The Witcher 3 Catch-All

Blood & Wine's plot didn't grip me all that much, but I loved exploring the region and building up my estate. The main city was just as much fun to explore as Novigrad, and the tweaks to leveling and abilities were appreciated. In contrast, Heart of Stone didn't do anything new with the setting, but it had the twisted, dark fairy tale stuff that I love about this series. And as a bonus, Shani from The Witcher 1 returned!

It wasn't just the accents in Blood and Wine that bugged me (they're apparently Belgian?), it was that everyone was an outrageous French stereotype like they stumbled into the game from an English sketch comedy show.

That said, the region in the DLC is beautiful and colorful. It's a welcome break from the brown castle/grey castle/other brown castle environments that Western RPGs love so much.

I loved Blood & Wine. Toussaint was very corny and did feel like a vacation. Reminded me of when I went to Switzerland as a young teenager. The accents were ridiculous and meant to evoke so they worked great for me. The main highlights were anything involving Regis and the very final moment. Totally get why other's didn't but for me it came out just as I had time off work with my first child being born. In between caring for my wife and newborn, I was playing Blood & Wine.

I've replayed W3 as a result of the series but never had the DLC before. I played through the main game and cleared most of the quests then went into Hearts of Stone.
It was OK, "more of the same" I guess but it did go on a bit. Not that I was unhappy with the time taken more that it became quests within quests and it was not easy to see how the end was going to play out.

Then went into Blood and Wine and I think it is great. There is a decent amount of new land, grandmaster armour (I'm not really a completionist but really wanted the best gear even so close to the end) and an actual estate for Geralt which is great. The quests are also pretty good based more around knights and maidens (ish) so I'm back taking my time and enjoying the game, despite having over 140 hours on this playthorugh currently.

So if you only fancy one of them go for Blood and Wine, but you can normally find them both for £8 somewhere.

I loved both Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.

About Heart of Stone... Yeah, sure Shiani was back, but my Geralt was in a committed relationship with Yen, and yet the game NEVER gave me the option to turn down Shiani... They ended up making out, and that was just... bleh.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

It wasn't just the accents in Blood and Wine that bugged me (they're apparently Belgian?), it was that everyone was an outrageous French stereotype like they stumbled into the game from an English sketch comedy show.

Yeah, no, they sure weren't Blegian either.

Archangel wrote:
Eleima wrote:

I strongly disliked Blood and Wine

What? No, it's The Witcher! It's awesome by definition!

Eleima wrote:

the strong faux French French accents were extremely offputting

Well, I could maybe understa--

ELEIMA

Yeah, okay, you definitely outrank me on that one.

Stop, I'm blushing!

I always looked at it as evocative of vaguely French/Swiss accents. Like Toussaint is the perfect country-side resort. There’s a fairy-tale level! Kind of like the whole area is a silly parody of what the real words thinks of Western Europe.

Oh, it's a parody, alright...

I need to get back to Witcher 3 and it's proclaimed (of which I have no doubt) quality add-on content. That said, hearing about the Shani thing has me irritated over the lack of player agency.