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February 2nd, 2015, 07:05
Lets get started with a new video from Eurogamer about why the site thinks the Witcher 3 is the Game of Thrones of video games. Sounds crazy right?

Well give a watch then decide for your own.

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If you've looked at the thermometer lately, you will have noticed winter isn't coming, it's well and truly here. That's why the outside has turned into a bleak wasteland reminiscent of the North of Game of Thrones' Westeros, or the frostier realms of The Witcher 3's similarly brutal fantasy world.

Where the recent RPG based on George R.R. Martin's brutal fantasy world was deeply disappointing, Telltale's ongoing effort is a definite improvement. Still, it doesn't give you the freedom to wander off exploring. For an experience that blends the elements of Game of Thrones that make it so popular with a fully fleshed-out fantasy world, The Witcher 3 may well be the answer.
Next I have another interview this time on a site called State of Play.

What are you working on right now?

Jakub Szamalek: Right now the story team is adding the finishing touches to the game. We are doing some onscreen text, some letters and documents. Basically we are wrapping up the entire story part of the game. There a lot of polishing, that’s actually what we are using this time for.

What’s the biggest departure from The Witcher 2?

Jakub Szamalek: I think it’s the open world- it changed everything. It’s a matter of scale, things are much bigger. But it’s also changed how we create the game and how we make quests work.

In The Witcher 2 the structure was linear. There was a lot of non-linearity in the choices you made and the paths you chose, but basically the quests were aligned in a nice neat line. In The Witcher 3 you can do them in whatever order you please and they still have to connect and make sense.

The other thing is that we had to make this huge world interesting. The Witcher 2 had a number of side quests, but since the world was much smaller well could get away with fewer of them. Whereas this time we have built a world that is forty times bigger and so we had to put a lot of attention and time into making the world interesting.

There’s lots of points of interest like ruins, caves, abandoned building and whatnot. We have to make each of these places worth visiting. So there a little bits of back story, there’s someone to meet, a story to discover and a secret to find. There has to be a reward. So we spent a lot of time with that.

From a story perspective there’s this extra layer on non-linearity because you can do the main quests in the game in different orders. Depending on the order in which do them you actually get a slightly different story. So this is really a game changer- opening up the world and making it so big.
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February 2nd, 2015, 07:05
It can't really be the Game of Thrones video game unless it kills off everybody you like…
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February 2nd, 2015, 13:01
Technically, the Witcher series is older than A Song of Ice and Fire (the first book, Blood of Elves, was released in 1994, while GoT was released in 1996).

But The Witcher wasn't in English so nobody is going to go around saying that GoT is trying to pull a Witcher.
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LOL azarhal you beat me to it. That's exactly what I wanted to say!
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No. It can't be Game of Thrones video game unless it kills Sean Bean.
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February 2nd, 2015, 14:59
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No. It can't be Game of Thrones video game unless it kills Sean Bean.
Then the title belongs to TES IV:Oblivion
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February 3rd, 2015, 08:09
If it was A Song of Ice and Fire Geralt would be the first to die. (and I mean permanently)
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February 3rd, 2015, 11:06
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If it was A Song of Ice and Fire Geralt would be the first to die. (and I mean permanently)
No he won't. People says this all the time about GoT and how main characters dies but none of the "real" main characters die in GoT. And Jon Snow is not dead, you will see!
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February 3rd, 2015, 12:15
Originally Posted by lostforever View Post
No he won't. People says this all the time about GoT and how main characters dies but none of the "real" main characters die in GoT. And Jon Snow is not dead, you will see!
That's quite true! Martin killed off quite a few chars in the introduction to his saga. But (Martin being Martin) his introduction wasn't a chapter or two but a whole book over 700 pages long.
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February 3rd, 2015, 16:56
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No he won't. People says this all the time about GoT and how main characters dies but none of the "real" main characters die in GoT. And Jon Snow is not dead, you will see!
This is circular logic. You define "real" main characters as those who didn't die, hence none of the main characters die.
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February 3rd, 2015, 17:15
errr… NO! Just because a reader nominates his/hers favourite character(s) as a "main" doesn't make it so. It's the author who makes that decision by, in essence, letting it live and develop.
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Originally Posted by rjshae View Post
This is circular logic. You define "real" main characters as those who didn't die, hence none of the main characters die.
I define main characters as Tyrion, Daenerys and Jon. They will not die. So there!
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February 3rd, 2015, 17:59
It'll be interesting to see how Geriatric develops. In the previous games they were short enough that the three armor sets, handful of weapons and the potion/magic system were fine. This game is supposedly much longer, so you need more things to keep player interest. It looks very nice, but I wasn't seeing much variety at all in G's gear.
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February 3rd, 2015, 18:16
Each to its own, but for me it's not the weapons or the armor which makes a game (long or short) interesting.
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February 3rd, 2015, 18:22
Originally Posted by crpgnut View Post
It'll be interesting to see how Geriatric develops. In the previous games they were short enough that the three armor sets, handful of weapons and the potion/magic system were fine. This game is supposedly much longer, so you need more things to keep player interest. It looks very nice, but I wasn't seeing much variety at all in G's gear.
This says apparently 27 sets (a year old article)
http://segmentnext.com/2014/02/01/wi…r-sets-geralt/

However I read somewhere recently ( can't find a link) there are about 80 sets divided into 4 Witcher schools (previously you only had the wolf school) and you can craft them as well.
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February 4th, 2015, 16:33
What a terrible, terrible video.

