Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network GOG Spring Sale Brings Back Game Collection Bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/4csh7/gog-spring-sale-brings-back-game-collection-bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/4csh7/gog-spring-sale-brings-back-game-collection-bundles Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:47:12 -0400 Ty Arthur

The 2020 spring game discounts are officially kicking off with Good Old Game's Spring sale. The deals will certainly give you something to play while waiting out the coronavirus. 

Besides the standard discounts to a wide variety of titles, this year's GOG Spring sale sees the long-awaited return of game collection bundles, as well as some freebie extras for anyone to grab at no cost.

Deep discounts are now available on major franchises like Heroes of Might & Magic, Dungeons & Dragons, King's Bounty, Dishonored, Shadowrun, The Witcher, Saint's Row, Warhammer, and Metro through March 30.

Individual game sales can be browsed here, or check out the bundles to finish off your collections:

The sale's freebies cover a wide array of properties. Right now, The Witcher Goodies Collection is up for grabs on the GOG front page. The Goodies Collection includes extras like art books, soundtracks, making-of videos, and more. Here's what's included:

What are you planning on picking up off your GOG wishlist? Sound off below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on more discounts.

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Review -- A Fun Way to Learn Gwent https://www.gameskinny.com/wsvwe/thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales-review-a-fun-way-to-learn-gwent https://www.gameskinny.com/wsvwe/thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales-review-a-fun-way-to-learn-gwent Fri, 26 Oct 2018 10:58:40 -0400 Sergey_3847

This time CD Projekt Red killed two birds with one stone. The famed Polish developer of The Witcher series of games released two games in one day: Gwent: Homecoming, which has finally left the beta testing phase, and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, a single-player isometric RPG set in The Witcher universe.

Gwent card game is already super popular and is one of the few competitors to Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering. Thronebreaker, on the other hand, was most likely made as a means to promote the card game even further, although it does have a few merits of its own.

Thronebreaker incorporates Gwent in more than one way, and if you want to know why this is more of a companion piece rather than a fully realized game, keep on reading our review below.

Story and Setting

Queen Meve of Lyria returns home from a long trip when Nilfgaardians invade and steal her possessions. On top of that she learns that some of her closest servants betrayed her. Now she must find a way to free her native land from foreign invaders and treacherous traitors.

As a result Meve travels across her own lands and the lands of other rulers with her small army. On her way she gathers resources, such as gold and wood, and recruits new units for her army. And this is the point where Gwent overrides the idyll of this beautiful isometric RPG.

Units are represented by cards with varying powers and abilities. When the battles begin you see an already familiar Gwent playing board with two rows and a handful of cards. At this stage you almost forget that you were playing Thronebreaker, and fully devote yourself to the game of Gwent.

Fortunately, Thronebreaker has a few surprises and distinct features that make it a worthwhile investment of a few dozens of hours. For example, there's a lot of compelling dialogue, during which you must make decisions that will influence the rest of the game.

The map is filled with hidden treasures and puzzle battles, which is a new look at the Gwent mechanics, where you must follow a different set of rules rather than your typical "win two rounds and move on." But eventually you don't want to play a card game, eventually you'd rather just play the RPG that is called Thronebreaker.. but it doesn't exist, at least not without Gwent all in your face.

Alas, the game was developed by CD Projekt Red that is more interested in promoting the card game more than anything else at this point, which is totally understandable. The market share of CCGs is huge nowadays making it one of the most profitable in the video game industry.

Gameplay Mechanics

Your task in Thronebreaker is to collect as much gold, wood and recruits as possible. All these resources are required to build and upgrade your Workshop and Tents, where you train your recruits and craft new cards. The army in the game is represented by the deck of Gwent cards with a leader Meve, who is the main protagonist.

The only difference from Gwent is that the developers designed 250 brand new cards for Thronebreaker. However, the deckbuilding still feels a lot more constricted in comparison to what you can do in the actual Gwent card game. This means that veteran Gwent players will feel completely unchallenged even on the hardest difficulty. But it can serve well to those, who are completely unfamiliar with the game and wish to learn how to play it well.

In any case, if you lose or win your Gwent battles or make certain decisions during dialogue scenes, your army's morale will reflect on the quality of your cards. Some of your units will start losing their power points if you make bad decisions, and at times you may even lose some of the units entirely.

