Discussion in 'General Game Help & Discussion' started by Quagmire, May 8, 2016.
YESSSS! I was anticipating a June release. I've been so antsy for more Witcher!
Not yet official though, so if this date is incorrect then I've already paid Geralt to deliver swift justice.
Date turned out to be false. It's actually coming out...on the 31st.
Do we burn @Quagmire at the stake for giving false information, or merely give him a lengthy imprisonment?
We do both in America!
Psh 1 day off, what ever, come at me bro!
I already preordered because they had it for $17.99 instead of $19.99 on the Playstation store!
I did the season pass at the start, I have plenty of faith in them and I enjoy paying them full price
I think it's intentional. There's a 9% discount on the PC.
Yeah, 10% discount on PS4 so why not? I've heard its 90 new quests, 20 hours of story quests and a bunch of new armor, enhancements and gwent cards.
Thats ridiculous for $17.99. I'll just keep buying CDPR games in the future to support them because this is how the industry should be run.
My thoughts exactly, I also bought it through GOG so they got more/all of the money, I had no hesitation to wait for a sale, granted I got a small discount for having both Witcher 1 an Witcher 2
I bought the Season Pass and downloaded Hearts of Stone. Hopefully a mix of that and Overwatch will see me through.
I forgot to buy Hearts of Stone, I need to jump on that. After finishing Witcher 3 I sorta just let the game sit but this has be excited for it again, the expansion looks amazing.
I was going to purchase the game and xpacs again, because of the new content. But for me, personally, since they never did anything about the fact that the second you hit level 30 there is no longer a point to leveling (or NG+), I've decided that if I wanted to see the content, it would be through videos and the like.
Still love the game overall though.
You really need to play HoS. While more condensed and focused than the original game, the story is so much better than anything in the main game. There is one quest in particular that I thought blew most of the original story quests away. The bosses are quite hard, too.
It does add a bunch of towns and locations to the map that weren't there before letting you spend more time in a portion of the map that really was never touched in the main game.
With the side quests and extra content, it added about 20 hours to the game for me. New estimates on Blood and Wine are looking like 30-40 hours to complete everything. I've seen the new map of Touissant for it and it looks absolutely massive. Not as big as Velen but probably half as big. The new city looks to be twice the size of Oxenfurt as well.
What do you mean? Like level 30 is about as high as you need to go?
Hearts of Stone was a really hard expansion and recommends level 32 to start - I got up to level 36 and still died multiple times to each boss and occasionally to the new monsters in the pack. Groups of level 35 bandits are actually hard to deal with at level 33-34.
I think they said level 35 was recommended to start Blood and Wine.
Even if you don't play them, I recommend at least watching or reading up on Heart of Stone if you liked the game - I thought it was done better than anything in the main game.
For me, forcing someone to level simply to ramp up difficulty isn't a good strategy. Until level 30, you earn new things each level (or other level, can't remember now). Once you hit 30, you literally level to level. I was I think 37 at the end of my first playthrough. I had no desire to play NG+ because there was literally nothing to earn other than more levels. If the only reason to level is so that the ramped up difficulty is lowered, to me, personally, isn't a lot of incentive. Hence I said for me, shelling out what $40 for the expansions isn't worth it. But it's fine for those that don't want that incentive to level. I collected all the Gwent cards and completed all the gear and weapons. If I had to play through to get the same stuff over again, and had no incentive otherwise, it wasn't worth it. To me. Not necessarily any one else.
I will, at some point, though, watch the videos.
I don't like that there are only 12 slots to abilities. I get that they don't want you to make an overpowered character but at certain levels it should give you another slot or something.
I don't know if I'd say it was much better than everything, the Bloody Baron stands out, but HoS was great, as was the main game. I do agree it is more focused and probably better than most things, I thought it was going to suck the first couple missions in, and oh boy does it take off!
That's funny, I played an hour or so of it and was like, more of the same huh? Then it just kept getting better.
Honestly, I think it is better than the Bloody Baron. That one is a great quest line, but it also has the benefit of being the first major one so the game was still really fresh when you do it. I did not like Olgierd at the start but they really flesh him out.
Scenes from a Marriage is the best quest in the game to me. Slightly above the Baron because I found it so great how strong the narrative was told. Watching Olgierd and Iris' life fall apart was heartbreaking and the boss battles were awesome. Caretaker was the high point in boss battles for me. The phantom Olgierds were tough as well. It benefited from being standalone, but man did they knock it out of the park. The wedding mission with Vlodimir was a lot of fun and Shani!
I am heading into the endgame for Hearts of Stone and it's clearly set up very well.
Started Blood and Wine last night - Toussiant is so pretty. It's so pompous and different than the other areas.
New Skellige deck for Gwent cards makes me happy and the 1.20 patch has changed the UI for the better. It's so much more organized and easy to use now. Also has enemy scaling so I'm not over leveled for everything I come across.
You have of course neglected to mention the biggest fix, which is that Geraldt's dynamic beard growth now works properly with Hairworks. So now we on PC can all enjoy his lush beard to the fullest potential - well worth the cratering framerates!
Gah... I want to play the expansions so bad, but the financial and time commitment to a game I hated that I (personally) got nothing out of after level 30 is daunting!
I liked Gwent. Need a solely Gwent app.
They added a Gwent difficulty slider, too. It makes things more interesting. I can't just plow over everyone I run across.
That's cool. Because once I collected all the cards, I just friggin steamrolled everyone. At first I likened it to Triple Triad in FF VIII. It was hard to win while you were collecting cards, but once you did you just shank everyone. Triple Triad, however, had the rule changes which made it interesting. I spent a lot of time my first couple FF VIII playthroughs simply trying to win back my amazing cards I'd lost because of Same/Plus. I remember spreading the random rule once and wanting to kill myself. Spreading the rules you wanted became the game within the game within the game....
The one thing I think Gwent should have is an option to lose a card. I don't like that when you win, you get a card but if you lose, you can just try again with no repercussions. I know some people would hate that, the ones trying to get the trophies for collecting all the cards but I think it would be more interesting.
Triple Triad was amazing, because if you go on a bad run, you could lose your entire deck.
10GB in total. Thank god we are hoping to install a leased fibre line soon!
So far, B&W is awesome. The new characters you meet are awesome, the boss fights are tough and the scenery is beautiful. Beauclair is actually a lot larger than Oxenfurt and the architecture and terrain is incredible. I spent a good half hour just wandering the city and taking it all in and trying to build up my Skellige deck. My side quest log just keeps growing, too, so I'll be playing this for a while.
Still can't even fathom that this only cost me $18. CDPR is just amazing.
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