What did he really compare? The video game Witcher 3 and a series of books? The Witcher 3 and SoIaF games? The Witcher books and Martin's convoluted, bloated borefest of a saga? The open world of the game (W3) and the world of Martin's books? I don't get it, and I've watched the video twice.

I suppose it tries to compare the feel of the two settings and the writing, but it fails at that, too. Sapkowski's setting is (based on the books) focused on economy, the idea of magic in a pragmatic world, raising children, being a loner, and the idea of segregation based on race. The intrigue and politics that Martin blathers about endlessly and abuses for cheap shock effect is a backdrop in Sapkowski's world (as are fantasy elements, according to him). Magic is constantly there in Witcher stories, unlike in SoIaF books, where it's a forgotten, hidden force. Sapkowski is literature, Martin is pulp fiction, and not very well-written at that, either. One could go on.

I guess you could compare and find similarities between the authors: both are tremendous douchebags.
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February 4th, 2015, 17:31
Rather harsh. I rather liked SoIaF (though the first books are much better than the later ones, granted) and I've read my share of fantasy, I can tell you. Then again, I am a sucker for political intrigue, plots and low fantasy settings.

I've just started The Last Wish. The sad thing is that I feel like stuff gets lost in translation with Sapkowski's novels, so as non-Polish speaker you miss out on the finer details.
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February 4th, 2015, 18:02
I agree on losing much in translation, even though I don't speak Polish. And the Last Wish is one of the best translations of all the books, mind.

As for SoIaF, I probably sound bitter because I wanted to like it very much, loved the first novel, then slowly it dawned on me how I was tricked into this neverending drivel which has no direction whatsoever, and will never have a remotely satisfying ending. I mean, c'mon, we know how the author planned to have a trilogy based on the War of Roses, but later got convinced by his success and his editors/publishers to go on and draw this out as much as he can. He wrote himself into a corner, and he admittedly lost inspiration. The HBO show revived some of his writing potency, but it's still a drawn-out affair. And what's even more infuriating is how people now think it's the second coming in fantasy or something. "The American Tolkien" my ass.

Sapkowski may be a grumpy old conservative who never liked fantasy but at least he wrote the Witcher stories because he had something to say, not because he was taken over by greed/fame/whatever (and no matter how successful the cRPG franchise is, the Witcher will never ever be a commercial success on the level of SoIaF). The moment he felt Geralt is becoming a cult figure in Polish fiction he killed him off and finished the whole thing, because he felt it takes attention away from what he was writing about.

But don't mind me, this is a hobby horse of mine, I tend to sound overly harsh on the matter. I fully accept if someone thinks otherwise.

As for the Witcher 3, I can't wait!
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February 4th, 2015, 18:40
Originally Posted by Soulbane View Post
I guess you could compare and find similarities between the authors: both are tremendous douchebags.


wiretripped - Soulbane is right. I have read "Last Wish" and "Sword of Destiny" in Polish and English and the translation of them both is of the very high quality.
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February 4th, 2015, 20:28
Originally Posted by Soulbane View Post
I agree on losing much in translation, even though I don't speak Polish. And the Last Wish is one of the best translations of all the books, mind.

As for SoIaF, I probably sound bitter because I wanted to like it very much, loved the first novel, then slowly it dawned on me how I was tricked into this neverending drivel which has no direction whatsoever, and will never have a remotely satisfying ending. I mean, c'mon, we know how the author planned to have a trilogy based on the War of Roses, but later got convinced by his success and his editors/publishers to go on and draw this out as much as he can. He wrote himself into a corner, and he admittedly lost inspiration. The HBO show revived some of his writing potency, but it's still a drawn-out affair. And what's even more infuriating is how people now think it's the second coming in fantasy or something. "The American Tolkien" my ass.

Sapkowski may be a grumpy old conservative who never liked fantasy but at least he wrote the Witcher stories because he had something to say, not because he was taken over by greed/fame/whatever (and no matter how successful the cRPG franchise is, the Witcher will never ever be a commercial success on the level of SoIaF). The moment he felt Geralt is becoming a cult figure in Polish fiction he killed him off and finished the whole thing, because he felt it takes attention away from what he was writing about.

But don't mind me, this is a hobby horse of mine, I tend to sound overly harsh on the matter. I fully accept if someone thinks otherwise.

As for the Witcher 3, I can't wait!
I can see where you're coming from, though I never felt like I was being led on with SoIaF (not to the extent that Lost did). Sure, he may have drawn stuff out, but I never felt that it was going nowhere, that he lost track of the bigger picture. Besides, some people like all these details and lore (like me). For the same reason, I revel in the Silmarillion rather than the actual Lord of the Rings trilogy.

But yes, American Tolkien, those are some big ass shoes to fill.


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wiretripped - Soulbane is right. I have read "Last Wish" and "Sword of Destiny" in Polish and English and the translation of them both is of the very high quality.
That's good to know, at least. I find myself more prone (and "on guard") to noticing "unnaturally" constructed sentences, because I know I'm not reading it in the original language.
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