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The Hopes And Dreams Of A New Era Rest On The Witcher 3?

Perhaps it's just because the generation has disappointed thus far, at least in terms of dramatic technological leaps.

But whatever the reason, it seems clear now that everyone is expecting greatness from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. More importantly, they're expecting CD Projekt Red's title to be the epitome of a "next-gen" product.

Through the first year and a half of the new generation, one could best describe the reactions of the gaming populace as "meh." It's not like we haven't had good games, even great games. We have indeed enjoyed plenty of quality titles; it's just that we haven't been blown away, you know? And after the monumental lead-up to the launches of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, expectations were through the roof. In a lot of ways, those expectations haven't been met just yet.

Some say we have to wait for games like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End before we see a true example of "next-gen" quality. Others say that because the new consoles are more accessible to developers, we're already seeing games that are pushing the hardware and as such, drastic increases in tech quality just won't happen. But no matter what, I think it falls to certain games to wow the sh** out of us when so many others fall short. And this year, at least so far, it's all falling on the shoulders of The Witcher 3.

Anyone out there nervous?

Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Tags: the witcher 3, the witcher 3 wild hunt, next gen, next generation

4/22/2015 10:00:17 PM Ben Dutka

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 10:52:44 PM

I love my PS4 and I loved Bloodborne (so did practically everyone who reviewed it). I enjoyed Order 1886. I loved Drive Club. I enjoyed AC Unity and Dragon Age and Infamous, even Destiny, while not exactly what I thought it be brought me 60 hours of joy. I can't complain and I wouldn't have wanted to experienced them to any less of a degree as I did on PS4. Greatness is here. There's just some folk way too hard to please if you ask me.

oh, with Batman, Star Wars Battlefront, Tomb Raider, Uncharted and more coming there's just no room for 'meh' like feelings by me.

As far as I'm concerned people speaking to the contrary should take my recommendation: Find something else to do with your free time because if games aren't getting it up for you by now, they're not about to anytime soon. and Witcher likely won't do it either.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 11:29:54 PM

Couldn't have said that better myself. *round of applause*

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 11:35:46 AM

Well said sir, well said.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 1:35:40 PM

I think anyone with just cursory knowledge of what has come in previous generations in terms of graphics and game play within the first two years, could make an easy case for how devoid this is generation of "greatness" so far..

And I join Dismael in applauding you. That's good that you are fulfilled and I can't knock that. In the same way that I can't knock a man for stuffing his face at $5.99 all you can eat joint and being happy with it. When you're full, you're full, right? As long as he doesn't expect the rest of the world to be as easily satisfied, in spite of the fact.their palettes are a bit more refined and demanding than his.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 12:40:14 AM

I've been convinced it's the de facto next gen game all along, since way back when it was just a pc game likely to come over to consoles..

That said, if it falls, we'll get our for sure technical masterpiece shorty after in Batman: Arkham Knight, I see high 9s for that one..

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 3:12:24 AM

Nothing to be nervous about. If this game doesn't deliver, then so be it. Personally, I still have my favorite franchises to make their debut. If you're weighting this generation based on this game alive and you're nervous about it, then you're doing it wrong.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 3:44:33 AM

Witcher 3 looks great. Looks-great. The gameplay of one and two were...meh. I do plan on getting it irregardless of my allegations. I got my Bloodborne, I got my Evil Within, now I need my Mass Effect for the new gen to get nice and comfy. Oh, and the new Deus Ex as well. Dishonored 2 please. Fallout 4 too. Elder Scrolls 6? Uncharted 4. Naruto Storm 4? Disgaea 5. Star Ocean 5. Persona 5. FFXV. Until Dawn. Dead Island 2. Doom reboot(4?) Just Cause 3. Kingdom Hearts 3. Metal Gear Solid Phive. Rise Of Tomb Raider(whenever ps4/pc gets it.) FF12 HD Touch-up. David Cage. The Lol Guardian. Deep Down. Dragons Dogma Online. Resident Evil 7. Silent Hills(maybe?) Who knows how much more there is on the horizon.

Now that I think about it, this gens going to be great. Even with Square being a beacon of disappointment to me, I still look forward to the two big ones from them. Because, ffxv demo was fun. Not what I wanted 8 years ago, but whatever. I should have known what was going to happen to it when it went silent in 2009. Its all up in the air with KH3. Point is, quit Bword-ing and do something else if you don't like it. I will complain because I love gaming.

Temjin has opened my eyes and I thank you sir. So no, I'm not nervous. Got tons to look forward too, and enjoying plenty already.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 4:27:16 AM

I am very concerned that the hype around W3 now has reached a level where it can not possibly deliver according to expectations.

It's just a game, after all.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 10:25:29 AM

When they keep delaying they create overhype.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 2:56:48 PM

I think it'll deliver and draw in strong scores from most. But I think it'll deliver to those who are expecting a vast open world experience, and not something that's going to redefine or make it's own sub-genre of RPG.

I read that the first hour has a lot of introduction that draws you in to it's story but after that it opens up one huge map that says "go explore and do lot's of quests"
A Gamespot guy likened it to World of Warcraft in the quantity of level capped side quests the game can pile on.
I think this sounds like a great match for those who enjoyed the excellent DA Inquisition. Though rather than discrete locations that you fast travel to, it's instead one huge map ready to be explored by the adventurer in you.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:49:12 AM

Can wait for the Witcher 3.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 8:15:13 AM

Looking forward to Witcher 3 but no, just no. The hopes and dreams of a new era do not rest on one game.

What are we, a little over a year into the new gen? And so what if the machines are maxed out, or appear maxed out right now. We've had some smashing games and with loads more to come, it's silly to keep making the same statement every time a new AAA title is about to come out. I'm sure we'll hear the same when Batman comes out and as we're already hearing about the next Uncharted.

Is prettier the only thing that equates a 'Next Gen' game? I can't even go back to the PS3 right now because there absolutely is a difference in the game fidelity. But there's plenty of good looking games that don't represent 'Next gen' to me either because they're boring.

Game play and stability is where next gen should be judged from. I have high hopes for Witcher 3 and it does appear to look very nice and the extra time that's being put into the game hopefully will give us a close to flawless experience. But as with most if not all open world games, it'll still have flaws that will be over time scrutinised.

So I suppose to really answer the question we need to have a well defined definition of what next gen is meant to be, and that's going to be completely debatable depending on what different people's expectations are.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 10:24:43 AM

Best chance for an actual next gen game I think. Which is sad at this point.

Playing Risen 3 to fill the gap, great B level game. Much deeper than Dragon Age.

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