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The Witcher 3/The Last of Us

Postby pjbogart » Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:48 pm

I bought a PS4 just to play Bloodborne, the 4th installment of the Dark Souls series, which should come as no surprise because I think I've pretty much established myself as a superfan of the Dark Souls series. I bought a PS3 just to play Demon's Souls, after all.

Anyway, my PS4 came with "The Last of Us", a truly great game that won oodles of accolades and awards and basically anyone who didn't like it must be a complete shithead. Like me.

I thought it was more like sitting in front of my DVD player with a remote control mashing buttons as I watched a movie because it seemed like at least half of the game was cutscenes. I'm not sure of the actual percentage, but I'm going with 50%.

But I was apparently in the minority in finding "The Last of Us" to be a boring, button-mashing cinematic, because it won virtually every Game of the Year award and followed up its incredible success with a reboot from PS3 to PS4 and continued to rake in praise and awards.

So my opinion is shit.

The Witcher 3 is a beautiful RPG that turns into a tedious game of fetch, button mashing and enough cinematics to bore a stoner. I'm not even sure if you can get 50% of play time out of this game. Despite that it develops characters and spins a yarn with all of the efficiency of a 1000 page Stephen King yawner, The Witcher 3 never provides enough excitement to make up for the hours you spend waiting to actually swing your sword at something (or kill something with a blast of fire, like a pussy).

It's great. Really, it is. Just like "The Last of Us". GOTY. Well written, you don't have to worry about dying, because you probably won't. Ever. And you can relate to the characters, mostly because the cinematcs never seem to end.

6/10. For the graphics. It really does look lovely.

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Re: The Witcher 3/The Last of Us

Postby FJD » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:22 pm

Thanks, PJ, I was actually considering throwing some money at the Witcher. I guess I'll stick with Diablo III for now. (well that and Skylanders and Disney Infinity because Activision and Disney aren't honest enough to just mug me every other week)

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Re: The Witcher 3/The Last of Us

Postby pjbogart » Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:10 pm

I finished The Witcher 3 and found it reasonably enjoyable. Honestly, I've never played Diablo 3 because I was warned that it was a button-mash, but if you like it, you might really enjoy The Witcher 3. It starts out super slow and stays that way as long as you avoid the main quests, which are the best places to earn XP. The oodles of side quests are largely a distraction as none of them are necessary, but if you enjoy exploration, story telling and very impressive graphics, have at it. Add to that lots of demonic monsters, occult themes and more tits than Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras. I almost felt like the game qualified as soft porn at times.

Keep in mind that as a Souls fans I tend to like games that are absurdly difficult and the story needs to be pieced together without lengthy cutscenes and hand-holding. Frankly, I pay little attention to lore as I play games. I leave that to my nephew. What a nerd!

If you've never finished a Souls game (Demon's, Dark, Dark II, Bloodborne), I'd take my reviews with a grain of salt.

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Re: The Witcher 3/The Last of Us

Postby FJD » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:19 am

never even started one, I never even owned a console till last year, when I got it mostly to play games with the kid. Tried D3 when I heard it was more fun on a console than a PC. I might have to check out some of the Souls games soon.

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Re: The Witcher 3/The Last of Us

Postby pjbogart » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:36 pm

I'm about half way through The Witcher 3 now on the hardest difficulty, which will score me two completely meaningless trophies, as well as a few others that I messed up on my first playthrough. If you like doing trophies, I suggest you skim through a guide before playing The Witcher 3 because it's really easy to mess quite a few of them up as you play.

"Death March" is brutal. I kind of regret complaining about how easy the game was on the first playthrough, which I played on the level 2 difficulty. But it's not hard in a Dark Souls kind of way where learning the mechanics and mastering your combat techniques can get you through any fight, even if it takes you a bit longer. In The Witcher 3, increased difficulty just means frustration, mobs and a heavy dose of luck determining whether you'll live or die in any fight (and there are a lot of them). Even a seasoned gamer like myself struggled immensely for the first 10 hours or so and I still periodically run into fights that are nigh unwinnable and I need to either load an earlier save and come up with a different approach or simply suffer through numerous lengthy load screens until I get lucky and survive. It hasn't been very fun and I would discourage anyone from choosing difficulty level 3 or 4 (I haven't played on level 3 and suspect it's best for me, but I also suspect I'm a bit more of a gamer than most people who would read this post).

The mashy combat is gone at the harder difficulties, which is good, but the janky combat system, perpetual mobs and poor camera mechanics make the game more frustrating than fun. And what's worst is that when you conquer an area or quest that you've been struggling with, you're unlikely to feel any real satisfaction. Mostly you'll just curse the developers for putting you through the frustration.

So, in sum, if you own a PS4 for gaming, I'd definitely buy Bloodborne before The Witcher 3. It's shorter, but more creative and satisfying, and perhaps even more difficult, but in a good way. You won't feel like the game fucked you in Bloodborne, you'll feel like you fucked yourself. No luck involved, only skill. But there are no difficulty levels, so you can't ramp it down when you get stuck. But you can summon someone to help you, which is a great feature.

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Re: The Witcher 3/The Last of Us

Postby pjbogart » Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:09 pm

I regret ripping on "The Last of Us" and grouping it with "The Witcher 3" in the "unneccessarily long cinematics" category. Both games were fine experiences, and after revisiting "The Last of Us", it really needs it's own thread, not that anyone posts in them other than me.


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