5 Games That Will Take You Over 100 Hours to Complete

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Not all games are created equal. However, that’s the best part about video games. You can play them however you want. Breeze through to the finish line in record time, or go for gold in being a Completionist. Completing every task, quest, mission, and achievement available. Sure, it will take a lot of time, but gamers don’t mind. In fact, game length is a common complaint for a lot of games. But rest assured. There are some games that can fill those desires for lengthy gameplay. Here are 5 games that will take you over 100 hours to complete.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues the epic journey of Witcher Geralt of Rivia. Geralt, in search of his adopted daughter Ciri, the Goddess of Time and Space. Geralt must track down Ciri through every twist and turn with the help of his longtime allies and some former acquaintances. Battling monsters, beasts, evil henchmen, and creatures of myth and lore.

Completing just the main story will take you about 30 hours. However, going for the complete finish, including all questions, missions, and locations; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt offers you complete gameplay of over 200 hours.

Fallout 4

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Fallout 4 is a sole-survivor post-nuclear fallout game. Being the last survivor of Vault 111, you and your canine companion are left in a destroyed world. Fighting for survival every moment. The fate of the Wasteland rest on your shoulders. You—the sole survivor has the choice to rebuild this tarnished world.

Fallout 4’s main story line will take you just a short 25 hours. But where’s the fun in that? For the completionists out there, according to howlongtobeat.com, Fallout 4 offers about 150 hours of entertainment.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is highly regarded still for its immensely vast open world map. Despite being release 6 years ago (2011). Skyrim gives players the option to completely customize their character. Choosing a race, sex, scars, hair and facial features, and your name. Thrusted into the rise of the long extinct dragons; you, as Dragonborn, are the only one who can put an end to the dragons destroying Skyrim. And the dragon of prophecy, Alduin.

Skyrim is one game that just seems to have missions as quests pop up at random, no matter where you go in this world. You can expect to follow the main story quest for about 32 hours. That’s if you don’t detour with side quests. However, for the Completionists, Skyrim will take you no less than 230 hours to finish. That includes all the locations, side quests, and achievements.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Continuing the work of Snake from previous Metal Gear Solid games, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, follows the aftermath of Ground Zeroes and the destruction of MSF’s base. Falling into a coma, Snake awakens nine years later and quickly gets back to work. Forming the Diamond Dogs.

You can expect quite a length main story of 45 hours. With totally complete gameplay of over 160 hours. Surpassing all previous Metal Gear Solid games in glorious fashion.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age: Inquisition, set in the land of Thedas. Which is plunged into great turmoil over a catastrophic event. Filling the land with darkness, Dragons conquer the skies. A once great, quiet kingdom, now left to the shadows. War develop among the Templar and Mages. Prompting nations to take up arms against their follow brothers and sisters. The fate of the land lies in your hands, Head of the Inquisition. With legendary heroes fighting at your side, you must restore order to this once peaceful land.

A main story that can give Metal Gear Solid V a run for its money at around 45 hours. However, you can expect almost 3 times that to finish. At 125 hours, Dragon Age: Inquisition surely can provide you with many long hours of gameplay.

I love lengthy gameplays. I enjoy the journey to find and do everything. Even if that means I don’t find out the end of the story right away. These were some of the most popular games in recent years. All of them were critically loved for their continuous gameplay. Lasting days on end of entertainment. If you’re looking for some games that can take you days, weeks, maybe even months to beat, look no further than these.

Let us know what you think. How long did it take you to beat these games? Any games you think deserved to be here instead? Leave your thoughts below!

The Witcher 3 Combat Is One Step Away from Greatness

A lot has been said about “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” since its release: amazing story and side quests, meaningful choices, interesting characters and phenomenally realized world with living and breathing ecosystem. But one aspect that seems to divide most reviewers and gamers is the combat. Some say that it’s just mindless hack and slash, others complain about the general sluggishness of Geralt during it and there are even those who say that it’s generally non-impactful. These points seem to be the most often raised amongst those who didn’t like CDProjectRed’s latest instalment in the Witcher series. So I would like to address them all, discuss whether they are justified or not and humbly make suggestions on how the developers might improve upon the combat with future patches.

