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In The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone, the taxman accuses players of abusing exploits

The Witcher 3 taxman

While The Witcher 3 lavishes players with gold, for some, it’s never enough. Through exploits, Geralt’s been turned into a bit of a cheat, and in Hearts of Stone, the recent expansion, a tax inspector comes to collect. 

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The ‘Tax Enumerator’ seemingly appears – you can see a video from YouTube person WhatsMyGame below – regardless of whether or not you’ve been up to no good, and the results depend on how honest you feel. He accuses Geralt, who, let’s face it, does look suspicious, of generating gold a little too quickly, referencing some gold exploits and some burglaries. 

If you own up to your crimes, you’ll have to pay the taxman, but if you protest the charges and maintain your innocence, you’ll get a reward for the hassle. 

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Callbacks to previous events and quests are wonderfully common in The Witcher 3, making Geralt’s adventures feel all the more interconnected, but I think this is the first time an NPC has told him off over an exploit. 

Hearts of Stone launched a couple of days ago, and crikey is it a bit great, though I confess that I’ve been spending just as much time playing through quests from the base game and free DLC that I missed before. What have you lot made of it so far?

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2 Years ago

I have no idea how the Witcher series keeps getting away with its constant demolition of the fourth wall while retaining its tremendous gravitas, but somehow it does. Scale, perhaps?

Seriously, imagine if Game of Thrones had a couple of guys doing the Monty Python parrot sketch in the local gruel store after its latest heartbreaking murder, and got away with it, seamlessly. That's what it does.