History Videogame / TheWitcher

28th Nov '17 7:30:10 AM IAmNewBillTell
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* BatmanGambit: Geralt orchestrates a hilarious one in the first game. He uses Triss's jealousy and anger to ensure his escape [[spoiler:when confronted by Princess Adda: he asks for a kiss as a [[LastRequest last wish]] and the sorceress teleports him on the double.]]

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* BatmanGambit: Geralt orchestrates a hilarious one in at the first game.end of chapter 3. He uses Triss's jealousy and anger to ensure his escape [[spoiler:when confronted by Princess Adda: he asks for a kiss as a [[LastRequest last wish]] and the sorceress teleports him on the double.]]



* BettyAndVeronica: Shani (a pretty, sweet healer) and Triss (a sexy, scheming sorceress). [[spoiler:[[RoadCone In the sequel, Triss is the canonical choice.]]]]

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* BettyAndVeronica: Shani (a pretty, sweet healer) and Triss (a sexy, scheming sorceress). [[spoiler:[[RoadCone [[spoiler:[[CuttingOffTheBranches In the sequel, Triss is the canonical choice.]]]]



* BrokenBridge: Typically for a story-driven RPG, there are lots of straightforward examples. An subversiom stands out, however - there is a literal broken bridge in Murky Waters. An NPC is busy repairing it, there is a quest to help him, but he won't finish it nor make any measurable progress before you leave the village in the other direction. When Geralt asks the builder what's on the other side he says it's nothing but fields and meadows. Even if the bridge was fixed there would be nothing of interest on the other side.

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* BrokenBridge: Typically for a story-driven RPG, there are lots of straightforward examples. An subversiom A subversion stands out, however - there is a literal broken bridge in Murky Waters. An NPC is busy repairing it, there is a quest to help him, but he won't finish it nor make any measurable progress before you leave the village in the other direction. When Geralt asks the builder what's on the other side he says it's nothing but fields and meadows. Even if the bridge was fixed there would be nothing of interest on the other side.



* ContinuityNod: The opening cutscene reenacts Geralt's first monster battle in ''Literature/TheLastWish''.
** The inkeeper in Act IV will tel you an abridged version of the story of Ciri.

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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
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The opening cutscene reenacts Geralt's first monster battle in ''Literature/TheLastWish''.
** The inkeeper in Act IV 4 will tel you an abridged version of the story of Ciri.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early in the game, [[spoiler:Vincent]] makes a cryptic comment [[spoiler:about the moon. Later in the game, it turns out he is a werewolf]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Early in the game, [[spoiler:Vincent]] makes a cryptic comment [[spoiler:about the moon. Later in the game, it turns out he is a werewolf]].



* HotterAndSexier: While the books made it clear that Geralt ReallyGetsAround, the games are somewhat infamous for their level of sexual content. The first video game adaptation has an almost absurd number of {{Optional Sexual Encounter}}s. The sequel significantly cuts down on the number of encounters, but counteracts that with some very explicit cutscenes.

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* HotterAndSexier: While the books made it clear that Geralt ReallyGetsAround, the games are somewhat infamous for their level of sexual content. The first video This game adaptation in particular has an almost absurd number of {{Optional Sexual Encounter}}s. The sequel significantly cuts down on the number of encounters, but counteracts that with some very explicit cutscenes.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Kalkstein mentions he has a theory that is effectively the basic concept of atoms; Geralt tells him to tell him about it later in a manner indicating disinterest, and the general consensus by [=NPCs=] is that Kalkstein is crazy.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: ItWillNeverCatchOn:
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Kalkstein mentions he has a theory that is effectively the basic concept of atoms; Geralt tells him to tell him about it later in a manner indicating disinterest, and the general consensus by [=NPCs=] is that Kalkstein is crazy.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: In the first game, [[spoiler:Princess Adda. She's not of MagnificentBastard quality, but she plays a sweet idiot all the time while scheming a fairly big coup.]]

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: In the first game, [[spoiler:Princess Adda. Adda.]] She's not of MagnificentBastard quality, but she plays a sweet idiot all the time while scheming a fairly big coup.]]



* ScareChord: The music that plays in the fields in Chapter IV has one. Oddly enough, it's just part of the track, rather than tied to a specific event.

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* ScareChord: The music that plays in the fields in Chapter IV 4 has one. Oddly enough, it's just part of the track, rather than tied to a specific event.



* ShamingTheMob:
** If Geralt sides with Abigail during the first chapter, he'll deliver an epic one to the villagers who are getting ready to BurnTheWitch. The irony being that, [[spoiler:Abigail ''is'' a cultist of an extremely nasty old god, and she ''is'' guilty of some of the villager's accusations.]]

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* ShamingTheMob:
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ShamingTheMob: If Geralt sides with Abigail during the first chapter, he'll deliver an epic one to the villagers who are getting ready to BurnTheWitch. The irony being that, [[spoiler:Abigail ''is'' a cultist of an extremely nasty old god, and she ''is'' guilty of some of the villager's accusations.]]



** In the dialogue right before the boss fight in Chapter I, one of dialogue options is "[[Film/SuddenImpact Go ahead, make my day.]]"

