I've got to be honest. The Witcher 1 was one of the worst, most tedious games I've ever played. In two words, Utter Shit.
Steam says I made it 38 hours in, up to the middle of Chapter III (just over halfway through) before I couldn't take any more. The MMO combat was horrific, and there were too many pointless mechanics. Meditation, stances, the potion minigame, the fact that I needed a human sword and a monster sword. The problem with the swords was only made worse by the fact that keeping up with the latest swords made your third weapon a useless accessory (which usually clipped through Geralt as he ran).
Oh, and the fact that the monster slaying quests didn't count even after killing the monster, because I didn't want to buy the stupid little blurb about it that usually cost more money than the quest reward. Why was that mechanic in the game? Utterly pointless, stupid, and needlessly punishing those who want to play to completion.
The constant backtracking for Fedex quests was enough to drive me mad as well. Two years later, I can still picture the textures of the trees in the <censored> swamp with perfect clarity. I must have spent at least 12 of those 38 hours running back and forth through there. Just thinking about it makes me nauseous. And with the number of always-respawning enemies, eventually I got so sick of fighting them that I just settled for an impromptu monster parade every time I was trying to run a quest.
The only thing that kept me in that long was the promise of another brief NPC interaction that would move the storyline forward. Even then, I began to tire of the plot. There were a handful of interesting moments, but there's only one bit of the story that I still remember today. I just didn't think it was as great as some people were saying. Especially when I read the wiki and took a look at "the twist" near the end, I sighed in relief.
Finally, I was just flabbergasted by the fact that almost everyone in the gaming press went on and on about how "mature" the game was. It was just the opposite. Yes, there was sex in the game. A lot of it. And it was handled with all the nuance of a 13 year old trying to finger little Suzy in the back row of the theatre during Titanic. The extreme overuse of foul language and bro humor was pretty bad too. It just occurred to me that everything about The Witcher, from the plot to the meager characterization, is what the last Feminist Frequency called an "adolescent power fantasy."
Two years later, the first game left such a bad taste in my mouth that I have never even installed my copy of The Witcher 2. Please let me know how you like the second game, because if it really is as improved as some say, then perhaps it's worth a go.
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