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If You Have A Life, Can You Enjoy The Witcher 3?

This question has been bugging me for a while.

As our virtual worlds become bigger and more dynamic, they require more and more of our time. And as this generation presses forward, I've no doubt that developers will continue to push the envelope in terms of scope and immersion.

I'm not saying it's a bad thing, although I do envision a near future where every AAA game is open-world sandbox, which I really don't want to see. To be clear, I'm super excited for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I honestly think it'll be the best game of the new generation and perhaps one of the best games of all time. Yeah, I'm buying into the hype because I've paid close attention to all the details. I've seen all the footage, heard all the statements from CD Projekt Red, and read through all the available gameplay, setting, and story information. I could write a ten-page preview on this game right now, if I had any inclination to do so (you can still read this one if you like).

But when you're talking about a game that easily provides us with 100 hours of entertainment, or potentially 200 hours if one suffers from completionist syndrome, I just have to ask: Who the hell can really sink their teeth into that? I can imagine doing it back in my college days - when I had more time than I knew what to do with; a testament to this country's wondrous advanced education system - but as an adult, I just don't see it. I would love to try it and I'd love to immerse myself in that amazing world. But I don't think it's something you can sit and play for an hour, here and there. You need to dedicate a fair amount of time to the experience and if you don't, it just won't have the same impact.

I mean, it took me months to get through Assassin's Creed Unity and I still haven't finished GTAV. And now you're telling me the virtual worlds are just going to keep getting bigger?! I really hate the idea of not finishing games I've started, and this new trend isn't helping my cause. Anybody else find themselves in a similar conundrum concerning this new explosion of open-world games? Note: Don't forget that Batman: Arkham Knight comes out a month after Wild Hunt...I mean, what the hell.

4/10/2015 Ben Dutka

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Comments (36 posts)

Squirreleatsman
Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 11:16:13 PM
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I really don't think the Witcher 3 will be like Bloodborne. What I mean by that is Bloodborne requires the player to spend an average 2 hours of uninterrupted play time in order to progress, due to the lack of checkpoints/lanterns or ability to pause the game because of the online component. The player is forced to completely focus on the game, or else risk failing and being forced to start over again, or go into a grinding phase to retrieve items. Which is why the game is so consuming.
The Witcher appears to be something that players will be able to play at will pick up and save where they choose. So while the game may be 200 plus hours long, that simply means that you'll be playing it for months as opposed to weeks.
I personally get very skeptical when developers focus so much on "play time". When we've seen games like Assassin Creed and Dragon Age Inquisition loaded with hours and hours of meaningless fetch quests.

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bigrailer19
Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 11:28:02 PM
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This game probably won't offer what The Elder Scrolls games do. At least not from what I'm seeing and hearing. But all I'm trying to say here is I enjoyed some long sessions with those games (3+ hours) and that's not much considering. But Ive also enjoyed those 1 hour sessions. Point is if I can enjoy those games by jumping in and doing a few things and turning it off, I have no doubts I can enjoy The Witcher 3.

of course both Oblivion and Skyrim had a way of keeping you around, and they really do require more than just 30 minutes of your time in one play session to accomplish things. But that doesn't mean with limited time the subject game(s) can't be enjoyed.

If a game offers me months worth of gameplay, pffft that's what gets me excited about a game. I've moved on from wanting every game that comes out. Borderlands has really showed me good games, with good amounts of content can last for a long time. These are the types of games I want.

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FAREEZ
Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 11:37:56 PM
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I will sacrifice my sleep time just to complete this game...

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Jalex
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 12:21:59 AM
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It all comes down to the individual. How much free time they have, how much of that free time they're willing to devote to gaming, and how discerning they are with the games they buy.
Personally, gaming takes up a majority of my free time, and I really only buy about 4 to 7 brand new, full-price games a year. Now, I initially had visions of being able to finish 'Wild Hunt' before 'Arkham Knight' releases, but I've since realized that I'm probably going to have to split my time between them when the latter releases. That's okay by me.

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Temjin001
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 12:50:14 AM
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If a game is going to be as huge as Witcher, or any RPG that's over a hundred hours I'm going to have to love most everything about it. Otherwise, I'd assuredly get started, spend some time, then get distracted by some other game and ultimately never finish it.
While I think Witcher seems like it'll be a well made game, the dark, seedy, Wicka'esque fantasy world is a turn-off.
I'm also pretty tired of long dialogue trees that I'm sure Witcher no doubt has plenty of.
I watched that trailer thinking. Yea, some of that seems cool, but when you take that and stretch it over a hundred hours or more...

Anyway. I'm holding out for Batman because I know that'll be something I'll love.
I also have Bloodborne and DOA5 LR and more to keep me happy.


