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The Witcher 3 needs a better final bossMay 27, 2020 - PCGamesNWhen I finally found myself clashing swords with the hulking King of the Wild Hunt, Eredin, at the conclusion of my 70-hour journey through The Witcher 3, I couldn t help but feel underwhelmed. Before I go on, I should warn you, throughout this article you'll find major spoilers for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its expansions. It s not that Eredin comes off as anything less than a complete scoundrel - after all, he cuts down no less than two members of Geralt s beloved cadre before you even get a chance to boot him off his mortal coil. No, my problem was that he came off a bit too much like a an archetypal villain. Despite its traditional fantasy trappings, the world of The Witcher 3 is a far cry from the static black-and-white morality of the sanitised fairy tales that dominate RPGs. There are no karma meters or false dichotomies here, instead, they re replaced by human stories that are far too complicated to be to be shrunk down to a ticker in the game s interface. RELATED LINKS: One of the best Witcher 3 graphics mods is now making NPCs look better too Humble Spring Sale Encore offers a last chance at cheap PC games Understanding The Witcher 3’s lore through its plant life Podcast: happy birthday, Geralt of Rivia!May 22, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Technically it should be happy birthday to The Witcher 3, but it’s always better to put a face to an event, don’t you think? Yes, this week we all celebrated the fifth anniversary of CD Projekt’s most favoured baby (until later this year, at least). Join Alice Bee, VidBud Matthew and Nate as they discuss how Geralt would do on Come Dine With Me, if he’d be alright to have a pint with, and also maybe the game itself a bit. (more…) What The Witcher 3 got rightMay 19, 2020 - EurogamerRecently - I say recently, it was before lockdown, so a lifetime and a half ago - I started a new game of The Witcher 3 from scratch. Not because of the Switch port; as impressive as that is, this is a big-screen game for me. A little bit because the Netflix series had pushed the game, which celebrates its fifth anniversary today, to the front of the public consciousness and so into mine. Mostly because there was nothing new I fancied playing, or rather I fancied playing nothing new - I wanted the soothing feeling of old routines, patterns of thought and movement worn smooth with use. I wanted to go on a quest and upgrade my armour, and quest again and upgrade again, like I did five summers ago. I wanted to be weak and become strong, to be drab and become stylish, to be simple and become sophisticated. I wanted a comfort game. What I have found is a game that is just as I remembered it - of course it is, I know a lot has happened, but five years still isn't that long ago. I still love it, but I don't love it for quite the reasons I thought I did. Those are not the things that drew me back in, and certainly not the things that have kept hold of me. I had grown accustomed to thinking of The Witcher 3 as a masterpiece of world-building and storytelling hung on a serviceable, not to say mediocre action-RPG framework. The combat was a little sluggish and lacking in refinement, perhaps, and it never seemed to matter much where you invested your skill points. The consensus - which I hardly disagreed with - had it that the game's greatest achievements were its rich, humane tapestry of questlines and the lived-in texture of its landscapes; its portrayal of a messy, complicated medieval world that was past redemption. Read more 5th anniversary of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt!May 19, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsIt’s hard to believe that it’s already been 5 years since Geralt of Rivia embarked on his last epic adventure. Your help in finding Ciri, fighting off the Wild Hunt and mastering gwent was invaluable, friends! Thank you, it wouldn't be the same without you! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/6126332/ebaed43ba943c9e544b62952fd8d5227a37f32f1.png To celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Marcin Przybyłowicz, the Music Director, invited Taylor Davis, Miracle of Sound, Malukah, Tina Guo, Łukasz Kapuściński, Alina Gingertail and Jasinka to recreate the main theme from the game! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hxse6xjuM8E Additionally, we prepared special offers for the The Witcher games (lasts until May 25th): https://store.steampowered.com/app/292030/The_Witcher_3_Wild_Hunt/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/20920/The_Witcher_2_Assassins_of_Kings_Enhanced_Edition/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/20900/The_Witcher_Enhanced_Edition_Directors_Cut/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/973760/Thronebreaker_The_Witcher_Tales/The Witcher 3's Blood And Wine DLC puts Geralt where he truly belongsMay 19, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is five years old today! Can you believe it? We’re celebrating it with The Witcher 3 Anniversary tag today. Happy birthday Geralt, you big hairy baby! One of the first things you do in The Witcher 3‘s Blood And Wine DLC is fight a giant. He comes at you moments after you arrive in Toussaint (read: France), when a very silly looking knight rides past you while frantically tilting at a windmill. The giant erupts from that windmill, flailing his club around and sending errant sheep flying. They roll and baa, while you do cool sword moves around succulent countryside. It is both glorious and gorgeous, and a downright terrific way to kick off some of the best adventuring in videogames. I sure hope you like being heralded in verse. They really go for that sort of thing in Toussaint. They go hard. It is a silly place, where people swear oaths on herons and dress up as rabbits for courtly nonsense. Geralt, as