The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Author:  Rinox [ Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:17 am ]
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Started playing the second expansion for the Witcher 3, Blood and Wine.

It takes places in the duchy of Toussaint, which is basically France in the universe of the Witcher. They make wine, eat croissants and other decadent food, are all about art and chivalric values and so forth. It's a bit of a difference from the war-torn, bleak universe of the Witcher as Toussaint is a stable vassal of the Nilfgaardian Empire and hasn't been touched by war for decades. And the climate obviously is pretty sunny and dry (given all the wine they cultivate there). Even the actual quests and narrative are a bit different from the usual Witcher's more about social and political stuff, but as with anything seemingly 'perfect' there are of course dark forces brewing underneath.

It still has plenty of combat and contracts though, so don't get me wrong. It's not a walking simulator. :D Some of the quests in the game are amazing, and as with the base game this is one of the few 'serious' RPGs that manages to elicit a laugh or a chuckle from me through its writing. I just did a quest in which I got high on shrooms (basically) and ended up solving a case in a buddy cop routine with my horse, who I could understand during the high. Glorious. :-)

Oh, I see I never mentioned that I played and finished the other expansion, Hearts of Stone. It's a bit different from Blood and Wine, in that it doesn't add a whole new region to the map and is incorporated into the map of the base game (which is already immense). It's also a more personal, contained story than Blood and Wine. Very powerful though, with an amazing villain.

All in all, anyone who has not played the Witcher 3 (and its expansions) yet should really do so. :P

Author:  Satis [ Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:20 am ]
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It's on my list. I want to pick up the base game and all the expansions at one time. I'll probably do it on the next big sale.

Author:  Peltz [ Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:17 pm ]
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Author:  Rinox [ Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:44 am ]
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Thanks for that, got a few smiles out of me. :-)

If you've played all the Witcher games, this is also a pretty great "farewell" to the fans:

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