Checkpoint: A Better Witcher Edition

The people who played and finished The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt within the first month would have had a significantly different experience compared to those who started it today. Since release, CD Projekt RED continued to patch and improve the game noticeable ways. Version 1.10 finally fixed most of the performance issues plaguing the PlayStation 4 version. They also tweaked the menus and made quality of life issues along the way. With 1.10, I’m able to easily switch between four potions which is a game changer because going into the inventory menu proper is still a sluggish chore. And last but not least, they introduced a more responsive movement system.

What’s the impact of these patches onThe Witcher 3’s ranking in my top 10? It was my game of the year early on but the more I played the more apparent the issues became. And as I was playing the silky smooth Metal Gear Solid V, I felt I had to knock it down from the top spot because I shouldn’t dread playing a game because of performance issues. Fortunately for CD Projekt RED, patch 1.10 may have sealed the deal for their RPG epic.

Aside from The Witcher 3, I’ve also been picking at FTL on iOS and Theatrhythm: Curtain Call. My fondness for the latter grows every time I play it. It’s full of nostalgic warm fuzziness.

Checkpoint: Les Yeux Secs Terribles

Apparently I don’t know what the symptoms of dry eyes are. I thought it simply meant my eyes felt — you know — dry. Apparently, if you feel like there is something in your eye but there’s nothing there when you check, that’s a symptom of dry eyes. I’m sure a lot of it can be attributed to the post-eye surgery recovery but I’m sure the seasonal allergies aren’t helping the cause either.

Metal Gear related puns and jokes are at an all time high at the moment. It’s a byproduct of Metal Gear Solid V’s generally warm reception and how much time people are investing into the game. I must be nearing 70 hours at this point and — for the most part — I’m enjoying my time with the game. I wish Snake was more vocal and I hope they somehow explain why he’s so reserved compared to his previous outings. The likely business reason is that Kiefer Sutherland is an expensive voice talent but I want a story reason.

I didn’t play much outside of MGSV. I dabbled with Rocket League after their most recent patch and I have to say that I’m not sold on the revised ranked matchmaking. They re-introduced 3 vs 3 (Solo) playlist which effectively split the 3 vs 3 user base even further. I’m sure trying to match players from a pool of only 2000 isn’t ideal but they got themselves in that position by splitting the 3 vs 3 pool. I don’t know what the answer to their problems is and thankfully I don’t have to come up with it. But if they don’t sort out their ranked matchmaking woes, I might just stick to unranked playlists so I can play competitive matches.

Checkpoint: The Patch Dilemma

I decided to put down The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and wait for the big 1.07 patch after scrolling through the change log. The patch promised new movement options, bug fixes, UI changes and performance improvements. Unfortunately, the performance improvements did not pan out; it may have made things worse.

Now what?

Should I continue delaying my return to Witchin’ and tackle other titles? I finished Batman: Arkham Knight. I’m almost done with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and I’ve started my Rocket League career. I could keep going down this path and wait for another patch but eventually I may lose all recollection of Geralt’s last adventure.

The Witcher 3 isn’t an unplayable mess on the PlayStation 4 but the performance leaves a lot to be desired. Dipping to 20FPS is gross and because of that any hope of relief to the performance issues keeps me hopeful for the next patch. I don’t want to wait forever to play finish the game but I also don’t want to be caught finishing the game when a new patch is just around the corner.

Now what?

Checkpoint: Became the Batman Edition

I watched Tim Burton’s 1989 classic, Batman, for the first time last night. It was a fun movie. Batman: Returns was my first Batman film and thought going back to the 1989 film was unnecessary. I was wrong. Batman (1989) might be the superior Burton Batman film for Jack Nicholson’s performance but I do love Danny Devito’s disgusting take on Penguin. I’ll have to rewatch Returns for a proper assessment — at this point it may be two decades since I saw that movie.

It’s a flawed movie that violates Batman’s “no killing” code without regard but I when Jack Nicholson’s dancing and prancing like a lunatic, I’m willing to forgive. Jack carried the film and I was pleasantly surprised how well he fit into that role.

With Batman in the brain, I decided to shelve The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for now and start on Batman: Arkham Knight. I tolerated the framerate issues but when I caught wind of a substantial patch coming, I thought it was a good time to switchover to Arkham Knight.

I’m really enjoying Arkham Knight thus far. It’s a gorgeous game and it also runs very well. The scope is different between the two games but it does make me hope that CD Projekt RED can get its framerate issues in order.



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