Guest Feature: The Witcher games beyond the games

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the community, beyond the games, as we near the end of The Witcher game series 10th Anniversary celebrations. The gaming community’s dedication and grand creations are some of the most amazing things we’ve seen out there – the cosplay, art, sexy calendars, you name it.
Without further ado – let’s look at…

The Witcher games beyond the games

by Ty Arthur of GameSkinny
Can you believe we’ve had a full decade of The Witcher games already? October of 2007 saw the release of a little title from then-unknown developer CD PROJEKT RED that would go on to change the gaming landscape.
It seems like a minor understatement that the series (and its book inspirations) have had a bit an impact on the wider world. Last year, Poland actually got a Geralt of Rivia postage stamp. I mean, does Mario even have his own stamp at this point?
A country’s government recognizing the impact of the franchise is just the tip of the iceberg though, as much more fan content has been spawned over the years, from the ultra steamy Witcher 2017 calendar featuring Geralt master impersonator Maul, to some truly stunning cosplays directly from the legion of devoted fans.

Bringing A Digital World To Life

There are plenty of attractive men and women willing to don the clothes and take on the persona of Triss, Yennefer, and the rest of the ladies who play with boy toy Geralt, but what doesn’t get quite as much attention is the level of detail put into the rarer monster cosplays.

That’s an unfortunate oversight for a series focused on learning everything you can about various creatures before hacking them to bits, especially considering the amount of lore packed into the games about those monsters.
On the creature feature front, Elena Samko has put together some jaw-dropping and insanely spot-on renditions of Witcher foes.
Her renditions of the Nightwraith and Wight are well worth your attention, but its the sad tale of the Noonwraith bride haunting a well that really gets to brought to life.
You can’t ever un-see that dangling tongue, and the crown of flowers brings it all together, recalling the bride’s tragic end in the dark world of The Witcher.
Of course the three demonic Crone sisters also get their due in various re-creations, with the middle sister known as the Brewess showing the multi-faceted nature of Witcher cosplaying. It’s not all unicorns, bathtubs, and sexy witches, that’s for sure!

From Pixel To Paint Brush

The legacy of The Witcher’s impact isn’t just limited to stunning costumes either, as the creativity of the fans truly knows no bounds. There’s probably more fan art online than you could ever actually see in a single lifetime of web browsing, and much of it twists the game in unique ways, smashing together opposing genres.
The aforementioned Maul has a crossover photoshoot re-imagining Geralt as a feudal Japanese Samurai (making me wonder now if perhaps that’s how Nioh came to be), but what has probably most captured fan imagination is the Witcher noir series of prints from Ástor Alexander.
It’s so obvious in hindsight for the many sorceress women that define The Witcher series to appear as dangerous damsels in a noir detective story, and Alexander nailed that smoky mysterious feel. In an awesome recursion of fandom, there’s even been identical cosplays painstakingly recreating the artwork.

Geralt Hits The Small Screen

Following costumes and artwork, it’s obvious where fan creation would inevitably end up going as some Witcher fanatics pulled out their cameras and got to work.
After Castlevania got its due with a four episode series this year, it probably shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Netflix also picked up The Witcher for a 2018 episodic release.
The fans couldn’t wait through all these years for a movie adaptation though, and there are plenty of player-made videos to be found across YouTube and Vimeo.
There’s a surprising level of production value to several of these lovingly crafted clips, with some production teams even taking to crowd funding methods to ensure a high enough quality to be worth releasing.

There’s no question that the loyal fanbase is head over heels for The Witcher and willing to put in an absurd amount of work to honor this decade-old series.

Here’s to ten more years of The Witcher inspiring fans to create works of absolute art! Now if we could only get CD PROJEKT RED to finish Cyperbunk 2077 already, there’d be opportunity for a whole new generation of amazing cosplay to gawk at…
Do you have any of your own Witcher-inspired fan creations to share with the world, from cosplays to artwork to videos to fanfic? Let us know what you’ve created to show you love for the series in the comments!

Release: Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk DLC

Blood on the beach.

Road to Dunkirk DLC is now available, DRM-free on GOG.com.
Inspired by the real WWII events surrounding one the grandest rescue missions in history, this DLC brings two new mini-campaigns, four singleplayer missions, and over 10 new units. Side with the Germans as they’re trying to overtake the French defenders and capture Dunkirk, or mount a counter-attack with the Allied forces, in order to evacuate the stranded soldiers.

Release: The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk

Do you have a nose for adventure?

The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk is now available, DRM-free on GOG.com with a 15% launch discount until October 27, 5PM UTC.
A little petrification can’t stop an Asposian hero like Robert from doing the right thing, can it? With Emil, a treacherous merchant and sycophant, poisoning the public opinion, it’s now up to Robert, his flute nose, and his rebellious friend Laura to explore this wind-sical world and solve all its puzzles before it is too late.

Note: The Mac version of the game will be available soon.

Release: In the Shadows

Let there be fright.

In the Shadows is available now, DRM-free on GOG.com.
This is an emotional puzzle/platformer where you cast light on your creepy childhood fears, which then take the form of regular objects. Your memories of that time are equal parts whimsical and scary, same as the monsters who both help and hinder your quest for closure with their helpful transformations.

Release: Mafia

Welcome back to the family.

Mafia is now available DRM-free and only on GOG.com.
The action/adventure classic that you really shouldn’t refuse, finally returns. Embark on a celebrated open-world thriller and follow Tommy Angelo’s rise (or fall, depending on your perspective) to a perilous life of high-stakes crime in 1930s America. The city of Lost Heaven is your playground, as long as you don’t let the police catch you in the act, wise guy.

NOTE: Due to copyright issues, Mafia does not contain any licensed music – only the game’s original soundtrack.

Review Roundup – A Hat in Time

Top hat!

Heads up! Did this hatorable 3D action/platformer perhaps fly over your head when it came out a couple of weeks ago? Don’t worry – there’s plenty of time (and Time Pieces) to rectify that!
All you need is to get into the right headspace, like these here reviewers who fell in love with it at a drop of a hat:

When it’s firing on all cylinders, a feat it pulls off with increasing regularity as you progress through the worlds, it’s a rival to some of Nintendo and Double-Fine’s greatest bits of design, even if it does feel a bit like a really good cover band’s imitation. The level design is constantly inventive, the characters are charming and memorable (if very silly), and the basic act of running, jumping, climbing, and collecting colorful baubles never gets old.” — 86/100 PC Gamer

The artwork introducing each stage is fantastic, and there’s so much character in nearly every pore of Hat in Time, from the splash screens to the little micro-objectives. Seeing the girl in a tiny raincoat in a random level because it’s gloomy is fantastic, as are the collectibles themselves (one of which is a series of vault codes that are flying about in the wind). Grant Kirkhope’s tunes, which sound like a mix of Banjo and Mario Galaxy, will help get you in the mood to explore.” — 8.5/10 Destructoid

A Hat in Time, oddly, is a game that grows more enjoyable as the levels progress. This isn’t just because of the excitement of discovering new hats and badges, but also because the levels themselves increase in creativity, size, and rewarding challenge. A Hat in Time is almost never exactly linear, but it’s definitely at its best when it gives Hat Girl a clear goal, allowing both the platforming and the storyline to slip into a satisfying flow.” — 8/10 IGN

A A Hat in Time is now available for purchase, DRM-Free on GOG.com.