Let’s start with the big one – lacking any sense of impact. And I have to say that I partially agree, but only partially. Here’s why: the satisfaction of landing blow in any game comes from two main points: seeing the result of each hit and hearing the result of each hit. What this means is that whenever I swing a sword, I must not only hear steel or silver collide with the flesh or armor of the enemy, but also see the appropriate reaction from the foe: blood being spilled and enemy taking a step back to regroup himself or wood of the shield he’s currently carrying getting splattered. These two things combined form general sense of significance of each strike and thus make it more tantalizing for us, players, to continue giving more. And while “The Witcher 3” registers the blows and gives the necessary audio bit all the time, it doesn’t always provide the appropriate physical response and you find yourself hitting an enemy without any suitable reaction on his behalf. That’s when our beloved immersion takes a first big punch in the gut. And although it’s not constant to classify it as a definitive minus, its still happens often enough for you to notice and be annoyed.

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The second major strike against the game’s battle mechanic, that is mentioned even more often, is the simplistic nature of it, caused by the enemy A.I. Which I do agree, but again only partially. While most of the time your foes will gang up on you, no matter who you fighting against and attack all at once, in other instances as soon as you walk out of their agro-range they will just stand there and watch as Geralt slaughters all their friends. Granted, it is more prominent during fights with humans and not ubiquitous throughout the whole experience. But as is the case with the remark about the general feel that I have talked above, it’s still there and needs addressing as a periodic weak link.

And the final point that has been made by a lot of gamers and me personally is the general feel of Geralt during the combat. Not the responsiveness of the controls, but the way the main character dodges and parries the incoming blows. I know, it sounds knit picky even for this article, but hear me out. There are two buttons which account for evading enemy attacks: one for rolling away and another for dodging. Except that you don’t necessarily dodge when you press the last one, all you do is hop back a bit or in any other given direction, including forward. Which not only looks lackluster, considering that when you do it a lot it looks like Geralt has an invisible skipping-rope. But it is also impractical due to the fact that it is not fast enough no matter in which direction you’re trying to strafe in. And considering that dodging is so unsatisfying, you spend most of your time rolling away. Which is fine when performed seldom, but when used more often looks like Geralt suddenly turned from a badass monster slayer into Sonic the Hedgehog. In the end, I have to admit that it is irritating, and does take away from the overall experience. More often than the previous drawbacks. Simply by the fact that it’s constantly there, unlike the seldomness of the hit-detection and randomness of the A.I.

Although I recognize why some people might be disappointed by the fighting system due to the aforementioned annoyances, I still cannot for the life of me understand why those exact gamers would state that it’s absolutely dull and not worth trying. Yes, there are some problems that need addressing. But when you get down to it cutting puny humans and monsters in half will always be fun, no matter how psychotic it might sound. Because games like this need to execute something that real life will never be able to do – make violence fun. And that’s the task that, in my opinion, the latest “Witcher” accomplishes pretty well and why the combat in “The Wild Hunt” is still good. Enemy A.I. is aggressively smart enough and missteps only at times. The game registers the hits you deal towards the enemies constantly and doesn’t provide the necessary feedback only at times. Geralt, when not jumping away or hoping back, moves as one would want – methodically and responsive, constituting each enemy as a viable threat (which on higher difficulties they absolutely are). And each blow ends in a satisfying squelch or dismemberment and, again, only at times refuses to give the appropriate visual feedback.

But that is exactly my problem: the combat is mostly fine and sometimes good, but it can be great consistently. Just a few minor tweaks, two of which (sense of impact and adversary A.I.) is purely technical. And the dodge mechanic has already been well done by this exact developer, just check some gameplay videos of the “The Witcher 3” that are 7 months old – it’s absolutely perfect there. Geralt doesn’t jump back, but takes a step in a very rapid manner, which not only looks cool (providing the feeling that the main character has weight), but is also tactically sound.

The point of this article is not only to address and discuss the problems with the combat in the “Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt” and to admit that there are some flaws. But to also state that it is still fun to play and, most importantly, to note that even those drawbacks that do exist can be definitely fixed with patches. CDProjectRed has already done an outstanding job of not only developing overall a great game with good elements in it, but also supporting it with constant free DLCs and updates. And this is why I still have hope that the issues mentioned above will be resolved in the near future. Since I am not the only one who noticed them and expect, by writing this article, to make those who also did to speak up. Not because I am disappointed with the game or CDProjectRed personally, far from it. But because the combat in this game has the potential to rival the best fighting systems in all RPG’s. And I am not saying that lightly. Think about, it’s bloody, visceral, responsive (keeping in mind the mentioned annoyances) and real-time. The combat is just one step away from greatness. If the developers could polish the technical problems and movement, than I am sure “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” would not only win over more gamers and even those who abandoned it due to the combat issues, but would also have a unanimous winning place in gaming history in general.

