Submitted by gamesTM_dom 438d ago | interview

Why The Witcher 3 is a Skyrim killer

The first open-world RPG to land on next-generation consoles, CD Projekt RED tells games™ how the dark fantasy world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will change the genre for good. (Next-Gen, PS4, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Xbox One)

SquareSoft  +   438d ago
Does that mean I can play a Sexy Witch, Ride a Dragon and kill the Witcher? That's AWESOME!
gamesTM_dom  +   438d ago
Personal highlight of this piece - "We’re making The Witcher 3 with 36 different possible endings, 12 world states and three fully playable epilogues"
Imalwaysright  +   438d ago
CD RED is going to show Bioware how to make a game where our decisions truly matter and have consequences.
Erudito87  +   438d ago
@ Imalwaysright exactly this
SuperSquirrel  +   438d ago

I dunno, I liked the Mass ending. I thought that the futility of your decissions was a decent way to wrap it up. Like no matter how much you graft or try do the wright thing, shit still happens.
Nocando  +   438d ago
As long as I can't make my own character, this is not a Skyrim killer. Not to mention the lead character has always looked goofy to me.
Magicite  +   438d ago
witcher isnt a skyrim killer, these games are not so similar.
Agent2009  +   438d ago
"Why The Witcher 3 is a Skyrim killer"

Because it's newer?
Volkama  +   438d ago
Lots of things are newer than Skyrim. Not so many things are more awesome.
gamesTM_dom  +   438d ago
Incredibly well put.
AndrewLB  +   438d ago
Witcher 3's graphics still don't come close to modded skyrim. See... bethesda is smart to give full access so modders can make the game look amazing. Very few devs do this.



Chris558  +   438d ago
well Gothic is older than skyrim and imo ks the best rpg ever made
Bigpappy  +   438d ago
Graphics and combat style aren't enough to make Witcher 3 better that skyrim. Skyrim does rely on powerful graphics cards to deliver a real designed and engrossing world.

Why do the headline have to start a war between the King and the new contended. We will need to play deep into witcher 3 before that comparison can even be made. Even if it ends up being received by most as the new open world master, Elder Scrolls will still retain its massive fan-base. Unlike FPS, RPG's can and will co-exist very well. RPG players will just buy and play each one of them from start to finish. Even if it take them 10 years and some neglect of their real lives.
yezz  +   438d ago
Weird title.. Skyrim is just one installment of the series and is going to be 3 years old this year.
Roccetarius  +   438d ago
One is lacking in the story department, the other is not. That's how it's always going to be, between CDPR and Bethesda.

This is definitely competition, coming from a indie developer.
ElementX  +   438d ago
You can't really compare a first and third person game. The gameplay style is different, the graphic capabilities are different.
lonelyplayer  +   438d ago
Skyrim has 3rd person view....
ElementX  +   438d ago
Yeah but it's crap
zRude  +   438d ago
What an utterly stupid headline again. Witcher and Skyrim runs in totally different leagues. Nothing kills skyrim. Except maybe next elder scrolls game....

Saying that is allmost the same like how Starbound is a Minecraft killer.

Unless Witcher gets as good as mod support as skyrim.
THEN maybe there will be some competition.

This site is a fcking joke.
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elninels  +   438d ago
No, it's like saying starbound is a terraria killer. And the witcher will set the tone for open world rpgs on the current gen. It will have better combat than any elder scrolls game 10x. The elder scrolls have always copped out when it comes to combat, specifically melee combat.
zRude  +   438d ago
Well. Does not really matter if Witcher is new stepping stone on console open world RPG's.

Since most likely it will never be anything like SKYRIM anyways.
Sure its an.. RPG with open world and much more fluid and better melee combat system.
But since it most likely will never have as much customization and mods like skyrim, which makes skyrim allmot like just an EPIC RPG Template for modders tro make the game jsut the way the want it to be.

SKYRIM can pretty much be anything you want from it. Soon as you know how to mod it, or there happens to be mods for that already in there.

WITCHER 3 in other hand is just... better in its pure un customized vanilla form than Skyrim is.

As said... Its pretty freaking hard to compare those two, even when they both are open world RPGs.
InTheLab  +   438d ago
The Witcher 2's combat is worse that Skyrim though. It they go back to the original's combat, sure. In the Witcher 2, there's no feedback for hits and you really never miss while you're button mashing. The animations don't help either as you clearly miss but still register a hit on the combat log...

Tell me, what sense does it make to have a parry move and have it only block some damage without the perk? That defeats the purpose of parrying in the first place. It's stupid.

The combat in TW2 is terrible. Probably the worst aspect of the game...
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elninels  +   438d ago
ZRude... I concede that skyrim's modding scene is an absolute treasure trove of fun and adds infinite replayability to the game.
Kinger8938  +   438d ago
Dark souls and the witcher 2 already make skyrim redundant for me

Much better combat, story, lore etc imo

Edit and replay value, challenge, less bugs (if any at all), no hand holding big arrows showing you where to go (darks souls specific)
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digitalkid  +   438d ago
Then they should be in headline I guess.. No?
Kinger8938  +   438d ago
Oh sorry, i was reading comments about 'but skyrim is old, ofcourse a new game can top it' so i thought i would compare games of a similar age, genre etc and give my reasons for my choices

Thought comments sections were for such discussions
Bigpappy  +   438d ago
Dark souls is still not main stream enough to compete head to head with these too. It is really about the combat and is not really open world. Like I said above, Skyrim does not rely on these aspect to attract gamers. ES games have a unique design and approach that emerges gamers into their worlds. It makes you feel like you are doing the things you need to do to grow in the world. There is just so much you manage that aren't directly related to the main story and the battles. You are constantly engaged, even when you are in towns buying or making stuff.

