History YMMV / TheWitcher

23rd Nov '17 5:05:44 AM crazyrabbits
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* FridgeBrilliance: Thaler's real name is Bernard Ducat. Ducat is the name of valuable medieval gold coin while thaler is a common silver coin. [[MeaningfulName Very fitting]], given that [[spoiler:Thaler is a high-ranking official (Foltest's spymaster) posing as a lowly commoner]].
** One of the antiquaries in Vizima is selling a book called "Fairytales and stories", that was seemingly written by a person who lived some 200 years after the events of the game. While it could merely be a minor fourth wall -breaking MythologyGag, let's keep in mind that this a fantasy world where exceptionally powerful sorcerers can travel through space and ''time''.
* GameBreaker:
** The Igni Sign -- boost it as much as you can, as soon as you can, and you'll be able to waltz through the second half of the game without bothering to even ''unsheathe your sword'': enemies (bosses included) will drop dead like flies.
** The Aard as well, especially early on. Most humanoid enemies and dogs (including the first act boss) can be knocked over and one-shot-killed with just the basic version.

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* FridgeBrilliance: Thaler's real name is Bernard Ducat. Ducat is the name of valuable medieval gold coin while thaler is a common silver coin. [[MeaningfulName Very fitting]], given that [[spoiler:Thaler is a high-ranking official (Foltest's spymaster) posing as a lowly commoner]].
** One of the antiquaries in Vizima is selling a book called "Fairytales and stories", that was seemingly written by a person who lived some 200 years after the events of the game. While it could merely be a minor fourth wall -breaking MythologyGag, let's keep in mind that this a fantasy world where exceptionally powerful sorcerers can travel through space and ''time''.
* GameBreaker:
** The Igni Sign -- boost it as much as you can, as soon as you can, and you'll be able to waltz through the second half of the game without bothering to even ''unsheathe your sword'': enemies (bosses included) will drop dead like flies.
** The Aard as well, especially early on. Most humanoid enemies and dogs (including the first act boss) can be knocked over and one-shot-killed with just the basic version.
GameBreaker: [[GameBreaker/TheWitcher Has its own page]].
16th Sep '17 2:09:32 AM SoberIrishman
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** The combat system is a bizarre mixture of classic CRPG combat and a rhythm game, in contrast to the more straightforward action RPG combat of the two sequels.
15th Aug '17 10:27:39 AM Forenperser
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** Scoia'tael. Militant racist fanatics whose open goal is total genocide of humans? Check. Killing non-humans who believe in possibility of peaceful coexistence? Check. Unwitting pawns of TheEmpire, which exploit them as disposable mooks, then sell them off as war criminals when it comes to the peace negotiations? Check. Oh, but how can oppressed freedom fighters possibly be evil? Scoia'tael are written as a deconstruction of the AlwaysChaoticEvil trope, and they make a good example of why this trope is necessary - because when you give your evil mooks [[FacelessGoons faces]] and realistic motivations, some readers just won't be able to see what's so evil about them.
** Nilfgaard Empire. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis By Other Name]] with a dash of [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Mongol Invasion]]. Oppressive totalitarian state where saying the wrong thing gets your head cut off. Slavery. Their armies sadistically slaughter civilians as the [[JustFollowingOrders statutory]] war tactic and burn everything to the ground as the long-term economic strategy. All this under the pretense of [[WhiteMansBurden bringing culture]] to the conquered lands. Surprisingly, part of the audience goes along with this in-universe propaganda, whitewashing Nilfgaard as the beacon of justice and {{Realpolitik}} in this CrapsackWorld.