The Witcher Character Profile: Emhyr var Emreis

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Emhyr var Emreis is the Emperor of Nilfgaard. He is seen as a very good ruler for the Nilfgaardian people, but he is also an extremely aggressive one, much like all of the Nilfgaardian Emperor’s before him. It is also extremely intelligent and determined, he will always strive to achieve what he wants with 100% conviction. He is also very ruthless, he once broke a treaty with Termeria for peace after only sixteen days.

Due to his high intelligence, he has been able to quell any plots against him and he also chooses his allies very well. Emhyr var Emreis allied Nilfgaard with the Elder Races (elves, dwarves, and gnomes), which is the complete opposite of the kings in the Northern Kingdoms, as they rule societies which treat non-humans as second class citizens and most, if not all, of the rulers hate the Elder Races purely because they are not human. It used the Elder Races as a distraction for his opponents, and they also supported his main army. Most of those fighting for the emperor were elves. In return for their allegiance the Nilfgaardian emperor gave the elves Dol Blathanna (the Valley of the Flowers in Elder Speech) as an independent state, which was once owned by the elves for a long time until the humans conquered it. Enid an Gleanna, also known as Francesca Findabair, was decreed the queen of the elven state by Emhyr var Emreis.

The Elder Races named Emhyr var Emreis as Deithwen Addan yn Carn aep Morvudd, which means the White Flame Dancing on the Barrows of his Enemies in Elder Speech.

Once again like previous Nilfgaardian rulers, it has huge expansionist policies, which means he wants to increase the territorial expansion of Nilfgaard, making it as large as possible and by conquering all other countries in the known world. Due to this, Nilfgaard has been at war three times with the Northern Kingdoms, twice in the books and the third time right at the end of The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. Nilfgaard has so far been repelled by the Northern Kingdoms over many bloody battles. The fate of the last war is still unknown, however we do know that Nilfgaard has crossed the Yaruga and is marching north. The first two wars are known as the Northern Wars in the Nilfgaardian Empire and the Nilfgaard Wars in the Northern Kingdoms.

In the upcoming Witcher game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Emhyr var Emreis will be voiced by none other than Charles Dance.

*Spoilers for The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings*

Emhyr var Emreis has yet to physically be in a Witcher game, however he has been referred to before. It was revealed that it was the true mastermind behind the assassination of the Northern Kingdom’s Kings, as he offered Letho land where Witchers would be able to live without persecution and from others. Letho agreed to do this, and Emhyr var Emreis knew that this would cause chaos and unrest in the Northern Kingdoms, thus taking his first step towards conquering the Northern Kingdoms.

*Massive spoilers from the books about Emhyr var Emreis! Only read if you must know*

Emhyr var Emreis was cursed at the age of thirteen by a wizard who was hired by a usurper of the Nilfgaardian throne, once Emhyr’s father refused to co-operate with them they decided to curse his son instead. The cursed had turned Emhyr into a beastly looking figure with a humanoid shaped body figure and a face which was spiky and resembled a hedgehog. Geralt of Rivia managed to lift the curse off of him.  Sound familiar yet? Yes, that’s right, Emhyr var Emreis is actually Duny. That also means that Emhyr var Emreis is Ciri’s father. We had been under the impression that Ciri’s parents had died while crossing the Sedna Abyss on a boat, what actually happened was that Pavetta (Ciri’s mother) found out that Emhyr was taking them both to Nilfgaard so she left Ciri behind. Emhyr possible threw Pavetta overboard himself due to his anger. He then left to claim his birthright of Nilfgaard. He has tried to kidnap Ciri multiple times.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Races – Elves

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Elves are one of the three major races in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels, and CD Projekt RED’s games. They are also one of the three Elder Races, along with dwarves and gnomes. Elves first came to the continent on their white ships after dwarves and gnomes wild hunt, but about one thousand years before the humans.

