Wild Hunt Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Wild Hunt RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine map size revealed...and it's huge https://www.gameskinny.com/wqamd/the-witcher-3-blood-and-wine-map-size-revealedand-its-huge https://www.gameskinny.com/wqamd/the-witcher-3-blood-and-wine-map-size-revealedand-its-huge Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:50:25 -0400 Eric Levy

A recent interview with CD Projekt Red has shed some more light on the upcoming Witcher 3 content Blood and Wine, and all signs point to this being one beast of an expansion.  

CD Projekt Red has confirmed the size of Toussant, stating it will be the size of the entire Skellige Isles combined.  Considering that the entirety of the Skellige Isles comprised half of The Witcher's world, give or take, Toussant is sounding like a hefty landmass gamers will have a chance to explore.  CD Projekt Red confirmed visual improvements they've made to The Witcher 3 as well, ranging from improved colors and character models to crisp foliage details -- expect Toussant to be a gorgeous experience.

In addition to Toussant's size, CD Projekt Red confirmed they are aiming for a June release just before E3, which supports the rumored release date leaked a few weeks ago. You can watch the full interview with CD Projekt Red on Gamestar's Facebook page.

Blood and Wine will deliver a "fascinating" story with "every sort of twist and turn you'd expect from our writers," community manager Marcin Momont teased the other day:

"Toussaint is unlike anything you've seen in Wild Hunt--carefree and colorful, but your gut never stops telling you that there's some real dark stuff happening underneath all that."

If the image above is any indication, there's going to be some truly sinister happenings in store for Geralt this June.

Witcher series PC bundle on sale until Sept. 10 https://www.gameskinny.com/0m5oz/witcher-series-pc-bundle-on-sale-until-sept-10 https://www.gameskinny.com/0m5oz/witcher-series-pc-bundle-on-sale-until-sept-10 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:11:57 -0400 Andrea Koenig

With news hitting recently that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt reached 6 million sales last week, it's clear that it's one of the biggest games of 2015. Now, gamers who haven't had the chance at it can get it on sale. 

Not only can you get The Witcher 3, but you'll be able to get the other games on sale too. This includes:

  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition - $1.49
  • The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings: Enhanced Edition - $2.99
  • The Witcher Adventure Game - $3.99
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - $41.99

Or you can buy the complete PC bundle of all four Witcher games for $50.46 on GOG.com.

These sales only apply to PC versions of the games. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is only available for Windows, while the other games are available for both PC and Mac.

This sale is limited time, so buy now to get your complete Geralt experience. This sale ends Thursday, September 10th at 11:59PM ET (8:59PM PT).

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Setting Itself Apart From Other RPGs Review https://www.gameskinny.com/jfs9j/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-setting-itself-apart-from-other-rpgs-review https://www.gameskinny.com/jfs9j/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-setting-itself-apart-from-other-rpgs-review Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:05:04 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

I want to tell you a story about a friend I had; he’s a smooth a$$ Witcher and is super bad. So grab onto your seats and hang on tight, while I tell you all about Geralt the White (Wolf).

CD Projekt RED has brought us a vast open world that concludes Geralt of Rivia's story. For all you fans of The Witcher Series, this was a long-awaited time that finally came. Now, I will not deny that I am a huge fan of the series. That being said, let's get critical.

Geralt of Rivia, member of the Wolf School, and famous Witcher known throughout the Northern Realms sets on his journey to find Ciri in this installment. Friends of the past assist Geralt's quest, and there are foes at every turn in the vast world; don't worry, quests are plentiful.

Meat and Potatoes

Fans of the series will certainly enjoy how well the Witcher lore is intricately woven throughout, allowing you front row seats to the Wild Hunt tale. For those unfamiliar, players are not left out in the cold feeling lost and alone. The game's flashback sequences during key points provide the necessary background allowing the player to identify the bond shared between Geralt and Ciri. The Character Glossary does well to provide detailed information on key characters as they are introduced within the main storyline. More information is unlocked for specific characters during quests as more details are unveiled.