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Oxvial
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 1:07:40 AM
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I probably not gonna finish it this year but, whatever it gonna entertain me and that's enough for me.

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Temjin001
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 4:22:06 PM

...ahem. you must mean finish watching all of the youTube videos of it?

=p

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Oxvial
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 5:13:26 PM

Why I should do to myself the disservice of watching it on youtube?, that's okay for things like The Order or Ashura's Wrath, not this.





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slow and smart
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 1:27:49 AM
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I will have to choose,so i will play about 5 games for the rest of the year:wolfenstein the old blood/the witcher3/Batman/metal Gear solid V/Fallout 4[i'm guessing there will be a oct/nov release,I hope i can finish those games till fallout 4 arrives,otherwise i will finish them later]
Maybe No man's sky,maybe deus ex,and many others oh man.... well there will be enough games that's for sure and a lot of them will be mine in 2016....


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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 4:23:34 AM
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The answer is that the two are surprisingly simpatico. Any grown up who got into Fallout 3 or Skyrim or that other one before Skyrim I forget the name but it was boss remembers that that second world was a perfect place to live when there was time to live there. It slots right into the adult weekend and after work hours and such because there's this kind of nirvana that happens when you have a grown man (or conceivably a woman) who takes it on like a second friggin life.

When you're at work you text your friends about what you did last weekend in the game, and getting back to the fantasy is a smooth reward for just going and getting your job done for the day or the week. Cuz then you can drop into your new home when done. These games don't need hours of attention at a time necessarily. You can just live in them for a bit, maybe spend an odd hour making a fine sword, to unwind instead of being a TV zombie.

When someone has too much time on their hands and uses a game like this to fill out their life, then that's like a problem. However if you use it as a compelling second life when you've completed your responsibilities in the human world then you're getting what modern gaming is about. What is modern gaming about? Having a better world waiting for us that we can talk about at the water cooler.

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Beamboom
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 4:44:11 AM
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We just have to get past the idea of having to play a ton of games during a year, especially having to play them instantly the moment they are released.

There's nothing wrong in "missing out" on other titles. And if you find that one game that fits your preferences perfectly and fills your entire gaming time for a year or two - what's wrong with that as long as it pleases your gaming needs?

For many years I played one single game. It was, of course, a MMORPG. The reasons I kept playing were many, but they can all be summarized with plenty of stuff (of social, pvm and pvp related nature) left to do and I enjoyed myself while doing them.

If a open world Mass Effect or Deus Ex came that offered hundreds of hours with content of all kinds, well hell yeah - I'd not even bother keeping an eye on the release schedule while playing them. See you in three years! :)


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trumpetmon65
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 5:08:39 AM
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I'm still getting through dragon age, bloodborne, and ff type 0 (yeah,that's right, I bought it and like it). I don't know if I'm going to be able to make time for the third witcher.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 1:43:27 PM

You've got over a month, you'll be fine.

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Broady
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 7:04:19 AM
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I'll have to make time. 2hrs a night, 3/4 days a week. Should take about half a year, then finally get round to playing/buying Bloodbourne, and get that finished for when ffxv comes out in May next year.
Sure I'm missing something though!

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xenris
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 8:47:24 AM
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I sometimes get overwhelmed when I read numbers like 200 hours of gameplay.

However my mentality for games is if it can hook me I play it until I beat it or the hook leaves me.

For the Witcher 3, yeah I love this dev and I loved the other 2 Witcher games, but my rule for this game is I am only going to do relevant and interesting quests in the game and progress towards finishing the story.

If the side quests are deep and involving like they were in The Witcher 2 and not just fetch quests then I will go after those.

But generally speaking I'm here for the Story and have been waiting for several years to see where it goes.

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Draguss
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 12:44:31 PM
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I'm starting to think my teachers screwed me over with homework even more than I thought. Having a job gives me much more free time than I had back in school, or at least it certainly feels like it. Not to mention back in school my friends all had their free time at the same time and I kept getting dragged out with them. Now we rarely have the same days off so I have more time to entertain myself alone.

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Bio
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 1:18:07 PM
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No, you have to quit your job, divorce your wife, disown your children, lock yourself in your game room with a year's supply of Mountain Dew Game Fuel and Doritos if you want to get the most out of this game.

C'mon, what a silly question.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 4:45:07 PM

That's the spirit.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 9:20:21 PM

A snide comment from Mr. Superior that of course doesn't answer the question. All questions are silly to Mr. Superior. Mr. Superior knows all and condemns all because he's Mr. Superior.

Bow to Mr. Superior!

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Bio
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:49:20 PM

Ben, you asked a stupid question.

Deal with it.