The elves ultimately found themselves at war with the humans, after failing to realise the growing threat of the humans for several hundred years. The elder races lost the war with the humans, and they now live amongst humans as second class citizens. The elder races have to pay a levy to live in a town just because they are not human. One of the main reasons that they lost the war with the humans is that elves live a lot longer than humans, but they are much less fertile, while the humans don’t live anywhere near long as elves, but they reproduce much more, so ultimately humans outnumbered the elves.

Due to being treat poorly by the humans in the Northern Kingdoms, the elves and other non humans formed a guerilla group known as the Scoia’tael. The Scoia’tael are also known as ‘the Squirrels’ because they live like squirrels in the woods. The Scoia’tael  hate humans just as much as humans hate non-humans, and they attempt to kill as many of them as they can. They allied with Nilfgaard against the Northern Kingdoms, and were chiefly used by the Nilgaardian Emperor,  Emhyr var Emreis, as a diversion but also to support his army. In return for siding with Nilfgaard, the elves received  Dol Blathanna (the Valley of the Flowers) as an independent state. Enid an Gleanna, also known as Francesca Findabair, is the queen of their state. Dol Blathanna used to belong to the elves for many years until the humans conquered it and the elves then fled to the mountains. They hoped to wait out the humans, as they thought they were nothing more than a plague which would one day end.

Elves differ from humans in looks slightly, but are generally considered attractive. They have pointed ears and they have small, identical teeth without canines.

Elves are also known as Aen Seidhe, but other groups of elves such as the Aen Elle. The Aen Elle are from a completely different world than the Aen Seidhe, and the capital of their world is  Tir ná Lia and they are ruled by Auberon Muircetach.*Spoilers about the Wild Hunt*  It is revealed that the Wild Hunt is actually the Aen Elle and Auberon Muircetach is the King of the Wild Hunt.

Vgamerz Three Frontrunners For Potentially Winning GOTY

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It’s only March but Vgamerz are already thinking about this years potential game of the year. I know it’s early but that’s because we have an abundance of fantastic looking games coming out this year, from Bloodborne to Battlefield: Hardline and Final Fantasy Type-0, but for Vgamerz there are three frontrunners for this years game of the year.

3. Persona 5

Persona 5 is a role-playing game developed by Atlus. Although not much has been revealed about this game yet, one of the biggest things that get’s me excited about this game is the pedigree that it brings with it. Playing Persona 4 Golden was an absolute pleasure, and it was certainly a memorable experience too. With a fantastic cast of characters and a brilliant story to boot, Persona 4 Golden was arguably the best game Ethan from Vgamerz played last year. Even grinding for experience in the dungeons wasn’t boring. Persona 4 has made us extremely excited for Persona 5. Persona 5 will be set in Shibuya and other locations in Japan. Unlike the previous Persona games, your character will be a criminal.

2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Ah Metal Gear, a series that has stolen many hours of people’s lives. Now however it’s time to close the circle that is Metal Gear Solid, with The Phantom Pain being Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear game, and which also acts as a prequel to the first ever Metal Gear Solid, and it also closes Big Boss’ story. The Phantom Pain is an open world stealth game set in Afghanistan and parts of Africa. Weather and time of day will effect how you can approach missions, for good and bad. A brand new engine has been created for The Phantom Pain, the Fox Engine. The Metal Gear Solid story can be extremely confusing at times, but it is truly brilliant and one of the best video game stories ever. Finishing it will be sad, but it will most definitely be worth it. Also Metal Gear Online will launch alongside The Phantom Pain, which is a 6v6 or 8v8 combat multiplayer game mode, where players will need to work in a team to complete their objective.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is by far the game which has Ethan most excited this year, and arguably ever. It’s another game which will be extremely sad to finish, considering it’s the last in the series, but it’s one that deserves to be finished because the story has always been fantastic. Ciri and Yennefer (two huge characters from the books) makes their debut into the game series, and Geralt returns better than ever, with the addition of ranged weapons and the ability to traverse the large world on horseback. The game is set in a huge open world, and looks absolutely gorgeous. Over 100 hours of gameplay await within the game giving the player plenty of things to do before they have to finish the last game in the series, but not before every ounce has been squeezed from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

These three aforementioned games will all be truly fantastic, and everyone at Vgamerz cannot wait to play any of them. A common theme of all of these games is that they all have pedigree due to previous games in the series, and therefore the creators can use them as inspiration and create the best game from each of the own series.  All of the games, and reasons, are chosen purely based on Ethan’s opinion.

