We recently got confirmation that Cyberpunk 2077 will receive a DLC expansion in the future. The confirmation was given by developer CD Projekt Red’s quest director Paweł Sasko. Sasko made these comments on a Twitch stream that was spotted by Reddit user KamilCesaro.
On the stream, Sasko was asked if expansions to the existing story are planned for Cyberpunk 2077. Sasko answered by saying that he couldn’t give too much away but that he assured fans that “we are working on expansions and other stuff for you.” He didn’t detail when it would be coming but the reassurance that more content is planned should be enough to please most fans.
The question regarding DLC was asked as a follow up to the recent Patch 1.5 for Cyberpunk 2077. This patch has been very well received with it fixing several key problems with the open-world RPG. Most notable is that it can now take advantage of the superior specifications next-gen consoles possess. This support helps create superior performance and better-looking visuals.
Given Cyberpunk 2077’s huge issues at launch the optimization that has followed is impressive. In Performance Mode, it now runs at 60 frames per second with dynamic 4K resolution scaling. Alternatively, Ray Tracing Mode runs at 30 FPS at 1440p but provides the best visuals possible.
What a turnaround
When it was first launched Cyberpunk 2077 was not well received. It was full of bugs and performance issues that ruined the gameplay. On consoles especially it was rough with frame drops into the teens not being uncommon.
Sixteen months later and Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t just doing better, but also looking ahead to potential DLC. The core game is now good enough that expanding upon it and giving players more to enjoy is worth considering. Comeback stories of this degree aren’t unheard of but are by no means a given either. CD Projekt Red deserves credit for sticking with Cyberpunk and turning things around.
After everything it has been through, I doubt getting sued was what developer CD Projekt RED needed right now. But after upsetting its investors, that’s exactly what has happened. As posted by Business Wire, the Rosen Law Firm investor is suing CD Projekt RED for misleading them.
The Rosen Law Firm believe that the Cyberpunk developer failed to disclose vital information regarding the state of its new game. Specifically, it is unhappy at the failure to mention the issues present on current-gen consoles. The law firm believes that the Polish developer withheld this information in order to keep investors interested.
CD Projekt RED: From bad to worse
The lawsuit references multiple shortcomings on CD Projekt RED’s behalf. Outside of the game’s obvious bugs, Rosen Law Firm were also unhappy with Cyberpunk getting removed from the PlayStation store. Also, the mandatory refunds requested by Sony and Microsoft would have negatively affected investors.
Truth be told, they may have a point. It’s difficult to believe that the Cyberpunk developers weren’t fully aware of the RPG’s issues. And even if it didn’t expect a backlash this strong, hiding those issues is still both legally and morally questionable.
Some may give CD Projekt RED the benefit of the doubt but it’s likely this was deliberate. After all, it also refused to provide console review codes ahead of Cyberpunk’s launch. Instead, only offering critics the chance to cover the superior PC version. It wasn’t just aware of the issues, but dedicated to do everything possible to hide them.
Regardless of mistakes made, CD Projekt RED is not taking this lawsuit without a fight. The Polish developer claims it made no effort to mislead investors or cause them to “incur losses.” It also points out that Cyberpunk 2077 still sold over 13 million copies in a week and has scored a strong 86% on Metacritic.
Video Games – we all enjoy it. Whether you’re young or old, a student or an employee looking to pass the time with a little fun; we all enjoy video games. It is a means for us, an outlet, to do the things we can not do in real life; to experience the things that are not readily accessible to most of us. Video games also help us understand different types of people by having diverse and – for some games – very realistic characters. But, not a lot of us see the underlying meanings behind the video games we play and enjoy. The implications are hidden behind the realistic graphics, the heart-warming soundtrack, and the innovative gameplay. Here is a list of some of the video games that tackle different social issues. Sit back and let us dwell deeper into the meaning of these well-known video games.
