Friday, May 29, 2015

No more cards, thanks

I do not plays games as large as The Witcher 3 very often, My time is limited and there is almost always something else that I could (or even should) be playing. The game is so flush with content that I needed to decide early on what I was and wasn't going to do. The question marks on the map are so tempting that I cannot help but explore, though that does often lead to me running away because they are populated by things that I can not yet kill. The quests are all interesting to the point that I will make an effort to complete all of the ones that I find but I am not going to kill myself trying to find them all.

What will be skipped, and I have no idea how much time this will save and how much content I will miss, is the card game. I don't like it. At all. I am not averse to card games hiding in larger games. They can be a nice in universe distraction from searching for that last bit of silver to make a sword that I can't actually use for ten levels (yes, I did this). But gwent is dumb. The card game itself is no fun so I have no motivation to find all the cards and challenge everyone I see to a round.

To be clear, I don't like the rules and how the game is played. Not having a defined 'round' in the way the game flows is so alien that I don't know what to do with it. I like Magic, am one of the only people who actually played Eye of Judgement on the PS3 without cheating and will eventually return to the abuse that Hand of Fate doles out just because I like playing with pretend cards.

But gwent? Ugh. Maybe if I was playing with another person who bluffs would work against. The game seems to be structured around anticipating when the round will be done and just beating the opponent. No fun again an AI who will just keep throwing down cards until there are no more to throw, forcing you to play along and hope that the luck of the draw was enough.

It's like playing war, the card game. No fun unless alcohol is involved.

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