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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt day one patch will stabilise the game

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Witcher 3

Happy Witcher 3: Wild Hunt day kids! You’ve been waiting patiently, eagerly hitting F5 on your pre-load until your fingertip was nothing but a withered husk of anticipation and bone. But it’s here. It’s finally freakin’ here. And of course, a day one patch is gonna hit you outta nowhere. Here’s what said patch fixes up in the game, before you start jamming away in earnest.

WCCF Tech has all the notes below for the patch, which clocks in at 482MB on PlayStation 4 and 588MB on Xbox One:. Overall, expect more stability and a game with less bugs than the ones Geoff keeps in beard as part of his survival course Navy SEAL training in emergency food rations, gleaned from a weekend marathon of watching that Pauly Shore classic movie In The Army Now. Holy crap, I’m drifting. Anyway, the changelog:

Major changes:

  • Support for DLCs
  • Multiple stability issues fixed
  • Overall performance improvements

Quests and game:

  • Variety of cosmetic quest improvements
  • Journal objective fixes
  • Quest mapping fixes
  • Dialogue flag fixes
  • Quest balancing issues
  • Scene triggering improvements

Gameplay systems:

  • Boat behaviour
  • AI improvements
  • NPC spawn strategy improvements
  • Combat balancing
  • UI optimizations

A second patch should fix the game up the 1.02 version, which will allow for cross country support of DLCs. So how many of you were awake at 1AM to unlock the game? And how many of you have called in sick today with a bad case the sniffles. Shame guys, shame. That’s terrible. I recommend plenty of rest and exposure to LCD television screens while giving your thumbs a workout. Doctor’s orders.

Last Updated: May 19, 2015

148 Comments

  1. Not up at 1am, but did look at it this morning before coming to work. Now just pray Eskom arent a bunch of A-holes and I have power when I get home.

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    • Admiral Chief

      May 19, 2015 at 07:48

      Same here man, I wanted to stay home today, but alas, I need to work to sustain my hobby

      Reply

      • HairyEwok

        May 19, 2015 at 09:00

        Im soooo sick ugh can this day get any worse XD

        Reply

        • Pariah

          May 19, 2015 at 09:02

          You could have load shedding, and your PSU and MB blows when it comes back on?

          Reply

          • HairyEwok

            May 19, 2015 at 09:13

            I have a gennie to save me from eksdom. PSU and MB… well that could be a problem.

          • Pariah

            May 19, 2015 at 09:15

            For the record, I don’t hope this happens. It was just an answer to your question. 😛

          • HairyEwok

            May 19, 2015 at 09:18

            Was a kak answer now im fearing for my PC life T-T

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 09:23

            Get UPS with surge protection

      • Peter Pan

        May 19, 2015 at 09:33

        Likewise! And the crap part is that load shedding at stage 2 in my area is 8-10pm, and I only get home late at night from work, so I may be screwed for today. Eskom, you suck b#lls!

        Time to uninstall GTAV and install The Witcher 3!

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        • Admiral Chief

          May 19, 2015 at 09:36

          Yeah, I’m in the same timeframe, quite kak

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    • Kensei Seraph

      May 19, 2015 at 07:52

      Good luck.

      We had load-shedding for the first time in years last night.
      The Eskom bigwig who (probably) lives in our area must have moved or been fired.

      Reply

    • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

      May 19, 2015 at 08:49

      Should not have said that. They seem to have become more vindictive lately.

      Reply

      • th3SiCn3ss

        May 19, 2015 at 09:00

        Why are you still behind your machine Kromas???? We have monsters to slay & statues to admire damn you!!!! & your coffee is getting cold 🙂

        Reply

        • Skoobaz

          May 19, 2015 at 09:16

          Statues to admire? That’s not very PC…

          Reply

  2. Lord Chaos

    May 19, 2015 at 07:39

    Boat behaviour? Were they going out at all times of the night and playing loud music?

    Reply

    • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

      May 19, 2015 at 07:45

      They were terrorising the blow up boats. Doing lewd and disgusting things with them…

      Reply

  3. Ranting Raptor

    May 19, 2015 at 07:41

    Whatever. I don’t care. Didn’t want the game anyway

    #PretendsNotToCare

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  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 19, 2015 at 07:46

    The patches are only half a gig?

