Originally Posted by amarano
maybe you guys can give me some input but im gonna go ahead and throw out how i feel about the game after playing all weekend.
i think the games horrible. like i havent really even enjoyed playing it...yet ive had to put in at least 10 hours. and im kind of anxious to go home and play it after work.
let me try to clarify what i mean. traveling is horrible. the horse mechanics suck, even when i whistle for him i have to run and go get him because hes stuck somewhere. and traveling hes always running into trees (because staying on the path lock on with X doesnt work) and about to come into a cliff.
moving around with Geralt isnt great either. in once instance i was trying to get the loot under the bridge and went on the wrong side so i was like no biggie ill just walk on land and go on the other side. nah. there was no low area to climb out of the river bed i had to walk completely out of the way to get out just go get on the other side of something. i even came to the edge ofthe map trying to get out of the river.
im not even gonna talk about swimming.
and thats just getting around, which is obviously a HUGE part of the game.
combat is fair at best. using the signs is cool but sword combat is ehhh. and im constantly having to reposition the camera while im taking people out.
im not even following the story. because after 10+ hours im barely a level 4. ive done all the ?s in white orchard as well as the side quests. i dont know how im not leveled up a little more than that. even the suggested point in the main story says i should be a level 5 to continue.
ive played rpgs like this before. more specifically knights of the old republic which i absolutely loved. soim used to picking up items, crafting, using them, managing your space etc. but this is crazy. theres a million things to pick up, i cant decide what i should keep because i dont know if ill need the item, a component of it after breaking it down, or selling it, etc for a quests. i think its annoying to have to constantly repair your swords, i get the realism but still i could go without having to go to the blacksmith every time i fight a few things.
so i dunno maybe its because im still fairly early in the game (in comparison to how long the game is) and i guess getting used to its feel but i had much higher hopes for this game.
Hmm, thats a lot to address and some of your concerns may be that the game just isn't your style.
But Ill try to answer some things:
Horse: Roach is definitely not the best video game horse, I generally explore on foot, and use Roach for long distances or to cover ground quickly. Exploring small tight areas with Roach is bunz, so I agree with you on that
Walking/Swimming: Mechanics in W3 can be a little wonky, but I can't say that Ive had any real problems with swimming worse than any other game. As far as walking, I think a recent patch is supposed to have made the walking much more responsive? Haven't checked it out yet
Combat: Maybe it won't be your style, but I find the combat (swordplay) to be excellent. If you play fast and reckless that may be why you're frustrated. W3 rewards smart, considered attacks. Parry and Block against human swordsmen. Dodge and roll against most monsters. Use smart timing for heavy attacks
Leveling: W3 levels almost
exclusively from completing missions, and the main missions pay out the most XP. Sometimes, even just completing a mid-mission conversation will pay out big XP. So the best way to grow your character is to push through more of the story content. Also, most missions can be handled even if your down a level or two. Don't worry about attempting a 5, when you're a 4
Items/Inventory: I had the same paranoia early in the game about the excess of items. But the truth is that very little of it, especially early in the game is essential for you to have. Especially do not worry about breaking down items. The only thing non-consumable items are used for is to craft weapons/armor and potions. When you get a little deeper in the game and are crafting more of your own higher-level gear, you may need to sort through your inventory to find, or breakdown, the right items, but its never really a question of missing out because you left that one wolf-skin in the tavern back in White Orchard.
Also, later in the game, money really becomes no object, you'll have tons of it, and most items rare and common can be bought from shopkeepers.
To recap: Inventory is not all that important early in game, except for consumables to heal
Overall: I would give the game more time, especially to get out of White Orchard and into the meat of the real game. Plus, that'll give you time to acclimate to the fighting style. Maybe it won't be to your liking, but I genuinely loved the combat. I think its some of the best swordplay Ive experienced, especially against human enemies.