Some of you are action junkies, which is not a negative. This is why we need all of these RPG's they satisfy the cravings of different gamers. I can play all three, but DS is more of a grind for me. But I do respect the game as the best at what it does.
Kinger8938  +   438d ago
I appreciate this mate, i can see where you are coming from. I also think its down to what the player is in the mood for. You cant really nip on dark souls for a quick session, you need to set aside a decent amount of time and not rush. Where as Skyrim, for example, you can just explore at your own pace and quick save at anytime etc.

Combat is a big deal for me in any rpg and this area is where elder scrolls as a series has always lacked, maybe due to the first person aspect but hopefully they can improve on this in the next game
Clown_Syndr0me  +   438d ago
To be honest I would expect a 2014 next gen AAA title to surpass a 2011 title in many ways, however the Witcher and Elder Scrolls are too different for such a comparison...
monkeyDzoro  +   438d ago
Why I dont like Skyrim ? The combat mechanics. It sucks. Damn. IMO combat sucks in Skyrim. I like fast paced and dynamic combat with variety.

If some people here played KingdomsOfAmalur, maybe they'll understand. KoA combat is so good, much more dynamic and enjoyable and a lot of variety.

CDPjkt devs said they'll improve TheWitcher combat mechanics, making it more fluid, more dynamic. In TW2, it was just "roll, attack, roll, attack". Not many options to change your playstyle. I hope they do. Introducing a "parry" mechanic would surely improve dynamism of the combat.
genius  +   438d ago
i agree with you the only thing that make me hate skyrim is The combat mechanics

and you are right just imagine skyrim with kingdom of Amalur combat mechanics

it will be great

oh and there is something else

i don't like the character movement in skyrim in 3rd person view
monkeyDzoro  +   438d ago
Exactly. I heard that the license was on sale but nobody bought it yet. Such a dissapointment. If only Skyrim had that quality in its combat...
Nerdmaster  +   438d ago
As much as I respect CD Projekt RED, I just can't get into The Witcher series. I played both games, but I wasn't compelled to keep playing them (but The Witcher 2 looked amazing in 3D with 3D Vision).
mo241  +   438d ago
the witcher is one of my most higly anticipated games, but it will never be a skyrim killer, you can hardly compare elder scroll games with other titles. They are very unique games with alot of possibilities and alot of different play styles.
That's why alot of people don't understand how to play the game.
AnEwGuY  +   438d ago
Exactly....and the same goes for Fallout 3/ NV. When I worked at Gamestop, and would try to answer people's questions about Bethesda games, they'd invariably want me to compare them to something else they'd played. I would always tell them "I can't...there's literally not any other games even similar".
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feraldrgn  +   438d ago
Pretty much anything's a Skyrim killer at this point, unless you played it on the PC with the modding community, it just wasn't that great of a game on consoles.

The Witcher 3 looks promising regardless, my only experience with the series was a Gaikai demo of #2 & I enjoyed the combat.
Jovanian  +   438d ago
Skyrim is terrible, even with mods. Can't believe so many people like it
AnEwGuY  +   438d ago
TW3 won't let my wife create a female mage character (or ANY character, for that matter), and ultimately become a master thief-mage, who can command...and kill...dragons. So no.
DOOMZ  +   438d ago
PaperClichePixel  +   438d ago
Skyrims underlying plot is classic choose your own adventure lore. You can get lost just discovering the very ground you walk. The Witcher story, works off dark and brooding scenarios. I like them both
InTheLab  +   438d ago
Skyrim was the victim of dumbing down and there are a load of ways to exploit the broken leveling system but the Witcher franchise doesn't come close.

TW2 was a major step back imo. The combat was reduced to rolling and mashing attack whereas it was a cool and unique timing based combat in the original. The controls are also terrible compared to the first game and for some reason, the camera is focused on Gerault instead of the 10 enemies that surround you in every fight. The targeting is broken. The leveling system is broken meaning the first 10 or so hours are brutal but you become a god late game. Oh...and stealth only works half the time due to the crappy controls...

The only improvements I can think of are the graphics and having actual relationships instead of those ridiculous cards.

The Witcher 2 was a mess but the original was brilliant.TW2 is basically a harder version of Dragon Age 2.So many little things brought the game down for me. I mean, how do you add a tutorial that's worse than just winging it?

So I am interested in how TW3 turns out. Hopefully they fix the combat and some of the other issues that killed the last game (which inexplicably received rave reviews).
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Dspdspes  +   438d ago
I agree with you 100%. Bubble's on me
JasonRoseEh  +   438d ago
Stupid, it doesn't need to kill anything. Witcher has its own lore and advantages. Honestly, it isn't even the same style of RPG. Stupid comparison.
LAWSON72  +   438d ago
Skyrim is nothing like Witcher 2 so not really.
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