War – “This War of Mine”
Let’s start with a very well-known topic – war. We’ve all heard of different stories about the war. And war has been a choice of topic or genre by a lot of video games. But, the creators of This War Of Mine, 11 Bit Studios, approached this genre in an innovative and immersive way. In this game, you don’t play as a well-trained-muscle-torn super-soldier equipped with a planetary cannon. Here, you play as a civilian caught very deep in the war-devastated fictional city of Pogoren, Graznavia. You will struggle, because ‘gather’ is putting it lightly, for food. Scavenge for medicines or supplies and try your very best not to bump into soldiers or other hungry survivors.
The day and night cycle plays a significant role in the game mechanics. During the day, you’ll be managing your hideout in a very detailed manner; while keeping an eye on that sniper who’s not letting you out. When darkness falls, you’ll be sneaking into buildings and areas for supplies; while avoiding being killed by other people seeking means for survival. You will also be making a lot of moral decisions; whether you’ll kill that one annoying person to save the whole group or watch as everyone slowly suffers. Add to that, the beautifully-made charcoal-style aesthetics; and you have a game that will leave you thinking and reflecting about war and its effect on the human soul.
Privacy – “Watch Dogs 1 and 2″
Have you ever felt like being watched? Like Big Brother is always around you, lurking in the dark, studying and recording your every move? We are living in the age and time of information and the improvement in technology is far from slowing down. Also, the number of people uploading all of their information on the internet is increasing. This is why black hats are more eager to steal any sensitive information they can get their hands on.
Watch Dogs, is a video game about hackers waging war on the government for manipulating information and invading the privacy of their people. This video game does not really tackle or explain ‘hacking’ in detail; but it shows what hackers can do with the information that the people, themselves, gave out there on the internet. This game is a sweet reminder that internet privacy is sometimes just an illusion to make us feel safe. It also reminds us that the internet is a very dangerous place to be placing all of our information.
Social Difference – Multiple Video Games (Witcher Series, Life is Strange, The Last of Us, other video games)
So what if you have white hair, feline eyes, are sterile, and have high resistance, if not immune, to diseases? So what if you have pointy ears and live longer than humans? We are all living things and we can co-exist if given the chance and consideration.
The Witcher series, which is set in the world of Temeria, is flooded with racism and discrimination. Elves and Dwarves are discriminated against for not being human, despite the humans being the invaders of the land. Basically, humans are the foreigners and, yet, they are pushing away and abusing the original inhabitants of the land. Luckily, Geralt, despite being discriminated against himself, acts as the median between the two worlds. That of humans and of ‘non-humans’. Geralt does not make any rash decisions when doing a job. He investigates first and looks for a way for both parties to work together. With an exception, there is no consideration to be given for evil-tainted individuals, human or non-human.
Life is Strange is a video game that takes place in a small town called Arcadia Bay. A place where a lot of things happen. Including alcoholism, bullying, and child abuse. Child abuse is a social issue that’s very rampant nowadays; this video game shows the whole issue from a different perspective. You play the game and see the world through the eyes of a teenager with the ability to control time, Max Caulfield. The game also includes other issues like teenage pregnancy, social anxiety, and brats who think like they are on top of everyone. Max’s story is also a depiction of how it feels like to be bullied for being “not among the famous”. This is a game definitely worth checking out if you want a relaxing soundtrack and a story that is full of twists.
The Last of Us: Left Behind, sparked controversy when Ellie and Riley hinted quite a number of times about their feelings for each other. We all remember that photobooth scene, right? How about that scene where they dance to a tune and then unknowingly attract a horde of infected? All of these hints led to one conclusion and a lot of people were shocked. Some related and found themselves in the position of the protagonists in terms of personal identity; some accepted the fact and were happy for the pair; but, for some…they just do not approve of the whole charade. The relationship they have and the characters themselves don’t actually raise an issue; but the different ways people responded to the writing of the game, present an issue on sexual discrimination.
There you go. Here are just some of the video games that tackle some of the issues we are facing up to this day. There are still a lot of games that depict issues not mentioned here. If you have played a game with an interesting theme, comment them down below, and let’s have a talk. Looking forward to hearing from you!
The Witcher 3 is getting some paid DLC that is going to be big. The two add-on packs will introduce around 30 hours of gameplay, not only with new storylines but all the elements you have in the main game, according to game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz.
