I really hate this part. Tons of games have this issue, it was the same damn reason I couldn't ever get into Baldur's Gate 2. Each time I tried I could never get out of the starting city because "Quests! Dialog! More quests! Underground! Dialog!". And they never give you the option that you'd really take in a given situation.. it's always 'be a paladin' or 'be a jerk'. How about I skin them all alive and pike their annoying heads around my new town? Can I do that one?I'd say you need about 10 hours of gameplay until the game really starts to hit its stride.
I tried it but Witcher 3 just felt too consoley for me. I also tried twice to get into the original and just gave up. The general style of combat just didn't "click" with me for some reason. Sometimes you simply won't like the feel of a popular game without necessarily being able to nail down exactly why.Why can't I get into this game? Every time I tried I am bored to tears. Maybe I am just not right for this game ?
This x 100000000Another thing that really got me hooked on TW3 was the quality of the quest writing. I'm not sure I have ever played a game with this many well written quests. Even simple side quests were well written and surprising. I was willing to forgive the combat in the beginning simply to keep doing quests. Then once I had the combat down the game really took off for me.
Yeah you are still wicked early in the game. All of the witcher games unfold as though a story is being read to you. Witcher 2 was more explicit in this with Geralt sitting at a table explaining things to vernon roche. W3 is much more vague in that style until you get past the starting area, which you are still in. The starting are is basically an extended tutorial into the gameplay mechanics. As you play quests the backstory unfolds. That saidI loved the quests that I did in TW3, I also loved the locales, the combat, the environmental stuff going on, I just really hate going through the 'kingdom of somethingorother with crisis involving someguy that did badthings! and otherguy with badthings is now doing stuff! more names you won't remember! places you don't get to explore! someguy and otherguy are fighting, pick a side even though you don't really know anything about them! yay you're the hero because you sided with someguy, otherguy, or neitherguy (secret conversation tree requirements!)'.
Maybe because I've done it in like 50 other games, so all the names and faces blur together. But like, after what, 2-5 hours into W3 I have no idea who the antagonist is, or WHY my protagonist is doing anything he's doing. I played W1/2 but if it wasn't for sex scenes and wikipedia I wouldn't really know why Geralt is after Triss. So far I've been dealing with local garbage and killed a gryphon. Mind you that was fun, but W1 at least gave you a BadGuy(tm) within a few minutes. I don't know WHY i'm gathering herbs and fighting drowners and punching arsons and whatnot. Where I left off I was playing dress-up so I could meet with SomeGuy(1) in the kingdom of wherever that doesn't appear to matter to my character, or to the story. I was just sent there because I got sent there (wasn't even done where I was!). Nothing memorable about what I've played so far except the Gryphon fight which was mostly scripted anyhow.
I'd honestly say skip W1/2, which is a shame because I know there's a good story in there, damned if I could get into it enough to find it though.I recently bought the steam pack on one of the sales and started to play W1. After several hours trying to get past the stupid hound boss fight I got into city whatever. Started exploring a bit and just got bored and forgot about the game. The combat is so incredibly boring, like a "simon says" game with only one color. The idea of left clicking whenever the pointer turned yellow for countless more hours actually put me off gaming for the last couple of months. I'm not even kidding.
So my question is: Should I trudge through W1? Are W2 and W3 the same combat system? Or should I just start with one of the later games and which one?
Damn that's sad. Generally I much prefer story driven games, which anecdotally is this series strength, so I really wanted to like them. Thanks for the reply. Too bad Steam won't let you even gift games you don't want anymore.I'd honestly say skip W1/2, which is a shame because I know there's a good story in there, damned if I could get into it enough to find it though.
W3 has better combat but it's still kinda similar-ish. I didn't find it particularly thrilling (and it's *very* easy to go godmode during the tutorial for the rest of the game, i did it by accident), so if the story cannot draw you in, it might fall flat as well.
I prefer story driven as well, which this does have, I just tended to find the story(stories) tedious (as my previous rants may reveal). There's too much chewy gristly bits, not enough beef and veggies.Damn that's sad. Generally I much prefer story driven games, which anecdotally is this series strength, so I really wanted to like them. Thanks for the reply. Too bad Steam won't let you even gift games you don't want anymore.
Serious question:Witcher 3 is one of the best games out there. But if you don't like RPG's then skip it.
One of the reasons the Witcher games are a little slow at the start, and take a few hours to really get interesting is that they are giving you a lot of context and really build the characters history. Their combat is also a bit different than your typical game, so they also give you a little time to get adjusted to it.I really hate this part. Tons of games have this issue, it was the same damn reason I couldn't ever get into Baldur's Gate 2. Each time I tried I could never get out of the starting city because "Quests! Dialog! More quests! Underground! Dialog!". And they never give you the option that you'd really take in a given situation.. it's always 'be a paladin' or 'be a jerk'. How about I skin them all alive and pike their annoying heads around my new town? Can I do that one?
Blergh. I prefer when a game plops me down somewhere with a relatively straight path forward (at least for a while, to be clear I love open worlds) and skip with the town/kingdom lore/non-intrigue/problems with the crown garbage.
Oh and for the Witcher games specifically, I always found the 'sexy time' stuff to be incredibly forced... like cringe-worthy forced.
It seems like you prefer games like Skyrim, where there's less focused story and more open sandbox. I personally really love the mix of deep story/setting and open worldness that the Witcher 3 offers.Serious question:
How much 'floofy kingdom stuff' exists in the story? I'm just past the 'tutorial' on my current save of it, and I've entered some ridiculous part where I'm dressing Geralt and getting a haircut and presenting myself to a king or lord or something. How much more of this kind of garbage is there? This part literally made me stop playing and go back to Skyrim.
Edit: Geralt, not Garrett... Wrong game.