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PostSubject: The Witcher   Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:48 pm

Metachronos overall score = 8.2 / 10

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- Dark, foreboding world that looks, sounds, and feels lived in
- Fantastic story populated by realistic NPCs with realistic problems
- Innovative new combat mechanics add depth in place of mindless clicking
- Cinematic visuals and a superb soundtrack

Negative
- Could have done a better job introducing the new combat mechanics
- Odd dialogue and somewhat cheesy voice acting

Don't be afraid of change. Even though The Witcher may scare off some people with inventive combat that replaces comfortable old rapid-fire clicking with rhythmic sword swinging, there is no need to avoid one of the deepest, most adult role-playing games to hit the PC in years. Polish developer CD Projekt has crafted one of those landmark games that moves the goalposts for everybody, a truly grown-up take on swords and sorcery that breaks just about every fantasy tradition in the book. Once you experience a grimy medieval world so realistic that you can practically smell it, quests that reject simplistic good and evil for ambiguous "decisions and consequences," and, yes, newfangled battle mechanics that add welcome twists to left-click scrapping, you'll find it awfully hard to go back to the usual D&D rip-off.



Built on a 2007 edition of the Aurora Engine that powers Neverwinter Nights, The Witcher is something of a cross between action RPGs such as Diablo and more complex plate-mail potboilers such as Neverwinter Nights. Essentially, the developers work both sides of the street. On the one hand, you have exactly one character choice in the form of greasy-haired Geralt of Rivia, the monster-hunting mercenary "witcher" of the title, along with other ostensibly dumbed-down features such as big bunches of combat and Gatling-gun-quick leveling up. But on the other hand, you also get a postwar fantasy world called Temeria that feels lived in (if not postapocalyptic), as well as plot points that involve serious moral choices. Story and setting have been borrowed from The Last Wish, a Polish fantasy novel published way back in 1990 by Andrzej Sapkowski, and for once such an adaptation has been pulled off successfully. Audio effects and music are perfect counterparts to the look of this shattered world. Little kids skip around while talking about death and playing crude pranks like pissing in the dwarf's bellows. Women can be overheard setting up assignations with their lovers. And all of this is surrounded with subtle, creepy tunes loaded with offbeat tones and sparse organ notes. The superb soundtrack is particularly effective at night; the gothic organ plinking under the moonlight makes you shiver like someone just walked over your grave. Memorable story, immersive combat, fascinating characters--what's not to like? A few fit-and-finish issues mean that The Witcher isn't quite an all-time classic RPG. Regardless, it's awfully, awfully close, warts and all, and it provides a new benchmark for future developers that are looking to lift their games out of the done-to-death elf-and-orc ghetto.




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PostSubject: Re: The Witcher   Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:08 am

looks awsome

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PostSubject: Re: The Witcher   Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:09 am

yes it is

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PostSubject: Re: The Witcher   Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:13 am

wish their was a ps2 version

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PostSubject: Re: The Witcher   Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:20 am

no pc only, but not different from other rpg's on the pc

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PostSubject: Re: The Witcher   Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:33 am

yeah i noticed

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