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21st September 2016: Witch Way Should I Turn?

I can't believe it's been nearly 3 years since I finished the first Witcher game. How time shifts as you get older. Anyway, as the third game has already been out for well over a year, it seemed time to finally install Witcher 2 and push on with the series.
I actually installed this and played it for a short time right after playing the first one, but I had a lot of problems getting it to run right at the time, and as I hadn't really enjoyed the first one, I got put off from playing it until recently.

Now all's said and done, I definitely prefer this to the first one. In my opinion, the original game had a lot more wrong with it than right. But this one flips that around for the most part and has been more pleasant to get through. However, I still feel that this series is probably not for me, as there were still many things that pissed me off about it.

Firstly, the mouse delay/input lag problem. Holy shit this was annoying. If I ran the game without vsync, the mouse would behave properly in the game and in the menus, but the game would run very jittery. With vsync on, the game graphics ran smooth, but there was an obscene amount of mouse lag, especially in the menus. This made certain quests, such as the arm wrestling, impossible to do. Eventually I was able to use the Nvidia control panel to tinker with things and got rid of most of the mouse lag, but not all. Not ideal, but it was the best I could get it.
The other problem concerning controls was how you had to wait for the previous animation to finish before you could give Geralt a new command. The amount of times I went to cast a spell or roll out of the way only for nothing to happen, just because he hadn't quite finished twirling his sword from the previous animation.
Moving around the world could also be a pain. There were times when Geralt wouldn't even jump down a 1 foot drop, or would not be able to run over a tree root. I also did not like the camera changing every time you climbed up to or jumped down from a ledge. It was kind-of sickening.

However, the improvements over the first game were gladly received. When I rocked up to the first town and picked up the contract quests, I was originally horrified when it looked like finding and reading books would be necessary again, just like in the first game. Later on I discovered this was not the case, which was a boon, even though I had already wasted some money.
The combat is definitely better than the previous game, other than the problems mentioned above, that is. It just felt way more action packed, and being able to cast significantly more spells was great.
I also experienced far less bugs, though there were some. The game also hard crashed to desktop on several occasions, which had me saving like a crazy person at every opportunity.

I'd like to say I enjoyed the story, but while it is filled with intrigue, plot twists, and cool characters, I simply had no real idea of what was going on in the world at large. There seemed to be so many countries, kings and advisors all arguing with each other, and backstabbing each other, that I couldn't follow it all. It doesn't help that I've never read any Witcher books, or that it's been so long since I played the first game, as I can't remember anything about it. Hmph. Politics.

I do really like how the games give you several important choices to make that can really change what happens afterwards. I've just read about all the choices you can make in the games and their repurcussions. I can't really remember what I chose during the first game, except I definitely chose Triss over Shani, and I know I did not side with the Order. Whether I remained neutral or sided with the Scoia'tael I can't remember. I'm also pretty sure I saved the werewolf guy, but I can't remember if I killed or cured Adda. Though I remember saving Abigail.
In this one, I killed Aryan (though this was right at the beginning and I didn't really know what I was doing), I helped the troll to stop drinking, I sided with the Scoia'tael over the Blue Stripes, I saved the elf women from the burning building, I did not let the mob kill Stennis, I decided to save Philippa/Saskia rather than Triss, I let Síle die, and I killed Letho at the end.
Many of these choices can really change what happens in the game, particularly depending on who you side with.

It could do with certain tweaks to make it much more playable, and it also needs a much better tutorial, as the one provided was tosh, and not really all that helpful.

I should really crack right on with number 3, but I'm still not sure if I have the motivation for that yet. Which is a shame. If I found these games as good as others seem to, I'd already be diving headlong into it.

Geralt baffles them with his dancing

Geralt baffles them with his dancing

Run away!

Run away!

Villain shows off his yoga skills

Villain shows off his yoga skills

I don't want to know what they are doing in this dark outhouse

I don't want to know what they are doing in this dark outhouse

Battling some wraiths

Battling some wraiths

Arm wrestling is almost impossible with the game's shit controls

Arm wrestling is almost impossible with the game's shit controls

That's an interesting name you have

That's an interesting name you have

Oh crap

Oh crap

Geralt's squad of ultimate badasses

Geralt's squad of ultimate badasses

Burn harpy, burn!

Burn harpy, burn!

Time heals all things, except these crazy eyes

Time heals all things, except these crazy eyes

Geralt interrupts some kinky shenanigans

Geralt interrupts some kinky shenanigans

Stabby stabby

Stabby stabby

Don't make Saskia angry...

Don't make Saskia angry...

...you wouldn't like her when she's angry

...you wouldn't like her when she's angry

Sorry Adalbert, you need to die...

Sorry Adalbert, you need to die...

...so that Geralt can bang Cynthia

...so that Geralt can bang Cynthia

Referee!

Referee!

