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The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

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LittleBlueTroll

Waded into the Hearts Of Stone story today. Spent the last few hours doing some related side quests and treasure hunts, which I really enjoyed.

I went to Skellige to finish my Feline Armour Part 4, and when I left the cave I had a yellow exclamation marker on my map. I went to investigate, and there was a lady asking for male challengers, I accepted the challenge and defeated her, then was invited back to her house to "make sexy time" as Borat would say. I haven't seen Yennefer since the story ended, and a guy's gotta eat. 

 

Also on my travels, I found the "New Moon" armour. Which I really liked, and I am currently rocking. Gave me a heavy game of thrones vibe: 

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Zello

 

This was tense when Dettlaff showed up and the camera throughout the scene made this even better.

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LittleBlueTroll

Just completed the wedding quest for Hearts Of Stone. I feel I may be alone here, but I didn't really enjoy that section. The comedy was decent and it had its moments but I felt it was too long and over stayed its welcome. I enjoyed the Gwent with the halflings, wish there was more of that, but in general it was a bit "mer" for me.

 

 

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Yokelsson
21 minutes ago, LittleBlueTroll said:

Just completed the wedding quest for Hearts Of Stone. I feel I may be alone here, but I didn't really enjoy that section. The comedy was decent and it had its moments but I felt it was too long and over stayed its welcome. I enjoyed the Gwent with the halflings, wish there was more of that, but in general it was a bit "mer" for me.

I thought that it was incredible. Maybe not as good as some other parts of the DLC, but it's still amazing that they pulled off an entire section without having to kill anyone. At least an hour long quest that revolves mostly around talking to people at a party and having fun with various wedding activities. It's ballsy as f*ck.

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Slappy212
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I loved the wedding. You spend hundreds of hours killing sh*t. It was nice to have a break. 

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LittleBlueTroll

I think I would of enjoyed it more if it was a little bit shorter. 

I felt like it went on a little bit too long, for my taste at least. However, I did get some "sexy time" at the end, so not all bad. 

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Mister Pink
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Can anyone tell me if they introduced an option to switch off the annoying labels in The Witcher 3?  Like the example below. Did they really need to label the roach?  These lables make kill any immersive feelings I get in the game. It's a very arcade type of HUD with those labels. I'm worried they are back for Cyberpunk. I just want to finish this story in this game I started. 

 

BTW, ignore the first comment about buffs. I stole this screenshot off someone else. I'm playing on Xbox. I haven't re-installed it yet. Wanted to know before I did. I think read somewhere else that a patch back in 2015, fixed this. I could have sworn I checked after 2015 but didn't see the option. I'm probably mistaken though. 

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Awful Waffle

there should be HUD options to disable NPC names which would include Roach.

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LittleBlueTroll

I will have a look tomorrow and check if this is an option. 

I actually never really took any notice of it before, now I feel like it will be one of them things I cannot unsee.

 

I bought an RTX 2070 last week, coming from a GTX 970. I haven't played the Witcher since I got it, so I'm looking forward to cranking up some details tomorrow. 

Although truth be told, the 970 did an incredible job for me all these years. 

 

 

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Mister Pink
13 hours ago, LittleBlueTroll said:

I actually never really took any notice of it before, now I feel like it will be one of them things I cannot unsee.

Haha, yeah sorry if I ruin it for you! :D It's just a bit weird when you see a cat and it's labelled "Cat." OK, fair enough. Someone said in another forum, it's like they forgot to switch off the debugging info in the game. And I agree, it's irritating. I want as little HUD as possible, especially that kind of trivial labelling of inane things in the world. 

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TheSantader25
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Finally. After hearing so much about this game I finally managed to finish it. I tried to play this game dozens of times before but just couldn't get into it. Something about it was just unappealing to me and always put me off. I just couldn't get hooked. But this time I forced myself to go further and see if the game is worth it. I wanted a more clear image of CDPR before Cyberpunk 2077 came out. I gotta say, I kinda enjoyed the ride. 

