My history with The Witcher games goes about as deep as a sauce pan. Via Steam, I put a sizeable handful of hours into both the first and second games combined, and both failed to capture my attention. And, according to the Internet, I must have done something wrong, because The Witcher games are, as many profusely claim, among the most compelling and immersive games, ever. I certainly don’t doubt that, nor would I ever say that the games are less than what they are based on my pitiful experiences with them. But I can say there was one singular reason why I wanted to play The Witcher 1 and 2 in the first place: because I wanted to be informed enough to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
That was when The Witcher 3 first came out in in 2015.
Hm. How time has flown.
Having picked up, put down, picked up again, and put down again the previous Witcher games since, I’ve been wary of jumping into The Witcher 3 for no really good reason. The game’s length, as well as my own fear of not enjoying it, play into that wariness, but lately I feel as though that barrier is wearing thin. And I’m pretty sure that Cyberpunk 2077 is the cause, happily so.
I wouldn’t say I’ve been all-out excited for CD Projekt RED’s latest game, but I have been following its development, and recent showings from the developers of what the game will offer have piqued my interest considerably.
There’s no denying that this is going to be an incredible game, potentially the one that both signs off this console generation and rings in the next. And while the game looks amazing, sounds intriguing, and appears to encompass lots of RPG magic, there’s one thing about that game that remains mysterious to me–its structure. Aside from your character (“V”) existing in and interacting with (and shooting up) the world Night City and its environs, the reveals so far don’t say much about how V’s story will unfold. Granted, there are plenty of nods to the fact that you can do as you please in the game, and surely the shroud over the game’s story is purposeful, but–and perhaphs I’ve become too happy with my BioWare blinders on–I really want to know more about the game’s structure.
This is where The Witcher 3 comes back into the picture.
I’m going to say that the ship has sailed for me as far as The Witcher 1 and 2 are concerned, but I do think that any investment I might choose to make in Cyberpunk 2077 may be best confirmed (or denied) if I can find my way with The Witcher 3. Simply put, it may be the means through which I learn how CD Projekt RED tells stories, structures its games, and why many players think they are so darn good at what they do.
I must admit that I’m not ready to turn my life over to The Witcher 3 just yet–the intimidation factor is a little too intense, still–but the more I see of Cyberpunk 2077, the more compelled I feel to take that leap. Since the game’s not coming out now until November, I’m happy to have little more time to steel my resolve and decide if and/or when to pay Geralt another visit.
Lede image take from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt press kit, © CD Projekt RED
Witcher 2 has been sitting on my Xbox 360 for years, after it was made available as a free download through the once called Games for Gold program, and I’m only now playing it because of the Henry Cavill Netflix show. Cavill can be very convincing to make me do just about anything. 😉 I’m maybe half-way into the game and I think I’m convinced of CD Projekt Red’s high standards for delivering an amazing game experience. While Witcher 2’s world isn’t as expansive, it’s enough to make me interested in exploring it and chatting with the NPCs of the game. I think Witcher 3 is even bigger than Witcher 2, and if Cyberpunk 2077 is any indicator, based on the previews we’ve seen so far, Cyberpunk will probably blow Witcher 2 and 3 right out of the water with it’s sprawling city and complicated narrative mechanics. I’m kind of glad Cyberpunk won’t be released until November now. This gives me plenty of time to finish Witcher 2 and then move onto Witcher 3. 🙂
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I’m with you that — the delay is fine with me, and the holiday timing works out nicely anyway. I watched several hours of The Witcher 3 when my husband played it, and I was really amazed at just how deep some its stories went. I’m not sure when I’ll start my own journey in the game, but the having the extra time to do so is very welcome.
It’s cool to hear that you’re having a good time with The Witcher 2. I have yet to watch The Witcher Netflix series, but all signs point to it being a very good time. Hmm…I’m thinking that the fall might be a good time for all things Witcher! We’ll see, I guess. 😊
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After writing this Virtual Bastion post, the big question in my mind remains: will I ACTUALLY play The Witcher 3 before Cyberpunk 2077 releases? If only I had an ACTUAL crystal ball…y’know, to stare into while I ponder, ponder, ponder some more.
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