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I Reinstalled The Witcher 3 And I Regret Nothing

It’s an unfortunate reality that over-saturation is a very real thing. We sometimes pour ourselves into our hobbies, and can quickly find ourselves up to our necks in questlines, missions, material grinding, and more. It’s this onslaught of opportunity that leads to a player “burning out” in a game, despite going in with the goal of 100% completing their favorite game, or making a new character build.

How many times have you booted up Fallout after convincing yourself that you’re going to play it from start to finish before quitting three hours in. How many times have you dropped an MMO shortcut onto your desktop and told yourself, “This is going to be my game, this is what I’ll play for the next ‘x’ amount of months,” only to uninstall it a few days later.

As Shakespeare said, “Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?” I personally believe that when we jump back into a game we love, only to quit playing it after a few hours, it’s because our initial experience was so vivid that it left an indelible mark on us, a permanent stain on our memories of gaming that only serves to make the many other memories around it seem somehow lesser.

For example, Majora’s Mask is one of my favorite games, I actually bought that limited edition 3DS. I can fire it up, blast through the first few hours and then turn it off, wholly satisfied with my experience. My nostalgia is sated and I’ve received a healthy top-up on all the things I love about it.

Recently, following the announcement of The Witcher 3 coming to Nintendo Switch (insert “The Switcher 3” pun here) I was flooded with a desire to play the game. Despite my ongoing love/hate relationship with the Switch, I already know I’m going to pick up a copy purely from a position of morbid curiosity. So, with a metaphorical skip in my step, I reinstalled The Witcher 3 on a rainy afternoon and immediately knew that I was going to sink a lot of time back into this game.

The Witcher 3 is literally the only game that I’ve ever bothered to make use of Nvidia’s in-game ANSEL capture technology. Having free rein over the camera allows you to set up some wonderful screenshots to document your journey, and as soon as I reached the outskirts of White Orchard I was immediately hurled back into that impossible photo-journalism journey.

Vesemir and Geralt riding into the village while people go about their daily life, children play by the roadside, soldiers man their stations (lazily) and the livestock wanders about aimlessly. The rich, lifelike world that CDPR crafted felt like a long gone friend coming back into my life as the sights and sounds all came rushing back to me.

As Vesemir and Geralt made their way towards the Inn, I remembered just how lush and alive the game feels in comparison to so many other RPG’s on the market. Folks sit around tables, drinking their fill and lamenting the state of the world, others pass their time with a flagon of ale and a game or two of Gwent, while others still decide it’s time to teach the latest blow-ins a lesson. Nothing feels static or stale. There’s no Skyrim-esque table of four largely indistinguishable travellers, all eating an entire cheese wheel each before one glitches out and dies in his seat. It feels, for lack of a better word, authentic.

As the adventure continues and (spoilers) The Wild Hunt arrive to ruin an otherwise already frosty reunion, the world opens up and the rich unwritten narrative of a world circling the drain starts to take shape, from bodies hanging from trees, to wild beasts running unchecked on the outskirts of holdfasts. Conspiracies unfold in the shadows and familiar faces emerge into the light once again. A few drinks here, the odd job there and a bit of back street brawling for good measure, all paints the picture of The Continent. It’s rotten, it’s violent, it exhibits unending greed, and only the smallest measure of compassion can be found.

I reinstalled The Witcher 3, and I regret nothing. My journey has begun anew, and I couldn’t be happier. So why not take some time for yourself and revisit a game that you love, you could rekindle something great within yourself and get lost in the game all over again.

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  1. Great game. I was amazed at how well it was made. Expecting a Skyrim-like game, i thought it exceeded expectations and blows skyrim out of the waters

  2. Ben Gentry (MagnusTheGrey) on July 11, 2019 at 1:03 am said

    Great article. I’m still on my first playthrough- I’ve just made it to Skellige.
    I just can’t imagine that the Switch will be able to handle this game, graphical downgrades aside. Novigrad is going to make the system choke.

