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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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

ok

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

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

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

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

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

uh wait thats not even the trailer

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

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

$3.39 on steam

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

so witcher 1 sux. o well.

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

witcher 2 i mean

silly ass intro movie too.

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

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0i88t0Kacs

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

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx8kQ4s5hCY

͡ᵒಠಠ ͜ʖ ͡ಠಠᵒ (am0n), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 01:18 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

soon?

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

can u skip cutscenes in this

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

This seems like a good deal btw

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

the bandits def sound like it

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

i got to charles dance. this game is hueg

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

http://i.imgur.com/a9ecRJQ.gifv

😂 (am0n), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:08 (four 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 (four years 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

congratulations on reaching the end of intro

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 January 2020 00:11 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (two weeks 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 (one week ago) link


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