There is nothing down the path of these updates and expansions but pure gold.
They improved every aspect of the UI on every tab. They provided extra settings to cater the game to you. It was already my favorite game of all time. I'm finishing up Blood and Wine today (Blood and Broken Bones) and then I'm going to start a New Game+ on Death March and relive this great game in all its new shiny.
Agreed. I just the other day bought the expansion pack, as I wanted to play both expansions back to back, that way I can have one more lengthy journey in that world. I loaded up my New Game+ file and was genuinely taken aback by the interface improvements in the base game. While switching tabs is still undeniably sluggish, everything else seems so drastically improved. Having an R3 prompt to pull up the reading materials you just picked up is so much appreciated by me, as I really didn't like digging through the old inventory system. I have barely scratched the surface of the HoS expansion(came across some new locales and just got lost walking around them), and haven't even seen the land on which B&W takes place. I'm taking my sweet time, but I am so excited to see it all. This is actually the first time I've gone back to a game after platinuming it. These guys are so good at environmental storytelling, imo, it's insane.
I just recently restarted on death March in anticipation of this and man do the updates improve the game
NG+ on death march is no joke hard. I just completed that a week or two ago and it was brutal. Hope you enjoy it!
It just needs a way to mark items as "seen". Before they were on top, but not anymore. And I think the potion and decotion tab needs to be a bit larger than bomb's and oil's, since you have way more of potions and decotions and having to scroll all the way to bottom is a bit annoying.
I wonder if a game can win GoTY two years in a row? The update is that damn good.
Impossible because uncharted 4 is out and lets be real thats going to be one hard game to top this year.
Yeah I know Uncharted is kind of divisive, but Uncharted obliterates Witcher in the gameplay department. Fluid running (my GOD all those years of development and that's what they ended up with in Witcher, that atrocious, clunky run animation?), turning, ect. Witcher combat was also clunky from gameplay perspective as just another unrealistic hack-and-slash with depleting health bars. The only thing that felt good was maiming animation procs.
Not that hard. A better story in a game can easily top it. Not like they should give game of the years to games that simply have amazing graphics.... Everything else needs to be amazing too.... And since uncharted released recently there's gonna be tons of hype and other games moving forward. It'll easily be forgotten by the end of the year.
Uc 4 was really great. I love it but for me personally witcher 3 is the masterpiece of this gen.
You're right I just don't see anything topping that. @count_bakula it's not divisive don't confuse fanboys on the Web has meaning the game is divisive you don't get 93 meta critic and become the highest rated exclusive this Gen if you're divisive. @games4funz all you do is talk crap about uc in articles so no one is going to take your opinion seriously and if you really think that uc 4 is going to be forgotten at the end of the year you're delusional. Uc 2,3 and tlou weren't forgotten because ND games arent easily forgotten and when the time comes you can copy this comment because I guarantee you it wins the majority of the goty awards this year.
imo both UC4 and Witcher 3 are my fav... Loved Witcher 3 since day one and never got bored... UC4 will always be special, since its Drake's last and prolly the last UC game :( Got to see how R* does with a new RED DEAD game.. its gonna be amazing for sure...
Witcher 3 is better than Uncharted 4 though.
@Count_Bakula Wait, what? The same person that is criticizing The Witcher 3's gameplay is turning around and praising Uncharted 4's gameplay? I'm sorry, but that's an utter load of crap. The Witcher 3 would not be loved by millions if it had poor gameplay. And don't give me that "oh but they love it for the story". You know as well as I do that without enjoyable gameplay you are never going to gain the affection and attention of gamers for very long.
It's an expansion, not a full game. Let other games released this year shine! W3 already got it's GOTY last year
Even if it did why should it bother anyone.
Shouldn't matter. Blood & Wine is better than most full games anyway. If it were to win this year it would be well deserved.
@game4funz- because GOTY is for titles that released this year, not post launch content. I'm sorry bud, but even as a day 1 witcher 3 owner, I can't say its DLC is better then other games. I think clearly it should get awards for its expansion as at this point ,I don't see it not getting many for them, but not for GOTY as that doesn't really make any sense. Its beyond exaggerative.
Game released in 2015 so no....
I was waiting to replay the game on Death March once this update came out, but then read about all the bugs it was causing on all platforms and decided to wait a little longer. For all the praise CDPR got with this game, you would expect it to be impeccable after so many updates.
Not a single bug so far for me
CDPR for you. Imo the best devs in the industry right now,
No question. And publisher.
Nah they made one good game and one amazing game they need to do it for a lot longer before they can be considered the best devs in the industry.
