It's okay... That's your kind of taste. But you can't deny that a lot of people - professionnels too - are blown away by it. Maybe, you should progress...
Those "professionnels", as you say, gave ME3 a 9.5/10. If that was their only transgression.
While I am not OP, I can state quite plainly. Witcher 3, in many regards, slaps hardcore fans of the previous games and the books in the face.
There is no arguing that Witcher 3 is a great game, and CDPR, while having their issues, one of them revealing that when it comes to lying, they can do it with the best of them (downgrade controversy) is one of the best devs out there. However, certain lack of attention to detail, lack of consequence and an utter disregard the root material (books) is treated with at points, makes my blood boil.
The way characters from Witcher 2 are handled, many not even appearing, is one thing. The other is how the characters from the books are handled... and they are, not to mention names, washed out of their depth so hard, almost the only thing left is their names.
Adding to that, the fact that the game is laughably easy due to the alchemy self-refill... Well, I will be hard pressed to not say that I feel certain things were changed to fit the "Call of Duty" crowd.
That is however, my speculation... Which seems to hold true.
Witcher 3 needed more time. I can almost feel how hard was the endgame rushed. How details were overlooked in the heat of the crunch and incoming release date.
I, however, wasn't there. Guess we will never truly know, but from what I've seen... I cannot find another explanation for it.
It is quite possible Witcher 3 needed another year. Or year and a half.
Frankly, I've been with Witcher games from the very get go, and WItcher 3 felt like a disappointment. Still feels like it. Curse of number 3 strikes again, I guess. But that is me. Too many people bought this game for my opinion to matter, even if I had a crowd behind me.
Hopefully, we won't see CDPR falling further from their "Making money to make games" attitude, if they were already not engulfed by "Making games to make money".
But that is enough me talking, I shouldn't speak of this, really. Only makes flamewars go higher.
I myself have read The Last Wish.
Yes, I have enjoyed it. It was very interesting & a clever re-imagining of folktales. But.
Here is my theory about why CD Red tried to make their games far from the book plot. Michael Moorcock
- A well known and respected author of The Eternal Champion Series.
The champion (main character of the series), is a immortal entity which can travel to any part of the Multiverse. Its sole purpose is to uphold the Cosmic Balance.
Be it the Law – Justice, good, and freedom.
Or Chaos – Everything opposite of Law.
Every character from these series is an incarnation of himself from an another life. Sometimes even their future self's. These champions don't know that they will fight for the balance.
I don't wish to spoil anything about the plot but I'll just tell you about one of these incarnations. Elric of Melniboné
Description in the 1972's
novel Elric of Melniboné: It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the loose sleeves of his yellow gown emerge two slender hands, also the colour of bone.
He is a emperor of a civilization of Melnibone. (In the prequal novels that explain his history)
He was introduced as a mercenary. Hired-Killer. Slayer of Monsters.
He is weak. Physically. Thus he must consume drugs made out of unique herbs to sustain himself. In addition of sustaining his life, they also make him in-humanly strong. Sometimes after a wrong mixture of herbs, or overdose, he can enter a berserk trans in which he will kill anything he sees. Thus he tends to stay away from those who are dear to him.
In addition to his abilities in alchemy. He is also a sorcerer. And a master sword fighter.
He is an albino and is nicknamed “The White Wolf”.
I will stop my description here.
Did CD Red know this? And tried to change everything.
Did Sapkowski plagiarized the character? Or was it just a coincidence?
For me, its still plagiarism. Even if the plot of the games, defers from the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. The character is the same.
It would be best, if they (CD RED & Andrzej Sapkowski
) would at least admit that Elric & Geralt are the same characters.
Don't get me wrong. The Witcher is still excellent, be it because it has the same character, or be it because the story is interesting. I still like the novels. I still love and enjoy playing the games.
And I agree that it was a shame that they didn't include a major amount of characters from the previous installments.
Witcher 1 & 2 had save import. Thus the items (Swords & Armor) could be brought into Witcher 2.
But Witcher 3 had the same "save import" which.........drum roll........ didn't have any effect.