Something has always been off for me with Geralt in the games but I couldn't really pin down what it was. It just recently hit me what it was. In the games Geralt is portrayed as being a little bland and straightforward. Which isn't really the case. Geralt is very witty and intelligent. He is extremely charismatic and well spoken. I mean there is a reason he is friends with bards and poets and charms ladies like no ones business.
The problem is in the games it's really hard to show inter dialogue. In the books he might be having a conversation with someone where he is almost completely silent or only saying a few words, but in his mind might be cracking jokes or intelligently accessing the situation. I've seen people say he lacks emotions which isn't the case. That's just a myth/story inhabitants of the world think about witchers. Geralt even gets irritated and snarky at times when that sentiment is brought up. He doesn't really talk about his emotions though or let them dictate his actions. He keeps a calm collected exterior while inside he might be furious or heartbroken. Which makes it challenging to show those emotions in a video format.
I've started to wonder how you would even tackle showing character like that in games. Some games like Life is Strange just do it by having the inter dialogue said in her head. In film you can get it from subtle facial expressions or body mannerisms but games aren't quite there yet. It's probably not just a problem indicitive to The Witcher, it just jumps out at me more here because there are books that flesh out Geralt's character where I haven't read literature from other video games before.
What are your guys thoughts? I'm interested of how people who haven't read the books perceive Geralt because I didn't get to have that experience. I read the books first so that's always colored my image of him.
*edit* Oh and probably good to mention that I've only played the first 2 games and read all the books. I'm only a couple hours into the wild hunt so maybe they do show his character more in this game, and I'm just not there yet. *edit*