How open is the open world of The Witcher 3?
We catch up with story writer Jakub Szamalek to discuss the specifics of the open world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Okay, so either he's avoiding the question, or his English isn't up to snuff, because he kind of didn't answer the question. He mentioned boundaries, but was incredibly unclear. He did say land masses were separated, but that still isn't saying much.
They should've just asked him honestly: "Is it open like Skyrim?"
CD Projekt Red had me with the first Witcher, after finally transitioning to PC gaming a few years ago. Keep them coming!!
I see that noone here got idea to read the books instead of wondering if W2 is playable without completing the first one. You don't have to play W1 to understand W2, they are different stories with few connections, but 1 is still great game. You have to read the books if you want everything to be clear to you. Then and only then you will be able to understand everything. READ THE BOOKS by Andrzej Sapkowski the best fantasy writer in the world and you will see how many things, that you thought were not important, becomes clear and obvious to you. I am sure that you don't even know who is the person that Wild Hunt wants to get, why and how does it connects to Geralt and Yennefer.
I am just playing The Witcher 2, I never played any of these games and generally don't like RPGs but it is an amazing game. I love the quality of ideas coming out of these eastern european developers, their games are so much richer because of the quality of the ideas in them. Ideas mediate our experience so if you have great ideas you have a great experience.
.how exactly are they gonna make this game look better tho.....ultra super uber filter with mega tessa???im at a lost...lol i hate that i gotta wait for the next gen to come out tho :( its like that for every other next gen game...The fuck are you guys PC'ist
Was kinda wishing he would shut up so I could hear the music. I'm definitely looking forward to the game!
I wish that they gave us a custom whitcher for the next gen, but I guess we can leave that for another game. Would love to see what happens if the series goes that way though.
Is this game as powerful as crysis 3 in visuals and requirements or the witcher 3 requirements higher than crysis 3 requirements or both games are equal in visuals and requirements ?
We can notice in my question that we can make a comparison between Cryengine 3 and Red engine 3.
I never played The Witcher. When The Witcher 2 came out for Xbox 360, I had heard a lot of good things about it and it looked good on videos I had seen, so I purchased it. That was a huge mistake. Honestly, The Witcher 2 was one of the worst RPG's I have ever played, period. The story was nonsensical, full of dwarves wanting to "plow" everything in sight and some nonsense about a "Yennifer" that I felt left out of the story because I didn't play the first game. The combat was beyond atrocious. You were supposed to be able to drink potions and augment abilities before a tough fight, but there was NO indication when a tough fight would happen, so you would have no idea until after you die. The inventory system was again, god awful. Tiny items you could hardly see, small text....it was just a really bad game to me. The Witcher 3 LOOKS good, but I am VERY apprehensive after the disaster that was The Witcher 2....
@ooblah It obviously isnt open like skyrim
@SpLiTMaN I would advise learning to write before writing anything... Tis elementary, dear Watson.
@waterghost Yea, I hated that in Skyrim. Never felt badass because for every my new level gained automatically every noob-skeleton was matched to me. Whats the fucking point in leveling I ask? I want to be able at some point to go back to previous regions and one-shot mobs that previously gang-banged me, until I have gained enough power to deal with'em. It's old-school rpg here and I love it. CDPR never cease to amaze me, in a good way of course.
Yeah, it looks amazing. What's crazy is that The Witcher 2 on PC doesn't look too much worse.
@Mo60 We hardly have any hard data about Red Engine 3. What I can say about Red Engine 1 is that it looks beautiful and allows you to run the game even if your pc shouldn't run it - I remeber on my very old rig I had ( Something 2.4 Ghz CPU [ one core ] , 2 gb of RAM and dreadful GF9400 ) I was still able to run it - though in 800x600 and lowest details, but I didn't have framerate drops.
I am no spec on this though, if you do a legit comparison I would love to see it.
@grim0187 So basically You complain that the game didn`t held your hand throughout the entire game, that the story was a little bit more complicated than "the great evil has come bla bla bla" nonsense, and that combat is a litlle bit more that your usual left/right swing? Nice ...go play some COD bro...
