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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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I went back to this today for a bit of a change of pace. I was going to go to the Isle of Mist, but when I got a fail state for a side quest I'd left I decided to reload and go and to it 

 

The mission in question is one involving Dandelion at the brothel/safe house. I hate Dandelion, I hate him in the books too but at least you can't hear him speak there. Hence why I'd left it. In typical Witcher fashion the side quest turned in to hours and hours of play, with multiple layers. It turns in to a really good story too, a massive tone shift from how it starts 

 

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It's the one with the serial killer. Kind of cool that they took the time to model out the victims rather than just use the standard corpse model 

 

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There's a few instances in that game where it feels so satisfying to give someone a right good hiding... that's definitely one of those times.

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@Nag I even dropped the guy who picks the bodies up to take to the morgue. Pretty much everyone you meet is a dick in that quest, not least Dandelion 

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Gonna start 2019 by finally ticking this game off my backlog.

 

I’ve played a few hours and done a couple of quests around White Orchard. Seems cool so far, obviously the game looks beautiful and the world feels very alive. Playing on normal difficult and I chose not to generate a W2 save as I don’t remember anything about that game.

 

Looking forward to devoting the next month plus to it!

 

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This game is so good. I explored more of the White Orchard area, clearing out bandit camps, guarded treasure and that kind of thing. I cleared out the monsters in the Sawmill and people then moved in and started working there which was really cool. I’ve found and crafted better equipment. Loving this so far.

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Prompted by a couple of you talking about going back to this I have too. I'm a lot later in than you RF so I won't go in to too much detail 

 

It's been a long time since I started Witcher 3. I've been back to it a few times since, I only stop because there's so much other stuff to play. Anyway, the downside to that is, while I know the core parts of the plot, Wild Hunt and all that, no idea about the various side threads and characters. I had a conversation with someone about their friend, apparently they're dead and I was there when it happened, it sounds like they died a hero, no idea who they are. 

 

I'm currently doing a mission with a sorcerer called Philippa. She's brilliant, a proper scornful nasty piece of work 😄

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The characters in this game have so much more depth to them compared to other games, it definitely gives it a more real feel... which is odd given how unreal the actual setting is.

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It's funny that a few of us have all started playing it right now. I played through the tutorial basically at the weekend, I probably won't have time for much more until Saturday.

 

I've wanted the game for ages, but  didn't have a PC able to handle it until mid 2018. It's also the 2nd year running I've started an enormous RPG in Janurary. Last year was Divinity Original Sin, which took me months (and over 100 hours) to finish.

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I still have the second DLC to go through so I might be tempted to go back, also.

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I’ve been suffering from jet lag (again) so I’ve fallen asleep straight after work and woken up at 2.30am for the last two days. So I’ve spent my mornings playing The Witcher. Spent a couple more hours playing this morning, doing side quests and advancing the main quest, but before I go fight the griffin I want to explore the northern part of the White Orchard map.

 

The graphics in this game are just incredible. I actually enjoy riding my horse at the slowest speed just to take it all in.

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After 100 hours I've finished Witcher 3. There's a couple of witcher contracts left to to, and I was saving the some regicide for when it wouldn't matter but I think I might not be able to do that quest now, which is a shame because that seemed to feed in to the ending I got, which, while not a good ending, kind of fits with the tone of the story. 

 

Where I was led to believe that where I'd left things was still quite far from the end. Possibly if you'd only been concentrating on the story it feels like longer, I'd done a lot of side stuff so 10 hours of story or whatever didn't feel like much at all, which is an odd way to end the game when it's taken me so long to get through 

 

I've still got the dlc, and I never found the quest with the vampire that tells Geralt to fuck off from the launch trailer, I'll hunt that down as I'm doing the last 2 contracts I've got 

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Both the dlc expansions are good but Blood and Wine is especially great... It was probably the best stepping off point for a game I've ever experienced.

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10 hours in now and I’ve reached Vizima. It will be interesting to see how Vizima has changed since The Witcher 1 (I don’t remember exploring it in the second game...). The whole of the first game was set in and around Vizima.

 

I had some problems with my Wifi adapter (the internet kept dropping every couple of minutes or so and I was getting “the default gateway is not available” error messages), the troubleshooter always fixed the problem but it kept recurring, so Steam was never tracking the game. But I think I managed to fix it by uninstalling the wifi adapter and reinstalling it. Working fine now thankfully.

 

Anyway that first chapter in White Orchard was great.

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15 hours in now. Since starting chapter two I’ve followed the main story which led to the Bloody Baron asking me to find his wife and daughter. I’ve played several games of gwent and also opened up numerous secondary quests. 

 

Not only is the game game graphically breathtaking but you also have to give credit to the music and voice acting. The voice acting in particular is consistently excellent.

 

And I know it will get old eventually but I can’t praise the horseriding enough in this game. It helps that the game world is so dense and packed with things that towns and places of interest are never a million miles away.

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The opening of the Bloody Baron quest was quite notable for me, and demonstrates some of the flexibility and nuances within the game that you might not be aware of (there are no spoilers in what I'm going to say).

 

In my playthrough I'd earlier run into some of the Baron's guards at a crossroads, and without really knowing at the time who they were or what consequence it might have, I gave them a bit of a kicking for being generally rude to me.

 

However, later on when I turned up at the Baron's door, I was sent away, since news of my exploits had reached them, and they weren't best pleased, so I had no direct access into the Baron's estate, and had to find an alternative way inside.

 

Only through my wife playing the game, and asking what the heck I'd done to get turned away, as she'd been welcomed inside, did I realise the subtle branching nature caused by my earlier actions.

 

 

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Crossing the bridge into Oxenfurt in this game has to be one of the most impressive spectacles in rpg history...

 

I love this game. The level of detail is insane. For example in a village in Velen I came across guards trying to recruit peasants to search for the Baron’s wife and daughter. I’ve never played a game with a world so well brought to life.

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Switched my focus to the witch quest in Velen and that took me on an epic trek through a cave full of secret passageways and hidden loot. Another example of the level of detail in the world design - in the room in the cave where you fight the guy who summons all the hounds, there’s a wall you can smash with Aard. Behind the wall there was a passageway blocked by a large boulder. My Witcher senses indicated that I could interact with it but bombs or magic did nothing. Then I got the medallion that allows you to dispel illusions so I thought “what if” and went back to that hidden passage, and low and behold the medallion allowed me to continue. I found a nice silve sword with three rune slots.

 

The game is not completely bug free though. I had to reload when Gerald refused to draw his weapons or cast any spells in combat for some reason...

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