The Witcher Series 10th Anniversary Video Tribute

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Game Advertising, Gaming, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt on September 5th, 2017 by thelonegamer

CD-Projekt Red, you rock.

In what is probably the coolest tribute to gamers ever, CD-Projekt Red posted a few days ago the above video- a wonderful cinematic showing Geralt of Rivia, Witcher Extraordinaire, celebrating his birthday (his 10th Birthday?) together with friends and family. It’s a bit spoilery, but the video is set at Geralt’s prosperous retirement home of Corvo Bianco, in the relatively happy and peaceful land of Toussaint. Geralt narrates how things have been since the end of his adventures, mostly kicking back and relaxing, playing Gwent, raiding nearby vineyards and having the occasional Witcher contract to keep the skills sharp. But ultimately, Geralt greets YOU, the player, thanking you for giving him his happy ending.

CD-Projekt Red surely put in a lot of effort into this video- it’s just as high quality as any cinematic shown in the series, and features pretty much every character Geralt can count as family, friend or ally who isn’t canonically dead. It’s a beautiful reward to players who have put many, many hours of playtime into this critically-acclaimed and super popular franchise. For a series rife with steamy sex and gory monsters, it was kinda odd to see it with such a sunny, warm ending… but I have no complaints for that.

To be honest, I haven’t completely played the Witcher 3 through yet- heck, I’ve never played the first game, and only played a bit of the second. But this video makes me want to go and give this series the serious playtime it deserves. THEN I can come back, watch this video again and then have the feels… with a lot more feel behind it.

I do think that while more Witcher games may be in the future, the story of Geralt is over and ends with this happy finale. Enjoy your sunny place, White Wolf. You earned it.

Why I Missed Playing The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Posted in Action Adventure, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on January 4th, 2016 by thelonegamer

Gorgeous Fantasy Gaming that I Missed in 2015.

One of the biggest games of 2015. Critically-acclaimed and a certified blockbuster. Massive, detailed fantasy world. Gorgeous graphics. All these and more one can say for CD Project Red’s The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. So, why didn’t I play it?

To be honest, I bought a copy of TW3TWH on launch day. I even played the first few minutes (and got to see the glorious sight that was Yennifer’s bare butt). But after that, I set it down and never went back. From there, I spent the rest of the months playing Dragon Age: Inquisition and then later, Fallout 4. Why didn’t I get into The Witcher 3?

I’ve had a bit of a sad history with the Witcher franchise- like many other games, I keep up with the lore, the storyline and characters, but I never really actually PLAY it. I do know that the first Witcher game was very well done, but had clunky combat. Same could be said for the sequel, the much-improved The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. I actually also have The Witcher 2 in my Steam Library- I purchased it during a sale prior to TW3′s launch- and I tried playing a bit. And it’s there where my misgivings about the game were reinforced. The gameplay and controls are… wonky. Moving Geralt around is annoying- moving about is a chore, as is finding your way around a forest where there is apparently only a single, hard-to-see path. Then there’s the Menu and Inventory screen, which is cluttered, confusing and filled to the brim with radial rings that are too busy and complex for my tastes. For someone used to the more intuitive and easy controls of Skyrim, the Witcher 2 just felt… wrong.

I can’t fault the game’s looks and the brutal world it inhabits, and certainly the story seems interesting. But then, I didn’t find it possible to move forward in The Witcher 2.
Fast-forward to The Witcher 3. Perhaps, some unconscious bit in the back of my head was irked by the surely-similar gameplay and control. The first fight with the Ghouls in the game didn’t bode well- locking on to an enemy, wildly swinging your sword- it just felt off. I didn’t feel good with it, and I just gave up. I went to other games, and that was it.

Now, I have a new PC, and am seriously thinking about giving Geralt’s adventures another go with it. I still have The Witcher 2 in my library- perhaps I should play that first, and if I finish it, then I’ll get The Witcher 3 on my PC. Up to now, I have avoided all spoilers and know nothing about the story, so this is all virgin territory for me. Yeah, I”m a late bloomer, but better late than never. We’ll see.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is HERE!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on May 19th, 2015 by thelonegamer

A new age of RPGs has arrived.

After years of waiting and eager anticipation, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt has arrived. From its first appearance, this game has been on many RPG fan’s wish list, with the devs, CD Projekt Red, promising a game that truly appears to leave all the rest in the dust. Well, that truly remains to be seen but so far, reviews are raving and the game is looking amazing. With Skyrim and Dragon Age: Inquisition behind me (and Dark Souls currently, weirdly enough), this game is my new pastime and responsibility.

