Free for All Friday- New Witcher 3 Trailer Makes All Other Fantasy RPG’s Look Like Donkey Kong

Okay, so that headline is a bit heavy on hyperbole, but look at that! That lighting! Those environments! That monster design (oh, lord, the monster design)! And it actually has a color scheme other than brown and gray, while still maintaining its grim-dark feel.

I’m not really familiar with the Witcher series, outside of the second game. I know it’s a book series from Poland, and is considered to be something of a cultural benchmark (Prime Minister Donald Trusk gave President Obama a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings as a gift, and it has been adapted into film and television in Poland). I really enjoyed that second game, however, partly because the story and setting had a density and complexity that is often lacking in other games that share its market.

The game’s developer, CD Projekt Red, is also notable for several reasons, namely their ability to retain independence as a developer in an increasingly publisher driven industry while still making sprawling, graphics intensive games. I’m really looking forward to this one.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, releases for PC, XBox One, and PS4 in February 2015.

[trailer via ign.com]

Free for All Friday- New Witcher 3 Trailer Makes All Other Fantasy RPG’s Look Like Donkey Kong

Violence and Story in The Last of Us (SPOILERS ABOUND)

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The past seven years have seen a rather stark evolution in videogames, and how they are used to tell a story. For the first time, developers have had the technology available to them to bring game characters, and the worlds they inhabit to life. More than technology, however, are the stories developers have chosen to tell.

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Violence and Story in The Last of Us (SPOILERS ABOUND)