I just don’t think it’s very convincing. I see all this very nerd-macho chat about “exaggerated drama” and “lovey dovey”, and honestly it seems like a load of strawman-ish nonsense. Most other games, especially CRPGs, rather than the trashier kind of action game (like, say, God of War), land this stuff perfectly well.
The big problem is that it’s not consistent. Geralt will act absolutely enraged over some relatively petty matter (like in the Keira scene I mentioned), with a really extreme tone of voice and, for him, extreme expression, but something much worse and more personal will happen and he’ll just be acting like some jolly adventurer who doesn’t really care - that just harms believability/internal consistency. It’s what seems really messed up - there are a handful of occasions when Geralt shows something approaching passion, that I’ve seen, and in all but one case, the reasons seemed really shitty.
Re: what he says, that’s more of the inconsistency. He says various different things at different times, and I can’t remember which are from W1, W2, and W3, but he’s claimed everything from literally not having any emotions at all, to vaguely implying he has somewhat dulled emotion. I’m pretty sure he claims multiple different things in TW3 alone, and it’s more or less impossible to tell which he believes is true, or which even is, because in one scene, a shitty thing will happen to him and he’ll be upset, and then an hour later, a shitty thing will happen to him, and he’ll be all “meh” with no apparent rhyme or reason. I guess at least it never gets to Janeway levels of inconsistency.
What makes this worse is the other characters.
They’re generally well-done and believable and considerably more consistent (Triss being by far the least consistent, but I kind of feel I’m supposed to understand that as part of her personality). They do care about things. They do act like humans. I absolutely do understand a lot of them. I kind of feel like it would be much more interesting and relate-able to me to play one of them, because I do care about stuff. Their drama is just “exaggerated” as any other game. They are just as “lovey dovey” as in any other game. So that really destroys that whole angle of approach…
Ironically he is quite relate-able when he’s being honestly cynical. Then he makes sense for a while. But quite often he’s being earnest and emotionless, which just seems really wooden, or being a snarky unnecessary little bitch (particularly to women), and that’s just really annoying. I guess the mutations dulled all the emotions except petulance.
The other characters show that the issue with Geralt isn’t a simple “bad writing” one, it’s one of either poor coordination between the writers, or just different ideas on how much and what Geralt does feel.