Hearts of Stone is the first official expansion pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- an award-winning role-playing game set in a vast fantasy open world.
Some monsters are born, others are made. Hired by the Merchant of Mirrors, Geralt is tasked with overcoming Olgierd von Everec -- a ruthless bandit captain enchanted with the power of immortality.
Step again into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer, this time hired to defeat a ruthless bandit captain, Olgierd von Everec, a man who possesses the power of immortality.
This expansion to “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” packs over 10 hours of new adventures, introducing new characters, powerful monsters, unique romance and more.
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
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If you have played Witcher 3 and can't get enough, this expansion is for you. It is played out in the same world though a lot of new interesting characters appear, as well as old ones.
Hearts of Stone adds new activities on the outskirts of Novigrad, new items, side quests, treasure hunts, new human enemies, new monster types, new gwent cards, and some new gameplay elements in the form of a Runesmith. A lot of the side activities that can be found on the map are a bit more interesting than the base game and will frequently get you notes, diaries, letters, etc that add more to the game's world. The primary focus of Hearts of Stone is a focused main plotline that is based around the Polish morality tale Pan Twardowski and will reunite you with one of your friends from the first game as well as someone who helped you near the beginning of The Witcher 3. The main quests will have you pulling off a heist, taking part in a wedding where for once nothing bad happens, and exploring a haunted estate. The secondary quests and some of the new enemies and areas will let you learn about what happened to the Order of the Flaming Rose after the last two games. The Runesmith addition is disappointing, you need to give him money so that he can get better tools to craft level one, two, and three items. Each level will cost you 5,000, 10,000, and 15,000 on top of the price of the enchantments he does which are in the range of 500-2,000 each. The Runesmith is able to repair and craft any kind of equipment which is nice, so long as you are willing to pay for him to become a master, as there is a fast travel station right by him unlike the other two master craftsmen. The unique abilities of the runesmith are to add additional sockets for runes to items with under three, useless because you will likely only be using Witcher equipment which starts at three. His other ability is to give a permanent upgrade to your swords and body armor, some of these upgrades are pretty nice, such as enhancing the effectiveness of your spells, casting a spell adds the effect to your weapon's next strike, adrenaline will decrease but increase health regeneration and toxins will decrease faster, armor table and grindstone bonuses don't expire, etc. There are some nice abilities but most would have to fit a particular playstyle and when you add in that you won't have access to this until after or right before the end game, the cost, and that his upgrade removes your ability to equip runes it just isn't all that useful. The end of the main questline can also get you a very strong steel and silver sword but, as you just finished the highest level quests in the game, you probably won't have much use for them unless you buy the other DLC. One of the swords even has a unique ability when it charges up and you use a strong attack. The same problem applies to the gwent cards since you have likely beaten everyone if it is something that you care about, and your decks are likely so full of powerful cards that the new opponents and cards really aren't that interesting against the same AI. Hearts of Stone won't take that long to complete, it took me about seven hours to finish the plotline, the two side quests, check the new locations, and to gain the new gwent cards. All of the added content is of very high quality though, varied missions that are well written, entertaining, and give you good choices, being able to spend time with another of Geralt's old friends, multiple boss fights against unique new enemies, and a focused well told story. An excellent edition to the game with some of the game's best quests.
I have never played a better game in my life. It was stunning graphics, riveting story, excellent choice and effects of your choices, smooth and brilliant combat, superb quest design, and fun from start to finish at easily over 100 hours.
In the main game there is a storyline that outshines even the main plot of the whole game, the Bloody Baron quest, and a lot of people have praised it too, and Hearts of Stone easily rivals that in storytelling. This is very high level quest, meant to be played after finishing the game or close to it, and it is pretty tough on highest/second highest difficulty. Geralt gets a task to investigate the sewers of Oxenfurt, a little underused little city in the main game that gets a lot of attention here though, and kill a strange beast lurking there. He meets up with Shani who's familiar to those who played the first game, and they go hunting the monster. Geralt ends up killing it but is then captured by Ofieri soldiers and is set to be executed. He is then saved by mysterious and extremely powerful Gaunter O'Dimm, or Master Mirror, who made a brief appearance in the tutorial section of the main game. Geralt makes a pact with Gaunter in exchange for saving him, and he needs to fulfill three wishes for Olgierd von Everec, and this is where the meat of the DLC starts. This is a pretty long quest filled with interesting characters and backstory to what happened to the von Everec family and to Olgierd and his loved ones and what made him what he is. The tasks he sets Geralt on are pretty difficult ones that take him all over the place, and the new area in the north-east corner of the map, with various different activities to do, not just fighting everything, and it all culminates into a fantastic ending that's really left up to you how you want to handle it, do you yourself consider Olgierd, or Master Mirror, evil or not. This is absolutely fantastic piece of DLC for pocket money, there's absolutely no reason not to buy this, or even the season pass, if you liked Witcher 3. I have only high hopes for the second DLC coming next year, and the higher price tag hopefully means we're gonna get something even better than this
The hearts of stone is heavily focused on story additions with minor changes to gameplay , not gonna spoil too much of it for you , the gameplay changes are a new creature which is the a huge spider that attacks in packs and dodges your attacks in return until they pin you down with webs and attack again , in addition to the creature is the boss battles which are plenty , some of them are really frustrating because they're hard but they're awesome none the less with different mechanics to each and everyone so you need to change your strategy accordingly , and it will take you a while to defeat them as they absorb a lot of damage, in addition to the bosses new area to explore , it's not too big but offers a lot of quests to tackle , it has a Rune Master that lives there that offers you new unlocks for your abilities like adding sockets to your weapons and armor to enchant later , however most of the upgrades he offers will cost you an arm and a leg , so you need to do a lot of side quests to afford what he has to offer. story wise , which is why you want to pay for this expansion, it has an interesting plot that has great twits and turns that aren't expected , characters are believable and great , there's also are romantic quest line to engage , now if you've already progressed well through the game i suggest you play this expansion with that character and not play with the pre-made character that they offer you , because it's not that well made and it's best if you progress through the base game first before you tackle this expansion , also if you haven't completed the main game story , you'll encounter spoilers in the expansion story that might giveaway some things in the main story so I highly recommend you play the base game story first. to conclude, if you finished the game and want more witcher 3 then this is a must have since you want more, if you haven't finished the game yet , I suggest that you play it first then buy this one if it's cheaper by the time you finish the base game.
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