I disagree, it's definitely slow paced compared to most of the later chapters but I'm not sure I've ever played an RPG that has depicted medieval peasant life as frankly as Witcher did. The outskirts did a nice job of showcasing the grittier way, they were going to tell their story.
The Witcher's sword fighting mechanic and crafting mechanics took me a good while to get used to, and that chapter's pacing gave me a chance to get really acclimated to them. B y Chapter 2 I was pretty ready for any encounter. That first boss fight was the toughest fight I think I had all game playing on hard.
I did like the whole lynch mob scene, not too many games have that trope. Which is kind of surprising how often the whole "burn the witch" thing used to happen in classic western literature etc.
I can see though if you are anxious to get moving through the story how the Outskirts could be really frustrating though.
@slag: They never said they couldn't find a buyer, if you read their statement I think you'll find that they (Shakuro) tried everything to buy the site from fullspectrum and even offered up buyers but it did not work i.e. full spectrum refused. Nothing in the two quotes below even suggests that they couldn't find a buyer.
I was talking about Spectrum selling the site not Shakuro.
I'm not buying the personal reasons excuse Spectrum gave Shakuro. As Shakuro pointed out, there is interest out there if the price was right.
Given today's news from Shakuro
We got a permission to use #CGHUB's codebase for non-CG / art related project. Not exactly how we would like to proceed, but if someone has super cool ideas - please drop us a line: email@example.com
"personal reasons" excuse from Spectrum makes even less sense than before. I assume it's got to be money related somehow, whether be it an already concluded sale to somebody who wants the site down (maybe a competitor to cghub?) or something about potential litigation.
I can't really think of anything concrete, I usually make the opposite mistake and think things are going to be better than they are.
Steam and digital games as a whole I guess, in that I didn't think I'd like it. But at least so far they haven't burned me.
My guess is that I will be wrong about the XBone. I thought it was going to be a dumpster fire after E3 last year, but given the way Microsoft's new xbox team has scrambled to repair the poor launch (in particular the titanfall bundle/price cut imo is very smart) I think my initial fear will be wrong.