2 week ago when Steam has Chinese new year discount event I bought The Witcher 3 and it’s DLC. I actually don’t really like it when I look at it gameplay trailer or from people playing on youtube or twitch. And I don’t think I really like how Gerald’s voice sounds like but it’s not that important. I got interested in it because most people say that The Witcher 3 is really good, it even got game of the year 2015 award. Since I like RPG, why not.
When I download it to my computer, I’m thinking that since it is the third game in The Witcher series why not playing the previous 2 games. I heard The Witcher games can import save from previous gameplay. I was a bit reluctant actually. First, I never play The Witcher series until now and I don’t really feel interested in it. Second, I don’t really like the combat system from The Witcher 1. It’s like rhythm dancing games where you match the enemy movement with additional RPG system. The combat system in The Witcher 2 is pretty good (at least acceptable) but I don’t really like the first. But hey, it cheap and I can mod it so I can shorten the playtime (like 999 item stack, faster move speed for exploring, more drop) without too much “cheating”. I hate cheating in games even if they are single player only. Except “for fun and crazy” mode of course.
So I decide I will start from the first series first, The Witcher Enhanced Edition. When I entered the game world for the first time, it got pretty awkward when on the combat. I mean, is that Gerald dancing or it just me? Back then I thought that The Witcher is hack and slash game like Devil May Cry with RPG. Well, it’s true for the second and the third but the first series is more to rhythm combat with alchemy involved rather than hack and slash.
That not all, you could tell that Gerald movement is sliding rather than walking or running. You must get used to its control system like you must double tap movement key to evading/jumping when in battle, shoulder camera, etc. And there’s some delay between cinematic and playing, you can tell from the music playing in the background. And there is no loot all hotkey when looting from a dead body, sigh.
But hey, it’s not that bad.
Personally, I really enjoy this games. I mean it was games released at 2007 yet its RPG element is really good. Let’s leave all the flaw it has and focus on the good thing, for now. The Witcher alchemy plays a pretty big part in combat, it can make combat pretty easy. You may really need alchemy for some monster or it will be impossible to defeat. It has combat style too with its advantage and disadvantage like Strong Style for a heavy armored enemy, Fast Style for a fast enemy and Group Style for when fighting in a group. And there was Silver Sword mode for a monster enemy and Steel Sword mode for a human enemy. I think this is really good for the combat because it adds more combination, tactic, and variety to the combat which makes the combat more interesting.
I can’t really say more because I haven’t been playing that deep into the game yet but will do that later. For now, I think I will give this game 7/10 rating. If I play this game sooner let say in 2007 or 2008, I think I will definitely give this games 9/10 rating and become my favorite game that time. And I will definitely recommend my friends to play it. I don’t think I can do it now because I think my friend didn’t really like playing old games. But if you really like The Witcher Series and want to play the first game of the series, then I can tell you it will be a bit different than the other 2, some people can’t handle it.