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Old 07-13-16, 04:11 PM   #551
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Re: The Witcher 3 - May 19, 2015 - PS4, XBO, PC

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Any tips for a new player just starting out? I've cleared out all the questions marks in White Orchard and have moved on to Velen. Still getting used to combat but it's fun so far. I'm level 5.
Sounds like you're doing fine. There's no wrong way to develop a character. And later you'll have access to a way that let you respec your points if you change your mind.

Just have fun with it and try not to spoil yourself with the consequences of game-changing decisions. Overall, I think your Geralt pretty much gets what he deserves based on the choices

If anything, there's almost too much to do. I'm pretty anal about games liking to clear all quests and explore all areas. Playing that way had me quickly over leveled. Don't blow too far past the suggested level of the quests you really want to do or you may make them unsatisfyingly easy (even with a bump up in difficulty level).

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I wasn't planning on getting into it. I spent many hours farming Triple Triad cards in FF14. Going to skip the card game in W3.
You don't "farm" cards for Gwent. You just play people, win, and get their "victory" card. I didn't bother with sweating out the hard to find cards. Plenty of cards that are easy to find that will give a powerful deck and succeed in all the Gwent quests. At least try it and see if you like it. There are a few Gwent-related quests that are fun ... but you'll need to build up a solid deck.

Other than that, sounds like like you're
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Old 07-14-16, 02:12 PM   #552
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Re: The Witcher 3 - May 19, 2015 - PS4, XBO, PC

Does anyone have a link to a page explaining how the Inventory Screen in Blood and Wine works? I get most of it, but the area for consumables has 4 slots and I can only seem to get two to work. Up and Down on dPad to get to the first two slots. If I put items in the other two slots, I cant seem to get to them. Am I missing something?
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Old 07-14-16, 03:02 PM   #553
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I still know very little so it's very possible I'm wrong. I assumed that the items in the other slots would auto fill into the Up/Down buttons when the others were consumed and none left.
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Old 07-15-16, 06:41 AM   #554
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I still know very little so it's very possible I'm wrong. I assumed that the items in the other slots would auto fill into the Up/Down buttons when the others were consumed and none left.
That was my thought too, but it didn't seem to be doing that when I last played. I will run some tests this weekend.
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Old 07-15-16, 11:29 AM   #555
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I play on the PS4 and that took me a while to figure out. A press of the up/down on the left controller pad consumed the equipped item. But holding it switched it out for another fast consumable.
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Old 07-18-16, 12:09 PM   #556
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I'm so addicted to this game. I feel like it's the exploration RPG I've wanted since Morrowind, which Oblivion and Skyrim never delivered on. Up to level 13 now but still working on lvl10 quests. I think I may give horse racing a try soon.

One question, without spoilers if possible; do all major decisions have consequences for later in the game or just for the resolution? For example, the Baron (pretty much the only major decision I've made); does the outcome effect anything later on or just how his story ends? I used an old save to watch both scenarios. Ended up keeping the one where he's left trying to find a healer.
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Old 07-18-16, 12:26 PM   #557
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Re: The Witcher 3 - May 19, 2015 - PS4, XBO, PC

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I'm so addicted to this game. I feel like it's the exploration RPG I've wanted since Morrowind, which Oblivion and Skyrim never delivered on. Up to level 13 now but still working on lvl10 quests. I think I may give horse racing a try soon.

One question, without spoilers if possible; do all major decisions have consequences for later in the game or just for the resolution? For example, the Baron (pretty much the only major decision I've made); does the outcome effect anything later on or just how his story ends? I used an old save to watch both scenarios. Ended up keeping the one where he's left trying to find a healer.
Short answer; yes, but to varying degrees - small decisions might have small consequences, but not always. And whle some storylines might have multiple outcomes, some only have one. It's pretty convoluted and tough to track. Best advice is to play and choose not how you would choose, but to get inside Geralt's head, understand him as a character and make decisions that you think he would make. You know, role play.
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Old 07-18-16, 12:28 PM   #558
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Yeah, that's what I've been doing. I was very tempted to stick with the other outcome for him but I assumed it may have eliminated potential further story later on.
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Old 07-18-16, 09:06 PM   #559
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I'm at the big branching decision of the Blood and Wine DLC. I think I'm going to go with:
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trying to free the imprisoned sister and set up a meeting with the vampire. The other path sounds a bit hack-and-slash, while this one sounds like it has more potential for intrigue. Plus, from a role-playing viewpoint, the "freeing the sister" path sounds like it has the best possibility for a happy ending from the most characters (though I imagine Anna Henrietta gets pissed at me).