Much like The Elder Scrolls series, so much lore and needed Intel are hidden within the books. They can be found, looted, and purchased just about anywhere. Specific books are needed for quest completions. The Bestiary will provide you with everything you'll need to know on how to defeat your non-human foes. These will appear as you either encounter them for the first time, during specific quests, or upon reading books.

Check here for guides to assist you throughout your journey.

Where is Ciri? Where has she been?

This time around the story centers on Ciri – Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon – the Nilfgaard emperor’s daughter and heir of Emhyr var Emreis; a young woman that Geralt has essentially raised as his own daughter. She's trained with Witchers while possessing natural powers that have sparked the interest of the Wild Hunt – a mysterious and powerful group that roams the land and terrifies everyone who comes in contact with them.

This dark force is pursuing her. The main storyline only lends to how personal this endeavor is for Geralt. He’s in search of Ciri in various locations and learning of her whereabouts through the story missions. You're able to control Ciri in certain sequences, which allow a window into her point of view, her fears, and her abilities.

The Nilfgaardians have taken over most of the regions by force. You’re not sure whether they’re good or bad, but what you can see is that things aren’t going well. The people in the Northern Realms are suffering horribly. The differences separating the weak from the strong are significant. Poverty, crime, and disease are rampant. A religious sect is gaining its foothold against all magical beings and those aimed at protecting them.

You’ll have tons of Main Quests, Secondary Quests, Witcher Contracts (monster-slaying hunts), and Treasure Hunts; each being complemented with their own cutscenes. Specific secondary quests appear to affect the main storyline. Everything here is big and heavy, from the dungeons to the decisions, to the moral responsibility. It’s truly an incredible experience that CD Projekt RED has masterfully created without any hint of what to expect next.

As urgent as Geralt’s cause may seem, your biggest mistake is to rush through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. All of the game’s distractions are meant to engage you in the lore. The choices will then feel like they carry more weight and characters more fleshed out as a whole. There is immediacy to some of your decisions and lasting consequences in others. You become attached to these characters and care about what’s happening in the world surrounding them.

The map is incredibly detailed and getting around with fast travel is fantastic, provided you’ve explored enough to unlock area signposts. This will save you time when traveling unless you opt for horseback and the satisfying sailing option by boat. Roach, your horse, assists you in finding all those new locations, and his controls are fairly easy to use. The climbing mechanics are adequate but certainly have their fair share of glitches and rough animations due to awkward camera angles. Though the checkpoint save system is somewhat forgiving, you can manually save at any time, I highly suggest doing so very often.

Minor glitches do pop up from time to time. None of it ever impacted my actual gameplay in any significant way; however, it did disturb the beauty of the experience slightly. Perhaps a botched pleasure while visiting a favorite strumpet for some “happy time.”

Geralt the White (Wolf)

Geralt the hero – powerful, highly skilled, a protector, a lover, father figure, who kills all types of foes who come across his path. He’s witty with enough ingrained complexities that you feel a real connection to who he is without feeling like you don’t have a bit of control. As a Witcher, he’s armed with two swords (silver and steel), five magic abilities (Signs) along with bombs and crossbows. Combat in The Witcher 3 is pretty easy: strike your foes, use effects and buffs, roll and block to evade, and use your sign abilities. These signs include fiery blast, telekinetic stun, offensive shield, mind control ability (which is very effective once leveled), and static magic trap.

Level progression seemed to take forever until you know what you’re doing, and then skill points can be acquired throughout the world without all the endless grinding. There are four main skill sets to sink your ability points into, and three dive into deeper categories of their own. Knowing what to prioritize will be a matter of where you’ll want to maximize your skill set.

