I know there are quite a few different possible endings for this game, but I'm still pretty pissed off right now that I got the bad ending. The BAD ENDING! After... 156 hours of gameplay, collecting all the Witcher gear/most of the cards, and doing all the side quests (that didn't bug and fail themselves despite my best efforts), I still got this ending.
I looked up the conditions for getting this ending, and apparently it has nothing to do with what difficulty you played on (mine was set to the highest), how much you've collected, how many side quests you did, or anything gameplay-sensical like that. Nope, it has to do almost completely with some very brief and/or vague dialogue choices you make throughout the game... and due to my somewhat-completionist playthrough, I'd probably have to backtrack 100 hours worth of save to "fix" them all.
Now I know as well as the next nerd that stories don't always need to end happily, but I'm used to video games rewarding you with an ending for your efforts (as opposed to how well you were able to guess what the "good" dialogue choices would be at X, Y, and Z random checkpoints in the game). I don't look up guides for RPGs because I don't wan't spoilers, but I feel like other than pure guess-luck, CDProjektRed did not give me, as a player, any way to earn an ending that wasn't completely soul-crushing. I was deliberating on buying the expansion(s), but now I'm totally turned off to the idea after knowing what happens at the end of my playthrough. Thank god Fallout 4 is just around the corner, as I probably won't be picking up this game again.
I got the worst ending in the Witcher 3 despite a near-complete play-through on the hardest difficulty. I call this very bad and/or evil
game design in an otherwise near-perfect game.Anti-Complaint:
I could use something to cheer me up after that ending. If you've got something anti-depressing, do share.