New Witcher 3 Trailer Recaps The Epic Year The Game Had

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is without question one of the finest games to release this year, and developer CD Projekt RED has released a new trailer for the game that recounts all of the best moments.

The trailer has a lot to show off, displaying everything from glowing reviews, tons of gameplay from the main game and even footage from the Hearts of Stone expansion and the upcoming Iron and Wine expansion. Here’s a description of the video taken from the YouTube description:

“This year was really epic for the entire crew behind The Witcher. We launched Wild Hunt, the RPG we’ve been working on for so long, then we’ve gone above and beyond to give gamers as many free DLC as we could, and then released Hearts of Stone, which – judging from player feedback – took the game even further. And we innovated all along the way — if you compare Wild Hunt to our previous game, almost every element was improved or changed. Now we’re working on Blood and Wine, the final expansion for Wild Hunt which we will launch in 2016.”

Witcher 3 Expansion Hearts Of Stone Launches Next Month

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launched to critical acclaim and followed its launch with a string of free DLC, but now comes the time for its season pass to begin. The first expansion for it is called Hearts of Stone and you can check out the teaser for it below.

This expansion will launch on October 13th, which is set to feature around 10 hours of gameplay. You can play it during the game or after you’ve completed. There will even be a limited edition of the DLC released in certain regions for $19.99, which comes with a download code and two physical sets of Gwent cards.

The New Game Plus DLC For The Witcher 3 Is Live

If you’ve somehow managed to finish playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and are itching for that New Game Plus mode, then I’ve got just the news for you.

The free New Game Plus DLC for the game is now available to download on Xbox One, though PlayStation 4 and PC users will need to wait a little while longer. The waiting time should be very quick, however, as there was never any mention of the DLC coming to one platform before any of the other ones.

Be aware, however, that your precious Gwent Card collection will not carry over from one playthrough to the next. I’m nowhere near finishing this game, so I shouldn’t have to worry about it for a long time. Too… much… content…

Latest Patch For The Witcher 3 Detailed By CD Projekt RED

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been receiving steady and helpful updates via patches from developer CD Projekt Red, and they are currently finishing up a new one that will improve even more facets of the game.

Patch 1.07 will be releasing without accompaniment of any free DLC this week, but that is because the devs are putting everything they have into getting this patch out as soon as possible. Fret not, however, as more free content will be released next week.

While full patch notes won’t be published until later in the week, you can check out a brief rundown of what you can expect below.

  • Optional new movement response mode for Geralt.
  • A new place to store items that will be available in various locations throughout the game.
  • Crafting and Alchemy components will no longer increase inventory weight.
  • Books will now have their own dedicated inventory tab.
  • Multiple fixes for quest issues.
  • Performance enhancements  for cutscenese and gameplay.
  • Improvements in horse behavior.

I think we all know that the biggest part of the patch will be the horse behavior improvement. I mean… have you *seen* some of the stuff that thing has been doing via videos online? That horsey needs some serious training, so hopefully it won’t act like a klutz after this new patch.

4 Million Copies Of The Witcher 3 Sold In Just 2 Weeks

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been a massive success right from the get go, and now developer CD Projekt RED has released a fan letter stating just how successful.

The Co-founder of CD Projekt RED, Marcin Iwiński, gave his thanks to the millions of fans for their support via the following letter:

“Dear Gamers,

May 19th was a crucial date for all of us here at CD PROJEKT RED — we released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, our open world role-playing game that we had been hard at work on for over 3 years. Since day one, you have given us tons of positive feedback and support — the sheer volume of emails we’ve gotten since launch simply congratulating us for our efforts is both epic and heartwarming, and I wish every developer comes to have such a fantastic community. In terms of media reception, we’re really humbled by the scores the game has received all around the world. With an average of 90+ on every platform, Wild Hunt is our dream coming true.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the four million gamers worldwide who bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the first two weeks from launch. Four million RPG fans spending their hard-earned money on our game is a sign that we did something right, and you can be sure that we’ll harness all that positive energy and make the upcoming expansions worthy of the grand adventure that you’re telling us Wild Hunt already is! Until then, keep on enjoying Wild Hunt, do not forget to grab your weekly set of free DLCs, and stay tuned for constant updates and enhancement to the game we are continuously working on.

Dandelion once said to Geralt that the world is changing, the sun is setting, and vodka’s running out — go, play, and have fun!

All the best,
Marcin Iwiński
Co-founder, CD PROJEKT RED”

It’s great to see a game that isn’t a dime-a-dozen Ubisoft game see such immense success immediately, and I can only imagine how much those numbers will climb throughout the year. Well done, CD Projekt RED, well done.

Condemn O.R. Condone – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4)

As a Witcher noobie the release of the third game in the series was something that had me anxious. Do I just jump right into the third one without having experienced the first two, or take on the daunting task of playing both prequels leading up to this game’s release? Considering the former would have taken me a couple hundred hours I elected to go with the latter, and I can honestly say that no prior experience is needed to enjoy the hell out of this game.

