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What happens when gamers whine and nag? Well, lately, most developers listen to feedback from the community and they seem to be doing their best to please their fans. This seems to have been the case with CD Projekt. They have clearly worked hard on improving a lot of the aspects since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Today, my lovely folks, I give you my impressions of one of the most highly anticipated titles of 2015. Go on and enjoy (just don't talk to me about hair and beards): 

Now, my first challenge was to try and complete as many of these as I possibly can. I did run into some generic quests. Basically they set you on a ‘go over there and kill a bunch of monsters then come back’ kind of journey. However, at the same time there’s a great number of side-quests that brought back the same thrill I had from the original Witcher game. For instance, I wanted to complete a random task in my Secondary Quests log, and before you know it, I got deep into an exciting investigation, following clues and exploring the area. The damn thing was reasonably lengthy for a side-quest.

In short, The Witcher 3 is teeming with such elements. The richness of this game and the sheer amount of content is just staggering. It’s also good and interesting content, not boring or repetitive.

Read our review of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

"It's kinda like Skyrim except with a rich and beautiful art style and with story telling that isn't... - Rafal"2


A British Columbian teenager who was arrested for Swatting has pled guilty to 23 specific offences. The 17-year-old's harassment was mostly aimed at women who played League of Legends. The teen would try to hit on the women, and when they rejected him, he would lash out at them. Sometimes it was simply ordering pizzas to be delivered to their houses, sometimes he shut down their Internet access, he occasionally doxxed them (posting personal information and credit card numbers online, and he Swatted.

He has been charged with and admitted to 23 counts of extortion, public mischief, and criminial harassment. This is the same teenager who called in a bomb hoax to Disneyland last year.

He will be sentenced next month.

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"This is why you should beat your kids. - KraGeRzR"9


As Warner Bros. and Rocksteady are coming toward the finish line for Batman: Arkham Knight, they're ready to release more details. This week, their insider episode explores the three main characters of the game: Batman, Scarecrow, and the Arkham Knight. They also delve into a bit more about the Batmobile, including its upgrade system.

Batman: Arkham Knight will release on June 23, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Codemasters has postponed the release for F1 2015 one month, from early June to July. The developer did not provide a reason for the delay with their announcement.

F1 2015 is still set for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One upon release. Codemasters is still aiming for a 60fps rate on both consoles, which most likely means the PS4 will get the higher resolution.

"Aren't these F1 20XX pointless now ? Project cars, Assetto Corsa. - Smiley_ie"1


Well, folks this is not gaming news, but yeah, I think it's safe to say it has pretty much a lot to do with gaming. On second thought, it has nothing whatsoever to do with gaming. Regardless, I'm dying to think what hardcore gamers and geeks thing of this. Yeah, it's the second trailer for PIXELS, the motion picture:

Ya know, I'm all for cliched geek-flavored humor if it's good. But I dunno, this is about as cheesy as Hollywood movies get. Possibly they overdid it this time? No? Hmmm... Or hell yeah.

"Would have to get super duper high to sit through this movie. - Whisky"4


Last year, Sony hosted the PlayStation E3 Experience for fans who cannot attend the press conference live, where they live-streamed the conference to movie theaters across the US. They are bringing it back for 2015 and adding 150% more theaters. There will be at least one participating theater in every state, even Hawaii and Alaska, as well as three cities in Canada.

The theater experience will also include a 30-minute post show hosted by Geoff Keighley, where he will interview developers and show more game footage.

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, May 27 at 9 p.m. PST via playstation.com/e3experience. Sony also cautions that 80% of the theater capacity will be reserved for ticket holders, and they will hold 20% of the theater for the wait list.

Presumably, that's also the time when they will announce which theaters will be hosting the presentation.

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The day has finally arrived when we speak about The Witcher 3, officially. What follows today is my opinion of this massive game. What have people been rumbling and mumbling about for the past week? Why is this game so important? Is it any good? Well, just let me finish this bloody review and try to answer some of those questions. In addition, I do hope you realize that while we're all gaming and playing stuff like The Witcher 3, days and weeks will roll by like you can't believe. Seriously, guys, this week has just flown by and I've just been slaying monsters. Seriously? Try putting that on your CV.

"I slay monsters."

Hm, might as well do that.

"Today's BOTD looks like a cross between Friends-era Jennifer Anniston and Chelsea Clinton. This is... - Whisky"20


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A bit was teased this week about a new Need for Speed game, and EA has confirmed that it is happening as a full reboot simply called Need for Speed. In this reboot, EA said that they will focus on what they consider to be the key elements to the franchise:

  • deep customization;
  • authentic urban car culture;
  • nocturnal open world; and
  • an immersive narrative.

Ghost Games, the same developers behind Need for Speed: Rivals, is driving this game as well. 

"Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we're returning it to greatness in this reboot," executive producer Marcus Nilsson said. "Pulling on our 20 years of history and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we've always wanted to. We're listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed."