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Squirreleatsman
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 3:48:48 PM

The question is valid, especially after the recent release of Bloodborne which doesn't even allow the player to pause the game due to the online component. This means you either ignore whatever else is going on in the real world or sacrifice your digital self and be forced to repeat the same segment or boss battle until you have and hour or two where you aren't going to be "interrupted" by life.
Though I don't believe the developers at CD Projekt have any intention of not implementing such a feature, I do understand where Ben is coming from. I personally enjoy my games between 7-16 hours with a little wiggle room on either end, once you get up to 20 there really needs to be something driving me to continue. In the case of the Witcher, at 200 hours I fear that I may embark on too many side quests and lose interest in the main storyline, thus never completing it. I do enjoy completing games and would find it frustrating to never finish the main narrative.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 9:20:26 PM

Everyone else here has a perfectly civil and thoughtful response to my "stupid question," and you're the only asshat to respond the way you did. They're not kissing my ass or sucking up or any of the other nonsensical sh**; they're just responding in a civil manner. Which you never do, and have never been able to do. You can't even say why the question I asked is "stupid;" you just have to insult me in your standard childish manner. Because that's who you are, and I've known it for years. This comment thread only proves it once again.

Deal with it.

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Bio
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 11:52:40 PM

You're right that I was out of line. I apologize. It was late, I was feeling super snarky and I was a butthead.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 1:48:25 PM
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I remember skyrim 11/11/11, I was in college for like the 2nd time and a percentage of every class whom I talked to just understood it was known in the geek community that all off hours would be spent inside that world. Then it was discussed after binges turned up events.

In a lot of ways students are busier than workers, sometimes we actually get to go home and not have work to do there for the next day. Aloha second fantasy life.

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Temjin001
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 2:14:17 PM

Hehe cool.
Yea not all degrees are made the same. That's for sure.
I know in one of my early cs classes we received a lecture stating that this degree is a relatively hard one and we should be ready for a lot of work. Too bad many of those didnt listen and thought they could get things done a day or two before something was due. I suppose the school gets tuition 2 or 3 times from many for having to retake courses. It's usually more than a full time job for me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 3:32:06 PM

yeah you're schoolin is defo powerful enough to quash game escapes. But the lovely thing is they are there waiting when you are done, and at a lower price point. :)

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Temjin001
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 3:38:58 PM

I suppose I have a skewed view though. Not every college student has several kids and a wife to care for. And some guys are lucky enough to not have to work. Though I do work in a very accommodating sort of way.
I have no choice but to push my personal game time to the last hour, maybe two, of the night on most days.
Even then anymore I feel like that's too much time.
Something like Bloodborne actually feels a bit too taxing of my time, even if it's quite a bit shorter than a normal RPG like DA or Witcher.



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Temjin001
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 3:41:29 PM

oh, and my back log is ridiculous.
They're mostly PC games though I got for real cheap.

I feel like I need to stop shopping games for deals and just play the games I feel like are worth paying $60 for.

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Banky A
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 5:56:12 PM
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If you really love it then not much will stop you.
> Assuming just the one game.

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cLoudou
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 6:47:40 PM
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Really my biggest problem with these huge games, I can't commit 200 hours on a single game.

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Banky A
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 4:26:03 PM

Why not.

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bamf
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 6:49:40 PM
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I'm in the same dilemma. I really don't like not finishing games I've started and my habit is to always do those side missions or collect all 100 of artifacts around the city.
My time is mainly taken up by work, it's not your typical 9-5 job. I can never tell what time I'm home. Then I have to fit my partner in. Need to live on a planet that had 48hrs in a day lol

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Temjin001
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 9:11:59 PM

yea, but if we had 48 hour days we'd be working 16-18 hours a day or more. That would suck.

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bamf
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:00:02 PM

I'm close to working them hours already. I do wonder in a world with a 48hr day, would society work in shifts 10-12 hrs each day then a shift change for other employees to work rest of the our? More jobs for people. How weird would that be?

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johnld
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:06:27 PM
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a game having hundreds of hour of gameplay dont mean much to me. just means that theres alot of filler quests that dont matter. proved to me by dragons age inquisition. fetch quests and stuff topad the game for hours. got bored of it and theres nothing pulling me back to play it again. i have no problem grinding in jrpgs but i wont do this dragons age padding.

all those people that was harping on the order for being short and not worth full retail, better be paying way more than retail value for this game or youre just full of crap. send them to the devs directly so theres no excuse. its 200 hours right. time to pay up.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 5:42:26 AM
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i can see where you are coming from and i know alot of you don't have as much time anymore for 100-200 hours games at least to me i would call that a long term play through that i would do over a few weeks or a few months i wouldn't be the first time i'd done that.

and you say that "I do envision a near future where every AAA game is open-world sandbox, which I really don't want to see." i totally agree with that atleast so far to say that i hope not all games will be like that we need variety.

happy gaming

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