The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

[Review] Geralt's third adventure is a big open world of goodness!  But, does it live up to its predecessors?
The Details
  • Title: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
  • Web: thewitcher.com
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt Red
  • Released: 19 May, 2015
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  • Platforms: PC XBox One PS4
  • Reviewed On: PC

You know when you say, this is the best game I have ever played, but you end up saying it about a LOT of games and don’t really mean it?  I can hand on heart say I mean it with this game.  I know I am late reviewing this, 4 months late in fact, but that’s because it took me so long to get into the story as I was forever doing side missions!  There really is so much to do in this world.  I still haven’t completed the game, so I will review it purely on what I’ve witnessed so far.

First and foremost, I have always been a fan of The Witcher series.  A lot of people are just being introduced to the series through this game, and going back and playing the older games.  I personally didn’t care much for The Witcher 2.  I always felt like there was nothing there to keep me playing, I just always used to lose interest, much preferring its predecessor.  The first Witcher was your old school top down RPG, similar looking to Balders Gate. That was what pulled me in.  So, after The Witcher 2, I was a bit sceptical about this offering.

 

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So it all starts in Kaer Morhen, the home of The Witchers.  For those who have yet to get their teeth into the series, Witchers are monster fighting adventurers hired to fulfil contracts, for a price.  The Witchers always like to ask for a price, or they often refuse to do the deed.  Geralt’s younger Witcher partner, Ciri, a girl who’s a totally new and fresh character, of whom I really like a lot, goes missing.  It turns out she is being chased by a gang of hunters, simply titled The Wild Hunt.  They are a bunch of specters, who can be seen riding in the sky, led by their leader, simply known as the King of The Wild Hunt.  Geralt, who sees Ciri like a daughter, goes on his quest to track her down.  That’s pretty much the aim of the game.  You meet lots of familiar faces along the way, one being Dandelion, the loveable bard from the previous games, of who is also the games narrator as always.  He’s still got that witty charm about him, and he definitely brings good humour into a dark world at times.  It’s nice to see all of the other faces from the older games, as it really brings continuity across.  Of course, there is Geralt’s love interest, Triss Merrigold, who doesn’t appear as much as I would like, but she’s still a big part of the storyline, and still plays a big part in Geralt’s life.

 

Ciri, the young girl Geralt is searching for

Ciri, the young girl Geralt is searching for

 

This instalment introduces something the previous games don’t have, and that is an open world.  It really is a huge place.  Where on Skyrim you have the one map and travel from place to place, this map is broken down into different isles, where you leave one isle, and fast travel to another.  But it makes the map huge, having all these different isles instead of just sticking to a map of one area.  Each isle has a big map of its own to explore.  You also get to roam on your own horse, called Roach.  The little bugger can be a pain to control sometimes though.  He likes to randomly stop running when he wants.

If you’re someone who likes to just see their games through quickly, you can skip most of the side missions and just go straight to the main quests.  If you do that though, you are most likely to miss out on so much story, levelling up, gear and fun.  It pays you to level up and improve you skills along the way, and doing side missions helps with that.  However, the game has lots of multiple endings, so you can happily play through it again differently, making different choices along the way, and each time getting a different outcome at the end.  It really does have a lot of replay value.

A lot of people like to compare it to Skyrim.  I guess I’m one of those people.  Skyrim, although not as good as Morrowind in my opinion, was the best modern RPG for me.  Until this came along. The story is much more engaging, and you actually care about the main character.  The amount of times I stopped playing Skyrim because I just couldn’t get into my role.

The graphics are lush, but not as good as expected.  They have been toned down a lot, and that’s probably so that it is more capable of running on the next gen consoles, something that pissed PC gamers off to the max.  But still, there are mods out there that can have you playing the game just how it was intended at E3 them years ago.  I’ve tried the mod, and personally I didn’t like it.  I actually prefer the way it looks now when it comes to gameplay.  There’s something about bright colours that makes the game less gloomy. 

 

look at that sunset

 

As stated already, its massive, so much to do, and so much to explore.  Put it this way, I am 90 hours in on my Steam account, and I’ve still yet to scratch the surface.  Lots of replay value and also, did I mention sex?  There’s not as much sex as there was in the second one I might add, but there’s enough there to keep you entertained for a while! Even as a straight female, I have watched the female bosom jiggle due to the physics they have put into the game!  But, it was the middle ages, and just like Game of Thrones, people liked to get naked.  If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, play this, and read the books, because they’re better than that show.

I am now going to crawl out the Witcher 3’s arse. 

But it is so good.

Really. 

Judgement
Pros:
  • Better than Skyrim
  • Gorgeous graphics
  • fantastic voice acting
  • in depth storyline
  • such a big world, so much to do!
Cons:
  • Roach. Just..dont get me started.
  • a couple of minor glitches, nothing gamebreaking though
  • Console port
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