Things begin in a pretty grim fashion in Wild Hunt, as a young woman that our protagonist Geralt has raised as his own daughter, Ciri, finds herself being hunted down by a mysterious group called The Wild Hunt. Ciri boasts many of the abilities that Geralt has as she has trained for years with Witchers, but she also has some mysterious powers that have caught the attention of the Wild Hunt. Thus, before long, Ciri goes missing and it is up to Geralt to follow the trail and do everything he can to save who is essentially his only daughter.

The manner in which this story is presented is very interesting, as Geralt roams from village to village asking people if they have seen a woman matching Ciri’s description, while also utilizing his Witcher senses to investigate areas to form his own conclusions. Many times throughout the campaign you will come into contact with someone who was with Ciri at a particular point in time, which then puts us in flashback mode where we take full control of Ciri and live out the flashback. This offers a nice change of pace as we get to see a different side of the story and control a character who is a bit different compared to Geralt, character-wise and gameplay-wise.

Combat in the Wild Hunt is pretty basic on the surface, but has plenty of depth the deeper you get into the game. The gameplay is that of an action RPG where you battle in real time with light and heavy attacks and are able to block and dodge incoming attacks. Magic abilities are also available and allow you to do things like stun enemies or push them back. It can feel a bit hack and slash-y if you’re battling low-level enemies, but most of the time just mashing a button will get you in big trouble. Enemy AI is very solid and will block many of your attacks, and if you find yourself in the midst of a crowd of enemies your level you need to tread lightly.

Of course, the world of the Wild Hunt is absolutely massive, with tons of densely-packed villages and terrain to explore. The sheer scope of this game is jaw-dropping, and the fact that they were able to fill much of it with hours of compelling side content is incredible. In fact, many of the the side missions that you’ll come across contain stories that rival many of the main stories that you would find in other games of this genre. The lore in this game is consistently fantastic and always makes you feel like you’re part of a living and breathing world where real evil is just around the next corner.

A lot of the choices that you make throughout your adventure have serious consequences, as well, as you will often find yourself deciding (directly or not) the fates of many characters. This results in a consistent tension throughout not just the main game but also its sidequests, as you never know which choices you make that could end up spelling doom for someone else. Sure, you can always reload a previous save if you so desire, but that kind of defeats the purpose of playing a game like this and eliminates that tension. Own your decisions and carry onward!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Getting around the world can be done in a variety of ways, as going on foot, fast-travelling and sailing are all viable ways to get from point a to point b. My usually method is utilizing Geralt’s horse Roach to get around, as you can whistle for him pretty much anywhere and allows you to get around much more quickly. Unfortunately, Roach can be a bit of a dunce at times, as when you call you may find that he’s gotten himself stuck behind a tree or a fence. Why the devs didn’t just make it so he appears right next to you rather than appearing 50 feet away and then potentially get stuck on the terrain is a mystery to me. Still, despite the guy’s flaws, galloping across this game’s gorgeous world is always a pleasure.

Wild Hunt has many of the deep RPG staples that you would come to expect, with weapon and armor crafting, upgrading and repairing, as well as Alchemy. You will always find yourself in areas with tons of things to loot, which go towards the aforementioned actions or just give you some extra cash to spend on things like healing items. Of course, you need to be careful as if you pick up too many things then you will quickly find yourself over-encumbered and your movement will be severely limited. As long as you keep an eye on your inventory and sell the stuff you no longer need you should be OK, though.

Perhaps the game’s biggest side distraction is a card game called Gwent, which has you taking on opponents in a best 2 out of 3 round match that puts you in a sort of mini card battlefield. You can draw attack cards like warriors and archers to deal damage, or weather cards to to nullify the attacks of specific attack cards. The strategy of the game is to try and not use your best cards early on and outlast your opponent, as cards aren’t replenished in rounds 2 and 3. This is an excellent card game that plenty of people have raved about, so much so that a physical deck has been made. You can also challenge just about anyone in the game’s world to a match, meaning that a quick game is always close by if you’re jonesing for one.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is easily a game of the year contender and one of the best RPGs released this decade. The game’s lore is consistently terrific, the characters feel real and relatable despite the fantasy setting and the gameplay is simple enough to understand but deep enough to keep you coming back for more. This is one of those games that you can easily spend a 100 hours playing and still have tons of stuff left to do, meaning this game is also provides one of the best values you can get in gaming today. As far as RPGs go, Wild Hunt is about as good as it gets.

CONDONE

Go Your Way With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Launch Trailer

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt officially launches tomorrow, but just about everyone already knows that it’s a must-play game. Still, the devs have released a launch trailer to keep that hype train rolling for it.

In the trailer we’re given a montage of character and action scenes set to a melancholy acoustic tune that actually works really well. The game’s world still looks gorgeous and the variety of characters that you’ll be coming across seems expansive, to say the least.

Check out the launch trailer called Go Your Way below.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is developed by CD Project Red for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It’s set to launch on May 19th, 2015.