The Waiting Game - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Aching to explore the all-new open world of The Witcher 3 and cover the land with corpses? Stay your blade, adventurer, Johnny's got some stuff to keep you busy until it's time.
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Waiting for that game you really want to play can be a painful experience, but it doesn't have to be one! The Waiting Game cherry-picks the best games to play, films to watch and even books to read while you wait for launch day, helping you prepare for th
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Best RPG, loved 2, the only complaint I have with it is that must have had tw2 worlds broader than tw1. But both the story and gameplay of both Was Great
I highly recommend the books for those who enjoyed the games. There are no spoilers as the books take place in an earlier period of Geralt's life. The games' stories make much more sense after reading some of the books because many of the characters and countries are described there. The first time I played the Witcher II I really felt like I, myself, had amnesia and didn't have the slightest comprehension of the various political struggles.
Awesome! What about Dragon Age: Origin? It does share some similarities imo.
Also, there are so many Witcher books, I don't really know where to start, hardly going to read them all I think.
Never cared for the witcher games. Felt it was a one man show with cussing and sex used as a to shock and impress people. Gameplay wasnt that fun either. Story was so so
If you're looking for another book recommendation I suggest Maurice Druon's The Accursed Kings originally published in French as Les Rois Maudits. They are historical fiction rather than fantasy about the French monarchy after the burning of Knights Templar Grandmaster Jacques de Molay and the curse he purportedly puts on Phillipe IV and his descendants. It's dark, multiple character narrative approach is very similar to Game and Thrones. In fact a new English edition is in bookstores now (not sure if it's a new translation or not) with a foreward by George RR Martin specifically because of the similarities. I'm reading the series in French right now and it is absolutely fantastic. It was written in the 50s so it doesn't have the graphic sex of the Witcher or Game of Thrones (plenty of sexual politics though!) but it does not skimp on the violence.
Great stuff. I really enjoyed Troll Hunter, too. Thought it was pretty ridiculous a lot of the time but it's done really well. Also, I thought the Witcher books were great - just wish they would translate them all, in the correct order this time!
For anyone who hasn't played the first two Witcher games...why? Why have you cheated yourself out of two spectacular games? They are dirt cheap now so just play them already! Thank you for your time.
The First Law trilogy was incredible. I just finished The Blade Itself, and boy is it bloody awesome. I loved the torturer, Glotka. You people need to buy and read 'em!
That First Law Joe Abercrombie trilogy was rather excellent, the torturer might not seem like a character that is central to the books humor, but if you like it black he is, highly recommended read.
You know whats also good when you're waiting for the witcher 3, playing the first two games if you haven't played them already
the first witcher game takes place 5 years after the conclusion of the book series. There are no spoilers
does anyone here hates the tank commercial with the "OOOH MY CAT" as in it's the time for america to answer the call to "OOOH MY CAAATT" .... every time i click a video, it gets me to that spot :(
Witcher is one of those rare games that once you beat it, you count days for the next installment. This is exactly what happened with me at Witcher 2 ending. I feel that I didnt get the most of it since I've played it on X360.
Johnny, the witcher books are actually set before the games, the games are the sequels to the book series, in fact the first and 2nd game have already spoiled the ending of the book series.
So you can read them without fearing for spoilers, it's a whole new story.
Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen was great, but not very reminiscent of The Witcher, apart from wielding a sword.
Two Worlds had a slightly similar feel to the Witcher but I understand not wanting to recommend it.
Why would the books spoil the game since the events in the game happen after the events in the books? Knowing the backstory just means you get more out of the games because you are more familiar with the lore and characters and are able to recognize the references to the books..
Or you can always do some tabletop role-playing with your mates, that will suck you in some medieval fantasy worlds.
I recommend the Malazan Book Of The Fallen series. Epic medieval high fantasy. Other series' take place over a continent. This one over a whole planet. 10 books. Swords, cussers and magic. You guys will love it.
Is it dirty and filthy of me to want the witcher 3 to not be that holy grail of RPG gaming everyone is saying it will be? I'm just annoyed by all the people talking about the game as if it's the second coming of jesus.
Yeah, it's crappy to wish for a game to be a let down.....
bought the witcher 1 and 2 on steam only to find that the gameplay is very very dated.... gonna jump in to TW3 and hope for the best! (boobs)
@BhemontRead the Last Wish first.
@RevLux I thought the first one was MASSIVELY over rated. I loved the beginning but when you got into the town, it died for me. So boring. Just bought The Witcher 2 though and will absolutely try that.
@RevLux Witcher 2 is pretty good but I stopped player the witcher 1. Just couldn't deal with the tedium anymore.
@RevLux Indeed, and a lot of people discredit the first game, and just play TW2, but TW1 is really good as well (I may actually prefer the story in TW1), and it'll give you a large appreciation for how far the studio has evolved in just 2 titles. There are a couple graphics mods for TW1 that make it a little easier on the eyes, but all the actual gameplay mechanics are solid.
@fgjnfgh Regardless of the platform you really must play through the Witcher 2 at least twice imho. This way you can experience both of the main factions. The last half to 2/3rds of the game is quite different depending on your choice both in story as well as setting.
@TehUndeadHorror Yeah, I've tried using simple Polish to English translators to read them but it just comes out about as nonsensical as you'd imagine. It really does take a professional translator to do have it make sense as well as stay as true to it's origins as possible.
@GiantAssPanda Yup. Besides both games spoil grand finale of the books.
@DrvoJavorovo CD Projekt RED will release The Witcher Adventure (board) Game before TW3 premiere. It will be designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek, one of the best Polish RPG/board game makers. I bought his last co-op game, Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island. Really though, exciting gameplay - highest replayability level I've ever seen in this genre. WAG will be lighter, but still worth attention - designer is a die-hard fan of the witcher universe since 1992.
@footballFanSan Get into Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson as well! The Black Prism was one of the best books I'd read last year.
I'd say Glen Cook's The Black Company is tonally similar to the Witcher, subverting many high fantasy tropes.
@Kreol1q1q It is crappy to think that. But I'd be more offended if I didn't know how wrong you are going to be.
Besides Geralt also rose from the dead and he is more bad ass than Jesus could ever be.....if either of them existed that is.
@wristbreakerYou think *TW2* gameplay is dated? That's insane! I can certainly see that with TW1, as it's what I'd call "vintage" at this point (still fun for the story, though). But I think 2 is still fully and totally modern. It is STILL one of the most beautiful games around, partly because it isn't even that old, and I think it is awesome to play. I can't even imagine what might feel "dated" about it.
@wristbreaker You could grab the combat mods for both games. I hear they're great.
@wristbreakerI could agree if you said that Ghosts gameplay is dated compared to Half Life 2 gameplay but Witcher 2 is just perfect and refreshing. Easily in top 5 games of the decade. Its like Gothic 1 with improvements and in ultraaaaaaa hd graphics. Beautiful game, worth every penny.
@Vojtass Nice, I think i read somewhere that, someone already released a Witcher tabletop, but like back in 2001.