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Witcher 2 Video Diary

A new Witcher 2 Developer Diary Trailer #1 from Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings featuring gameplay footage and narration from CD Projekt RED about their upcoming action/RPG sequel. Those familiar with the developer know they are located in Poland, and sure enough, that is the language of all the commentary, but their are English subtitles providing a translation. The embedded version follows.

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22. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 16:19 xXBatmanXx
 
Damn I have to fit the first Witcher back into my play log....I am pretty excited about the 2nd one. I didn't spend much time on the first, but have read both English translated books. Great books.

The story telling is different than your standard book. It is a series of short stories that are loosely put together to form a longer one.
 
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21. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 13:20 eRe4s3r
 
Mhh, thats true... well we'll see how it goes..  
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20. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 12:49 Kajetan
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 12:04:
Mhh, Alpha Protocol showed that timed dialog is not only possible but makes sure you play your character and not always only the "best" option. Imo a good design decision and fun.
Timed dialogue is in fact quite nice, if used correctly. The one and only thing "Fahrenheit" aka Indigo Prophecy has done right

But CD Project wants to use QTE in certain boss fights to show off their model animation skills. In early videos, you can see the stupidity of that idea. You fight the boss the usual way and suddenly, the interface vansihes and you have no more control over your character. Instead, a predefined ingame sequence starts and you have to press some buttons in the order the game tells you. Just think Dance, Dance Revolution going medieval. If pressed correctly, the game shows you some finishing moves and the fight is over.

And THIS is stupid, because winning is no longer a matter of using the right sword skill at the right moment, according to your chosen skill tree, fighting style and enemy type (no, the combat system in TW1 is nothing like QTE). Its just a matter of being a good monkey, pressing the correct buttons without having to think anything.
 
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19. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 12:04 eRe4s3r
 
Mhh, Alpha Protocol showed that timed dialog is not only possible but makes sure you play your character and not always only the "best" option. Imo a good design decision and fun.

Besides combat in The Witcher 1 was quick-time event already, you had to click at a certain moment to continue the combo. So yeah, i think the complainers are just nitpicking, theres no real different whether dialog is timed or not, if you want to chill while playing use the pause key. The only real issue i see is that they mess up the PC Version with some console crap. But this is CD-Projekt and these guys supported TW1 properly.... so benefit of doubt.
 
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18. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 10:45 Kajetan
 
Overon wrote on Jun 6, 2010, 09:18:
Kajetan I hope you are wrong I really do because I would hate a console controller style interface for Withcer 2.
But you will probably get one.

CD Project wants to have its share from the console crowd. That's ok. Make a console game then. Like Firaxis did with Civ Revolution. Or Blizzard wanted to do with Starcraft Ghost. But in the process, they shit on their PC fanbase and that is unacceptable. A year ago, TW2 was an instant pre-order. Now, i expect the worst and will probably wait for a budget release or a Steam sale, if i didnt ignore it all together. You know, its just a game
 
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17. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 09:18 Overon
 
Kajetan I hope you are wrong I really do because I would hate a console controller style interface for Withcer 2.  
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16. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 08:26 Kajetan
 
ASeven wrote on Jun 5, 2010, 18:22:
Care to elaborate? I haven't been following this game much though I know it's supposed to be multiplatform.
First, the devs want to "enhance" bossfights with Quick Time Events.
Second, they want to "streamline" the combat and make it faster, less tactical, more simple button smashing.
Third, on the latest preview event, the devs showed parts of the game using a 360 controller, which is the main reason, why the interface and the gameplay has to be simplified and dumbed down. Not that console owners are dumb, but devs are too lazy to build two versions of the game, publishers to greedy to invest building two versions of the game.

TW2 will become "Invisible War 2" all over again!

Am i pissed? Hell, yes i am!
 
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15. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 08:20 Eldaron Imotholin
 
Jerykk wrote on Jun 5, 2010, 20:14:
I'm looking forward to this game but not to the Quick Time Events. I mean, really... who thought it was a good idea to put QTEs (or minigames) into an RPG? Baffles the mind, it does.

I love Quick Time Events!!

There. I said it.

*hides*
 
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14. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 07:47 Kxmode
 
Importing your character's profile from the first game is the very definition of Roleplaying! +2 CD Projekt.

Eldaron Imotholin wrote on Jun 5, 2010, 15:19:
I was surprised how well The Witcher was received by the mass crowd because it had allot of flaws and you needed to be forgiving (at least at the first 2 chapters) not to bash this game to pieces. Don't get me wrong -- it didn't take me too long before I literally LOVED the game, I'm just surprised that the game was received as well as it did by the crowd of people who often seem to live only to bitch about stuff.

It did well because the story was just so darn engaging. I have The Last Wish on my Kindle. I'm going to read it very soon. Andrzej Sapkowski is a literary genius.
 
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13. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 06:16 eRe4s3r
 
Which wasn't such a bad game at all, just no full Deus-EX sequel  
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12. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 04:09 Jerykk
 
They can not get this wrong even if they tried.

Don't jinx it or we'll end up with Witcher: Invisible War.
 
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11. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 6, 2010, 00:44 eRe4s3r
 
I loved The Witcher as well and can't wait for 2. They can not get this wrong even if they tried.

Their mature and serious-dark-medieval approach to an RPG is a welcome change as well
 
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10. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 5, 2010, 22:23 Jerykk
 
These tumbler representations were much much more memorable and fun than say, lockpicking is in Dragon Age where you level up a skill and either unlock something or not with one click.

I much prefer having my character's stats determine whether or not I can do something in an RPG. If I'm playing a stealth game or something where skill is the focus, I don't mind minigames. But in an RPG, they are completely redundant and particularly tedious, since you have to do them again and again.
 
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9. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 5, 2010, 22:12 Overon
 
I liked The Witcher so much that I bought both of the English language books released so far and plan on buying more as they come. I can't wait for Witcher 2.  
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8. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 5, 2010, 21:45 rist3903
 
who thought it was a good idea to put QTEs (or minigames) into an RPG? Baffles the mind, it does.

I have had good experiences with one minigame in an old school RPG.

Wizardry VII had a pretty neat little system for unlocking doors and chests where there were a set of colors you had to click as they shifted to green. These tumbler representations were much much more memorable and fun than say, lockpicking is in Dragon Age where you level up a skill and either unlock something or not with one click.
 
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7. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 5, 2010, 20:14 Jerykk
 
I'm looking forward to this game but not to the Quick Time Events. I mean, really... who thought it was a good idea to put QTEs (or minigames) into an RPG? Baffles the mind, it does.  
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6. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 5, 2010, 19:42 KilrathiAce
 
OMG, cant wait, and necrosis when u post stuff out of your ### it smells keep it there.

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5. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 5, 2010, 18:33 Pundit Guy
 
but their are English subtitles providing a translation

There's a wrong their there.
 
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4. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 5, 2010, 18:22 ASeven
 
Kajetan wrote on Jun 5, 2010, 17:45:
Then you would like to know, that The Witcher 2 is probably to become a watered down console port. There are several previews, which indicate nothing good for the PC crowd.

Care to elaborate? I haven't been following this game much though I know it's supposed to be multiplatform.
 
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3. Re: Witcher 2 Video Diary Jun 5, 2010, 17:45 Kajetan
 
necrosis wrote on Jun 5, 2010, 16:59:
I really can not wait for this game. The first one was the most refreshing PC game I have played in years with the loads of watered down console ports pouring on the PC gaming scene.
Then you would like to know, that The Witcher 2 is probably to become a watered down console port. There are several previews, which indicate nothing good for the PC crowd.
 
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