@grim0187 "Wah wah i dont get it, wah wah it's a disater, wah wah i dont care what other people think but still i care enough to build a text wall here wah wah"
yep, the world is indeed revolving around you~
btw, i know its hard to hear, but Witcher 2 was a huge success both critically AND commercially, if thats a disaster by your standard..........
@grim0187 xbox 360 no doubt it is bad...
@grim0187 Totally agree! Witcher 1 was an excellent game...they really messed up Witcher2. Is there any hope for W3...I don't think so, hope I'm wrong! They did almost....I did say almost everything right in Witcher 1. Then, they got cute and screwed it up. Hey! Stick with what made you a Sucess!
@grim0187 Dwarves wanting to plow everything? Everyone in the game wants to plow someone. It's an adult game and, truthfully, it makes sense. Do you think they should all hold hands with one another?
Yennifer is explained as Geralt's former lover who has disappeared. In this aspect, you most certainly weren't paying attention as it's clearly explained who she is to Geralt- it's a good idea to actually watch the cutscenes a little bit.
I enjoyed the combat. It was unforgiving, unlike many other games. You can't sit there and spam stuff at the foes or spam potions or healing spells. I was constantly in motion and had to use different spells and different equipment for each situation. However, this is just my opinion so I can't really say you're wrong. I will say, that after a while, you begin to notice places that are "setups."
And I think the size of the items and the text really depends on the TV you use and whether or not you use HD. I'm sure it will certainly become clearer and better in The Witcher 3.
@grim0187 Hey...the dude has a right to his opinion. I just don't understand people who play or watch sequels without playing or watching the first installment....why....why do that?
@grim0187Just because you didnt understand the basics of the game doesnt mean It was bad at all. Yes, It has Its limitations cause It wasnt an open world game like Skyrim, but The Witcher 2 was one of the best games for the PC in 2011.
@grim0187 I played the Witcher 2 without playing Witcher 1 and I really enjoyed the game, story and game play. I do agree with you that there some annoying things about the game play, but I really enjoyed it. I then went back and played the first one, and had a way better time with that. The story made sense after that.
Whether you like this franchise or not, you have to agree that the developer has done an amazing job making this game being independant. More over they dont charge for any DLC. Thats a big win in my column.
@grim0187 Witcher 2: 9/10 on GS, 88/100 metacritic score, 9/10 user score but fuck it - grim0187 didnt like it so it was a disaster.
@grim0187 Well not everyone is going to love this series but you bring up a point I've never read here- about the text being too small. I agree with that, I too have a hard time reading micro text in some games and if I need to strain it's a real annoyance.
But it's not obvious. Because they would've just said it. I'd be fine if certain areas required you to load them, just as long as they're huge.
@Isengrimr One learns to write by practicing. I would advise you to learn some tolerance!
@waterghost I DONT care what other people think. Its my opinion. Sorry if your butthurt by it. And again, I don't give a flying fuck if everyone on earth bought it and loved it. I didn't. I don't like Justin Bieber even though everyone else seems to.
@--Anna-- @grim0187 And how did they mess it up??? Perhaps you should have made Witcher 2 if you knew it better...... ;)
@Tefresh @grim0187 Please don't insult my intelligence. Yes, it said who Yennifer WAS very briefly, but the way Geralt went on about her, I could give two shits less. I didn't play the first game, I don't know nor CARE about her.
As far as the dwarves, I understand its an adult game, but I don't need to be beat upon the head with it in every single cutscene with a damn dwarf. Its a little disturbing...
The combat was clunky. You CAN spam, which is what made it boring.
I have a 50 inch HDTV. The inventory system was a mess because it was ported straight over from PC without any adjusting.
@Sadek @grim0187 I can see how some people would like The Witcher 2. And maybe if I played the first game or played it on a PC I would have liked it. That being said, there was a lot of things that I listed that turned me off from this game that if I see being implemented in the third one (nonsensical story, clunky combat, terrible inventory interface) then I'll be skipping it.
@Sadek @grim0187 That reminds me now of the monotonous sounding voice of Geralt, in the first Witcher. It was like listening to Connor in AC3(no feeling whatsoever). But the more I listened, I got used to it because CDPR did a great job of developing his character within the story. Grim might enjoy playing the Witcher 1 instead. I finished in about 75 hours, which isn't bad for I think a 2.50$ game.
