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Watch the Opening Cinematic of The Witcher 3 – It’s Epic!

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The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, Geralt sword

Revealed at the 2014 Golden Joystick Awards, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt opening cinematic is just downright epic — bone-chilling epic, in fact. Developer CD Projekt RED has done an excellent job at getting gamers excited for the massive RPG game.

Decapitated horse, a bird piercing through the eye socket of a warrior, and all the action you can think off — the trailer has it all. See it for yourself:

You can’t tell us you weren’t blown away by what you just saw… Let us know what you thought about it in the comments below.

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt concludes the story of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher and the series’ protagonist, whose story and adventures to date have been covered in the previous two Witcher games. If you haven’t played them, I suggest you do — they have held up very well, even by today’s high production standards.

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Continuing from the events of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the game finds Geralt seeking to embark on a new and personal mission, whilst the world order itself is coming to a change. The ones who sought to use him are now gone, but his new mission comes in dark times, as the mysterious and otherworldly army known as the Wild Hunt invades the Northern Kingdoms, leaving a sea of blood and fiery ruin in its wake.

What stands in the way of the Wild Hunt getting what they want? Why, the Witcher himself, of course.

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt launches on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on February 24, 2014. It was originally not going to be available on the Xbox One in Poland, the country where the game is developed; however, that has now changed with regional restrictions being entirely removed from Microsoft’s home console.

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Golden Joystick 2014: Dark Souls 2 Wins Game of the Year Award

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Ridiculously-difficult RPG Dark Souls 2 won the Game of the Year award at the 32nd annual Golden Joystick Awards, having received over nine million votes from gamers all around the world. It’s good to see that gamers still enjoy challenging video games.

In addition to the coveted Game of the Year, this year’s Golden Joystick Awards consisted of 18 other categories and awards, with The Last of Us: Left Behind, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Hearthstone each winning two. The Last of Us took home the Best Storytelling and Best Gaming Moment awards, while Assassin’s Greed Black Flag topped all contenders in the Best Visual Design and Best Audio categories.

Publisher Blizzard went home happy with its increasingly-popular CCG Hearthstone winning the Best Online Game and Best Mobile Game awards. Here’s is how everything went down, courtesy of CVG:

Golden Joystick Award Winners:

  • Best Original Game: DayZ
  • Best Online: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Best Storytelling: The Last of Us: Left Behind
  • Best Visual Design: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Best Audio: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Playfire Most Played Game of the Year: Rust
  • Best Multiplayer: Battlefield 4
  • Best Indie Game: DayZ
  • Innovation of the Year: Oculus Rift DK2
  • Best Gaming Moment: The Last of Us: Left Behind – “The kiss”
  • Best Handheld Game: Pokemon X & Y
  • Best Mobile Game: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Most Wanted: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
  • Gaming Personality of the Year: PewDiePie
  • Studio of the Year: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Gaming Platform of the Year: Steam
  • Lifetime Achievement: Hideo Kojima
  • Game of the Year: Dark Souls II

Also a standout is respected Metal Gear Solid developer Hideo Kojima receiving the Lifetime Achievement award, something many people in the gaming industry have long awaited, and YouTuber PewDiePie snagging the Gaming Personality of the Year title. We are especially glad to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt win the Most Wanted award.

MUST WATCH: The Opening Cinematic of The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is Epic!

Ubisoft Montreal being named Studio of the Year didn’t come as a surprise, considering the slew of blockbuster games — Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity and even Child of Light — it has released.

Are you surprised by any of the results? Let us know in the comments.

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