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Re: The Witcher series

Postby Kalah » Jul 17 2017, 2:11

Finished Witcher 1; have I mentioned how much I like the conclusion to the final boss fight? There he is, the big villain, about to get slain and as he knocks away my steel sword I simply draw the silver one to finish him off, and he says: "That sword is for monsters!" Yeah, exactly. :-D

Depending upon which quests you completed, there's even an added bonus to the moral: my silver sword is the Aerondight, given to me by the Lady of the Lake as she made me one of her righteous knights - and that's the sword I used to kill the bad guy. Very apt. :)
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Re: The Witcher series

Postby Banedon » Jul 22 2017, 7:35

Lol Kalah playing the series in the wrong order.

I just finished Witcher 1 again as well. When I first played through it all those years ago I had thought it was a great game, but now I don't feel so anymore. There're just a lot of weaknesses: inventory management is annoying as hell, lack of equipment progression, and plot holes (especially the "random" Chapter 4). The choices are not that hard either. Still good, but not great.

I wound up using a save editor to make potions + give some extra levels (I'd already ground 1+ levels in chapter 1 and got bored). I might play through again, on the last path.
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Re: The Witcher series

Postby Kalah » Nov 4 2017, 17:52

Wrong order? :??

I started with W1, then W2, then W3. Liked the latter so much I played it twice. Then I recently replayed the whole series again, taking a different story path. Probably won't play W1-2 again, but W3 I probably will.
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Re: The Witcher series

Postby Panda Tar » Nov 7 2017, 17:34

I tried playing the first one and got a bit annoyed by the fighting mechanics. Didn't feel like trying again. So, I winded up playing W3 really first, then bought W2, but haven't started it yet. I still didn't finish W3. I'll finish it, then I'll play W2 and W3, but I'm not really inclined at playing W1.
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Re: The Witcher series

Postby Banedon » Nov 10 2019, 9:06

Took me a hundred hours but I eventually finished The Witcher 3. Great game, very intriguing with loads of memorable characters. The day I finished it I actually had some trouble sleeping that night because I was thinking about the fates of some of the people.

Many of the quests & dialogue were very well-written too. Some quests involve heavy moral decisions, as to be expected in a game like this, but others are just great fun. Some especially memorable ones are: commiserating with Djikstra about falling in love with sorceresses; the "No Place Like Home" drinking party with Eskel and Lambert; the quest late in the game visiting the people who helped Ciri out (it's a wonderful breath of fresh air after dealing with not-so-honest people the entire game), and the various quests with plot twists that, in hindsight, I should have seen coming - in particular the one involving Annabelle & the mysterious killer who tortures people. The "It Takes Three to Tango" quest, involving romancing both Yennefer & Triss, is also very funny.

And then there are quests which just don't have an easy choice (the one that closes the Baron's storyline, for example). Poor guy (and his wife & daughter). One of the choices near the end, whether to let Ciri talk to Phillipa & Margarita alone, was also pretty amusing. I let Ciri go alone, in part because she's an adult, and also in part because I was sick of making choices that had unintended consequences. If she goes alone, what happens will be on her not me :D

There are a few annoyances, but quite minor. I mostly disliked Roach. I might have been spoiled by Guild Wars 2's mount system, but it's still way more convenient. Often I would summon Roach, but I'd have to backtrack to get to him, plus sometimes he just isn't very maneuverable. Actually even maneuvering Geralt can be annoying. I probably died more times to fall damage than to enemy damage. One region of the game (Skellige) also feels padded, since there're so many markers that're just smuggler's caches. And then there are minor annoyances: having to repair stuff, weighty items, higher difficulties making vitality not auto-regenerate on meditation, and so on, don't do anything other than make the game a little more frustrating to play.

Also with a plot this complex there are bound to be plot holes. Some I noticed are below. Still, what to do, the plot is complex.

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- How on Earth did Ciri stop the White Frost?
- If Ciri is a witcher (and my Geralt said she is during the epilogue), she's also infertile. What's with trying to get her to bear children to carry on the Elder blood then?
- How can Djikstra be so confident he can triumph over Nilfgaard in a war? Besides, how is he even going to assume command of the North? Presumably Redania would have a succession order that wouldn't involve him.
- I reached an ending where Ciri became the Empress of Nilfgaard. Under those circumstances I would have no qualms about making Temeria a Nilfgaard protectorate, because I trust Ciri.
- How did Nilfgaardian ships show up in force in the final battle? Where'd they come from? We weren't expecting them, were we?
- For all the effort we went to recruit Fringilla, Margarita, etc, they play an astonishingly small role in the final battle. Comparatively the Battle of Kaer Morhen was much better done. It's equally surprising Keira doesn't join that battle, if she survived.
- In TW2 Geralt clearly said that specters cannot be slain, only driven away, which is why he traded himself for Yennefer ... yet we were killing Wild Hunt at the end of the game (who weren't even specters).
- Rather nonsensical how Eredin can be baited twice by Geralt. Especially after the first time, it's surprising he fell for it so smoothly the second time.
- Also surprising why Eredin didn't just mount another attack on Kaer Morhen after the first battle. Surely it can't take that long to recover their losses, especially without the Yennefer shield.
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Overall the game was great fun. I fully expect to play it again in the future - just not yet, especially since there're still two expansions to finish. Even without the expansions, 100 hours of playtime made it very worth the money.
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Re: The Witcher series

Postby Panda Tar » Dec 12 2019, 16:36

I will replay the game, although I have not finished the smaller expansion. I was so aggravated by having the duchess dead on the Blood & Wine Expansion, that I decided to start all over.
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