The Witcher Character Profile: Yennefer of Vengerberg

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Yennefer of Vengerberg is a sorceress and the main protagonist Geralt of Rivia’s lover, even though their relationship is somewhat complicated. She act’s as a motherly figure towards Ciri and looks at her as if she was her own daughter. Yennefer, like all sorceresses, is sterile, meaning that she cannot have children although she has attempted many times to find a away to become fertile, but all to no avail. She is also a close friend of Triss Merigold, who also loves Geralt and acts as his canon lover in the previous Witcher games, but not in the books.

While at Nenneke’s (a priestess of Melitele) Temple in Ellander, Yennefer taught Ciri about magic, and although she was very strict at first, she softened and became a patient and very good tutor to Ciri, the child of destiny. She clashed many times with Nenneke, who was worried about Ciri’s well being, although they both left on good terms.

Although very beautiful, Yennefer is actually in her nineties and she has her famed looks because of magical help. Geralt realises that she was once a hunchback, but he still loved her nevertheless. During the Battle of Sodden Hill, Yennefer lost her eyesight as she was blinded by Fringilla Viga, a Nilfgaardian sorceress. Her eyesight was later restored by magic, however Yennefer still bears the emotional scars of that event. Once while at Nenneke’s Temple, Ciri asked her why she was staring at a linden tree, when Yennefer replied, “Nothing. I’m simply feasting my eyes upon it. I’m happy that… I can see it.”

One of the more notable things about Yennefer is her lilac eyes, and she always uses lilac and gooseberry perfumes. She is rarely seen without wearing black and white.

She was king Demavend of Aedirn’s royal advisor, but he is now dead as he was killed by Letho, the kingslayer, in the intro to The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings.

At the end of the books, Geralt was killed for protecting non humans in Rivia after riots broke out, and Yennefer perished while trying to heal him. However, Ciri took them to another world and to Malus Island (known as the Isle of Avallach in the game), where they were both saved. They spent sometime together there, but the Wild Hunt  steals Yennefer away from him. Once Geralt finds the Wild Hunt he exchanges his soul for Yennefer’s. It is generally excepted that the Wild Hunt let Geralt go because he is very good at killing. Another reason could be because they believed he would lead them to Ciri.

Yennefer has yet to be in a Witcher game before, but she makes her debut into the series in the upcoming game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The player will be able to choose Yennefer as a romance option for Geralt. Yennefer was however seen in many flashbacks in The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, and it is revealed at the end of the game that she is most likely still alive and in the city of Nilfgaard.

New Gameplay Trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Unveiled at PAX East 2015

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During Pax East 2015, CD Projekt Red put out a new 7 minute gameplay trailer, for their shiny new game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The gameplay trailer is narrated by senior level-designer Peter Gelenscer giving the viewers a guided tour of No Man’s Land, one of the huge regions on this game.

In the trailer you are shown Geralt traveling through the outside wildlife, eventually being attacked by wolves, followed by Geralt arriving at one of the many villages you will most likely encounter, having a conversation with one of the townsmen which initiates a quest to find the missing Traders that never arrived, to finally fighting a Wyvern, a really big nasty creature that most players will end up dealing with…unless you decide to turn tail and run that is.

The trailer is pretty impressive, showing a few of Geralt’s many spells, his Witcher sense which allows him to see things most people can’t see with the naked eye, and the battle with the creature he has is a treat to see.

Take a look at the trailer below for yourself.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s current release date is May 19th, 2015 set to release to Xbox One, PS4, and the PC. Visit www.thewitcher.com and buy.thewitcher.com for more information about the game and pre-order availability worldwide.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – What Is The Wild Hunt?

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The Wild Hunt is a cavalcade of spectral horseman who terrorize humans and it is said that they are an omen of death and misfortune. The sight of the witcher Wild Hunt is also known as an omen of war. They abduct people and force them to join them on their ride, and only a few of those who have been abducted have managed to escape, however they were all considered mad and their stories considered nothing but the ramblings of madmen. It is said that they abduct more people during winter and war time, and during the last great war they abducted over twenty  people in Novigrad once they had passed through. The abducted can also reappear many years later, without having aged at all, this is because they are from another world and their time flows differently from the human world.

The Elder Races, dwarves and elves, have no mention the Wild Hunt in their culture or history, even though they have been round for much longer than the humans.

