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After two playthroughs of avoiding it entirely I'm finally doing Gwent and am mildly to moderately addicted. 

 

On this playthrough I also started on Death March for the trophy. Not a winning combination, poor level 6 Geraldt is having to cheese his way through level 30+ areas just so I can get a Cow card. Worth it! 

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1 hour ago, Starbreaker said:

After two playthroughs of avoiding it entirely I'm finally doing Gwent and am mildly to moderately addicted. 

 

On this playthrough I also started on Death March for the trophy. Not a winning combination, poor level 6 Geraldt is having to cheese his way through level 30+ areas just so I can get a Cow card. Worth it! 

 

I've just done the main game for what I believe is the fourth time :p

 

It's still got it! 

 

And I always play everyone at Gwent, no matter what...it's hideously addictive fun. I attempted to play the standalone online version, but that's waaaay above my pay grade. I like the simplicity of the original :D

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How bloody long is this game? I quit very early on PS4, but on Switch I'm about 40 hours in, Level 19 and still haven't even been to Skellige.

Happy just doing various Novigrad storylines and sidequests, currently investigating what happened to

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Priscilla - quite the dark twist that one!

 

The map tells me there are dozens of noticeboard missions and Witcher contracts all over Velen that I haven't gone anywhere near yet. :lol:  Also hopelessly addicted to Gwent and want all the cards, but still only have a playable Northern Realms deck.

 

Am I even a third of the way through? This feels like being 150 hours, without even looking at the swarm of question marks (turned off thankfully) that completely obscure the map.

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I'm at 193 hours played, on the one playthrough.  That's mostly to completion (main quest, expansions, known side quests and contracts).   I did go back to it recently though, and uncovered remaining question marks and stumbled into a couple of quests that I missed.  We're talking a 200+ hour game, if you wanna rinse all the content :)

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24 minutes ago, jonamok said:

How bloody long is this game? I quit very early on PS4, but on Switch I'm about 40 hours in, Level 19 and still haven't even been to Skellige.

Happy just doing various Novigrad storylines and sidequests, currently investigating what happened to

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Priscilla - quite the dark twist that one!

 

The map tells me there are dozens of noticeboard missions and Witcher contracts all over Velen that I haven't gone anywhere near yet. :lol:  Also hopelessly addicted to Gwent and want all the cards, but still only have a playable Northern Realms deck.

 

Am I even a third of the way through? This feels like being 150 hours, without even looking at the swarm of question marks (turned off thankfully) that completely obscure the map.

 

this is why I'm looking forward to this on the switch - I've got it on my Santa list.  Just bumming around doing quests is ideal for the train and plane journies that I make.  On the PS4, I got to the point where I was just battering through to try and get to the end (I never did).

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36 minutes ago, davejm said:

I'm at 193 hours played, on the one playthrough.  That's mostly to completion (main quest, expansions, known side quests and contracts).   I did go back to it recently though, and uncovered remaining question marks and stumbled into a couple of quests that I missed.  We're talking a 200+ hour game, if you wanna rinse all the content :)

 

And even then you'll still miss out on the occasional (very) random missions that suddenly crop up (no signposting at all for them)!

 

I like the one with the doggie.

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I started playing this again last week and it’s still my favourite game world of all time.  I don’t even bother doing any quests most of the time, instead I just slowly trot around Valen, watching the sun rise and set, enjoying the gorgeous vistas on display and playing the odd game of Gwent.

 

i have to say while the game is a technical marvel on the Switch, I do feel the lower quality in graphics does take a lot away from what makes this game possibly my favourite game of all-time.

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I managed to snatch about two hours of gaming time last night, and proceeded to waste it completely playing some random Oxenfurt merchant at Gwent. 

 

I've become everything I've ever hated. 

 

 

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47 minutes ago, bum said:

Is there anything to be gained from  playing Gwent?

 

There's a few side missions that it helps in a little, but there's nothing major.

 

But you get sweet sweet cards!

 

And that's all that matters.

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1 hour ago, bum said:

Is there anything to be gained from  playing Gwent?

 

Pure Joy? its one of the finest card games in a video game (after triple triad, of course)

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On ‎11‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 11:59, jonamok said:

Novigrad storylines and sidequests, currently investigating what happened to

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Priscilla - quite the dark twist that one!

 

How'd that finally play out for you in the end?

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2 hours ago, Thor said:

How'd that finally play out for you in the end?

 

I was genuinely amazed when I found out about how it could have played out!

 

Second play-through sorted that out :)

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GOTY edition is currently £10.49 on the Microsoft Store. 

 

I'm guessing that includes everything and is an absolute bargain? I've never played this, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. 