 

The strong aspect of the game is clearly the characters. I pretty much enjoyed them all. All very well developed characters that I missed seeing them after finishing the game. (kinda sucked that I couldn't see them again after the end though. Especially Triss whom I chose over Yen.) So the story overall is brilliantly executed. 

 

I have a couple of issues with the game though. I played on normal and I felt like the game kinda is easy and basic when it comes to combat. I personally believe the enemies don't have that much variety in their attacks and you figure them out pretty quickly. Even the bosses have limited attacks. That basically makes the alchemy prospect of the game pointless because I never really "felt" like creating anything. I would just smash the buttons, dodge and win. Maybe higher difficulties encourage me to be more tactical. I guess I am comparing the game to God Of War in a way because I enjoyed the combat more in that game. 

 

 

Which brings me to another downside. The loading times after you die are incredibly ridiculous. It's as if the game loads from the start. This can get really frustrating in higher difficulties where you probably die more.

 

Another downside is the map exploration. I guess I was spoiled with the horse mechanics of RDR and RDR2 but I personally didn't enjoy horse riding and felt like the horse animations were clunky and underdeveloped. I was stuck a lot at times and had to get by on foot which is kinda off putting when it comes to exploration. I also felt like the map kinda lacked variety. A lot of the areas felt the same. Though I loved Skellige. 

 

The soundtrack is amazing and GWENT, Among the best minigames ever. 

 

All in all I enjoyed the game though. Definitely among the top experiences of this gen. The story is the strongest point of the game and I actually cared about my choices. Despite the flaws I believe this has to be the greatest game of this generation after RDR2, God Of War and Breath of the Wild. Now gonna play the two DLCs. 

 

 

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Dryspace
17 hours ago, TheSantader25 said:

...The loading times after you die are incredibly ridiculous.

Was that on an HDD or SSD?

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TheSantader25
1 minute ago, Dryspace said:

Was that on an HDD or SSD?

Playstation 4. So HDD. 

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TheSantader25

Just finished Hearts of Stone. Is Blood and Wine gonna be better than this? Because that would be amusing. A very engaging and well written plot. Pretty much loved all the quests. The wedding one was also charming and even though it was long, I never felt tired. The "scenes from a marriage" quest probably has to be one of the best I've ever seen in an RPG. It was as good as reading a fictional novel. 

 

Off to Blood & Wine. And to think that I picked up the whole thing for 15$.lol.

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DEADWOODZ
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Indulge yourself in Blood & Wine, Toussaint is beautiful and the story line i would say is fantastic!

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Yokelsson
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1 hour ago, TheSantader25 said:

Just finished Hearts of Stone. Is Blood and Wine gonna be better than this? Because that would be amusing. A very engaging and well written plot. Pretty much loved all the quests. The wedding one was also charming and even though it was long, I never felt tired. The "scenes from a marriage" quest probably has to be one of the best I've ever seen in an RPG. It was as good as reading a fictional novel. 

 

Off to Blood & Wine. And to think that I picked up the whole thing for 15$.lol.

Blood and Wine has enough content to be a separate game. I'm not sure if the story is better than Hearts of Stone, since I change my opinion about that every time I play one of those stories. That is, in itself, a testament of how absolutely incredible it is. I will say this, though. It may not feel as focused as Hearts of Stone, but that's due to the sheer size of the thing. Like I said, there's enough content there for an entire game.

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Edward Nashton

I've been replaying Witcher 3 during this whole Covid-19 lock down. And I uh... I'm running into some things I definitely missed during my first playthrough.

 

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AZAZEL
7 minutes ago, Edward Nashton said:

I've been replaying Witcher 3 during this whole Covid-19 lock down. And I uh... I'm running into some things I definitely missed during my first playthrough.

The guy bending over is the poor townsman. Ha!

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Gamerwind
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After 2 years i finally finished the game i started playing in 2018 but couldnt get into it (i wasnt fan of RPG games those days) so gave up after playing sometimes in White Orchard.

But during this lockdown i started playing again from beginning  and boy i have never been hooked into a game like this before.

 I was addicted to this game and completed the story in 14 days playing for 5-6 hours everyday.

Loved the story , the atmosphere  and the music .