There is going to be two expansions, the first which is called Hearts of Stone, while the second is called Blood and Wine. Hearts is going to be around 10 hours of play while the second expansion, is going to be around 20 hours of play. As things progress, it could very well end up being much more than the 10 hour/20 hour play proposed according to Tomaszkiewicz.
GameReactor caught up with Tomaszkiewicz which was where it was spoken that the combined DLC would be almost the size of Witcher 2 and other things the DLC entails.
[quote]”The expansion packs will be whole new storylines with all the elements you’ve got in the main story (like cutscenes, new characters, new items, new Gwent cards) and many, many more. They will be quite long. The first expansion will be around 10 hours and the second expansion will be around 20 hours… and I think it’s possible that they will be bigger, because it’s always like this (that when we plan some time or hours, it’s twice or something like this), but I’m not promising anything right now. And even now, if you sum up this 10 to 20 hours and you compare it to The Witcher 2, it’s almost the size of The Witcher 2. And it will be cool, it will be new stories, it will be very emotional stories and I think that people will be happy.”[/quote]
How do you guys feel about this? Do you feel this is a proper ‘expansion’ or are they just using that to cover up the fact it’s DLC? I know people have a love/hate relationship with DLC!
We all know that Witcher contracts is the essence of the game after you finish the storyline and you only have them, the side quests and Treasure hunts. Witcher contracts can sometimes be tricky to fulfill and defeat that lurking monster menace that threatens the whole village nearby.
Tip 1: Check The Notice Board In Each New Town You Enter
Notice boards are almost the source of every witcher contract in the game with just a few that are obtained through having a little chat with the town folks. So take care and go to the notice board once you discover a new town.
Tip 2: Repair Your Weapons Before Every Battle
Even if you have already set on your way to slay that beast, look around for the town’s blacksmith or armorer and if you can’t find any, just stop at any nearby fast travel sign and fast travel to the nearest town with a blacksmith or an armorer and have them repair everything that you have equipped to 100% to ensure your swords deal the maximum damage and your armor protects you from the monster’s deadly blows.
Tip 3: Prepare Some Bombs Witcher Contract
This can be accessed through the menu, you will find it to be the last one to the left called Alchemy, choose it and start crafting some bombs. In my opinion the most effective bombs to use are:
Dancing Star: produces a wide spread and random fire explosions in the area the bomb was thrown (Normally used to destroy Monster Nests)
Devil’s Puffball: results in a toxic green cloud that is very effective against human enemies but this isn’t our target here but you can use Igni and cast in the area with the toxic cloud and it will lead to a powerful explosion that can deal quite moderate damage to the monster. ( Most effective on Relicts, Vampires and Cursed Ones not that effective against Drowners though so don’t waste it)
Dimeritium Bomb: blocks any magic attacks and monsters’ magic abilities ( Most effective on any Elemental Monster such as Earth Elementals, Fire Elementals, Gargoyles and Djinns. )
Grapeshot: Offers one magnificent huge explosion ( Most effective on Draconids and Hybrids )
Tip 4: Frequently Upgrade Your Skill Trees
If you have any un-allocated points, the wisest skills to spend them on is the Signs skill tree, especially Igni, Quen and Yrden and the Combat Skills tree especially Fast Attack, Strong Attack and Battle Trance. Also the best Mutagens are the Green Mutagen, grants you +50 Vitality aka Health and it increases by 50 everytime you link it to a green skill which are from the Alchemy Skill tree and the Red Mutagen which gives you +5% attack power and increases by 5% everytime you link it to a red skill which are from the Combat Skill tree.
Tip 5: During Combat, Use Quen then Igni then Quen then Igni then….
