I love how one quest in the game will turn into another, and another, and another. Like starting Keira's quest line turned into the Towerful of Rats quest line. Or how you go to help the Baron, and it turns into the Botchling quest (that was crazy!!) and then the Women of the Woods quest and then it becomes, if you want info on Anna, take this dagger to the old guy (can't remember his name) and he asks you to go do this quest (kill the Werewolf) and then the whole Tree Spirit quest too, so you can get his ear lol. It's just one thing leading into another and another, it's amazing lol. Not like other games where you get a quest, you go retrieve the item or whatever, and it's done. And The Crones were amazing characters, they looked like something out of a horror game or something, haha! So creepy but much like The Fiend, they fit so well into the game!
Geralt says you may be able to help, and he talks about a kiss from a true love being able to lift curses. Graham says he truly loves her and will do anything to help her, so you bring him back to the Tower and go upstairs, where Anabelle appears! Then, you guessed it, he kisses her! (I made a quick clip of it on the One) With the kiss, he lifts her curse and the curse on the Island, and she returns to her true human form as Annabelle, but he dies in the process. But then she embraces him on the floor as he dies and says something about now we can finally be together (in a romantic way, not a creepy way lol), and they disappear. The curse is gone, they're together and the Island is normal again. So I stuck with that ending, as it seemed that either way, Graham dies. But oh man, what a quest! Definitely one of my favorites so far.
Oh man, that Towerful of Mice quest! I wasn't sure which ending to really go with, but when I did the one where I brought her bones to Graham, and he died, I went back in and read her character bio and it said something about releasing her for her to go around spreading disease (since she was now a Plague Maiden) through the kingdom or something like that - I can't remember the exact words though lol. I think the curse on the Island held her there, but when I moved the bones off the Island, it freed her to leave the Island too. So I reloaded the save and did the opposite, telling her I didn't trust her and Geralt said he would never remove cursed items (like her bones) from a cursed area lol. So she gets mad, you fight her for a bit, but then she runs off. Then you go to talk to Graham and tell him what happened (her being alive and then getting eaten by rats) and he's overcome with grief about it.
I predicted she'd fall exactly where she fell. It's weird to have 3 new obstacles for a qualifying round. She could still be picked for a wild card though. I'm glad the tiger guy made it. It has got to suck to fail in the same spot 2 years in a row. I hope they do the USA vs Japan (vs the World) again.
I've managed to cut my sodas down to less than 25% of what I was drinking. I'm getting there slowly lol.
These quests! Geeze. Each one is so good, I don't want them to end! How do they come up with this stuff?! Lol! Yeah the quest with the Baron and Anna, it was so amazing. I don't think the healer in the mountains will be able to help her either (sounds like Alzheimer's or Dementia or something maybe?) but I really felt for them in the end. I actually grew to care for the old Baron, and was sorry to see him go. Another favorite of mine was Keira's Tower of Mice quest, with Annabel and Graham. That was so good!! I did both endings to it, just to see them lol. First I brought her bones to him, and didn't like that ending of course, so I reloaded it and brought him to her. When they met, I was going, "Ewwwww!" but then it was kind of romantic, in a way. Now they're together. I will definitely tell you when I get the Broken Flowers quest! I'm sure I'm going to get emotional too, even though I don't have any clue what it's about yet lol.
I like Yoana too, I remember her very well! I had to come back to her to beat her at Gwent because she had a killer Monster deck when I first started off and I had no chance lol. She's pretty charming and I like the way she talks. Geralt even had a dialogue choice to comment on her accent, which I thought was cool!
Yeah the voice acting is something I've noticed big time since the beginning. I have never ONCE heard any character speak, where I could tell that they were reading a line off of a piece of paper. I mean, they're actually talking to you. Just talking naturally, with emotion in the appropriate places and emphasis on certain words just like anyone would, as they're telling you about their sister that went to the woods and never returned, or whatever the case may be. CD didn't take any shortcuts on any aspect of this game, that's for sure.
Ha ha, that's actually why I thought at first that we might play as Ciri in the future Witcher games, because she's so young with many adventures ahead of her and this game ties up Geralt's story! I got so excited for it lol. (Plus I love her dash move while playing her lol!) The only 3 Witchers (not counting Letho) that are really in this story are Vesimir (he's too old, won't play him), Geralt (his story is ending ) and then there's Ciri... So Ciri made sense! But then I realized the problem with having a female main character, and I said, "Shoot. It probably won't be her then." Lol. So yeah, I'm really wondering who we will play next already!
I suspect that CD are going to make their own future story of the Witcher universe for the games, since they're going beyond the books now, but I'm cool with that. Even with that huge responsibility in CD's hands, I have no worries that they'll drop another bomb like this on the gaming industry again.
*sigh* I don't even know where to begin on how I feel about this game. It's so mind-blowing. I suspect I'll have 3-400 hours into it, I'm going so slow and savoring everything I can find to do. I've actually found myself playing all night and forgetting about achievements lol. Oh, and I just had my first emotional part last night! When you go with the Bloody Baron to Crookback Bog to get Anna back and Tamara shows up too. Did you get that same ending? I read that what happens with the Baron and Anna depends heavily on your choices during the Whispering Hillock quest. If you kill the tree spirit, you get what I got. But if you free it, it's a rather different ending. I wanted to save the Baron and Anna so I killed the spirit, and when the Baron said his speech to Tamara just before he left with Anna, I admit, I got a little teary eyed. What an incredible quest line.
I know! After the bits of playing Ciri, I am really loving her. She's strong and determined but also kind, along with that spunk of youth. She's such a joy to play. I entertained the thought for a minute, that maybe in the next Witcher game, you will play as Ciri. But then I thought no, I doubt they would do a female PC. Mainly because most Witcher gamers are males, and sex/romance play a role in Witcher games. Would most males playing the game want to go around romancing or having sex with dudes, as Ciri? Lol... probably not. But I do wonder what the next Witcher game will be about already!!
This game plays better than any movie. And the voice acting! Oh my goodness. Every single character, even unimportant ones like Blacksmiths and Merchants, are just so in character. You really feel like you're there, everyone talks so naturally in their roles, no matter how big or small of a part they might have. This game is just beyond incredible.