As I mentioned earlier, leveling your mind control ability will allow for you to influence dialogue options against aggressive characters. Signs have been improved from the previous games with the alternate casting modes. The new skill system provides flexibility, and weapon and armor crafting is extensive.

However, the biggest issue is in the alchemy and crafting systems, since coming across certain ingredients required can feel almost impossible. There are so many ingredients and with the world being so massive, it’s nice to know that once you find the ingredients you’ll never need to go searching again.

On the other hand, have a plan if you plan on upgrading your armor and weapons. Some pieces, if sold or broken down, cannot be acquired again and are needed to make other armor pieces. I learned this the hard way.

Combat is brutal, vivid, and so delicious. To have bandits jump out of nowhere as you parry their blows while repelling their attacks, and relieve them of life and limb with a glorious finish is simply divine. The side quests you pick up in the field are where the payoff is twofold.

They represent a reliable stream of income, which is much more significant as compared to the stingy in-game economy upon selling items. Negotiating your contract prices is also another way to get a bit of extra coin, but be reasonable in your price or it may bite you in the a…

Let Get Technical

I reviewed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on my PS4, which features 1080p visuals, with 30 FPS cap. The camera angles when facing certain aerial foes made it quite challenging at times. The loading times weren’t as long as I expected them to be, although I did feel that returning to a saved game and reliving the same narrative without the option to 'skip' was tedious.

The full day/night cycle and dynamic weather pull it together, truly cementing its landscape as an authentic open world. The storms at night, especially in Skellige, are just breathtaking. I can’t tell you the amount of screenshots I have on hand. I’m only slightly upset that I cannot instantly capture an image on the PS4 like I can on the PC. The handy mini-map points you where you need to go so you’re never lost. In a world this size, a huge “thank you” to CD Projekt RED.

In addition to some technical issues, during a lot of quests you’re spending a lot of time in "Witcher Vision," (holding down a button, looking at footprints, following them to the next sequence). It's a really cool mechanic at first, representing the Witcher's advanced sensory and tracking capabilities.

However, after doing it over what feels like a million times, it gets old.

If you're looking for the lengthy adventure, you'll find pretty much everything you need here with the varying difficulty levels. There's tons of quests to complete, secret locations to find, and buried treasures to search for. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a huge, and I mean huge, step up from its predecessor, mostly since it manages to tell a more compelling and personal tale.

The art and storytelling are what drew me in and kept me there so loyally. I was so engaged in every aspect of the Northern Realms and I felt compelled to go slow to truly savor my surroundings.

The Verdict

Is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt worth all that time?

If I couldn't put my controller down, would that answer be good enough? Probably not. Playing through every single mission, I can tell you that it is a wonderful experience. However, the main storyline can get lost in all the side-quests you pick up along the way. Some quests run parallel to one another and they are affected (including completion) depending on the choices you make.

This is something to bear in mind if you are looking to focus your gameplay. This certainly is not a one play-through game if you are looking to enjoy its full splendor. It is a massive, stunning, immersive action RPG full of lore bathed in "oppressive darkness." Though the fetch-quest heavy storyline can seem tedious, the option to venture off through the expansive open world is inviting. The combat and RPG gameplay, truly set The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt apart from other RPGs.

Is it worth it? Yes... yes it is.

New Witcher 3 Expansions said to add over 30 hours to your existing adventure https://www.gameskinny.com/mz33c/new-witcher-3-expansions-said-to-add-over-30-hours-to-your-existing-adventure https://www.gameskinny.com/mz33c/new-witcher-3-expansions-said-to-add-over-30-hours-to-your-existing-adventure Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:41:13 -0400 Manisha Hossain

In an interview with Gamereactor, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, the game director for Witcher 3, provided some insight on the upcoming expansion packs on the already massive RPG. The first expansion is about 10 hours, and the second one is 20 hours--so far. This can still change, as they add more content. To add some perspective to just how large these expansions will be, Tomaszkiewicz said the size of both combined will amount to the size of Witcher 2

The first expansion, Hearts of Stone, is set to be released in October this year for $9.99. The Second expansion, Blood and Wine, is set to be released within the first 3 months of 2016 for $19.99. They can be purchased separately or part of the expansion pass for $24.99.

