Explain to me why Witcher 3 is good...

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Hulk'O'Saurus, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Seriously!? And I idiot have been runing around with a ponny tail and beard for the least 10 years ....
     
  2. BigGuyCIA

    BigGuyCIA Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Oct 26, 2016
    Yeah. The thing with the "exploration" is mostly just finding the recipes you need for stronger potions, oils, and armor/weapon set pieces. After that the rest of the question marks on the map are filler and designed to nag completionists. I enjoyed the game so much more when I ignored all of that filler and just focused on the things that I needed.
     
  3. Hulk'O'Saurus

    Hulk'O'Saurus It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jul 10, 2018

    What's your formula for enjoying Witcher 3?
     
  4. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Don't treat it like a Sandbox game?
     
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  5. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Nov 26, 2007
    It should never have been their intention. I remember having conversations here and at Bethsoft, that used Witcher 1 as example for bypassing the mundane traveling with an abstracted passing of time—until something of note or interest is meant to happen.

    I can think of little more boring that having to walk from Kaer Morhen to Vizema in first or third person.
     
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  6. Squadcar

    Squadcar Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 1, 2018
    Well, I agree at least for myself. If you want a sandbox game out of it that's also a thing you could do. It's got the Ubisoft filler content there if that's what you like in games.
     
  7. Mr Fish

    Mr Fish ...I Remember...

    Sep 11, 2010
    I just turned my brain off and went on autopilot whenever there wasn't story.
     
  8. BigGuyCIA

    BigGuyCIA Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Oct 26, 2016
    Disregard every question mark that isn't an oil, potion, weapon/armor recipe. I used a guide to figure out where to go for potion Superior versions of oils/potions and the Armor/Weapon sets usually have associated blips on the map which make finding them easy enough. I think in one playthrough I managed to get every point of interest on the first map (I forget the name), but once I get to Skellige(?) I immediately dropped any interest in trying to get visit them.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 does something similar with their map fast travel. You select a location and a montage of travelling scenes play to illustrate your character moving to his destination. It's one way and you end up having to either ride all the way back by horse or take a train/carriage (which provide their own array of cutscenes).
     
  9. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Nov 26, 2007
    It would have been funny—if it wasn't already true— had Witcher 3 parodied the overland travel in Hillsfar.

     
  10. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    I havn't played Witcher 3 yet, but I sure as hell will one day, so I do not know if it's true or not. But I feared during the development of W3 that this 'open world' was done just for the sake of open worlds and not to actually push the game forward. So in other words, could the Witcher 3 also work as a game with a more limited and linear world? Like Witcher 1 and 2? What did the open world add to the narrative, the story telling and character development of them game? I think this is a lot more important, as I feel that Open World or Sand Box games, are a very pecuilar kind of game and style and do not necessarily work always with role playing games that relly on choices and consequences. I mean if I look at the Witcher 1, the fact that the game worked in chapters and cut you off from previous areas, meant that certain decisions had to be made and they felt natural, because you couldn't just return to the previous area.
     
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  11. Squadcar

    Squadcar Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 1, 2018
    Most definitely, in my opinion. It would have benefited from it. I think 1>2>3 and one reason I think 2's better than 3 because of its world/level design.
     
  12. CerberusGate

    CerberusGate I should save my game in a whole new slot

    Jun 6, 2016
    I agree with @Squadcar as well. A limited world would have more tighter focus and less junk strewn around (especially in Skellige).

    That said, those random loot strewn about are useful for one thing: Selling for spare gold to get the Grandmaster stuff in Blood and Wine (and even that is not necessary if you know what you're doing). I do roll my eyes at comments on the Internet whining about how hard it is to get gold when there is so much junk to sell.
     
  13. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Eh, once I really got the hang out of the gambling in W1, money was like an issue that dissapeared like it was nothing. I think it even broke the game. Seroiously, In my first game I didn't gamble really and it was actually quite difficult to get money in the game which was awesome. But, once you advance far enough with the dice and get to the grandmasters you're swimming in gold.
     
  14. BigGuyCIA

    BigGuyCIA Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Oct 26, 2016
    Haha, reminds me of caravan in FNV. Once you figured out the gist of the game it was easy to make it to the strip with enough money to just buy out everything you needed.
     
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  15. Hulk'O'Saurus

    Hulk'O'Saurus It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jul 10, 2018
    I don't mind enjoying a game, but I don't think I could actually ever do something like that in Witcher... and now that I think about it, RDR2, as well.

    Not that your advice isn't helpful, it's just that I think I've already spoiled the game for myself x).
     
  16. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    I am not too big on card games, Yu-gi-oh is the most I can invest in learning one, and even that one I drop whenever any of the Post Zexal stuff crops up, so I just couldn't be assed to get invested in Gwent. It was like a Kneejerk reaction, everytime I had Gwent thrown at me I either rejected to play and delighted in their disappointed response or I gave up first turn to not have to endure it (like during the Wedding event in Heart of Stone) and you know what? I like the DOnkey ears, fuck you Dwarves, go play your magic in your mom's basement.
     
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  17. Squadcar

    Squadcar Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 1, 2018
    I couldn't be bothered to play it enough in game because I don't have time to build decks in games that aren't about building decks and playing card games.

    I used to play the Gwent standalone game but haven't in a while. Otherwise, the only card game I've liked since I was 12 was Magic the Gathering and even then I don't play normal formats.
     
  18. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Nov 26, 2007
    I'm not going to bother learning it. I really liked the dice game in Witcher 1, and couldn't understand how they managed to ruin it in Witcher 2.
     
  19. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    I don't know why they had to change anything going from W1 to W2. Instead of always changing the gameplay and developing completely new combat, they should rather expand on it, keeping the things that worked well and maybe fixing a few smaller issues here and there. In other words, giving the mechanic more debth, while making it easier to get into it. The mechanic in W1 was in my opinion good enough and just required some fine tuning to be really good.
     
  20. Squadcar

    Squadcar Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 1, 2018
    Console markets are where the money is man! They wanted to grow faster is what I'm guessing...