Life, The Universe And Gaming: How The Witcher 3 Shatters The Illusion Of Player Choice

Quote: "So you get a set opening, and a set conclusion. Perhaps the end-state might vary slightly but ultimately the narrative reaches some overall conclusion. “The good guys won” for example. That’s perfectly fine. The strength then comes not in the choice or worded differently, the cause, because we already know that’s an illusion in a closed system. Instead, the strength comes in the result of the choice; the effect. The repercussions of your actions.

And that, friends, is what The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has nailed down to an absolute tee."

poppinslops3246d ago

I f@#kin' nailed it... first try Mutha$@#ka!


Ithlinne's prophecy?
Ithlinne's prophecy can suck it... the Sword of Destiny has swung!
No empire to cover the world, no White Queen and no White Frost... and no White Flame either - that incestuous warmonger got his come-uppance, Caesar-style!

No one touches my girl... except for other girls.
All she ever wanted was to be a Witcher... now she can go on adventures with Uncle Letho!

I feel bad for Triss, but that little date-rapist spent two games lying through her 'teeth'... Yennefer and Geralt 4eva!

I do wish I could've saved Sile... still, her final moments were filled with the screams of burning Witch-Hunters (fire seemed appropriately ironic) - something I'm sure she appreciated.

speaking of fire, I was hoping I could feed Phillipa to Radovid (gave him her megascope crystal and everything!), but the witch still got the jump on him... at least I screwed her out of a place in Nilfgaard.

Can't win 'em all... but I guess that's a part of what makes the game so great!

My season-pass is ready for more... c'mon October!


The Witcher Trilogy bundle just hit its lowest-ever price thanks to Steam Summer Sale

The Witcher Trilogy bundle is currently listed with an 89% discount on Steam, and you can save over $60 thanks to this Summer Sale discount.

anast11d ago

It's been cheaper on GoG and you can own the game DRM free.


The 7 Best Western RPGs: Immersive Adventures

RPGs are often huge, sprawling endeavours. With limited playtime, we have to choose wisely, so here's the best western RPGs available today.

SimpleSlave99d ago

"I started playing games yesterday" the List... Meh!

How about a few RPGs that deserve some love instead?
1 - Alpha Protocol - Now on GOG
2 - else Heart.Break()
3 - Shadowrun Trilogy
4 - Wasteland 2
5 - UnderRail
6 - Tyranny
7 - Torment: Tides of Numenera

And for a bonus game that flew under the radar:
8 - Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden

DustMan99d ago

Loved Alpha Protocol in all it's glorious jank. Great game.

SimpleSlave99d ago (Edited 99d ago )

Not only glorious jank, but the idea that the story can completely change depending on what you do, or say, or side with, makes it one of the most forward thinking games ever. The amount of story permutation is the equivalent of a Hitman level but in Story Form. And it wasn't just that the story changed, no, it was that you met completely new characters, or missed them, depending on your choices. Made Mass Effect feel static in comparison.

Alpha Protocol was absolutely glorious, indeed. And it was, and still is, more Next Gen than most anything out there these days. In this regard at least.



All the Essential Video Games Everyone Needs To Play At Least Once

Given the medium's wild diversity, this primer of the essential video games everyone should try is a good place to start.

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thorstein123d ago

.... from the 2000s (mostly).

shinoff2183123d ago

I can't fk with this list. They missed on alot of games probably before the writers times. Also I know people loved some portal but I was never a fan.

Cacabunga123d ago

Tomb Raider 1
Driver 1
Abe’s Odyssey
King of Fighters 94
Mortal Kombat OG
LINK 2 the past
Street Fighter 2
Resident Evil 1

Inverno123d ago

Infinite but not the first two games? Witcher 3 but not the first two games?? GTA V but not literally any of the games before it??? Portal 2 but not the first? Also if you're going to play Shadow of The Colossus play the remaster and not the remake. Can't say I disagree with the list but my man it's all over the place.

Name Last Name123d ago

I mean some sequels are objectively better and you don’t need to play the whole series.

Inverno122d ago

But most of these games have a story to follow, sure you can catch up with a YouTube vid but where's the fun in that?

LucasRuinedChildhood122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

A list like this isn't telling you not to play the previous games if you want to. It's just giving you legendary games to play.

But tbh, you don't always have to force yourself to play every entry in a franchise to get to the better ones.

- The vast majority of Witcher 3 players never played the first 2 and had a great time. The first 2 games aren't in the same league.
- The GTA games are self-contained with the odd fun reference. You can easily jump into any of them.
- The Shadow Of The Colossus remake looks and controls better than the original (plus it has a 60fps option while the remaster is just 30fps). New players will enjoy it more.
- Portal 2 is a lot better than Portal 1 and takes the concept much further gameplay-wise. Storywise, Portal 1 is fairly light too. Not that you shouldn't play it but realistically ... you'd love Portal 2 whether you play it or not (at lot of Portal 2 players have never played 1).

Bioshock 1 is the only one I agree with you on simply because it's one the best games of all time and arguably better than Infinite. No other setting like Rapture.

Looking at the list, I'd recommend playing Uncharted 1 before 2 but no doubt, 2 is the legendary one you have to play.

Inverno122d ago

I get it, but that's just my opinion on his opinion. I just think that before you play a sequel you should still play what came before it. Maybe it's just me but i find it fascinating playing through the first game in a series and seeing how it has evolved through its sequels. Like I said I don't disagree with the list, other than SoTC which I strongly believe the remaster of the original should be played above the remake.

AuraAbjure122d ago

Awesome list! Hot take on Fear (and it's hard af expansion Persaus Mandate!) Bioshock Infinite is stellar, so is the Witcher 3 and you nailed it by having Ocarina of Time. So many fantastic games! Gotta play 'em all! Next one on my list is Prey after I beat Dead Space 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction.

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