Since I just mentioned upgrading the signs, using them efficiently might be a bit hard as you have to know what to use and when. Always apply Quen first then switch to Igni and have it equipped and cast it in between sword attacks. If you get attacked and the Quen protection breaks then switch from Igni to Quen immediately and apply it then switch back to Igni and do as previously illustrated. Fighting Wraiths is a bit trickier since the Yrden sign enters in the mix. Wraiths are known for disappearing and appearing again out of nowhere to attack you, knocking you to the ground and to your eternal doom. Well it’s not that dramatic but high-leveled Wraiths are hard to fight and casting Yrden creates a magic radius around Geralt that if the Wraith enters, will be changed into material form and can be attacked and it can’t disappear as long as it is in within this magic circle. So to summarize, Normal monsters use Quen and Igni and with Wraiths Yrden, Quen and Igni in this written order for each type respectively.
Tip 6: Equip or Craft The Best Silver Sword In Your Level
I do this personally every time I take on a new witcher contract, I open my inventory and check that I don’t have a better silver sword laying around in my inventory unused or if I have an empty Runestone slot in my silver weapon and have an extra Runestone so I equip it to my sword. Following this check, I go to the crafting menu, check every silver sword, steel sword, armor, boots, gloves and trousers that are available in my level and compare them with the equipped ones. If I find I can craft something better, I gather the necessary items to craft it and as mentioned before, go to the nearest Blacksmith or Armor depending on what I want forged. Also try to do some Treasure hunts in between the main quests as they can give you some really powerful and strong swords or armor. Do this before each battle to have the best gear equipped and prepared for battle.
Final Tip 7: Best Fighting Strategy Is BE A COWARD
Once the fight starts, there is no running away from it so you have to stand and slay that beast BUT you can always roll around like a clown who just joined the circus. All you gotta do is dodge and dodge in circles till you are behind the monster or you are sure that you are not in a position where you can get attacked then deliver some damaging blows and once it turns around to face you, roll around it again. This has been my technique since the beginning of the game and till now, I think it is working out well and helped me kill some powerful higher-level beasts.
Finally, some random tips that weren’t worth mentioning on their own:
If you are playing on lower difficulties which are “Just the Story!” or “Story And Blood!”, then when you feel you are near to fighting the beast, meditate for one hour to regain full health before the battle.
Save every 2-5 minutes, just in case you never know what might happen. Let me tell you a story, I was in a middle of a really challenging contract and I literally had like 2 or 3 blows till it dies while I had Quen applied and under half of a health bar which was enough and then the surprise, the lights went out and I didn’t save the whole contract progress since I started it so yeah, learn from my mistake fellow beast slayers.
Apply Oils to your sword depending on what you will face.
I wish you had fun reading this tips article and it helps you defeat every witcher contract you tackle.
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CD Projekt Red’s Witcher 3 is one of the more open-ended, massively expansive games in recent memory – with such an immense vault of side-quests to do it’s scarily easy to lose minutes, hours and days without even making much progress into the Main Storyline.
With all this good came – in the form of bugs and glitches – some bad, well, quite a bit of bad.
Happily though Projekt Red witcher have been active pointing their Silver Sword at these monstrous bugs and a new patch has heralded the fixing of many of them.
The Full list of changes can be found here.
Mutagen bonuses will no longer be saved incorrectly
General stability in gameplay and the UI improved
Fixes the inability to interact with Roche on Oxenfurt Bridge during the quest ‘Get Junior’
Geralt will no longer appear soaked after leaving menus
Fixed the gate in the crypt in the quest ‘Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear’
Players no longer have to worry about accidentally using their ‘Potion of Clearance’, as it will no longer be placed into the quick slot if you run out of other edibles
There’s no longer a perpetual loading screen during the Ice Giant fight in the ‘Lord of Undvik’ quest
When your gold hits 65535 it will no longer reset
Fixes skills not being removed by the ‘Potion of Clearance’
These changes and quick fixes are no doubt a god-send to players looking to trek through the muddy swamps of Velen or snow-capped spires of the Skeligge Isles without having to worry about things such as disappearing gold or sudden drenchings.
Fans of Game of Thrones really hope that George R.R. Martin and the creators of the TV series will decide to keep Tyrion Lannister alive all the way to the end – and maybe even end the whole saga with him on the Iron Throne. Well, I’ve got some bad news for you: Tyrion Lannister dies. Fortunately, it’s just in The Witcher 3 and it’s an Easter Egg that certainly puts a smile on our faces. And gives us somebody to blame in case something bad actually happens with our favorite little guy in the Game of Thrones TV series.
