blood & Wine as the second and final expansion pack that will conclude Geralt's story. As a result, the player base has spiked up to the highest its been since the game's launch one year ago. Currently sitting at #7 on Steam with 783k players yesterday, Blood & Wine has helped Geralt return as the current king of the RPGs on Steam... we'll see how long his reign lasts this time as players take one last ride as the White Wolf. The-Witcher-Blood-and-Wine-Player-Count-graph