you might expect, makes a fantastic foil. Especially when he joins in. (more…) The Witcher 3 is most fun if you ignore almost all of The Witcher 3May 19, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is five years old today! Can you believe it? We’re celebrating it with The Witcher 3 Anniversary tag today. Happy birthday Geralt, you big hairy baby! It has taken me a long, long time to figure out how I, personally, can enjoy The Witcher 3. It got recommended to me loads because it’s a big flouncy fantasy RPG, which is my type of thing. But playing it was like running into a brick wall. Or a wattle and daub wall. Or maybe the planks of a grim, windowless wooden hut? Basically, I find it really difficult to inhabit Geralt. Rather than being a John Q. Everyman type, he is a strongly characterised man whose history I do not know – and which I’m not prepared to read an entire library worth of books or play two previous very long games to uncover, thank you very much. Neither do I feel like I am a protector helping Geralt along, because he is clearly much better at his job without me, given all his expertise in monsters and the seven different types of weeds that’ll kill them and such. I ran into trouble playing it last night, for example, because I could not figure out how to brew more of the Swallow potion. The Witcher 3 would go more smoothly without me, the equivalent of an unqualified middle-manager, forcing my involvement on Geralt. But I have come up with a solution, and that is to ignore almost all of The Witcher 3. (more…) GWENT is now available on Steam!May 19, 2020 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/32989758/e945ee7b7f501ae7274c41348183c756cf6167b3.png We’re excited to announce the Steam release of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game! Following the successful launches of GWENT on iOS and Android, release on Steam is the next step in CD PROJEKT RED’s strategy to bring the game to millions of players worldwide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4fr1IgP3dU The Steam release features full cross-play and synchronization functionality with other versions of the game, meaning you can compete with players on iOS, Android, and GOG, as well as carry over all items and progress between these platforms. In addition, the release also includes Steam achievements and Steam Trading Cards integration - details can be found here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1284410/ Additionally, thanks to an update to Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales on Steam, from today, you can now earn rewards to use in GWENT by making progress in the Thronebreaker campaign. These rewards include premium cards and vanity items, which will unlock automatically once requisite conditions are met. If you played The Witcher Tales earlier on Steam you can unlock the rewards retroactively only if you completed your play-through of the game in online mode (with connection to the internet). Rewards granted upon startup include: 2 player avatars 2 player titles 5 premium kegs 20 brand new cards for Multiplayer GWENT The Witcher games are going cheap in the anniversary salesMay 19, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is five years old today! Can you believe it? We’re celebrating it with The Witcher 3 Anniversary tag today. Happy birthday Geralt, you big hairy baby! If a Netflix show and years of people going on about it have finally convinced you to consider giving The Witcher a go, good news: to celebrate the fifth birthday of The Witcher 3, the whole series is on sale. Both Steam and GOG have big Witcher sales, including the whole RPG series plus various spin-offs. £10 for The Witcher 3 and both expansions is a good price for so many grimaces and weary sighs, every one of them great. (more…) I am fairly certain this is the plot of The Witcher 3May 19, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is five years old today! Can you believe it? We’re celebrating it with The Witcher 3 Anniversary tag today. Happy birthday Geralt, you big hairy baby! I’m one of those people. I love the idea of The Witcher 3. I enjoy playing the game, even. But I seem to be cursed. Every year or so I sit down to play it, full of resolve to see it through to the end. But every damn time, despite finding myself increasingly drawn in to its meticulously crafted fantasy world, and despite revelling in my role as a sort of ultra-violent Hagrid within it, I only ever manage a handful of hours before getting distracted and drifting away from the game. By the time I’ve got the urge to come back again, I’ve forgotten what was going on. And so I start again, like a gaming Sisyphus forever pushing a grumpy mutant up a hill. I’ve played the start of The Witcher 3 five times now. And so, to commemorate its fifth anniversary and my impending, inevitable sixth attempt at playing it, I’ve decided to see how much of the game I can remember and synopsise here, without cheating and googling anything. I’m going to try and do this in one take, so I can’t second guess myself, and I’ve even done some illustrations, to help with your immersion in the tale. So, are you prepared? Let’s go! (more…) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is five - some of our favourite piecesMay 19, 2020 - EurogamerThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt turns five years old today. Can you believe it? It's become so famous I can't recall a time before it. Heck there's even a Witcher Netflix series that has made the whole thing more popular still. And although it wasn't CD Projekt Red which created the Witcher fiction, the world and characters - those honours of course go to Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski - it was that game, that third game, which broadcast it to the world. We've written a lot about The Witcher 3 over the years (I don't appear to have written about much else!) so we thought it fitting that on the game's fifth birthday we collect our work together and share it with you in one handy space. Here's to a wonderful adventure. