The Witcher -- violence, sex, and alchemy as part of your daily balanced breakfast

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Anyone tried this yet? It's not bad, in the beginning, at least. The censored American version doesn't have the nipples, but the humping is still there.

Also, for some reason, I keep thinking the hero is Skwisgaar Skwigelf(from Dethklok), except that he's norweigan, whereas the dude in the game is of E.European extraction.

At any rate, you have it all: dank, gothic environments; violent, well-executed swordplay, and whores 'n' titties.

kingfish, Monday, 5 November 2007 08:12 (twelve years ago) link

And another thing, if you fuck a dryad, do you get splinters in your dilznick?

I mean, there's gotta be a million jokes you can make about "smelly bogs" and all that, but still...

kingfish, Monday, 5 November 2007 08:35 (twelve years ago) link

i've never heard of this game... that video is really fucked up. is the whole game that, uhh, "adult"?

Will M., Monday, 5 November 2007 16:46 (twelve years ago) link

Nah, it's just from some polish gamedevs, who really wanted to take a crack at a dark rpg game.

it's kinda neat, so far.

kingfish, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 00:43 (twelve years ago) link

the crashy crashy shit is annoying, tho

kingfish, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 06:18 (twelve years ago) link

bit more vid, gives you an idea of the vibe & the writing

kingfish, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 07:50 (twelve years ago) link

seven months pass...

Got an updated card, can play this now. Apparently, the gamedev house is released an "enhanced edition" in september, which boosts up a lot of shit and takes care of everything else.

Also, harkening back to anime fandom of the 90s, online fans of the game are sharing the original(?) polish voice-acting files, along with upgraded/rewritten subtitles. Can't be any worse than the half-assed English release so far.

kingfish, Saturday, 14 June 2008 08:18 (twelve years ago) link

I like this game, including the bits where you can gamble on and participate in bare-knuckle fights in taverns, like Philo Beddo.

kingfish, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 03:52 (twelve years ago) link

Switching between polish and american language tracks, I find that the polish voice actors better represent the characters, but the language is too rough. Japanese would be fine, but I switched back to the american track, which is your standard mix of American and various English accents.

kingfish, Sunday, 22 June 2008 03:36 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

so this is pretty badasss~~~ killing some undead in the STRONG STYLE

lol my friend gave me the two books this is based on and instead of a synopsis or w/e the back is just like "inspiration for the critically acclaimed video game"

(Σx)² (Lamp), Wednesday, 22 July 2009 05:47 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

The way they're rolling out Witcher 2 is pretty awesome - you can preorder on gog, and if you buy in europe and pay 15 extra or whatever they give you a credit based on how much you overpaid compared to the us version

Onigaga (Princess TamTam), Friday, 19 November 2010 20:59 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

i got high and ordered this from amazon? i've never played it! i read exciting INTRICATE INTERCONNECTED PLOT STRANDS things. plus it was like $5.

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 19:56 (nine years ago) link

'better than expected' is a shitty compliment but this was way more fun 2 play than i had anticpated it being

funperson (Lamp), Thursday, 12 May 2011 23:14 (nine years ago) link

this is awesome -- had no idea the spirit of '97 was still alive. being able to switch between over-the-shoulder WoW mode and isometric planescape mode made me giddy. plus it is a noir! with a compelling shadowy morally tumultuous plot! a little lolzy with its dialogue sometimes, especially when it's being Adult (like, before the first hour of gameplay was up i'd had sex with a sorceress in fishnets who afterwards told me not to say goodbye because "you don't want to see a sorceress cry") but that's okay. i have the ENHANCED EDITION and it came with a MAP, i could hardly believe it, although it still just crammed like six discs on top of each other onto one plastic spindle. here's what's wrong with capitalism: as video games made more money, their packaging got worse.

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:13 (nine years ago) link

also i am a big morrowind fan but this game's alchemy system is simultaneously deeper and easier. but then morrowind's alchemy system is admittedly no fun at all.

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:18 (nine years ago) link

this game is better than most movies.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 23 May 2011 04:18 (nine years ago) link

i feel like ill have to upgrade my pc just to play witcher 2 but gd do i want 2 play witcher 2

ᵉ( ᷅ʷɣʷ)ᵊ (Lamp), Monday, 23 May 2011 23:18 (nine years ago) link

Stop that, stop that right now

Crazed Mister Handy (kingfish), Monday, 23 May 2011 23:35 (nine years ago) link

I started playing the 1st one again and like it a lot more with 1) a faster computer and 2) the add-on where you can play it in its original russian with english subs. Fits the atmosphere of the game a lot better and makes the character seem that much more alien and weird. any option like that on witcher 2?

You Get Hoynes (bnw), Saturday, 28 May 2011 15:49 (nine years ago) link

i think the original language is polish, isn't it? but i'm playing in russian too, because the english voice acting isn't great and i thought it might help my russian. the english subtitles leave a lot of things out, but i can only understand half of the excess.

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 28 May 2011 15:58 (nine years ago) link

anyway, this game should not be played in english because one of the things that makes it so great is how eastern european the world is. monsters like rusalki and koschei, orthodox-looking priests, lots of references to the secret police. "they wore long grey coats over their armor and thought they had fooled me," a girl in the game said to me in her apartment, "but i learned to spot their kind in university." later we had sex, of course.

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 28 May 2011 16:07 (nine years ago) link

Watched a bit of this last night. Very cool game. Definitely gotta watch it in Polish.

polyphonic, Saturday, 28 May 2011 16:57 (nine years ago) link

I played the original w/ Polish audio and I couldn't do so for too long. Something about the language and vocal direction made it way too harsh or coarse to listen to, and so I had to switch back to English. I wonder if Russian would go down smoother.

Crazed Mister Handy (kingfish), Saturday, 28 May 2011 19:15 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Being trying to play Witcher 2 but I just can't get into it. The story is ... convoluted. And sort of boring. Does it get any better?

Jeff, Saturday, 14 July 2012 10:57 (eight years ago) link

I gave up pretty early. The gameplay seemed way too complicated to translate to console, and the English version of the dialog was pretty bad.

polyphonic, Saturday, 14 July 2012 19:44 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

under 20 bucks for the 360 version. I went for it but am still heavily ensconced in tokyo jungle, xcom and dark souls, so....

let's have sex and then throw pottery (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:04 (eight years ago) link

Tried 2 again today. Not worth it. There are just too many game mechanics with the mutagens, oils, potions, skill tree, magic spells. The controls are difficult. The story/cut scenes take forever and makes no sense. Selling it.

Jeff, Saturday, 3 November 2012 21:06 (seven years ago) link

I got distracted from this. I enjoy the universe and vibe of the game, so maybe I'll come back to over Christmas.

the max in the high castle (kingfish), Saturday, 3 November 2012 21:21 (seven years ago) link

20 bucks?? i thought this was on the regularly-less-than-a-fiver stratum of videogames

set the controls for the heart of the congos (thomp), Saturday, 3 November 2012 21:49 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

i bought this. and played through the prologue on hard and then restarted and played through it on easy because i figured the combat was never going to be interesting or fun enough to warrant the extra investment in time.

attempt to look intentionally nerdy, awkward or (thomp), Sunday, 20 January 2013 19:58 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

hey somebody give me a good critical review of this plzzz

feel like i'd love a good technical non-dumb rpg but if this sucks i don't want to be disappointed

goole, Friday, 22 February 2013 20:21 (seven years ago) link

W1 or W2? Witcher 2 has been described by everybody as being far more playable

The New Jack Mormons! (kingfish), Saturday, 23 February 2013 10:45 (seven years ago) link

i loved witcher 1, didn't like the 360 version of witcher 2 (for technical reasons) but people love the pc version and i could see why.

it is dumb and grim and dark and grim.

adam, Sunday, 24 February 2013 02:36 (seven years ago) link

witcher 2 takes awhile to get going. it has maybe the worst prologue i have ever seen. a ton of dialogue and random game mechanics that have nothing to do with the game. spends a lot more time on boring backstory then showing you how to play.

its good enough that i am still playing but

- quests that you can either google or spend 6 hours trying to solve are bullshit
- the target lock system of fighting makes fighting vs groups stupidly difficult
- no fast travel gets really old really fast i.e. you end up running the same path probably 20 times per "chapter".

if you like dragon age games, you'll probably be on its level.

bnw, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:19 (seven years ago) link

hmm thx for the responses everybody but i think i'll pass

i'm kind of burned out on engrossing but mechanically/narratively frustrating rpgs (read: rpgs) right now

goole, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:25 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

n e 1 played witcher 1 enhanced edition? i know i can't run 2 on my lolmacbook but apparently i meet the specs for 1. the one for mac is a wineskin which i didn't realize steam was in the habit of selling

am0n, Friday, 24 May 2013 20:45 (seven years ago) link


joe bogus (am0n), Friday, 31 May 2013 14:54 (seven years ago) link

i loved witcher 1 for a while but never finished it. lots of hokey problems and i set the voice acting to russian so the performances wouldn't bother me as much, but if you're into classic late-90s rpgs (fallout, torment, etc) it's an acceptable substitute. i still love the corrupt decaying slavic fantasy world even if some of its Look! Racism! moments are heavyhanded, and i dig the idea of your being a professional monster-hunter in an age when the really dangerous monsters are less slavering-fangs-in-the-woods and more well-dressed-diplomats-at-parties. be sure to download the TITTIES PATCH (it does other things too, i guess):

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Friday, 31 May 2013 15:09 (seven years ago) link

combat is diablo with one extra mechanic, so dumb fun until it isn't.

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Friday, 31 May 2013 15:19 (seven years ago) link

lol ( @ Y @ ) patch. did you play 2 at all

joe bogus (am0n), Friday, 31 May 2013 15:51 (seven years ago) link

i did not.

looking upthread i found a post of mine that sums up why w1 was hard to resist for me:

"they wore long grey coats over their armor and thought they had fooled me," a girl said to me in her apartment, "but i learned to spot their kind in university." later we had sex, of course.

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Friday, 31 May 2013 15:54 (seven years ago) link

haha. i'm not sure whether that makes me want to play it more or less

Nhex, Friday, 31 May 2013 18:10 (seven years ago) link

Tried playing 1 in Polish, but the language was so harsh I didn't enjoy it. Didn't try Russian.

Hockey Drunk (kingfish), Friday, 31 May 2013 18:22 (seven years ago) link

i might go back and try the polish trick.

what got me was, i put it in hard so the combat wasn't trivial, but it was not-trivial in such a boring way i wished i'd put it on easy so i could basically skip it

the bitcoin comic (thomp), Saturday, 1 June 2013 22:12 (seven years ago) link

am0n, Tuesday, 11 June 2013 19:32 (seven years ago) link

uh wait thats not even the trailer

am0n, Tuesday, 11 June 2013 19:36 (seven years ago) link

$3.39 on steam

am0n, Saturday, 15 June 2013 20:15 (seven years ago) link

so witcher 1 sux. o well.

am0n, Monday, 17 June 2013 17:14 (seven years ago) link

fiddly tactical gritty fantasy rpg seems like it wd be right up my alley but i couldn't get thru the tutorial areas of this. looks really labored and unenjoyable.

goole, Monday, 17 June 2013 17:27 (seven years ago) link

witcher 2 i mean

silly ass intro movie too.

goole, Monday, 17 June 2013 17:27 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

am0n, Thursday, 15 August 2013 17:09 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...
eight months pass...


😂 (am0n), Wednesday, 6 May 2015 19:18 (five years ago) link

i think i'm going to skip this. Souls games have ruined me, i don't have the patience anymore for rpg conventions like "dialogue" (also endless quests/objectives, maps, etc).

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 15:52 (five years ago) link

holy shit @ this game tbh

there is an absurd amount of dialogue and very little combat compared to most of these games but the red dead-style 5am wilderness trekking with random little vignettes to stumble on seems to be the real star of the show

I got it yesterday and got as far as Charles Dance, between staring at moving foliage and sunsets

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:02 (five years ago) link

true, the video i watched was surprisingly reminiscent of Red Dead. would love a next-gen sequel to that.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:06 (five years ago) link

speaking of Souls games, pretty sure the ol' Crestfallen Warrior turns up about 0:02 in to this

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:53 (five years ago) link

can u skip cutscenes in this

😂 (am0n), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 21:09 (five years ago) link

i've heard the controls suck like just walking around and picking up stuff is a pain in the ass

😂 (am0n), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 21:10 (five years ago) link

This thing is getting insanely good scores.

I tried to play Witcher 2 but couldn't get a handle on the controls.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 22:22 (five years ago) link

This seems like a good deal btw

polyphonic, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 21:08 (five years ago) link

16 social media avatars you say?!?!?!?!?

i think i'm 10 hours in and still in the beginning area. a peasant walked by and said "welcome to our shithole." :D

😂 (am0n), Monday, 25 May 2015 18:07 (five years ago) link

this game is pretty much one of the greats, no time for the people inventing flimsy reasons to dislike it

c.70% of the people in the first act are from Birmingham

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, 25 May 2015 18:29 (five years ago) link

the bandits def sound like it

😂 (am0n), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:12 (five years ago) link

i got to charles dance. this game is hueg

😂 (am0n), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:14 (five years ago) link

😂 (am0n), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:08 (five years ago) link

This game is great. In addition to everything noted elsewhere, how is it possible that I'm 10 hours into an open-world(ish) game and have yet to encounter a single side-mission that sucks/is boring/feels like a make-work project. Also, that trading-card minigame is so good--am I wrong that winning doesn't seem to give you any real reward in the overall game? It's like your character has a (super nerdy) hobby. And that sounds TERRIBLE but the card game itself is so good it seems like genius that they don't force you or even encourage you to play.

