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Review ActionTrip praises The Witcher - 91%

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Vault Dweller, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    <a href=http://www.actiontrip.com>ActionTrip</a> has posted a very positive <a href=http://www.actiontrip.com/reviews/thewitcher.phtml>review</a> of <a href=http://www.thewitcher.com/>The Witcher</a>, giving it 91/100:
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    <blockquote>Though not quite perfect, The Witcher is a diamond in the rough. It pains me to see that this one isn't getting even more attention from the press or even better scores. The only reason I can see is that the reviewers themselves are going with the flow so to speak. In this day and age of shallow and heavily compromised games that are after cheap thrills backed up by ridiculous sums of money spent on pretentious marketing campaigns, The Witcher truly stands out. This was a labor of love, one that PC gamers have to acknowledge and reward. We want more games like this.
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    Hell, don't know about you, but I certainly do.</blockquote>Amen, brother. It's good to see that some sites are starting to speak against the sad state of the gaming industry and media.
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    By the way, The Witcher books are finally coming to the English-speaking world. <a href=http://www.amazon.com/Last-Wish-Andrzej-Sapkowski/dp/0316029181/ref=sr_1_8/105-1484623-2450012?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194454909&sr=8-8>Here is a link for you</a>, courtesy of Ausir.
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  2. Ausir Arcane

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    Actually, they came to the English-speaking world some time ago. The first book was published in the UK this year, but now it's going to be published in the US as well.
     
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  3. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    The same book or a different one?
     
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  4. Kingston Arcane

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    Have you played it yet, VD?
     
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  5. Ausir Arcane

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    Same one - first part of the series. The translation isn't very good, though, although it's not entirely awful either, from what I've heard.
     
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  6. pkt-zer0 Scholar

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    They gave Oblivion a 94 - the Oblivion test failed, opinion invalidated.
     
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  7. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    @ Kingston: Nope. Too much stuff to deal with: busy period at work, moving to a new house, several interviews for the Codex, and that AoD video that should be out this week.
     
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  8. Serious_Business Best Poster on the Codex

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    Which one? The only one I know which was translated in English is "The Last Wish", but I thought that was a compilation of short stories and not an integral part of the series. Am I wrong? From wikipedia, "Blood of the Elves" is the first novel of those series but I don't think it's out yet.

    Since you're polish and seem to know about the Witcher - what can an outsider expect about them? Why is the Witcher so famous in Poland? Actually, what is the extent of that popularity? Are they supposed to be serious books, what kind of people read this? I mean, the fact that it's popular is because it's good or it's just that, popular? I haven't read fantasy since I was a kid and I don't read that much novels either. I really like the game so far though and I thought if they're good as they say I'll give it a try. Is it worth it?
     
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  9. Rean Codex Grammar Police Patron

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    It is quite frankly a disgrace that The Witcher hasn't been getting 9+ ratings across the board. Or at the very least, 8's.
     
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  10. Ausir Arcane

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    Yes, it's The Last Wish. The two short story collections are also an integral part of the series, set and written before the novels. While some of the stories aren't connected to the main storyline of the novels, at least half of them are.

    The books are serious, even though they don't lack humor, but they're not like Discworld or anything like that. I guess they're comparable to George R. R. Martin's books. They're popular because they're good and it's definitely worth it.
     
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  11. Jora Arcane

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    http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?s= ... &p=1068719

    So basically

    Short story anthologies:
    Sword of Destiny (may or may not be published)
    The Last Wish (released)
    Something Ends, Something Begins (same as SoD)

    Novels:
    Blood of the Elves (first in the series, publishing date September next year)
    Time of Disdain
    Baptism of Fire
    The Swallow's Tower
    Lady of the Lake
     
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  13. Ausir Arcane

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    Yup. Although "Sword of Destiny" is actually set after "The Last Wish", not before. And "Something Ends, Something Begins" has only 2 short stories related to the Witcher series (one is a prequel about Geralt's parents, and the other a humorous, non-canon "alternate ending" to the whole series, featuring the wedding of Geralt and Yennefer, written as a wedding gift for Sapkowski's friends).
     
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  14. Texas Red Whiner

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    Wow, user rating 7.7! That site has some people with sense it would seem. How are the forums there? No retarded discussion focusing on which is the better console and shit like that?
     
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  15. Bah Liturgist

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    Personally, I think the average score the game has been getting to be just about right. However, the reasons for getting said score are usually idiotic. Other games that get higher ratings than The Witcher are also due to idiotic reasons.

    But that doesn't mean the witcher's average score is incorrect. The game has a lot of flaws and minor annoyances. Some of these stem from use of the Aurora engine and some from the combat system which is relatively boring. Others stem from the fact that the game is fairly linear. There are decision points where things turn out differently in the future based on the decision you made, but the decision points are for the most part fairly obvious. I haven't yet finished the game and gone back to try making different decisions, but the impression I'm getting is that the decisions really aren't that big of a deal and don't have that large of an impact. I hope I'm wrong.
     
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  16. Inziladun Cipher

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    An opinion is valid as long as it coincides with the Hivemind.
     
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  17. Jeff Graw StarChart Interactive Developer

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    Opinions are personal. Unless the same reviewer wrote both reviews there is nothing wrong with the score he gave The Witcher.

    And The Codex is completely open to differing opinions, as long as they are backed up sufficiently and fully presented.
     
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  18. Chefe Erudite

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    Witcher = WIN
     
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  19. Inziladun Cipher

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    Or so the Hivemind says...
     
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  20. Chefe Erudite

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    You think you're cool using words like "hivemind", but you're not. You're an idiot.
     
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  21. Inziladun Cipher

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    I actually think you are the idiot.

    So there.

    (you'd think you fuckers wouldn't be so sensitive to sarcasm)
     
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  22. Chefe Erudite

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    hello world
     
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  24. Chefe Erudite

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    hello world
     
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  25. Inziladun Cipher

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    Only on the condition that it'll all be taped. In Night Vision. With no sound.
     
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