Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ does it do justice to the games?

Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ does it do justice to the games? And did the witcher series make me want to play the game?

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The Witcher game had made an honorable mention in our list of 3 Games That Need T.V. Series Adaptations.

So you can guess how happy we were when we found out, our long wait was over.

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I’ve been playing games my entire life: since I was a little kid with my older siblings and younger brother. It’s an amazing medium that takes you into such amazing and beautiful worlds.

But sadly I could not play The Witcher games yet, so this had me worried about the first of many things:

Do you have to play The Witcher game before watching the Netflix The Witcher?

The answer is no and some people who have played the games say you are likely to get more out of the series going in blind.

In the game, there has been a time skip forward and we meet an all grown up Ciri whose 21 instead of 13/14-year-old Ciri, we get to see in the series.

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So they set the game after the books and series, which can lead to massive spoilers when you watch The Witcher.

So after finding that out, it excited me the series was very inclusive of us none Witcher newbies.

The Witcher games have always been talked about in a lot of positive ways so it was exciting to finally get to see it in one form.

I have to admit, when the show was finally coming out I had doubts about if it w be great or turn out awful.

But here’s what I think of the show;

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Story

The Witcher is a very enjoyable fantasy drama, but it can feel very slow and drawn out, I think that’s one charm of the series.

There was a depth that went into the world-building and monster scenes by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich that just made the series seem like a faithful adaptation of The Witcher.

Throughout the episodes, it turned viewers into time travelers going back and forth in time.

Which was an enjoyable experience. It was dark but yet still funny which I think is a hard thing to accomplish sometimes.

Characters

Henry Cavill’s portrayal has Geralt from his grimace to his steely yellow gaze.

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And let’s not forget his perfectly timed ‘hmm’ was pretty spot on.

We only got to see him use 4 signs this season, we hope to see more next season.

One of the best parts for me has been Jaskier

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His back-and-forth banter with Geralt, his witty trade of insults with Yennefer, a talent for being stupid, and just his overall comedic charm really just made me love seeing him through 8 episodes of season 1.

Yennefer of Vengerberg was a complex character, and I like the way we could see more of her backstory, understanding her a lot more.

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And throughout the series, she provided more raw emotions the show needed.

Triss Merigold, people have complained about her not being identical to the games or her lack of more screen time this first season.

But the series is truer to the character, as with the novels in being more of a supporting role. While looks wise the game adaptation took liberties with the characters looks as well.

The entire cast was excellent.

Music

Was great and matched the scenes perfectly. “Toss a coin to your witcher” my favorite and it’s been stuck in my head for some days now.


Though we will have to wait until 2021 for a second season of The Witcher.

It was an amazing show that sparked my interest in playing the games. Which according to recommendations you only need to play The Witcher 3 game.

And preferably The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition. This includes two expansions that are excellent additions to the game, giving you more locations, quests, characters, and more hours of gameplay.

And on a PC cause, the graphics will be better.

So that’s all I have for you, hope you loved my ramblings.

Till next time……

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YumDeku
Spends a lot of free time writing, reading, watching and playing all things Anime, Manga and Gaming. Can also be found learning game dev, SEO and web optimization techniques. Loves all genres with an interesting plot but as a soft spot for shounen, slice of life, comedy and horror.
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