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** In the dialogue right before the boss fight in Chapter I, 1, one of dialogue options is "[[Film/SuddenImpact Go ahead, make my day.]]"



* TakeAThirdOption: A number of opportunities throughout

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* TakeAThirdOption: A number of opportunities throughoutthroughout the game:



* TakeThat: A really mean one to Andrew Golota (curiously absent from the Polish version, though, where he's named "Hugo Berronta").
** And the grail expert shows some contempt for Creator/DanBrown.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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A really mean one to Andrew Golota (curiously absent from the Polish version, though, where he's named "Hugo Berronta").
** And the grail The hermit claiming to be an expert on the HolyGrail shows some contempt for Creator/DanBrown.



** Chapter IV could be described like "Franchise/CthulhuMythos meets [[KingArthur Arthurian Legend]] meets [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Polish literature classics]]".

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** Chapter IV 4 could be described like "Franchise/CthulhuMythos meets [[KingArthur Arthurian Legend]] meets [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Polish literature classics]]".
18th Sep '17 3:37:30 AM Xfing
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*** At the beginning of the Epilogue, Radovid and Foltest are discussing their course of action. Radovid says he'll provide "brotherly help" to Foltest's forces, which Foltest rapidly and quite angrily dismisses, saying that the term "brotherly help" somehow doesn't sit well with him. In real life this term was routinely used by the Soviets in regards to their Eastern Bloc subordinate states, often leaving Poles embittered and echoing it ironically, due to the Soviet's "help" being everything but.

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*** At the beginning of the Epilogue, Radovid and Foltest are discussing their course of action. Radovid says he'll provide "brotherly help" "fraternal assistance" to Foltest's forces, which Foltest rapidly and quite angrily dismisses, saying that the term "brotherly help" "fraternal assistance" somehow doesn't sit well with him. rubs him the wrong way. In real life this term was routinely used by the Soviets in regards to their Eastern Bloc subordinate states, often leaving while the nature of the "assistance" was suspiciously akin to "we send them our coal, and in return they take our sugar". No wonder most Poles embittered and echoing it ironically, due to were rubbed the Soviet's "help" being everything but.wrong way by the term.
18th Sep '17 3:32:40 AM Xfing
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*** At the beginning of the Epilogue, Radovid and Foltest are discussing their course of action. Radovid says he'll provide "brotherly help" to Foltest's forces, which Foltest rapidly and quite angrily dismisses, saying that the term "brotherly help" somehow doesn't sit well with him. In real life this term was routinely used by the Soviets in regards to their Eastern Bloc subordinate states, often leaving Poles embittered and echoing it ironically, due to the Soviet's "help" being everything but.
18th Sep '17 2:34:43 AM Xfing
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** Thaler's name is an example of the trope in the French translation. It is a MeaningfulName, he is a fence having [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaler the name of an old European money]]. In the French translation, he is named Talar, which doesn't mean anything. It is especially strange, as the word "thaler" exists in French too.

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** Thaler's name is an example of the trope in the French translation. It is a MeaningfulName, he is a fence having [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaler the name of an old European money]]. In the French translation, he is named Talar, which doesn't mean anything.is the Polish word for it. It is especially strange, as the word "thaler" exists in French too.
2nd Aug '17 5:51:23 AM cricri3007
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* BadassBookworm: A villainous example with the Professor, though we never see much of his Professor-ness.
** In the original he is called Magister and is prone to SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.

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* BadassBookworm: BadassBookworm:
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A villainous example with the Professor, though we never see much of his Professor-ness.
** *** In the original he is called Magister and is prone to SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
** Geralt will inevitably be this as the game goes on, as the only way to learn new monsters entries is to read book about them.
31st Jul '17 2:55:51 PM cricri3007
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* AllSwordsAreTheSame: Averted. Silver and Steel swords both have different skill paths on the character development tree, as the fighting styles, while not represented in gameplay animations, are apparently different for the two types of swords.

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* AllSwordsAreTheSame: Averted. Silver and Steel swords both have different skill paths on the character development tree, as the fighting styles, while not represented in gameplay animations, styles are apparently different for the two types of swords.
28th Jul '17 1:33:36 PM cricri3007
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* NiceDayDeadlyNight: ''The Witcher'' has a day-night cycle, and while some monsters roam out in the open during the day, the vast majority come out at night. This is especially noticeable in the first act, which takes place in and around a small village surrounded by woods, but happens even in Vyzima, a capital city, later on.

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* NiceDayDeadlyNight: ''The Witcher'' has a day-night cycle, and while some monsters roam out in the open during the day, day (and they become ''worse'' at night), the vast majority come out at night. This is especially noticeable in the first act, which takes place in and around a small village surrounded by woods, but happens even in Vyzima, a capital city, later on.
16th Jul '17 5:24:16 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* FixFic: The game series effectively serves as an officially licensed one by undoing the GainaxEnding of the saga and bringing Geralt BackFromTheDead.
29th Jun '17 2:17:55 PM xcountryguy
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* BookEnds: The opening cinematic is a retelling of one of the first short stories in the franchise. [[spoiler: One of the quests in Chapter 5 is the closest you can get to actually playing through it]].

