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Do I need to play The Witcher first?

Discussion in 'Everything but Adventure Games' started by Ray Ivey, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Ray Ivey Member

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    I really want to play the console version of Witcher II, but I am bugged by the fact that I haven't played the first game. Which I CANNOT play on consoles (grr).

    Will I be missing out on lots of things if I don't play the first game?
  2. markornikov Member

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    It's not a complete disaster, but you'll miss out on some background behind some of the characters.
    On top of that your actions in Witcher I influence events and npc's in Witcher II (and probably III), so you'll be stuck with the defaults.
  3. CrisGer Member

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    Ray I am surprised that you depend on Consoles, surely a poor grandchild to the PC for gaming. I hope you can get a PC system re set to play this fine game. If you do and have trouble with the bink videos skipping they shipped the wrong dll with it and there is a fix if you want i can share it with you. Anyway, good luck and enjoy ...
  4. CB Member

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    I was quite surprised to see that my Ice Plains save (neutral-last save opportunity before the final confrontation) from the original Witcher game has been downloaded over sixteen hundred times from mediafire. If you change your mind and go with the PC version you at least have that option. Good luck.
  5. Lucien21 Member

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    The 2nd game was supposed to be a disappointment.

    I know a few people who loved the first one, but didn't rate number 2.
  6. JKing New Member

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    As Markonikov suggests, you'll only be missing out on a few details. Indeed, the story of the first game follows on from novels which have yet to all be published in English, so it's actually nothing you wouldn't still experience to some degree. You'd probably adapt just fine in due course.

    All this said, The Witcher is a much better game; personally I'm of the opinion it's one of the best games ever made. You owe it to yourself to play it, even if you have to go out of your way.
  7. CB Member

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    Yeah, I guess a lot of people forget to vote.

    Edit. I miss all the Witcher fans who patronized this forum.
  8. CrisGer Member

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    I have tried twice to play the Witcher, i do have the original Collectors Edition..i may try again this winter when things slow down here in the mountains and the snow is deep all around. where do we find your Ice Plains Save CB?
  9. CB Member

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    The Ice Plains save can be found HERE.

    It has been a while since my last play of Witcher 2 but I remember most how much better I enjoyed the combat aspect over the original. (almost as much as I like KofA) ;)
  10. CrisGer Member

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    thanks for the save. I did try Kingdom of Amular, and really enjoyed the start the tutorial part was fun and very colourful and I had high hopes for the game but once i got in the first areas, they made me run around here and there but i felt like i was a hamster in a cage...not in a real fantasy world. Sorry, i may try it again, i still have it. thanks for the save.
  11. Starchild with a bobgun New Member

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    Hey Ray, if you play the enhanced edition, you get a pre-chapter in witch you play a very short version of Witcher 1.
  12. Dona New Member

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    Well, one of them is back now ;)

    I guess you got your answer, Ray, you don't really need to play TW1 to understand TW2. There are some connections/easter eggs, but nothing huge in my opinion. Especially because they tried to make a fresh start with TW2 and introduce a different storyline that will continue in TW3.
  13. JKing New Member

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    FYI The Witcher is currently free with any purchase on GOG.
  14. Ray Ivey Member

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    CrisGer, I'm VERY surprise to hear of your disdain for consoles. Great games can be found on many platforms. PC is simply one of them. And it's the one that's the hardest on my hands. Plus it's the one that feels the most like work, because, well, it's on my computer.
  15. Ray Ivey Member

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    And PS, the Witcher 2 got MUCH MUCH MUCH better reviews than the first one.
  16. Ray Ivey Member

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    I've put a few hours in on Witcher, and it's not bad. It's not thrilling me, though.
  17. Dona New Member

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    TW1 has a really, really slow start, it picks up once you enter Vizima. I admit I haven't replayed it in full because the first few hours are a drag. The core of the game lies in choice and consequence, so naturally you need to invest a bit of time to see it truly shine.

    TW2 is more... how do I put it?... palatable, with fast-paced combat and modernised controls, not to mention it had the best graphics the year it came out. And reviewers like nice graphics. Gameplay is why a lot of people seem to like one and not the other - it's very different. TW1 is more calculated with the well-timed combo clicks. The interesting thing is that TW2 follows the same formula, but the game never mentions it and you can miss it unless you naturally get into the rhythm.
  18. Thaumaturge New Member

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    So, since Good Old Games was giving away the first Witcher for free with any purchase recently, and since (A) I could use a new game to play and (B) I recalled it being well-recommended, I bought Resonance and picked up The Witcher with it. I haven't yet loaded it up, but ahead of my doing so, are there any tips or notes for someone starting in for the first time?
  19. Stiler Member

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    Main tip as far as combat goes, do not "spam" your attacks. The Witcher's combat works based on specific timing of your clicks, a kind of musical like flow, if you just spam your attacks you will not do nearly as well as timing your hits with the correct timing.
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  20. Thaumaturge New Member

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    Ah, thank you, and noted! I don't think that I've played a game quite like that before, so it remains to be seen how I handle it...

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