But back to our games, Tyrion Lannister’s dead body can be easily found in The Witcher 3, as the folks from PC Gamer found out. Tyrion appears to have met his grisly fate in a ‘sky cell’ similar to those found in The Eyrie where he was imprisoned midway through season one of the TV show. Since the game’s developers probably have no actual connection with the creators of Game of Thrones, the character we can see is not called Tyrion – but he sure looks a lot like him, scar included. Check him out:
If you want to see the little fellow for yourself, you have to explore the oceans of Skellige and find a fort filled with pirates. After taking them out, you will find some prison keys: use them to unlock the locked cell door, and spot the little fellow who has finally understood the meaning of “valar morghulis”. I’ve marked the exact location of the pirate fort for you below:
A pretty cool Easter Egg in The Witcher 3, and there are a ton more waiting to be found!
The Witcher is a fantastic series of games, based off of what I can only assume is a fantastic set of books. With Wild Hunt on the horizon, people far and wide are getting massively excited, and tickets for the metaphorical train made of hype have all but sold out. As gamers, we know better than to fall into this trap. People start slapping impossible expectations onto projects, and on release everyone gets burned. But is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt really going to be the second coming? Does it deserve the hype it is getting?
Frankly, I am not so sure. I played The Witcher way back in 2007, and that game was a mess. Words cannot describe the issues that plagued that game, yet its popularity warranted a full overhaul and a sequel. Performance issues and bugs aside, The Witcher was a flawed game. Combat was terrible, the world was rather restricted and it didn’t control particularly well, and it was you standard run of the mill plot and fantasy tropes mixed together with some M rated grit to make it edgy.
Enter The Witcher 2. It too had a number of launch issues, got an overhaul and an eventual console release. What is surprising however is how little really changed in the sequel. Yes the game looks prettier, yes they changed the combat and made everything look fresh, but the exact same flaws that plagued the original continue here. The combat is easy at best, and mind numbing at worst, the plot was as cut and dry as you could get, the world was still restrictive and generic, and the game still felt awfully clunky.
Now we have The Witcher 3, and lets be honest here guys, I am not expecting much in terms of a change. But why should I? Despite everything I have said, I absolutely love The Witcher, but I feel people are forgetting what makes The Witcher actually good, they are focusing too much on the graphics, the combat etc. What makes The Witcher good, is its characters and its lore. Yes the plot is meh, but the STUFF behind it all is great. Yes the world is generic, but the characters are all fantastic, gritty and real. You feel connected with the world because you have a connection with the people in said world. Geralt of Rivia might be one of the dullest concepts for a character of all time, but his life, and the people he encounters make him, and his games, worth experiencing.
Wild Hunt hits store shelves mid May, and I am certainly excited for it, but the level of hype it is generating is not healthy for anyone, especially the game itself. Do yourself a favor, take a step back, and remember why these games are good.
Elves are one of the three major races in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels, and CD Projekt RED’s games. They are also one of the three Elder Races, along with dwarves and gnomes. Elves first came to the continent on their white ships after dwarves and gnomes wild hunt, but about one thousand years before the humans.
The elves ultimately found themselves at war with the humans, after failing to realise the growing threat of the humans for several hundred years. The elder races lost the war with the humans, and they now live amongst humans as second class citizens. The elder races have to pay a levy to live in a town just because they are not human. One of the main reasons that they lost the war with the humans is that elves live a lot longer than humans, but they are much less fertile, while the humans don’t live anywhere near long as elves, but they reproduce much more, so ultimately humans outnumbered the elves.