Despite saying 36 ending i think this has only 3 main endings.

I  chose the Good ending (with Ciri becoming Witcher).

Only had 2 issues with the game:

1. The alchemy and crafting stuff was too much overwhelming and confusing to me as i have never played rpg games like skyrim or fallout before.

I didnt know what the hell i was looting things for and how to use it so i sold all of them to shopkeeper for coins.

Thankfully i found a nice guide on youtube explaining things on detail. Although i still used console commands to make potion and oils 😛

 

2. Some portions of the story felt like dragging on and too many dialogues  like searching for dudu then for dandelion then to find ciri or levelling up till i reach certain level to go to Skellige (but i guess i was impatient) and there were too many side quests to do so i only did the ones which gave more XP and ignored the rest.

I just wanted to finish main story as soon as possible. 

The game picks up pace after the battle at Kaer Morhen and it gets interesting after that again.

 

Right now i am playing Blood and Wine DLC and it feels so different from main game 

Toussaint is absolutely gorgeous and i think the script is more tight and has better  pacing than main story.

The scenery is breathtaking. A lot of games might have better graphics but very few have art style and beautiful lighting like witcher 3 .

https://imgur.com/LOrOI4R

 

 

 

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TheSantader25
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Finished Blood & Wine. So I'm now officially done with the game though I know I'll come back to it in a couple of years to do more side stuff in a new playthrough. These two DLCs are good enough to be their own game and are much better than some of the crap that some companies put out these days for 60$.

 

The Witcher 3,though flawed is an amazing RPG. Can't wait for CP2077. That's even more up my alley. If the gameplay is much better(which judging by the things that I've seen there is a high chance it will be) and the storytelling is at the same level, Cyberpunk can crack my top 5 games ever list. 

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Tonesta

So I'm not a big fantasy guy, and I hadn't picked up the Witcher before this year. I love Open World games, and I'd heard good vibes about the game, but I'd somehow never been convinced that it was my thing......

.....but with Covid lockdown pretty much removing other forms of entertainment, and having just watched the Netflix show, my wife and I decided to give it a go. Think it was $20 for the Complete Edition.

 

And My God, was that value for money. 

Before playing this, I had thought that Rockstar were alone at the top of the mountain when it came to story-based sandbox games. I didn't think that anyone could rival them in terms of sheer scale and amount of content crammed into their worlds. But nope, it turns out that there's a bunch of Polish dudes that made something every bit as massive and epic as Rockstar's finest, and they did it five years ago!

 

Still haven't finished - but about 200 hours under our belts. Almost done with the main story -

Spoiler

about to set sail for Skellige for the final time to find the Sunstone and defeat Eredin

- but every Witcher Contract, Secondary Quest (that we've found) and Question mark (save for that killer Archgriffin in Skellige, one in Velen that bugged out on us and a couple that I believe are tied to one of the final quests) is done.

 

Everything in Heart of Stone is done as well 

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And, yeah, I left GOD to rip Olgeid's soul out.....because seriously, what a bastard. No way I'm risking my own soul for that guy.......

But Blood & Wine is still waiting. Looking forward to some new exploration, cool side quests and most of all, a new Gwent deck.

 

I suspect by the end, we'll have sunk 250 hours into our first play through of the game. No argument that we're completionists, but that's even longer (by about 50 hours) than my first playthrough of RDR2. I had thought that RDR2 was the pinnacle of Open World gaming (which is my favorite genre, so by extension the pinnacle of all gaming for me personally). But now I'm not so sure.

 

It's not perfect.

I feel that it is glitchier than any recent Rockstar game - there's quite a few small things that have clearly gone wrong in our game (some un-openable chests, some phantom quest markers, the troll who cooks Nekkers is still stuck mid-air, mid-conversation in Velen)

Roach is an absolute moron....any attempt to call and ride him leaves me almost instantly pining for RDR2's horse-riding system. I've done a lot of running around the map instead!

I think it does cut-and-paste scenery a little more than a Rockstar game......put me in front of any building in RDR2, and I reckon I could tell you where I am on the map pretty accurately. Put me in front of a random hut in Velen, and I could be in any one of a dozen identikit small villages.