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43 minutes ago, Nein said:

GOTY edition is currently £10.49 on the Microsoft Store. 

 

I'm guessing that includes everything and is an absolute bargain? I've never played this, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. 


Yes. 

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46 minutes ago, Nein said:

GOTY edition is currently £10.49 on the Microsoft Store. 

 

I'm guessing that includes everything and is an absolute bargain? I've never played this, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. 

It is on Gamepass next month if you've got that. 

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£10.49 is less than I paid for Sabre Wulf in 1984.

 

Taking into consideration inflation and increased development costs, they are basically paying you.

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9 hours ago, Charliemouse said:

I will be surprised if it’s the GOTY edition though.

It's the base game. (Based game?) It includes all the free DLC but not the brilliant expansions. Still, anyone who somehow missed this or still unsure whether the undisputed game of the generation is for them, this is a good way to try it for free.

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Spent about 6 hours in total on planes and trains over the last two days - the Witcher on switch is *amazing*

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One tiny flaw I've noticed recently, a lot more obvious on Death March - I HATE the forced fist fights in this game. You end up in the invisible barriers whilst the camera goes mad and if you're not dodging perfectly for the five minutes or so it takes to grind an opponent down you're toast. So frustrating when you compare it to the rest of the combat. 

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I don't get why I can't use Signs in fist fights when challenged. For the 'boxing matches' fine, but if I'm jumped by some goons I want all my tools available (including the option to draw swords and either flat out obliterate them or frighten them off). Tiny TINY niggle though in this masterpiece.

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Finished Blood and Wine yesterday so that's all of witcher 3 done. Both DLC packs were good but I preferred Hearts of Stone.

As much as I liked the witcher 3, I've definitely had my fill now. Was a bit relieved to finally finish the entire thing and put it behind me ;) It's been hanging around on my hard drive for a few years getting chipped away at.

Shame the switch version wasnt a thing when I bought it. Would have preferred not to have to go off to the pc in another room to play it.

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On 21/11/2019 at 22:55, womblingfree said:

£10.49 is less than I paid for Sabre Wulf in 1984.

 

Taking into consideration inflation and increased development costs, they are basically paying you.

 

:lol:

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On 22/11/2019 at 16:09, partious said:

Finished Blood and Wine yesterday so that's all of witcher 3 done. Both DLC packs were good but I preferred Hearts of Stone.

As much as I liked the witcher 3, I've definitely had my fill now. Was a bit relieved to finally finish the entire thing and put it behind me ;) It's been hanging around on my hard drive for a few years getting chipped away at.

Shame the switch version wasnt a thing when I bought it. Would have preferred not to have to go off to the pc in another room to play it.

 

Ι thought Hearts of Stone took more risks in the Witcher formula and had some brilliant moments. But as a conclusion of the saga I found Blood and Wine more fitting and satisfying, with a number of amazing quests and a fairy tale feeling which was spot on. Also, some excellent satire on the series itself and one of the best written scenes in any game today, the dinner conversation with Orianna and the rest. A supreme example of incredible writing, exposition, characterization, plot advancement and direction so above its peers that its not even funny.

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On 21/11/2019 at 20:02, Nein said:

GOTY edition is currently £10.49 on the Microsoft Store. 

 

I'm guessing that includes everything and is an absolute bargain? I've never played this, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. 


Purchased it. And my new Xbox One X arrives tomorrow. 

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Wahoo! One of the best gaming choices you'll make. 

 

Note: the first time I played it, I gave up after about 4 hours. It can be pretty intimidating/confusing until you get used to it - if you need any tips or info then ask, goes without saying that it's worth sticking with. 

 

Just to get you going:

 

1) Use Quen. Like, a lot. Even if you use no other signs in the entire game, use Quen every time you start/think you're about to start a fight. Use Quen. Use it. 

 

2) Take literally everything that's not nailed down from the poor, downtrodden villagers. Money is very sparse, especially early on. If you use your witcher senses (hold left bumper), you can see which containers have loot. Nick it all. Unless there are guards watching, in which case you'll get a little warning. They'll hand you your arse so be warned. Inside buildings you're normally safe so klepto away. 

 

3) Expect to die a bit, even on the easier difficulties. Save fairly often. 50% of your deaths will be from a hidden dip in the ground that you didn't notice until you plunge ol' Gerry off the edge of it. 

 

4) No, it's not just you - despite being a balletic whirlwind of death in combat, once the sword is away Geraldt handles like an oil tanker with an ear infection. You will get extremely good at accidentally lighting and extinguishing candles. 

 

5) Use Quen. 

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