The Witcher 2 Catch-All

@JimRossignol The inclusion of quick time events in The Witcher 2 is making me unhappy.

@JimRossignol Just in case anyone was worried by previous tweet: I can't stop playing. I am very excited about getting final version of this.

RPS Hands on.

tl:dr Beautiful, fun, flawed, nice combat.

http://www.gog.com/en/news/the_witch...

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut, the highly acclaimed RPG by CD Projekt RED, will come to GOG’s storefront with tons of exclusive free goodies on May 10th for a regular price of $9.99--but we're offering a special discount in commemoration of The Witcher 2 coming to GOG.com. The game will be available at a 50% discount from May 10 until May 24, and will cost only $4.99!

The Witcher is an action RPG based on books by popular Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski. The player takes the role of Geralt of Rivia, the witcher (a professional monster slayer). GOG's version of the game is the most complete and comes with loads of free goodies including: game guide, soundtrack, music inspired by the game, The Witcher story, The Witcher "sexy" calendar, artbook and more!

Speaking of The Witcher franchise, starting from 10th of May all GOG.com users who want to buy the highly anticipated sequel to Geralt’s adventures, will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the game and pre-download almost all of it, so on May 17 when the game is released, they can play it almost instantly! Thanks to the brand new GOG.com downloader the pre-download will go fast and easy.

Pro Tip: The Witcher 2 preorder offer on GOG.com ends on the 16th of May at 5:59 p.m. EDT, so anyone who wants to take advantage of the incredible preorder offer should make a point to visit the pre-order page before then and snag their copy of the game. Also note that if you’ve preordered The Witcher 2 from GOG.com, you will have until the end of May to purchase the game and receive all of the preorder goodies, so don’t forget!

I've been hearing conflicting reports about The Witcher 2 having retail activation for Steam. Can anyone confirm whether it does or not? If I can save an 8 GB download I'd rather buy it via Amazon.

Swarfigo wrote:

I've been hearing conflicting reports about The Witcher 2 having retail activation for Steam. Can anyone confirm whether it does or not? If I can save an 8 GB download I'd rather buy it via Amazon.

I highly doubt it will have a Steam activation. The guys who make the Witcher do gog.com, and they don't use DRM. You would just have to add it to Steam as a non-Steam game.

Apparently Atari (or Namco, the other publisher) has added copy protection. On steam you're going to have at least that layer of DRM (although I have some steam delivered games that work without steam being loaded). Unless you really don't like multiple accounts spread around, I can't see a downside to just getting it from GOG, no DRM and you can download again, and back it up with no reliance on an external service.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Swarfigo wrote:

I've been hearing conflicting reports about The Witcher 2 having retail activation for Steam. Can anyone confirm whether it does or not? If I can save an 8 GB download I'd rather buy it via Amazon.

I highly doubt it will have a Steam activation. The guys who make the Witcher do gog.com, and they don't use DRM. You would just have to add it to Steam as a non-Steam game.

Only the Gog version will be DRM free, as Scratched says the publishers are putting DRM on the disc versions. I doubt that disc versions will use Steam activation though.

According to this, it will have SecuROM with unlimited installs outside of GoG.

Looks like GoG is the way to go. I'll probably order it through Steam because I'm lazy that way, though.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Looks like GoG is the way to go. I'll probably order it through Steam because I'm lazy that way, though.

Too bad they did that cry wolf stunt or I'd still be supporting them. Since the pre-load is through GOG only it looks like I'll be playing Noire before W2.

I don't think they've said preloads only through GOG. If you backup your download, it won't matter if they go offline again.

If you pay in Euros on GoG they give you 15€ to spend on other games in their store to make up for the exchange rate (only if you pre-order I think)

Also, it seems kinda silly to have any DRM on the disk release when there's no DRM on the GoG release.

May 17? But I want it now. Predownload is nice though.

kyrieee wrote:

Also, it seems kinda silly to have any DRM on the disk release when there's no DRM on the GoG release.

Discs get pressed and shipped well before release day, the DRM is to ensure against leaks.

Good point!

Scratched wrote:

I don't think they've said preloads only through GOG. If you backup your download, it won't matter if they go offline again.

Good Old Games will be the only digital distribution platform that will feature a pre-load for the game.

http://www.shacknews.com/article/681...

cyrax wrote:
Good Old Games will be the only digital distribution platform that will feature a pre-load for the game.

I'm still glad I bought it through Steam already. It's so nice and easy to have all your games in one spot.

Kotaku has a NSFW feature about TW2 in Polish Playboy today. Again, NSFW.

I don't understand people.

If they have anything as blatantly, disgustingly objectifying as the trading cards that you get for sleeping with women in The Witcher I, then not only will I not purchase the game, but I'll probably end up pirating it.

