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Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Rath Darkblade » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:14 am

... hmm, so I never got to play "The Witcher" games. From what I can see, though, they are both available on GOG and Steam, and have been for some time. So I thought I might give the first one a try.

I just have a few questions for anyone who's played this game. I know as much as the wiki-article told me - Geralt of Rivia is a "witcher", who hunts monsters for a living. There are humans, dwarves, elves, gnomes, werewolves and vampires involved. That's about all wiki says. ;)

Alas, it appears that this game is huge (about 15 GB). So, with my relatively constricted bandwidth, I am cautious.

What kind of game is it? Is it like the first Dragon Age (with grey-and-gray morality, difficult moral choices etc.)? Or is it simply a kill-everything-that-moves, like Diablo? Just wondering... :)

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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by MusicallyInspired » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:53 am

There are 3 games, actually. 4 if you count the newish digital trading card game too. They were made by CD Projekt Red who also own GOG, so heck yeah they're on their own platform. lol

From what I've heard (and played) the first Witcher was a very different type of game before it was overhauled to behave a little more like an RPG. It's a little awkward to play actually and I think a little closer to Diablo but with a story to it. I gave up on it. But The Witcher 2 and 3 are full on open world RPGs. I started Witcher 2 and never really got beyond the tutorial area. At the time I was expecting something more like Skyrim and the system was just too different at the time (and time of day. I believe it was late in the evening when I tried it) for me to care about learning a whole new interface so I shelved it. Will get to them someday. I hear The Witcher 3 got tons of awards and is much loved by the community, though. The storytelling is top notch I've heard.

They're based on a series of books (books which now have a series on Netflix headlined by Henry Cavill).
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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Rath Darkblade » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:22 pm

Hmm. Yes, I'm aware of the three Witcher games (I wasn't aware of the card game), but I figured that I might give the first one a try, just to see what it's all about. After all, the description isn't very descriptive - "you kill monsters for a living". That could mean anything. :P Then, if I liked the first one, I might give the others a go, once they go on sale. ;)

If Witcher 2 and 3 are open-world RPGs, they sound like The Elder Scrolls (though with a different system, of course). But the first one is simply a "you see it, you kill it" bloodfest? Like Diablo or Doom? *grimace* :(

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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Datadog » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:37 am

They're worth playing if you like fantasy role-playing. The gameplay is generally hack-and-slash, with a few gimmicks like potion mixing and magic systems built in. But the overall experience is more "Dragon Age" than "Diablo". It's very story-oriented, with a lot of morality choices built into the quests. It's not dissimilar from a Bioware game if that's what you're looking for.

Personally, I love the first game and recommend it, but be warned: the fighting system in the first game is something you'll have to get used to. You have to repeatedly click the targets to fight, and you frequently switch weapons and fighting styles to accommodate different enemies. The 2nd and 3rd game's combat is much more streamlined and user-friendly, so there's no shame starting from the second game. But if you're up to the challenge, go for the first. You can usually get it for around $3 on sales anyway.

As an aside, I also highly recommend the novels the games are based on. They're prequels to the games, and many NPCs are cameos from the series.
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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Rath Darkblade » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:42 am

Fair enough. I guess I may as well wait for the sales and pick up the second game, if the combat is easier. Thanks, Datadog. :)

Only thing is ... do I need to know the back-story of the 1st game in order to play the 2nd one?

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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Datadog » Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:03 pm

A lot of events and choices in the first game don't carry over to the second. Anything important will get revisited and shown again. You can read a summary somewhere if you want the details, but it's still a great game worth visiting.

One thing that might throw you off in the second game are all the returning characters, but you don't need to play the first game to know how they met. They're all characters from the books, so even in the first game, you don't get a proper introduction.
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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Rath Darkblade » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:54 am

Oh, dear ... and they all met in the pub!!! :lol:

Or does the witcher only meet them when it's time for them to become relevant to the story? :?

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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Datadog » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:21 pm

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Oh, dear ... and they all met in the pub!!! :lol:

Or does the witcher only meet them when it's time for them to become relevant to the story? :?
Typically, both. They appear when it's story-relevant, and you'll often run into them at a pub.

A good example is a character named Dandelion. In the books, he's Geralt's long-time best friend, but in the first Witcher game, Geralt (the Witcher) has amnesia and forgets a lot of people. So when he runs into Dandelion in a pub, Dandelion will re-introduce himself for the player's sake, but he'll avoid discussing any book spoilers.
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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Rath Darkblade » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:42 pm

Um, I was only kidding about "meeting in the pub". *head-desk* Isn't that supposed to be one of the laziest ways to introduce new characters? :?

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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Tawmis » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:51 am

Rath Darkblade wrote:
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Um, I was only kidding about "meeting in the pub". *head-desk* Isn't that supposed to be one of the laziest ways to introduce new characters? :?
Well, as he said, it's done to avoid spoiling the book, in the event the player's not read them.

And the whole idea of meeting at a pub being lazy, is bull...

Dragonlance Chronicles, where are all the characters headed? A pub/tavern to meet up again.
The Hobbit, where are all these characters meeting? Biblo's house, which is treated like a pub.

Two of my favoritest books used this "gimmick" to start both of their stories.

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Re: Question about "The Witcher"...

Post by Rath Darkblade » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:13 am

Well, sure. And in LOTR, the hobbits meet Aragorn at the Green Dragon - and later, everyone meets at Elrond's house, which is treated like a pub. ;)

Maybe I phrased this badly - I didn't mean lazy, just overdone. Many authors, film scriptwriters and game scriptwriters have done this. Some have done it badly. So it needs to be done well to be effective. :) Tolkien does it well. Weis and Hickman do it well. Some authors ... don't. That's all I meant. :)

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