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

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/26579.html

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 (ten 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 (seven 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

ok

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): http://witcher.wikia.com/wiki/The_Witcher:_Enhanced_Edition_Director%27s_Cut

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A2bDHd-nUM

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

uh wait thats not even the trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpcjUkG2FI4

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

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: https://www.pcgamer.com/witcher-1-mods/

blatherskite, Monday, 30 March 2020 18:47 (three 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 (three months ago) link

Heh, that it will.

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 30 March 2020 20:31 (three 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 (three 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQVlT1qtr0w

coco vide (pomenitul), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:10 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-egGn5WYrk

ciderpress, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:25 (three months ago) link

heheheh

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 (three 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 (three 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 (three months ago) link

Oops wrong thread (skyrim)

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 4 April 2020 12:32 (three 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!

2xp

Publius Covidius Naso (pomenitul), Saturday, 4 April 2020 13:26 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three months ago) link

xpost WAHT

Yerac, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 23:48 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two months ago) link

Hearts of Stone is the series’ highlight imo.

coviderunt omnes (pomenitul), Friday, 17 April 2020 13:10 (two 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 (two 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 (two months ago) link

downloading Witcher 2

lukas, Sunday, 19 April 2020 23:39 (two 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 (two 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 (two months ago) link

(one too many "all the way" in there)

Dan I., Monday, 20 April 2020 19:13 (two months ago) link

I felt really bad about accidentally putting out someone's Aga.

thomasintrouble, Monday, 20 April 2020 20:10 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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.

Hated:
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
Wraiths
Gwent

Gonna start DLC after a few days. Which first? Hearts of Stone or Blood & Wine?

remy bean, Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:37 (three weeks ago) link

potions are really just buffs

Mordy, Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:49 (three weeks ago) link

Start with Hearts of Stone. Blood and Wine is an epilogue.

pomenitul, Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:51 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link


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