Alright this isn’t actually a bait, but with everyone talking about the Witcher again I HAVE to ask this community if there’s ANYONE else out there who actively disliked that game. I’m thinking of giving it another shot seeing the sustained love it gets, and I would love to know what people like about it (I mean this in the least snarky way).
So mechanically the game annoyed me right off the bat. When I realized you were limited to one type of weapon and 5 spells, I was disappointed, but that’s forgivable. After 50 hours though, the combat NEVER clicked for me - it was too floaty to feel good on hard difficulties, and too forgiving to feel gratifying on east. I also found the graphical presentation really offputting, and the world itself felt too distant and blurry to be impactful.
That’s all stuff I’ve worked passed in other games though. What I couldn’t get passed was Geralt and his dumb face and his gross hair and his utter lack of depth. I found no part of him engaging or relatable as a character, and as a consequence I found the main story relationships with other, cooler, characters offputting as well. Additionally, I really hate when games line up sexual encounters like a shooting gallery - I refused any relationship because I refused to believe any human would NOT be disgusted by his hair, but it definitely felt like the game was pushing for a shooting gallery/bang checklist kind of thing, I could be wrong.
ANYWAY this really isn’t meant to be a bitter complain-fest, I think it’s awesome that so many people love it - I just wanna know what you all got out of it that made it so memorable. From what I remember of my playthrough, the only thing that I really liked were the NPC side quest interactions, which I thought were generally better written and more engaging than the main game. Okay! I’m done! Why did YOU like it?!
EDIT: Shouts out to everyone for much better, nuanced critiques. I entirely forgot about some of the more violent misogyny stuff. Please replace my detailed critique of Geralt’s hair with “abysmal treatment of sex workers” in the original post