GS Breakdown: Exploring the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer

Kevin VanOrd takes a look at the latest trailer for CD Projekt Red's upcoming RPG, and notices some familiar faces.

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vadagar1
vadagar1

witcher just makes skyrim story seem...


childish : /

chieflion
chieflion

To be honest, I got the witcher 2 in a steam sale for like 20 bucks, and i was like...wtf is this game. 

I went online watched the review and was like. Holy SHit! thats a kickass game. 

Started playing and playing inbetween skyrim, this was back in 2011, and i slowly got more and more into it and the worlds mythology. Haven;t played the first yet, but i am defs picking up the next one. Triss is sexy as fuck.

Also: awesome video love me some KevinCommentary.

day3002
day3002

min req? 2x titan z?

jeremy-
jeremy-

Theres a reddit discussion on when you pause the trailer at a specific frame you see a message to the audience. Not sure if it was the stream or the e3 trailer. You should go have a look :)

wexorian
wexorian

I'm gonna keep up with triss :))

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

A strong advice for all of you newcomers to the series: read the novels.

Then you finally know what Kevin is talking about (Ciri, the emperor, Yenefer, the prophecy, the nature of the Wild Hunt,...). Apart from that the books are just great stuff. ;)

Huntrider
Huntrider

Kevin can you hook me up a copy. k bye.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@wexorian Pfff, Triss. She's a girl. Geralt needs a real woman and Jesus, Yen is one hell of a woman.... :D

jeremy-
jeremy-

@SimplyFatal Stop being a hater. Are you really going to claim hes not into the game when he knows it has to be yennifer because shes wearing black and white and picks up on geralts daughter? Obviously hes more into it than 99% of the people who play it so stop being a wiseas.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@SimplyFatal One thing I do wish I'd mentioned was Charles Dance's voice. He'll make for a chilling emperor.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@SimplyFatal For me, the biggest takeaways were seeing Ciri and Yennefer. I am in the midst of the novels now, though I tried my best to avoid spoilers regarding the ways many of these characters are connected. (And of course I played The Witcher 1.) I admit I was a little stumbly--I didn't want to give away things that happen in the books for people who hadn't yet read them, but I don't think I made any factual errors. 

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@SimplyFatal Pardon? What do you mean? Did I make an error in what I said?

RO-nIn187
RO-nIn187

@LordCrash88 @day3002 i really doubt that the pc specs will be anywhere near the next gen console specs, even witcher 2 on max couldnt possibly run on comparable hardware... i guess with currently available graphics cards you need something around 2 gtx 770s on sli at least the way it looks with a good i7 and at least 8gb ram... but i guess we will get more info in winter...

yeah_28
yeah_28

@Kevin-V @SimplyFatal I cant wait until you find who the Emperor really is ;)

you did a good job by the way

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@yeah_28 THIS. So much this. It's kind of funny how Kevin explains the whole stuff without knowing the real connections between all these characters. Knowing all novels makes the whole scenery completely different. I mean playing the Witcher games without knowing the books is like watching Star Wars 6 without watching 4 and 5 before. That's especially true after more and more characters and events from the novels spill over to the games. Witcher 1 was almost something completely new based on the setting but Witcher 2 and now Witcher 3 are really strongly based on the literaric basis.


Too bad for you English folks that only a few of the novels are translated so far. At least there are fan translations on the Witcher forum which I stronly suggest if you're a fan of the series.

Edit: To be honest: CDRP always say that you don't have to know anything to enjoy and play Witcher 3 but that's only partly true. Although not canonical according to Sapkowski Witcher 3 seems to be a direct successor to the books building on the same characters and events. So knowing the books is crucial for a full understanding of the things that happen in Witcher 3 and especially for a full understanding of the various characters and their relations. ;)

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@SimplyFatal @Kevin-V Misinformed? Again, I am not sure where you felt I faltered. I loved both Witcher games, so I am not sure why anyone would say I was not into it. Granted, it has been many years so I might be fuzzy on some details, but I touched on the things most interesting to me. (Ciri + Yennefer + Emperor + King of Wild Hunt = MUCH DRAMA!)

Vojtass
Vojtass

@LordCrash88 Games are not part of the canon - it's not an opinion, it's a fact. Games are just adaptation of the Witcher world. This is not Star Wars Expanded Universe (which isn't very good, but that's another story).

jeremy-
jeremy-

@LordCrash88 Who says people on a game website want in depth analysis of the characters when they appear in a trailer.


I wouldnt mind reading the book, but i certainly wouldnt want somebody spoiling or even explaining how the characters work before i read said book... thats just a spoiler.


In doing a 'breakdown' of a trailer you just want some light information on the characters. And especially, in the context of a game website, you want information that has appeared or is relevant to the game world.


If Kevin had given spoilers or more information about the characters I would have felt cheated from learning about them myself when i eventually play the game, (that is, anything not already mentioned in W1/W2).


You are coming off pretty pretentious and ridiculous IMO, nobody cares that you apparently understand the witcher books better than Kevin does. I'm sure the books are great but where do you get off telling Kevin to spoil a game for gamers.

yeah_28
yeah_28

@LordCrash88 Indeed, and it amazes me sometimes how much people dont get that its literally impossible to appreciate something equally on both situations that are different, one where you just know the games, and another one where you know that and the books

No matter how well made a game or movie or book is done, it can never play the role of everything there is about the franchise.

So yeah nobody probably "needs" the books to enjoy the games, but its a flexible and factual thing, the more you get into the witcher, the more you'll understand and perhaps like, pure logic, and no way of making games can change that.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@Vojtass @LordCrash88 I know that and I never claimed anything else. I just said that CDPR uses the books as a basis for their own stories (which are not canon). So if you want to know more about the characters and events in Witcher 3 you should read the books. That doesn't make the games canon. ;)

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@jeremy- I think you misunderstood my post. The point was that Kevin said himself that he is halfway through the books and didn't want to spoiler anything based on this experience. It wasn't my intention to make fun of him or anything, on the opposite. Reading is a great joy and I think he will be surprised and excited how everything is connected in the end.

My advice to read the books has nothing to do with this breakdown. It's just a general suggestion for people who want to have a better understanding for the world and its characters, that's all. 

It's not about spoilers. And knowing and talking about the books also isn't a spoiler for the game. It's the history of the game and its characters. Or do you call Star Wars 4 and 5 spoilers for Star Wars 6? Do you really think someone would make a breakdown of a trailer for the new Star Wars movie without mentioning the old movies and the events happening there? Of course that's also a spoiler for everyone who hasn't seen Star Wars 1-6 so far. But at the same time it's something you would expect when watching a preview about a new entry in an already existing story/franchise. Sorry, if that is pretentious to you but to me that's pretty natural and normal.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@Vojtass @LordCrash88 Dude, I know that YOU know the books. I was talking about the masses, not about you. They should read them if they want to know more about the world and the characters. ;)

Vojtass
Vojtass

@LordCrash88 @Vojtass Yeah! Sapkowski's books are like bible of The Witcher universe. BTW - Is Storm season available in German?

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@Vojtass @LordCrash88 No, not yet. I asked the publisher a few weeks ago and they said that they will probably translate it but they couldn't give me an ETA... :-|