(I have been giggling at that goose gif for like 10 mins.)

antexit, Thursday, 28 May 2015 14:39 (five years ago) link

the apparent confused pause as the goose overtakes him slays me)

Feel like the immersiveness of the world means they can get away with more missions that are set-piece clue-finding trails or rudimentary choose your own adventure things where you just talk to people or decide an outcome without dismembering anybody; in LA Noire that was pretty much the whole game but it's just a tool in the box here

Conversely, yesterday a small child lured me into an ambush by vengeful bandits, and I immediately hit one of them with one of those critical animations that grotesequely severs their head, shoulder and arm in one chunk, and I thought oh this is really pretty terrible behaviour

is anyone bothering to play this on one of the top two difficulties? After a particularly arduous escort mission I bumped it down to the highest difficulty where meditating will still restore your health, not fancying 70 more hours of having to fund, purchase and eat ten onions everytime I carelessly vault off a slightly too high balcony and lose half my health

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 28 May 2015 18:30 (five years ago) link

do you have to saute the onions first or just eat them raw

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 28 May 2015 18:58 (five years ago) link

No you can't sleep in a bed or cook raw food in this game although you can incinerate beehives with magic

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:18 (five years ago) link

i haven't quite figured out the card game. whats the penalty for losing, does the winner take your cards?? anyway it is cool that in this massive game is a pretty deep mini-game. also made me laugh when i was helping some guy one of the dialogue options was "game of gwent?". its like fuck your side-quest for the moment, play me!

had a guard call me "shiteater" and "you're paler than oaty shite"

😂 (am0n), Friday, 29 May 2015 15:48 (five years ago) link

i'm playing on blood & broken bones which is 2nd highest difficulty. hasn't been too bad so far, i think you still regen health in daytime or i just grabbed a perk that does that? i keep forgetting to buy food though which fucks me over occasionally

😂 (am0n), Friday, 29 May 2015 15:53 (five years ago) link

😂 (am0n), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14:12 (five years ago) link


bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14:15 (five years ago) link

I'm playing on second-hardest difficulty as well and the health thing hasn't much bothered me so far. I've never bought food once. You just use the vitality-regen buff and eat some dogmeat every once in awhile. I don't think I'd want the combat to be much easier than it is, though I wish there was a quicksave hotkey on ps4.

antexit, Tuesday, 2 June 2015 19:31 (five years ago) link

made me lol re: bandits

😭 (am0n), Thursday, 4 June 2015 17:35 (five years ago) link

This game makes Skyrim look like such an unbelievable turd

The next Elder Scrolls game announcement is in danger of being on some all-new hotmail level of pitiful obsolete desperation

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, 8 June 2015 14:10 (five years ago) link

ha. i think they'll be ok. new ES game is likely a few years from being announced anyway.

i really want to play this, but no way do i have the time for it right now.

circa1916, Monday, 8 June 2015 15:17 (five years ago) link

its a huge timesink but its great. if anything i hope this sends bethesda back to the drawing board on a lot of shit

😭 (am0n), Monday, 8 June 2015 16:03 (five years ago) link

I am a grown man and I will no longer accept loading screens when I go into a building

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, 8 June 2015 16:12 (five years ago) link

since no one else is playing this we can talk about quests right. princess goat made me lol, and this guy

😭 (am0n), Monday, 8 June 2015 18:00 (five years ago) link

^^now that's what real video game writing looks like

I think I let that guy off too easily but I've been leaning towards merciless extermination lately after a really bad thing happened as a result of me being too nice to someone earlier

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, 8 June 2015 19:12 (five years ago) link

i convinced him to take the scraps then told the 2 dudes up above there's some ruins below that they should check out. i figure its on them to take out his punishment ;). i also aggro'd keira and killed her. almost reloaded a save to re-do it then decided i didn't care

😭 (am0n), Monday, 8 June 2015 19:43 (five years ago) link

I've been leaning towards merciless extermination lately after a really bad thing happened as a result of me being too nice to someone earlier

I just got past the part with the tree dude and for the first time in this game I had the chance to be merciful to somebody and didn't, since the whole situation had a real foreboding feel to it... I'm not reading any walkthroughs or hints in this game but I'm hoping you're referring to this?

this game is the best. I can't believe a) the size of it and b) the fact that you're continually running into baddies who so outmatch you that the game seems to expect you to come BACK to these gigantic continents long after you've beat all the story elements associated with them. Must be 300 hours long or some shit.

However I am already sick of picking daisies and notice that you can't really buy what you need AND refuse payment from deserving questgivers without being broke all the time.

antexit, Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:57 (five years ago) link

this looks like what I'll be doing with my winter if i can't find more work.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 10 June 2015 20:03 (five years ago) link

antexit no, it was a much more minor sidequesty thing, a dude I decided to go easy on had murdered a load of refugees for their money later in the game and they all had heart-rendingly personal unsent letters to their loved ones strewn about etc

I did the same thing as you on the ancient tree one and prefer the overall outcome I got compared to what I heard the alternative was, although both have and downs

with how much I've been playing this that feels like a really ridiculously long time ago now, can't believe how much substantial-feeling stuff there is crammed into this and from what I can tell I'm about 60-70% of the way through the main quest

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Wednesday, 10 June 2015 21:05 (five years ago) link

im super obsessed with this game rn

no (Lamp), Thursday, 11 June 2015 17:43 (five years ago) link

just one more quest [2hrs pass]... ok just one more

😭 (am0n), Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:21 (five years ago) link

haha yesss

i got home from work at 3am on monday and was seriously considering trying to get some witcher action in before i went to sleep

also destroying the completionist in me with all these gd quests

no (Lamp), Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:24 (five years ago) link

yeah i'm not even close to visiting all the ?'s in velen and there's 2 enormous maps after that... rip life

😭 (am0n), Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:41 (five years ago) link

I've been doing this too and I normally play games obsessively for ~20 hours then completely forget about them until their sequel's about to come out

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:47 (five years ago) link

i feel like the best and worst thing about this cd-room lookin' new millenium myst is that ive spent just as much time playing gwent as i have accomplishing story stuff

no (Lamp), Thursday, 11 June 2015 19:02 (five years ago) link

am0n, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:16 (five years ago) link

met a rock troll named trollolo XD

am0n, Friday, 26 June 2015 16:07 (five years ago) link

I rarely get into the card games and mini games within games but I'm enjoying Gwent. No penalty for losing, new cards to help you take down stronger opponents for's like pokemon, gotta catch em all. Someone plays a zero strength spy card on you and you suddenly must have that. How do you get it? Play every random person you come across and hope someone gives it to you.

I enjoyed the first area's story where one dialogue option makes all sorts of weird things go down, but I haven't been as interested in the second area yet. Still, worth my time after Dragon Age.

Ithlilian, Friday, 26 June 2015 19:42 (five years ago) link

am0n, Thursday, 2 July 2015 15:53 (five years ago) link

this game is fun, soliciting pro tips for maximum fun

adam, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 18:46 (five years ago) link

Just wander round and soak the vibe up, if you need experience try to do quests before you're more than 5 levels above the recommended level

don't rush out of white orchard, there's lots of sidequesty stuff that teaches you the game ropes and gets you started, but it felt a bit weird going back there later to mop it up

kill the tree spirit

download the free haircut pack DLC, get the "elven rebel" style and a beard and hey presto, Geralt is Kevin Nash now

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 19:46 (five years ago) link

skellige > skyrim

am0n, Thursday, 9 July 2015 14:28 (five years ago) link

i have a terrible compulsion to clear zones before moving on so i did everything i could in white orchard before leaving (except there's an "abandoned site" which is just a roadside shrine that i suspect monsters show up at based on time-of-day) and am now in velen.

this is much, much better than skyrim (which is a bad game) and much, much, much, much better than dragon age inquisition (which is a terrible game). i found the previous witchers to be fun but a little embarrassing writing-wise, this is a big step forward so far.

adam, Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:10 (five years ago) link

is the ios version any good? Looks like it's based on the card game aspect?

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:10 (five years ago) link

wha-a-a-a-a-at a Gwent ios game?!?!?!?!?

oh wait no it's a euro-style board game. that's not the same at all :(

antexit, Tuesday, 14 July 2015 21:14 (five years ago) link

keeping the leveling at pace with the main storyline is kind of tricky - my main complaint aside from graphic card glitches. i tried to skip all the crappy dandelion quests too but no luck -_-

also having to google and backtrack for formulas because you found the enhanced version but not the regular is lame.

bnw, Tuesday, 14 July 2015 21:30 (five years ago) link

Dandelion quests result in Dandelion gwent card dude, a bargain at twice the price

antexit, Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:56 (five years ago) link

dandelion suuuucks. lambert is annoying too but at least has kind of an interesting backstory.

keep hearing npcs that sound like chris finch from the office uk but can't tell if its him. i know he did voice for ass creed pirates

am0n, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:36 (five years ago) link

I am a grown man and I will no longer accept loading screens when I go into a building
― Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, June 8, 2015 12:12 PM

going in and out of caves seamlessly is still impressing the hell out of me every time. lol @ bethesda's "you've opened a door, we'll be back in a few" engine

am0n, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:42 (five years ago) link

sorry for the 101 post but what game is this similar to? i love games like stalker, saboteur, alien isolation, far cry, fallout 3, dishonored, etc. am i likely to get on with this? i keep seeing it billed as an rpg, which usually puts me off, but gameplay footage makes it seem more actionny.

NI, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:48 (five years ago) link


calstars, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:01 (five years ago) link

yeah it depends what puts you off about rpgs. its not turn based but there are elves and magic and shit.

bnw, Thursday, 23 July 2015 18:47 (five years ago) link

is the game as sexist as it looks

polyphonic, Thursday, 23 July 2015 20:22 (five years ago) link

nah its more racist

am0n, Thursday, 23 July 2015 21:16 (five years ago) link

its got the awkward nudity/sex + every female major character is supermodel with blonde hair or supermodel with black hair or supermodel with red hair

bnw, Friday, 24 July 2015 14:42 (five years ago) link

Uh hello what about the crones/hags

but srsly there's at least the plot with Jarl's daughter Certs or whatever her name is, which is about gender inequality pretty explicitly. And the Bloody Baron plot, which doesn't even give you the option of acting sympathetic to the guy for being a shitty husband and father. Aside from the fact that all your love interests are hot and most of the major female characters are up for grabs, which is pretty bad, and all the boobs, it's not so terrible imo, especially for a) a video game and b) a narrative in the fantasy genre. If the Bloody Baron thing turns out in an all-is-forgiven way don't tell me because i'm not there yet

antexit, Saturday, 25 July 2015 21:38 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Diving into this

Purves Grundy (kingfish), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 21:39 (five years ago) link

me too. big init? fave moment so far; slaying that massive fuck off bear outside of town - still on level 1 so pretty satisfying

jamiesummerz, Monday, 14 September 2015 10:21 (five years ago) link

I'm digging the detective aspect that they built up for this. I always read how Sapkowski wrote Geralt as a hard-boiled noir-type detective in fantasy trappings, mixing in some Hammett & Spillane with Polish/Russian/Slavic folklore mythos, and the game includes that.

Purves Grundy (kingfish), Monday, 14 September 2015 20:12 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Finally finished this last night and after weeks of helping people out with their petty problems and not (often) milking them for extra cash, being humble in my (many) gwent victories and gracious in my (rare) defeats, only cheating on [selected love interest] a handful of times, chopping the legs off hundreds of possibly innocent people but otherwise being as supportive and decent as possible given the harshness of the times ... I get THE WORST OF ALL POSSIBLE ENDINGS.

I've since discovered it all hinged on a rash decision I made while not particularly paying attention and suddenly realizing there was a timer counting down on my response. RUDE.

orifex, Monday, 12 October 2015 20:02 (five years ago) link

i got whats considered the bad ending but decided the bleakness fit the game more than the other endings

am0n, Monday, 12 October 2015 20:21 (five years ago) link

am0n, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:30 (five years ago) link

the new patch really ups the resolution

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:37 (five years ago) link

felt the card trading mechanic felt kinda shoehorned in tho

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:47 (five years ago) link

This game is officially exhausting. I wish there was an all-gwent version.

antexit, Friday, 23 October 2015 18:15 (five years ago) link

my copy of this just arrived.

does it come with 20-sided die?

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 15:36 (five years ago) link

Witcher 1 for 99p and Witcher 2 for £2 here -

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 29 October 2015 17:24 (five years ago) link

Am nearing the end of the campaign, but mopping up all the landmarks and expansion content first. I enjoy how this game has deliberate comedy missions.

Purves Grundy (kingfish), Friday, 30 October 2015 07:18 (four years ago) link

which difficulty level did you all go for? i changed it to the easiest one, i guess cos i am bad at games and this might help me to finish it. enjoying it so far. the game looks amazing. one gripe i have is that the tutorial instructions are in tiny text - it's like i need to get a chair in front of the couch to be able to read them.

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Friday, 30 October 2015 08:37 (four years ago) link

Playing at normal, I think.

Purves Grundy (kingfish), Sunday, 1 November 2015 19:47 (four years ago) link

I found the medium one too easy and played at the second-hardest--which requires you to eat and drink to regain energy. There's always enough resources but it is a bit of a drag to do so. Otherwise I thought the difficulty was about right. Certainly there was never, ever a time I got stuck on a level/baddy who wasn't way above my class rating.

antexit, Monday, 2 November 2015 18:05 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

finally having the time to play this properly - it's pretty cool. i find the level of information is p crazy, like how am i supposed to remember the 100s of plants, potions, weapon materials, weapon upgrade grids etc etc, feels like more info than when you start a new job.

that said it does seem to give good tutorials/tips as you go along. the whole thing looks and feels amazing, all the weather changes and the nights.

anyone notice your horse sometimes doesn't come when you whistle?

