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Witcher 3 combat to lean towards “the tactics side”

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 23:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt boasts an overhauled combat system which CD Projekt RED believes will better demonstrate Geralt of Rivia’s near supernatural ability to take on groups of foes.

Speaking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, marketing executive Michał Platkow-Gilewski copped to problems with the previous games’ combat, which didn’t elegantly communicate what is apparent in the books the series is based on.

“What we wanted to do with Witcher combat is that we wanted to show how Geralt uses the sword. He’s the master of the sword. Geralt’s true mastery comes out in the crowd fights, where can take on five or six enemies on his own,” he said.

“What happened in Witcher 2 is that people were telling us that the combat was just a little bit too arcade. The rules were a bit too arcade, to be honest. What we decided is to go a bit more over to the tactics side, to give you the feeling of having absolute control over the battlefield. That’s what we aimed for.”

Platkow-Gilewski said one of the ways CD Projekt RED has addressed its ambition is be improving the camera.

“We’ll always show the fights from the right angle or perspective or distance so that you’ll be aware of all the enemies around you. If they communicate among themselves and decide that it’ll be a good idea to surround you, you’ll see everyone who’s going around behind you,” he said.

“There won’t be any situation where someone attacks you and you won’t know what’s happening. The enemies will move around you and you will move as well, but it’s not wild and frantic. It’s a slow walk, like a slow dance. With swords. For all the enemies, we’re using real fighting techniques, many valid techniques. We have a few experts on our team, and we’ll be using stuntmen with huge experience for that as well. But Geralt’s fighting technique, it’s like sword dancing. He’ll have cool movements that you wouldn’t see in a real fight.”

A colleague pointed out that geralt will never do anything “over the top”, like somersaulting.

“But he’s different. He’s faster and stronger than anyone else, so his fighting technique is different,” Platkow-Gilewski concluded.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is expected in 2014 on PC, PlayStation 4 and some other next-gen console we still have to pretend doesn’t exist.

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9 Comments

  1. noamlol2

    too arcade?
    are you fucking mad??!

    on normal or even harder tatics was a MUST if you want to survive

    i bet this guy finished the game on easy

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    It was simple and arcadish.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SlayerGT

    Can someone here on VG who has played Witcher 2 on 360 help me with something please? I just started it a few nights ago but haven’t gotten far. Firstly, do I need to know the story of 1?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    @3, I don’t think so.

    I mean, you won’t feel the same connection to Triss/Zoltan/Dandelion that someone who has played Witcher 1 will, but aside from that, most of what happened in TW1 isn’t critical to “get” TW2. If you strip it down to the basics, Geralt does Foltest a solid in the first game, then right at the end he saves him from assassination – apparently by a Witcher, and that sets you up for TW2 where Foltest treats Geralt like his pet Witcher.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. SlayerGT

    @4 Ah Freedoms, so I played the “tutorial”, which I think is exclusive to the 360?? And sucks :) If I knew better I’d say what I completed so far (escaping the prison) is the tutorial of sorts. I saved it and quit after it shows “chapter 1″. Is THIS where the game really starts? Cause so far I have super mixed feelings. I mean the story telling has got me scratching my head. I’ve seen in-game/engine cut scenes, comic book art, and 3D cut scenes..

    #5 2 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    @5, sounds like the Prologue to me, which, btw, is the worst part of the game imo. The stealth crap is so badly done. It’s only in that part of the game, I don’t know why they bothered.

    The actual tutorial (in the PC version anyway) takes place in the Arena if I remember correctly, and doesn’t have any story aspects.

    Once you hit the 1st town, Flotsam, that’s where the game properly starts. You’ll take on “Witchers Work” (side quests) and so on. You’ll start having to make decisions too, which is probably the most interesting thing in the game. There are no inherently good or bad actions in The Witcher, but everything has a consequence and will impact the direction your quest takes and what possibilities arise later.

    When it comes to the cutscenes, I can’t remember if its been properly emphasised in TW2, but Geralt has lost his memory. He was killed off by the author of the books (whose Polish name I am neither going to attempt nor google), in TW1 he is resurrected by Triss Merigold, but his memory is in pieces. When you get an animated cutscene in the game, it’s usually about Geralt’s memory as it slowly returns to him over the course of the game. So these are pretty weird, because half remembered things are coming together confusedly in his head.

    From the first game we know “The Wild Hunt” has significance (Geralt encounters “The King of The Wild Hunt” in TW1, but he doesn’t reveal anything of significance other than to suggest that Geralt has a “destiny” beyond his actions in TW1), but it is unknown what that significance is until the end of Witcher 2. So whenever The Wild Hunt comes up, pay attention, because it’s important to the plot.