That's your opinion and that's fine because each and every one of us has their favorites. In my opinion they're the best right now not only because they make great games but also because of their behaviour towards us, the gamers. They actually respect us unlike the vast majority of devs and publishers in the industry and because of it, they have my respect... unlike the vast majority of devs and publishers in the industry. Edit @ Ed Nope, I'm saying it right now. I don't need their words. Their actions speak for themselves and that is true for CDPR and all the other devs and publishers in the industry. Also, seriously? Why should expansions that have more content than most standalone games be free? The base game alone has more value for our $ than 99.9 % of games that are released on the market. Also yes, The Witcher 3 had problems and that should be expected in a game as ambitious as TW3 but CDPR is not only fixing their game but still improving it while other devs and publishers are perfectly ok with having modders fixing their games or not bothering at all to fix them.
Agreed. I like the Witcher series, but this is CDPR's first big game. Maybe a gen later with a few more under their belts we can say that. Witcher 3 is still being patched for a very good reason. It launched with a lot of bugs and issues. https://www.youtube.com/wat... Its hard to say "best" yet see a seen like that.....very hard. They are a great team and still have a lot to learn, but they are not near the level of other top teams yet, if anything Cyberpunk 2077 will show how they progress from this game. Clearly they've learned a lot from Witcher 3. I predicted long before its release that they team might have issues considering they are not as well versed in open world concepts as teams like Bethesda or Bioware. They will get better as they actually make more open world games. @Ima- "They actually respect us" You don't know what they feel about you..... They are still a business and must behave as such. There is a reason why those expansions are not free. A business is not there to make you feel warm and good or um "respected" its there to provided something in return of funds. The only thing a developer will likely respect is the value of the game they are creating. " unlike the vast majority of devs and publishers in the industry." unless you know them personally saying disrespectful things about the consumer and I mean the entire team and publisher, I'm pretty sure one can't actually really know that.
The best at long winded dialogue
wow Dyldog69 thats why I love it so much!
Playing Overwatch for a bit and going back to TW3, I see the difference b/w devs and publishers that pit gamers first and those that put money first. The amount of content offered by CDPR per dollar is astounding. Add to that the fact that they have literally done everything fans have asked for. It's black and white. Both games are AAA quality, at the top of their genre. One caters to the all mighty dollar and the other puts fans first.You'd think it would be the small company that was trying to increase revenue, but nope.
That's why I'm still content with my decision to buy Witcher on day1 while waiting for Overwatch to go below 20$. I'd definitely enjoy both games alike but only one of them "earns" my money.
"Playing Overwatch for a bit and going back to TW3, I see the difference b/w devs and publishers" ?? Wrong genre bud. You can't really compare them because of that, difference in value of what the concept of the games are. You can say this about any RPG against a game like Overwatch. No one is playing Overwatch for a 100 hour long story or grindfest etc. Thus, why would that be of a value to someone who likes MP titles? I like many genres and I don't agree with this comparison as people do not buy games based on objective length of time or a numerical content count etc. I got Witcher 3, I also got The Last Of Us...I'm also getting Uncharted 4, I also got Until Dawn and The Order. You don't see me telling folks "amount of content offered by" etc That is actually pretty irrelevant as most RPGs are not just 10 hours bud. Thus, couldn't one argue that something like the "amount of content offered by" Bravely Second for $35 bucks is better then xyz? I recently finished Bravely Second and I beat it in around 100 hours. I'm not going to say Oh Naughty dog doesn't "puts fans first" they are also not releasing an RPG... By the nature of an RPG, it will be long... MOST are. So I don't respect folks saying stuff like "One caters to the all mighty dollar" one isn't an RPG.....also Witcher 3 isn't for free, its expansions are not for free. I get you like Witcher 3 as do I and got it day 1, but please stop throwing shade at other developers as what you are stating is based on it being an RPG. I didn't buy Witcher 3 based on content count, I didn't even finish Witcher 3, I bought it based on loving the story telling in Witcher 1 and 2 along with the world. You can still like Witcher 3 and RPGs without trying to make it seem as if anything that isn't Witcher 3 is some rip off. Can't I not say anything that isn't a MMO is "caters to the all mighty dollar"? I mean...Witcher 3 isn't MMO big or long as an MMO, that doesn't mean its any less ,so please stop trying to bash other developers using this. They can both be good. its not as if Blizzard didn't work hard on Overwatch and its so disrespectful to even try to bash them with a comparison from a genre that isn't even what Overwatch is. Can I bash Witcher 3 for not being as long or content packed vs an MMO?
I have some serious issues with the UI changes for the inventory, but overall I like it more. They need to patch the lag, or maybe just have too much stuff in my inventory. Also scrolling, tabbing between armor and weapons works in a really counter-intuitive way, especially if I'm selling a bunch of sword and it sequentially switches to my armor horizontally. It's annoying, but not deal breaking for me. The expansion is just plain amazing though, I love this game. Uncharted 4 is amazing, but it doesn't come close to touching Witcher 3 IMO. I'm basically saving the end of Uncharted for now, I'm most of the way through it, but I still have over 135 hours logged in Witcher 3 and I'm not bored at all.