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Monday, 30 November 2015 23:17 (four years ago) link

yep Roach is always a bit lazy, keeps on with the grass chewing.

you don't need to remember all of those plants/potions etc by heart, just check the bestiary for what you need for specific monsters .... the game really does handhold you nicely into knowing how
to use all the systems. bit overwhelming at first, but i became comfortable with it pretty quick.

still only a third of the way through though! its huge! HUGE!

jamiesummerz, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 16:13 (four years ago) link

this is really good - very into it now. i guess it's common to find yourself lagging behind on the experience levels, i had to put the important stuff on hold and i'm now wandering back towards white orchard to do sidequests and get tooled up.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Saturday, 5 December 2015 13:58 (four years ago) link

love this game so much. it's so big and has so much depth to it, but it's quite easy to just pick up and play for an hour or two.

i'm still quite early in the game but i still don't quite get the crafting stuff and alchemy. like i can see how it works, i think, but it seems to take forever to have all the ingredients to make a thing. then there are those scrolls that tell you how to build something - are they just basically a way to unlock buying that thing off a craftsman? feel like i've met one craftsman in the entire game so far.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Saturday, 19 December 2015 12:32 (four years ago) link

Finally started this. I feel like it's taking forever to gain XP to level up.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 23 December 2015 22:38 (four years ago) link

yeah - same - i was touring around doing every tiny mission and i'm still not level 5 which the next main mission says i should be. now some of the side missions are a lot harder - a few are nearly impossible for my level.

i guess i just keep hitting those question marks and killing bandits. the other day there was one huge bandit camp near the dock type place that you need a special ticket to travel across - it took me a few goes but once i realised the key was to draw them out one by one, it was really good fun. you haven't lived till you've burned a horse to death then slit the throat of the rider as he falls off it. very efficient.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Friday, 25 December 2015 12:28 (four years ago) link

I think this and Fallout are my Gotys for the year

Professor Goodfeels (kingfish), Friday, 25 December 2015 16:04 (four years ago) link

wow, this went from "jesus christ, this is complicated and pointless and these fucking fish men are killing me over and over what the fuck am i doing wrong how do i even equip a sword i don't even know what i'm doing" to "oh fuck it's three in the morning" REALLY FAST
just took my audience with the emperor and there's all kinds of storyline stuff that I'm completely missing but this totally scratches the ol' D&D itch

Does that make you mutter, under your breath, “Damn”? (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 27 December 2015 07:47 (four years ago) link

the depth of gameplay, complexity of fights, deep crafting system, a gazillion things to do and find, looting looting looting, xray specs, better than usual voice acting and writing, real sense of humor... it's pretty great and may stop me from going back to metal gear if i ever find my disc again
moving sucks

Does that make you mutter, under your breath, “Damn”? (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 27 December 2015 07:49 (four years ago) link

The sword stuff is still a bit confusing to me. Like - there are two types of sword and you can only have one of each equipped at a given time, right? And each one has uses in different situations? I'm not sure they ever explain this. Also, I never know which one is which in actual gameplay. And lastly, sometimes pressing square or triangle automatically swings a sword, like 19 times out of 20, but occasionally he'll just swing a punch and not draw a sword, while monsters beat me to a pulp.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Sunday, 27 December 2015 09:17 (four years ago) link

The punching without drawing thing happens to me on occasion. There are some wonky control issues in the fighting but I'm finally getting over them.

The silver sword is for monsters, steel for humans.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Sunday, 27 December 2015 11:28 (four years ago) link

I am enjoying the little stories though. I liked piecing together the gay nobleman's tragic tale and I wish there was more of it, which is saying something for this type of game.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Sunday, 27 December 2015 11:29 (four years ago) link

yeah i like the way people often lie to you to get a thing done - then you can go back and murder them as punishment. i think i am playing this kind of lawful evil - i will help people who need help, i have sympathy for that, but any transgression or lie must be punished with death.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Sunday, 27 December 2015 11:42 (four years ago) link

not my irl world view

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Sunday, 27 December 2015 11:42 (four years ago) link

anyone done the dlc yet, trying to decide if i should bother

am0n, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:39 (four years ago) link

i purchased and have not played it - helpful customer review

i ended up giving up on this with something like 30 hours invested because i felt slightly nagged by all the little incomplete items spotting my past so i ended up circling back trying to do everything which is a pretty bad strategy and also made the game sort of tedious. reading the last dozen or so posts i am very tempted to dive back in

-san (Lamp), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:46 (four years ago) link

based on those sorts of comments, i am clearing as i go. it's a tetch tedious but i imagine much better than coming back twenty levels later.

Does that make you mutter, under your breath, “Damn”? (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:58 (four years ago) link

yeah, that's making me think i ought to doubleback to velen and clean things up before moving too much further along with the main storyline

jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:20 (four years ago) link

I'm checking the Quests tab to see the suggested level and just hitting the ones I'm capable of, building up as I go along.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 22:08 (four years ago) link

for me I ended up way way behind all quests by about the time of velen/bloody baron - I'm just about catching up now after doing almost every available mission in white orchard and other areas. And I mean just about, like still a level down.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 22:15 (four years ago) link

from what i've read only white orchard really ~requires~ the completist approach to avoid being behind in the overall scheme of things, but idk, i'm only like lvl 12 i think?

jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 22:45 (four years ago) link

right now i'm mostly concerned with how to allocate points in the skills tree in a way that isn't totally slapdash

jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 22:45 (four years ago) link

like i got to velen and all the main missions needed level 5 or 6 and i was like level 2. had to go back and complete mission after mission, then even still i'm just about level 4 and a half.

my skillstree philosophy was to hammer it into two as long as i can equip two. my friend told me there's a potion you can get that allows you to rectify any mistakes, later on.

been away for a week for xmas and i'm surprised by how much i crave a 3/4 hour binge of this game.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 23:07 (four years ago) link

starting to think this is one of the best games i've ever played. it starts to get very addictive once you start shooting up the levels more quickly - the range of ways to use your experience points is interesting - so far i mostly focused on improving my attacks with the sword and my igni (igni is my go-to sign).

also all the equipment and swag and stuff in dungeons is cool.

just did the mission with the curse on fyke island, thought the narrative was p cool.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Saturday, 2 January 2016 15:29 (four years ago) link

got a bit of a fever, and spent the entire last night of attempted sleep with the gwent music looping in my head. wasn't too bad actually.

jamiesummerz, Monday, 4 January 2016 10:03 (four years ago) link

i can't get into gwent at all - that's the only part of this game i am not on board with. i assume i can progress without playing gwent. i played magic: the gathering back in the day and all, just a game like gwent within the game seems too deep inside for me, i spent about five mins playing it in that first inn and then quit and haven't touched it since.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Monday, 4 January 2016 14:28 (four years ago) link

i tried to go back and finish the gwent stuff at the end but i think you're meant to do it along the way from the beginning. i also suck at the suck at the horse racing shit.
the dlc is pretty good so far. seems to add quite a bit of side stuff along with the bigger story

am0n, Monday, 4 January 2016 16:36 (four years ago) link

lol typo

am0n, Monday, 4 January 2016 16:36 (four years ago) link

yeah I'm at level 14 and haven't done anything gwenty and wonder if it's worth doing at this point

jason waterfalls (gbx), Monday, 4 January 2016 17:21 (four years ago) link

just did the first horse racing mission in the ciri memory sequence and i won it straight away but it bothered me just for how redolent of other games it was, like just a stupid derivative and boring mission next to the fairly unpredictable quests i've done so far, hope there's not too much of that.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Monday, 4 January 2016 17:38 (four years ago) link

All the Ciri stuff that early in the game is just tutorial, right? The Bloody Baron episode is in retrospect the introductory chunk of what the game really is, narratively, passed just the movement/combat mechanics tutorials that is the White Forest.

I dug the DLC, since you encounter an interesting way to deliver narrative and demonstrate the doomed relationship thru memory and Impressionism.

Kinda highlighted the limited vocabulary of interaction we still have w.r.t. video games, since the control interface is still just button presses.

Professor Goodfeels (kingfish), Monday, 4 January 2016 20:36 (four years ago) link

ah yeah, i guess that's true in theory but i ended up way behind on levels before the bloody baron, so i had to go back to white orchard, but then by the time i got to the bloody baron i actually was way ahead, i got kinda addicted to sidequests and i did all the fyke island stuff with keira metz which gives you loads of experience and a sex scene. though i ended up killing her soon afterwards.

so now i'm like level 9 or something, slaughtering everyone on the bloody baron quests - i guess it makes sense that it's teaching me hand to hand combat and stuff. i quite like the bloody baron storyline even if it's a bit too long. the botchling is pretty dark.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Monday, 4 January 2016 22:06 (four years ago) link

wait you killed keira metz??

jason waterfalls (gbx), Monday, 4 January 2016 23:03 (four years ago) link

yeah i honestly didn't mean to - it kinda escalated quickly i swear officer.

basically i followed her quests through and did the fyke island mission etc, then after the sex scene with her she cast a spell on me and ran back to fyke island. she robbed some notes from that creepy mage's lab and said she was bringing them to... the king whose name i've forgotten, a conversation followed in which geralt was telling her this meant certain death, it seemed very much based on the previous storylines, and he also told her not to do this as the notes could be extremely dangerous if the king sees them.

it went from the seeming possibility of a fight to the fight music initiating and she was dead within about three fast attacks and an igni. kinda weird.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 00:03 (four years ago) link

like to me it seemed like my only choice was kill her or let her give the nuke to king radovid.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 00:08 (four years ago) link

Same thing happened to me and I felt bad because I thought we had a real nice time on our sexy date? So I reloaded an old save and tried some other lines on her and she eventually went off to hang out in my dreary old home fortress.

orifex, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 01:17 (four years ago) link

Got real conflicted dealing with the crones and the whispering hillock.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 02:50 (four years ago) link

currently deciding whether to help Dykstra kill a king.... i sort of love how his character arc works, they really put work into making him more 3 dimensional and his interplay with Geralt is top notch semi-homoerotic goodness

jamiesummerz, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 10:11 (four years ago) link

some of the decisions are tricky. how did you all navigate the fyke island stuff with the wraith? i fought her and then went and told her bf about it all - then he came back and kissed her, while she was a wraith, and died. p great that whole quest.


japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 10:13 (four years ago) link

hmm thats a while ago! i'm not sure - i think i killed her, and that boyfriend ran off ashamed at what he'd done - has to live with the guilt etc.... just about to reach skellige and act 2 - but there's such a vast swathe of Velen still to cover, the completist in me might stick around for a while

jamiesummerz, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 11:02 (four years ago) link

ah really - i got an amazing cutscene where i brought him to her and she turned into this gross wraith and asked him to kiss her to remove the curse. and he kissed her and died, it was v touching.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 11:39 (four years ago) link

I did the same. I think the crone one is basically that village and the Baron and his wife vs a bunch of orphans. I chose the former.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 16:31 (four years ago) link

"crawl back under your rock"

am0n, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 19:43 (four years ago) link

it always makes me a little sad when geralt says out loud "looks like a storm" as he has nobody there to talk to :-( :-( :-(

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 7 January 2016 13:18 (four years ago) link

Just a lonely guy, thinking about how it looks like a storm because of all the heavy rain and lightning there's been for the past four minutes

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 7 January 2016 13:43 (four years ago) link

woah there roach

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Thursday, 7 January 2016 15:09 (four years ago) link

dlc is hard

am0n, Thursday, 7 January 2016 15:42 (four years ago) link

game is p good at changing the atmosphere as you go through it - just got to oxenfurt after a lot of wandering south of midcopse (lots of bandit camps - bandit camps are definitely my favourite sidequest) - the music and atmosphere at oxenfurt is brilliant, and the way it looks.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Saturday, 9 January 2016 00:20 (four years ago) link

agree that bandit camps are the most fun --- the parry/counter mechanic works a lot better with humans is part of it, i think

jason waterfalls (gbx), Saturday, 9 January 2016 00:43 (four years ago) link

game is p good at changing the atmosphere as you go through it - just got to oxenfurt after a lot of wandering south of midcopse (lots of bandit camps - bandit camps are definitely my favourite sidequest) - the music and atmosphere at oxenfurt is brilliant, and the way it looks.

yeah, really like how Velen is all creepy scraping noises and sad violins and the whole region feeling like it's really base and sick and tragic

then you spend the whole big colourful capital city section with everyone dressed in bright colours and the most maddeningly infectious chirpy lute riff everywhere you go

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Saturday, 9 January 2016 00:49 (four years ago) link

agree that bandit camps are the most fun --- the parry/counter mechanic works a lot better with humans is part of it, i think

yeah there's more of a sense of carnage than i dunno, using a yrden to kill some irritating wraith.

btwi know it says blocking is for humans and dodging is for monsters, but mostly i dodge humans too, like my general tactic for big groups is a huge igni, preceded by an enhanced dragon's dream, if i have time - then i try to pick off anyone who got major burn damage. i dodge constantly and back off so it's just me vs one guy and i don't get surrounded. sometimes use mind control if the guy has a shield, but usually igni and quick attack does the job. i barely ever use strong attack or aard. i don't use block much either, dodge seems to work even better.

some of the midcopse bandit camps are cool, they had like 20 level three bandits instead of a few stronger ones - there are loads of new animations for killing people who are at a far lower level.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Saturday, 9 January 2016 01:14 (four years ago) link

lol what have i become

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Saturday, 9 January 2016 01:15 (four years ago) link

i ended up abandoning fallout 35 hours in (i just didn't care anymore) and diving into this instead, mostly due to checking in on this thread on occasion and getting jealous. i'm level 4.5 or so, having just cleared out everything in white orchard (i think) and talked to the emperor.

the combat is great. i was awful at first because i was just mashing attacks and leaving myself open. now i'm learning how to hang back a little, and leveling up and getting better sign skills modifies things in a pleasing way as well. i know there's a stamina system of sorts during combat so that you have to occasionally recharge rather than attacking endlessly, but i can't seem to find the indicator on the HUD. it's almost better that way, though, because i find myself reacting intuitively and guessing at when i've recharged enough, rather than relying on an indicator to tell me i'm good to go.

Karl Malone, Monday, 11 January 2016 22:48 (four years ago) link

the voice acting is so much better than fallout, too, although i really hate the Batman growl that most video game action heroes seem to use.

Karl Malone, Monday, 11 January 2016 22:49 (four years ago) link

this game is stupid good and very addictive. always one more thing to do, one more element to finish the current storyline, one more quick run to get some food and water to prepare for a run at what might be a boss.

xpost but still, i'll take that over fallout's incredibly lame beaver cleaver voice for the main character

Karl Malone, Monday, 11 January 2016 22:51 (four years ago) link

i wish i could delete the gwenty quest (gotta collect 'em all!) because i swore a sacred oath to never, ever play that game again.

Karl Malone, Monday, 11 January 2016 22:54 (four years ago) link

Been kind of getting into Gwent the last few times I've played, actually.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Monday, 11 January 2016 22:56 (four years ago) link

once you have a few hero cards in your deck does gwent just become easy mode? or does it get more challenging

﷽ (diamonddave85), Friday, 22 January 2016 18:29 (four years ago) link

Oh by the way the Witcher 2 is free on xbox 360 at the moment, I won't link to it because it's different for different regions but it's searchable at Also playable on Xbox One via back compatibility. You'll need to grab it soon though, think it expires in a few days.

