CD Projekt Red have been working pretty darn hard since the release of The Witcher 3 last week, churning out patches for PC gamers at an alarmingly fast rate. Things are a bit slower on the console side thanks to certification issues, but last night the second patch for PS4 finally went live. Unfortunately, it doesn't fix one of the biggest problems with the game.
I'm still coming down from the incredible high George Miller's latest Mad Max film put me on. The film showcased just how gorgeous a desolate wasteland could really be, and how much more exciting life is when you toss in a generous handful of wondrous explosions. That's looking very much the same in the "not a movie tie-in" game, which seems like it has an equally interesting story to tell.
The Witcher 3 has only been out for a week, and already CD Projekt Red has pushed out numerous patches to help alleviate some (honestly) small launch woes. PC gamers got a nice little performance improvement last week Friday with a weekend ready patch, and yesterday yet another surprise improvement hit servers. Console players, however, are still stuck.
Exploring the wilderness beyond the deceptively safe walls of Novigrad, Geralt wandered upon a couple in danger. The Novigrad guard wouldn't let them pass - sentencing them to certain death in the harsh, dangerous lands surrounding nearby Velen. The Witcher provided clear passage to the booming metropolis by relieving the guards of a few limbs, promising a better life beyond the walls of the free city. A pair of lives which had unknowingly welcomed the help of their executioner.
There’s been a great big debate over whether or not consoles are dead, or perhaps dying. Gaming, says some analytical people in suits, is going mobile, and those platforms will soon supersede dedicated gaming platforms in the hearts and minds of the average consumer. The professional conjecture would have us believe that this current generation of set-top consoles will be the last, as tech heads towards some sort of unholy convergence, giving us one handheld mega device to replace everything else. Not so fast.
The PlayStation 4 has done rather well for itself this generation. It's selling well, releasing some cool exclusives and generally coming out on top. Now there's a new trailer out for the games we should be excited to play on Sony's console in 2015, and I'm definitely keen for the year ahead.
By now I'm sure a lot of you finally have your hands on The Witcher 3, in some way or form, and are busy exploring the grassy outskirts of Novigrad and the dangerous Isles of Skillege. I've been neck deep in the game for just under a week, but my excitement wasn't dampened for the release yesterday. That's because nearly a year ago I ordered one of the biggest Collector's Editions I ever have - and I just had to show you what's inside.
I'm not entirely enamoured with the amount of attention remakes and remasters are getting on current-gen consoles. It sometimes seems like a complete waste to focus so much energy and time on upscaling and optimising old games to look better - so that the collective majority can maybe play it again. God of War falls under the banner of "Why is this getting remastered?", but even I have to admit that it looks rather gorgeous.
But why? Why do they still call me a warlord? And mad? All I want to do is to create the perfect genetic soldier. Not for power, not for evil, but for good. Sandy and Martha shall be the first of many who shall march out of my laboratory and crush every adversary, every creed, every nation! Until the world is in the loving grip of the Pax Bisonica. And peace will reign and all humanity shall bow to me in humble gratitude. And then we’ll all play Street Fighter V. I call dibs on M Bison!
I must admit - I'm quite addicted to GTA V at the moment. While the recent release on PC has been keeping me busy with some truly fun online heists, it's the single-player that has me hooked. Sure it's often crass, sometimes silly and always far too serious for its own good, but it really is a fun ride to accompany the three crazy protagonists on. And who knows, we could finally get a bit more to chew on in the future.
CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA? Another year, another annual release of specific games. As usual, you can expect Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty and FIFA to trot out new versions of a familiar game, ready to sell to fans who never seem to tire of a specific formula. But there’s one other game that’s also getting the annual treatment. A game that smells of sweat, spandex and a ring announcer constantly hyping the WWE Universe. WWE 2K16 is the name of the game, and it wants to play. Insert Motorhead guitar solo here.
Geralt doesn't have to solve people's problems. It's a stigma that's present in so many modern RPgs - you go here, solve this problem, kill this many enemies and return for a reward. It doesn't matter if you're a proclaimed messiah, an omnipotent ruler or a common villager on the path to heroism. Along the way, you're going to have to do things that seem beneath you. Geralt doesn't do that.
Last week media outlets from all corners of seemingly just the northern hemisphere (I'm still sulking) made their way to Konami HQ to get their hands all over The Phantom Pain. Their impressions are still embargoed until next month, but that didn't stop some over eager journalists to tweet out their thoughts every few seconds. Tweets which revealed a surprisingly hefty amount of new information about the game.
I’m on the lookout for new manga to read. Naruto is pretty much finished once the current Seventh Hokage arc wraps up, Bleach is an exercise in stretching a plot with cool art and I’ve turned the Fairy Tail comics into a drinking game wherein I have a shot every time a character starts crying and WHAT YOO LOOKIN’ AT HUH? According to pals o’ mine however, I should be looking at an ongoing manga called The Heroic Legend of Arslan. A manga which features full metal pedigree, and is already getting a brand new game. A game which looks gorgeous.
Round 18! In the blue corner, it's the PS4. Sleek and pretty, this Asian tech will lure you in to look up her skirt and beg you to make her flash her strip lights. In the green corner, it's the Xbox One. This American heavyweight isn't about being good looking; it's all about what's inside and how it talks to your living room. So who won this round in the US of A?