From his recent experience of playing The Witcher 2 to the size of his pile of books yet to read, I hadn’t realised we had so much in common.
Said pile is in fact an entire book case full of stuff, but it’s on there nonetheless.
I commented at length as to one particular memory the game dredged up, wherein the games GM railroaded players so incessantly and with such ferocity that the game was ruined and closed early.
Prior to my own comment there is reference to the unoriginality in character naming within the game, although I’ve not read Eddings, so I can’t comment.
It is well worth visiting Shorty’s blog, he’s only just started posting his thoughts recently but what he’s posted so far is well worth a read.
I am going to seek out the books that Shorty mentions. When my friend, Morelenmir, recommended the original to me years ago, it was the world and environment that he sold me on.
As for my own opinion of the Witcher 2 (and the game it followed) I just couldn’t get into them.
The earlier game threw me on gameplay alone, years of console gaming have atrophied my PC gaming skills, I vowed to take up the sequel when it came out on XBOX 360.
This most recent edition is far too linear though. The game is riddled with RSI inducing spamhit “A” then “Y” then “B” type nonsense and some wonderfully crafted but incredibly drawn out cut scenes and dialogue.
I also found the “adult” scenes childishly cloying – a stulted inference that roleplayers get off on that kind of pixelated frotting.
OK, Geralt of Rivia enjoys sexual intercourse – I get it (and so does he) – but I don’t need it rubbed in my face (although I’m guessing he does) when I’m trying to play a game.
I play PC/console roleplaying games for immersion, leveling and story. If I want erotica there are plenty of (probably illegal) hentai games out there (and a whole interweb of sauciness out there).
Maybe there’s a whole other blog post there. I could air my views on Geralt’s rutting and Duke Nukem‘s troilistic fellatio.
All in all, I didn’t enjoy the Witcher games BUT I can see how some people would. They just aren’t my cup of tea.
What does excite me about the Witcher is things like this:
A fan film (that term does not do them justice) made by my awesome friends (and fellow roleplayers) at It’s A Trap.