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|15 FEB 2008 at 7:02pm|
|Deleted User||Since I'm getting ready to start this game, I just went to the games website and saw that they have sold 600,000 copies worldwide in just three months. Now that's an achievment any way you slice it. Actually, I did load it up already and started the tutorial (I've never played an RPG before) but then found there is a patch. So I'll download that and some other goodies for registered game owners and restart. I've recently (over the last year) been playing mostly genres outside the adventure and having the time of my life. I now look at action sequences as a puzzle. Actually, if you keep your cool (ie. don't get frustrated that things are coming after you and just freeze up smashing buttons) you do have to survey your surrondings and find a way to defeat the situation, albeit quickly sometimes. With the long weekend, hopefully I'll be able to spend a fair amount of time playing.|
|15 FEB 2008 at 7:50pm|
|Deleted User||When I saw this thread I just pounced on it, as I'm a totally ga-ga Witcher fanboy..uh.. whatever. |
Rpg is my other most-loved genre, and I'm glad to see your approach to the action part. Actually usually the action (combat) aspect can be the most boring part- something you have to endure to progress with the game; -not so in The Witcher. Some RPG players who have been spoilt by recent "dumbed-down" games have been complaining about the time-delay combat, but I think combat in The Witcher is an absolute delight! As you progress with the game you will see what I mean.
As you level your character up, complexity of the combat-moves Geralt can make will deepen, and you get some nice magic in the form of Aardt-signs, which makes combat even more fun. Watching Geralt fight with a combination of strokes and flourishes and magic just never got old for me, as it keeps evolving as you level up.
Don't think Witcher is just about combat, though, it's got an intricate story with some interesting moral choices to make.
Further regarding your "puzzle" comment: In most RPg's, your quests could sort of be regarded as rather easy puzzles. In some of the harder Rpg's, although usually not structured the same as AG puzzles, or quite as cerebral, the quests can certainly be regarded as proper puzzles, as they often require quite a bit of sweat to complete.
Well, let me congratulate you on your good choice, and may you spend many happy hours with The Witcher.
(Just a cautionary note; let me mention that it does take perservering well into chapter 2 to really get 'into' the game, as the prologue is more of an introduction and tutorial, so please do perservere)
In any case, I certainly hope we will hear more about your Witcher adventures in this thread.
|16 FEB 2008 at 3:26pm|
|Deleted User||@ Traveler - Thanks for your insight into the game. The story looks like it's going to be really good and that's probably the most important thing I like in a game. Hence that is why, up until now, I've mostly just played adventure games. However, after playing some other genres lately, I see that they have great stories also. I was at first put off by action sequences but came to realize there is a method to the madness in winning the battle. That's why I stated my opinion that you can actually look at them as a type of puzzle since it does take thought and planning on how to do it. Like I said, it's just my opinion. I really think if you look at that way and get past the frustration, there are some great games to be played. |
|16 FEB 2008 at 4:17pm|
|Deleted User||Masher, you do seem to do quite some research before venturing into a game, so I suppose I needn't warn you that some RPG's can be rather boring and inane. If you do find you enjoy the genre, may I make a few suggestions regarding a few games I enjoyed:|
1) The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
2) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
3) Jade Empire
My biggest reason for choosing the abovementioned 3, is that to me they had interesting stories and they're not generic clones of most of the other games in the genre.