The Wild Hunt is lead by the King of the Wild Hunt, Eredin Bréacc Glas, who is actually an Aen Elle, which are elves from another world. In their world, Eredin is a leader of an elven cavalry known as the Dearg Ruadhri, which means Red Horsemen. However in the human world he is known as  the feared King of the Wild Hunt and his spectres are actually elves from his cavalry.

The King of the Wild Hunt imprisoned Ciri in his world where he tried to force Ciri to have a child with Auberon Muircetach, the King of the Aen Elle. This is because Ciri’s ancestor Cregennan of Lod fell in love with Lara Dorren, an elf, which was considered a theft of heritage by the Aen Elle and the humans despised it too. The humans killed Cregennan before his daughter was born and Lara died shortly after giving birth. Their half elf daughter Riannon was adopted by the queen of Redania, Cerro. The Aen Elle wanted Ciri, the descendant of Lara, to have a child with Auberon to reclaim their stolen heritage. However, Eredin accidentally killed Auberon by giving him an overdose of an aphrodisiac which was supposed to increase his chances with having a child with Ciri.

The Wild Hunt in The Witcher (Game Spoilers)

During the Witcher, the Wild Hunt appears many times to Geralt of Rivia. The first time is during the prologue when they’re outside Kaer Morhen. During the assault on Kaer Morhen, young witcher Leo was killed by the Professor, and in chapter one Geralt see’s Leo’s ghost along with the Wild Hunt.

Also in chapter one, you can do the optional quest ‘Dead Hand of the Past’, where Declan Leuvaarden requests that Geralt buries his friend in the crypt beneath Reverand’s church. While burying his friend, the King of the Wild Hunt appears before Geralt, where the King reminds Geralt of past times and Geralt’s destiny.

The Wild Hunt also appear in the mission ‘Hunting the Wild Hunt’. Geralt is asked by the Hermit, a druid, to kill nine spectres of the Wild Hunt and he needs to keep the King of the Wild Hunt at bay by using mandrake sprinkled on the lanterns flame.

Towards the end of the game, leader of the Order of the Flaming Rose Jacques de Aldersberg transports Geralt by magic to his vision in the Ice Plains, where Geralt and the King of the Wild Hunt duel for his soul. Geralt defeats the King of the Wild Hunt.

The Wild Hunt in The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (Game Spoilers)

The Wild Hunt does not appear in the Witcher 2, however they are mentioned in a book where it says that Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt’s lover, had been abducted by them, though she did not stay with them unlike Geralt who was with them for a while.

It also describes what the Wild Hunt is, and the many theories about the Wild Hunt, such as the Wild Hunt being spectres of knights who have died in other worlds, and that they were created by an evil force that sends them to different worlds in search of slaves.

The magicians in the game have differing opinions about the Wild Hunt, with Dethmold believing that they are nothing but a myth, Síle de Tansarville wanting nothing to do with the Wild Hunt and remaining silent whenever asked about them (which surprises Geralt because she is an extremely smart sorceress and he thought she must know something about them), and Philippa Eilhart has her own theory about the origin of the Wild Hunt however we do not find out what this is because it’s mentioned as a ‘shallow theory’ and not worthy of being wrote down.

What To Expect in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 

Throughout the Witcher games, the reason the Wild Hunt has been searching for Geralt is because they are desperately seeking Ciri, and Ciri makes her debut in the Witcher games in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This is why they play a major role in the next game, and why they step up their desperate search for Ciri. They believe Geralt knows where she is, hence them seeking Geralt in order to get to Ciri.

The reason The King of the Wild Hunt wants Ciri so much is because she is a descendant of Lara Dorren, and all descendants of hers are considered special because they contain huge magical power, and they carry elder blood. She also possess the power of the Gate of the Worlds, which enables her to travel through space and time. Because of this, this is why The King of the Wild Hunt, Eredin, wants to capture her and wants her to have a child of one of the Aen Elle, so they can reclaim the power of the Gate of the Worlds which he and Avallac’h once possessed.

The Wild Hunt will continue their search for Ciri during the next game, and they will also come face to face with Geralt, as seen in the Elder Blood trailer.