    Reply

    • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

      May 19, 2015 at 07:47

      I know, right? Should it not be in the 5-9gb range???

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 19, 2015 at 07:47

        For the day one patch yes, then another 20/30 gig for the conversion from beta to release version

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        • Admiral Chief

          May 19, 2015 at 07:48

          And by release version you mean beta version 2.0

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          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 07:50

            No. The 20/30 GB patch is for the Beard AI…

          • Mossel

            May 19, 2015 at 08:09

            The Beard can THINK!?

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:11

            Yes. In battle if the stubble is strong with Geralt, his beard will attack enemies and chafe them to death!

          • Mossel

            May 19, 2015 at 08:13

            Or if the beard is long enough it pulls in the enemy so you can give them a falcon punch!

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:16

            There you go! And if the beard is that long, during sex, it can tickle the wench’s belly button.
            OR OR OR OR… If a really sexy girl comes Geralts way, he gets a Beard-rection!
            “Is that a beard on your chin oh Witcher or are you happy to see me?”

          • Mossel

            May 19, 2015 at 08:18

            hahaha! Well done.

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 19, 2015 at 07:59

      The year of CDPR!

      Reply

      • Krabby Paddy

        May 19, 2015 at 08:06

        2077?

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        • Pariah

          May 19, 2015 at 08:42

          Now that is the game I’m looking forward to hearing more about. Screw Geralt.

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          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:45

            CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT????
            Just buy Geralt an ale first, okay?

          • Pariah

            May 19, 2015 at 08:45

            Ale? Screw that, he should be buying ME the ale with all the monsters he’s been slaying. I know he got paid for that shit.

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:47

            Soooo… Feed you alcohol and you’re easy? Sounds like my sister.

          • Pariah

            May 19, 2015 at 08:49

            She still owes me a beer, by the way.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:52

            Pariah and Dutch, constantly showing us where the line was

          • Pariah

            May 19, 2015 at 08:53

            What line? O_o

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:55

            Ugh man! Have you seen my sister??? You must have been REALLY drunk!

          • Pariah

            May 19, 2015 at 08:56

            SHE FED ME ALE, OK?!

          • Pariah

            May 19, 2015 at 08:56

            I regret nothing.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 09:08

            LOL now I’m curious as to what even you would call ugly

          • Krabby Paddy

            May 19, 2015 at 09:07

            I’m enjoying the Witcher series but yes, I’m sure Cyberpunk 2077 will be awesome and well worth looking forward to.

    • RinceTriss

      May 19, 2015 at 08:33

      I was told by an authority fanboy that there would be NO patch dammit!

      Reply

      • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

        May 19, 2015 at 08:35

        It’s level 12 Stealth DRM. There’s the game! But if you want the boat to behave, download the DRM I mean sorry patch! Patch!

        Reply

  5. Admiral Chief

    May 19, 2015 at 07:47

    Well, I picked up the free DLC and that was including the patch, and only 300mb?

    Reply

  6. Kensei Seraph

    May 19, 2015 at 07:50

    My graduation is tomorrow and I have the day off for it.
    It’s really a pity that I haven’t finished The Witcher 1 or 2 yet and I will not let myself play The Witcher 3 until I’ve finished the first 2.

    Reply

    • Mossel

      May 19, 2015 at 08:11

      Do it! Play it!

      Reply

    • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

      May 19, 2015 at 08:12

      Congrats on Graduation!
      Tomorrow is my graduation too!
      Only I graduate from 38 to 39…

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Browman

        May 19, 2015 at 08:14

        I hope that level comes with some decent new skill points to spend.

        Reply

        • Mossel

          May 19, 2015 at 08:15

          At that age all the skills goes to “wife happiness”. I’ve met some okes that neglected that and they are currently having a bad time.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:22

            Like you neglected on helicopter training?

          • Mossel

            May 19, 2015 at 08:25

            I regret nothing.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:27

            That makes one of us

          • Mossel

            May 19, 2015 at 08:30

            It’s called entertainment dammit!! I made you laugh didn’t I? You’re welcome.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:31

            I still attend meetings about that horror

      • Lord Chaos

        May 19, 2015 at 08:15

        Now I know what to look forward to in 10 years… 🙁

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        May 19, 2015 at 08:22

        No wonder you are so strange, you are flippen old

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 19, 2015 at 09:10

        Well, if I don’t get to comment on one of your posts tomorrow, dude, have a fantastic, ball shattering, nail crunching, bone obliterating birthday! Or as it’s otherwise known, Level up day….