JimD, Friday, 22 January 2016 18:47 (four years ago) link

gwent tends to become more strategic once you have a few good cards unless you're playing the local inkeep or nonquest types in which case then, yes, very much easy mode.

ulysses, Friday, 22 January 2016 19:30 (four years ago) link


﷽ (diamonddave85), Sunday, 24 January 2016 04:48 (four years ago) link

one minor gripe would be that the story gets kinda tedious and overbearing somewhere from bloody baron to the novigrad and the missions finding dandelion. like some really long cut scenes and i was starting to feel like skipping them. i'm not sure finding ciri is that interesting a storyline.

how completist are you all being? i've done big clusters of question marks in some areas, but this game seems to be just vast - and like if i'm in the city where the missions advance the main quest, i'm more likely to keep pressing on with that.

have to say since i got advanced dragons dream and advanced grapeshot, and coupled these with a v levelled up igni, i am causing mayhem. like these gigantic mushroom cloud explosions and limbs fly everywhere. it's hilarious.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Sunday, 24 January 2016 10:33 (four years ago) link

my problem is i'm too completionist, so if i see question marks i can't stop myself doing them... which means if i sit down for 3 hours, 2 hours of that will be side quests or just treasure hunt, and so i'm getting through main story VERY SLOWLY. I know some people have shot through the main story in 40-50 hours or so as they ignored the side quests etc... so its really down to what you as a person want to do!

but yes finding dandelion was a bit of a bore at points - but then it also had the stage play etc!
enjoying skellige much more now i've moved onto that.

jamiesummerz, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:55 (four years ago) link

these games would be way better with a silent character-created protagonist rather than reddit wish fulfillment sex having cool guy geralt.

adam, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:39 (four years ago) link

^ a thousand times this; i feel very PUA sleazy picking the obvious sexytimes answer tree

ulysses, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:35 (four years ago) link

lol true

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:45 (four years ago) link

though i suppose you could argue it's an attempt at reprogramming the users

"hmmmm... should i act like a total asshole to this woman or treat her human? i guess i'll treat her human"
three hours later
"holy shit everyone in this game wants to fuck me... i've got to start treating women human IRL i guess"

ulysses, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:03 (four years ago) link

"also, i need to get rippling abs, learn magic and splurge on those catseye contacts"

ulysses, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:03 (four years ago) link

i feel like the gamification of human interaction is the creepiest thing about those kinda dudes

adam, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:05 (four years ago) link

sometimes geralt (and this game) surprise me with wit. not often i guess, and i'm damning with faint praise, but there's a p decent wit bubbling under in this game, relative to other games.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:11 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

lol at the irish accents on skellige.

the graphics there are amazing.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Thursday, 11 February 2016 23:15 (four years ago) link

This is a great game. For me (and not that I play many games) it combines the best aspects of Red Dead Redemption and the better Assassins Creed games.

I've not long reached Skellige, as well. Lovin it. Loving the vastness of the whole game. Like, when you get a new mission you go to the map to see where you have to go and you follow the yellow arrow, and you follow it and follow it and follow it, and it just scrolls for ages and it's like ho-ly fuck. I'm gonna be at something of a loss when I complete it all, tbh. lol.

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Thursday, 11 February 2016 23:33 (four years ago) link

I got overwhelmed by the size and stopped to play Arkham Knight.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Friday, 12 February 2016 01:35 (four years ago) link

yeah i took a lil time out from playing anything and found it a lot easier to jump back into arkham knight and shadows of mordor (which i still haven't really figured out) for a few quick punchups than heading straight back into the vastness of the witcher. excited too because i just sorted out a projector/screen setup and it's totally indulgent and awesome, this game looks fantastic at 120"

jason waterfalls (gbx), Friday, 12 February 2016 02:39 (four years ago) link

Some intense games of Gwent happening over here.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Friday, 19 February 2016 01:45 (four years ago) link

lambert, lambert, what a prick

jamiesummerz, Friday, 19 February 2016 16:01 (four years ago) link

am0n, Friday, 19 February 2016 19:39 (four years ago) link

amaziing. that tune really gets the blood up for slaughtering some novigrad street gangs.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Saturday, 20 February 2016 01:33 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

FINISHED. got a good ending. what a game!

jamiesummerz, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:39 (four years ago) link

eight months pass...

witcher 3 is good

Mordy, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:01 (three years ago) link

yes! have to get back into it. so fun to play stoned for hours on a wintery day .

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:16 (three years ago) link

Beat the actual game. Started on the DLC but haven't gotten very far. Total blast though.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:41 (three years ago) link

i recently started on this too. i had tried the first one at the time and hated it so i mentally wrote the series off since. but i saw and got so many recommendations for 3 that i had to get it in the end and yeah it is exceptional. movement still nearly as clunky as i remember it from 1 tho.

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:46 (three years ago) link

i finished the tutorial area and just started on the next area. it's so huge, and i love that the side quests and stuff are well written and interesting. i haven't really delved into gwent at all. is it the kind of thing that gives advantages or just a bit of fun on the side? should i worry about it now or can i go back to it later?

Mordy, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:58 (three years ago) link

Worry about it now because you'll need the special cards from certain characters (like the Baron) that will disappear and you'll never catch up with the quality level of cards NPCs have in Skellige or Novigrad.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:13 (three years ago) link

it's also just fun. it's a p nicely designed game and quick to play a match

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:41 (three years ago) link

don't worry about the vastness, just enjoy the fact that even the smallest side quest is going to be pure quality, and there are hundreds of hours of enjoyment in that thing. I actually think the story of Hearts Of Stone is better than the base game, it really is wonderful....

due to this year of shittiness i've actually kept blood and wine back for as long as possible, first reason being so that i have a guaranteed excellent thing to enjoy in christmas holidays, and second reason being that i'm gonna be fucking sad when i have no more of this to play.

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:21 (three years ago) link

fuck gwent if it doesn't appeal, i never played it even once.

this is the best game.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:40 (three years ago) link

well i played it once, but after that i never played it again.

must try the expansion packs, though i still haven't finished the original, i'm too addicted to randomly grinding my way around the question marks. there's nothing i love more than a huge bandit camp.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:41 (three years ago) link

I love how the bandits never learn how dumb it is to attack you, even the last guy is always there confidently shouting abuse at you as you stride menacingly over the severed limbs of all his friends, deflecting crossbow bolts back at him

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 17 November 2016 11:23 (three years ago) link

fuck gwent if it doesn't appeal, i never played it even once.

this is the best game.

― Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:40 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

cosign all of this

jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 17 November 2016 11:58 (three years ago) link

I love how the bandits never learn how dumb it is to attack you, even the last guy is always there confidently shouting abuse at you as you stride menacingly over the severed limbs of all his friends, deflecting crossbow bolts back at him

there's a lovely bandit beach down south somewhere, like about 100 of the fuckers around some boat. sort of like a club tropicana for bandits except instead of drinking in speedos you maim and burn them all with bombs and igni.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:03 (three years ago) link

it's like south west as far as i recall.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:03 (three years ago) link

I just finished Blood & Wine, which pretty much gives you a whole new game world to explore, which has the added bonus of being like a fever-dream version of 14th Century Provence

Neil S, Thursday, 17 November 2016 14:06 (three years ago) link

and i'm back.

i played a couple hours last night, bumped up to LVL6, and kept dying during the Bloody Baron mission where you have to keep the torches lit while the Pellar completes his spooky chants. i was getting to the point where i was saying "oh come on! come on!" in annoying little kid voice, out loud, after every loss, so i went to bed. in the cold light of the morning i realized that i probably should have adjusted my Sign skills so that they're more effective against Wraiths, who were just tearing me apart. Also I leveled up and didn't even take the time to pick a new skill or do anything else. Negronis. I had a few and it affected my decisionmaking. I'm sorry The Witcher III.

anyway i had a great time getting back into it after however long it had been since i moved on. this time i anticipate sticking with it a lot longer.

Karl Malone, Friday, 18 November 2016 16:03 (three years ago) link

i tried to get into gwent when i re-engaged last night. i don't think it's going to happen. about 5 tutorial screens in i just kind of gave up. an hour later i mustered the will to challenge a shopkeeper to a game. i bet 2 crowns. 5 minutes later, still on the first screen, trying to figure out which faction and leader to go with i forfeited

Karl Malone, Friday, 18 November 2016 16:20 (three years ago) link

spectre oil on your sword, and use yrden for the wraiths. that should speed it up!
from what i remember it's almost like a mandatory test that battle, in that it teaches you to look at the bestiary properly and use oils.

jamiesummerz, Friday, 18 November 2016 16:44 (three years ago) link

everyone mostly playing this on the default difficulty?

circa1916, Friday, 18 November 2016 17:19 (three years ago) link

difficulty level for these kind of games depends on how much you are going to do side quest/extras. i figure they have to balance them for ppl going m/l straight thru the main quest with only occasional diversions. that means that if you do all of the extra stuff and get to the main quest last, also my approach, then you over-level. it is worth the initial extra challenge to crank the difficulty a level and have the game not be a cakewalk later imo.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 18 November 2016 18:21 (three years ago) link

been playing on normal and it's been pretty good but starting to get easy - thought about making it more difficult now (i'm at around lvl 10)

Mordy, Friday, 18 November 2016 18:23 (three years ago) link

yeah, normal is pretty easy -- i think the kotaku guide recommended playing it on one level harder, saying that it got a little too easy in the late stages

jason waterfalls (gbx), Friday, 18 November 2016 18:56 (three years ago) link

phew - thanks jamiesummerz, that did the trick.

i was stuck in an incredibly annoying save situation where i somehow saved it about 2 seconds before the battle triggered, leaving me enough time to pause the game and adjust the loadout, skills, and repair my sword, but not enough time to save the game again afterward. as a result i had to do annoying inventory stuff every single time i died, which was like 15 times. on top of that, last night my ps4 installed a big upgrade to the game, and when i started it up this morning it had a handy mandatory tutorial for the inventory screen which i had to skip through every single time i reloaded.

but it's over. now i'm going to wander around and do some treasure hunting and alchemy and crafting and chill

Karl Malone, Friday, 18 November 2016 19:09 (three years ago) link

i was stuck in an incredibly annoying save situation where i somehow saved it about 2 seconds before the battle triggered

similar situation compelled me to post this, the only time i ever got close to throwing the controller, swearing at the television in the middle of the night


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just another (diamonddave85), Friday, 18 November 2016 19:36 (three years ago) link

an invitation from keira metz

geralt and keira's journey to the elven mage's lair had forged a tight bond between them, the kind harrowing life-or-death experiences forge between soldiers at war or students during exam week. and so when it was all over keira invited geralt to stop by her hut sometimes, in a way that suggested she did mean for an afternoon of tea and crumpets.

i'm assuming this means she wants to play gwent. i'm afraid to go because i've only really played gwent once, and i had no idea what i was doing and didn't even finish.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 19 November 2016 02:18 (three years ago) link

ah, youth

jason waterfalls (gbx), Saturday, 19 November 2016 02:27 (three years ago) link

Complete edition is $25 on Amazon today (I ordered it)

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 24 November 2016 20:55 (three years ago) link

I started this last night and I'm kind of overwhelmed but after months of playing Fallout IV this looks (visually) SO MUCH BETTER

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 1 December 2016 17:08 (three years ago) link

yeah when i started fallout iv that kinda ended it for me - it just looked so dead compared to the witcher.

as mentioned the sound is amazing too if you can hook it up to something nice.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 1 December 2016 17:09 (three years ago) link

i was also overwhelmed at first, and i was a bit confused by the story, having never played the previous entries in the series. but after about 4-5 hours it really settles into a satisfying groove that hasn't let up since. and geralt is a great videogame character. to continue the Fallout4 abuse, geralt is on a different level than the generic fallout character person with the terrible voice acting that you're forced to inhabit.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 December 2016 17:15 (three years ago) link

Fallout has some decent scenery but the character design is so ugly and primitive compared to something like this or Uncharted.

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 1 December 2016 17:16 (three years ago) link

I read some background on the story and mythology of the first two games before playing. I'm more overwhelmed by gameplay stuff but I'm sure it will get more natural.

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 1 December 2016 17:17 (three years ago) link

i never found the story stuff bothersome - i never played the other games. it kinda pieces it together.

the gameplay is definitely a bit intense at first, like all the tools and items etc feels a bit overwhelming but you can kinda ignore any parts that seem tedious. it's complex enough some of it, i mean for a videogame like that i play to escape from a world where i need to solve complicated problems.

i mean obv choose your own path but i funnelled most of my resources into igni and fast sword attacks and then kept upgrading bombs. there's a spell called dragon's breath that makes your bombs and igni cause these huge mushroom clouds, increasing in severity as you power up. just throwing this out there in case that appeals.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 1 December 2016 18:58 (three years ago) link

i'm still pretty early on, i think - LVL 14, and i've been wandering around doing novigrad-related quests for the past couple hours - but i still haven't really gotten into the crafting stuff yet. crafting, so far, seems like kind of a waste of time because the stuff i find out on quests are always better than even the best crafting option for my level. i'm guessing as crafting becomes more important toward the end game? kind of ditto with alchemy, although it least that's useful for creating enemy-specific potions and stuff.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 December 2016 19:04 (three years ago) link

yeah that's my experience of crafting too. if you grind around the place you end up finding way better weapons.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 1 December 2016 19:06 (three years ago) link

good to know! i won't waste too much time thinking about it now, then.

the only other issue i've had as i play through is just trying to figure out which quests to take on. i'm trying to take on the main quests when i'm relatively close to their recommended level so i don't end up overleveling and breezing through the main storyline. but as i take that approach, it ends up having a similar effect on the secondary quests - right now i have a bunch of LVL 7-10 quests that i haven't done, and now i'm way too leveled up for them to offer any satisfying challenge.

i dunno, it's not a big deal, and i'm still managing to fit in a lot of sidequests when i'm still close to the appropriate level, but i'm starting to get FOMO as i steer Roach around the landscape.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 December 2016 19:12 (three years ago) link

i think it's so big that that's maybe inevitable. i did go back and clean up a lot of quests even if i got like 1 xp for doing them because i was so far levelled up.

i still haven't finished the first game tho - i am like level 25 or maybe more but got sidetracked by question marks.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 1 December 2016 19:14 (three years ago) link

crafting is important for the witcher gear but pointless otherwise. alchemy is great tho, they did a terrific job making potions and oils etc easy to use and relevant. one of the big successes of the game vs the genre standard imo.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 1 December 2016 19:26 (three years ago) link

i am at level 20, and was out on skellige doing the main story and just decided to go back to velen and investigate question marks, and mop up some witcher contracts

being overpowered in some confrontations can be boring, but i'm using it as a way to try out different patterns of attack/parrying

haven't decided on a "build" really. yrden appeals to my sensibilities but igni seems most practical

jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 1 December 2016 21:47 (three years ago) link

for a while i was heavily relying on quen - before battle and during. but now i hit it before and then igni throughout. igni is crazy good esp against human opponents.

