The immersive fantasy RPG has been tweaked and remade for Sony’s original console, and Geralt doesn’t exactly look like Henry Cavill any more.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was one of the greatest games to be released on the last console generation, unleashing a fully-realised fantasy world with quests galore, terrifying enemies and a gripping story tying it all together. If you had to show someone the leaps and bounds made in gaming since the days of the PS1, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick The Witcher 3 game as your example – but that’s why it’s so funny to see the opposite happen, with the 2015 blockbuster “demade” for the console that’s 20 years its senior.
There’s probably no scene more iconic in the game however than when Geralt takes a well-earned soak in the tub. It’s erotic, brilliantly animated and has become memed by the world over. So obviously that’s the scene that’s been chosen for this PS1 demake.
The fire isn’t flickering so much as it’s twitching, and if you think that’s bad then just wait until Geralt’s right-angled right foot emerges from the bathtub, while the water remains curiously undisturbed. The scene mostly follows the original beat-by-beat albeit with an alarmingly box-chested hero this time around, and a noticeably less curvy love interest – until the skit takes a turn for the bizarre right at the end.
The Witcher has been a great success not just as a video game but also as a Netflix adaptation, which saw Henry Cavill take on the mantle of the monster slayer. The bathtub scene was even recreated for the show, though in this case his body looks to be sculpted from Michelangelo’s marble rather than PS1 polygons.
We’re probably not the only ones looking back wistfully at The Witcher. The game came from CD Projekt Red, the same developers behind Cyberpunk 2077, and while the company may have expected similar critical and audience acclaim for its newest title, unfortunately things have gone from bad to worse for the beleaguered blockbuster.