Just finished The Witcher, after having to put it on hold for a time because of my crappy graphics card. Awesome game, one of the best RPGs I've played. It may even be all the way up there next to BG2:Shadows of Amn. I can't quite decide if it's better or not, but it's clearly in the top two. Sadly it had a few shortcomings, especially near the end.
Long rant and possible spoilers ahead.
I love that it's more mature than most RPGs you see out there. Some of the language is seriously bad. Much violence, blood and some nudity and sex. Yet I think it's all well done and appropriate in a sense, it makes the world seem more real as compared to the fluffy and all-too-nice-and-pretty fantasy worlds you typically meet. The world needs more mature RPGs, many more.
Speaking of sex, nudity and in paticular romances, this is one of the game's shortcomings. The at times slightly flat and overly simple dialogues are fine and acceptable in an action RPG where you play a character who prefers action over too many words. It is fitting, I don't mind it at all as I would in other games. It is also fine when it comes to the many possible one-nighters where it's supposed to look and feel shallow. Too many words there would ruin the point. But when it comes to the two (I think) actual romantic choices, that briefness is just not good enough. Some of the romantic dialogue is really comical to read because of the briefness, and that's not what you want from a romance in an RPG. Atleast that's not what I want from it, I expect a little more depth than what one short sentence can do.
Other than that I think it was nice to finally have romances that lasted a bit before the game ended and didn't reach the interesting part just before the big finale. It was also interesting to have to pick one or the other and see the hate between them. Sadly, the romances suffered another shortcoming at the end. Atleast in my play through there was no closure on the romance at all. It wasn't even mentioned once at the end, not even a single word about it. All the way through the game there had been dialogues about how it would be nice to settle down after all the action and all that standard stuff, I even chose to get a small hut in the countryside as payment rather than gold at some point, but at the end nothing was mentioned about any of that. Did I settle down in that small hut, or somewhere else? Did she die tragically or did I just wander off and forget her or what happened? Not a single word. That was very disappointing, but it seems to be a trend in RPGs to focus on the first part of the romance and forget about the last part which to me is the most interesting part.
Other things were left unanswered at the end, too. The fate of certain important characters were not mentioned either, not even briefly. A little sad to have not even the slightest hint of what happened to them.
I was a little disappointed with the villains. This is probably the biggest reason why I'm slow to place it above BG2. There were 3 main villains, two revealed at the beginning and one only revealed at the end. Generally I tend to dislike villains that are only revealed at the end, they always turn out to be too shallow and not nearly well enough developed because of the lack of time. This wasn't much different, though it could have been much worse too.
The other two villains were more promising, mainly because you knew about them from the very beginning, which gave them a chance to really shine. Sadly one of them came off as a little boring and uninspiring. The other, called the Professor, had real potential. While nothing more than a wanted assassin and real sneaky bastard, he was quite interesting I think. He was the kind of villain you really looked forward to meeting again, the kind you actually wanted to escape again and again just so you could look forward to hunting him down again. Sadly, he was killed much too early, though his last words were fucking amazing. In my oppinion, he should have been the big, final bad guy. That would have made the whole game a million times better. He could easily have been a better villain than Irenicus in BG2, and that's saying a lot.
The end movie had a really nice fight scene in it. Sadly, I don't get the scene, but it looks cool. Apparently I kill an assassin trying to murder the king, and when I lift the veil from the assassin's face it's obviously someone I'm supposed to recognise, yet I don't recognise the assassin's face. Honestly, I think many of the characters in the game look too much alike, it's hard to tell them apart or to recognise them. Maybe that's just me, I am known to have trouble recognising faces.
I think that's all the bad things I can say about the game, however. Ok, perhaps the final battle was a little too easy, but maybe I just maxed the right skills and applied just the right tactic. Some of the other fights were really hard and interesting. In general I think the combat was very interesting. Much different, and much more developed than most RPGs, especially those based on D&D.
The graphics and the scenery was breathtaking at times. Many very interesting areas to explore, though some of them were very difficult to navigate. Thank God for the map. The setting was also fascinating, clearly very well developed. I'm also amazed at how much attention was put into the ambience of the areas, with all the NPCs running around and doing their daily business. Much more detailed than you see in other RPGs, I think.
I will most certainly play through this game again! Even though the character is fixed, I think it's worth another play through, or many more. I think I'll try focusing more on intelligence and magic than on combat next time around. The magic gets seriously kick-ass near the end. I ran through the final confrontation without even swinging my blade once and not taking even one hit. And that in a game where sword-fighting is clearly the focus.
If you like RPGs, exciting combat and mature themes, then this is a must! I hope and pray that they make a second.
On a side note, my 360 seems to be immune to the red rings of death. This may have something to do with the whacking great bank of fans I stuck on the back... _________________ Avatar by Vael
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A little game I played awhile back, but mostly forgot about:Warning Forever.
Very fun game.
Probably because the only enemy (the boss) adapts to your attacks and the way you attack. Gets pretty hard pretty fast, if you aren't adaptable.
Recently re-acquired it. Fun fun fun! _________________ Kara
-Hmm, an ominous passage that plunges into an inky blackness, sealed behind lock and chain.
-You know what this means?
-We must see where it leads!
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I recently downloaded Paper Mario from the virtual console section of the wii shop. Yes, it's an N64 game, yes it's old, yes, I imagine a few people here played it when it was new...
I don't care. I still feel like shouting about how amazing it is, surprisingly so, considering I've played the sequel for the gamecube. It isn't as good as the one for the gamecube, it's nowhere near as good, and yet, it's still absolutely great fun, jam packed of amusing dialogue, great locations and incredibly fun boss battles, some of which are really quite difficult.
For something that came years before the gamecube one, which is considered to be one of the best games for the gamecube, it has a heck of a lot in it. I was suprised by just how long it is.
Basically, for something that only cost £7.00, it's absolutely fantastic, and possibly the best game I've ever bought in terms of value for money. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and finish kicking the crap out of Bowser. _________________ Bored...again...
<There's Prof Affidavit! Isn't he just the most adorable mad scientist ever?
THE HORROR! _________________ "Think long and hard. You've been bird-doggin' this township for a while now. They wouldn't mind a corpse of you. Now, you can luxuriate in a nice jail cell, but if you hand touches metal, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you."
I cannot wait, personally, for Mushroom Men. They are hardcore cute!
There's this meteorite, right? And it crashes into earth and scatters dust over the countryside that brings plants a sentient type of life and gives rise to the enlightened Boletes and Morels, and the savage Amanitas and... another type of mushroom.
Anyway, imagine running around as a mushroom samurai! I mean really! They're so adorable!
www.mushroommen.com For more info/screenshots. I'm... excited; and I don't even like mushrooms. _________________
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