        Reply

  7. Krabby Paddy

    May 19, 2015 at 07:54

    Picking up my copy after work today. Install, download patch and then wonder if I dare start playing because I need to get up at 5am the next day to go to work … I have heard that sleep is for the weak.

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    • Kensei Seraph

      May 19, 2015 at 07:59

      You have heard correctly.
      Sleep is for the weak!

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Browman

        May 19, 2015 at 08:00

        I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

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        • Kensei Seraph

          May 19, 2015 at 08:02

          Yeah, that doesn’t work so well.
          After about 2 months of getting no sleep it starts to catch up to you.
          But that should be enough time to complete a third of The Witcher 3 right?

          Reply

        • Krabby Paddy

          May 19, 2015 at 08:03

          I hope Fallout 4 gets released in the afterlife in your case then. Not sleeping playing this might just kill you.

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        • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

          May 19, 2015 at 08:03

          Oh yeah. That’s great. It would be nice if we can read of some dumb South African that died from exhaustion for a game.
          Seeing as we would take the World Idiot Championship ribbon from the Koreans…

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          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:12

            I don’t think South Africans are that stupid. Though they have surprised me time and time again.

          • Lord Chaos

            May 19, 2015 at 08:13

            Have you met our Parliament?

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:15

            Do you really think they would be able to use a controller or a mouse and keyboard? That kind of co-ordination is impossible for them.

          • Lord Chaos

            May 19, 2015 at 08:17

            They can put out a tender for that.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:19

            Haha! It’ll be to a company that can’t do it either, which will then subcontract someone else who will actually know what’s going on.

        • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

          May 19, 2015 at 08:52

          You forgot to add the other slogan to your line.

          “Play. Don’t stop.Play”

          Reply

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:52

            Haha

      • Krabby Paddy

        May 19, 2015 at 08:01

        So get going with that Witcher 1 & 2 already so you can play this!

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    • Mossel

      May 19, 2015 at 08:12

      Sleeping is giving in! No matter what the time is.

      Reply

  8. Dutch-Trevor Matrix

    May 19, 2015 at 07:55

    So. This game allows you to grow a beard right? What would be awesome if that beard affects the gameplay somewhat:
    Geralt, manly white beard waving in the wind enters a town.
    He proceeds to the nearest tavern, wishing for some female company.
    He strides into the inn, manly. Rugged. As the evening progresses, he tries his luck with the gorgeous bar lady.
    “Piss off!!” She yells. “I aint spendin’ the night with no Santa Claus!!!”

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    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 19, 2015 at 07:56

      My wife tends to use the term “mountain man”

      Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        May 19, 2015 at 07:57

        I think she was referring to the brows, not the stubble.

        *Runs

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        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 19, 2015 at 07:58

          Hah. Stubble. My brows WISH they could look like my beard.
          I tend to grow a winter beard every year, so I’m already working on it.

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      • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

        May 19, 2015 at 07:58

        I wanted to grow a beard. My fiance was all like “Okay. Fine. But don’t be surprised when I call you Grampa in bed…”

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        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 19, 2015 at 07:59

          My wife actually likes the beard. Says it’s softer than stubble. So that works for me.

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    • Lord Chaos

      May 19, 2015 at 07:58

      Geralt: Ho, ho, ho

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      • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

        May 19, 2015 at 07:59

        With Geralt I think it is more a case of ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho…
        (And this dear children, is how you attempt to piss off a Feminazi or two)

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  9. Captain JJ Browman

    May 19, 2015 at 07:55

    I’ll update mine today. Got my teamviewer set up, so by the time I get home I’ll have everything ready. Even if it’s not, I’d rather get the patch and have it 100% than just jumping into it. As badly as I want to.

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    • Mossel

      May 19, 2015 at 08:11

      I’ll go home. Install it. Start the update. Go to the gym. Come home and start my journey!

