Virtuous knights, breathtaking scenery, romance, murder and intrigue, are all afoot in the duchy of Toussaint. Our favourite Witcher is back in this expansive DLC, Blood and Wine.
Upon invitation from the Duchess of Toussaint, Geralt makes his way south where he finds himself embroiled in an investigation to solve a series of suspicious deaths that have taken place.
To say this game is simply beautiful would be an understatement. When I entered the new environment of Toussaint, I’ll admit I couldn’t stop taking screenshots. The landscape is very reminiscent of Southern France, accompanied by vast green countrysides.
Toussaint feels like an echo of a fairytale, only caught in a wine-fevered stupor. Oh boy, do they sure love their wine.
Toussaint is just distractingly beautiful.
What makes Toussaint different to the other regions in The Witcher? Given, all the other regions on the map are unique in their own way but the main difference is that Toussaint is a land unscathed by war. Although they are a duchy of the Nilfgaardian Empire, the people of Toussaint are left to their own affairs without imposition. There aren’t any soldiers or military in Toussaint per say but instead, Toussaint appoints a regiment of Knights-Errant, governed by Arthurian virtues.
On top of a generous amount of story, side quests and general points of interests, Blood and Wine introduces newly craftable ‘grandmaster Witcher armour’ and ‘advanced mutations’ which unlock more ability slots.
All this should keep you more than busy before even finishing the main story. The play time could vary for this DLC, difficulty setting could factor in. I’m playing this on the ‘blood and broken bones’ difficulty and I’ve already clocked 20 hours. The size of Toussaint is also impressive for a DLC. I’d wager it’s roughly the size of the Skellige map, maybe smaller, but not by much.
New enemies also prowl Toussaint. Some of these creatures have different abilities, so frequent read ups in your bestiary are much needed.
Just when you thought you’ve collected ’em all – Skellige Gwent Cards now exist, with a little side quest to collect ’em all, again. I particularly love the new music score in Toussaint, especially when you’re playing Gwent. After hours of Gwent battles in the base game, those repetitive flutes and drums were starting to drive me crazy.
Geralt of Rivia turns homeowner in Blood and Wine with your very own piece of land. This property can be renovated and upgraded, all for the right amount of crowns.
The amount of content available in Blood and Wine is just impressive. CD Projekt RED have been unbelievably generous with this DLC. I found Blood and Wine to be an amazing send off to wrap up The Witcher series. Frankly, the only criticism I have with this DLC is that it made me sad once I realised that the series is indeed over, I don’t ever want it to end. Blood and Wine is a nice re-introduction into the sorely missed Witcher 3: Wild Hunt world. I guarantee after the events in Blood and Wine, you’ll feel the pressing need to start the game all over again and relive the journey.