Not the kind of ride Geralt usually enjoys

Not the kind of ride Geralt usually enjoys

Dealing with the Kingslayer

Dealing with the Kingslayer

3rd December 2013: Scratching A Witch

I just got done with the Witcher after a three day marathon, and I have to say I'm very glad it's over. The game was a drag and a half. I continued to get plagued by all the problems I stated in my last blog entry, with one very big addition: the amount of times the fighting would be interrupted by a cutscene, only to then put me back into the action completely surrounded by enemies and without my sword being ready. Damn you, game!

Story wise the game was pretty cool, but does take a twist that really annoys me in games. You spend the whole game chasing the big bad who is called Javed, but then when he's dead the game springs a new big bad on you out of nowhere. This kind of thing has always cheesed me off since I played Final Fantasy IX with the weird appearance of Necron. Frustrating, but at least it's done.

I think it will take me a while to summon up the interest to play the 2nd game, which I hope will be much better than this tosh. The 3rd one is on the way, and I really want a reason to support the developers for their no DRM policy. But if the 2nd one is as poor as this one I doubt I'll be buying any more in the series, which will be a shame.

Strange shadow glitches

Strange shadow glitches

NPC goes invisible in dialog cutscene

NPC goes invisible in dialog cutscene

I know you're randy all the time Geralt, but don't even think about it

I know you're randy all the time Geralt, but don't even think about it

Urgh, bad breath

Urgh, bad breath

Berengar shows his useless 'bury my head and arms' skill

Berengar shows his useless 'bury my head and arms' skill

Great camera placing yet again

Great camera placing yet again

Floating (yes, floating) Cemetaur tries to eavesdrop our conversation

Floating (yes, floating) Cemetaur tries to eavesdrop our conversation

Crap, this is a lot of enemies

Crap, this is a lot of enemies

What is going on with Javed's right arm?

What is going on with Javed's right arm?

Stand still you little pipsqueak

Stand still you little pipsqueak

Geralt tries to kick a spectre in its nads

Geralt tries to kick a spectre in its nads

This is what you get for giving the world those singing chipmunks

This is what you get for giving the world those singing chipmunks

The start and end cinematics are by far the best things about this game

The start and end cinematics are by far the best things about this game


Say the hell what now?!?!

Say the hell what now?!?!

14th October 2013: Wanna Be Witchin' An' A Ditchin'

So, been trying to play the Witcher at long last, after owning it for over a year. The games in the series have got a good rep out there on t'interwebs as being some of the best RPGs you can play. But unless the 2nd one is much better than this, I will most certainly have to disagree. I'm currently on chapter 4 of 5 chapters, and I'm really struggling to stay with it. The last couple of times I've played I've only managed about 20 minutes each. It's just so frustrating. Here's why:

And this is the enhanced version believe it or not. I'd hate to have played the original. Here's a few images of my adventures so far, as well as some of the interesting bugs:

Strange floating skull

Strange floating skull

Priest's face obscured by random block of concrete

Priest's face obscured by random block of concrete

Kill the evil dog

Kill the evil dog

I think I'm a bit pissed

I think I'm a bit pissed

Priest and fat bloke try and take on a professional killer

Priest and fat bloke try and take on a professional killer

You have no idea kid

You have no idea kid

Weird ghostly apparition

Weird ghostly apparition

Monster waits patiently while I speak to an NPC

Monster waits patiently while I speak to an NPC

Boobs in a computer game. Green boobs no less. Geralt approves.

Boobs in a computer game. Green boobs no less. Geralt approves.

Check out my Matrix moves

Check out my Matrix moves

Dude has trouble getting through a door

Dude has trouble getting through a door

Big bad wolf completely ignores me as I hack it to bits

Big bad wolf completely ignores me as I hack it to bits

These two women keep saying exactly the same thing

These two women keep saying exactly the same thing

Someone else doesn't know how to use doors

Someone else doesn't know how to use doors

Camera does a great job of chopping off this dude's head

Camera does a great job of chopping off this dude's head

Massive scrap breaks out in the sewers

Massive scrap breaks out in the sewers

Helping some naked vampire chicks kill a bunch of religious types

Helping some naked vampire chicks kill a bunch of religious types

Weirdest werewolf ever

Weirdest werewolf ever

Out of the way old woman

Out of the way old woman

Out of the way drunk baffoon

Out of the way drunk baffoon

Yet another patient monster

Yet another patient monster

So are there any good bits? Of course there are. The game wouldn't be so highly respected if there weren't. I'm just too much of a critical douchebag to have really paid them any attention with so many things wrong with the game. The story and characters are indeed pretty cool, even if the game assumes you know the story of the Witcher books and stories. Which of course I don't.

Most of the voice actors also do decent jobs. One in particular sounded very familiar so I looked him up and found out it was none other than Peter Marinker, who did the voice to Doctor Benn from awesome old kids TV show Star Fleet. That's definitely a plus. While I was reading about Star Fleet I also saw that Mark Rolston (Drake from Aliens) did the voice to John Lee?!?!?! What?!?!?!? That is something I can not believe. At all.
I know Star Fleet has nothing to do with this game. But that's what happens when I have such little good to say about it. Oh, the X-Bomber is still the best space ship ever designed. Period.

I'll try my best to finish the game seeing as I've come so far. But it's all very meh at the minute.

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