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Browman

        May 19, 2015 at 08:13

        • Mossel

          May 19, 2015 at 08:14

          haha just like that! Still wanted to watch that vid you sent me, but my internet decided it doesn’t feel like buffering on a Monday.

          Reply

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:16

            It’s so bad it’s good.

      • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

        May 19, 2015 at 08:13

        Geralt is powerless against the Eskom beast…

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        • Mossel

          May 19, 2015 at 08:17

          Fuck. Stage 2 loadshedding in my area from 18:00-20:30. Then I shall first play the game and THEN go to the gym.

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          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:22

            Ah man. I feel your pain. I think I’m in the same area. This f*&^ing place.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:23

            I’d prefer that time slot, mine is 20h00 to 22h30, and my house starts awakening at 5ish

          • Mossel

            May 19, 2015 at 08:24

            Although not ideal, 20:00-22:30 is by far worse. That is like my official chill time.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:26

            Aye, my daughter is in bed by 20h00, and then usually me and the mrs have some time together, and from 21h00 onwards I game.

            I did a calculation, if I play 2hrs per night, every night, I’ll finish the game in 100days

          • Mossel

            May 19, 2015 at 08:28

            That’s really hectic! 3 months of continuous gaming bliss. I really hope it’s good and that it can actually hold my attention for so long.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:30

            Well, I’m considering the game as big as an adventure as Skyrim, and that kept me entertained for MONTHS

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:31

            Same here. Nice thing about that is by the time we’re done with it we can get GTA V on steam special. At the price it’s meant to be bought. 😀

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:31

            FIVE DORRAR

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:34

            Is that what your wife said when you first met???? (I kid! I kid!)
            #DoNotDissGrandTheftAutoV

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:34

            I just diss it because it’s over a year old and they still want to try and sell it to us pc-folk at full price. Sorry, but I will NOT bend over, Rockstar.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:36

            I still need to play GTA 4 though, got that for five dorrar

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:36

            Feels a bit old now, especially after you’ve played Sleeping Dogs.

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:38

            Tip? Forget GTA 4. Honestly.

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:37

            Dude. If this was some poor console port I would have agreed with you. But man oh man. It is a GAME! No! The Game!

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:40

            I definitely want it. Badly. I’ve played every GTA since the very first one.
            I will get it, without a doubt. But not for full price.

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:42

            Suit yourself. But I have limited myself to buying only stuff I really want full price. And with GTA V I have zero regrets. I only regret completing the main story line. WANT MOAR GTA V FUN!!!

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:43

            I’m full of crap like that. I know.
            They waited a year to release it on pc, I can definitely wait longer for it to be cheaper.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:44

            I really cannot wait for that online though, especially with some friends. The Just Cause 2 mod just does not compete.

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 19, 2015 at 08:32

            I hate you!

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:33

            😀

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:29

            One does not simply finish the Witcher 3.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:30

            One does not simply correct the Admiral

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:31

            One does not care. Witcher 3 is here.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 19, 2015 at 08:27

            I agree
            I’ll probably go to the mall for some dinner and when I get back it’s gaming time!

          • Lord Chaos

            May 19, 2015 at 08:26

            Mine is 14:00 to 16:00. 😀

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:27

            Lucky bugger, although it is fine, since my wife runs her business from home, and without electricity, that means less business, less business means less moolah, less moolah is not ayoba

          • Brady miaau

            May 19, 2015 at 10:37

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 11:01

            What
            the
            flip?

            So crazy, but it seems that my gaming is LESS affected

          • Brady miaau

            May 19, 2015 at 11:10

            Indeed, very, very awesome. Off each night has been crap to say the least.

            Still, got several solar lights.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 11:29

            Nice, the only catch is, my wife runs a business from home during the day, but at least the last few weeks the power has only been shed from 16h00 onwards, and our NEW slot is during the morning etc

  10. Loftus

    May 19, 2015 at 08:10

    Giving wife-to-be a lot of attention and TLC, foot rubs and massages. Making dinners and doing to washing up. All in preparation of spending all my collected “brownie points” when i win this game!

