Monday, June 8, 2015

But I won't do that

Soooo, I am still paying Witcher 3, will be for the foreseeable future, and there is nothing else to talk about regarding it. The game is not changing as I play, it is not evolving in any way apart from the number that float above monster I kill going up and my armor occasionally changing. Honestly, I don't care about the combat anymore. It servers as filler between deliciously grey moral decisions.

I don't remember if I mentioned this here or in correspondence with Chance but I think part of why some people don't get as invested in The Witcher as in, say, Dragon Age or Mass Effect is that there is no character creator. Garelt is Garelt. True, the player has some input on what he does but the character is already fully formed.

After playing more I need to retract that statement. Just because I cannot make Garelt look how I want him to look does not make him unique to me. How a character looks is of little interest to me: I am the guy who played vanilla male Shepherd for three games straight. What the character does, however, what his or her motivations are, that is interesting. That is compelling.

For example, it is well documented in previous games that Garelt loves the ladies and is quite willing to take advantage of both his sterility and his resistance to most diseases. My Garelt, at least in this third installment, is trying to get past that. There was a slip up earlier in the game with a blonde sorceress but when the opportunity to plant a wet one on a drunk Triss, with whom he has had 'a history', he didn't.

He didn't because he still cared for her. In spite of the memory loss sub-plot from the last game that I barely remembered and still don't quite understand, he cared too much for her to take advantage of the situation. That's my Garelt. Morally ambiguous but with limits.

This is going to be a long ride.

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