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crimsontadpoles

As for me, I've met some interesting people and need to head to Skellige. However, there's plenty of side quests I'd like to do before going there.

With Gwent, I haven't really been interested in it and have just ignored it for now. However, now that I've permanently missed a few cards (and failed the Collect 'Em All quest), I kinda regret not playing it. That'll be something for me to do if I ever get the urge to do a second playthrough.

Thrillho

@crimsontadpoles Yeah, I was gutted I missed the one-off card from The Bloody Barron as I wasn't into Gwent at that point.

Thrillho

JohnnyShoulder

@Thrillho @crimsontadpoles Managed to get all the Gwent cards, i was playing it all through the game though. I've actually got a physical Gwent card set and board too, I got it with the special edition of the first expansion.

We are now in a world of people being offended for other people who they think should be offended, who arent offended.

PSN: JohnnyShoulder

Ralizah

Well, like I expected, Gwent is no fun whatsoever, so I'll just be ignoring any sidequests that involve playing it with people.

Am I the only one who finds it kind of anachronistic that there's a collectible trading card game in a medieval setting? And how random innkeepers and peasants seem to be able to collect and/or play it when they're trying to fend off starvation? Also, characters occasionally saying things like "you look smashing" really takes me out of the experience. I thought consistent worldbuilding was this game's forte?

I've noticed a trend when I get to a new location. You arrive, and immediately see a few things over and over: men walking around spitting, some dialogue that relates to local lore, and peasant women randomly sobbing (but who answer you with clear voices if you attempt to engage them in the middle of their sobbing fits, amusingly enough).

Side-quests are fine, as far as they go, but they award so few EXP that they sort of feel like filler, and remind me of the sort of quests you'd encounter in a Bethesda game. Also, money is ridiculously hard to come by so far. I guess that last bit is realistic, given the impoverished setting, but it makes trying to save up for a nice suit of armor a pain.

Alchemy is a pain, too. I never have the ingredients for anything, and all I seem to be able to find in the wilderness is the same stuff I never need. So I've not really used much of anything in the way of potions, oils, etc. yet.

Signs are pretty useful and fun to use. I particularly like how pumping points into the Delusion category allows Geralt to go full Jedi on the suggestible yokels in this game. And that armor spell is pretty much a must, as things cleave through my character like butter otherwise.

Combat controls aren't too bad, but platforming feels like a pain. This game is worse with invisible walls and climbing controls than Horizon: Zero Dawn was. It's an open world game where you're apparently expected to stick to the roads at all times.

On the plus side, my opinion of the game's art direction and visuals only continue to improve. There are probably much more demanding AAA games out there, but I've yet to find one with such amazing lighting, complex skyboxes, and sweeping vistas as this one. Almost every frame of this game feels like it could be mounted on a wall. It's just lovely. Such a damn shame it doesn't seem to have a photo mode, though.

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Music is pretty strong as well. And the voice acting is good, as far as that goes.

I've played for 6 or 7 hours now and have left White Orchard on my hunt for Siri. Now I'm preparing to find a witch and talk to someone called the Bloody Baron.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Th3solution

@Ralizah You’ve made it about as far as I did in the game before I got side-tracked. Not that I wasn’t enjoying the game, but it didn’t gel with me as strongly as I thought it would and other games called to me more. Keep the thoughts coming and maybe it will motivate me to pick it up again.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Ralizah

@Th3solution I think it might become funner as the player levels up more, has access to a wider variety of loot/equipment/quests/etc. Right now, I have no money, everything is higher leveled than me, and everything I collect seems to be useless for the things I actually want to craft.

One QoL thing that really bugs me is the inability to obtain environmental collectibles while sitting on Roach (what a gross name for a horse). I pass by so much stuff when I'm riding him. I feel like I should just be running everywhere so that I can stuff my pockets with as much flowers and weeds as possible for alchemic purposes (assuming I ever get anything I can actually use).

I'm going to focus on the stories for now, though.

Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

kyleforrester87

@Ralizah i have a feeling, if you’re not already blown away by it, nothing is likely to change and in fact it’ll just get more and more tiresome.

The Bloody Baron was probably the high point for me, and I didn’t think that was as good as a lot of other people thought it was.

(Although I hope you end up loving it. I wish I did!)

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kyleforrester87

PSN: WigSplitter1987

Ralizah

@kyleforrester87 If nothing else, I'm not disliking my time with it. It's very pretty. Good music. I like some of the dark fantasy elements (even if the overly grim and gritty treatment of the subject matter and Geralt arguably being a male power fantasy who growl-talks like Batman from The Dark Knight comes off as a tad bit adolescent to me). The sidequests are nothing remarkable so far, but they have the same sort of addictive quality to them that the side-quests in Bethesda games often do (but without the janky character animations).

