I’ve been working my way through Witcher 1 and it’s pretty great. The areas are big enough to feel like an open world, without being exhausting to walk through. The combat takes a little getting used to, but it’s not bad. I recommend it – I’ve finished chapter 1 and it’s finally sunk its claws into me.
A warning: Witcher 1 does have many strengths, but it has severe pacing issues, particularly in Chapters 2 and 3. I’d say getting to the end of the game is worth the “low” parts, but they’re there.
Oh, I don’t think I ever escaped chapter 2, now that you mention it.
Thanks for letting me know. Better to expect it than to be surprised.
I started with 3 and it was fantastic. From context you can at least have a vague idea of Geralts past dealings with the characters he may have encountered before. I never felt lost.
I liked but didn’t love Witcher 2. Witcher 1 is unplayable to me in the way Final Fantasy VII is. It aged horrifically. I’ve heard from others that it has a good story, but when the list of side effects includes “Ocular Bleeding” I tend to lose interest in a product. And this is from someone who thinks Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup with tiles is fine, so I’m not averse to playing low-tech games. It’s just that initial style of “3d” aged so badly.
It’s also very easy to lock yourself out of a significant portion of the quests by triggering checkpoints in the main quest line. If you’re intent on playing the game I strongly advise you to look up a quest guide. It is one of the worst examples of sequencing issues I’ve ever seen in over 20 years of playing RPGs.
I don’t get this. Technologically and artistically is still looks quite beautiful and far cry from the truly early 3D games (like FF7).
I have no problem immersing myself in it even today.
I’ll happily admit the screenshots look better than I remember. But I suspect there was something about seeing the game in motion and how clunky everything felt that really turned me off. Honestly I can’t even remember my exact criticism, all I can say is that the game did not pull me in and I was pretty heavily invested in Geralt of Rivia, so it shouldn’t have been a tough sell for me.
The only “clunk” I can see is in the dialogue animations, which are very basic and static…otherwise, if the OTS mode is chosen, it plays like a standard third person game with WSAD and mouse…although the combat is based on animations instead of hitboxes like in later games.
After many starts and stops, in 2012-2013, I finally played The Witcher 1 from start to finish and:
- Enjoyed it immensely,
- Marveled constantly at how amazing the world looked in the game, and what an astonishing tech achievement the game was still, in 2013, and
- Found it incredibly playable, the story interesting, and overall the game to be nowhere near as janky as I had expected it to be.
Don’t forget, they substantially improved the original Witcher release with the ‘enhanced edition’ a year later.
Totally guilty of this myself. I finished the game originally on Playstation, and have it in Steam just collecting dust. Mr. Cavill made me finally give it a go =)
GOTY is just the game + expansions. The updates are in all versions.
One of my favorite things about the series so far (given I didn’t read the books but played all 3 games) was tying together a few of the stories that had already stuck in my head pretty hard. The first one that comes to mid is “The Last Wish” side quest, which was already pretty poignant, but makes even more sense now.
“The Witcher on Netflix prompts hundreds of thousands of fans to try to get through the swamps in The Witcher.”
This game is still one of the most amazing technical achievements, I swear it looks just as good as Red Dead Redemption 2 - maybe even moreso, if one were to prefer this art style and setting (which I would, but I do love RDR 2 and I don’t mean to take away from it).
Make sure you install the Witcher 3 HD Reworked mod.
Done, as well as the black scabbards mod! The videos made it look like a huge improvement, but the fact you didn’t know I had the mod running (and textures set to it) makes me think it’s not just me that isn’t seeing a huge difference. Maybe I don’t have it set correctly?
It’s a gigantic improvement in the textures. So if you aren’t seeing it then something is wrong. Look at a wall or the ground and if it looks very detailed it’s working. I’m guilty myself of starting up again this weekend. I beat the game many moons ago, but never did the DLC. I’m starting from the beginning because I hate myself.