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Okay, I Just Got The Witcher 3

Postby Faustus5 » Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:52 pm

Inspired by the Netflix show and after hearing about how this is one of the greatest video games ever, I have this for the PS4 now. I'm in the very early stages where the game is still teaching itself to me. Any advice as I begin my journey?

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Re: Okay, I Just Got The Witcher 3   Reply #1

Postby Raxivace » Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:12 pm

Even on the hardest difficulty this is a pretty easy game. Quen and spamming the dodge button will literally get you through 95% of the game's billion hours of content. Occasionally you'll want to actually use a potion or something to buff your stats, but honestly its not even necessary most of the time. The only major exception I can think of are like certain DLC bosses that have attacks that Quen arbitrarily can't tank a hit from.

The beginning portion of the game in White Orchard is the hardest overall part of the game in all honesty, since potions and such actually kind of matter there since you start out low leveled.
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Re: Okay, I Just Got The Witcher 3   Reply #2

Postby Eva Yojimbo » Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:22 am

I'll reiterate that by far the hardest part of the game will be early on where you're learning the mechanics and don't have (m)any buffs to work with. It's especially difficult when you encounter hordes of enemies that swarm you. Probably the hardest time I had in the game (minus the final boss in the last DLC) was a group of Drowners on a beach. I know Rax and Maz both loved Quen, but much of the time I found Igni more useful as it can hit multiple enemies and give you an opening to get more hits in. Quen is great against tough, single enemies though, especially slow ones as it gives you the ability to absorb a single hit, take no damage, and then just immediately activate Quen again, essentially making you invincible. You can even take down some single, high-level enemies early on by just keeping Quen up. I'll also mention that Aard is great for knocking down flying enemies.

As you progress, it's good to pay attention to the Bestiary to learn enemy weaknesses. I was big on getting every buff (Oil, decoctions, etc.) I could and always using them before I went into battles. However, that's really only useful/necessary if you're playing on the harder difficulty settings. Make sure to check out Gwent, the card game within the video game. It's really fun and if you stick with it there are some major rewards for beating the tougher players later in the game. I was also pretty obsessive about getting the best weapons/armor, but this is also more useful/necessary on harder settings. If you do get really into getting the best weapons/armor I'd read some online guides on the game's complex crafting system as you'll be doing a lot of it as it's way too cost-prohibitive to just buy everything.

As for stat/character building, this is was a favorite aspect of mine that I played around with a lot. There are plenty of guides online you can read about the different possible directions. I generally like a balance between fighting, magic, and alchemy, but most prefer to have "specialty" characters. At some point in the game you can buy a potion that will allow you to reset all your choices, so don't worry too much about taking a wrong path.

The rest is more familiar RPG stuff. Nearly every storyline has multiple decisions/choices that can profoundly effect the outcome, so the game you end up playing can be quite different than the game we played. One thing I wasn't crazy about is that the choices that most effect the major, overarching storyline seemed pretty inconsequential at the time... but I guess sometimes life is like that.

Beyond that, just enjoy the experience! I played it last year and it did end up being one of my favorite games of all time, but more for the world/atmosphere than anything else. I just loved being immersed in that world, and many of my strongest memories are just riding my horse at dusk with the wind blowing and that haunting soundtrack playing. Maz and I both loved it, but Raxi was less thrilled (you can read our discussions about it in last year's gaming thread... I think Raxi and Maz discussed it before that as well).

EDIT: Realized it was the gaming thread for the year BEFORE last. Man, time flies!
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Re: Okay, I Just Got The Witcher 3   Reply #3

Postby Raxivace » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:10 am

Eva Yojimbo wrote:I think Raxi and Maz discussed it before that as well).
Yeah at the beginning of the 2018 Games thread (Tiger Tiger Tiger etc.) I start Witcher 3 and me and Maz go back and forth on it for a while.

Truthfully I'm probably even less positive overall on the game now though then I was during those discussions, since the post-Baron stuff that I was positive on at the time (I.e. Mainly gangster plotlines in the city) has not stuck with me very much at all. I think I'd still stand behind everything from White Orchard through the Baron plotline though.
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Re: Okay, I Just Got The Witcher 3   Reply #4

Postby Eva Yojimbo » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:23 am

TBH I'm really surprised you didn't like the Toussaint/Blood & Wine stuff more. That whole DLC seemed a really colorful, creative riff on the Don Quixote theme blended with tons of fairy-tale stuff. Granted, something like Shrek's kinda already done that, but I've never seen it done in a video game, and even Shrek didn't get so creative/trippy with it. Also granted it's tonally completely different from the Bloody Baron and even Wild Hunt/Ciri stuff, but still really creative I thought.
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Re: Okay, I Just Got The Witcher 3   Reply #5

Postby BruceSmith78 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:25 am

I got this game a few years ago and after watching the characters talk to each other for 30 minutes I decided it was not for me and I haven’t played it since then.


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