Poll of the Day > Witcher 3 is basically the only game left on my backlog

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Lokarin
05/10/22 11:09:57 AM
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Should I grind out Witcher 1 and 2?

I liked the "science of magic" about Witcher 1, even though I didn't play it much and I only played like 5 minutes of Witcher 2

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Revelation34
05/10/22 11:17:54 AM
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You don't have to play the others to play Witcher 3.

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Lokarin
05/10/22 11:20:09 AM
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Revelation34 posted...
You don't have to play the others to play Witcher 3.

I know that, plot wise - I just mean, like, content wise

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Revelation34
05/10/22 12:10:56 PM
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I think Witcher 3 has more content than both other games combined.

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Entity13
05/10/22 1:04:28 PM
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Revelation34 posted...
I think Witcher 3 has more content than both other games combined.

And that's before DLC.

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Dark_Spiret
05/10/22 1:58:02 PM
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as far as needing to play them to get 3, no. 3 takes a lot more from the books than the previous games anyway. youll have a better understanding of certain relationships and characters if you played the others, but its not a big aspect to understand the game. that said 2 specifically has a lot of cool elements going for it which even 3 didnt pull off as well. 1 is still really good as an rpg, but has a lot of older aquired taste stuff going on and its disturbingly slow for its story to get going. if you wanted to skip you wouldnt be missing a lot and the unique aspects to the series was pulled off better in 2 anyway.

length wise 1 is 40-50hours. 2 is 40hours + another ~25hours depending on choices for another run(which id say is mandatory). 3 is closer to 80-100hours +40-50hours for dlc.
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Sahuagin
05/10/22 11:37:33 PM
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having played 1 I would recommend it. the gameplay is not fantastic, but it's very unique and the themes are excellent. I suppose I wouldn't do it just to have done it, especially if it's not required for 3. I would just do it if you specifically want to play it. (play it for its own sake, if you want to.)

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Lokarin
05/13/22 2:32:27 AM
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Ok, the first Wearwolf fight took like 40 tries... I literally could not see anything cuz of my ultra-high contrast HDR :p

I probably coulda learned how to make cat potion or something for nightvision... but meh

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DeSantis2024
05/13/22 7:37:28 AM
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I downloaded the GotY edition when it was on sale for $10. One day I will get around to playing it. One day
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DeltaBladeX
05/13/22 8:45:15 AM
#10:


A friend in Poland who gifted me the game who was offered a job at CDPR a few years back told me to skip the first two and just play 3. :P

Just clear it from your backlog and give me an excuse to dump a new game on you. >:D

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wwinterj25
05/13/22 10:36:07 PM
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DeSantis2024 posted...
I downloaded the GotY edition when it was on sale for $10. One day I will get around to playing it. One day

Do it!

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VampireCoyote
05/13/22 10:37:39 PM
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I tried playing 1&2 but I hate the controls and the AI and pretty much everything honestly

Just play 3 and go with the flow. You can watch the story of the first two games on YouTube but they honestly arent very interesting

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Lokarin
05/13/22 11:49:57 PM
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https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/a/user_image/7/8/6/AADnJsAADOvC.jpg

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Revelation34
05/14/22 12:19:30 AM
#14:


Witcher 3 is also far easier than the other two since they added dodging to it.

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Lokarin
05/15/22 12:42:46 AM
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I finished the Bloody Baron (Velen as a whole) quest chain and... yaknow, I would love to say something like "wow, that is one of the best written characters in gaming" but then I realized that it's only cuz he has a character arc... like, at all; the bar is that low.

... still, he is one of the best written chartacters in gaming

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Lokarin
05/17/22 9:33:41 AM
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heh - drunk Geralt is hilarious, he sounds like 'how's it going dude?'

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VampireCoyote
05/17/22 9:43:53 AM
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Lokarin posted...
I finished the Bloody Baron (Velen as a whole) quest chain and... yaknow, I would love to say something like "wow, that is one of the best written characters in gaming" but then I realized that it's only cuz he has a character arc... like, at all; the bar is that low.

... still, he is one of the best written chartacters in gaming

Lok you are truly un-understandable to me at times

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Lokarin
05/17/22 9:26:33 PM
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VampireCoyote posted...
Lok you are truly un-understandable to me at times

I think it's a problem with gaming as a medium.