The contracts, with a couple of exceptions, got a little repetitive towards the end (talk to villagers, go and examine site, identify beasty, prepare, kill said beasty).

And the inventory is a little clunky.

 

But just about everything else, it does so, so well.

Most of all the way they manage to weave such a complex web of consequences around your actions - including, in fact especially, around the side quests, which are the best I've come across in any game (although whilst they were 'optional', anyone who played Witcher 3 without doing them basically missed half the game!). Your choices do have meaningful effects of the game world, and they seem to have anticipated almost every possible order and combination of action. They must have had some pretty hellishly complex storyboards and flow charts to pull it all together!

 

It's just been a wonderful gaming experience. 

Looking forward to finishing the story and then burying myself in B&W for a while......and then will be sad once it's over.

Buuuuuut, probably just enough time to work through a long NG+ at DM level, testing out the other choices, before Cyberpunk 2077 comes out. Experiencing the Witcher 3 has shifted that game for me from an interesting curiosity to a Day One must purchase!

 

 

Final thought of long, rambling post: 

Gwent. Greatest. Minigame. Ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CH14R1
On 5/27/2020 at 5:21 PM, Tonesta said:

So I'm not a big fantasy guy, and I hadn't picked up the Witcher before this year. I love Open World games, and I'd heard good vibes about the game, but I'd somehow never been convinced that it was my thing......

.....but with Covid lockdown pretty much removing other forms of entertainment, and having just watched the Netflix show, my wife and I decided to give it a go. Think it was $20 for the Complete Edition.

Glad to hear it. I'm also not a huge fan of fantasy or RPG but it's ok for me if the game is good. Rdr2 left a void for us all and even being interested on my 3rd playthrough I still need something new to play alongside it. Been reading a lot about Witcher 3 and maybe it's time to give it a go.

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Tonesta

So just as an addendum to my previous post.....

 

.....finished Blood & Wine yesterday, so I'm finally done with my first Witcher 3 playthrough. 249 hours and 15 minutes - which is indeed about 50 hours longer than RDR2 took me. Just an amazing amount of content in the game.

 

And B&W is just absurd. They could have branded it Witcher 3 : Toussaint, and sold it for $40, and no-one would really have had cause for complaint. There was more content in it than the average game......and the map was absolutely gorgeous. I frequently found myself stopping to just admire the views of Beauclair. Story was great too.

 

Didn't love the Skellige deck though.....way too much variance! Cerys is way overpowered, but if you don't draw her, you've a challenge.

 

 

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Zello
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Played Blood and wine again after pushing it off for a while. Got to this part. Made me all excited giving me goosebumps and sh*t it's the same song from a night to remember trailer.

 

 

 

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Len Lfc

I just recently started playing this again, for the 3rd time. After 2 failed attempts. First at launch, and again a year later. I've always struggled to get into the fantasy genre, as I much prefer sci-fi. But I always liked the gameplay. I think Gwent is far too addictive, though. Ciri can wait, I need to build my decks!

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Cutter De Blanc

Wish I liked this game. Wish I didnt find Geralt to be such an unlikable prig, and I wish the loading screens didnt take two and a half minutes every time I died. The gameplay and world design and the characters that inhabit it (for the most part) are great.

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Zello

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Detlaff boss fight in Blood & Wine is hard as hell but god damn is this beautiful.

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Yokelsson

The Witcher 3 Complete Edition with RTX and other goodies is coming to next-gen consoles and the PC. Both as a standalone release and as a free update for owners of the original.

https://twitter.com/witchergame/status/1301826520311369728

 

EDIT: The initial post made it look like TW3 is coming out for the first time despite the fact that it's been released more than 5 years ago. I am stupidest when I am excited.

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Is this The Guy?

Finally started playing this on Death March difficulty but man after playing Ghosts of Tsushima the controls for this game is tough to get used to again. Especially Roach.

 

Playing in death march really makes me appreciate all the oils and potions and decoctions though and which combination of different alchemy items is best used for each fight.  In the easier difficulties I used them but didn’t really feel like I needed them.

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