So, this game has been on my mind pretty much nonstop for the past few months. I started it back in August and it has taken me until now (roughly 90 hours) to get through the main story. I did it with no guides or anything so honestly, for the first 15 hours I was really struggling to understand the game. Hell, didn't even mess with potions or oils until maybe 40 hours in, honestly, thought I would have to make them over and over again. Didn't realize how kind of a alchemy system this game has. Yeah, it's embarrassing I didn't know, and also I'm sad I didn't get more time with it and had to work through it so slowly, but I'm gonna keep playing because I love this game
So, short version? I love this game. I love the characters, I love the story, I love the combat, I love the open world. I can legitimately say I cannot find a single flaw that brought down the experience in any way for me personally. It is, and I do not say this lightly, the best RPG I have ever played.
Long version now… I came to this game after a few hundred hours in the Dark Souls games, including Bloodborne and Sekiro. After so long in that style, I was really craving a good rpg, but with some lighter combat. I had recently played Divinity Original Sin 2 and felt let down by the story (still good, just not my cup of tea) and I wanted some more weighty decisions. Witcher 3 seemed like my best bet, and it had been sitting in my library on Steam for a couple years (got it on a sale and never played it).
I had played through some of it in the past, but decided to restart and give it a real go. Set it to basically normal, Story and Sword I think, cause I was in it more for the exploration and story, had enough challenging combat with Soulslike games. By the time I got to the griffin, I knew I was in for something special. And when I finally ended up in Novigrad by September, there was no doubt in my mind that this was one of the greatest games I had played.
This game singlehandedly pulled me through some of my hardest moments recently, it has made me smile, laugh, and even cry (looking at you Isle of Mists, I cried like a baby and I won't deny it). I worked hard to get my character maxed out as much as I could on gear (mastercrafted feline all the way!) I got so giddy each time I got an upgrade and saw how Geralt looked now with my witcher set. No words can describe the satisfaction I felt upon getting my armor to the max, aside from grandmaster which I think is related to DLC I will be playing! When I was in the heat of battle, applying oils, choosing the best potions, and refining my combat style, I felt like a certified badass. Couldn't get enough of this masterpiece and I'm so grateful to have played it.
My only regrets… Choosing Triss over Yen, killing the succubus in Novigrad by mistake, and watching my honest attempt to help others resulting sometimes in a mess. But I got a great ending for Ciri with her becoming a witcher, Geralt had a happy ending with Triss, and that's what mattered to me by the end of it.
I love this game, and I can't wait to play through DLC next. And then to restart and play on the hardest difficulty, cause damn, way too easy in the combat. But I didn't want a challenge that first time, just to have fun.
Anyway, if you did take the time to read this, thank you. Toss a coin to your witcher my dudes. Onto Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine!
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