Mordy, Thursday, 1 December 2016 21:58 (three years ago) link

yeah it's the best - the mind control is v powerful too but mostly igni plus dragon breath plus bombs and you can take down anything.

might have said this already but one of the tips said to block against humans and dodge v monsters but i never found that to be true - dodge against everything imo.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 1 December 2016 22:10 (three years ago) link

cluster bombs and underpowered idiot bandits are a very fun combination in the late game ime

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 1 December 2016 23:17 (three years ago) link

sold my copy of this after "finishing" - didn't bother with all the ?'s in the water. loved it but don't see coming back to replay it. an actual rpg witcher wd be dope

am0n, Friday, 2 December 2016 16:35 (three years ago) link

Still too caught up in Skyrim to give this the time it requires

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 2 December 2016 16:39 (three years ago) link

so my geralt told triss he loved her bc a) i barely know anything about yenn and b) she's a hot redhead. i'm pretty fine w/ the decision but i do wonder how much story i'm going to miss out by foreclosing on yenn? the way he leaves triss makes it seem like his story with her is over for the game... so maybe that was a short-sighted decision on my part?

Mordy, Thursday, 8 December 2016 19:51 (three years ago) link


Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 8 December 2016 19:56 (three years ago) link

you won't get less of anything overall, just different.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 8 December 2016 19:58 (three years ago) link

Yeah but the Yenn love runs deep.

Gukbe, Friday, 9 December 2016 00:00 (three years ago) link

There's a good little moment on a mountain.

Gukbe, Friday, 9 December 2016 00:00 (three years ago) link

there'll be terrible pornography regardless, follow your heart/index finger

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, 9 December 2016 00:02 (three years ago) link

Yenn is a total bitch, Triss definitely the right choice. I had planned on Triss but i think the signposting of that specific moment where you have to tell her you love her maybe wasn't clear enough to me, so i missed it and ended up without either of them! ah well, i still got a great ending. being a good dad is far more important in the process of getting a good ending than who you end up seeing terrible porn of.

jamiesummerz, Friday, 9 December 2016 12:23 (three years ago) link

that almost imperceptible nod when you suggest a game of gwent #justwitcherthings

Mordy, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 04:20 (three years ago) link

i'm in skellige and up to level 20 and i feel like the end of the game is rapidly approaching. i still have a bunch of quests i could backtrack to finish but probably won't... i out-leveled a ton of stuff, esp among the contracts. what level does this go upto? 30?

Mordy, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 04:21 (three years ago) link

the levels at the end of the main story are around 32-34 i believe

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 04:31 (three years ago) link

omg i just realized cd projekt is the same company doing cyberpunk 2077

Mordy, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 04:32 (three years ago) link

it's worth going back and doing contracts if you're bothered about potions and alchemy generally, the monsters you kill often supply useful ingredients

Neil S, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 07:29 (three years ago) link

i'm in p much the exact same position as you, mordy, and i'm going back to sweep up contracts, even easy ones

jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:09 (three years ago) link

this game rules. i need to practice fighting though bc my approach is still just mashing a bunch of buttons really fast.

na (NA), Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:20 (three years ago) link

i practiced fighting and alchemy and stuff too much and now the game is too easy even after raising the difficulty level. as great as the game is it really is lacking in the challenge department.

Mordy, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:21 (three years ago) link

this game rules. i need to practice fighting though bc my approach is still just mashing a bunch of buttons really fast.

just keep jumping and fast attacking, occasionally weave like ali with o then thump someone with a strong attack, lots of fire and lots of bombs, it's easy. i kinda like that it's easy as i'm bad at games. i got a few new games recently but this thread made me come back to this one. lmao @ the scene where geralt and the two other witchers all get wasted in his house. i mean partly cos it's funny and partly cos it failed to be.

am i the only one who finds the voice acting for the two-line blurbs on the loading screen just kind of hilarious. the way he says "bloody baron" is just so bizarre.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:35 (three years ago) link

yeah i don't mind it being easy, i don't put enough time into playing video games to get really good at them. most of my favorite games are ones that got criticized for being too easy.

na (NA), Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:39 (three years ago) link

I was so glad to be alone in the living room when the witcher fucks a sorceress on a fake unicorn

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 15 December 2016 01:05 (three years ago) link

spent 5 minutes trying to figure out if yenn is an analogue for veronica does that make tris an analogue for betty or bc she's a redhead for cheryl blossom and then trying to figure out exactly what the semiotics of cheryl blossom was supposed to be anyway - this was a good distraction for the otherwise shameful unicorn sex scene

Mordy, Thursday, 15 December 2016 01:44 (three years ago) link

mordy those are 5 minutes you cant have back

I really enjoy this game but it is kinda easy-ish. I'm getting frustrated with the crafting too. I finally got my hands on a master armorer except I dont have recipes for anything decent at my level so its basically an empty victory.

More fetch quests then!

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Friday, 16 December 2016 18:40 (three years ago) link

I've already lifted the difficulty once and it's still too eAsy thinking about taking it up to death march

Mordy, Friday, 16 December 2016 18:42 (three years ago) link


Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 16 December 2016 22:59 (three years ago) link

esp if you're using the right oils and making use of the decoctions (there are some feats that apparently boost your toxicity tolerance which i feel like will just break the game entirely if i use -- i have like 3-4 pts i haven't even invested yet in skills). i also have the cat school armor which is great.

Mordy, Friday, 16 December 2016 23:06 (three years ago) link

breaking up w/ yenn v. sad :(

Mordy, Sunday, 25 December 2016 03:53 (three years ago) link

finally finished this. i have a pretty big backlog of games to get to but that new game+ sure looks tempting. quite a remarkable game - one of the best RPGs i've ever played for sure.

Mordy, Saturday, 31 December 2016 19:13 (three years ago) link

has any one read any of the books or graphic novels? are they any good?

Mordy, Monday, 2 January 2017 19:01 (three years ago) link

I've read (well, listened to), the short story prequels to the main saga and generally enjoyed them. I'm not a big fantasy reader though so take it with a grain of salt.

Gukbe, Monday, 2 January 2017 21:23 (three years ago) link

I dug the books, the couple first ones I read.

Took me forever to really get that the games were sequels of sorts to the books.

THE SKURJ OF FAKE NEWS. (kingfish), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 07:31 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

am0n, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:19 (three years ago) link


Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:31 (three years ago) link


i've been chilling in novigrad for the past week. just like solving mysteries and tracking people down. i love that there's a city that actually feels big and like a city within the even huger world.

na (NA), Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:33 (three years ago) link

After some so-so AAA games over the holidays, I fired up my post-Blood & Wine save and am just walking the earth, basically immortal, picking up all the question marks I left behind, finding it a surprisingly soothing way to not think about 2017.

orifex, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 20:48 (three years ago) link

are the add-ons worth picking up? the gameplay can be repetitive but I enjoy walkin around the world they created.

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 22:54 (three years ago) link

Yeah would recommend, the new area in Blood and Wine is a nice change, and both have some pretty great quests.

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 23:19 (three years ago) link

Hearts Of Stone story is better than Wild Hunt!

jamiesummerz, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 23:33 (three years ago) link

do you carry on as the same level etc in the expansions?

i only discovered the island in skellige called "an skellig" like two days ago, despite it having its own theme music and several really cool side quests. somehow i missed it. anyway finally finished this last night. don't read on if you don't want mild spoilers:

pretty good cinematic end sequences. thought the second last boss, the magician guy, was one of the few really difficult bosses in the game. the last boss was laughably easy, he barely hit me once. i was thinking last night i reckon i've died more in this game by falling off cliffs than during battle.

i also wondered if anyone else does the following:

1. being too lazy or not bothering to use roach, instead walking/running long distances to a marker, as the crow flies. mostly works, occasionally results in stupid routes over mountains and lots of scrabbling/jumping.
2. never using the parry/block action. i just dodge or roll always. i can't even remember how to parry.
3. putting all your experience into sword skills - like once i got a good igni and an okay quen/yrden there was so much experience left it just seemed like upgrading sword attack and defence made the most sense.
4. never fighting on horseback. can't be bothered/it's too easy on foot anyway to need to learn how to move roach in any non-frustrating way during a fight.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 2 February 2017 12:08 (three years ago) link

yes, you retain your level (and all upgrade, gear etc.) in the expansions, or you can assume a levelled-up version of Geralt if you want.

Neil S, Thursday, 2 February 2017 12:14 (three years ago) link

i also wondered if anyone else does the following:

yes to 1 + 4 for sure. parrying is useful when you're dealing w/ archers (and have the deflect skill) otherwise agree. 3 - a lot went into sword skills (and particularly quick sword -- does any one bother to use both quick & heavy? seemed unnecessary even at the second highest difficulty setting) but putting a little bit in alchemy basically turns the game into a cakewalk. + i say this as someone who doesn't really play the dark souls games bc they're hard enough that i get frustrated - but in general witcher 3 is just too easy. agree about the second to last boss and the final boss too.

Mordy, Thursday, 2 February 2017 12:18 (three years ago) link

i had all these plans to combine the highest level bear swords w/ the highest level cat armor but i didn't even bother getting everything fully upgraded by the end. maybe it makes more sense to do so on new game+.

Mordy, Thursday, 2 February 2017 12:19 (three years ago) link

i put like everything into igni and sword. and i use a lot of bombs which combined with igni is good.

i use strong attack a lot though, like when an enemy is stunned or you have a clear strike, strong attack is really good. also the heightened strong attack where he lifts the sword over his head, backwards, is ludicrously powerful. kinda hard to get a hit in with it but if you do it causes huge damage.

i'm the same - i know i'd give up dark souls after two minutes, i'm mostly okay with witcher 3 being easy but i think they could fix it a bit. like the exp level of bosses doesn't actually tally with difficulty sometimes, there's this one golem or fire elemental in one of the caves that took me longer than any other boss, and it was just level 28 or something when i was about 30. but most of the time i just tear into enemies without even blocking or dodging and they're dead in about two minutes.

humanoids are even easier, i mainly enjoy fighting them cos it's fun to dodge and taunt them. i think if the fighting wasn't so much fun and didn't have such good animations it'd be more frustrating, but it is a problem. like the game doesn't quite know how to balance itself towards the wide variety of skills you amass as it goes on.

xpost i keep finding i have the scrolls for the three highest things but not the most basic one, and hence can't craft it or brew it.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 2 February 2017 12:23 (three years ago) link

started blood and wine over the weekend, can't stop laughing. the accents and the music and the script. this game is all-time.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 6 February 2017 11:21 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

i can't complete the final detlaff fight in blood and wine at all. it's about 200 times harder than anything else in this game. i searched for how to do it etc, nothing helps.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 20 March 2017 13:19 (three years ago) link

maybe kick the difficulty level down a notch? i was looking for a chill vacation vibe by the time i got to b&w so i set it to easy mode. i think detlaff still kicked my ass a few times but i don't remember it being a grind (and i am not a particularly skilled fighter in this game)

orifex, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:11 (three years ago) link

lol i'm already on easy. like when he changes form he just fires bats and me and i die every time. i've considered going back to an old save then heading off for a while to level up and maybe get a few more effective potions, though i am a really high level already.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:05 (three years ago) link

ha oh welp. maybe i was way over-leveled since i'd done everything i could do in the game by then or maybe i got lucky with my "hit random buttons in a sweaty panic" strat

orifex, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 07:50 (three years ago) link

he telegraphs his fire bat attack, it should just be a question of dodging out the way when he telegraphs it then closing in for some sword-thwacking IIIRC

Neil S, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:57 (three years ago) link

seems to be really hard to dodge, probably a timing thing. glad this game is easy cos the load times when you die are so bad it's hard to have even three goes at a boss.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:01 (three years ago) link

remember the quen shield that gives back health being pretty critical in surviving that part

devvvine, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:06 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

how long does the dlc take, roughly

na (NA), Saturday, 15 April 2017 00:25 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

i'm not enjoying blood and wine as much as the main game or as much as hearts of stone and i can't tell if it's because it's not as good or i'm just finally burning out on this game. the main story feels pretty grim and the side missions are all pretty dull. i do like toussaint though, it's very pretty.

na (NA), Monday, 15 May 2017 17:38 (three years ago) link

i stopped partway thru b&w. i think for me it was part burn out but also it lost the sense of progression to keep pushing me along. i might try it again in a few months.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 15 May 2017 17:59 (three years ago) link

weird - i felt most addicted during blood and wine.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 15 May 2017 18:03 (three years ago) link

so far it feels less creative/weird than the rest of the game. nothing like going into the painting or the final battle against the mirror man in hearts of stone. a lot of straight-ahead fighting and running errands for people. but i'm probably not that far into blood and wine yet.

na (NA), Monday, 15 May 2017 19:10 (three years ago) link

cautiously optimistic

jason waterfalls (gbx), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:22 (three years ago) link

i hope it's just a lot of wandering around in the foothills gathering flowers and whistling for Roach

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:54 (three years ago) link

terrence malick's The Witcher

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:55 (three years ago) link

Karl Malone, Saturday, 20 May 2017 18:51 (three years ago) link


jason waterfalls (gbx), Saturday, 20 May 2017 22:28 (three years ago) link


the first tv show ever to be shot entirely within a broom cupboard in an embassy building

🎵 it's grey pubic now, stoner blue 🎵 (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 22 May 2017 15:30 (three years ago) link


Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 22 May 2017 15:38 (three years ago) link

now you don't need to unlock the sex scenes

The Remoans of the May (Noodle Vague), Monday, 22 May 2017 16:19 (three years ago) link

this was $25 for the game + both expansions on GOG yesterday and i just built a new gaming pc so i guess i'm finally going to play it. i avoided it before because skyrim burnt me out on this type of game but it's been long enough now i think, and being able to play it on high gfx settings should be a treat, i imagine.

ciderpress, Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:31 (three years ago) link

fwiw witcher 3 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> skyrim

Mordy, Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:33 (three years ago) link

yeah i loved skyrim but this is just so so much better

jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:36 (three years ago) link

That's a big promise

The Remoans of the May (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:40 (three years ago) link

idk i don't feel any compunction about that claim. witcher 3 eats skyrim's lunch. they're not even close to being on the same level.

