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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Discussion in 'The Witcher 3' started by Alicia, May 6, 2015.

  1. Alicia

    Alicia Well-Known Member JFF Member JFF Supporter

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    Just wanted to start up an official Witcher thread for those of us who are excited to release. This link was posted earlier today and I wanted to put it here for those that may have ordered the game recently from GreenManGaming:

    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/witcher-dev-disputes-39-witcher-3-promotion/1100-6427129/

    Take it for what you will. What I wanted to also point out from that article is the bottom section which says that the game releases May 19 at 1am CET, which means that for those of us in the States it will release May 18. I'm not sure what times that translates to on the 18th but, yay either way!

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    That translates to 5pm on Monday for those in the PST time zone.

    So, who's excited?
     
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  2. Trekkan

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    Sili and myself are playing for sure! =)
     
  3. Ronus

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    I believe it is PDT right now, so it will be 4PM for you guys on the west coast.
     
  4. Alicia

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    I googled it to be sure:

    1:00 AM Thursday, Central European Time (CET) is 5:00 PM Wednesday, Pacific Time (PT)

    Doesn't actually specify PDT or PST
     
  5. Dsan

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    Too late for me to play at launch anyway! Game is bought, however!
     
  6. KrazyGonk

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    I will be buying it but i want to play the others first, have them just need to get some free time. It does look amazing though!
     
  7. Ronus

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    I never played any of the Witcher games. Did some quick Googling and it looks interesting. May have to give it a shot. Is there anything to compare it to? From the videos it looks like it is dynamic in scope, but we all know how trailers can make it seem edgier than it really is.

    It says you don't need to play I & II to enjoy III, would it pay to play them, or not really?

    I hate converting Daylight Saving Time :D Right now Poland and most of Europe is observing CEST as most of the US is observing DST. You are in PDT right now. I love both worldtimebuddy.com and timeanddate.com. They both have a lot of useful info if you need to know about time differences. It looks like CEST is 9 hours ahead of PDT right now. "CET" is not in observance right now, it's CEST (from what I can see)

    http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/cet-to-pst-converter

    http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html - this is great because it self adjusts for the actual local time for the date you put in. So if you enter PST for the time zone, but they are in PDT on the date you enter it adjusts itself.
     
  8. KrazyGonk

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    Ronus i think it depends on what you favor in a game. I love story so for me i can put up with most (not all) bad mechanics if the story is good enough, that's why i want to play the previous two.

    I don't think you need to play them, the game is based of a series of books so i don't think they would make it so that you need to have read them or research large amounts of prior information in order to enjoy the game.

    This is just going from people that i know who have played the previous two without any info going into them and my personal opinion.
     
  9. Alicia

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    I'll be going into this game with little knowledge from Witcher 1 and 2. I poked around on both for a bit but never finished either. I plan on watching some youtube videos to summarize the story from both before delving into Witcher 3 and I think it'll be fine.
     
  10. complexmath

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    The Witcher basically started the "no good/evil, just difficult choices" trend in CRPGs, and it does it better than anyone else.

    The games are based on a series of books by a Polish author, and the setting definitely has that Eastern European grittiness to it. It's basically standard in that Elves and Dwarves have been around for ages, while Man is a newcomer but has pretty much taken over and the world of magic is being slowly eradicated. Elves and Dwarves are very much second-class citizens, and for the most part live in slums. There's a lot of racial tension, and that's driving much of the conflict in the world. The Elves have formed a resistance group, the Scoia'Tel, that do the kid of stuff you'd expect.

    Witchers are people who have been trained and magically mutated through alchemy since childhood to fight monsters. Most don't survive the process, so Witchers are quite rare. They are basically like traveling monks or mercenaries whose only purpose is to deal with monster problems for pay. They aren't supposed to get involve in humanoid politics at all, and Geralt in particular (the person you play), believes in maintaining this separation as his #1 rule. The mutation process worked unusually well in Geralt's case, and he's probably the most famous Witcher around, dubbed the "White Wolf" because of his white hair.