Witcher 3 is amazing and the best rpg in the last few years but it's apples and oranges comparing uc and it. The Witcher 3 has a cool world, amazing sidequest,good main story and well developed characters but that's about all it has going for it. The combat is mediocre, the animations are a step above robotic, the controls are finicky and stiff but all in all like i said amazing game.
I strongly disagree the combat being mediocre, especially playing on harder difficulty settings. The witcher 3 is hands down one of the best games ever made in every category.
"The combat is mediocre, the animations are a step above robotic, the controls are finicky and stiff but all in all like i said amazing game" Aside from some bugs, I'd say those are my biggest issues with the game. Other then that I love what they've done, but they can do better over time. https://www.youtube.com/wat... They need to do better when Cyberpunk 2077 launches, I don't want to see any of this when it comes out. Witcher's story, world ,characters is were the game shines. I never cared much for the gameplay, but I feel it was excusable as I don't play much RPGs for the physical gameplay as much as the strategic gameplay. LOVE the side quest in Witcher 3.
Oh knock it off. It was mainly a certain group of Souls fanboys that started that crap about it having bad combat and every two-bit fanboy since then has latched onto that bogus complaint and used it whenever they want to try to minimize the game. In actuality many people enjoy the combat and think it is great. For me personally I would argue that it's far better than the combat in most games of its type. Go back and read the reviews. There was plenty of praise for the combat. Not that every reviewer thought it was perfect, but it seemed to be enjoyed by many. It definitely wasn't a case of reviewers universally complaining about the combat and saying "the rest of the game is awesome but the gameplay sucks", which is what you would think would be the case to hear Souls fanboys tell it. Now, is it possible that the combat just won't resonate with some people? Sure, just as is the case with any game. Some people aren't going to like Uncharted 4's gameplay. Others may legitimately not like Overwatch's gameplay, for example. But going off what I've seen I'd say that a large percentage of people who played The Witcher 3 enjoyed the gameplay. I hate to say it, but nearly every time I hear someone really going on about how bad the gameplay in The Witcher 3 supposedly is and I read through their comment history it becomes clear that they are a massive Souls fanboy and simply have a hate hard-on for The Witcher 3 out of jealousy. And I'm a fan of the Souls games too. But regular fans of something don't go out of their way to constantly bash other games. There are several popular games that I personally don't like very much, but you would never know it because I don't go into articles about those games and start telling the fans how crappy the gameplay is. I know that there is something about those games that must resonate with those people and I leave it at that. As a general rule, at least from my experience, when a person goes into articles about a game just to bash it and make broad negative proclamations about it they usually have ulterior motives.
This update really is awesome, and gives the game a more finished look. It just feels more satisfying to play, especially with the new Blood and Wine. Now however much I loved this game, I never thought I would be able to play through so much material in a New Game+, but this is making me reconsider ...
Such an amazing game made even better with these updates. Im truly impressed with CDPR. They got a lot of flak when TW3 was released because of bugs and glitches, but they were always on the case tweaking things to near perfection. Im playing on Xbox one and im still amazed at how far this game has come. I havent experienced much choppiness or glitches lately, so Im glad I waited to truly dive in until it was fixed. The recent update fixed so many small things it truly feels like a different game. Its basically The Witcher 3.5 now. I cant wait to push through and immediately start a new game +. Its just so hard to NOT try to find every nook and cranny in this thing.
I haven't played it on PS4 since last year, might play it later next month. Seeing all the patches and fixes, its starting to make me feel it should have been delayed again. I get no game can release perfect, but some of those bugs were game ending bugs. ie save corruption and such.
Idk, I can see both sides of that argument though. Sure a delay might have provided some extra polish but look at how well gamers have handled those delays to Zelda. The game was still good at launch, just buggy and they patched it up pretty fast. The new patch is more or less stuff they improved upon while working on the new dlc. So with a delay, we would be waiting til just now to get these fixes along with the extra content. Im ok with how it all played out because for one, CDPR communication was great througout the process, 2) patches were frequent and timely, and 3) they really listened to what console players wanted and expected.
If your buying this game now with it's DLC the value for money you are getting now is quite simply incredible. The best game of this gen so far and it's add on is probably the best thing i've played this year.
Can't wait to get back into this, going away in a week though so will wait until I'm home. Love it.
Did they ever get to fixing the gameplay?
nothing wrong with the gameplay, it's very good.
I remember when ingredients had weight in your inventory haha ;P
The only thing that I didn't like was the book for finding the gwent cards. It seemed like they where going to add like a glossary with the images of the missing one and where to get them specifically.
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