As far as paid DLC goes, fans are always a bit tentative. That being said, these massive expansions are said to be story heavy. Included will be brand new cutscenes, charachters, items and of course, Gwent cards. Tomaszkiewicz said the new stories will be emotional and feels like fans will be happy.

CD Projekt RED has been doing a great job as far as DLCs go. The free DLC packs that were available as the game was released were a definite crowd pleaser. They had a solid amount of quests and armot sets, all for free. It'll be interesting to see what they have in store as far as paid content goes. By the sounds of it, the expansion packs will be game changing and will definitely enhance your adventure. 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - First Gameplay Leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/2b0fk/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-first-gameplay-leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/2b0fk/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-first-gameplay-leaked Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:17:08 -0400 Smoky Grey

Today the first gameplay footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was leaked on to the internet. The video is poor quality but you get to see what looks like the opening mission of the game. Remember, this scene is from pre-alpha and might not be anything like this in the finished game.

The first part of the video features Geralt beating the crap out of a few guys who are trying to hang a woman. That part ends with Geralt hanging one of the attackers in her stead. The video then cuts a bit to gameplay footage. We get to see a bit of the actual world we will be running around in, and for pre-alpha, it is looking pretty good. Once Geralt starts running through the forest we see what looks like him using some sort of tracking ability. We also get to see a bit of basic magic when he summons fire to kill a flock of birds, and a bit of swordplay as he kills a few wolves.

Overall this looks amazing, I have loved The Witcher games since the first and I am super excited to see what the third is going to bring us. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC. There is no official release date yet but it is currently set to release in 2014 sometime.

Witcher 3 to Have a Multitude of Endings https://www.gameskinny.com/20ie5/witcher-3-to-have-a-multitude-of-endings https://www.gameskinny.com/20ie5/witcher-3-to-have-a-multitude-of-endings Wed, 03 Apr 2013 03:26:49 -0400 Jeremy

The Witcher

The Witcher series has been a favorite of mine for a little while now. I've always loved Fantasy RPGs, and I got to try the first Witcher title a couple of years ago, receiving the sequel as a Christmas present from a close friend of mine. The games are solid Western RPG fare, quite fun to play. With an extremely well written storyline, well developed characters, and deep customization of your character's abilities and stats, the Witcher titles are worth checking out.

The Wild Hunt

Now there's been word of all sorts involving the next in line for the Witcher series. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is doing it's best to provide an even deeper and more involved game. And word from CDProjekt has been that the game will feature over 300 variations of its prologue. Apparently, the world in the game is comprised of 36 separate "World States", which appear to be like small city states within the mythos. Each world state will have 3 separate ending prologues based upon the player's actions within, or involving, that World State.

I'm really happy to hear that CDP is working to make the game experience unique for each player. Too many games these days promise something along these lines, and we end up with the same endings with different color filters, or the same characters wearing a different outfit. One of my personal favorite titles, Alpha Protocol, managed to pull this off really well. If you are interested, my review can be found here.

So what will The Witcher 3 be like?

Not too much is known yet. The devs say they want to keep it similar to the previous games, but also cited a lot of inspiration from Skyrim. When I first heard this I kind of panicked, as I found Skyrim to get pretty dull, quickly. But Witcher 3 director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz had this to say:

“You can’t show that you’ve got some generic solutions or engineering stuff in the game. And Skyrim, it was generic; you could make the same quest a few times and every time the NPC didn’t spot that you made it for him previously. To make this immersion every quest needs to be designed this way that NPC reacts for what you are doing.”

That made me smile, and got me even more excited for the Wild Hunt. So here's to my fellow Witchers around the world. Hope we get to check this out soon!