    As you might expect, a lot of the monster problems turn out to be more complicated than just "random creature X is eating babies." Often, it's something a Human has done that's caused the problem in the first place, and given how horrible Humans are in general, it's no surprise that Geralt is somewhat sympathetic to the monster plight. So often you'll find yourself sussing out the truth behind a particular issue and then forced to decide how to resolve this problem where a monster is maybe causing problems but isn't the real cause of the situation. At least if you want to. There's also the option to just roll in, kill the thing, and move on.

    At the start of Witcher 1, Geralt shows up with amnesia, after having been missing for months and thought dead. Recovering his memories is a motivating factor for the entire trilogy, and in Witcher 3 you'll see him finally working towards putting all the pieces together. There are a lot of different subplots that make up Witcher 1, and the thing that ends up being the motivator for the big boss battle at the end isn't terribly relevant to the story in Witcher 2 or 3. Most important is that Geralt resolves a problem where a princess has been cursed and turned into a monster, and by solving this problem Geralt wins the favor of a king, who ultimately forces Geralt to be his bodyguard in the interlude between W1 and W2.

    W2 begins on a battlefield, with Geralt trapped as this King's bodyguard. Before long, the king is assassinated, and Geralt is accused of the murder. To clear his name, Geralt goes after the real killer, who turns out to be a Witcher (aided by the Scoia'Tel) who has been going around killing kings. As the story goes on, Geralt begins to recover some of his lost memories. Something about The Wild Hunt and a sorceress named Yennefer (who is the love of his life in the books, but their relationship is very tumultuous and so they're basically separated). I haven't actually finished W2 yet (hoping to before W3 is released), but I think the relevant part of the story will mostly be what Geralt learns when he meets the kingslayer he's chasing, who claims to have been Geralt's friend from back in the day. In addition to that, partly because of the kingslaying, there are different kingdoms fighting over land, and the Scoia'Tel are causing their usual problems. At some point you're forced to pick sides (you are in W1 as well, with basically the same factions), and must choose either the Scoia'Tel or the Humans, and both have their good and bad aspects--noble terrorists vs. asshole townies.

    As W3 is titled The Wild Hunt, I expect (hope) the main arc will be about Geralt chasing down the Hunt and attempting to rescue Yennefer, who's caught up in it somehow. I suspect that Geralt and Yennefer were together before W1, were caught by the Hunt, and somehow Geralt managed to escape at the expense of his memories.

    Geralt also has a sorceress friend named Triss, who is his constant companion in W1, much of W2, and will presumably be around in W3 as well. They adopted a magical kid named Alvin in W1 (the main plot), who may be an analog for a magical girl Geralt finds in the books and hands off to Yennefer for protection. He's also accompanies by a good for nothing Bard named Dandelion, and a Dwarf named Zoltan.
     
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  11. Trekkan

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    Very awesome post there [MENTION=818]complexmath[/MENTION]! I've barely touched the previous games as I mentioned before because I didn't like the controls. So... this was really good to get before I start W3. =)
     
  12. Trekkan

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  13. Dsan

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  14. Alicia

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  15. Dsan

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    That seems rather large... That article you linked mentioned no loading screens. If they actually pulled that off I am both excited and curious. Lessons from old MMOs? :P
     
  16. Alicia

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    So, speaking of the loading screens. Jesse Cox just did a little review that has me curious. Early on in it he says that you can't "technically" go from one mountain top to another across the map because there is a series of "zones". He doesn't say anything about loading screens between those zones and so I'm not sure what he means...

    https://youtu.be/OBWcRGWOTUQ
     
  17. Alicia

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    View attachment 371 For those not subbed to GOG emails. Confirmation of everything discussed in my initial thread.
     
  19. complexmath

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  20. Alicia

    Alicia Well-Known Member JFF Member JFF Supporter

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    For those confused by the Reddit format, first, read the link here, then the post in the link below. http://i.imgur.com/2zYvMkp.png

    http://www.reddit.com/r/witcher/comments/35pch1/cd_projekt_red_developer_helping_out_pirates_on/


    I'm falling in love with this company more every day. So, smart? Foolish? Discuss. They just hit the 1million mark in games sold even before release so I feel like a lot of people trust them and it's not hurting their sales all that much: http://www.thenews.pl/1/12/Artykul/206482,1-million-copies-of-The-Witcher-3-sold-prior-to-release
     

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