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review - "A majestic, earthy open-world adventure with great integrity and personality, this is the best role-playing game in years." Read more GOG's Spring sale is now on, with lots of free Witcher goodiesMar 17, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunGOG’s Spring sale begins today, and there are lots of free Witcher goodies up for grabs to kick things off. Alas, The Witcher games themselves aren’t free as part of the goodie pack (although they’re all heavily discounted as part of GOG’s Witcher Universe Collection bundle), but it does include lots of Witcher soundtracks, comics, art, wallpapers and a video of some Witcher music being played at The Video Game Show concert. You’ll need to get ’em quick, though, as the goodies pack is only available until 2pm UTC tomorrow (March 18th). Read on below for some more highlights. (more…) The Toss A Coin To Your Witcher song took about 10 minutes to writeMar 10, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun I cannot believe that that damn song from the Netflix Witcher series only took 10 minutes to write. When Toss A Coin To Your Witcher was thrust upon us by Jaskier just before Christmas, I was not prepared for how catchy the damn thing would be. And neither were the Netflix show’s creators, apparently, as the idea for the song came to co-executive producer Jenny Klein while she was thinking about Geralt in the car. (more…) The 9 dodgiest religions in gamesFeb 28, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun One Off The List is our weekly list feature. Is there something you think doesn t deserve to be on this list? Comment with your reasons why, and next week it may be struck off. Ah, religion. I know this is a topic we all have trouble agreeing on. But fear not, humble practitioner of a good pray, I am not here to squint angrily at your favourite book of life advice. I m only here for the videogame religions. The ones that are very, very, very, very bad. You know, the gun-loving cults and the xenophobic people-burners. The (mostly) fictional religions that involve an uncommon volume of murder. Step this way, sprinkle yourself with some of my 100% genuine oil of the almighty, and peruse the 9 most dodgy religions in games. (more…) CD Projekt are now valued as the second largest game company in EuropeFeb 24, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThat scrappy Polish studio that developed a computer RPG based on the monster hunting novels by Andrzej Sapkowski is all grown up. CD Projekt, parent company of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 developers, are now valued as the second largest gaming company in Europe, beat only by Ubisoft. (more…) Valve toss a few more coins to The Witcher 3Feb 21, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun CD Projekt say The Witcher 3 has now sold enough on Steam to qualify for the biggest sales cut available on Valve’s platform. Hitting $50 million ( 38m) means Valve will only take 20% – which is still more than Epic take from all and any sales from any game. Congratulations to The Witcher for reaching that 80% cut, but it is wild that even a game this big has taken so long to score Steam’s best deal. (more…) The Witcher 3 combat tips: how to beat any foe with easeFeb 19, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunCombat in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a beast of two natures. At its best, it is elegant and satisfying, and rewards careful preparation. At its worst, it’s like banging your head against a wall. Good thing we’ve compiled the below The Witcher 3 combat tips then, to help you achieve the former and steer clear of the latter! (more…) Now you can continue your Witcher 3 saves from PC on your SwitchFeb 19, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has cross-save now! Yesterday, a brand new update for the Nintendo Switch version dropped, and it’s a very welcome one for us PC players. CD Projekt Red have introduced save file integration with Steam and GOG, so you can continue your adventures with Geralt at your PC or on the go (or docked at your telly if that’s how you prefer to play Switch). (more…) The Witcher 3 best weapons: the best swords for early game and late gameFeb 14, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunFew feelings in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are as sweet as knowing that your dear White Wolf is equipped with the best weapons in the entire game. Our Witcher 3 best weapons guide will help you to reach these same heavenly euphoric heights of destruction, with our cherry-picked list of the very best steel and silver swords on offer. (more…) The Witcher 3 armor sets: how to get the best Witcher gearFeb 14, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe Witcher 3 armor and gear sets are your go-to source for the strongest armor and weaponry in the game for our dear old Butcher of Blaviken. Each belonging to a different witcher school, the blueprints for these unique pieces of equipment must be tracked down in Scavenger missions, then crafted with very particular materials – all of which we’ll cover in our The Witcher 3 gear sets guide below! (more…) The Witcher 3 tips: the essential guide for beginnersFeb 12, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is many things to many people. But if you asked me, I’d describe it as sprawling, magnificent, and frequently baffling – particularly to newer players. So I thought I’d help lessen the load for those still at the beginning of their monster-hunting journey with these 12 Witcher 3 tips for beginners. Stick to these juicy nuggets of wisdom and you’ll instantly find yourself living up to the legend of the great Geralt of Rivia. (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