Mordy, Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:41 (three years ago) link

i know!


jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:42 (three years ago) link

100% agree

adam, Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:43 (three years ago) link

One day I'll own something I can play this on and I definitely want to

The Remoans of the May (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:44 (three years ago) link

skyrim ~feels~ a little more open in that you can design your character, choose to be a certain class w/accompanying storyline, etc, but witcher is so much more polished in every other respect (writing, acting, visuals, controls, etc) that yeah it's really not much of a comparison

jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:44 (three years ago) link

stealth archer on Skyrim was cool, don't recall anything similar on Witcher 3

badg, Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:56 (three years ago) link

really curious what the next generation of games in this genre will look like, seems like witcher3 and zelda have sent everyone else back to the drawing board

ciderpress, Thursday, 25 May 2017 17:03 (three years ago) link

i also agree that witcher is better than skyrim, and i loved skyrim. witcher has more personality and better writing and more variety.

na (NA), Thursday, 25 May 2017 17:13 (three years ago) link

stealth archer on Skyrim was cool, don't recall anything similar on Witcher 3

― badg, Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:56 AM (thirty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i did miss this, as this is typically my favorite class

jason waterfalls (gbx), Thursday, 25 May 2017 17:30 (three years ago) link

Only gave Witcher a cursory try but it seemed a bit more of a drag to get into than Skyrim, with all the alchemy and potion stuff. Ready to believe that there's an awesome game in there once you get past that but skyrim otoh hooked me from te get go

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 25 May 2017 17:54 (three years ago) link

tbh my least favorite parts of both skyrim and witcher were the alchemy and potion and crafting stuff.

i love picking spells and weapons and upgrading equipment, but for some reason when it extends into keeping track of 60 different sets of recipes to make marginal upgrades to stats i just get overwhelmed and stare distantly and wistfully.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:01 (three years ago) link

kinda like this, but with just a hint of hope

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:02 (three years ago) link

Free public beta for online Gwent is live

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 25 May 2017 20:29 (three years ago) link

this was a good choice for breaking in the new pc, the environments look incredible

ciderpress, Friday, 26 May 2017 14:09 (three years ago) link

stealthing and sniping is how I always like my characters to live, have only played the first Witcher which I like just fine but it isn't a patch on any Elder Scrolls game and you totally have to tank along and the alchemy is a huuuuuuuge buzzkill

The Remoans of the May (Noodle Vague), Friday, 26 May 2017 14:30 (three years ago) link

this is still fun 15 hours in though the combat kinda sucks relative to the rest of the package. i also haven't had much desire to dig into the crafting or alchemy systems, i've just been leveling up quick attack and the magic signs and playing it as a hack & slash

ciderpress, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 16:23 (three years ago) link

Also replaying this on PC rn

Still as beautiful as the day I married it

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:15 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Is the Complete Edition worth getting over the vanilla (and $20!) version?

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:54 (two years ago) link

what's the price difference? the extra content is very good but the base game is already pretty huge

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:58 (two years ago) link

Looks like it's pretty easy to find CE (new) between $35 and $40.

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Thursday, 26 July 2018 18:06 (two years ago) link

i'd say if you have the hours to pour into it you can't go too wrong with the CE but i think the 2 expansions were priced at $10 and $20, so you're not going to be enormously punished if you hedge with just the base game

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 26 July 2018 18:32 (two years ago) link

blood and wine is a pretty huge expansion and worth it if youre the type who doesn't burn out on RPGs 50 hours in

ciderpress, Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:39 (two years ago) link

personally I ran out of steam before getting there

ciderpress, Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:40 (two years ago) link

yeah i still haven't finished blood and wine. hearts of stone was good though.

na (NA), Thursday, 26 July 2018 20:00 (two years ago) link

I guess I'm really out of the loop because I've spent two marathon sessions on the game so far even though White Orchard is considered a prologue level. I've barely even scratched the surface of crafting, but that's probably because in still early in the game and I'm missing a lot of key ingredients.

And OMG Gwent, I can see myself easily sinking hours into it.

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:55 (two years ago) link

Will ILX revoke my Kool Kid's Club Kard if I say that the flood of ?s on the Velen map make me want to skip all those sidequests and get on with the main story?

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Monday, 30 July 2018 20:52 (two years ago) link

I mean my god:

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Monday, 30 July 2018 21:08 (two years ago) link

do not try to do every sidequest in witcher 3 you will die

ciderpress, Monday, 30 July 2018 21:28 (two years ago) link

velen is the largest area by far fwiw

ciderpress, Monday, 30 July 2018 21:29 (two years ago) link

i did everything, in the main game at least, and have no regrets

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 30 July 2018 21:53 (two years ago) link

Roberto r u a ghost?

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Monday, 30 July 2018 21:56 (two years ago) link

no comment

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 30 July 2018 21:57 (two years ago) link

Regarding possible ways to die, I can think of worse ways than Witcher 3 sidequests.

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 18:55 (two years ago) link

it took me 2+ years to finish this game and I found myself forgetting the entire plot when I'd pick it back up..

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 16:19 (two years ago) link

I was a little disappointed after last night's session, because although I'm on the trail of the Bloody Baron's daughter, I did not open any areas with new Gwent players.

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 22:10 (two years ago) link

you should just get the gwent standalone game! i haven't played it but have heard it's pretty good

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 1 August 2018 22:14 (two years ago) link

xp to jingles good grief

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 22:14 (two years ago) link

Bloody Baron: I'll never know what bloom would've been the favorite of my miscarried daughter, and the fault lies with me.
Geralt: Wanna play Gwent?

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Thursday, 2 August 2018 16:46 (two years ago) link

Not sure I'm actually enjoying this now (level 14), might need to take a break.

Don't care for these characters much TBH.

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Monday, 6 August 2018 06:24 (two years ago) link

I think that Geralt's general lack of affect may be why I'm connecting to him, but that doesn't explain why I'm not connecting with other, more colorful/expressive characters.

Abercromb Metrion Finchos (Leee), Monday, 6 August 2018 23:10 (two years ago) link

Is the story supposed to be good or merely good for an open-world RPG? I haven't been impressed, and I'm in Act II now.

Gwent Stefani (Leee), Monday, 20 August 2018 19:28 (two years ago) link

the overall story did not strike me as a strength at the time and i can barely remember anything about it now. i don't think that the main storyline/plot is ever done well in open world games, and the smaller stories you discover (or sometimes create) as you go about the world are where narrative elements can actually shine.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 20 August 2018 19:42 (two years ago) link

What prompted me was actually a secondary quest, the one where you help the Irish viking princess help free a local chieftain from a demon tormenting him by...


... throwing his newborn infant into an oven -- basically, the demon needs to find a new host who genuinely has intense feelings of guilt, but the outlines of the plan were already described by Geralt so why would he feel real remorse?

Gwent Stefani (Leee), Monday, 20 August 2018 19:55 (two years ago) link

yeah people mostly like it for all the weirdo side stories and world building. i never finished the main quest, same as all open world games

ciderpress, Monday, 20 August 2018 19:56 (two years ago) link

I finished it on accident

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 23 August 2018 22:03 (two years ago) link

i find the story more amusing than necessarily good but it still has some sense of character to it and a consistency within its own world. some of the skeillige scenes were hilarious, as an irish person. the acting and the diff accents from diff parts of ireland.

it's weird reading the diff reactions to it. i never played a single hand of gwent after the first 10-minute foray, and i was a magic the gathering nerd in my teens. just couldn't get into it.

prob be surprised if i ever enjoy a game as much as this tho i am already looking forward to their cyberpunk game.

FernandoHierro, Thursday, 23 August 2018 22:21 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

in a world

Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 July 2019 18:49 (one year ago) link

where you have to change your sword to suit your enemy

Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 July 2019 18:49 (one year ago) link

one butt is

Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 July 2019 18:49 (one year ago) link


Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 July 2019 18:49 (one year ago) link

*slow motion shot of butt muscles gently breathing in and out*

Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 July 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

I just started this today ! I mean III. I hate starting games though and this one seems massive but I will try.

L'assie (Euler), Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:53 (one year ago) link

One butt cheek is for human enemies, the other butt cheek is for monsters.

just another country (snoball), Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:27 (one year ago) link

that explains the unbalanced tingling when the witcher walks through the woods

Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:32 (one year ago) link

henry cavill sucks and is bad, therefore this show will suck and be bad


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 21 July 2019 23:06 (one year ago) link

Also the game is bad.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Sunday, 21 July 2019 23:27 (one year ago) link


All three instalments are worth playing. 1-2 do certain things better than 3.

pomenitul, Monday, 22 July 2019 11:17 (one year ago) link

“One of the things that probably shifted the most once we cast Henry is that Geralt speaks a lot less than I initially intended. In the books, Geralt’s actually quite chatty. He talks a lot. What I found, though, is that on-screen—especially with Henry portraying him—a lot can be done in looks and in grunts. Henry’s a big grunter. I mean that in the best way possible,” she said.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Monday, 22 July 2019 22:05 (one year ago) link

oh he’s a big grunter alright

three months pass...

this game really wants me to get into Gwent. I don't understand it at all, which is typical of me because I find most card games perplexing at the best of times

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 8 November 2019 11:34 (eleven months ago) link

I've been playing this for a good few weeks but I'm still LV5. Seem to be trying to defeat the first Wild Hunt demon with the help of a high maintenance hippie witch who reminds me of my ex girlfriend's housemate

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 8 November 2019 11:39 (eleven months ago) link

I only seem to be able to apply ability points to one ability (fast action swordplay or something). How does this work?

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:00 (eleven months ago) link

can't remember how the ability system works, do remember it fucking sucks

devvvine, Friday, 8 November 2019 15:13 (eleven months ago) link

you don't have to play gwent at all beyond that one time where they make you learn it. i certainly never played it again after that.

na (NA), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:27 (eleven months ago) link

i'mstarting to wonder why i haven't leveled up more than I have. It's making it rather hard to defeat this Nithral character

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

i recall that one being a tricky one. any guide online could tell you more but use the roll away movement as much as possible. i also think i was able to back out of it or get a previous save and go back and load up on healing potions

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:24 (eleven months ago) link

smashed it! although afterwards I seemed to end up on the other side of the map with a bunch of tasks to do way way away

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Saturday, 9 November 2019 12:19 (eleven months ago) link

I'm loving this game, but there are a lot of glitches, which is to be expected in a game of this size. That said, I'm not a fan of Geralt suddenly forgetting how to open a door whilst in the basement of a rat-infested haunted tower.

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:36 (eleven months ago) link

Anyway, been playing lots of secondary quests and levelling up and I'm nearly ready to go visit Novigrad. Very exciting. Do you ever get to go to Toussaint in this game or is that one of the expansions?

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:37 (eleven months ago) link

it's one of the expansions, and is iirc even more sex-alicious than the main game

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:39 (eleven months ago) link

Ooh, I had some sexy sex last night. It was very sexual and uncannily like seeing mannequins grinding on each other

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:51 (eleven months ago) link

I take it it's normal to think 'Yeah I really ballsed-up that quest' on a semi-regular basis because you said the wrong thing?
No matter how hard I try, I seem to piss a lot of people off.
I really annoyed the Peller last night by not helping him, but I don't think the game actually gave me an option to help him at all.
Similarly, some quests just kind of end anticlimatically and I'm suddenly left to my own devices in the middle of a wood or whatever. Perhaps the consequences come back to raise their heads later on...

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 10:14 (eleven months ago) link

One of the good things about the game is that there are many, many quest situations where you don't end up doing the "right" thing however you might define that, or how hard you try. And yes, sometimes quests just peter out with no successful resolution, good or bad. I think it's a really good way of world-building, and gives the game replay value- things might turn out different next time. Of course it's still pretty "on rails" really, but it does give the player a real feeling of agency IMO.

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 12:03 (eleven months ago) link

I like:

'Right, we've gotta go and kill the evil witches who live in the wood, with not a moment to spare. Follow us'

*You meditate for 36 hours*

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 12:05 (eleven months ago) link

I think it's a really good way of world-building

Yeah absolutely. "That went wrong and sort of fizzled out weirdly" is the key mood of the whole game imo and what makes it feel distinct from everything else out there, it's definitely in the feature-not-bug zone.

JimD, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

I think it's a really good way of world-building

Yeah absolutely. "That went wrong and sort of fizzled out weirdly" is the key mood of the whole game imo and what makes it feel distinct from everything else out there, it's definitely in the feature-not-bug zone.

JimD, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

I lost a sidequest involving Gwent because the character I was supposed to play against died. Guess I'm gonna need to learn to play it or this'll keep happening and then I'll get a 'Great job, you suck!' ending.
It does seem like quite a complicated game. I started watching a gruelling 1-hour YouTube on how to play it but the guy was just bumbling through and not getting to the point. The images were fuzzy.

My main concern is that because I haven't played much, I only have the starter deck of cards. Would it be best to go back to White Orchard and play the yokels rather than trying to take on the people in Novigrad? Or does it not matter?

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Thursday, 21 November 2019 13:09 (eleven months ago) link

Honestly, I'd recommend getting used to having a few failed quests in your history rather than bothering to learn gwent, it's not a great card game at all.

I've had a few pretty major plot lines end up marked as failed (including one where I just didn't go back to help out the bloody baron in time and he ended up missing and never heard from again) but none of them have been game breaking and it's one of the things that ultimately makes your playthrough your own, imo. Agree that the red text etc does end up implying a level of "you suck" but learning to ignore that is easier than learning a dumb card game that you won't enjoy anyway.

I mean even if you do want to play a card game you're still better off ignoring gwent and just playing hearthstone or something instead.

