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The Witcher was the sort of game that inspires devotion and love; not because it was perfect, but because it tried to go beyond the obvious. While it didn’t always succeed, the important thing was that it tried, and in today’s world of ultra-generic military shooters and pointy-haired RPGs, it’s more important than ever for games to offer an original, unique experience. With playing cards of naked women.
Forget about them in the second game, though. CD Projekt are tossing them out with the old bathwater and concentrating on making a properly mature game, but don’t think that that aspect of the game is completely wiped from history. Romance and sex are still very much a part of all things Temeria (the land The Witcher 2 is set in) but they’ll be handled in a subtler way than a short movie and a pornographic playing card. How deep this will go is unknown, but at least accusations of schoolboy attitudes towards sex will be easily dismissed from now on. But of course, there’s more to The Witcher than nude women...
“We know our limitations,” says Witcher 2’s senior producer, Tomek Gop. It’s a relief to hear it. For all the credit given to its superbly grubby, off-kilter fantasy, The Witcher was a prime example of ambition outstripping the ability to implement it.
Familiar with Wanted, are ya? Last summer’s blockbuster documentary about a secret society of bullet jugglers? We kid. Wanted centers on Wesley Gibson, a sad sacked shlub abruptly awakened from his 9 to 5 monotony to find out that he’s been blessed with the hereditary ability to curve bullets, deflect blades and generate all manner of mercenary mayhem.
This is how you know you’re a badass: a rival faction of assassins boards the passenger plane you’re on, goes through the trouble of killing everybody on board, and then tilts the airliner toward the ground just to kill you. It’s flattering, really - but then, being a 24-year-old superassassin does invite some unique attention.
Paradox Interactive and developer Fatshark have teamed up during the week of GDC to unveil a new trailer for their upcoming massive multiplayer game, War of the Roses. At a press event in San Francisco, they also let us go medieval on one another with a hands-on demo...
We sit down with the developers of the medieval, multiplayer combat title, War of the Roses, and walk through the intricacies of armoring up and hacking soldiers to death with a really big axe.