For someone who has purchased two-out-of-three Witcher games, I’ve played very little in The Witcher franchise.
Coming off of the high that was Skyrim, my aversion towards RPGs cooled a bit. I’d heard wonderful things about The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and bought it on clearance for the Xbox 360. About a year later, I sold it before giving it a shot.
Again, I bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt off the strength of its wildly-positive word-of-mouth. This time, it sat on my shelf for years. I only peeled off the plastic to take a photo for Instagram because the extra content inside the box prevented it from standing straight up.
In spite of the rave reviews, it’s run time spooked me. As someone with a preference to play only one game at a time, combined with a desire to play as many games as possible, I tend to lean towards shorter games. That said, that didn’t stop me from pouring 120+ hours into Fire Emblem: Three Houses across multiple campaigns. Or 80+ hours into Breath of the Wild. For the right game, I’ll dive as deep as it needs me to go.
With a lull in my gaming schedule, the Netflix show really taking off, and next gen looming, I’ve finally decided to give The Witcher 3 a shot. We streamed it for the first time a few weeks back. Though my mind was preoccupied by the bandwidth issues plaguing my stream that night, the game shows a lot of promise thus far. It’s gorgeous and it feels like there’s a ton going on with the story that I don’t quite have a handle on just yet.
Not sure if this will be a game I stream weekly or even play to completion. Nevertheless, I’m glad to have at least given the game a try and I’m open to playing more of it. We’ll be back on stream with The Witcher 3 tomorrow. Hopefully free of the technical difficulties that have marred the last few weeks of shows!
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The Witcher 3 is cool, but I actually prefer the two older installments. I feel the move to completely open-world kind of hurt the third one a bit; it added a lot of fluff and padding that didn’t really need to be there for me. The previous two were hub-based, and I felt that made them much more tightly focused.
Your mileage may vary — particularly if you enjoyed Skyrim, which I don’t like at all — but regardless, it’s definitely a good time. And so far as streaming it, there’s kind of an “episodic” structure to it in a way, so if you don’t fancy streaming the entire thing, you could, for example, make it your mission to see one particular questline through to its conclusion before setting it aside for a while. I recommend the “Bloody Baron” sequence. 🙂
The Witcher is honestly one of the best series I have encountered from a storytelling standpoint. Combat is solid but in reality you play the game for the characters, storytelling, and world-building (and possibly to dedicate way too much time playing Gwent!)
I also definitely relate to putting an obscene amount of time into Fire Emblem: Three Houses- such a great game but playing it through 4 times to get every story-line takes FOREVER.