Witcher 3

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Been a while since I played AAA game for more than 20 hours but I recently nearly finished Witcher 3.
The game got shilled to me as one of the best open-world games, best RPG, best game period.
I played Witcher 2 and for some reason I nearly remember absolutely nothing about it. Since I didn't know anything about the Witcher world, its lore was the most interesting to me but I do remember really not caring for the actual plot, combat system and restricted maps.
Witcher 3 improved all of that but I have to say it overstayed it's welcome after about 30 hours. This is partially due to my autism where I have to complete every task in a game but I grew really tired of clearing map points and side quests. The after 30 hours, the combat just felt samey every time, the "prepare before a fight" aspect came just down to using a buff if you want, bombs are not necessary and so on. And that's on my first playthrough being on the Death March difficulty.

Witcher 3's strongest aspect for me was the setting, atmosphere and the plot involving having to chase down Ciri. The only problem with that was, with having only played game 2, I knew none of these characters and their history together. But they conveyed well enough how much Geralt cared for Ciri. The points mentioned above were the strongest in the first part in Velen involving the Witches and the Red Baron.
After that, side mission's often felt like a chore and very predictable, loot and gear/level progression wasn't handled very well and main mission didn't feel as memorable as the Velen part. My biggest gripe was with how the Wild Hunt was handled, going in with no prior knowledge about them. I knew they were mentioned in Witcher 2, but my image of them was more of something really mythical and scary that even the Witchers know nothing about them. Killing them in masses, Geralt having been with them past and all that kind of ruined the image I had of them. It would have been way more impactful if the Witchers had no idea how to deal with them, and just taking down one in the final act should have taken a great toll or sacrifice to empathize how out of this world they are.

But anyway, it was a nice adventure. I just grew really tired of its videogame antics towards the end which has as of right now stopped me from finishing the last mission and the Blood and Wine expansion. The Hearts of Stone expansion was very enjoyable as well, although I have the same issue with its "final boss" that I have with the Wild Hunt. Just don't show or explain too much. It would be fine if Geralt didn't have a solution or sword for everything.

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