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Should you play The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?

Game Idealist takes a look as to whether or not newcomers to the RPG series should play Witcher and Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings before jumping into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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ArchangelMike914d ago (Edited 914d ago )

Not so much the Witcher 1, but The Witcher 2 definately. Obviously you don't Have to - but if you've got the time, put it on easy and you can get through both main story paths in about 30-40hrs. It will be a revelation of why the hype is so strong for The Witcher 3! :D

If you really want to go deep, read the first book in the series - 'The Last Wish'. It will give you a great introduction to Geralt, the world of the Witcher, and some of the main characters in the game - (background to Yennifer and Ciri mainly), how they first met and how and why they are bound together by destiny.

DarkOcelet914d ago (Edited 914d ago )

Although The Witcher 1 was a bit awkward when it came to gameplay. It was still great. So i say if you can play both games then you should.

decrypt914d ago

Witcher 1 is an amazing game. Coupled with high res texture mods, Witcher 1 can still look great.

mikeslemonade913d ago

I'm not sure if I really want to play it even if it was on a humble bundle.

I rather watch youtube videos than spend 80 hours minimal to play both games. It's not like there's a dry spell right now. Still got GTAV PC version to play and back log of games.

cpayne93913d ago

Witcher 1 takes a while to get into, but it is really rewarding.

@Mike you should play them just because they offer different experiences than most games these days.

ArchangelMike913d ago (Edited 913d ago )

To clarify, I've played both Wicther 1 and 2 numerous times, and they are among my Best RPG's even ahead of SKyrim. But being that it's only 4 weeks to release, alot of people will not have the time to play through both games before The Witcher 3 drops.

SO if the choice is between, Playing Witcher 1, Witcher 2, and reading the books - I would suggest play Witcher 2. Best case scenario is play both AND also read the books, but not alot of people will have the time for that.

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starchild914d ago

The Witcher and The Witcher 2 are two of my favorite games of all time and I'd say anybody should definitely play them if they are able to, but CDPR has apparently made sure that people will be able to jump into the 3rd game with no prior experience and not feel lost.

_-EDMIX-_914d ago

HELL YES! You very much need to play Witcher 1! I'm playing it right now and its just filled with lore about the world, Witchers, history of elven, dwarves etc.

I'm going to only play 2 when I'm done with 1 and ONLY play 3 when I'm done with 2.

I mean.....why play the 3rd game in a series? Excited about Witcher 3? Well...find out what you should likely be excited about lol.

UKmilitia913d ago

i hated the control feel in witcher 1 on my pc,it looked so ugly too.
had to stop playing

_-EDMIX-_912d ago

Loved the feel, never used the WASD to actually move him, just used the traditional point and move feature.

Loved the gameplay too, very unique. I was able to play it on high settings pretty easy on my HD 5770 and felt the game looked good enough.

I don't play games to just look at them, what the game looks like won't just make me stop playing, I don't think I can say that about any game tbh. How it graphically looked didn't stop me from enjoying it and I feel sorry for anyone that didn't get to experience it because of such a ignorant out look on a game.

Its not one the best looking RPGS I've ever seen on PC, but clearly the game makes up for not looking like Skyrim running on the Crysis engine lol.

kraenk12913d ago

The Witcher 1 is actually the better game with the more intriguing story line. The only gripe ist the fighting system with takes some getting used to. I liked it better than the one in TW2 nonetheless.

cpayne93913d ago

I'm liking the gameplay and production values in TW2 more, I'm playing through the game at the moment, but the original did have a sort of atmosphere to it that will always make it special. So far they are both my two favorite western rpgs, much better than the elder scrolls imo.

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rhap914d ago

I played The Witcher 2 only and I'm perfectly fine with it. I'm hyped for The Witcher 3 because I did some pretty amazing stuff on the second game that felt like I was really important to the outcome of things from the start to specially the end. You basically choose who lives, who dies, if you get your revenge or if you forgive, which faction gets your support, etc.

Amazing game. One of the best experiences I had in the past 10 years.

_-EDMIX-_914d ago

Please....do your self a favor and play Witcher 1, legit one of the best PC titles to release! Very, very, very good. The story is very epic and it sets up a great foundation for the series.

Repjaws914d ago

Play Whicher two,there's probably a comic you can read about Whicher one.

Minute Man 721914d ago (Edited 914d ago )

Got the Witcher 2 on a XBL $3.49 sale a while back, will play it before I grab part 3

-Foxtrot914d ago

With all the remasters and this would be a one I would get. I've never played the first two games but really like the look of the third one.

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