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* BookEnds: The opening cinematic is a retelling of one of the first short stories in the franchise. [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:One of the quests in Chapter 5 is the closest you can get to actually playing through it]].



* ChivalrousPervert: Geralt treats his ''many'' prospective flings in a gentlemanly way. There are exceptions though, [[spoiler: You ''can'' sleep with Abigail, and then leave her to burn at the stake, or betray a brothel run by female vampires after making love to them.]]

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* ChivalrousPervert: Geralt treats his ''many'' prospective flings in a gentlemanly way. There are exceptions though, [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:You ''can'' sleep with Abigail, and then leave her to burn at the stake, or betray a brothel run by female vampires after making love to them.]]



* GeniusBruiser: Azar Javed. The villain who spends the whole game using magic fights [[spoiler: his final battle by DualWielding giant flaming maces.]]

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* GeniusBruiser: Azar Javed. The villain who spends the whole game using magic fights [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his final battle by DualWielding giant flaming maces.]]



* IronicEcho: At the end of Chapter 3 from the Professor: [[spoiler: "Witchers ''can'' parry bolts in flight."]]

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* IronicEcho: At the end of Chapter 3 from the Professor: [[spoiler: "Witchers [[spoiler:"Witchers ''can'' parry bolts in flight."]]



* LovecraftLite: In one quest, Geralt can fight and kill [[spoiler: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Dagon. Yes, THAT Dagon.]]]]

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* LovecraftLite: In one quest, Geralt can fight and kill [[spoiler: [[Creator/HPLovecraft [[spoiler:[[Creator/HPLovecraft Dagon. Yes, THAT Dagon.]]]]



** The entirety of [[spoiler: the story]], by rescuing Alvin at the beginning, putting him under the parentage of either Triss or Shani, acting as a father figure, and sharing various bits of wisdom, Geralt shapes the personality of what will eventually become the BigBad once a StableTimeLoop occurs.

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** The entirety of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the story]], by rescuing Alvin at the beginning, putting him under the parentage of either Triss or Shani, acting as a father figure, and sharing various bits of wisdom, Geralt shapes the personality of what will eventually become the BigBad once a StableTimeLoop occurs.



** If Geralt sides with Abigail during the first chapter, he'll deliver an epic one to the villagers who are getting ready to BurnTheWitch. The irony being that, [[spoiler: Abigail ''is'' a cultist of an extremely nasty old god, and she ''is'' guilty of some of the villager's accusations.]]

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** If Geralt sides with Abigail during the first chapter, he'll deliver an epic one to the villagers who are getting ready to BurnTheWitch. The irony being that, [[spoiler: Abigail [[spoiler:Abigail ''is'' a cultist of an extremely nasty old god, and she ''is'' guilty of some of the villager's accusations.]]



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Alvin is a powerful Source who carries the Elder Blood who randomly uttered the Prophecy of Ithlinne, who is a catalyst for Geralt's growth as a person, who has a magical "accident" during his training with Triss involving a destroyed shed, and is sort-of raised by Geralt and (canonically) a sorceress....making him Ciri from the novel series, except somehow all this development is shoved into a few months or so (maybe) instead of close to seven years as it was in the novels. [[spoiler: He even ends up time-traveling and is wanted by the Wild Hunt like Ciri is.]].

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Alvin is a powerful Source who carries the Elder Blood who randomly uttered the Prophecy of Ithlinne, who is a catalyst for Geralt's growth as a person, who has a magical "accident" during his training with Triss involving a destroyed shed, and is sort-of raised by Geralt and (canonically) a sorceress....making him Ciri from the novel series, except somehow all this development is shoved into a few months or so (maybe) instead of close to seven years as it was in the novels. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He even ends up time-traveling and is wanted by the Wild Hunt like Ciri is.]].



** The boss of Chapter 4 is [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Dagon]], a PhysicalGod straight out of the CthulhuMythos.]] The Bestiary entry for which begins with ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft That is not dead which can eternal lie; and with strange aeons, even death may die.]]''

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** The boss of Chapter 4 is [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Dagon]], a PhysicalGod straight out of the CthulhuMythos.]] The Bestiary entry for which begins with ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft That is not dead which can eternal lie; and with strange aeons, even death may die.]]''



** [[spoiler: That's left deliberately inconclusive, and Jacques stands as example enough without the connection to Alvin. You get a lot of clues though, such as Jacques's HannibalLecture using some of the expressions you used when talking with Alvin earlier.]]

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** [[spoiler: That's [[spoiler:That's left deliberately inconclusive, and Jacques stands as example enough without the connection to Alvin. You get a lot of clues though, such as Jacques's HannibalLecture using some of the expressions you used when talking with Alvin earlier.]]
10th Jun '17 5:33:16 AM Ghingahn
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** However, it is restored in the sequel, as his memory was lost when meeting the Wild Hunt. A second meeting may have allowed for it to come back.

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** However, it is restored in the sequel, as his memory was lost when [[spoiler:when meeting the Wild Hunt.Hunt]]. A second meeting may have allowed for it to come back.
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