Due to being treat poorly by the humans in the Northern Kingdoms, the elves and other non humans formed a guerilla group known as the Scoia’tael. The Scoia’tael are also known as ‘the Squirrels’ because they live like squirrels in the woods. The Scoia’tael hate humans just as much as humans hate non-humans, and they attempt to kill as many of them as they can. They allied with Nilfgaard against the Northern Kingdoms, and were chiefly used by the Nilgaardian Emperor, Emhyr var Emreis, as a diversion but also to support his army. In return for siding with Nilfgaard, the elves received Dol Blathanna (the Valley of the Flowers) as an independent state. Enid an Gleanna, also known as Francesca Findabair, is the queen of their state.Dol Blathanna used to belong to the elves for many years until the humans conquered it and the elves then fled to the mountains. They hoped to wait out the humans, as they thought they were nothing more than a plague which would one day end.
Elves differ from humans in looks slightly, but are generally considered attractive. They have pointed ears and they have small, identical teeth without canines.
Elves are also known as Aen Seidhe, but other groups of elves such as the Aen Elle. The Aen Elle are from a completely different world than the Aen Seidhe, and the capital of their world is Tir ná Lia and they are ruled by Auberon Muircetach.*Spoilers about the Wild Hunt* It is revealed that the Wild Hunt is actually the Aen Elle and Auberon Muircetach is the King of the Wild Hunt.
First and foremost a witcher is a human, however they’re humans who have undergone mutation from a young age at one of the witcher schools, such as Kaer Morhen. While at the schools they are subjected to extensive physical training, and the Trial of the Grasses. The Trial of the Grasses is a painful trial for all young witcher’s to go through, which involves the consumption of mysterious alchemical ingredients, known as the grasses. Only 40% of all young witchers-to-be survive the trial, however if they do survive it then they gain fast reflexes, super human strength, resistance to most diseases and in most cases full immunity, and a very long lifespan. However, the trials also make all witchers sterile and unable to have children. During the trials, the young witchers gain ‘cat like eyes’ which enables them to see in the dark. It is also used as one of the ways to identify a witcher.
Witchers are professional monster hunters. They aim to rid the world of as many monsters as they can, while making as much coin as they can too. They have two primary weapons of choice, a steel sword and a silver sword. They use their steel sword for standard, humanoid enemies and they use their silver sword for enemies to be considered monsters, as they are sensitive to silver. They had extensive sword training while at Kaer Morhen and they were trained using the famous ‘witcher style’ of fighting.
While at Kaer Morhen they also underwent basic magical training, which enabled them to learn Signs. Signs are simple magical spells which do not require a magical formula, just a simple hand gesture, hence it being known as a sign. There are six known signs, these are:
Aard– A psychokinetic thrust of energy, it is used to knock down or disarm weapons from opponents. Igni– A psychokinetic burst of fire that can set opponents on fire, and also simply create fires. Yrden– A magical trap which is placed on the ground, enabling opponents to be trapped inside, causing damage. Quen– A defensive sign which causes a magical shield to surround the caster. Axii– A mental spell which makes the opponent it is used on fight along side the caster. Heliotrop– A sign which creates a force field area around the caster, slowing everything down inside it other than the caster.
The first ever witchers came into being when human colonizers came into modern day Termeria and started to colonize the untamed lands. The witchers were then known as warrior monks who defended the settles from all of the monsters which threatened their way of life.
There are only a few witchers who are known to be alive now, and there are no more witchers being made. The notable witchers are:
Geralt of Rivia (A full profile can be found here) Vesemir– The oldest and most experienced witcher, he is said to be at least three centuries old. He is someone Geralt looks up to and respects. He is in the upcoming witcher game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Lambert– A younger witcher who is very rude and dislikes Triss Merigold. He helped train Ciri when she was at Kaer Morhen. Coën – His first winter in Kaer Morhen coinsided with Ciri’s first winter there too, he helped train her in sword combat. He began his witcher training later than most, which is why he still retained scars from his face from when he was young. He died at the Battle of Brenna. Eskel – A close friend of Geralt’s, they were both trained at Kaer Morhen at the same time and even underwent the trials together. He has a calm personality and a large scar on the right hand side of his face. Berengar – A character who only appears in the witcher games, he can be spared or killed by Geralt. Letho – The main antagonist in the Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. He is the kingslayer and can also be killed or spared by Geralt. He was originally from the School of the Viper.