GOG Spring Sale: 90% Off of More Than 500 Indie and AAA Games

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What a great news! Wait, what is GOG you ask? GOG, a subsidiary of CD Projekt, is a software distribution platform serving DRM-free video games and movies. They have a kit if games ranging from critically acclaimed indie games to big and awesome triple-A video games. Guess what, their prizes range from as low as $5 to $10 for old games and for newer games, they can range from $5 to $30. You can get The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for only $30! Can the prices go any lower? Oh yes! Enter, Spring Sale.

All Hail the Spring Sale (March 6 – 12, 2017)!

Adorable...Here, take my money!
Adorable…Here, take my money!

If you’re wondering which games do they have in store for us this Spring Sale, let me give you a sneak peek. For the indie game lovers out there, here are some of the indies they have for Spring Sale:

  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – $2.24
  • Undertale – $4.99
  • World of Goo – $2.49
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer – $3.74
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – $3.74
  • Braid – $3.74
  • Bastion – $3.74
  • Invisible Inc. – $6.66

If you are not an indie game lover and more of a triple-A kind of a gamer, these games might be right in your alley:

  • Mirror’s Edge – $4.99
  • Metro 2033 Redux – $4.99
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (GOTY) – $29.99
  • Deus Ex GOTY Edition – $2.99
  • Dragon Age: Origins Enhanced Edition – $4.99
  • Dead Space – $4.99
  • Tales from the Borderlands – $6.24

…And a lot more!

Personally, I’m planning to buy Divinity: Original Sin, Invisible Inc., World of Goo, Bastion – yes, I know. I’m more of an indie-loving guy – then, for the triple-A games, Witcher 2 and 3, and I’m still thinking about getting Medal of Honor or Hitman. Definitely Hitman. There are also some story-rich games like Gemini Rue, Alan Wake, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and a lot more.

Want to link your Steam Library?

Want to connect your Steam library with GOG? They got you covered with GOG Connect. With this tool, you can permanently import your games in Steam to your GOG library. But, a little heads up, my dear gamers. They only have a limited number of eligible games and are for a limited time only. This is because not all developers and publishers agree with the whole DRM-free idea.

I believe that this is a great opportunity to try out games that we weren’t able to play in the past. How about you guys? Which interesting games are you planning to but? We are curious and are eager to hear from you, guys. Comment your games down below and let’s have a fun conversation.

PC Footage Used In Xbox One Trailer For The Witcher 3

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Microsoft have been caught out for uploading a trailer for The Witcher 3 on Xbox One which was actually captured on a PC.

Kotaku was quick to notice that the video they were watching couldn’t have been the Xbox One version of the game. CD Projekt RED have already announced the technical details of The Witcher series’ latest installment, including the fact that the game runs at 1080p/60fps on PC, 900p/30fps on the Xbox One, and 1080p/30fps on Playstation 4.

It’s not surprising that the PC version of The Witcher 3 comes out on top in terms of graphics. Microsoft have explained the faux par by saying that the video CD Projekt RED sent them had been captured on PC in order to show off the game at its best. Apparently, it was given an Xbox One logo watermark by “mistake”.

A Microsoft representative apologised for any “confusion” on Gamespot. “This morning we posted a new trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to our YouTube channels featuring footage provided by CD Projekt Red that was captured from the PC version of the game and may not be reflective of final Xbox One gameplay.”

Since being caught out, Microsoft have added a disclaimer to the video’s description. Being of a suspicious nature, I’m not entirely convinced this was really a mistake. If I was going to stamp my console’s logo all over some gameplay footage, I’d want to make damn sure it was footage that was actually from my console.

Of course, let’s not make out like The Witcher 3 won’t look good on the Xbox One anyway. Or the PS4. If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that it’s going to be a stunning game regardless of the platform.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – What Is A Witcher?

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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.