With all that said, apart from your typical card battles, Thronebreaker offers something completely new that may interest even the most experienced Gwent players -- the puzzle battles. These are special Gwent games with their own peculiar sets of rules. You can read more about puzzle battles in our Thronebreaker combat guide.

Puzzle battles can be really exciting and this is undoubtedly the best feature of the game. It is both familiar and innovative, and that's exactly what makes it so great. You will find these puzzles everywhere and some of them can get really complicated. But when you do find the solution, the result is extremely satisfying.

Final Verdict: 7/10

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a fun little game despite its actual long length. It has excellent writing and a few interesting RPG elements, but ultimately everything boils down to a game of Gwent.

This means that long-time players of CD Projekt's battle card game won't get much out of it except the puzzle battles, so Thronebreaker may be more along the lines of a 5/10 for hardcore fans of Gwent. Newer players may enjoy it much more, though. As it stands, the rating is a 7/10 -- the middle-ground between what I feel to be a new player and a veteran's enjoyment of the game.

If CD Projekt Red focused on making an original RPG based on The Witcher universe with its own unique combat system that has nothing to do with Gwent, then it would be a 10/10. For now that's just a fantasy.

[Note: A copy of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales was provided by CD Projekt Red for the purpose of this review.]

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales - Gwent Combat Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/lvq3k/thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales-gwent-combat-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/lvq3k/thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales-gwent-combat-guide Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:28:45 -0400 Sergey_3847

Fans of The Witcher series and the Gwent card game based on it now have the chance to play Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, an isometric single-player RPG that introduces a brand new story campaign in The Witcher universe.

One of the most exciting features of Thronebreaker is its combat that plays out like a match-up in Gwent. However, the card game here has a whole different set of rules than the Gwent we've come to know in The Witcher 3.

If you want to know how to play the Gwent combat card game in Thronebreaker the right way, then follow our guide below.

Two Rows Instead of Three

One of the biggest changes in both Thronebreaker and Gwent: Homecoming is the absence of the third row. This change doesn't affect the gameplay drastically, but your strategy must definitely adjust to the new board.

The third row has been reserved by the developers for siege cards, such as ballistas, catapults and other cards that are weak to rain weather effects. That is why the third row has been called the Siege row.

Now when it has been removed the players are left with only the Melee and Range rows, which isn't a bad thing at all. First of all, it will reduce the chance of new players misplaying, and secondly, it will prompt players to build less agile and more synergistic decks.

Changes to the Rules

Players can put maximum 9 units per row, and they must be put into their corresponding rows. For example, if you put some close range melee units on the second row, they will not be able to attack enemy cards. So place them accordingly to their abilities and keep melee units to the front row and ranged to the second.

Each round you can draw three additional cards, but there is a limit of 10 cards that you can hold in your hand. So keep this in mind when passing your turns. Otherwise, you might not get the cards from your deck or your graveyard to win the match-up.

You can use your hero's ability on your units, which in the case of Thronebreaker is Meve, the main protagonist of the game. She has several abilities, which can be changed in the deckbuilding menu prior to any match-up.

Puzzle Battles

Two rows is just a small change in comparison to the true definitive feature of Thronebreaker -- the Puzzle Battles. These are special types of match-ups that occur on a map and are indicated by pieces of puzzle.

Each puzzle is different and you have only one round to solve it, but fortunately, you can restart it as many times as you want. Puzzle Battles are hard and require thinking beyond the normal tactics of the Gwent combat.

Drowners Puzzle Solution

For example, in the first map you will find the Drowners puzzle just south of Hawkesburn. This puzzle requires you to beat four drowners with just five cards in hand. The distinct feature of this puzzle is that Drowners should be reduced to an odd number of strength or they will start dealing damage to your units.

Taking this into account, you need to deploy your first unit, Lyrian Arbalest, that would deal damage to a drowner and could survive the attack of other Drowners. Then, using the Crushing Trap you can make all Drowners have equal odd number of strength, and finish them off with the Wagenburg and War Wagon combo.

But again, each puzzle will require a different strategy and there are plenty of puzzles on each map, so you will spend a lot of hours figuring them out.

Creating Units With the Workshop

In Gwent card game you open new cards by purchasing and opening kegs. In Thronebreaker getting new cards for your decks is a much more complicated process. Here's how you do it:

  1. First of all, you need to recruit new units by traveling around the map and collecting the flags. Each flag will add a certain amount of units to your small army.
  2. The next step is to build and upgrade the Workshop using gold and wood as resources.
  3. The upgraded Workshop will allow you to upgrade tents and Training Grounds, which will let you create new specialty cards out of your raw units.
  4. When you have unlocked new cards and you have enough recruits, you can craft new cards in the Command Tent and add them to your decks.