  3. excellent article – have played through numerous times, & happy it has never felt stale!

  4. I’v played it through once myself on PC, then once on ps4 vicariously through my girlfriend after she decided entirely on her own accord that she wanted to play it.

    I’m giving it time in hopes that I’ll forget more about it, but I fully intend to play it through again.

    I don’t have a switch but I’m also morbidly curious to see how it runs and how heavy the compromises in terms of graphical downgrades vs even the ps4/xbox versions have had to be.

  5. I finished the original game and some DLC a while ago. Still haven’t finished the Blood & Wine DLC. Keep saying I’m going to get back to it but then an new game comes along and I get engrossed in that one. So many games! So little time!!

  6. I’ve had this game for almost as long as it has been out, but I didn’t finally decide to start playing it until about a month and a half ago. Great game, had a lot of fun with it. I got almost 200 hours out of it doing all the side quests and whatnot.

  7. I also fired it up recently and went thru my first game ending… now im planning to try and “new game+” and explore some new builds and try the game in a harder light.

    Oh BTW i used the mod for ray tracing… and the game way looking even better 😀

  8. It shows when companies and their share the same passion. Such a great game. Geralt the Alchemist all day.

  9. cassiecagefox on July 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm said

    been working on the dlc. it is so consistently great.

  10. I loved the Witcher 2, but for the life of me I can’t get into the Witcher 3. Everytime I try it, after an hour playing I realize that 90% of what I’ve been doing in the game is just traveling then I uninstall out of sheer boredom.

    • I promise I’m not trolling – serious question: are you playing on a console or PC?

      (I have a theory that the variable between people finding W3 clunky and boring and people finding it to be a masterpiece is the framerate)

  11. JackofTears on July 14, 2019 at 6:02 am said

    I returned to the game just a couple weeks ago, after not playing it for well over a year, maybe two, and was gobsmacked at how superior it is to everything else I’m playing, even today – several years after its release.

    “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” is an exciting, action packed, laugh-out-loud funny game that I love returning to every few days. For a couple months I dared suspect it might have pushed out Witcher 3 as my second favorite game of all time (the first is ‘Planescape Torment’) … but then I played W3 again and all such thoughts were cast from my head.

    It’s appropriate that you quote Shakespeare in this article because this is a game for the ages.

  12. I did the same recently. Oh boi when I heard the music I took a deep breath and enjoyed.

  13. Great piece here and you are right, The Witcher is the exception for me personally. I love this game and to date other than the final fantasy 7 and super Mario rpg legend of the seven stars, is the only other game I have finished and restarted straight away.

    I have played and beaten the game six times now and because the lore, story and characters are so well designed, voice acted and written in my opinion is the greatest game of all time. Not greatest rpg or greatest of its genre, but all around best game in general… to me that is.

  14. Buck Sagebrush on July 16, 2019 at 10:12 pm said

    You uninstalled it?

  15. I keep restarting this game over and over wanting to go through it, but always having responsibilities that prevent me from continuing. I’ve probably played the first 3-4 hours maybe 6 or 7 times now.

    I’ve got too many games that follow the same scenario.

  16. EvilSpirit on July 18, 2019 at 7:48 am said

    Implying we ever uninstalled this marvel of a game. Heretic!

  17. I finished this game after three years. Started on PS4, finished on Xbox One X. Magnificent. Well worth it and yes, i have bought the DLC. No doubt it’ll take just as long (with all the games and life) to finish those too, but hell. It was worth it.

  18. luizamejia35 on July 19, 2019 at 11:42 pm said

    I got this game for an extremely low price, and it includes the DLC that comes with it. I feel more confident in this investment now.

  19. Randy Kent on July 26, 2019 at 5:04 pm said

    Couldn’t get past the combat. I barely played 2 hours of the Witcher 1 before I quit outta sheer boredom.

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