The Witcher Character Profile: Triss Merigold

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Triss Merigold of Maribor is a sorceress and the main protagonist Geralt of Rivia’s close friend, and lover in The Witcher games. She is also a close friend to Geralt’s main lover through the books, Yennefer of Vengerberg. Triss is in love with Geralt and is very jealous of the relationship which Geralt has with Yennefer, even though the bond they share is very complicated.  Triss took it upon herself to act as a motherly/sisterly figure to Ciri during her time at Kaer Morhen (the witcher stronghold), where she looked after her and helped the others there to treat her as a growing woman, as opposed to a witcher-to-be, because of this Ciri wasn’t subjected to any mutations.

At the beginning of the books it was thought that Triss had died at The Battle of Sodden Hill, where it was thought that fourteen of the twenty-two mages who had been fighting the Nilfgaardian army had died. Hence this was why she was named as the “Fourteenth of the Hill”.

During Blood of Elves, Triss falls ill and Geralt and Ciri help  nurse Triss back to full recovery, but even though Triss is a sorceress she is allergic to magic and therefore she couldn’t administer any of her magical potions to make herself better and had to rely on more conventional means of medicine. Although she is not allergic to magical amulets.

After the Thanedd Coup, which occurred when mages employed by Nilfgaard had planned a surprise attack on the northern mages while at a planned reunion on Thanedd Island, the Brotherhood of Sorcerers disbanded and six weeks later the Lodge of Sorceresses was formed by the mage Philippa Eilhart and Triss Merigold was a founding member. She was also on King Foltest’s royal council.

Triss will be in the upcoming witcher game  – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Triss in The Witcher (Game Spoilers)

Geralt of Rivia is first found in the woods near Kaer Morhen after being thought dead, and Triss is one of the first people who he meets, even though he has no past recollection of her or anyone else due to his amnesia. The Salamandra (a criminal organisation throughout the first game led by Azar Javed) then attack Kaer Morhen and Triss helps fend them off, albeit unsuccessfully as they steal the witchers secrets to their mutagenic substances and Triss is left seriously wounded. Geralt then makes Triss a special potion to help her fully recover, even though in the books Triss is allergic to magic potions and can only use magic amulets to recover herself.

After a battle with the Salamandra leader Azar Javed in the swamp later in the game Triss nurses Geralt back to full health at her home in the city.

Later on during the game Geralt has the option to choose Triss to look after Alvin or whether  to have Shani look after him. If Geralt let’s Shani take care of Alvin then Triss decides that he doesn’t trust her and is very angry at him. However if Geralt allows Alvin to stay with Triss then she takes this as a sign of trust and it only deepens their relationship. Triss hopes that when Geralt finishes dealing with the Salamandra that they can raise Alvin together and have a relationship together.

At the closing stages of the game, Geralt goes to kill Jacques de Aldersberg (the Grand Master of the Order of the Flaming Rose) and Triss offers to help, but she is fooled  by Geralt into leaving while he goes to kill Jacques. When Geralt appears in the visionary ice plains a vision of Triss appears and she helps Geralt go after him.

Triss in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Game Spoilers)

Triss begins the game as Geralt’s lover, and the two are in a relationship and have plans to leave King Foltest’s court once the situation with the La Valette’s is dealt with. However, with the death of King Foltest their plans were scuppered as Geralt was framed for his murder.

In the first chapter Triss can be found in Flotsam staying with the Blue Stripes, a Termerian special forces unit lead by Vernon Roach. Her relationship with Geralt deepens during their time in Flotsam and the two of them spend some time alone in the elven bath’s, where Triss says “I forgot all about Flotsam, the Scoia’tael, the kingslayer, the whole world really…”.

At the end of the first chapter, Triss is kidnapped by the real kingslayer Letho, where he forced her to teleport both of them to Aedirn. She isn’t seen for the rest of the game until she is rescued.

If the player chose Roach’s path, they could have chosen to rescue Anais La Valette or Triss. If they chose to save Triss then they would have had to fight through a Nilfgaardian camp and rescue her from captivity there, where she was being tortured. If they chose to rescue Anais, then Triss would have been saved by Letho, the one who kidnapped her.