The Witcher Character Profile: Triss Merigold

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Triss Merigold of Maribor is a sorceress and the main protagonist Geralt of Rivia’s close friend, and lover in The Witcher games. She is also a close friend to Geralt’s main lover through the books, Yennefer of Vengerberg. Triss is in love with Geralt and is very jealous of the relationship which Geralt has with Yennefer, even though the bond they share is very complicated.  Triss took it upon herself to act as a motherly/sisterly figure to Ciri during her time at Kaer Morhen (the witcher stronghold), where she looked after her and helped the others there to treat her as a growing woman, as opposed to a witcher-to-be, because of this Ciri wasn’t subjected to any mutations.

At the beginning of the books it was thought that Triss had died at The Battle of Sodden Hill, where it was thought that fourteen of the twenty-two mages who had been fighting the Nilfgaardian army had died. Hence this was why she was named as the “Fourteenth of the Hill”.

During Blood of Elves, Triss falls ill and Geralt and Ciri help  nurse Triss back to full recovery, but even though Triss is a sorceress she is allergic to magic and therefore she couldn’t administer any of her magical potions to make herself better and had to rely on more conventional means of medicine. Although she is not allergic to magical amulets.

After the Thanedd Coup, which occurred when mages employed by Nilfgaard had planned a surprise attack on the northern mages while at a planned reunion on Thanedd Island, the Brotherhood of Sorcerers disbanded and six weeks later the Lodge of Sorceresses was formed by the mage Philippa Eilhart and Triss Merigold was a founding member. She was also on King Foltest’s royal council.

Triss will be in the upcoming witcher game  – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Triss in The Witcher (Game Spoilers)

Geralt of Rivia is first found in the woods near Kaer Morhen after being thought dead, and Triss is one of the first people who he meets, even though he has no past recollection of her or anyone else due to his amnesia. The Salamandra (a criminal organisation throughout the first game led by Azar Javed) then attack Kaer Morhen and Triss helps fend them off, albeit unsuccessfully as they steal the witchers secrets to their mutagenic substances and Triss is left seriously wounded. Geralt then makes Triss a special potion to help her fully recover, even though in the books Triss is allergic to magic potions and can only use magic amulets to recover herself.

After a battle with the Salamandra leader Azar Javed in the swamp later in the game Triss nurses Geralt back to full health at her home in the city.

Later on during the game Geralt has the option to choose Triss to look after Alvin or whether  to have Shani look after him. If Geralt let’s Shani take care of Alvin then Triss decides that he doesn’t trust her and is very angry at him. However if Geralt allows Alvin to stay with Triss then she takes this as a sign of trust and it only deepens their relationship. Triss hopes that when Geralt finishes dealing with the Salamandra that they can raise Alvin together and have a relationship together.

At the closing stages of the game, Geralt goes to kill Jacques de Aldersberg (the Grand Master of the Order of the Flaming Rose) and Triss offers to help, but she is fooled  by Geralt into leaving while he goes to kill Jacques. When Geralt appears in the visionary ice plains a vision of Triss appears and she helps Geralt go after him.

Triss in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Game Spoilers)

Triss begins the game as Geralt’s lover, and the two are in a relationship and have plans to leave King Foltest’s court once the situation with the La Valette’s is dealt with. However, with the death of King Foltest their plans were scuppered as Geralt was framed for his murder.

In the first chapter Triss can be found in Flotsam staying with the Blue Stripes, a Termerian special forces unit lead by Vernon Roach. Her relationship with Geralt deepens during their time in Flotsam and the two of them spend some time alone in the elven bath’s, where Triss says “I forgot all about Flotsam, the Scoia’tael, the kingslayer, the whole world really…”.

At the end of the first chapter, Triss is kidnapped by the real kingslayer Letho, where he forced her to teleport both of them to Aedirn. She isn’t seen for the rest of the game until she is rescued.

If the player chose Roach’s path, they could have chosen to rescue Anais La Valette or Triss. If they chose to save Triss then they would have had to fight through a Nilfgaardian camp and rescue her from captivity there, where she was being tortured. If they chose to rescue Anais, then Triss would have been saved by Letho, the one who kidnapped her.

If the player chose Iorveth’s path, then they could have chosen to rescue Triss or to help Philippa lift a curse off of Saskia. If they chose to save Triss then they would have fought through the Nilfgaadian camp to rescue her from her captivity. If they chose to help Philippa then Letho would have saved her. Triss is fine rescued no matter what path is chosen.

