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Swords. Castles. Peasants, knights, shieldmaidens, queens, kings, princes, bandits and men at arms. Games often draw on certain aspects of medieval history, whether they’re using it to add colour and flavour to a limb-lopping action game, swords ‘n’ sorcery platformer or fantasy RPG. But there’s more to the period than grim warriors, noble (and cruel) kings, and dank dungeons. A few games, including The Witcher 3 and Crusader Kings, dig beneath the surface to capture some of the mystery and wonder of a time thick with superstition and folklore, but the middle ages have many more tales to tell.
The internet is vast and full of streams. The prevalence of YouTube and Twitch ensure that more gaming silliness is being captured and shared than ever. People are still doing amazing work with Source's film making tools and The International 7 produced its share of amusing moments. Here are some of the videos and gifs that tickled us this week.
Valve announced a new game at The International 7 to... let's say a mixed response.
Graceful tank action via genericc.
Our favourite Witcher 3 mod of the week.
For a collection of mods designed for a no-fast-travel playthrough, Geralt of Rivia's Pro Witcher 3 mod is a bit of a laugh because Geralt has never traveled faster than this. There are a few different features in the mod, like the power to swim faster than a dolphin, but the highlight is certainly the ability for Geralt to slide everywhere on his heels at lightning speed, as if the storied hexer were shredding through the world on an invisible, rocket-powered skateboard.
Brah. Sick moves.
So fast is Geralt that while sliding from place to place with the mod, you may actually arrive before the game has had time to load all the locations' models. That sounds a bit immersion breaking, but then presumably so is turning Geralt into a pro snowboarder, minus the snow and the board and the Red Bull endorsement. You can launch into some pretty sweet jumps, too.
I'm not terribly familiar with Witcher lore, but I suspect among the library of Geralt's talents, zipping around on his heels fast enough to throw sparks and leap over buildings probably isn't in the catalogue, canonically. But hey, that's what mods are for, in part: doing ridiculous stuff.
It might be over two years old, but CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still being supported with official adult colouring books and unofficial but equally neat player-made modifications. A great example of the latter is SkacikPL's Devil's Pit mod which comes packing a new playable area, 20 new items, a host of new NPCs, and a number of bombs and potions among other things.
A full rundown of the mod's additions can be found on its Nexus Mods page, however know that the likes of Alkaline Bombs, Fungi Bombs, Grappling Bolts, Shaving Kits, a Plaguebearer sword, and Spring Traps make up but some of its inventory.
The mod's creator describes all of that thusly: "[The] Devil's Pit Mod offers you a chance to visit unused area of caverns located at the Devil's Pit quarry along with numerous enhancements to the area and additional content that can be enjoyed within the base game."
Speaking of Witcher 3 mods, I fancy the look of stefan3372's Primal Needs mod that Chris covered a couple of weeks back. And of course of extensive list of The best Witcher 3 mods is always worth a rummage.
The Witcher franchise is now getting an adult colouring book. It’s adult in two senses – one is the sense of colouring books aimed at adults as a relaxation method being a rising trend in the last few years and the other is the sense where you get a picture of Geralt in the nuddy in that tub to colour in. His witcher junk is hidden beneath the water but it’s not really the sort of fare you find in the Dr Seuss Colouring Book or the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar Colouring Book. (more…)
Occasionally I Google "bathtub Geralt" to see if there have been any new developments in the world of Geralt having a bath. Most days I am left disappointed, but today I was not. You see, The Witcher is getting an "adult coloring book", and among the illustrations you'll be able to "color in" is a picture of Geralt. A picture of Geralt, taking a damned bath, in a damned bathtub.
That particular image was tweeted out by CD Projekt RED business development person Rafal Jaki. But the actual book can be seen over here. It's due to release in November this year, and judging by the cover, it will feature illustrations not involving Geralt in the bathtub. Maybe it will include pictures of him brushing his teeth, or having a shave, or deciding which coat to wear.
Here's the description. Go forth and color, I guess. "Journey along with Geralt, Ciri, Triss, Yennefer, Roach, Shani, and all of your favorite Witcher characters in a variety of fantastic settings . . . all inspired by the hit video game franchise with The Witcher Adult Coloring Book. Featuring uniquely designed and highly detailed black-and-white illustrations inspired by the games; this compilation of exquisitely crafted images is a must-have for Witcher fans worldwide!"
I got hammered pretty hard by The Witcher 3 fans a while back for highlighting a mod that lets Geralt use shields—apparently, it's pretty common knowledge that Witchers don't bother with shields at all (I just thought he looked cool using one). So, it's with some trepidation that I'm suggesting another mod—this time, one that turns The Witcher 3 into a survival game by requiring Geralt to eat, drink, and manage fatigue. Hopefully, Geralt getting hungry and chowing down isn't counter to Witcher lore. If it is, I'm sure you'll let me know.
The Primal Needs mod comes with a small color coded display on your HUD to show you the status of your hunger, thirst, and fatigue, and there's a bit of depth to it besides simply eating and drinking every so often. Food expires within a few days, and while it will sate hunger it no longer heals as much as it once did.
The thirst meter depletes more quickly than hunger, but it's also refilled more quickly by drinking—and a dehydrated Geralt won't be able to regain stamina. Unchecked fatigue, meanwhile can make things more difficult while in combat, preventing you from sprinting, dodging, and blocking—and if you're really tired, you won't even be able to run.
These new needs, and the HUD, can all be toggled on or off individually, and the mod comes with a menu where you can tweak and adjust the settings for your needs to find the perfect survival balance. There's a lot more info on the Primal Needs page at Nexus Mods.
Samuel, Tom and Phil take a break from compiling the PC Gamer Top 100 to talk about their personal selections for the PC Gamer Top 100. Our 100% accurate annual list of the best PC games is almost here again, and in this episode we reveal a sample of the games we voted for.
Will your favourite games grace the finished list? Will Dragon Age 2 be in 94th position for the second year running? Can anything unseat last year’s victor, The Witcher 3? Those questions will be answered on July 27, when the Top 100 is published in issue 308 of PC Gamer UK magazine.
This week’s music is from Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Jingle jingle, it’s the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week we discuss the ongoing Steam summer sale and bare our respective piles of shame. Editor-at-arms Graham also joins us to talk about spelunking roguelike Caveblazers, while Pip takes on the free-to-play Orcs Must Die! Unchained and Brendan marches on with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
But wait! There’s also an interview with the creators of “roguevania” Dead Cells, and we take some questions from listeners too. But most importantly, we introduce some extra jingles from our music man, Jack. Come and listen, educate yourself.