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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TheShadow153
TheShadow153

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

Unraed
Unraed

  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.

Bhemont
Bhemont

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.  

grove12345
grove12345

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

LeRougeau
LeRougeau

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.

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

I have started reading the books because I love the Witcher 2 game! 

Romeric87
Romeric87

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!

Scoopser
Scoopser

 Troll Hunter is definitely worth 1 hour and 45 minutes of your lives.

RevLux
RevLux

 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.

ShadowsDemon
ShadowsDemon

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!

orbit991
orbit991

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.

shantd
shantd

Why would anyone have beef with Shawn Bean?

masternarwal
masternarwal

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

masternarwal
masternarwal

the first witcher game takes place 5 years after the conclusion of the book series. There are no spoilers

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

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 :(

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

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.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

He said Geralt wrong. British people always say it wrong. 

lightleggy
lightleggy

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.

Saxondale
Saxondale

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.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

They've finally translated more Witcher books? I have been waiting half a decade. Thanks Johnny!

GiantAssPanda
GiantAssPanda

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..

DrvoJavorovo
DrvoJavorovo

Or you can always do some tabletop role-playing with your mates, that will suck you in some medieval fantasy worlds. 

footballFanSan
footballFanSan

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. 

Kreol1q1q
Kreol1q1q

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.....

Onallion
Onallion

Who else is taking vacation days when this game comes out? :)

evil13killer
evil13killer

this game will set a high standard for RPG games cant wait

fatee
fatee moderator

This game is going to eliminate a few months off the calendar when it comes out.

Carl Toolan
Carl Toolan

This for me is the first true next gen game

wristbreaker
wristbreaker

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)

toffifee
toffifee

@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.

Ferric24
Ferric24

@RevLux Witcher 2 is pretty good but I stopped player the witcher 1. Just couldn't deal with the tedium anymore.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@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.

RevLux
RevLux

@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.

RevLux
RevLux

@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.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@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.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

@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.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@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.

gawdzila
gawdzila

@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.

xbox360kb
xbox360kb

@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.

DrvoJavorovo
DrvoJavorovo

@Vojtass Nice, I think  i read somewhere that, someone already released a Witcher  tabletop, but like back in 2001.

skoypidia
skoypidia

@xbox360kb @wristbreaker I actually found that Wicher 1 was even more innovative than 2. Challenging battles fought with just one key. And it worked. Now THIS is innovation. So sorry it went away in no 2

Vojtass
Vojtass

@DrvoJavorovo @Vojtass There was The Witcher RPG: Game of Imagination (in Polish: Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni). There was also non-collectible card game released in Poland just before TW1, but it wasn't a success. The Witcher Adventure Game will be the first board game set in this universe.

gawdzila
gawdzila

@skoypidia@xbox360kb@wristbreakerI'm not sorry it went away.  It was okay, but tapping out the same rote combos over and over and over got pretty monotonous.  It didn't feel innovative, just repetitive.  The combat was really my least favorite part of the game.