JimD, Thursday, 21 November 2019 14:45 (eleven months ago) link

tbf I didn't buy this game to play Magic the Gathering

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Thursday, 21 November 2019 14:55 (eleven months ago) link

as someone who likes MTG and other similar card games, i didn't find gwent fun at all and ignored it for the whole game

ciderpress, Thursday, 21 November 2019 15:34 (eleven months ago) link

Honestly, I'd recommend getting used to having a few failed quests in your history rather than bothering to learn gwent, it's not a great card game at all.

i only played one game of gwent

however, i think it's worth noting that a ton of people seem to love gwent, and it spawned its own separate game

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:17 (eleven months ago) link

(a lot of people also loved/love the card game in FFVIII as well, so who knows)

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:17 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

right. I'm on Skellige now. Still very much enjoying this game although now I'm almost fully versed in the way the game works, I am starting to find the main quest a bit tedious. There's a lot of fetching and following the map to where it tells you to go.
Now I'm on a different map I'm starting to feel a sense of 'okay this again but with Northern Irish accents'.
Decided to go back to Velen for a bit and just ride around and explore. Found a LOT of nekkers and drowners and bandit camps which was okay.
Back to Skellige and whoa there are a lot of characters the game wants to assume I know all about. Had to spend a good while reading the character glossary and still don't quite get what's going on or why I'm doing the thing I'm meant to be doing.
Maybe I'd like to start a different game. I have Dark Souls 3 and RDRII that I'm itching to play but I'd feel a bit like I'm putting a perfectly good book down without finishing it.

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 02:24 (ten months ago) link

for open-world games it's more like leaving a museum without looking at every exhibit imo

ciderpress, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 02:34 (ten months ago) link

yeah OTM. I'm playing W3 through again and just doing what I feel like then progressing the main plot to level up. It's fun just to roam around exploring the huge world, and I think I'm doing mostly new side-quests this time round. The game is absolutely vast!

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 07:37 (ten months ago) link

i feel like i should maybe try this again as i played for maybe 40 hours and then moved on to the next MIND MUSEUM

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 15:04 (ten months ago) link

is there a way to tell how long you've played a game?

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:12 (ten months ago) link

most games track playtime somewhere in the menus, not sure where it is in this game

ciderpress, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:13 (ten months ago) link

if I've played about 5-6 hours since I got my PS4 that would be about 60 or so hours... but it would be interesting to know for sure

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:14 (ten months ago) link

played well over 100 hrs of this according to the stats tab and only recently got to Kaer Morhen.

Does make me wonder exactly how big the game is and what the average completion time would be.

I've been doing a lot of side quests and exploration, plus I've probably left Geralt standing there while I make a cup of tea a few times.

Still not bothered with bloody Gwent and probably never will.

Something I'd like to know more about is the Skills Tree / Character Build thing. Once I've leveled to 5 on an ability, is it worth keeping in my tree or will it not matter if I take it out?

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 3 January 2020 12:55 (nine months ago) link

I've just finished the first two games, breezed the books and am ready for my first Witcher 3 play through. Question for you folks: how do you keep engaged with these massive open world games to the end? (I'm a casual gamer at best, mostly Civilization and two or three older games a year). I love the idea of these huge games -- got really into Red Dead Redemption but after playing intensely for a two months my passion fizzled out and it remains two-thirds completed. Should I space it out, take breaks to play or do other things and return?

blatherskite, Friday, 3 January 2020 19:53 (nine months ago) link

i prefer to just quit when i'm bored

i have quit so many open world games when i'm 30-50 hours in. it feels bad for a second, but then it feels really good

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 January 2020 19:59 (nine months ago) link

when i start to lose interest i try to get through the main storyline and ignore as much side content as i can - basically try to beat the game before i fully lose interest. glad it worked for me with witcher 3. many games (any asscreed game, rdr, gta) i don't end up making it.

Mordy, Friday, 3 January 2020 20:00 (nine months ago) link

yeah the answer is i don't. i played witcher 3 for 40 hours and then drifted away from it unfinished. same with most open world games. the main story has to be really tight to keep me going until the end and usually it isn't by necessity since it has to be compatible with long periods of player meandering and side questing

ciderpress, Friday, 3 January 2020 20:04 (nine months ago) link

I just stop playing for long periods and come back to it later if I like it enough, parcel it out over a few years

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Friday, 3 January 2020 20:05 (nine months ago) link

About to fight the Wild Hunt at Kaer Morhen. Still so many question marks on the map. looking forward to exploring Toussaint

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Thursday, 9 January 2020 08:39 (nine months ago) link

ah what the hell.. that's not the end... not the end at all?? fuck me

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 10 January 2020 00:09 (nine months ago) link

congratulations on reaching the end of intro

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 January 2020 00:11 (nine months ago) link

now you can finally unlock the final skill trees!

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 January 2020 00:11 (nine months ago) link

listen - i refuse to believe that ANYONE has ever beaten the witcher 3

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 January 2020 00:12 (nine months ago) link

I was a bit worried I'd bugged the game last night. There's a part of Novigrad where every time I walked through I'd get started on by these high-level witch hunters.

they prevented me from talking to Ciri in one key quest.

eventually I was forced to just fight all of them as they pulverised me and nicked my coin again and again and again. think I lost like 9 grand killing them all.

thankfully they didn't respawn and I could continue my quest.

incidentally, what difficulty level did you all play on? I went for Story and Sword, although I'm starting to wish I'd put the difficulty level up a bit.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 08:35 (nine months ago) link

I've started the game the Broken Bones level, because I played the first two games immediately prior so felt I had a good handle on the concepts. I also did it counterbalance some mods I used to eliminate annoyances like gear decay and thus makes things slightly easier.

I usually switch to the lower level if it takes me more than three tries on an encounter, though, since video game difficulty tends to frustrate me more than reward me, and I'm supposed to be having fun doing this. Too many childhood memories of SNES games where I threw down the controller ("this is bullshit!") after missing some platform jump and consequently abandoning a game for weeks.

blatherskite, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:26 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

The most annoying thing in this game is swimming and horse riding.

Drowning because Geralt becomes a straight-up idiot as soon as he puts his head underwater is super frustrating.
Also I hate some of these horse races where you fail as soon as you err slightly off the track, mostly because riding Roach is more like steering a particularly impertinent cow rather than a horse.

But on the bright side I'm onto the expansion packs and after a mammoth Sunday session got to experience Toussaint in all its Mediterranean sun-dappled glory. Such a nice break from the gloominess of Velen which of course is where a lot of the Hearts of Stone action takes place. Blood & Wine is seriously thrilling so far, HoS slightly less so but that's far from faint praise considering the high bar set by this game.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 3 February 2020 12:41 (eight months ago) link

okay so the DLC stuff is perhaps better than the main game in many was. Hearts Of Stone started off as 'more of the same' but got genuinely creepy by the end. Blood and Wine is FANTASTIC in every way. Manages to mix camp high fantasy with some of the most unsettling moments in the whole game, and Toussaint is a wonderful area to explore.

Managed to get into a mutliple glitch scenario last night though. There's a quest I happened upon called 'Extreme Cosplay' that involves fighting a bunch of tough-as-nails 'living statues'. After dying a number of times, I was suddenly given a cut-scene that made out I'd won the fight. As soon as the cut-scene ended, the baddies (who I hadn't killed) just started whooping my arse, so I ran up some steps to get away from them, meditated to regain precious vitality and stock up on potions, and when I woke up I was outside the building with no way to get back in. I could see on the map on of the enemy NPCs was still in there, and she will be in there for the rest of time!

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 10 February 2020 11:07 (eight months ago) link

I’m tempted to buy this as it’s on sale in the Switch store, plus I’ve almost exhausted BotW and it seemed... similar-ish?

Can anyone tell me what the gameplay’s like? I like exploration-ing more than combat, and reputedly the world is massive in this?

Not bothered by the Switch graphics downgrade - I was more concerned that it’s going to be one of those games that’s interminable dialogue trees and overlong cutscenes - is that right/wrong?

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 20 February 2020 23:19 (eight months ago) link

thank god I don't have to learn how to play gwent. I was wtf'ing it.

Yerac, Thursday, 20 February 2020 23:24 (eight months ago) link

it's great Chuck Tatum. yeah there's some combat but really it's about exploration too

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 21 February 2020 01:14 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

This is proving to be the perfect quarantine activity. The world is so beautiful, much of the time playing it feels like taking a long walk in the sunny countryside. And there’s no chance of running out of content; I’m 25 hours into it and the number of question marks on my map of Velen still dwarfs the number of identified missions/locations.

Dan I., Monday, 30 March 2020 16:14 (six months ago) link

its big

ciderpress, Monday, 30 March 2020 16:16 (six months ago) link

Jelly tbh. I'd love to re-experience the trilogy all over again as though for the first time.

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 30 March 2020 16:17 (six months ago) link

i really wish you could pick flowers/herbs from the horse.

Yerac, Monday, 30 March 2020 16:21 (six months ago) link

Absolutely, I started a two or three months ago and just now completed the first Novigrod visit. I've got a fair number of graphics mods installed and sometimes I just get a little stoned and go riding through the wine country on the east of the map, stop at the little houses, watch folks work and drink some wine from my inventory and just gallop through the scenery. Very peaceful.

blatherskite, Monday, 30 March 2020 17:44 (six months ago) link

TW1 is rough around the edges due to age and a relative lack of financial means at the time, but it really nails the Eastern European folksy atmosphere Sapkowski was going for in the first place and has a much more meaningful alchemy system. In some ways it's a more coherent experience than subsequent instalments, except perhaps for the second, which makes for an excellent self-contained story with some of the best narrative reactivity I've ever seen in a CRPG. So if you loved TW3, you definitely need to experience its predecessors as well.

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:49 (six months ago) link

I wish TW1 had the difficulty switching: I was frustrated with the precise clicks on Hard, so restarted with the regular difficulty. However, I leveled up quite a bit at some point due to grinding in the sewers and the rest of the game was far to easy: I was killing a swarm of drowners in one swing, don't think I even used potions. I literally ran out of places to put bronze talents.

blatherskite, Monday, 30 March 2020 18:06 (six months ago) link

TW1 is $1.49 on Steam?? and runs on my Mac? tempting.

lukas, Monday, 30 March 2020 18:16 (six months ago) link

That's more than tempting, c'mon!

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 30 March 2020 18:19 (six months ago) link

alright. this will be my first Witcher. i'll direct bewilderment and complaints here.

lukas, Monday, 30 March 2020 18:22 (six months ago) link

Sounds good. Just keep in mind that it's a 13 year-old game put together by a then-novice Polish developer with a Gothic (the series, mind you) fetish. It's got plenty of soul, though.

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 30 March 2020 18:25 (six months ago) link

but to be clear, though, it is not a souls-like game

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 March 2020 18:39 (six months ago) link

Also, check out nexusmods if you are feeling adventurous, lots of mods to update TW1 graphics to something a little better, etc. Nice list here:

blatherskite, Monday, 30 March 2020 18:47 (six months ago) link

Thanks all.

The game I'm currently finishing is the most polished, G-rated RPG I've ever played (Breath of the Wild) so this will definitely be different.

lukas, Monday, 30 March 2020 20:30 (six months ago) link

Heh, that it will.

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 30 March 2020 20:31 (six months ago) link

Some of the throw-away lines and characters are so good and memorable. There's this one random peasant exclamation that cracks me up every time, something like "Sir! Why we're up to our noses in frights and horrors! Imps, samovilas, mamunes, flyin' drakes, pikes... oh, and BATS!" Just the way he spits out the word "BATS!" kills me.

Another time this run-of-the-mill unnamed merchant, using the same character model (wooden eyeglasses, etc) that many merchants use, unexpectedly provided such a genuinely warm and friendly interaction (all unique dialogue that I hadn't heard before from any other character) that I felt like I wanted to be friends with the voice actor. It's so impressive how they manage to create so many unique and believable characters, even for unnamed merchants and such who don't have more than three or four lines. Of course there are also the guys who just greet you with "What?" and say goodbye by grunting.

Dan I., Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:04 (six months ago) link

As consistent and impressive as the voice acting is in English, for my next playthrough – five years from now, maybe – I might just go for Polish with English subtitles.

coco vide (pomenitul), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:10 (six months ago) link

ciderpress, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:25 (six months ago) link


This is delightful.

Just got to the Beast and I'm getting destroyed. I've done all the local quests except for playing dice and fistfighting. I might have to grind some more just to keep myself alive in this fight, keeping Abigail alive seems impossible.

lukas, Saturday, 4 April 2020 03:42 (six months ago) link

I got lucky with Aard and one-shotted the Beast. Given that I had to quicksave at the beginning of the fight, reload several times and get lucky to win I fear I'm missing something about combat, but anyway on to Chapter 2.

Love how the typical early town full of quests turned out to be sordid and corrupt. Whereas the Salamadra are just thieves and murderers, they're veritable innocents.

lukas, Saturday, 4 April 2020 03:58 (six months ago) link

I always play with companions since my tactics is generally to get someone else to do initial damage while I spell long distance casts from a safe distance. I also like to taunt giants to lure them toward enemy camps and watch the chaos unfold

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 4 April 2020 12:32 (six months ago) link

Oops wrong thread (skyrim)

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 4 April 2020 12:32 (six months ago) link

Combat-wise, I found the learning curve quite steep at first. As with the overwhelming majority of CRPGs, however, it became a cake-walk once I got past the first half.

Oh and a word of advice: avoid walkthroughs and wikis while you're playing the game, but do check them out afterwards – there is much to miss out on, which is exactly as it should be!


Publius Covidius Naso (pomenitul), Saturday, 4 April 2020 13:26 (six months ago) link

I’ve neglected the main W3 story in favor of side quests, contracts, and exploration and, somehow, I’ve arrived at Kaer Morhen (recommended level: 19) at level 31. Might have to bump the difficulty up to Death March from Broken Bones so I don’t stroll through the rest of the game. OTOH, I suppose outmatching everyone is appropriate considering Geralt is a literally legendary warrior at this point, after several novels and two games worth of fighting…

blatherskite, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:27 (six months ago) link

yeah I never felt any real guilt about being overclocked while playing. the fights aren't really the star of the game

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 21:53 (six months ago) link

After spending like 40+ hours in this game, I just today finally found out about how quest recommended levels affect the XP you get from them (from what I understand, if a quest is 5+ levels below your own level, you get basically no XP from it). I had been so confused to be getting like 2xp for completing lower-level quests!

Dan I., Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:07 (six months ago) link

And yeah, I also don't mind being completely OP in all the fights. I'm in it for the story maaaan, and the scenery.

Dan I., Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:09 (six months ago) link

xpost WAHT

Yerac, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 23:48 (six months ago) link

If you want to spruce up the combat, I heard the Ghost and Enhanced Edition mods are worth checking out.

