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Witcher 3

  1. ralphkern

    ralphkern Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2013
    I've finished the Main quest and Heart of Stone.

    HoS has got to be one of the best stories I've enjoyed in any format. And the bad guy... wow. He goes from almost jovial and likable to one of the most truly intimidating.

    I've moved onto Blood and Wine now. I really struggle to see how it can surpass HoS, but then, at just about every stage of the Witcher 3 experience I've thought, "There's no way they can top what they just did."

    They managed it every time.
    Mar 13, 2018 at 12:19 PM
  2. thaddeus6th

    thaddeus6th Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2007
    UK, Yorkshire
    Still haven't bought any DLC but, when I have some of this elusive 'money' I have heard so much about, I do plan on doing so.

    My only Witcher 3 complaint is that it makes my fat PS4 scream like a jet engine at times.
    Mar 14, 2018 at 8:26 AM
  3. Bugg

    Bugg A Lerxst in Wonderland

    Aug 7, 2011
    I adored Blood & Wine :love: I think some didn't like it quite as much as Hearts of Stone as its main plot isn't as focused which results in some pacing issues, which is true. HoS lasts around 10 - 15 hours. I played B&W for over 40. I knew the whole experience was coming to an end so I really took my time over it, and just loved it and its setting and characters (especially Regis and Anna Henrietta). It was a long, lingering goodbye kiss with some fun twists and a perfect ending. I admit, I found it quite emotional.

    My only problem with HoS was that, after 150 hours on the main game, they suddenly decided it was time to introduce giant spiders. Gaaaaagh!

    Do you mean . . .

    Gaunter O'Dimm or Olgierd? I know what you mean, in both cases.

    In Gaunter's case, did you know you'd met him before? Right back at the start of the main game, at the inn at White Orchard. Oh, the foreshadowing :)

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018 at 10:34 AM
    Mar 14, 2018 at 10:24 AM
  4. ralphkern

    ralphkern Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2013
    I get the impression that when writing the stories of the Witcher 3, they start with a short mission statement about what themes they want to hit.

    The Main Quest - To relentlessly pursue. Both being the pursued, and being the pursuer.

    HoS - How one should live every day like it's their last.

    Now, for Blood and Wine, and I fully imagine it'll change my opinion on this, but at the moment - it feels far gentler than the previous, darker tales.

    If I had to say right now, it's about friendship. Tinged with a bit of sadness, as certainly one party knows that the other won't be around for long, relatively speaking. But also perhaps both knowing that their glory days are behind them.

    Again, one of the things this has nailed is giving a genuine sense of affection between Geralt and his buddy. The voice actor who plays Regis is spot on in carrying this.

    I've heard it mentioned before this story is the perfect goodbye - so could see why they would pick that theme.

    (It'll be interesting to see if, and how, my view evolves).

    I think this game, and it's DLC has some of the best story telling I've seen. It covers deeply personal as well as wide sweeping, world shattering events with equal skill and urgency.And how they managed to keep that urgency going is rediculous! I think I must have put at least 100 hours into this game. And not a minute of it has been dead story time or grinding! It just keeps going!!! (or at least, what is grinding is so well hidden behind the Witcher Contracts it doesn't feel like it)

    Sorry, I keep forgetting how to do spoiler tags. But yeah, @Bugg that's the guy. And one of the reasons why I struggled, initially to see how they could scale it up when it's implied who (what), the antagonist of HoS actually is.

    I'm really glad that, rather than going for the Starwars model of just scaling up (making a bigger Death Star - or in this case, a more powerful monster... which they can't), they've switched up B&W to make it not about a bigger or nastier enemy.
    Mar 14, 2018 at 3:14 PM

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