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31.10.2013 @ 21:11Is anyone playing this game? I love it, it's better than Arkham city imo. Gives a good depiction of a younger, reckless and more brutal Batman. Voice acting is also impeccable all around, and the combat has been refined with some new animations.. The graphical quality (especially PhysX) and performance on PC with maxed settings is also really awesome. None of the DX11 performance issues that plagued Arkham City upon release.
Only thing so far though, is that there are some nasty bugs and glitches. Hopefully they will get ironed out soon though.
01.09.2013 @ 01:23As much as I love the Witcher series, and I think CDPR is one of the best developers around, it was Bioware that got me interested in RPGs back in the day with Baldurs Gate, and Baldurs Gate 2 Shadows of Amn.
So it gladdens me that they are taking the harsh criticism of Dragon Age 2 to heart and making Dragon Age 3 an absolutely EPIC experience!
Dragon Age 3 gameplay looks amazing! (watch in 1080p if you have the bandwidth)
Live gameplay from Pax
The Frostbite 3 engine is no joke, and it looks like it is being handled well by Bioware's creative artists and programmers..
Witcher 3 will have some serious competition, but ultimately, I trust CDPR more than I do Bioware to make a more visceral and realistic experience..
30.08.2013 @ 21:46With the Witcher 3 supposedly being the last story set in the Witcher Universe featuring Geralt as a protagonist, but CDPR having possible plans to continue to use the Witcher Universe for more games, who would make a compelling character to replace Geralt as the main PC?
I keep hearing about this Ciri character, but I admit, I know very little about her since I've never read the books. Apparently, she's a very important character in the series; almost as important as Geralt himself perhaps..
From the things I've seen others say about her, she is definitely interesting and compelling, but I'm not sure I would like her as the main character.
For one, Ciri being female introduces a lot of issues and complications in such a setting if she were to be the main character. CDPR would have to tread VERY carefully and maintain a balancing act in making Ciri appear to be "badass" and capable, but NOT in a masculine fashion.
That's where a lot of developers run into problems when creating female characters. They go overboard and in the end, the female character is basically a male character with breasts that lacks any sort of genuine femininity in terms of their psychology and behavior.
It's very possible to create a well balanced female character that's badass though, it's just difficult. Lara Croft in the 2013 release of Tomb Raider is a great example of how to make a strong and capable female character without masculinizing her.
Another issue with having Ciri as a protagonist could be her power level. From what I've seen and heard about her, she is extremely powerful, perhaps the most powerful being in the entire Witcher Universe. This could make game balancing a problem.
So what are your thoughts on this? I'm sure this question has probably been asked before, but nevertheless, indulge me />
25.08.2013 @ 07:44The "Homosexuality in the Witcher 3" thread got me thinking about political correctness and it's place in the Witcher 3. Apparently, despite the Witcher games being modeled after a dark fantasy series of books, there are still some people that believe political correctness should have a greater role in the game.
And to be fair, the Witcher games aren't completely devoid of political correctness. Can any form of media be these days?
Anyway, my question is thus, would you like to see MORE or LESS political correctness (as defined in this case by better representation and inclusion of certain social groups) in the Witcher 3?
Certain social groups would probably be females, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender for those that don't know). Race or ethnicity is another concept heavily correlated with political correctness, but given that the Witcher 3 takes place in an imaginary setting loosely based on our own historical medieval period and replete with elves, dwarves and other fantastical races, I don't think real World racial politics has any place in such a game. Same thing with religion.
Other developers like Bioware have certainly made greater efforts than CDPR when it comes to the inclusion of females and LGBT in their games in a fairly positive manner. Even in the Dragon Age series, which according to Bioware was inspired by George R.R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire dark fantasy books (VERY dark), has tons of female Warriors, and a significant amount of LGBT characters which are portrayed in a mostly positive light.. Same thing with the Mass Effect series.
So what say you? If you want to know my thoughts, I suppose I'm happy with the amount of political correctness in the Witcher games. CDPR does not have total autonomy over the Witcher Universe as it's not theirs per say, and although I never read any of his books, Sapkowski's setting doesn't seem as dark or apolitically correct as Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, or Bakker's Prince of Nothing.
What I would strongly object to though, is the inclusion of female or LGBT characters just for the sake of it. For example, in the Dragon Age and Mass Effect games, it's obvious that Bioware made a CONCERTED effort to include as many female and LGBT characters as possible to appeal to as wide an audience as they could get. So you ended up with a large number of female knights, bandits, mercenaries, as well as an overrepresentation of LGBT characters..
In the end, it proved disruptive to the suspension of disbelief factor that is so critical when it comes to immersion; or at least for me it did. After that, I could not take Bioware's dark fantasy setting seriously..
17.06.2013 @ 08:11DICE recently unofficially announced that Battlefield 4 will be 64 bit only by posting the system requirements for their alpha trial:
Although there have been a few games in the past with 64 bit clients, none of them to my knowledge were designed from the ground up to be a 64 bit game.
So Battlefield 4 from that perspective is pretty groundbreaking. I can definitely see 64 bit helping a game like Battlefield 4 though, with it's massive maps and huge 64 player battles.. Access to greater than 4GB of memory not only means larger and more complex maps, but faster loading times as well and less hard drive access which means smoother gameplay.
I can also see 64 bit helping a game like the Witcher 3. The Witcher 3 will be to my knowledge, the first game of it's kind. It will be non segmented, which means no chapters, and it will be completely contiguous, which means no loading screens or artificial transitions in the game World.
Basically, all of this will require a LOT of memory. Now Witcher 2 uses quite a bit of memory as well, and that's a 32 bit game. I've seen Witcher 2 use as much as 1.8 GB of memory on my machine, with peaks to 1.9GB. And that's just walking around Flotsam and the surrounding forest. I never checked how much memory it was using in other areas, so it could use more.
But DX9 is a memory hog, so I would expect that if the Witcher 2 had been DX11 instead of DX9, it would use less memory than it's DX9 counterpart due to greater efficiency.
But the Witcher 3 will be according to reports, 35 times bigger than the Witcher 2, which is incredible; and that's not even taking into account no loading screens and no artificial boundaries.. Stream technology has made large games possible, even on memory deficient platforms like the Xbox 360 and PS3. But, given the reputed size of the Witcher 3, it comes as no surprise that it doesn't support the older consoles. There has to be a breaking point after all, where streaming data from the HDD/SSD just doesn't cut it anymore because the amount of data is just too much for the relatively slow speed of the HDD/SSD..
Now with that said, I doubt very much that the Witcher 3 will be 64 bit only. I think they would have announced that already if that was the case. Still, it's interesting to see peoples' opinions on this, as the Witcher 3 will undoubtedly be one of those rare titles which promote system upgrades.
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