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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

Nah.

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.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/heres-why-the-witcher-auditioned-207-other-guys-for-ger-1836600508

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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

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

devvvine, Friday, 8 November 2019 15:13 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six months ago) link


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