@vadagar1 The problem is you have no idea what to prepare and when. This is another thing that was pointed out in reviews but glossed over but was a big deal to me.
@iskaroth @grim0187 Okay? I personally don't give a fuck if I'm the only one on planet Earth who didn't like it. I don't base my personal opinion of a game on what other people feel. Now, how other people look at a game may help me decide if I want to try it or not. But after I play it, its my opinion and mine alone. Millions of people listen to Justin Bieber. Personally, I don't care for him. Am I wrong? No. Am I right? No. Its my opinion.
@iskaroth @grim0187 He paid for the game with his own money. He has every right to say what he thought of it.
@ooblah To me, it sounds obvious that it will be like Borderlands 2 and even more obvious that it won;t be like Skyrim. He specifically said it will not be one giant landmass to explore.
And you don't like that your intelligence to be insulted but with your comments you only give more proof to that you are not open minded at all. And I suppose that those who made the story of this game must have been intelligent people. I know that there are many people with other desires which don't like the story for I don't know what reason but still you said only bad things about this game.
And next question. If you knew that every reviewer said that you will be kinda lost in the story if you haven't played the first one, than why you started the 2nd in the first place and than you flame about it it? They just can't make the witcher 2 for you all the witcher 1 story for you to understand because for many people who played the 1st one it's not interesting because they knew that already...
@Tefresh @grim0187 You have your opinion, I have mine. I didn't like it. Maybe the next game will be better. It DOES LOOK good, but so did The Witcher 2, and FOR ME, it wasn't. I'm sorry your not able to understand that a small few didn't like. It has nothing to do with me not paying attention. I love reading and stories, and I was very invested in MANY RPG's from way back in the SNES and NES all the way up to Mass Effect and Skyrim of today. Please do not insult my intelligence just because the story was confusing. It didn't just confuse me, it was pointed out in EVERY review of the game that if you didn't play the first game this story would have you feeling lost and it did. It was a critique for the game which was pretty bad FOR ME.
@grim0187 @Tefresh This was not your initial complaint. Your initial complaint was that you felt left out without knowing who she was. There is ample dialogue on her, especially the conversation with Letho at the end and the cutscenes showing Geralt and Yennefer. Their goal wasn't to make you care about her, they just wanted to show us what was driving Geralt. What's funny is that Triss actually became the focus of Geralt's entire time.
Every cutscene? Granted, they are quite vulgar, but there's talk of being drunk and going to battle, along with day-to-day life (such as mining.) You're the only one I have seen that openly feels disturbed by this dialogue, which seems common in all forms of media.
Well, the combat certainly wasn't perfect. I will say that even the constant spamming of spells didn't always work and could end in death.
I have a 40 inch HDTV and I had no problem seeing it. Not much else to say about this.
But if you want to know this game is not for chilling and relaxing... This is hard work sepcially at a harder settings and well you have to talk to everybody to know the story... But I think you haven;t payed attention one bit to try to u8nderstand what is there. Just watch the reviews. No reviewer I know said anything about a bad story....
@LordCrash88 @grim0187 @Sadek Then I guess that why I didn't like it. I never read the novels or played the first game. Silly me for thinking in this day and age, I can just pick up a game and have fun with it. I'm not doing research to understand the story of a game, even if it is the second installment. There is no excuse for that. Plenty of series have numbered entries and explain the past games. The way the game is written, the dialogue, its just hard to keep track of and pace. Like I said, I can understand how some would like it. I however didn't.
@grim0187 @Sadek The combat wasn't clunky. The problem is that many people played the game "wrong", like a hack'n'slay game. That way, combat isn't fun, I completely agree. The game is much more fun in high difficulty settings when you have to use tactics and skills. It's an reactive combat system in which you have to time your attacks and in which you need to roll and back off often in order to survive in combat.
The inventory system wasn't the best but it also wasn't that bad. And the combat controls and the inventorey were greatly improved in the (free) Enhanced Version.
