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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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I’ve booted this back up and gone right into the most recent save which is somewhere near the start of the last expansion.

Could be the fancy new TV, but it looks so vibrant and colourful.

 

Still struggling to get back into the controls, I’ve forgotten all I learnt. Instead of calling the horse, I downed some potions. And then in an attempt to get off the horse, I pulled out my swords in a town and got killed by guards.

 

I’d be tempted to start from scratch, but not sure if you can have multiple saves. Plus, it’s a massive game to start all over again.

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Just ride around for a bit relearning the controls, it's too big to restart, especially if you're on the dlc 

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22 minutes ago, shinymcshine said:

I played about 80% of the game without realising that Roach could jump over small walls.

 

Because most of the time he chooses to stop dead instead... he's a cretin.😄

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I never tried but I doubt it will just delete all your saves when you start a new game. You'll probably lose all your autosaves eventually but nothing more.

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If you start a new game and its an updated version then those saves won't be able to be used again... (I think)

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I'm now 60 hours in and done searching for Ciri in Skellige. I think I'm slightly faster than the first time around because I'm barely doing Contract work and haven't gone looking for a single piece of Witcher equipment yet. I'm also not sure if I ever will – I'm playing on normal and it's so easy I can't imagine how godlike Geralt would feel if I had better armour and weapons.

 

Skellige has been, just like last time, and absolute delight though. New assets, new music, new stuff all over the place. Fantastic change of pace and atmosphere. Other developers would have sold the island as DLC or a sequel. It also manages to still look beautiful there even on Switch:

 

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Well I gave this a spin on the 2060. Other than one foliage density setting causing stutter and needing to be turned down it was very smooth. But mainly I was taken aback by how beautiful this game still looks.

 

Guess I'm trying to get back into this then.

 

 

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I'm further along on the Switch now than I ever was on Xbox, almost 90 hours and currently trying to get "the ladyband together". 

 

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I've completed the battle at Kaer Morhen and finished off Imlerith, so now we need to rebuild the Lodge of Sorceresses.

 

I'm enjoying it more than the first time around. Maybe it's because the game is now finally patched and I don't have to download a bunch of data before starting. Or maybe it's because I decided to completely ignore three aspects of the game: Witcher contracts, treasure hunts and question marks on the map. The treasure hunts might be essential on higher difficulties but on Normal the game is so laughably easy that it doesn't matter what armor you're wearing. Witcher contracts are technically cool but there just are too many.

 

Ignoring those allowed me to focus on the things this game does particularly well which of course are the main and side quests (and Gwent). More importantly I'm also really motivated to go on and go through the DLC stories after the main campaign.

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Well that's very intimidating to hear (90 hours). I had to start again and all I've done is slapped a man for killing someone for medicine (I kept the medicine nom nom nom)

 

My main goal right now is to walk around picking flowers. Maybe I'll actually learn gwent

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I recently finished the base game on PS4 Pro and yes, it's still a lovely looking game. I'm currently around half way through the Hearts of Stone expansion, I've played through the base game probably three times now but only played the expansions once so those are a bit fuzzy.

 

I only really do the treasure hunts for the Witcher armour set that I roll with (cat... it always has to be cat) and I've completed all of the Contracts... I've completely ignored Gwent, I hate card games.

 

Oh, and I picked Triss again... i just can't cheat on her with Yen.

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Yeah, I always tend to make the exact same choices in further playthroughs as well. You spend too much time with a game like this just to pick an option you don't feel comfortable with. Yen's never-ending sarcasm and know-it-all tone just rubs me the wrong way. Triss has backbone, too, but is still nice and appreciates the efforts of other people more.

 

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She's also prettier.

 

 

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I'm seriously considering a switch romp thru this adventure this very year. Depends on how involved I get with that mana game, outer worlds and Xenoblade chronicles.

 

I'm also hesitant because of all these rumours of a switch pro. Maybe they'd upgrade the visuals on a game like Witcher 3 for that console.

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24 minutes ago, bellow said:

I'm also hesitant because of all these rumours of a switch pro.

 

Nintendo came out today and said there's no new Switch coming this year so don't worry. Source.

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I finished the main story yesterday, for the first time. I can definitely understand why the game has such a huge following now. It might be far from the best RPG in terms of gameplay systems and freedom of play but it's one of those games that really makes you care about its characters and the world they inhabit, similar to the Mass Effect trilogy for example. It leaves you with a certain emptiness after everything is done and that's one of the highest praises I can give a game. My ending was as follows:

 

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Nilfgard won the war after Radovic got murdered by Phillipa Eilhart. It didn't feel right to participate in that plot but Radovic was a madman and a danger to everyone on the continent.

 

Cerys became queen of Skellige and steered the islands towards an age of unity and peace.

 

Geralt and Triss moved to Kovir where she became an advisor to the resident king whereas Geralt retired, with a bit of monster hunting for pleasure on the side.

 

Before moving to Kovir, he travelled the lands with Ciri and taught her everything he knows. The game ended, after a simultaneously brilliant and devilish epilogue that made me question for longer than I wanted to whether Ciri was alive or not, in the inn of White Orchard, with a master and a pupil.

 

I'll need a couple of days to let all of it sink in and then I'm going to start with the DLC episodes. After that I'm going to give Thronebreaker a go.

Overall I'm really glad I went back to this. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first time around and it definitely moved to my list of favourite games from this generation.

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Your base game ending is pretty much a carbon copy of mine...👍

 

If your going for the expansions next I'd suggest doing Hearts of Stone first (shouldn't be to much in it level wise in any case) as, from memory, Blood and Wine gives the game a really heartfelt send off at the end.

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Yeah, I've heard that B&W is supposed to be the bigger one and also chronologically the very end. It's also the one that seems more interesting so I suppose it's good to leave it for last. 

 

Hearts of Stone looks like something I should have done during the main game but the level requirements were surprisingly high (30+). And as soon as I hit those requirements I was knee-deep in the late-game story where it didn't make any sense to just pause it for a bit and go for the DLC adventure instead.

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They released an interesting patch for the Switch version yesterday. First and foremost it allows you to cross-save between PC and Switch by uploading your saves to the cloud. Divinity did that too and got some very positive feedback for it so it seems there's a target audience for this PC + Switch combo.

 

Secondly, it also unlocks some very PC-ish graphical settings:

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The game's AA has often been criticized as a major source of general bluriness so I made a quick comparison and it does indeed make quite a difference.

 

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Off:

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fix up look sharp.

I'm tempted by the Switch version of this, even though I just bought the PC version, but I think I'd be more likely to play it on Switch. If it even hits the £15 sweet spot, I'll get it (not that it will ever get that low I imagine).

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