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** Scoia'tael. Militant racist fanatics whose open goal is total genocide of humans? Check. Killing non-humans who believe in possibility of peaceful coexistence? Check. Unwitting pawns of TheEmpire, which exploit them as disposable mooks, then sell them off as war criminals when it comes to the peace negotiations? Check. Oh, but how can oppressed freedom fighters possibly be evil? Scoia'tael are written as a deconstruction of the AlwaysChaoticEvil trope, and they make a good example of why this trope is necessary - because when you give your evil mooks [[FacelessGoons faces]] and realistic motivations, some readers just won't be able to see what's so evil about them.
** Nilfgaard Empire. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis By Other Name]] with a dash of [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Mongol Invasion]]. Oppressive totalitarian state where saying the wrong thing gets your head cut off. Slavery. Their armies sadistically slaughter civilians as the [[JustFollowingOrders statutory]] war tactic and burn everything to the ground as the long-term economic strategy. They even manipulate the Scoia'tael into fighting with them, promising them freedom and equal rights, only to sell them out as scapegoats the second they cease being useful. All this under the pretense of [[WhiteMansBurden bringing culture]] to the conquered lands. Surprisingly, part of the audience goes along with this in-universe propaganda, whitewashing Nilfgaard as the beacon of justice and {{Realpolitik}} in this CrapsackWorld.
13th Aug '17 2:56:32 AM CaptainMar-Vell92
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* FandomRivalry:With fans of TheElricSaga due to both them and Michael Moorcock, the author, believing that Geralt of Rivia is a rip-off of Elric. Geralt shares numerous similarities with Elric and was inspired by him (They are both pale, white-haired swordsmen-sorcerors who are known as "The White Wolf" and use a lot of potions), they are in the end different characters, chiefly in that Geralt remains a "witcher", a marginal and liminal figure who moves between classes and is not really a chosen one figure, while Elric is an Emperor who has fallen on hard times and destined to bring about an apocalyptic prophecy.
7th Aug '17 8:06:36 PM shatterstar
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* StuckInTheirShadow: Codhringer does all the dealing with people, as Fenn cannot leave their office and generally prefers to stay in the back. As a result of that, it's speculated Codhringer made up Fenn for tax evasion purposes.
31st Jul '17 2:54:23 PM cricri3007
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* GoddamnBats: Drowners. They're encountered ''everywhere'' during chapter 2 and 3, but they were only a threat in the Outskirts.

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* GoddamnBats: Drowners. They're encountered ''everywhere'' during chapter 2 and 3, the game, but they were only a threat in the Outskirts.Outskirts in the first chapter.



* ThatOneBoss: The Beast, while it can, if you're lucky, [[AntiClimaxBoss be knocked to the ground with Aard and executed in one blow]], it can stuns you for quite a long time while the barghest he summons and it eat through your lifebar, not to mention the fire effects can and ''will'' slow your computer to a crawl ([[TechnologyMarchesOn though the last one isn't really an issue anyùmore]]).

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* ThatOneBoss: The Beast, while it can, if you're lucky, [[AntiClimaxBoss be knocked to the ground with Aard and executed in one blow]], it can stuns you for quite a long time while the barghest he summons and it eat through your lifebar, not to mention the fire effects can and ''will'' slow your computer to a crawl ([[TechnologyMarchesOn though the last one isn't really an issue anyùmore]]).anymore]]).
30th Jul '17 11:40:03 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: Despite being based on a fantasy series virtually unknown outside of Poland, made by unproven developers, and initially having a shoestring-budget localization job, the first game turned out to be a SleeperHit thanks to positive reviews and good word-of-mouth from gamers, paving the way for the [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings rest of]] [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt the game series]].
27th Jul '17 10:47:07 AM cricri3007
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* GoddamnBats: Drowners. They're encountered ''everywhere'' during chapter 2 and 3, but they were only a threat in the Outskirts.



* ThatOneBoss: The Beast, not because it's difficult ([[AntiClimaxBoss quite the contrary]]), but because the fire effects can and ''will'' slow your computer to a crawl.

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* ThatOneBoss: The Beast, not because it's difficult ([[AntiClimaxBoss while it can, if you're lucky, [[AntiClimaxBoss be knocked to the ground with Aard and executed in one blow]], it can stuns you for quite a long time while the contrary]]), but because barghest he summons and it eat through your lifebar, not to mention the fire effects can and ''will'' slow your computer to a crawl.crawl ([[TechnologyMarchesOn though the last one isn't really an issue anyùmore]]).
24th Jul '17 11:49:30 AM cricri3007
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* ThatOneBoss: The Beast, not because it's difficult ([[AntiClimaxBoss quite the contrary]]), but because the fire effects can and ''will'' slow your computer to a crawl.
24th Jul '17 10:08:41 AM CynicalBastardo
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* HoYay: While both of them are strictly hetero, Geralt and Dandelion seem to be a little bit to close to each other for being just buddies. At one point, Geralt finds himself unable to kill a doppelganger who took his friend's form, because the sole thought of doing it fills him with disgust. He wouldn't have any problems killing the monster when it took his own form, but Dandelion is in a whole different league.

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* HoYay: While both of them are strictly hetero, Geralt and Dandelion seem to be a little bit to close to each other for being just buddies. At one point, Geralt finds himself unable to kill a doppelganger who took his friend's form, because the sole thought of doing it fills him with disgust. He wouldn't have any problems killing the monster when it took his own form, but Dandelion is in a whole different league. At one point in the short stories, [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed they even have to share a bed at an inn]].
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