Also the game is bad.
― Coelacanth Green (Leee), Sunday, 21 July 2019 23:27 (seven months ago) link
All three instalments are worth playing. 1-2 do certain things better than 3.
― pomenitul, Monday, 22 July 2019 11:17 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link
oh he’s a big grunter alright
― A man offers an inverted bottle of water to the Techno Viking. (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 22 July 2019 22:06 (seven months ago) link
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 (three 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 (three 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 (three months ago) link
can't remember how the ability system works, do remember it fucking sucks
― devvvine, Friday, 8 November 2019 15:13 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three months ago) link
'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 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three months ago) link
(a lot of people also loved/love the card game in FFVIII as well, so who knows)
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
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 23 December 2019 01:49 (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!
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
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 (three 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 (two weeks ago) link