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I'm curious, is there any game setting people aren't sick off?

Fantasy

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World war 2

Modern war

Future war with space marines

Zelda

Personally I don't care abut the setting all that much, as long as it's a good game with a decent story and some interesting NPCs I'm in. What about the Witcher 3 though, what's the story with that?

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What about the Witcher 3 though, what's the story with that?

Apart from this press release we don't know a lot yet:

CD Projekt RED is pleased to unveil the latest instalment in the multimillion-selling action adventure franchise, The Witcher. Developed exclusively for PC® and Next-Gen Sytems™ by the team at Witcher Dev Team Inc., Witcher 3: Geralt's Reckoning™ blurs the entertainment boundaries, delivering the cinematic scale, adrenalin rushes, thrills and mystery that are the Witcher trademark; together with its unique, brand new and enhanced multiplayer experience.

Fans of the franchise and newcomers alike will relish the opportunity to catapult themselves headlong into a real adventure, in a search for the fabled "Reliq of Rivia" The journey propels monster hunter Geralt the Witcher on a daring trek into the heart of the Rivian Desert, a journey that pits him and his mentor Victorious Sulliman against the occult treachery of a shadowy clandestine organization and its ruthless leader. When the terrible secrets of this lost reliq are unearthed, Geralt's quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.

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Cyberpunk has had nowhere to go since the Matrix killed it. It survives on nostalgia at this point.

I remember a really old episode of Idle Thumbs in which Steve Gaynor talked about how Cyberpunk doesn't really work any more, since so much of the aesthetic is predicated on technological evolutionary dead ends. But, I think the gist of his sentiment, and I agree, is that if you just agree to take all the nonsense as a sort of alternate path that technology could have taken, it's still fun and exciting to behold that kind of world. I mean, we don't really get that many cyberpunky sort of games really. Deus Ex Human Revolution and Syndicate (I think) in the last couple of years.

You're probably right in that it's mostly nostalgia, but I really like that sort of dorky 80s film / 90s anime look, just because it's a lot lot rarer these days. It makes a nice change of pace from all the military sci-fi and high fantasy titles.

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I'm curious, is there any game setting people aren't sick off?

Fantasy

Post apocalyptic

Zombies

World war 2

Modern war

Future war with space marines

Zelda

I could do with a really good Steampunk RPG where you make all your own weapons and items and shit. Lots of games go there a bit, but none really fully embrace it.
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Watch_Dogs with less rain and trenchcoats

If you're going to get really specific about it you should maybe consider making your own game :D

Don't get me wrong though, I really like the idea of a RPG in a realistic modern day setting. Which reminds me, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines kinda was that, apart from, you know, fucking Vampires. I really liked the setting in that game. I'm sure there are more but I can't think of any atm.

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Also, as tired or outdated as Cyberpunk is in other media, it's barely been used in games, hasn't it? While for RPGs it's the most ideal setting I can think of, because otherwise abstract RPG mechanics make sense within it - upgrades and new abilities = implants. Anyway, even if you don't like the setting, the promise of a new CD Projekt RED RPG, set within a freely explorable open world, with a heavy focus on story whilst being non-linear is surely enough to get anyone who claims he enjoyed both Witcher games excited, setting or no? These guys know how to make excellent RPGs.

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If anything, Cyberpunk has disappeared in games and I'm all for it coming back a bit more. We've had a resurgence in high fantasy more than cyberpunk, by a long shot.

I still think some of the staples of the genre haven't really been used that much anyway, mainly due to earlier attempts on older technology, stuff like 'jacking in' which gave you almost an alternate reality that you could mess about in which would effect the real world has not been explored in depth in a game at all since probably Beneath a Steel Sky, System Shock 2 and Shadowrun SNES as far as I can think of. The hacking in Deus Ex:HR was basically just getting you access to files, it wasn't like you could hack into cyborgs and make them say/do things, or re-route things, or anything in anyway as you might find it in Neuromancer and those older titles, just a weird connect the nodes mini-game and then maybe turn on a turret or turn of a camera, using a button. woo.

EDIT: Actually, those Megaman Battle Network games on the GBA and that had a better depiction of the 'net' than DE:HR and most other recent games.

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This seems relevant: http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/gibson-neuromancer-twitter.php

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I'm curious, is there any game setting people aren't sick off?

Fantasy

Post apocalyptic

Zombies

World war 2

Modern war

Future war with space marines

Zelda

Personally I don't care abut the setting all that much, as long as it's a good game with a decent story and some interesting NPCs I'm in. What about the Witcher 3 though, what's the story with that?

Sci-fi?

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Loves me a bit of Cyberpunk myself. Being 'of that age' helps a fair bit with that. Hope they keep it true to the original tech though and don't pander to what reality has given us! Having said that, CD Projekt have constantly surprised and delighted me with their small library of games, and I'm not worried it won't be great fun!

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