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Lewis Lewis Denby is a freelance videogames journalist and critic. As well as HonestGamers, he has written for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, The Escapist, Gamasutra and BeefJack.

Title: I fucked a she-elf once...
Posted: October 16, 2008 (07:13 AM)
In the game, natch. It's such a shame The Witcher does things like OMGSHOWBOOBS, as well, because in almost every other way it's one of the most intelligent, atmospheric and gripping RPGs I've played in a long time, and if I hadn't recently reviewed the PC version of Mass Effect, I think I'd be gushing even more. It's lovely. It's as good a debut game as I've seen since Half-Life.

I was checking out Far Cry 2's system specs earlier. Christ. Is this a huge issue? I can't decide. My machine will run it, just about, but I imagine I'll have to scale it down to almost minimum detail. Is it worth having an incredibly beautiful engine when it requires almost double the quality of system as anything else on the market? I'll have to wait a week or so to find out, but it certainly seems a little off.

It looks astonishing, though, doesn't it?
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
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Posted: October 16, 2008 (09:00 AM)
That's a pretty good review, Lewis. Probably one of your best, of the ones I've read. I would like to note that the trailer for this game looked awesome. Unfortunately, I think I've just been turned off ever wanting to play it, even if it's a great game outside of the massive sexual theme running through the game. Because it really seems to serve no purpose, from what you describe, other than to show how "adult" they're trying to be. There's really better ways they can do that other than appealing to crazy male fantasies.

Just answer a few things and I might reconsider my thinking. You said all that horny business is optional, right? So like, I could theoretically go through and never have to deal with it? If so, what're the consequences of that? Would I miss anything huge or important? (I don't consider a few lewd pics to be important).

I honestly don't think I'd mind as much if it were only occasional or actually had meaning, but I really disapprove of something apparently only intended to make the most perverse of the male population happy.

I suppose in the greater context of the game itself, though, this would be a minor issue, only, it sounds like it forces itself upon you just about everywhere, so really it isn't.

...what's this game really about, anyway? Other than saving and banging random women and whatever? I mean, you never really explain the real reason why he's doing any of this... so maybe it'd be spoilers or something.

Unless all it really is is just saving and banging women, but somehow I doubt that.
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LewisUser: Lewis
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Posted: October 16, 2008 (11:46 AM)
...Would I miss anything huge or important?
No - which makes it even worse in my opinion. There's very little consequence to the shags other than the Easter Eggs, to the point where you can happily bone someone then never speak to them again for the entirity of the game. There's very little depth to prior relationships either. Mass Effect got away with it because of the superb way it conveyed the love first and foremost. Here, you can save someone from a pack of wolves, and they'll fuck you as a result.

And they aren't that frequent. There are two early on but it took me another few hours after that to get to the next opportunity. You can turn any of them down, as well. You're never forced into it.

...what's this game really about, anyway? Other than saving and banging random women and whatever? I mean, you never really explain the real reason why he's doing any of this...
Nor does the game, really, other than that - well - you're a witcher, and witchers seem to be the fantasy equivalent of James Bond. Good guys, essentially, but ever so bad when they want to be.

As for what the game's about - well, that would be spoilers. It starts very vaguely (AMNESIA! OH JOY!) but suddenly the guys who saved your life are attacked by a load of blokes with salamander badges, your group gets split up, and you're told you need to help the group stop them, as you discover your own history as well. It's actually quite a lot better than it sounds on paper.

Seriously, I would give it a go - I really enjoyed The Witcher, probably more than any fantasy RPG since (and, you know, possibly including) Oblivion. But you do have to be the dispicable Geralt bloke. There's no character creation system - just development of the one you're given.

Thanks for reading!
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SuskieUser: Suskie
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Posted: October 16, 2008 (12:31 PM)
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
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Posted: October 16, 2008 (02:55 PM)
Ah, alright. That helps. Maybe I'll try it after all, then, since it's entirely optional. Not like I'll ever have a powerful enough system for it, but still. >_>
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LewisUser: Lewis
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Posted: October 16, 2008 (04:33 PM)
It doesn't require a mammoth. 2.4GHz processor + 128mb video card. If you can run Oblivion (there's another reference), you can run this.
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