Did you finish the game, btw?

Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

kyleforrester87

@Ralizah I got pretty far - twice! I made it to Skellige each time, also having spent a fair amount of time in Novigrad before hand so a fairly significant time commitment. I still do wish I’d pushed through to the end - the final expansion looks pretty good.

I’d absolutely try playing it on Death March if I was to have another go - maybe alchemy would be worth bothering with then, at least.

kyleforrester87

PSN: WigSplitter1987

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Ralizah wrote:

Well, like I expected, Gwent is no fun whatsoever, so I'll just be ignoring any sidequests that involve playing it with people.

That made me laugh 😂

And yeah it's very nonsensical all these peasants have a collectable card game but I just rolled with it...

I think the gold situation gets much better as you go on @Ralizah. I remember being broke as hell a lot in the beginning too and I'm sure by the end I was just hoarding the stuff.

I probably should've actually used it for stuff mind but whatever.

Nice to hear you're enjoying it still. I think the Baron bit was where the game got more interesting for me. I don't think it's the end all RPG like most but it's pretty solid too

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kyleforrester87

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy yes the gold thing is weird, you don’t get much for tasks (which I believe was them trying to be true to the books) and it feels like you never have any money. Then gold just suddenly becomes this pointless thing that you have too much of.

kyleforrester87

PSN: WigSplitter1987

Th3solution

@Ralizah I do think for me the game fell victim to its own success. First of all the expectations are through the roof with so many “best game ever” rankings, and secondly I’ve played games since then that have copied Witcher 3’s core ideas and so the game doesn’t feel as unique and groundbreaking as it probably did in 2015. My playing it right after Red Dead 2 didn’t do it any favors either — Roach handles like an extension of the player rather than like a real horse does in RDR2 (or in Shadow of the Colossus for that matter). It’s fine, it’s just less immersive and the detail of the world isn’t on par with RDR2 and maybe that took some of the shine off for me. I hate comparing the two games since thematically and mechanically they are not in the same realm, but I can’t help it since I played them back-to-back.
And I think Geralt is someone that takes a little warming up to. I didn’t find him immediately likable. Again, nothing horrible, just not on par with the most endearing heros I’ve played as (Nathan Drake, Joel, Aloy, Lara Croft, Arthur Morgan, John Marston, 2B, etc, etc). I realize that only 6-7 hours with him isn’t enough to give him a fair shake and I’m sure you grow attached over time.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Thrillho

@Ralizah The Bloody Baron extended collection of quests is seen as some of the most interesting in the game so I hope this is what clinches it for you! And I felt the same about Gwent until later in the game, by which point I'd missed some unique cards..

Thrillho

Ralizah

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy @kyleforrester87 It's good to hear the gold situation improves. Hopefully the same happens with alchemy ingredients so I can actually make some darn oils and potions!

I think "pretty solid RPG" is probably where I'm going to land with this, unless my engagement with it drastically improves over time. I won't deny that I'm eager to get off work and get back to my computer, though. If that's not the sign of a good game, I don't know what is.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Nice to see you back @kyleforrester87

I think I got so much gold from all the various weapons and armour being spat at me and I was being a bit stubborn keeping one of the lower leveled Witcher sets on instead of upgrading.

But with a high levelled Quen, stuffing Geralt's moody face with all the meat and on normal difficulty or whatever I was good to go

I think half the game I'd stuck with the default (or close enough to starting) steel sword 😅

Ya don't need to save the world to find meaning in life. Sometimes all ya need is something simple, like someone to take care of - Aigis Persona 3

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crimsontadpoles

Despite trying to be as helpful as possible, I'm not very good at making the best choices. Too often something goes really wrong as a result of my actions. I love this aspect of the game though, choices can have consequences and the right option isn't always as straightforward as it seems.

Just finished a rather interesting side quest involving a serial killer in Novigrad. It seemed very straightforward who it was, but reading the quest description after completing it made it clear that I made a huge mistake.

And unrelated note, but I have a habit of accidentally shooting everything with my crossbow whenever I want to run. That's due to playing lots of Monster Hunter World, which has R1 as the run button.

Ralizah

It seems like the quests can splinter as they go on, becoming more complex as a result. I spent 2.5 hours or so in a dingy cave while doing that Witch quest. It was pretty full of content: numerous items and pieces of equipment to find; lots of story content; several set-pieces; and a boss encounter.

Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

Thrillho

@crimsontadpoles If you haven’t figured it out, you can use the crossbow underwater which one shots any enemies you come across.

Life was much easier in those underwater section once I figured this out..

Thrillho

Octane

@Ralizah Yeah, they do, at times it can feel like there are three main quests active at the same time.

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