In TV serials you get time with characters to learn their nuances, but a game has to wrap that up quickly so characters don't have the time to develop anything unless they are among the primary cast - What Witcher 3 does well is stagger multiple quests, with breaks and offshoots, that let you dwell a little on the characters while also bringing you back to them.

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Revelation34
05/18/22 10:09:27 AM
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Lokarin posted...


I think it's a problem with gaming as a medium.

In TV serials you get time with characters to learn their nuances, but a game has to wrap that up quickly so characters don't have the time to develop anything unless they are among the primary cast - What Witcher 3 does well is stagger multiple quests, with breaks and offshoots, that let you dwell a little on the characters while also bringing you back to them.


Even then when you think about it there wasn't enough content for a lot of the characters. It's impossible to do a game that would be the length of a multi season TV show.

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Lokarin
05/18/22 10:28:01 PM
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I like that the game uses intentional annoyance to break up tense moments...

I'm something of an expert of game design and I feel 'annoyance' is a very mis-used mechanic and Witcher 3 uses it very well.

Firstly, Geralt himself expresses annoyance exactly as the player does, which is great ludonarrative

Secondly, much of the annoyance is a result of gamer error - not plot error, which is just perfect: An example, all the many many many many candles in the game. It's in-universe and world appropriate for Geralt to light and unlight candles as he sees fit, but from a gamer point of view lighting/unlighting a candle when you're trying to loot is a short annoyance (via the short Igni animation) that serves as a failure state to your looting... THAT is well applied annoyance.

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Also... it seems a Witcher's greatest weakness is gravity.

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Revelation34
05/19/22 2:11:49 AM
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I don't remember needing to light candles to loot.

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Lokarin
05/19/22 2:19:54 AM
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Revelation34 posted...
I don't remember needing to light candles to loot.

that's not what I meant... I meant accidentally lighting a candle while looting is a minor annoyance that helps the game

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Revelation34
05/19/22 2:22:36 AM
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Lokarin posted...


that's not what I meant... I meant accidentally lighting a candle while looting is a minor annoyance that helps the game


Oh. I probably did that. Dragon Quest 11 was like that. Every fucking action button on the overworld map was the A button. I kept talking to party members when trying to preemptively strike a monster or loot something.

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Lokarin
05/19/22 12:04:31 PM
#24:


How far am I in the game?

I thought the battle of kaer baers was going to be the end of the game since it prompts for a manual save... but it's starting to seem like it was merely the half-way point

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Revelation34
05/19/22 12:07:50 PM
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Lokarin posted...
How far am I in the game?

I thought the battle of kaer baers was going to be the end of the game since it prompts for a manual save... but it's starting to seem like it was merely the half-way point


Another 10 hours? I don't remember exactly. I played the game out of order.

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Far-Queue
05/19/22 12:09:32 PM
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Battle of Care Bears lmao

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VampireCoyote
05/19/22 12:27:38 PM
#27:


Lokarin posted...
How far am I in the game?

I thought the battle of kaer baers was going to be the end of the game since it prompts for a manual save... but it's starting to seem like it was merely the half-way point

More like 3/4 iirc

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Lokarin
05/20/22 8:44:49 AM
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There, the game is the over!

Well, gotta do the DLC

And since I bought Monster Hunter RISE I now have a new game as the only game left on my backlog... but, hey, that's what it is.

Now I'm really curious to go back to Witcher 1 and 2

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Revelation34
05/20/22 10:55:52 AM
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Lokarin posted...
There, the game is the over!

Well, gotta do the DLC

And since I bought Monster Hunter RISE I now have a new game as the only game left on my backlog... but, hey, that's what it is.

Now I'm really curious to go back to Witcher 1 and 2


Good thing you didn't do what I did. The final boss was way too easy for me because I did the DLC first.

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Lokarin
05/20/22 10:59:20 AM
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Revelation34 posted...
Good thing you didn't do what I did. The final boss was way too easy for me because I did the DLC first.

My final boss was too easy cuz he T-posed :<

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VampireCoyote
05/20/22 11:00:55 AM
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The DLC is very good. Hearts of Stone is a cool story and Blood and Wine adds a whole new fancy chapter to the game.

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Lokarin
05/20/22 12:29:51 PM
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Ok... Witcher 1 MIGHT be unplayable

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/a/user_image/3/8/9/AADnJsAADQGl.jpg

I think it's just cuz Windows 10 or something

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DeltaBladeX
05/20/22 7:18:53 PM
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You should add Elderborn to your backlog :P
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