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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:08am 13/05/15 | 29 Comments
There is no denying The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has made itself known. Delays, gorgeous visuals, the promise of a truly open-world married to a mature gaming experience -- all of it a tantalising premise, but has it delivered?

The short answer is yes. In fact, it's a resounding yes. This is a game you will be playing for a long time, and has helped shape the foundation of dynamic open-world videgames to come.

Here's an excerpt from our spoiler-free review:
So this world -- arguably the most intricate and detailed ever created in the history of videogames, is also a joy to move through. In fact I spent more time on foot than using any other means to get around when I wasn’t faced with bodies of water. On PS4, running natively at 1080p and without the day-one patch it rarely ever dipped in performance and just always impressed. Beyond just looking good though, there’s a real sense of animation and nature to it all, despite the game’s setting being one of a land torn by war with death all around. Alleged no-goodnicks hang from trees and posts with hessian bags over their heads; identities shielded from the rest of the land’s denizens to prove that anyone can become a decorative deterrent where the forced law of conflict is concerned.
We'll have a full video review with our own captured gameplay for you tomorrow, but for now, click here for our complete The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review.



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Deviouz
Posted 02:00am 13/5/15
/faints
ravn0s
Posted 02:23am 13/5/15
damn, pretty much getting 9's and 10's everywhere.
Eorl
Posted 06:39am 13/5/15
Let's just hope the quest system is better than Inquisition.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 06:59am 13/5/15
Not getting hyped, not getting hyped, not getting hyped :(
rrrocket
Posted 08:25am 13/5/15
Waiting for my free code from purchase of Gigabyte 980GTX
rrrocket
Posted 08:51am 13/5/15
Also, I came across this. Unsure if I'm allowed to post? If not please delete.

Witcher 3 $20.70

https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/193351
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:48am 13/5/15
A lot of the reviews are mentioning frame rate issues on the PS4. Noticeable drops and general 30fps ikkyness.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 10:54am 13/5/15
We were given pre-loaded PS4s mostly to review on, and as far as I know PC and Xbox One review code should be heading to other reviewers this week.

On my debug, without the day one patch framerate really wasn't an issue. If I left the game on in the background and came back to it a few hours later and got into a fight with multiple monsters, it hiccuped maybe slightly, but I really didn't encounter too much slow-down or anything.
Chang
Posted 11:13am 13/5/15
I dont know what it is, but the first and last screenshots look pretty bad, as if they were from some last gen game. Just hoping this is just console-itis and the PC version will look 10x better
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:20am 13/5/15
yeah, those screens are lifted from my own PS4 runnings around, I imagine PC will look even better
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:23am 13/5/15
Interesting, I wonder if everyone had the same debug version or some people had a later version than others. I'm kind of stuck using PS4 version, gg Ausgamers for picking me to win PS4, it seriously damages my argument to get a new vid card for Witcher 3 :/

last edited by Tollaz0r! at 11:23:00 13/May/15
Steve Farrelly
Posted 12:13pm 13/5/15
You're welcome Toll :)
Tollaz0r!
Posted 01:11pm 13/5/15
It's all part of your master plan for a trolling at this moment. Well played, Steve, well played.
Enska
Posted 01:16pm 13/5/15
sigh
Tollaz0r!
Posted 01:43pm 13/5/15
Woot, apparently PS4 frame-rate issues will be dealt with day 1-patch.

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Khel
Posted 01:56pm 13/5/15
Still torn, I dunno what to buy this on, I dunno if my PC would be good enough anymore to run it at sexy levels of sexyness and get good fps anyway so I might just end up going for PS4 version too.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 02:17pm 13/5/15
I'm trying to skim around the Aus Tax at the moment. $90 from AU or $55 ($67AUD) from US :/
Tollaz0r!
Posted 02:31pm 13/5/15
Well that was remarkably easy. Used my US account, Amex card and bought it directly from the store.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 01:14pm 14/5/15
Bit of controversy out in the wild. Apparently decisions were made to reduce graphical fidelity to bring the game in-line for consoles.
Enska
Posted 02:05pm 14/5/15
The xbone version has to be scaled from 900 to 1080, although from the vids I've watched I can't notice much diff between it and ps4/pc. maybe some of the distant textures aren't as crisp but meh.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 02:11pm 14/5/15
PC version ended up getting a little gimped as devs didn't want to sink time into PC only graphics that will only be used by the top end PC setups anyway. Not when it complicated their process. Which I think is a fair excuse.
If you go look at some screen shots from 2013 you'll find the PC version looked sweeter than it currently does for example.
Audi
Posted 02:45pm 14/5/15
Bit of controversy out in the wild. Apparently decisions were made to reduce graphical fidelity to bring the game in-line for consoles.


F*** if this is that case i'll be pissed. They said on the record about 7 months ago this would not happen.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 03:27pm 14/5/15
Apparently a store in UAE broke the street date and has been selling it. Beware spoilers.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 07:55pm 14/5/15
O goody o goody o goody it's downloading the pre-load now on PS4. It's so close!





yet so far away.
Meddek
Posted 07:54am 15/5/15
Can anyone confirm if you need to have played Witcher 1 and 2 before this?

I've played abit of Witcher 1 until the swamp monsters.
rrrocket
Posted 08:36am 15/5/15
PC version ended up getting a little gimped as devs didn't want to sink time into PC only graphics that will only be used by the top end PC setups anyway. Not when it complicated their process. Which I think is a fair excuse.
If you go look at some screen shots from 2013 you'll find the PC version looked sweeter than it currently does for example.



source?
Khel
Posted 09:14am 15/5/15
Can anyone confirm if you need to have played Witcher 1 and 2 before this?


I don't have a source for it to link you, but I was reading an interview a few weeks ago where they said you don't need to have played Witcher 1 and 2 to get this one, they'll explain any backstory from the previous ones you need to know at the start. I mean if you played the previous ones you'll probably notice more references to stuff, or returning characters, but its not like you need to have played them to understand whats going on or anything.
Meddek
Posted 11:31am 16/5/15
Cool tempted to pick this up
Audi
Posted 11:47am 16/5/15
They released the PC day one patch yet?
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