You're so disgusted with the game that you want to hurt the developers financially, but you still want to play it for 50+ hours (or however long it is)??

kyrieee wrote:

I don't understand people.

If they have anything as blatantly, disgustingly objectifying as the trading cards that you get for sleeping with women in The Witcher I, then not only will I not purchase the game, but I'll probably end up pirating it.

You're so disgusted with the game that you want to hurt the developers financially, but you still want to play it for 50+ hours (or however long it is)??

Everyone's morals have a price. For some that's 'free.'

I saw an interesting perspective on the 'trading cards' somewhere, probably the shack. Basically, how did they get labelled as 'trading cards'? There's no grid of cards face down that you've got to reveal, no "You've slept with 3/17 sluts of Temeria" counter, no achievement or acknowledgement if you sleep with as few or as many as you can, and the markers in your journal don't appear until you've slept with them (no blank spaces). Really it's keeping a log of what Geralt has done in the game, just as quests and events are tracked (and in a game like TW, you might want to refer back to), and I don't think no one has never kept a diary and a recorded their relationships.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Swarfigo wrote:

I've been hearing conflicting reports about The Witcher 2 having retail activation for Steam. Can anyone confirm whether it does or not? If I can save an 8 GB download I'd rather buy it via Amazon.

I highly doubt it will have a Steam activation. The guys who make the Witcher do gog.com, and they don't use DRM. You would just have to add it to Steam as a non-Steam game.

Well I know the Steam version has Steamworks. I was just wondering on the retail version. Someone claiming to be an Atari rep was on the Steam forums a few weeks ago. A user asked him if it would have retail activation and he said it would. Granted, no once could prove whether he was an Atari rep so that's why I was asking.

Dev diary - Character development and items.

And for those who're restricted from viewing:

http://www.gamesxtreme.com/video/908...

*cross posted in the "Finish it" thread*

52 hours later... Done (with The Witcher 1)! Wow, so many bad and good things about this game.

Bad: I wasted ridiculous amounts of time in combat. In many battles, I had to game the system, as in, get near enough to a group of opponents where one would see me, run away, finish him off, repeat. I definitely should have played the game on easy. Which reminds me, you can't change the difficulty after you start a game. What the hell? This game seems to require the use of the Wiki. I should have used it from the beginning and more often. I ended the game at level 32. After reading a bit, it looks like you can get at least up to 40. I probably should have done a few more side quests here and there to make my life a bit easier.

Good: The combat is extremely enjoyable and satisfying when it works. The story, while a bit silly most of the time, is kinda fun.

I can't wait for The Witcher 2 now because, hopefully, they will have fixed all of the silly problems that plague the first game.

Finally:

Spoiler:

The ending cutscene is f***ing bad ass. It was almost worth the 52 hours it took me to beat this damn game.

I'll probably cross post this in the Witcher 2 thread.

It bugged me more in Darksiders, but yes that was bothersome. I think after the Bharghest, the difficulty curve on normal is just fine. But that first "boss" is a horrible experience.

But for a game from 2007(?) to lack a dynamic difficulty meter is rather jarring.

Personally, I would much rather have a way to respec than dynamic difficulty.

KingGorilla wrote:

It bugged me more in Darksiders, but yes that was bothersome. I think after the Bharghest, the difficulty curve on normal is just fine. But that first "boss" is a horrible experience.

But for a game from 2007(?) to lack a dynamic difficulty meter is rather jarring.

Personally, I would much rather have a way to respec than dynamic difficulty.

It's kind of a weird game difficulty wise. Once you get the hang of it, most enemies aren't that bad. I don't remember the first boss being all that bad. Of course, it was probably months ago that I did that section. The main problem is, there are a few occasions (every hour or so), where there are groups of enemies that you aren't necessarily ready for, and they just clober you. There were way too many times where this happened, and I had to revert to a save, then slowly creep up on them and lure them to me one by one. It just wasted lots of time for me. Even with blade coatings, potions, and what not, I had to do this.

TW2 seems to be encouraging looking ahead and making the battle work for you with bombs and magic traps, and crowd control when fighting. That said, they're reworking it so heavily.

Scratched wrote:

TW2 seems to be encouraging looking ahead and making the battle work for you with bombs and magic traps, and crowd control when fighting. That said, they're reworking it so heavily.

Happy to see that. I think I used a bomb twice in my entire playthrough of The Witcher. And only used Ard and Igni for signs. I'm looking forward to trying out some new stuff in TW2.

I will pick my copy up on Steam. 8 gb download will take about 15-20 mins. By the time I have my uniform off, change into shorts, let the dog in and out, grab a drink and go back to the computer, download will be complete. I love FiOS.