The Witcher Preview

Article Index

Eschalon: Book II

Publisher:Atari
Developer:CD Projekt RED
Release Date:2007-10-30
Genre:
  • Action,Role-Playing
Platforms: Theme: Perspective:
  • Isometric,Third-Person
Buy this Game: Amazon ebay
(Heed my words for there comes the age of sword and ax, the age of wolfish storm.

There comes the Time of White Cold and White Light,
the Time of Madness and the Time of Contempt, Tedd Deiradh, the Time of Ending.

And the world will die in frost, frozen in ice and covered with snow...)

The prophecy of Ithlinne Aegli aep Aevenien


It is a time of darkness and frost as the prophetic words of the elven seeress begin to unfold in stark reality. The lands of the Northern Realms have entered a long and desolate winter and are plagued by struggles, both internal and external. Left weakened from their conflict with the elves and the Southern Empire of Nilfgaard, the Northern Realms now face other, possibly more urgent, threats to their security. The long winters have ravaged the countryside and creatures of shadow and darkness, monstrosities that feed on the fallen citizens of the land, roam freely across the countryside. Rising in response to the rumors of deliberate necromancy and the prophetic words of Ithlinne, an sect of monk-knights known as the Order of the Burning Rose has emerged to preach liberation through the purification of fire.

Thus the stage is set for the coming of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher known as the White Wolf, as he returns from an extended absence to Kaer Morhen. A legend among the Witchers, a brotherhood of warrior hunters who have been bred and trained to hunt down and slay the supernatural monstrosities of the land, Geralt arrives home to find it besieged by unknown mercenaries. Assisting the few remaining Witchers within the stronghold, Geralt is catapulted into the struggles of the Northern Realms in his attempts to locate those responsible for the assault on Kaer Morhen. What he discovers could either be the key to the salvation of the entire world or its demise.

The Witcher is an RPG that is based on the writings of the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, with the story itself being set shortly after the events found in the books. Many of the places and locations within the game will still be familiar to readers of Sapkowski's works and several characters that have appeared in his stories, such as Dandelion and Triss, will appear throughout Geralt's journeys. In fact, Geralt himself is the protagonist of Sapkowski's stories. Developed by CD Projekt Red, the game's story was written by Jacek Komuda and Maciej Jurewicz, two Polish writers known for creating another pen and paper RPG game called '˜The Wild Plains.'

The Aurora-powered graphics bring the world of The Witcher to life and enhance an intricate, multi-layered story. While the game itself does possess the standard hack-n-slash encounters, it also possesses the qualities that have made some of the most popular RPG games successful. Namely, it allows the player to realistically interact with other characters and NPCs within the game and explore the many different tasks and quests with a variety of approaches. By accomplishing these quests, The Witcher can increase his skills and abilities without having to rely solely on vanquishing enemies. A fundamental aspect of the game is how the character's actions and the choices the player makes will influence and directly impact the outcome of the game. In fact, dependent upon which choices are made throughout the length of play, there are three different endings possible. Experience points achieved through the completion of quests can be applied to the character's statistics, abilities, and skills at the whim of the player. The result is the creation of a unique character that is crafted to the tastes of the individual player. Even the choice of weapons and gear will alter the appearance of the character in the game. To further enhance the player's ability to tailor the character to his or her wishes, combat has been broken up into three main combat styles balanced, offensive, and defensive. The player is free to pursue whichever path he or she desires.
World of Warcraft - Returning Experience and Expansions Ranked
World of Warcraft - Returning Experience and Expansions Ranked

In preparation for the upcoming Shadowlands launch, Blizzard completely reworked World of


Anthem Update - Javelin Gameplay & Builds
Anthem Update - Javelin Gameplay & Builds

The designers over at BioWare keep tinkering with their co-operative action-RPG Anthem


SpellForce III: Fallen God Multiplayer Beta Live
SpellForce III: Fallen God Multiplayer Beta Live

The upcoming Fallen God expansion for Grimlore Games’ RTS/RPG hybrid SpellForce III


Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Development Update - Ranged Combat
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Development Update - Ranged Combat

TaleWorlds Entertainment brings us a new development update for their sandbox RPG


Baldur’s Gate III Community Update #10 - Romance Numbers & Cinematic Tweaks
Baldur’s Gate III Community Update #10 - Romance Numbers & Cinematic Tweaks

The latest community update for Baldur’s Gate III is primarily dedicated to


Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed to December
Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed to December

CD Projekt’s upcoming open world RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will remain upcoming for


EverQuest II: Reign of Shadows Expansion Announced
EverQuest II: Reign of Shadows Expansion Announced

Earlier this month, Darkpaw Games announced the 27th expansion for their long-running


Geneforge 1: Mutagen Update #10
Geneforge 1: Mutagen Update #10

This month’s Kickstarter update for the Geneforge remaster directs us to the


Cyberpunk 2077 - Cut Features and Game Length
Cyberpunk 2077 - Cut Features and Game Length

If you’ve been following the development of Cyberpunk 2077, you might have


King Arthur: Knight's Tale Updates, $100,078 and Counting
King Arthur: Knight's Tale Updates, $100,078 and Counting

With 16 days to go and over $100k pledged, there’s very little


Rune II: Decapitation Edition Preview
Rune II: Decapitation Edition Preview

With Rune II’s special Decapitation Edition coming to Steam in a couple


Diablo IV Announcement Cinematic Insights
Diablo IV Announcement Cinematic Insights

Diablo IV was officially unveiled last year with the “By Three They


Stoneshard Update - Current Plans
Stoneshard Update - Current Plans

Now that Ink Stains Games is done tinkering with the Way Forward


Master of Magic - The Digital Antiquarian
Master of Magic - The Digital Antiquarian

The Digital Antiquarian is back with another retrospective review. This time around,


Fallout 76: Steel Dawn - Recruitment Trailer
Fallout 76: Steel Dawn - Recruitment Trailer

The upcoming Steel Dawn content update for Fallout 76 is going to