    I think you should play through Flotsam at least.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SlayerGT

    I plan on playing though it entirely. Thanks for these clarifications Freedoms. Its kind of what I figured but just wasn’t sure. Im looking forward to getting into it especially since 3 looks to be a bit of bad ass :) I like the details so far. They do a good job of making tiny things feel important. I appreciate that.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Fortesque

    This is definitely something they need to get right in the next game. I never finished The Witcher 2 because of how much I loathed the combat system. The lack of control you had over Geralt’s actions was especially apparent on higher difficulties. Take som cues from FromSoft maybe? The right cues this time. Like introducing HITBOXES.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. infernalism

    @freedoms_stain

    “When it comes to the cutscenes, I can’t remember if its been properly emphasised in TW2, but Geralt has lost his memory. He was killed off by the author of the books (whose Polish name I am neither going to attempt nor google), in TW1 he is resurrected by Triss Merigold, but his memory is in pieces. When you get an animated cutscene in the game, it’s usually about Geralt’s memory as it slowly returns to him over the course of the game. So these are pretty weird, because half remembered things are coming together confusedly in his head.”

    The author’s name is Andrzej (or Andrew if you like) Sapkowski. You seem to be pretty interested with the story presented in the Witcher series, so I think you know it’s a direct continuation of a “cult status” fantasy series in Poland, and should know, who the author of that series is.

    HEAVY, HEAVY SPOILERS FROM THE BOOKS AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!

    Sapkowski did not really kill Geralt. What happened in the books was, that he and Yennefer were transported to another world (in a very poor physical state) by his (and hers) “adopted daughter” Cirilla (or Ciri in short), the Princess of Cintra, now nonexistant nation, conquered by Nilfgaard and it’s Emperor Emhyr var Emreis right before the Witcher series begins, and the short stories end (most of the short stories happen much earlier than the series, all of them happen chronologically before the Blood of Elves, first book of the Witcher series proper).

    Emhyr is revealed to be the father of Ciri by the end of the books, and a man, whom Geralt saved from a curse in probably the most important short story written by Sapkowski in relation to the rest of the series. So, Ciri, a rare magical Source, and inheritor of Hen Ichaer, the Old Blood, is being pursued through the books by one of the most powerful mages in the world – Vilgefortz, and his people. He wants to use Cirilla for his purposes. Geralt survives both the encounter with him (though he gets his ass kicked twice before he and Yennefer in tandem are actually able to beat him) and with Emhyr, but after all the carnage and strife is over with in the books, and the gang goes back to Northern Kingdoms, the witcher is stabbed with a pitchfork in the city of Rivia, while trying to help the non-humans in what came to be known as the Rivian pogrom. He just happened to witness what was happening, people attacking the non-humans, blaming them for the Scoia’tael, who aided Nilfgaard in the war. He thought it was wrong, acted upon his feelings like many times in the past and got himself involved. His friends come too late to help him, as he was presumably dying. What happens after can be interpreted in a myriad of ways, because the author uses Geralt’s perspective to describe what is next. Geralt is in a boat, with Yennefer (also in a bad, life threatining condition, because she tried to help him) and Ciri in what appears to be another world. Ciri is capable of those kind of jumps to different worlds (one of the reasons Vilgefortz wanted to kidnap her and experiment on her) that seemingly no mage is capable of, she just couldn’t control or understand them in the books, but at the end of the series she learned at least a measure of control.
    Ciri goes away, leaving Geralt and Yennefer in the boat, and is off to explore different worlds, she lands first in presumably, our world, meeting one of the future Knights of the Round Table.
    You can interpret it, that she left them to die in that boat, but she left them together, to die in peace, happy, in their own arms, or you can interpret it another way…

    HEAVY SPOLIERS FROM THE MAIN STORY OF THE WTICHER 2: ASSASSINS OF KINGS

    Here is what the game storytellers did. Geralt and Yennefer do not die, and they live together in that tranquil world Ciri left them in, till the Wild Hunt comes for them. They take Yennefer, and Geralt escapes to his world. He is determined to track the Wild Hunt and save Yennefer, and he crosses the border to Nilfgaard, to go after it. There he meets Letho, Serrit, and Auckes, and saves the former from certain death at the “hands” of a Slyzard. They join him in his search for the Wild Hunt, and the group succeeds, finding it, and retrieving Yennefer, but Geralt is taken away by the King of the Wild Hunt in exchange for her. Letho, Serrit and Auckes take care of her, till they are captured by nilfgaardian Special Forces, and receive the mission everyone who finished Assassins of Kings is familiar with. Yennefer stays behind.

    MINOR SPOILERS FROM THE BEGINING OF THE WITCHER 1

    Geralt on the other hand misteriously appears near Kaer Morhen, the ruined Witcher Stronghold, in bad shape and suffering from amnesia. He is found and taken in by his friends. Triss Merigold is summoned by the Witchers to Kaer Morhen, to help them understand what happened to Geralt, and help with his healing. This is how The Witcher 1 begins.

    So, in short – No ressurection by Triss Merigold. :D
    Hope that helped.

    #9 2 years ago

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  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]