    #holdingtumbs

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    • Lord Chaos

      May 19, 2015 at 08:14

      It’s mine. 😛

      Reply

      • Loftus

        May 19, 2015 at 08:17

        😛 hahahaha never!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          May 19, 2015 at 08:20

          YOU CANNOT HAF BEEG PRIZE

          Reply

          • Loftus

            May 19, 2015 at 08:23

            But it are for my education, helps me writing better Inglish 😀

          • Admiral Chief

            May 19, 2015 at 08:24

            I’d give you the game when I win, since I already have it, but it has been promised to another

          • Loftus

            May 19, 2015 at 08:33

            Thanks chief, but you know how this goes. We read the posts and comment on the forums, thus we incur the wrath random.org

          • Skoobaz

            May 19, 2015 at 09:28

            * Ingrish

  11. Ghost In The Rift

    May 19, 2015 at 08:18

    Heading to BT-Games today, pick up my pre-order, Happy Days, what is the size of the patch on PC though?

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 19, 2015 at 08:20

      I didn’t want to ask, thought Darryn was just being mean about it.

      Reply

    • Jonah Cash

      May 19, 2015 at 08:21

      340mb for the patch, my Nvidia driver for the game was about 240mb and I believe the DLC is about 650mb. So quite a bit of downloading to do.

      Reply

  12. Witcher Bob

    May 19, 2015 at 08:20

    Got up a bit earlier today and downloaded the patch. Its about 340Mb for the day one patch and 650Mb for the free DLC. Managed to play for a bit as well – tutorial and opening scene. Can’t wait to get home and really see what the game is like.

    Reply

    • Mossel

      May 19, 2015 at 08:21

      Was this for PC?

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        May 19, 2015 at 08:21

        Jip it was.

        Reply

        • Mossel

          May 19, 2015 at 08:22

          Awesome. That’s reasonable. I already updated my Nvidia driver!

          Reply

          • Skoobaz

            May 19, 2015 at 09:29

            Yip, Driver updated last night! Woot!

      • Witcher Bob

        May 19, 2015 at 08:30

        Yeah, sorry about that. It is for the PC (as Jonah mentioned).

        Reply

  13. RinceTriss

    May 19, 2015 at 08:31

    I know of one person who has probably lost their mind reading a DAY ONE PATCh for this game. Tehehe.

    Reply

    • Mossel

      May 19, 2015 at 08:35

      We knew there would be a patch. But the patch isn’t mandatory, that was the whole point I think. So you can install and play, no hassles.

      Reply

      • Pariah

        May 19, 2015 at 08:36

        Actually, any pre-order or digital copy requires the patch. It’s only post-release physical copies that won’t.

        Reply

  14. SmurFyZA

    May 19, 2015 at 08:31

    I’m also at work – Couldn’t think of a good enough excuse. I’m dying inside… Need to hunt… Geraldt is calling

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      May 19, 2015 at 08:37

      My wife was too squeamish to drive over my foot, and the cars kept dodging me as I tried to get them to hit my foot (I need the arms you see)

      Reply

      • Mossel

        May 19, 2015 at 08:38

        It’s probably also not safe to drive in the kitchen. xD

        Reply

  15. Peter Pan

    May 19, 2015 at 09:09

    Sitting with the game in my sweaty pours at work, listening to the soundtrack to get me in the mood! Can’t wait to install it. BTW, what is the patch size for the PC version?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      May 19, 2015 at 09:12

      Mine is digital, was 320mb, but not sure if that included/excluded the DLC.

      ALSO POST US A PICTAWR!!!

      Reply

  16. Francois Knoetze

    May 19, 2015 at 10:51

    HA! picked up my copy just now and will have to wait till I get home 🙁

    Reply

  17. Aries

    May 19, 2015 at 11:20

    Cant get mine today, I’m actually sick and cant drive there because of the pain, this sucks

    Reply

  18. Peter Pan

    May 19, 2015 at 11:39

    Just bought myself the

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming Edition Graphics Card

    Thursday people!!!!!! Thursday I will hopefully be witnessing the beauty of this game, albeit over R6000 later!

    Reply

  19. Scrippsjhon

    May 19, 2015 at 16:05

    It’s simple to make acount balance with lazygamer < I didn't believe …that…my brother woz like truly making money part time at their computer. . there aunt had bean doing this 4 only seventeen months and resantly paid the dept on there apartment and bourt themselves a Lotus Elise .

    see this her SEE MORE DETAIL

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