The story is sensical when you know a) what a Witcher is b) who Geralt is c) the political playing field in the Witcher world and d) who Geralt holds dear. You get all this information when you read the books but there are also videos from CD Projekt Red on youtube which explain the events which took place in Witcher 1 (Witcher 1 story recap) and which explain Witchers (what is a witcher). I agree that you can't know the policital playing field after watching them. But again, it's a game series based on novels. So it's mostly a product made for Witcher fans and readers, like GoT is made for ASOIAF readers in the first place. It's just silly to argue that the devs got too deep into the world of the Witcher and his personal stuff. Fans of the Witcher are expecting exactly that and they do right so....
@grim0187 @Vojtass @vadagar1 Skyrim did nothing better which is connected to story, characters or lore. NOTHING. That's not even an opinion, it's a simple fact. You don't like Witcher because it's based on novels and a game you haven't read or played. Well, that's your very personal problem and not a problem with the game.....
@grim0187 @Vojtass @vadagar1 You could mash the buttons on easy, but in dark mode hack-and-slashing strategy also meant being dead very fast. There are different playstyles and philisophies - many people play because they love challenges or online cooperation or hard confrontation. "Games are for fun" - it depends about what kind of games we talk and what difficulty level is set. The Witcher series is hardly a game for chilling out.
@Vojtass @grim0187 @vadagar1 I don't care if my opinion was unfair. My judgment of the game has nothing to do with what I played previously. The "complex gameplay" was shallow. You could hack and slash your way out of most situations. Initiative? Its a GAME. I show initiative at work all day every day. When I come home to sit down, relax and PLAY, I don't want to work for it.....
@grim0187 @Vojtass @vadagar1 Your opinion doesn't hurt my feelings. Your opinion is just unfair for the game and for the devs. If you weren't raised on easy games, then probably you used to, so called, modern design, which means basically cutting out most of (if not every) complex gameplay mechanics. Your lack of initiative and expectations for instant win are causes of your dissapointment. Also Skyrim has completely different approach to the genre. TW2 is far from perfect, but it's also very far from image you painted.
I COULD play the game. I actually finished it. I just did not LIKE it. I play a VAST variety of games where you talk to NPC's, read books and learn about your environment. I've read almost every single book in Skyrim. That game did it ALOT better. Sorry if my opinion hurts your feelings.
TW2 does not hold your hand, you have to read glossary, journal, listen to the dialogues, buy and read in-game books about monsters and places. Listen what NPCs tell you about forests and creatures. You have to show initiative. Always be prepared, always. Experiment, try different things. THINK for Christ sake! You were raised on easy games, and now you're angry, because someone has different design philosophy. Game is definietely not for you.
@grim0187 Actually....you are 100% correct on Justin Bieber.
@grim0187 @iskaroth @mucking_foron Well if you wathc a TV series and you miss out a few episodes of course you will be left out of the story so yo don't know the story so you cant say that it was nonsensical. Actually you have to read the books also to be full sense. It is not their fault if you don't understand the story. It's more complex and complicated than in the other games. Like in the movies you just can't watch the last episode of a tv series and say it was nonsensical... In the Witcher is also like that. And don't forget that many questions are unanswered yet.
@mucking_foron More like his grandmother bought him this because he asked her, and she didn't have her glasses on.
@iskaroth @mucking_foron Why? Because I didn't like the story. It was dumb and didn't make sense. Even reviewers who reviewed the game said if you didn't play the fist one you would be confused by certain aspects of the story. And I was. Calling me a troll because I have a different opinion then you makes YOU the moron.
@mucking_foron"The story was nonsensical, full of dwarves wanting to "plow" everything in sight and some nonsense about a "Yennifer" " - i get it how someone might not like certain aspects of TW2 but saying something like this shows hes either a moron, a troll, a 10 year old or a combination of the above.
Yes, but that doesn't mean that it won't be one large map. It could mean that land masses are separated by islands. Doesn't matter now, however, because I've seen the E3 stuff for the game and the areas they played in looked enormous. There were mountains way far off in the distance, and they said if you can see it then you can go there - which still doesn't mean that you don't have to load a new area just to get there, but the way they were explaining it made it seem that you could travel to far off vistas without loading new areas. So if there isn't one giant map with separated land masses, but instead huge play areas that need to load individually, I guess I'm fine with that.