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#1128530 - 10/17/17 04:00 AM The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions
TJL Offline
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Hi,

"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY" including all expansions and additional content is currently on sale at GOG (and Steam) for $19.99 only. I haven't played any games in this series before. The game is described story-driven which suits me better than simple exploring in endless environment. Medieval theme isn't my absolute favourite, I like more current day or recent past or future. How do you find the story - how original, interesting and diverse it is? And I'm especially curious to hear how much (Estimated percentage of all activities) there is combat in this game and how hard it is, compared to say "The Evil Within", "Resident Evil", "Metro", "Mafia" and similar series? I usually play on normal/default difficulty.

Thanks in advance,

Timo

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#1128558 - 10/17/17 10:35 AM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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I have played the first two Witcher games and have recently just started The Wild Hunt. The games are definitely story driven, but the environments are huge. In my opinion, the best of them so far is the first Witcher game. I think I've played it 3 times. I grew to really like the combat system which uses swords for humans and monsters and several different powers. I loved the sometimes raunchy comments and dialogue!

The combat system changed in the next games, but Geralt still consumes potions to enhance his abilities depending on the situation.

The characters in the game are always interesting from powerful sorceresses to detectives to kings and snarky dwarves. I love this series.
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#1128754 - 10/19/17 05:31 AM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
TJL Offline
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Thanks Drac.

I now have rough idea about the story and characters but still struggling whether it is something for me?

I still wonder how much of the overall action relies on combat and how hard it is. I've read people complaining how hard even the easy option is. I 'always' play action adventures on normal/default and usually manage in a decent manner though sometimes only barely. In "The Evil Within" base game I died honorable 587 times, majority of which likely with the safe-head twins! lol

Timo

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#1128765 - 10/19/17 08:54 AM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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There is definitely a lot of combat in all of them, but I can't say I found it overly difficult. I really liked the combat system in the first Witcher, but a lot of people didn't. Maybe try one of the games before you dive into all three???
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#1128828 - 10/19/17 09:47 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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I really enjoyed Witcher 3. The infusion of new interesting characters pulled me in pretty quick. There is also a very interesting potential Easter egg in W3 that could allude to an upcoming game cross-over.

The depth of the story line was definitely enjoyable and sure seemed to open up the series to other future games from a couple different directions. thumbsup
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#1128830 - 10/19/17 10:09 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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It's an awesome game, right up there in my top 10. I didn't find the combat too hard, but as with many open world games you need to choose your travels carefully, to suit your level. If you go wandering off early in the game, you'll get smashed. Do local quests, build up your levels, and you should be fine.
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#1128875 - 10/20/17 10:02 AM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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Had to laugh, Hagatha! I did just that and went someplace I shouldn't have too early! Kept getting killed and put the game aside. Now I'm trying to build up my stats before take on any big battles!
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#1128887 - 10/20/17 12:24 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: Draclvr]
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Originally Posted By: Draclvr
Had to laugh, Hagatha! I did just that and went someplace I shouldn't have too early! Kept getting killed and put the game aside. Now I'm trying to build up my stats before take on any big battles!


Yep. My current Oblivion character can now kill a wolf at level 13! A single wolf, that is. At one point just travelling down the road minding my own business I had three mercenaries chasing me. Fortunately a bear showed up and took care of two of them.

And in Witcher 3 it took me a long time to admit that Geralt had to meekly follow into the nearest town, never mind all that cool stuff he could see off the road. Go to the nearest town, do local quests, stay out of trouble. Build up some levels. Don't be a hero too soon.

Oh, and learn how to play Gwent as soon as possible.
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#1128908 - 10/20/17 02:46 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: hagatha]
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Yep, the timber wolves at the later level in Oblivion were a big surprise. I recall the first time I hit them, thinking "oh, big deal - It's just a wolf, one swipe of the sword and...I'm dead. Wait, what!" lol
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#1128940 - 10/20/17 08:21 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
hagatha Offline
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Um...or the first mud crab I ever saw in my first game of Morrowind. Snickety-snack. Dead hero. Crab food.

So, TJL, any more thoughts on buying Witcher 3? That's a great price.



Edited by hagatha (10/20/17 08:22 PM)
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#1128944 - 10/20/17 08:35 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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I got eaten by me first mud crab in Morrowind too... Glad to hear I'm not alone!
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#1128959 - 10/21/17 05:06 AM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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Thanks everyone for your opinion and making my purchase decision easier! smile

There were many things that made me doubt whether I would truly like this game enough to buy and give it a try.

What finally convinced me was watching this 35 minute gameplay video. The only worry left is how well I get used to combat controls with gamepad, that's left to be seen. Fist and medieval weapons (except crossbow) combat are often simply pain for me.

The price of this game (with all additional content included) on GOG is now as good as it 'ever' comes, I believe. Only 19.99€ of which 3.00€ is returned to your wallet for future purchases makes it irresistable.

Did you notice that "Mafia I" is now available on GOG? For licensing reasons the original music that played on car radio is stripped off but there seems to be a way to return it from original discs if you have them. I have seen no evidence yet, but I hope (and trust) they have fixed timing problems in 19 Free Roam Extreme mode missions that made them unplayable on newer PC's unless limiting their CPU/GPU resources with external tools. The game is a classic that I truly recommend.

Happy gaming, everyone!

Timo

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#1128988 - 10/21/17 12:27 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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TJL,

As with all of these games, it takes time to master the controls.

I've been playing Action/RPG games for 2 decades and still every new game poses challenges and has a learning curve that I have to get over before I can really get going. I almost gave up on the original Baldur's Gate because I was a noob at the genre, having only ever played adventure games like Myst, and if it hadn't been for timely intervention from one of the moderators here (Xanthia) I would not have persevered and would possibly STILL be an adventure gamer.

The point is, it takes time to master an action game, but remember that there are lots of people here who can help, too. And part of the fun is seeing your shiny new character get smacked down by a rat or dog five minutes into the game.
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#1129001 - 10/21/17 01:34 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: TJL]
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I agree totally. Every new game takes time to learn the controls. Even if I leave a game for a long period of time, I have to relearn everything when I start up again.
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#1129018 - 10/21/17 07:19 PM Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - your opinions [Re: Draclvr]
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Yup, experience is always the best teacher. If the controls for a particular game seem complex or difficult, I usually play on easy mode for a few levels. That usually extends the time I have in battle and/or formulating strategies before I get eaten, beheaded, eviscerated or otherwise disemboweled allowing me to pick up the moves a little earlier in the game. After I feel comfortable, I just kick the difficulty level up and if necessary restart. grin
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