I do fully intend to do this as a Let’s Play on my Youtube channel, though clearly I won’t be able to do it in the same manner as my Skyrim series. I think this deserves and demands a different take and mood all its own. We’ll see. I can’t wait to throw myself into this game and just settle into Gerelt’s boots. This is going to be fun.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt ‘A Night to Remember’ Cinematic

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on May 14th, 2015 by thelonegamer

The Witcher 3 gets a movie-quality launch trailer…

A few days before The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt launches on May 19, we get this awesome CG Cinematic Trailer that’s pretty much a mini-movie or short film, portraying titular hero Gerelt of Rivia on a particularly deadly job. The quality of the animation and action portrayed in the 4+ minute video is top notch, which makes we really want to see a full-length Witcher CG movie. Just make it nowhere near as bad as Van Helsing.

Anyway, this just whets the appetite more for a game that’s been long in the making, and even longer in the waiting. But all signs are pointing to the simple fact that this may be the real deal and All That. Just a few more days. For now, enjoy the trailer. I sure did.

I am HYPED for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on May 13th, 2015 by thelonegamer

Several reviews for The Witcher 3 are already up and RAVING.

Man, the wait is killing me! Bar any unexpected weirdness, in about a week or so, gamers should have their copy of what appears to be one of the finest Action RPGs to come along in a long time- CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. If you love RPGs in the vein of Skyrim or Dragon Age: Inquisition, this much-anticipated sequel has been on your radar for years. It has been delayed some times, but the wait should soon be over. Heck, some lucky bastards probably are already playing the damn game, thanks to some game stores releasing the game early.

There are so many reasons why I am so freakin’ excited for W3, regardless that I have not finished or played to any considerable length either of the two previous games. The length of time between games is quite long, so each game is significantly different from the previous one- so I am hoping they fix the clunky-feeling controls for this finale. Also, it is great that it seems that playing the first two games is not required to know the story of The Witcher 3. Through various ways- flashbacks and even recreating choices made in the earlier games should adequately get newbies to the Witcherverse up to speed.

That said, it shouldn’t be hard to find your footing and get engaged in this harsh, but beautiful world. The Witcher 3 is of course based on a series of Polish fantasy novels- Gerelt of Rivia, the protagonist and titular Witcher, is a white-haired, cat-eyed monster hunter who pretty much combines all the best qualities of various Lone Wolf heroes like Batman, Solid Snake, Nathan Drake, Wolverine and so on.

He’s got a rough, gruff voice, but depending on your choices he can be anything from sympathetic to mercenary in his dealings with others. What does not change though is his motivations- whereas previous games dwelt mainly on the political schemings and plots Gerelt found himself embroiled in, The Witcher 3 is more personal. His main goal is to find the two women who mean the world to him- basically his family- and screw anyone who gets in his way. The trick is, the opposition in this case is the rather sinisterly-named Wild Hunt- an otherdimensional army of supernatural warriors who may or may not be immortal and unkillable. YIKES.

The Gamesradar Review.

Aside from that though, Gerelt will have to get used to exploring his world and surviving. And what a world it is- while apparently not a single open world you can walk end-to-end, the setting of The Witcher 3 is a HUGE continent composed of several vast zones, each of which contains multiple cities, villages and a multitude of encounters, quests and adventures to be found within.
Besides his personal quest, Gerelt can go on Monster Hunting- he IS a Witcher after all, and that’s what Witchers do. But unlike in other games where going after creatures is pretty pedestrian or by the way, in this game, it’s all about preparing for a potentially lethal encounter, discovering what your foe really is, tracking it down and perhaps even finding out something deeper at work in whatever is causing the real danger at hand. Monster CSI? That could probably be another subtitle for this game.

Besides the combat and monster-hunting, I have to say I am just loving how this game LOOKS. It may be a bit superficial to be so enamored in the cosmetics, but damn- the character models look head and shoulders above anything seen in the games of previous gens- even a game as recent as Dragon Age Inquisition looks so- um, ugly (yes, I am looking at all those wonky faces) compared to the cast of the Witcher 3. And no, I am not just referring to the supermodel mugs of Yennifer, Ciri or Triss- even the odd peasant your encounter are so gorgeous in their plainness- they look unique and have characters all their own, which is refreshing after having to contend with games that reuse character models or gloss over the supporting NPC cast.

There are things I am wary of- The Witcher 3 is, of course, a single story- that of Gerelt and his family/loved ones. It’s not a sandbox adventure like Skyrim where you create your own tale. But that’s fine- and with a story where your choices can lead to a HUGE number of endings (36 supposedly!), replay value seems to be covered.

Man, just a week left of waiting to what may be THE RPG of this year.

I don’t think I’m gonna make it. Sigh…