Need for Speed is set to release worldwide this Fall, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

"So far so good! Might play me a NfS game after a couple of years. - RenegadeCZ"8


After The Witcher 3's release this week, the developer has been accused of downgrading the graphics for the PC to match them up with the console versions. In an interview with Eurogamer, the studio addresses these concerns. They acknowledge that the graphics don't match a video shown at VGX two years ago, but they strongly insist that there is a reason for that, and the reason is not because of consoles.

Co-Founder Marcin Iwinski explained that for VGX they built a demo to run in as high fidelity as possible, as they didn't have the game's full open world to contend with. As such, the lack of the open world boosted how the game looked in this one demo. 

"This is the nature of games development," he went on to say. "Maybe we shouldn't have shown that [trailer], I don't know." 

"It's not a lie or a bad will," he continued. "We don't agree there is a downgrade but it's our opinion, and gamers' feeling can be different. If they made their purchasing decision based on the 2013 materials, I'm deeply sorry for that, and we are discussing how we can make it up to them because that's not fair."

When asked if they could have made the entire game look how it did at VGX if their focus was on PC-only, Iwinski had an equally interesting response.

"If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is," he said bluntly. "We can lay it out that simply. We just cannot afford it, because consoles allow us to go higher in terms of the possible or achievable sales; have a higher budget for the game, and invest it all into developing this huge, gigantic world. 

"Developing only for the PC: yes, probably we could get more [in terms of graphics] as there would be nothing else--they would be so focused, like if we would develop only on Xbox One or PlayStation 4. But then we cannot afford such a game."

There is a patch out now that improves the graphics and stability for the PC.

"Is Triss checking her iPhone in the picture? - Shurj"9


I know this week is all about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but other games did release this past Tuesday, including Episode 3 of DONTNOD's Life is Strange. The first episode was captivating, last episode was rather slow, and the third episode smacks the player in the face. Hard.

All of those decisions Max has had to make so far are here to bite her in the butt. Decisions she makes in this episode will bite even harder. As Max uses her power to save lives, is she really helping people?

There was a TV show a few years ago called Pushing Daisies, and it dealt with the question of if you bring one person back to life, who will die in their place? The Greek playwright Euripides even explored this idea in Alcestis back in 438 B.C. Ever since Max saved Chloe’s life in the bathroom, I have wondered if she has either delayed the inevitable or doomed someone else to die. That specific question has not been answered, but when Max learns another use for her powers, she is definitely playing with godly fire that she has no control over. As she thinks she is doing good, is she really? Are her moral decisions helping anyone? As she chooses to save one life or not save another, will those ripples turn out positively or make life worse for those she cares about the most?

In case my review is TL;DR, every gamer who loves mysteries and the point-and-click adventure should hop onto the Life is Strange train. But really, you should read the review too.

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Techland's dark fantasy, Hellraid, will not release this year as originally planned. According to a statement on the developer's website, Hellraid isn't coming along as they have hoped, so it is going to be scrapped and sent back to the drawing board.

"In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in its current shape and form, is not meeting our own expectations for this project," the company explained. "Therefore, we decided the best course of action would be to send it back to the drawing board and invent our dark fantasy title anew. In the meantime, we will consolidate our development resources and focus on further expansion of our Dying Light franchise."

Sounds more like it has been outright canceled, but perhaps they won't do that until next year, akin to how long Bethesda waited before canceling Prey 2.

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Of course I bought the Collector's Edition for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt! It arrived yesterday and I only opened it in front of my camera, because I know how much you all love watching me open things. This thing is quite large, and it will make a grand addition to my CE throne.

Check out what is in this massive thing. There actually is a game in there!

"Super jealous right now - GrgoljBlaster"11


I don't understand the point of live action trailers for video games. I mean, don't we want to see what's in the game itself? Regardless of my thoughts, Warner Bros. has released a new live action trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, entitled "Be the Batman." Although you really aren't the Batman, and you aren't even watching an actor be Batman. You're watching actors do Batman-like things, but none of them are Batman. Do the live action sequences depict how Batman will be in the game? Does it inspire you to be Batman? I think I just confused myself.

Well, enjoy the trailer.

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Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit againste the BBC over Game Changer, its upcoming drama/documentary regarding Grand Theft Auto. Take-Two Interactive filed the claim on its subsidiary's behalf, and they claim that Rockstar has had "no involvement" with the production. They also claim that they have attempted to work with BBC "multiple times" to protect its intellectual property. 

"Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series," Rockstar told IGN. "While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC's pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary."

The drama supposedly started filming last month, and it will tell the story of the conflict between Sam Houser, Rockstar president, and former lawyer Jack Thompson. Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton are starring in the film.

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Time grows short. Gonna have to condense my experience with The Witcher 3 and I hate doing that. I've been playing this game intensely for the past four days and it's been a really gripping experience thus far. The only thing is, after staying and exploring in a pretty big part of the map, I went on adventures, solving quests (both side-quests and story-related), and, after four days, I realized that the map is 10 times bigger than that particular area which took me so long to explore. What the... ?? For how long am I supposed to play this? A year? :)

Oh well, review time is coming closer. Gonna have it ready for you guys by tomorrow.

"Mornin' I can;t play cause you know why!! SO FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCKKK!!! - Doomsday."22


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