Upgrading the Command Tent is very important, because it will also increase the power cap of your decks.

Gold Chests

Another great way to obtain special cards in Thronebreaker is to dig up Gold Chests that are hidden all over the map. On the screenshot above you can see the locations of all ten Gold Chests in Lyria, which were provided by the Reddit user chenDawg.

Each chest contains either a powerful golden card or an avatar. The cards that you find inside these chests are unique and cannot be crafted in an ordinary way, so it is highly recommended to search for as many chests as you possibly can on each of the maps.

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Now with the help of this Gwent combat guide for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales you can properly organize your deck-building and combat tactics, and be sure to check back soon for even more related guides here at GameSkinny!

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New Game Releases: Week of October 21, 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/m3etr/new-game-releases-week-of-october-21-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/m3etr/new-game-releases-week-of-october-21-2018 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:46:42 -0400 William R. Parks

As we begin a week that has no doubt been marked on many fans' calendars, let us look at who is willing to go toe-to-toe with Rockstar Studio's Wild West Goliath.

On Tuesday, October 23, players are invited to swing back into Spider-Man for its first DLC release, The Heist. Hot on the heels of last week's addition of NG+ and increased difficulty, the DLC brings more Black Cat, more costumes, and more enemies to PS4's high-flying blockbuster.

The Heist is the beginning of Spider-Man's three-part DLC package, The City That Never Sleeps.

Alternatively, fans of Gwent, The Witcher's digital card game, can look forward to Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales on PC.

Set in the world of The Witcher, Thronebreaker features a new story, exploration, and a single-player Gwent experience.

And for those of you who just want to dance, Ubisoft's Just Dance 2019 is bringing Bruno Mars, Cardi B., and 40 chart-toppers to PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U.

Then it is Friday, October 26, a yet unrecognized holiday, a day where streets will be empty and a mysterious pandemic will cause millions to call in sick to work. It will be a day where we will all sit down and play Red Dead Redemption 2.

A friendly reminder: If you pre-ordered a digital version of the Western, go pre-load it now because it's quite big. At minimum, the sequel is a 99GB download, and you do not want to be the only person on the planet waiting for the game to load. Do you?

Here's a full list of what's coming out this week: 

Tuesday, October 23:
  • Cities: Skylines Industries DLC (PC)
  • Just Dance 2019 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U)
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • PAW Patrol: On A Roll (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Spider-Man: The Heist DLC (PS4)
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC)
  • Windjammers (Switch)
Wednesday, October 24:
  • Stardew Valley (iOS)
Friday, October 26:
  • Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood (PS4)
  • My Hero One's Justice (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

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Aside from RDR2, which, if any, of these games will you picking up this week? Which are you already adding to your Christmas list? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Gameplay Trailer Gives Closer Look At Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales https://www.gameskinny.com/pwrew/gameplay-trailer-gives-closer-look-at-thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales https://www.gameskinny.com/pwrew/gameplay-trailer-gives-closer-look-at-thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:21:56 -0400 QuintLyn

The next installment in CD Projekt Red's The Witcher franchise, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, arrives on PC in just under a week on October 23.

Thronebreaker is a bit different than your average Witcher experience; the game lets you experience a whole new RPG adventure centered not on Geralt of Rivia -- although he does appear -- but on Queene Meve of Lyria and Rivia as she faces off against the empire of Nilfgaard following its invasion of her country.

Today, CDPR offered players a peek at what that experience will be like by releasing a gameplay trailer that provides insight into the game's story, a look at its mechanics, and an overview of the game world.

To defeat the Nilfgaard empire, players will have to travel far across the kingdom, building alliances and an army. But they must be careful; not everyone is what they seem and mistaking enemies as allies could end in disaster. 

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a choice-based RPG where choices will have an impact. The game also features a base-building mechanic that is important to constructing and maintaining an army that can defeat Nilfgaard.

Since the game is tied to the GWENT card game, Thronebreaker's combat is card based. But the rest of the game is not.

Players will have plenty of opportunities to explore the world and discover different characters and stories, getting a full Witcher experience.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Thronebreaker in the coming days. 

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