How 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood And Wine' Ties Up Geralt's Story

1 July 2016, 9:30 am EDT By Robin Burks Tech Times
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Sometimes, it's really hard to say goodbye to old friends, even if those friends reside within the confines of a video game.

With Blood and Wine, the last piece of content for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Witcher franchise of video games, players get to say their final farewells to Geralt of Rivia. It's true that The Witcher 3's main story did have an ending, but Blood and Wine gives Geralt one last hurrah before he goes away forever.

Please note that the following contains spoilers for Blood and Wine.

Fortunately, for players, it's a good and long farewell, and includes about 30 hours of gameplay, including side missions. It also brings back an old friend of Geralt's, the higher vampire Regis. The two get to have a romp as they search for the "monster" that's killing people in Toussaint. However, things aren't simple, as the two realize that someone has actually manipulated the vampire into killing.

This gives Geralt one last mission: to uncover the mystery behind these murders, as well as the dark secrets that the bold and bright Toussaint hides beneath its shiny exterior. This also gives Geralt a chance to explore one of the most beautiful settings of The Witcher games, a place obviously inspired by the rolling hills and vineyards of France.

Geralt also has side missions that seem to give him a chance to come to terms with his life and who he is. Some of these involve the usual hunting of monsters, but one has him helping a young woman at the behest of a man who is in love with her. He also breaks some curses and frees several people from spells, but somehow, it all feels like these are his last jaunts as a witcher.

Once Geralt reaches the end of the main story, which takes him into a world inspired by children's stories, he has the opportunity to have one more fling with a woman, although that's all it is: there's no romance left for Geralt because he's made his choice between Yennefer or Triss.

In the end, Geralt gets to retire to the vineyard gifted to him by the Duchy, the first property and home he has ever had in his long life. Although it seems odd that Geralt's life becomes something akin to normal, players realize that it's still likely that he will occasionally slay beasts that are bothering the good folks of Toussaint.

It's a fitting ending for Geralt, and depending on choices made earlier in the game, he likely has a companion at his vineyard with him, someone who wants to stay there and help Geralt finally live a normal country life.

Geralt gets his happy ending, and the girl, too, leaving the player to imagine that the witcher has finally found some level of happiness and content.

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