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The Witcher 3 mod replaces combat with Gwent matches

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A lot of people don't like the combat in The Witcher 3. I liked it, but then, I hated Gwent. Whenever the game forced me into a match I'd do my best to lose or forfeit immediately, such was my disdain for the in-universe gambling racket. So Hearts of Card, a mod that replaces combat with Gwent matches, doesn't appeal to me at all, but it might very well appeal to you.

The video above gives you a rough idea of how it pans out: encounter an enemy and, instead of slaying it with your sword, you beat it at Gwent. It might look like a joke, but it's not. It's a fully downloadable mod that you can download now, and apparently you can play through the whole campaign this way. Sounds like a great way to ruin a good game to me, but if you dig Gwent, have fun with it.

That's not the only recent Witcher 3 mod of note: there's also a project aiming to revamp the game's (already quite brilliant) graphics.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.