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#127 Aug 02 2015 at 2:51 PM Rating: Good
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191 Hours later and I finished my second play through. That heavy strikes adrenaline double concoctions build pretty much annihilated Blood and Broken Bones. I also came to enjoy gwent. Beat all the gwenters and won the tourney.

NG+ is coming soon but I think I will wait for content DLC before I play more.
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#128 Oct 12 2015 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
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So, since I loved the hell out of my time with The Witcher 3, I sprung for the season pass (when it was on sale for 20% off). Today is the day that the first expansion, "Hearts of Stone", drops. I haven't had much time to spend with it yet, but so far it's a solid piece of new content. It's geared towards players that are level 30+, so it you haven't gotten that far yet, there's not much point in buying it.

I'm level 35 with the full set of Wolf School gear, so I'm probably a bit stronger than recommended, but the very first fight I was in was noticeably more challenging than what I'm used to. I was fighting a group of well equipped level 33 soldiers. They seemed to hit a bit harder than I'm used to, and they seemed to work together a bit better. Sticking together, attacking when my guard was down, etc. It may just be that I'm used to being so much stronger than the typical grunts, but it was a nice change of pace to actually have to pay attention to combat again.

Anyway, the first thing you'll notice when you start up the game and check out the map is that there is a huge chunk of new real estate up in the North East corner of Velen. It's probably about two and half to three times as large as the Kaer Morhen map, or maybe a little bit more than twice the size of White Orchard. There's a couple of large estates, and small towns, as well as what looks like a larger town spread out around a lake about half the size of Oxenfurt. Along with new areas are a bunch of new mobs. Some of which have some interesting attacks that forcing me to alter my usual tactics a bit.

One of the new features in the game is a new character called a Runewright. Once you finish his quest (which takes a large pile of Orens and some fetching) he can take runes and glyphs and combine them on any item with three slots to create new effects. He can also add extra slots to equipment that doesn't already have the necessary three available. I really wasn't too terribly impressed with the extra effects though. They don't really fit my play style, but I'm sure others will see some benefit to it. I honestly found much more use by the addition of two extra potion slots. I usually keep Swallow and Thunderbolt slotted and mostly ignore the rest, now I've got some extra space for a couple of decotions too.

I haven't gotten very far into the story yet, but the devs claim that it should take about ten hours or so. Then there's exploring all the new areas and side quests to push the number a bit further. For ten dollars, I'd say it's worth it.

Edit: Yep, fights are definitely harder now. I actually almost died a couple of times, something that didn't even happen during the final boss of the main story. My usual plan of wade in, attack fast, dodge, and abuse the hell out of Quen to get free healing doesn't seem to work as well against the new mini boss fights. That coupled with a the change to Swallow that slows the healing down significantly has made things much more interesting. I might have to take a closer look at my ability tree and see what I can come up with.

Edited, Oct 13th 2015 8:22am by Turin
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#129 Oct 15 2015 at 7:27 AM Rating: Good
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I'm on a Diablo 3 bender on my PS4 right now. So nice to play it with a gamepad, crusader is pretty fun so far as well.

On topic i paid for this DLC a while back and it looks interesting. But I am not sure when I will get over my "Recently played 200+ hours and 2 complete plays of Witcher 3 burnout" to want to fire it up.
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#130 Nov 08 2015 at 7:53 PM Rating: Good
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Fired it up this weekend, I agree it's harder but fun so far. I started with just opening up the rune guy and the merchant. Boy was I rusty when I first faced those knights. Also ***** the spiders who RUN AWAY non stop.Story seems cool, since I took a break it does not seem anti-climatic and non canon Ciri related as bad. It's pulling me in decently.

"The continued adventures of Geralt the most disrespected savior of the world ever."
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#131 May 22 2016 at 8:23 PM Rating: Decent
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If it's still on the front page, does it count as a necro? Think about it.

Anyway, for those such as myself that just can't get enough Witcher goodness, the second and sadly final expansion, Blood and Wine, drops on May 31st. I'm a bit torn on this one. I would love to dive right back into the game, and explore the new areas and kill the mobs, and do sexy things to the new ladies. But, I'm planning on buying a new video card next month, and the game will look a hell of a lot better than I can make it look right now. Decisions, decisions....

Here's a trailer thingy:



Edited, May 22nd 2016 10:25pm by Turin
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#132 Jun 29 2016 at 7:49 PM Rating: Good
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It's good Turin. It's so damn good. I enjoyed Hearts of Stone and the story in that was top notch but Blood and Wine has it all man. Not just a great story. (it is) But super Mutagens (Eupharia + 3-4 decoctions FTW). A beautiful new continent. (Rainbow's and Unicorns and stinky French!) ((I'm part French so thats not racist) An entire new Gwent Deck, that you will hate at first but grow to love. And so many points of interest + contracts that your random walk abouts will be a real joy. Di I mention you get your own vinyard to decorate and repair and retire too happy ever after?

I just finished it a coupel days ago and it really brought back the Witcher 3 joy. Problem is now all games seem like **** in comparison again for a while.
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#133 Jun 30 2016 at 6:34 AM Rating: Decent
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Like I haven been playing the hell out if it...

I even bought a GTX1080 mostly so I could finally play on Ultra (game looks ******* amazing by the way). So far, I've done a ton of side quests, maxed out my mutations, snagged the new set of Wolf armor, picked up the sword from the lady in the lake, and did a few of the main story quests.
#134 Jun 30 2016 at 1:03 PM Rating: Good
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Turin wrote:
Like I haven been playing the **** out if it...

I even bought a GTX1080 mostly so I could finally play on Ultra (game looks ******* amazing by the way). So far, I've done a ton of side quests, maxed out my mutations, snagged the new set of Wolf armor, picked up the sword from the lady in the lake, and did a few of the main story quests.


GTX1080...nice. 970 here but it gets the job done. Aerondite sword is fantastic. I took a long time to do the main quest becuase I was roaming the land building my gwent deck and side questing as well. But I was really impressed with it once I got back into it.
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An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

~ Matsuo Basho
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