If the player chose Iorveth’s path, then they could have chosen to rescue Triss or to help Philippa lift a curse off of Saskia. If they chose to save Triss then they would have fought through the Nilfgaadian camp to rescue her from her captivity. If they chose to help Philippa then Letho would have saved her. Triss is fine rescued no matter what path is chosen.

5 Reasons Why The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Will Be The Best Witcher Game Yet

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an open world role playing game set in the Northern Kingdoms. It is the last game in the series and continues Geralt of Rivia‘s story as he embarks on a personal mission. It is to be released on May 19th worldwide.

5. Sheer Size and Scale

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the largest Witcher game to date. It has been reported that the game world size will be thirty times larger than the Witcher 2: Assassin of King’s game world, and will also be larger than Skyrim’s size, which is the game that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt intends to knock off of it’s perch as best RPG ever.

The gorgeous world isn’t empty either, with different enemies attacking depending where you are, and random events being plentiful. We saw on a gameplay trailer for it that when on a hunt for a griffin, Geralt came across a merchant woman being harassed, who he then promptly saved. It was then revealed that if we go back to the person after we killed the griffin we could then receive a reward. The large, beautiful world with things to do is certainly an improvement from passed Witcher games, which had smaller, separate maps and sometimes not much to do in either.

 4. True Open World

Past Witcher games were sometimes infuriating. No matter how much I loved The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, nothing could be more annoying than not being able to walk straight down a hill with a tiny drop, you were blocked by an invisible wall. You had to walk all the way around. It’s a little annoyance, but still something I can’t wait to be gone. This time there is a huge, true open world in which you can traverse the world however you want. There are multiple paths or ways to get to your objective as opposed to one route. The Witcher 2 essentially had paths leading wherever you needed to go, and you could rarely deviate from them. Being able to explore the stunning world of The Witcher will be a privilege.

3. Monster Hunts

Monster Hunts look fantastic. Like previous games you need to learn more about the monsters you’re going to be facing, but this time it seems more in depth. You need to find out what they monster is, and the motivation for what it is doing. Watching the griffin hunt was fantastic. Geralt heightening his senses so he could follow the trail of blood, before getting distracted by helping a merchant in need, and then going after the monster. A glorious cut scene of the monsters final moments then occur, and boom. The griffin’s head on Geralt’s horse. Plus, that’s amazing. Who wouldn’t want to carry the head of a bested monster as a trophy on their horse?

2. More Main Characters From The Books

Although the first two Witcher games were fantastic, there was a lack of permanent characters from the books. Every now and then you’ll hear from an old friend of Geralt’s, but there are very few who are involved for most of the games, these are mainly just Triss and Dandelion. However, in the next game Yennefer of Vengerberg and Ciri will play large parts, and this is brilliant. Those two are very large characters from within the series and it feels as if the games are heading back to their book roots by including these two. Yennefer has a complicated, yet deep love for Geralt, and he also reciprocates them feelings. Ciri is arguably the main character of the books along side Geralt, and she is known as The Lion Cub of Cintra. She is almost like a daughter for Geralt, and she looks up to him as a mentor, as well as father in The Last Wish. She is also a playable character in The Wild Hunt for some missions.

1. Pedigree

The past Witcher games didn’t disappoint, and The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings corrected many errors from the first, and you can be sure that The Wild Hunt will remove any last annoyances from the previous two. With two such brilliant games though, the pedigree for the next Witcher game is clearly there. CD Projekt Red will learn from any mistakes and create the best Witcher game yet.

N0t only do they have two previous games to draw inspiration from, they have many brilliant short stories and novels which they can use for inspiration. All of the lore from previous books can be used to help create the best Witcher game yet. As this is the last installment for the series you can be sure that CD Projekt Red will want to go out with a bang. They have everything they need, and the proof is in the last two games that they can create the best Witcher game yet.