Just curious ... how long will it take me to go back and play the other choice (just to see what it's like)?
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Old 07-18-16, 09:13 PM   #560
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Yeah, that's what I've been doing. I was very tempted to stick with the other outcome for him but I assumed it may have eliminated potential further story later on.
Yeah, don't sweat the choices ... just go with it. The things that are really going to have an impact on your ending are:
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your interactions with Ciri. And if you want some general advice on how to deal with her to get a good ending:
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just don't be a dick to her. Make her feel empowered. Don't be a "controlling dad" ... be a "cool dad"
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Old 07-20-16, 09:13 PM   #561
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Finished Blood & Wine over the weekend.

Story-wise, I think I liked Hearts of Stone better, but B&W had the far better/bigger world and side quests.

I even went back to the main branching patch of the main story to see how it plays out both ways. They're actually quite different and it's worth doing both. Spoiler on where to save if you want to go back and replay a segment you might otherwise miss:

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when vampires attack the city, AKA "Night of the Long Fangs", you'll be given two options - save your game here, and then you can come back to play the other option.

As far as specifics...
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your two choices/paths are "look for Syanna", or, "ask Orianna where to find the Unseen Elder". Now, honestly, I preferred the first path (mostly because of it's insane and hilarious setting), but that second path feels more "Witcher-like" and more appropriate for the series, and it gets you a killer armor* and swords (way better than any grandmaster class) that you don't get in the first path.

*The armor looks like this, no joke:
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There's a black version you can get earlier in the game, but this red version is way stronger

Although, you can do the first part of the second path, and then you'll still have an opportunity to do the first path, but you'll miss out on the second part of the second path, which is where the cool gear is. But since you're given a key, you might be able to use it to get that gear later - I'm not positive.
I just finished. Only did the one path so far:
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where you get Syanna from fairytale land. Which was great fun! Poor Rapunzel though Don't know if I feel like playing the other path though. I'm a bit "witchered" out. I can always just watch it on youtube.


That final boss battle:
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with Detlaff was a pain in my ass though. Witcher had a few of these encounters that felt like a huge spike in difficulty (at least for my particular build). It was that second Detlaff form that was the killer for me (when he unleashes that unblockable bat attack that knocked off 3/4 of my health). Yeah, I know ... you're supposed to time rolling/running. It's kind of like the Caretaker fight (from HoS) ... seemingly way out of whack with how all the combat could be handled in the game.

Anyway, I eventually wussed and bumped difficulty down to normal for the fight (and won first try then). I'm just not good at Dark Souls-style boss battles. And the reloading after death just takes so long in Witcher 3 (not to mention having to continually redo the battle against Detlaff's 1st form).


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Anyhow, I got the "good" ending (out of three), and it was totally satisfying. I also really liked the epilogue*, which put a nice ending to the whole series.

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I hope you got Yen at the end of your Witcher 3 game - that's who visits you at your place, and after checking out the other visitors on youtube (Triss, Ciri, Dandelion), Yen was definitely the best, most appropriate one.
Got the same ending as you (including the epilogue)
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How badly did you have to screw up to only have Dandelion visit you? I watched the two bad endings on youtube ... man, are they depressing. Kudos to the game designers to putting so much effort into such really awful (for the characters) endings. Though with shows like Game of Thrones, I suppose there's certainly a place for tragic endings where most characters come to a bad end.
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Old 07-21-16, 07:47 AM   #562
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Yeah, don't sweat the choices ... just go with it. The things that are really going to have an impact on your ending are:
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your interactions with Ciri. And if you want some general advice on how to deal with her to get a good ending:
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just don't be a dick to her. Make her feel empowered. Don't be a "controlling dad" ... be a "cool dad"
Thanks. I'm still working on "finding" Ciri in the story. Most of my play time is doing side missions/hunts. I'm level 16 and just finished Broken Flowers which is set for level 11.
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Old 07-25-16, 08:07 AM   #563
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Curious how far I am into the story; could someone give me an idea?

I just met Dandelion and did the side story for Triss. I haven't even started the part to go to Skellige, which is a level 16 quest. Although, i have actually traveled there a few times for side quests. I'm up to level 19. Not counting all of the many hours of side story, how far is this into the main?
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Curious how far I am into the story; could someone give me an idea?

I just met Dandelion and did the side story for Triss. I haven't even started the part to go to Skellige, which is a level 16 quest. Although, i have actually traveled there a few times for side quests. I'm up to level 19. Not counting all of the many hours of side story, how far is this into the main?
One-third, maybe a bit more (not counting the expansions).
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Old 08-12-16, 04:54 PM   #565
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GOTY edition coming August 30th. $50.

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Old 09-04-17, 07:53 AM   #566
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Pretty cool thing for CDPR to do for the fans.

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Old 09-04-17, 08:13 AM   #567
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I recently started this game, maybe 10-12 hrs into it at this point. Pretty impressive so far.
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