It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post but I finally finished the first Witcher 3 expansion (still didn’t beat the main game tho) and wanted to use this opportunity to write something about one of my favorite games of all time.
In Hearts of Stone, you join Geralt on a new and fresh adventure, fighting enemies that came from a distant land yet unknown to the Witcher trilogy, enduring challenges given from the immortal Olgierd von Everec and playing mind games with one of the most powerful foes he ever faced, Gaunter O’Dimm the Master of Mirrors.
The story is superb and I won’t write anything else in order to keep this article spoiler free, but I must mention that I’ve enjoyed the story of Hearts of Stone more than in Witcher 1 and 2, bringing some old fairy tales and Slavic traditions to the ruthless Wither universe.
“All who have learned my true name are now either dead or have met an even worse fate.”
— Gaunter O’Dimm
Unfortunately, this expansion lacks a new zone instead, it is set in lands near Novigrad and Oxenfurt and although this is a minor gripe but I need to express my frustration with the bosses in the expansion, they are very interesting characters and have great design, but they are a huge difficulty spike from the rest of the game and aren’t enjoyable as the rest of the bosses in the main game. Mainly because they are made to be incredibly powerful and punish slightest mistakes style, similar to Dark Souls.
For example, the first boss was immune to bombs, signs and once you get near the boss in order to hit him, he jumps and knocks you back dealing tons of damage. It is easy to kill him, just be patient, slowly circle him, stab 2-3 times and run away, repeat. That doesn’t sound hard right? And it isn’t, but it will take you about 30 minutes to defeat him, one mistake and repeat everything over again. After tens of tries, I just switched the difficulty to the easiest and defeated the boss instead of wasting hours running in circles. This is a pity since it ruined a part of the experience.
Geralt really loves keeping his arms crossed
If you are looking for an another adventure with Geralt and would like a good story then this is what you are looking for 🙂
I would also recommend buying the physical edition of the expansion since you will also get 2 Gwent decks (Monsters and Scoia’tael) so you can play a real life card game with your friends.
The second expansion named Blood and Wine has been pushed back and there is no release date, however we know a little bit more details about the expansion and one of the things that I’m looking forward is the new colorful zone Toussaint that is located in the Nilfgaard Empire. Toussaint is located on volcanic soil and has the most famous wines.