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December 8th, 2014, 18:58
Looks like the Witcher is being delayed. While I am eager to play will be nice to have it more polished. Plus I have plenty to keep me busy till then.

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December 8th, 2014, 20:55
I wonder if they have been reading the feedback Boiware has been getting about DA:I, and decided to change things up a bit.

Maybe it's from the huge amount of damage that AAA publishers have done to their major franchises with dramatically crappy releases.

Assassins Creed Unity
COD Advanced Warfare.
Farcry 4

etc, etc.

Either way, I'm glad they are taking time to release a nice polished game.
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December 8th, 2014, 20:58
Well as someone said in the news thread on this topic would be nice to see a nice PC interface

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December 8th, 2014, 21:25
Well if they don't, it's usually one of the first things modders will fix.
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December 8th, 2014, 21:31
Originally Posted by Dean View Post
Maybe it's from the huge amount of damage that AAA publishers have done to their major franchises with dramatically crappy releases.

Assassins Creed Unity
COD Advanced Warfare.
Farcry 4
What's wrong with Far Cry 4?
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December 9th, 2014, 03:25
Great, now I'll have time to forget everything about the story, too. <grumble>

Edit: "I wonder if they have been reading the feedback Boiware has been getting about DA:I, and decided to change things up a bit."

Or maybe they've been play… <ahem> researching the game a little too much at work?
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December 10th, 2014, 12:22
Delays are a good thing for us gamers as we'll get a better product for the same money.

Still my first reaction was: Nooooooooo!

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December 11th, 2014, 05:55
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Either way, I'm glad they are taking time to release a nice polished game.
You mean like how they took their time with the Witcher 2 and released a nice, polished game…
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December 11th, 2014, 07:42
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You mean like how they took their time with the Witcher 2 and released a nice, polished game…
You're saying TW2 wasn't polished? I finished it 3 days after it was released, and the only bug I can remember was input lag on certain button combos.

It was a huge improvement over the original English release of TW1.
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December 11th, 2014, 11:04
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You're saying TW2 wasn't polished? I finished it 3 days after it was released, and the only bug I can remember was input lag on certain button combos.

It was a huge improvement over the original English release of TW1.
You're saying the Witcher 2 was a nice game then? Because as unpolished as TW1 was, it was a better game than the Witcher 2.
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December 11th, 2014, 11:34
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You're saying the Witcher 2 was a nice game then? Because as unpolished as TW1 was, it was a better game than the Witcher 2.
TW2 was a huge improvement over TW1 in almost every way… so why do you think it was a better game ?
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December 11th, 2014, 11:48
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TW2 was a huge improvement over TW1 in almost every way… so why do you think it was a better game ?
Better RPG. The arguments for Witcher 1 over Witcher 2 are very similar to the arguments for DA:O over DA:I. Stats (there are none,) skills (reduced), alchemy (simplified) and combat (where are the different styles) play a part. Sidequests are as boring as ever and of course… no sex cards

I just think it amusing that the Watch is fine with the way CDProjekt are taking the Witcher, which is to say it's diluting the RPG elements in favour of making the game appeal to a wider audience. It's still a good game, but the Witcher 1 should be pleasing more hard-core RPG fans.
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December 11th, 2014, 11:54
The combat in TW2 is absolutely much improved from TW1, neither of them has a good character development system, but I don't think you can say that one is much better than the other. This might all be a matter of taste of course.


But the one thing where you are completely wrong is :
Sidequests are as boring as ever
Are you kidding TW2 has fantastic side-quests which a lot of different outcomes, did you even play those ?!?!?!

As for sex cards if you played TW1 for that… well there are other games that would probably be better for you to play for such a things anyway, so I don't think it is much of an argument. I am really glad those are gone, they were disgusting.
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December 11th, 2014, 11:57
Originally Posted by GothicGothicness View Post
The combat in TW2 is absolutely much improved from TW1, neither of them has a good character development system, but I don't think you can say that one is much better than the other. This might all be a matter of taste of course.
Both systems were pretty bad (Witcher 1 had that stupid rhythm thing going while Witcher 2 was more actiony.) That being said the Witcher 1 had more depth where the Witcher 2 went for more of an action style. Like before I believe hard-core RPG fans should have liked the first more, it's more satisfying from an RPG standpoint. There was a lot of rolling in the Witcher 2… like Fable.

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Are you kidding TW2 has fantastic side-quests which a lot of different outcomes, did you even play those ?!?!?!
Talk to NPCs, go do job, talk to more NPCs, return. Standard stuff.

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As for sex cards if you played TW1 for that…
Aha, that was a joke. I actually didn't get the appeal
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December 11th, 2014, 12:18
Talk to NPCs, go do job, talk to more NPCs, return. Standard stuff.
Disagree and especially if you compare it to TW1.

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December 11th, 2014, 13:56
I enjoyed TW1 much more than TW2. I hated the battle system in the second game.
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December 11th, 2014, 14:47
Think the last few responses really show how subjective this all is. Having followed tons of Witcher and DA threads here (and elsewhere) I have seen many people swear W2 and DA2 are far better than their predecessors (W1 and DAO) but just as many people doing the opposite. So who is right? No one and everyone.

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December 11th, 2014, 15:36
Originally Posted by GothicGothicness View Post
As for sex cards if you played TW1 for that… well there are other games that would probably be better for you to play for such a things anyway, so I don't think it is much of an argument. I am really glad those are gone, they were disgusting.
LOL
A thing TW1 did better than TW2 were exactly those cards. I want them back in TW3, if they don't do it, hell I'll turn into a modder and add them myself!
Some can find them sexist, IMO those were pure art.
Also, the music in TW1 outclasses TW2 music. Sorry. Think what you want.

Everything else I have to agree. And will add that Geralt and NPCs have more believable looks in TW2. In TW1 everyone looks too hollywoody. Plastic. Even ugly grandmas were made too cute. I'm aware it's because of crappy Aurora engine, but well… They fixed it in TW2.

However, I can't say TW1 is hundred times or even more better than TW2 or vice versa. Both have great stuff, both have their own problems. And I love them both.

In the case of DA:O vs DA2, honestly and really, I cannot understand how someone can find DA2 better. Compared to DA:O's epicness, DA2 feels so small, empty and repetitive, like we got one DA:O area to play in. Just don't tell me that those people love DA2 more because DA:O didn't have anime bishie with oversized sword.

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December 11th, 2014, 16:07
I liked part deux much better. It had way better dialogues, more interesting characters and an awesome, very immersive Gothic-like atmosphere (with the NPC schedules etc.). I played the Enhanced Edition fully patched and pretty much finished it in "one go" (over a few weeks).

It was much harder for me to really get into part 1. The beginning was sooo boring in the Vizima outskirts. The first game generally had its moments but it also dragged extremely in between those moments. It took me a long time over several months to finally finish it.

If part 3 is like part 2 just with bigger areas and even more interesting characters á la Iorveth, Roche, Letho or those sorceresses plus the same great atmosphere in the cities with drunken guards, children playing in the street, people huddled around campfires, birds launching in the air as you approach them etc. etc. etc., then I'll be a very happy camper once the EE is available.
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December 11th, 2014, 22:12
Wow.. this thread got way off track. Not sure how it turned into a debate about which game is subjectively better.

Being "polished" has little to do with one being more enjoyable than the other. All I know is that TW1 was a mess when it was first released in English. CDP promptly released a much better version for free though and that's what matters.
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