I created this account just to post it here. I could’ve just emailed it through, but I think there will not be feedback nor interaction. I could’ve posted it in Reddit again but with no one of the Warhorse staff reading that would just be a rant, no improvement, no contribution, whatsoever.
So anyway, you could say that I’m among the more serious gamers. I’ve completed Skyrim Requiem with a permadeath mod. I’ve cleared Witcher 3 in the death march. I don’t want to brag, neither do I want to flex. I’ve enjoyed the challenge and I’m sure that given enough time + effort everyone could “git gud”. But in KCD, hardcore is underwhelming.
I butchered the entire cuman horde in Skalitz. I escaped Skalitz with 10+ stats. I’m already in the latter part of the game so there’s no “you can rekt them back later” part. Except speech, my stats are 20. My combat skills are marginally close to 20. If KCD is a mountain then there’s only 15% left for me to climb, tops. But I still feel SUCK, BIG TIME. I FEEL PATHETIC. I DON’T feel powerful at all. I got rekt REALLY HARD in 1 vs 4 armored bandits combat. Even after using a whole load of potions and poisons, I still DIED. I DON’T feel powerful. This is particularly devastating to me, because I realize that at the end of the tunnel, I still suck. The end result, does not validate the effort.
Maybe you could say that, hey, even if you’re the BEST swordsman in the world, you won’t survive 1 vs 4 in the wilds. But I know that statement is TOTALLY and UNDOUBTEDLY WRONG. If Miyamoto Musashi didn’t kill SEVENTY swordsman in a single skirmish we won’t hear his name today. I know that’s a legend and it’s not 70, probably a couple of dozens, but it’s still impressive and I think I’ve made my point.
I’m not a swordsman myself and all I know are what the youtube content creators, regardless of their credibility, told me. in actual combat when someone fights against multiple enemies, they could hear the sword coming, they would dodge, duck, riposte, use BOTH hands, all at the same time. Also most the YouTubers said: in movies combat is too long. If you’re fighting an opponent whose skill seriously overpower yours, you’d be dead in 1-2 swings.
It struck me real hard when one of them said: it is a matter of space. When Musashi fight 1 vs 70, at most, only 3-4 can come close to stabbing range. So excluding archers and exhaustion, anything beyond 4 is irrelevant. The combat system which I enjoyed is the ultimate technical limitations why Henry still suck. Henry has two hands and two feet, but Henry can’t stab while he blocks and/or dodge. Neither Henry can use any of his five senses to hear someone’s swinging a sword behind him. So technically this game is essentially a 1 vs 1 game. And hey do I need to tell you who pioneered the two swords style combat in Japan? Yeah it’s Musashi.
Furthermore, maybe it’s just me, but the Pribyslavitz DLC disappoints me. If Henry can’t be among the best swordsman in the Holy Roman Empire he’s still a squire, and barring spoilers, after a certain point at least Henry could’ve had one HIRED HAND, or two, and armor them. That would solve my problem of having excess 70k groschen and nothing to spend!
Ultimately I know that my disappointment is because I’ve played Skyrim Requiem too much and using it as a point of reference. In Skyrim Requirem you start pretty much as a peasant scrub. You don’t know magic. You only have tattered clothes. You can’t use your Dragonborn powers. But Dragonborn could grow so powerful, to the point of in seriously minmaxed build Dragonborn kills the strongest dragons with ONE spell. I don’t play Witcher 3 as much as Skyrim Requiem but the concept is the same. In Death March the hardest mode, it took Geralt of Rivia 5-6 hits against the crappiest enemy at level 1. 2 hits kill Geralt. But in the end optimal minmaxed build Geralt would’ve butchered the same scrubs with a blow.
Now let’s go back to Henry and why the same could not be said to Henry. Kill a bandit with a blow? You’ve gotta be kidding me, because they are SPAMMING ripostes. That’s the biggest problem in this game, you see? And since it’s a Henry vs 4 armored badass bandit all poor Henry can do is running around in circles like a pansy waiting until SOMEONE tries to hit Henry and LUCKILY my “cursor” or whatever is locked on him, because half of the time it DOESN’T. So seriously tell me does Henry look powerful while running around in circles like a pansy? Because NO I think it isn’t. I don’t feel powerful at all even after Henry hits the power limit, and that’s what I find disappointing.
After all the effort to master fancy fencing combos, which in actual combat 1-2 swings people less skilled than you die, mangled, maimed, or seriously hurt, getting bulked up in the best gear possible, all I can do is sit my pretty arse on Jenda (or Argo, after Pribyslavitz) and went back to combat mode in Skyrim, mashing WASD and left/right clicks.
Or just use archery.
And that’s why I feel hardcore is underwhelming.
Sorry Warhorse, I just have to say it. But I do admit that I like this game enough to the point of investing a lot of time, effort, brains, and energy into it.