Publius Covidius Naso (pomenitul), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 23:56 (six months ago) link

I killed a bunch of wyverns in that godawful swamp and got a sword with a name, cool

lukas, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 23:59 (six months ago) link

Gotta love a game in which the post-quest journal entry is "in some way, I've learned too much"

This situation with Alvin is bad. Triss is probably going to lobotomize him and Shani is dangerously naive to think he's just a kid.

Love how after chapter 2 the swamp is filled with EVEN MORE monsters. I just wanted to be a hero, why is everything getting worse?

lukas, Thursday, 9 April 2020 03:10 (six months ago) link

So I had no idea that when I left the middle portion of the game (fish god etc) that I was entering one long, scripted series of encounters with no chance to forage for potion ingredients. I never really thought about what I had, I just brewed and foraged as I needed, so no stocks to fall back on. I think I'll get through it but this seems unnecessarily stressful.

lukas, Thursday, 16 April 2020 04:21 (six months ago) link

Finished. My favorite part of the game was a random dwarf in Vizima who let out a frustrated "fuck" as he walked by.

lukas, Friday, 17 April 2020 01:07 (six months ago) link

I just got out of the prologue and made it to Vizima. I'm level 4 (recommended level 4) and I feel like I dicked around for waaaay longer than necessary in the first area.

rb (soda), Friday, 17 April 2020 01:13 (six months ago) link

general consensus is that dicking around in White Orchard is recommended. Some suggest completing all the side-quests before moving on. I didn't, but going slow in this game is a lot more rewarding than trying to speed through it

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 17 April 2020 10:59 (six months ago) link

I've just got out of White Orchard too. I do get the urge to go and visit all the ? everywhere rather than following the main quest.

One q

closed beta (NotEnough), Friday, 17 April 2020 12:37 (six months ago) link

is it better to sell all the random swords etc you get, or break them down? Or just stash everything? (haven't put anything in a stash yet)

closed beta (NotEnough), Friday, 17 April 2020 12:38 (six months ago) link

Level scaling makes loot stupidly meaningless for the most part, including unique swords and armour.

coviderunt omnes (pomenitul), Friday, 17 April 2020 12:43 (six months ago) link

Did you guys play the DLC packs? Better than the main quest in many respects!

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 17 April 2020 12:47 (six months ago) link

Hearts of Stone is the series’ highlight imo.

coviderunt omnes (pomenitul), Friday, 17 April 2020 13:10 (six months ago) link

Finished the main story a few days ago, and working through HoS now. I loathed those rich-kid hipster bandit-soldiers on sight and can't wait to whirly-blade through the whole pack of them. Except for Poos Peepuhs lady, she's cool.

Dan I., Friday, 17 April 2020 15:34 (six months ago) link

I don't even loot anymore, even after installing a "no junk loot" mod; I get enough money from side quests and contracts, and don't really buy anything anyway. In the first Witcher, since I leveled up too much in the sewers on normal difficulty, I was powerful enough that I rarely needed anything other than a Swallow, so had tons of useless plants.

blatherskite, Friday, 17 April 2020 16:48 (six months ago) link

downloading Witcher 2

lukas, Sunday, 19 April 2020 23:39 (six months ago) link

Restarted Witcher 3 and I'm really enjoying it. Just about to go and see the Baron which is about where I stopped a couple of years ago. Not getting too hung up on doing all the quests this time round is helping

thomasintrouble, Monday, 20 April 2020 10:33 (six months ago) link

One of the biggest annoyances in the entire game is having to repeatedly haul ass all the way from the fast travel marker at the front gate of Crow's Perch all the way up the hill into the main courtyard because they didn't just put the fast travel marker at the top of the hill to begin with! It wouldn't be so bad, but a number of missions entail going back there, so it gets tiresome.

That and accidentally lighting/extinguishing candles when you meant to loot a container next to them.

Dan I., Monday, 20 April 2020 19:13 (six months ago) link

(one too many "all the way" in there)

Dan I., Monday, 20 April 2020 19:13 (six months ago) link

I felt really bad about accidentally putting out someone's Aga.

thomasintrouble, Monday, 20 April 2020 20:10 (six months ago) link

So I can run Witcher 2 on my MacBook Pro ... at 1024x768 ... the screen only goes blank once every few minutes or so, and I can read small text (like objectives under the minimap) if I lean close to the screen ... I'll see how long I can deal with this, might just play Witcher 3 on my Switch.

lukas, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 05:32 (six months ago) link

One of the biggest annoyances in the entire game is having to repeatedly haul ass all the way from the fast travel marker at the front gate of Crow's Perch all the way up the hill into the main courtyard because they didn't just put the fast travel marker at the top of the hill to begin with! It wouldn't be so bad, but a number of missions entail going back there, so it gets tiresome.

That and accidentally lighting/extinguishing candles when you meant to loot a container next to them.

― Dan I., Monday, April 20, 2020 8:13 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm. it's really annoying, especially when you over hear the same bit of monologue over and over again

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 06:27 (six months ago) link

Okay, there is another bit of bystander npc "dialogue" that I love and will never get sick of no matter how often I hear it: when you run into someone, sometimes they will let out a big, nasally, Francophonic "HONNNH!" and it kills me every time

Dan I., Wednesday, 22 April 2020 18:57 (six months ago) link

So far the music in W2 is pretty generic compared to W1. I was also hoping that getting out of the prologue meant I'd spend more time playing than in cinematics, but no luck so far.

lukas, Friday, 24 April 2020 02:46 (six months ago) link

Atmosphere-wise, it's a step down all around, but its branching paths are unparalleled in the series.

pomenitul, Friday, 24 April 2020 03:14 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Last night, I wrapped up the main Witcher 3 quest line at 130 hours. I've got Mastercrafted Griffin and Mastercrafted Wolven Gear, and I'm level 34. I completed all of the main quests, the 'main' secondary quests, and probably about half of the witcher contracts. I failed three or four quests, ignored the question marks in Skellige and gave up on the undying werewolf in the garden storyline, because I couldn't find my way round the map.

The first twenty hours of playtime were rough. I almost quit a dozen times. I despised the design of White Orchard and the west/central areas of Velen that open at first. The fighting was hard, and I didn't understand how to use signs. The landscape design was muddy, cinematically war-ravaged, and filled with cynical and 'world-weary' characters that just seemed like bershon teenagers. I found the game .. gross and drab and leached of color. It was depressing, and not in a fun way. Only two moments kept me hanging on: visiting Keira Metz in her weird hut (when I thought 'oh! this game has colors in it!) and the stupid goat quest.

But then I got to Novigrad and ... things got better? I think that exploring the Skellige islands was my favorite part. They're so expansive and beautiful and such a contrast to the ugliness that comes at the beginning.

I haven't played with different builds yet. I invested heavily in Quen and Aard, and then the whirly rapid-attack. Potions aren't ... I haven't quiet figured them out yet. And I don't understand the adrenaline points stuff, but I have a potion of clearance, so I may play around a little.

I loved:
World-building (after Velen, anyway)
Novigrad, the most lived-in city I remember from any video game ever
All of Skellige. Pretty sure I *still* haven't visited every village on Skellige, and there are at least a few in SE Velen I haven't done more than run past
Treasure hunts for armor (I had to look up some locations)
Weird monsters (except for devourers/rotfiends)
Stumbling on random complicate caves
How the last act of the game takes you back to locations you visited like 50 hours before, and there are changes (big and small)
Oxenfurt / the fancy hidden places under the city

Did not love:
Consistent male gaze-iness
The weird direction the story takes in the last act. Portals? Space? Boring Elvish shit? IDK, I lost interest, and a lot of the ending felt slapped together.
Blah blah political intrigue blah blah
Kaer Morhan is cool, but there's not enough to do there. .
Kaer Morhan fight was boring and easy and I thought it would be better. I was also over-leveled by 4, so there wasn't much of a challenging
Map integration. Too small, too hard to follow. GPS dumb.

First fifteen hours.
Bloody Baron quest
Witchy / Crone quest
Bad armor and weapons until act 2 made difficulty WAAAY high at first
Playing as Ciri, who always felt under-leveled or over-leveled, and too on-the-rails

Gonna start DLC after a few days. Which first? Hearts of Stone or Blood & Wine?

remy bean, Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:37 (four months ago) link

potions are really just buffs

Mordy, Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:49 (four months ago) link

Start with Hearts of Stone. Blood and Wine is an epilogue.

pomenitul, Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:51 (four months ago) link

Great post Remy. yup that was my first feeling when I started the game. 'this is so drab and depressing!', but once it gets going it's so much fun.

I liked the Bloody Baron and especially the Crones. I kind of hate Skellige as there aren't enough fast travel points and I kept having to do the same tedious journey around this enormous mountain about 4 or 5 times for some reason

I'm trying to do all the armour treasure hunts now I've completed everything but crafting the gear is super frustrating. I can't believe I still can't seem to craft a whole set of Mastercrafted gear yet for one reason or another.

I'd say the DLCs are so worth it though. Blood and Wine is like a whole new game in itself and the beauty of the new map is jaw dropping.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 19 June 2020 00:33 (four months ago) link

If you hate drabness and like color you’re going to loooove blood and wine

Dan I., Friday, 19 June 2020 00:46 (four months ago) link

Is that the fairy-tale one? I'm excited. In my head the DLC are coded as "fairy tales epilogue that is difficult but fun" and "bourgeoise vampires with a good story, armor, and a lot of fetching stuff." That may be wrong.

I played this game on Nintendo Switch, so I understand the dreariness might've been exaggerated by (very) bad rendering. But man, what a rough intro to a game! I read a review on reddit or something, and it said that the (slow, brown) beginning of the game is necessary to appreciate the artistry of the latter half. To which I say: baloney. kept going mostly out of guilt that I'd spent $59 on the game, and I didn't want to waste my money. I don't think I would have continued otherwise.

@ dog latin: I am legitimately terrified of ghostly stuff, and I got freaked out during the 'wraith by the well' quest in White Orchard and couldn't sleep. Whatever, I'm a wimp. Since I didn't want to get wigged a second time, and I was already turned off by the battlefield violence and blood smears at the gates of Novigrad, I googled walkthroughs of Bloody Baron and Crones quests. I didn't really make my own choices in the game, as much as follow the script that lead to the least-freaky outcomes. For both of those quests I felt pretty anxious both at the stories themselves and that I'd *choose an unfavorable outcome* and make the game more depressing and scary. It was a weird kind of dramatic irony, but it kept me playing. After I while I (habituated? accepted? embraced?) the spookiness and realized it was mostly kind of corny, and a little tongue-in-cheek, and that's when I really started to like the game. On two other occasions I got turned-off by creepiness: the Tower of Mice story, and during the end of Hjalmar an Craite stuff on top of the mountain, where I ran into a bunch of dead things that tried to eat me in the snow. Neither was as bad as the first scare, but the gory grimness wore me down a bit.

remy bean, Friday, 19 June 2020 01:43 (four months ago) link

The first twenty hours of playtime were rough. I almost quit a dozen times.

I think I started three different games over several years and put at least 20 hours into one play through. Really tried but man was this not remotely fun for me. If you can’t grab me within 20 fuckin hours...

circa1916, Friday, 19 June 2020 02:54 (four months ago) link

Oh god when I first encountered the wraith... no I agree with you, it's quite arresting

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 19 June 2020 11:55 (four months ago) link

The words 'Fyke Island' (is that where the Tower Of Mice is?) are enough to send a shiver up my spine.

Once you get into the flow of the game though, it's a lot less creepy. For a lot of the game, I'd be investigating a room or a cavern half expecting someone or something to sneak up on me in a 'WHO DISTURBS MY SLUMBER / WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE' kind of way, but this isn't really something that happens in the game. There aren't too many jump scares. And it is a relief to get to Novigrad and see so many people after wandering the wilderness of Velen for ages.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 19 June 2020 12:00 (four months ago) link

Hearts Of Stone DLC has some of the creepiest moments of the game, but it's so imaginative and the story is really intense with some absolutely amazing twists. Blood & Wine is a lovely respite though and well worth saving for last. Geralt's 'Year In Provence', I've heard it accurately described. I think it's my favourite part of the whole game. Once I got to Toussaint I felt like I could SMELL the fields and warmth coming off the Earth. Strange to have a game that starts so drab but gradually blooms and becomes more light-hearted as it goes

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 19 June 2020 12:03 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

How's everyone getting along with this game now?

I've managed to complete all the question marks in Toussaint, Velen,
Novigrad and White Orchard and now I'm slowly chugging through Skellige.

Hoping to achieve the medal of crafting and wearing a whole school of Witcher gear, but is it just me or is it an absolute dog to do?

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 27 July 2020 14:00 (three months ago) link

I think I did everything except the question marks in the middle of the ocean in Skellige. Everyone recommends skipping those and I'm inclined to agree.

this can help you figure out which points of interest are worth pursuing (ie which aren't just smuggler's caches):

Dan I., Monday, 27 July 2020 14:31 (three months ago) link

I'm a pathological completist so I even did those. :/

pomenitul, Monday, 27 July 2020 14:33 (three months ago) link

Eek. At some point near hour 120 I stopped caring about the ?s. I am 50% of the way through Touissaint, which I love, but I am pretty sure I'm not going to finish the dumb vampire story.

rb (soda), Monday, 27 July 2020 14:34 (three months ago) link

I've started to resign myself to the idea that my Witcher fever has passed and I'm not going to finish. I was going strong up until the pandemic--playing a few hours after work every day, seeing when I could squeeze in a few more on weekends--but it's been about three months since I've picked it up.

It's not because I got tired of the game, really--I'm near the end of the main plot, took a detour for the Heart of Stone content--but a combination of pandemic listlessness and moving in with my girlfriend took me away from regular playing, and it lost that urgency/compulsion to play it. I suppose it's like exercising or learning an instrument: once you break a regular routine/habit, it gets harder to jump back in.

I feel vaguely guilty not finishing after all the time I've invested playing and modding it. This seems to be a pattern: I think I want this big open world games like Red Dead Redemption (never finished either), though because I'm enamored with the idea of being immersed in months of game play, and I become obsessed for a good stretch, then it just tails off.

blatherskite, Monday, 27 July 2020 15:05 (three months ago) link

Toussaint story was my favourite of the whole thing. It really escalates and it's enormous fun by the end. I really didn't like the knight trials though. I'm not looking forward to going back and doing all those frustrating horse racing quests which I'm TERRIBLE at

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 27 July 2020 15:19 (three months ago) link

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