|16 FEB 2008 at 5:59pm|
|Deleted User||Thanks again Traveler. From what I've seen of my grandson playing some RPG's, I know what you mean about some being boring. Witcher however caught my attention and I decided to give it a go. As for your recommendations, KTOR seems to be highly regarded even among many people here. I'll have to pick it up someday. My problem though is time. I usually don't have enough of it to play many games over the course of a year, so I pick and choose carefully. My real downfall is anything horror of SciFi based. My most anticipated games are the upcoming Dracula and Alone in the Dark sequels. I'm hoping also that the next Silent Hill eventually goes to the PC. Sorry for getting OT.|
|17 FEB 2008 at 3:22am|
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|The Witcher has also sucked me in of late. Although I've just finished the first Chapter, the rest of the game really looks promising. I highly doubt however I'll be finishing this in the next few months or so as I'm simultaneously playing 2 other rpgs. I have this rpg-thing going, lol; taking a break from fps games. I would personally describe The Witcher as one of those "diamond-in-the-rough" type of games that when one gets to actually giving it a try, they'll be hooked and intrigued with it. And yes, having played the 3 mentioned rpgs above, I'd say they are hearty recommendations.|
|17 FEB 2008 at 3:18pm|
Originally Posted By jedicri (17 FEB 2008 3:21am)
Wow, although I frequently have more than one game going at the same time, it would confuse me if I did more than one RPG at the same time. Sorry for OT, and excuse my curiosity, but may I ask what the other 2 your'e currently doing are?
|18 FEB 2008 at 5:12am|
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Originally Posted By TheTraveler (17 FEB 2008 3:17pm)Originally Posted By jedicri (17 FEB 2008 3:21am)
I too had the same thoughts when I did start playing a second then a third rpg along with Mass Effect (360). I always wanted to try a j-rpg so last week, I picked up Lost Odyssey (360); it's turn-based and it's from the makers of the Final Fantasy games on the PS.
Just as an FYI, if no one does not know already and for those interested, Mass Effect will released on the PC in May of this year: http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2008/02/12/mass-effect-coming-to-pcs-in-may
|18 FEB 2008 at 6:16am|
|Deleted User||@jedicri :|
Thanks, yes, I'd somehow wondered if one of them wasn't Mass Effect. I've pre-ordered my PC copy as I'm still sitting on the fence about getting myself a 360.
|18 FEB 2008 at 5:15pm|
|Deleted User||Just found out that an enhanced version of the Witcher will be released in mid-May. Check out this link:|
For current owners of the game, the enhancements will be available as a download. Just the big improvement in the level loading time (-80%) is tempting. However, I'm really getting into it and don't know if I can wait.
|19 FEB 2008 at 8:14am|
|Deleted User||I would suggest you carry on playing with the current patches available. Disable you autosave function, it makes all the waiting with loading times a bit more bearable. There are a few tricks to make the loading times better, I'll try to dig them up for you. The reason I'm saying it would be better to just carry on playing now, is that there are currently very interesting discussions going on about aspects of the story line at several dedicated The Witcher boards across the internet. As these discussions involve spoilers, it is best that you finish the game before joining/viewing them. If you wait until May, you may have missed out as it's becoming quite a while now since the game was released.|
|19 FEB 2008 at 6:17pm|
|Deleted User||Traveler, Thanks for the tip on disabling the autosave feature to speed up level loading. I think I will continue on since I'm having so much fun with this game. I think I mentioned above that this is my first full blown RPG and I'm finding the learning curve to be a little steep, but it's worth every minute. I'm in Chapter 1 and love the night acts, especially since I love the spooky atmosphere. When I think about this game at work and at night while laying in bed, about I should do this or that, then I know it's a great game. I have not had an adventure game to this for me in a long time. However, this is something totally new for me which I'm sure has something to do with it. It's only natural that change is good.|
|20 FEB 2008 at 6:27am|
|Deleted User||Witcher is addictive. I finished playing it 2 months ago and I still get involved in the Witcher board discussions. I'll probably replay it soon, choosing different options this time. I can't wait for an expansion/sequel.|
Glad to see other people are also enjoing it! [smiley=hi_five.gif]
|20 FEB 2008 at 6:42pm|
|Deleted User||Hey Traveler, if my memory serves me right, the enhanced version is suppose to be almost like a completely new game for the english language release. Can't wait either to see how it is.|
|22 FEB 2008 at 8:35am|
|Deleted User||I'm going to try and get the translated book soon. Will let ya know if it's worthwhile once I've read it. (If you're interested)|
|23 FEB 2008 at 2:51am|
|Deleted User||Traveler, hope you enjoy the book. Myself, I'm not a reader. Thanks for the thought though.|
|24 FEB 2008 at 8:01pm|
|Deleted User||I'm near the end of Chapter 1 and hit my first real stumbling block, The Beast. Having a little trouble taking this little buggar down. I'm playing in OTS mode and think that may be part of my problem. Looks like its going to take some strategic thinking on my part. One way or another, this baddie is going to bite the bullet.|
|24 FEB 2008 at 9:01pm|
|Deleted User||Hehe. Yup, lots of people complain about the beast. Luckily I love to use magic, so I didn't have too much of a problem . What you need to do is use your Aard sign on him, and then while he is stunned, you quickly wack him with your Witcher's sword. (Rinse, and repeat, of course)|
I hope you acquired Aard while still in the Witcher's castle. If you haven't, let me know, I'll check the place where you can find it in the Outskirts. When you level up try to improve your Aardt sign. I used it right to the very end, and it's one of the most useful signs in the game.
