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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)

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:17 (three 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 (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

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 (four days 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 (four days 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 (three days ago) link

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