The Witcher Character Profile: Dandelion

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Dandelion is a world famous bard and is the main protagonist Geralt of Rivia‘s best friend and confidant. They first met at a fête in Gulet when he became a companion to Geralt (who welcomed this as he had been alone for a while) when Dandelion had to leave witcher Gulet as fast as possible – because he ‘knocked up’ a girl under the musician’s podium and she had four sturdy brothers who were threatening to geld, and cover him in pitch and sawdust.

Dandelion is a graduate, and later on, professor of Oxenfurt Academy. He only taught at there for a year and rarely visits Oxenfurt, although he still does from time to time to give guest lectures, because he is off travelling the Northern Kingdoms as a minstrel and garners a world famous reputation for doing so in the years to come. He also get’s caught up in many of Geralt’s adventures, and he also acquires his favourite lute on these adventures. During the short story, ‘The Edge of the World’, Dandelion and Geralt are captured by a group of elves and one of them, Toruviel, breaks Dandelion’s lute, much to his dismay. Awaiting his death, Dandelion faints. While he is out the Queen of the Fields appears and communicates with the elves telepathically and tells the elves to not kill them. Dandelion receives a few slaps to wake him up but no other harm befouls him that day. As the elves are leaving Toruviel gives Dandelion a new lute, which becomes his favourite one.

He possess an incredible ability to always find himself in trouble. Of course most of the trouble he get’s himself into is self inflicted, and normally involves a woman. His profession goes hand in hand with his favourite pastime, womanising. Being a bard get’s him in a lot of positions to seduce women, and he never misses the opportunity. When in Flotsam in The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings, he was about to be hanged for debauchery (excessive indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs) and burning down a building until Geralt saved him.

One of his best traits as a human is that he harbours no ill will towards elves or dwarves, and that’s a very rare trait throughout the Northern Kingdoms, with non humans and humans at each others throats for many years. Some of his best friends are non human, including Zoltan Chivay.

He is known for many ballads, but his most famous by far is The Lion Cub of Cintra. This is about Ciri and the events that transpired during the Slaughter of Cintra. This too got him in to trouble, as he was attacked by someone attempting to get information out of him about Ciri, until Yennefer stepped in and saved him. He uses Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri and other people he knows and the adventures he’s been on as inspiration for the songs he writes.

Dandelion in The Witcher (Spoilers)

Dandelion does not appear into the first game until the second chapter, at a party which Shani throws to celebrate his arrival into town. This is the first time he’s seen Geralt since he ‘died’, and Geralt doesn’t remember him due to his amnesia, but Dandelion recalls some of Geralt’s past for him.

Dandelion asks Geralt to recover his lute which he left in one of his young, female music student’s bedroom. Oh Dandelion. He can’t go and get it himself as the girls father is there too, and he isn’t very happy. Dandelion needs his lute as he is performing a concert later that evening, and won’t be able to without his lute. He also accompanies him on various missions throughout the game.

 Dandelion in The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (Spoilers)

Dandelion is the narrator and retells the story between chapters. All of the journal entries are written by Dandelion, from his point of view. Dandelion makes his appearance into The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings in the first chapter. He is about to be hanged for debauchery in Flotsam town square. Upon being saved by Geralt, it is revealed that Dandelion has been working for Roach and the Temerian Intelligence Service as a spy.

During the end of the first chapter, Geralt has to make a choice which will impact on Dandelion’s story. If Geralt chooses Roach’s path, Dandelion would end up in King Henselt’s military camp, where he aims to help Geralt as he doesn’t understand politics. Dandelion ultimately get’s in trouble as he creates an anti Henselt pamphlet, which smears the king. Due to these circumstances he leaves King Henselt’s military camp and fails to reach Loc Muinne in time, meaning this is the end of his story. He continues to recount the stories in the journal through the things that he’s heard from others.

If Geralt chooses Iorveth’s path, then Dadelion ends up in dwarven town of Vergen. He also helps Geralt with a problem with a succubus. The succubus is a demon who takes the form of a gorgeous woman, with the intentions of seducing men and feed off of their energy to sustain themselves. Dandelion had to sing a ballad in the burned village for the succubus to open it’s lair for him, where Geralt would then enter instead of Dandelion. When Geralt and Iorveth left for Loc Muinne, Dandelion chose to stay a bit longer in Vergen to write more ballads after gaining a lot more new material. He relays the rest of the story from things that he has heard from other people.