Also, try to kill the Beast (The Boss dog) first. He'll keep spawning the other dogs if you don't.
Potions are also important. Drink Swallow before the battle for more health, and Tawny Owl for longer lasting magic power.
I think you might have info in your notes about which style is best on a Bharghest, strong or fast. I can't remember, too long back, so just check your bestiary to see if you have the info. One can buy info about monsters and plants in the form of books.
|25 FEB 2008 at 2:25am|
|Deleted User||Thanks for the tips Traveler. At this point, I've been using the talents I gain to improve by core attributes and combat styles alone. I do have the Aard and Igni signs buy have not tried improving them yet. This has worked out okay until the beast. I almost had him using a combination of blizzard and swallow potions while also switching back and forth between group (when the bharghest are there) and fast styles with the witchers sword. I think with a few more tries I could beat the beast. However, I think I'll take your suggestion and go to a save just before the beast and level up the Aard sign. I'll let you know how it works out.|
|25 FEB 2008 at 6:50am|
|Deleted User||Igni becomes useful later on in the game, so I would suggest you start improving on that only after you get into Vizima. |
For now, though, concentrate on the Aard. You can also do the ritual of power in one of those places of power. This will increase your sign intensity by a certain percentage for quite a few hours. Every little bit helps when it comes to beating the beast! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
|26 FEB 2008 at 7:01pm|
|Deleted User||@Traveler - Now that it's the work week, I probably won't get a chance to try the Aard sign on the beast until the weekend. I'll let you know how it goes.|
|29 FEB 2008 at 3:28pm|
|Deleted User||Hey there, Masher! So... have you *mashed* that 'ol Beast yet? |
(I know, I know, - you've been working, but I've been clocking up my posts - look! I graduated from Intergalactic Janitor to Sorecerer Apprentice today!) Ain't that great! [smiley=beer.gif]
|3 MAR 2008 at 6:16pm|
|Deleted User||Glad to see you got rid of the plunger. No update on the game since I didn't get a chance to play this weekend. Will let you know how things go when I do. I'm a believer in "all good things come to those who wait".|
|9 MAR 2008 at 3:38am|
|Deleted User||Hey Traveler, finally got a little time to play tonight and took the beast down. I had went back to an earlier save and leveled up the Aard sign some but it didn't help me much. It would stun him only briefly and he would come right back at me. I finally got him by going back and using the blizzard potion and switching back and forth between fast and strong styles with my sword depending if the Bharghests were all around. Thanks for the tip though. With my Aard sign leveled up more, just one use on a ghoul and it's stunned for a final death blow with the sword. I was on my way to Vizima but will stop by the crypt first since I never really explored the whole thing. Until next time.|
|9 MAR 2008 at 9:44am|
|Deleted User||Let me warn you to finish everything you can in the outskirts before moving on, as you cannot return once you have entered Vizima.|
Good luck & enjoy!
Oh, and congrats on beating the beast! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
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