Game Review - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PC

Written by vikms95 on December 13, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

It was not my plan spending all that time into a videogame. Specially since I've put myself the goal to play the games on the list I have created in this webpage. But man, this game, just makes you want to be the only game that exist so you don't feel bad for only been playing this game for like 3 months. I want to make this review SHORT to make a longer and deeper one in the future, and sorry if I make any mistake with my typing, English is not my first language. Btw there are NO SPOILERS in this review.

I've never played a The Witcher game, since I was not a PC Gamer back then, but dear thank god I discovered this series that caught me into this Tolkien based western RPG.

After 200+ hours of gameplay, the only thing I would like to do is going to the main menu, choose the New Game option, and start this story all over again. I just feel bad for the games that tried to fight with this monster for the Best Game of the Year on 2015.

Today's videogame industry, has changed a lot and the companies try their best to sell their games even though they are empty. In this game you can really feel that they took care of every single detail to make the game feel like nothing is missing in it. Literally nothing.

But to start with the review, I would like to start with some negative points of the game, which I always like to start with to keep the best for the last moment. All the games have negative points, and this one has some as well. The difference with other average games is that, this videogame is that good that, you even start falling in love with the bad things of this game the more you play it instead of getting annoyed.

Is The Witcher 3 a perfect game? No.

Is The Witcher 3 a game that deserves a 10? Yes.

First thing that I would like to point out is the gameplay in the game. Witcher 3 is a third person game, which involves having to programme a camera not annoying enough to point always where you with your controller, are trying to focus at. Camera in the game is really good and it has a feature that I really felt curious about not being implemented in other games of the same style, which is vanishing anything that is behind you and the camera, so the camera does not go crazy when climbing mountains or walking around a city with a lot of people. The thing that I felt could have been better is the movement of Gerald, the main character of the game which we control the 95% percent of the time.

Trying to say it clear, sometimes it seems like Geralt does lack of capability to move in small spaces, since he's designed to be running and jumping since this is what we do most of the game, but can be sometimes pretty annoying when trying to move in small houses and small caves. I don't talk from my experience, but I heard from some friends that the gameplay from the other Witchers is really bad. If that is true, I have to say that the even though the gameplay is not the best about this game, they really have improved on that with this game.

The fighting combinations and complexity could be more deep since sometimes I just felt that mashing the weak attack button along with dodging every 2-3 attacks so you dont get parried, was the best way to fight for almost all the monsters of the game including bosses and main story bosses. All the bosses can be defeated with any weapon that you have, kinda like Dark Souls does in his games, just be patient and dodge-attack and you will defeat every single monster like that. Feels pretty linear and does not force you to choose for some other interesting options, I feel like that could have been done better for a game of that style.

The game has bugs, not as much as game of that caliber could have, but there they are, some are funny, and some make you leave the immersion of the game and laugh while you call your little brother to laugh at it, but then you tell him cause you are next to the brothel of Novigrad and you don't want him to ruin his childhood. The bugs are totally understandable, the game is ridiculously huge, but I'm trying to lower the hype so it does not seem like this is the game I played for the last 3 months. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Ok, we are done with the negative points, lets start the fangirl review. :D

To start with the game, just at the beginning of the game there is the tutorial which is perfectly implemented with the story, it does not seem like something a part that the game forces you to do even though you know better of the game than the developers, cause you played the other games. Personally I felt like this in other series and I fell the way this game introduces you to the tutorial is one of the best in all the games I have ever played.

When you are done with the tutorial and you start discovering the world, with the trees moving together with the wind blowing, the sound of the animals twisted with the sound of the wind yelling on your left ear. The villagers of every single small village talking, doing daily things, insulting or admiring you because of your weird appearance. The game feels alive. And I want to really highlight this because is hard nowadays to find a game with such a huge world and the feel that every single corner has something interesting to spend 2 minutes with.

This huge world is not only somewhere to walk with your horse around and admire for 2 hours the amount of time and money the developers have spent into this game appearance and diversity with 5 huge maps highly distinguished between them. There is probably like the amount of secondary quest besides of the main ones, as 3 average RPGgames together. And not only that, I would really like to say, most of the secondary quest of this game have better stories than some of the main stories of some games that exist nowadays on the market. I can say that for sure. Some of the secondary quest develop a chain of quest where you decide which path to choose, which makes the game really make you thing that you are not only walking around doing some quest to farm some experience and money, but you are living the way a witcher would live.

The main story is something I don't really want to talk too much because I want you to discover from the first moment every single thing that makes it so special. Just pointing out, there is a part of the start which was a bit tedious (maybe you can imagine which part I'm talking about) but for me is a 10 out of 10 when it comes to original, complex and interesting. There are a few finals for the game, which totally depend from the decisions that you have made during the story of the game.

The game is huge as well when it comes to the what makes it an RPG. Hundreds of weapons, swords, potions, items. You can craft quest items to get better items or to improve any weapon that you have. I don't personally have that much experience with RPG's but I would say that most of the ones we have nowadays have a lot to envy from this game when it comes to options to create your own witcher.

The visual part is astonishing. After playing this game I'm scared that when I try to play any other game and I see any other landscape, I don't feel impresed since this game puts it on the top ( Rise of the Tomb Raider has something to say here though). This game does not have the best graphics of this generation, but the color palette is really well made to make you want to think the game is more powerful than it really is, and damn, the game accomplishes it by far.

The sound fits really well every single moment of the game, makes the battles more interesting despite the lack of gameplay variability and immerses you into the environment that the game wants to offer you. The moments when you are about to kill that monster which murderer a someone's wife, visiting the summits of Skellige or whenever you are spending some time with Yennefer, the music makes it so you really feel like you are living something that we will be remembered in the future, something that the music of a game has as a goal for any type of game like that.

To end with this short review after ending the game, I want to add that this game accomplishes what a masterpiece would do in any single category of game. In this case RPG's, Witcher 3 is a game which im pretty sure that someone who is not a fan of RPG's or never touched the genre, would still like just because of the quality of the game, and that's something only a few games .

The only reason why I won't be playing this game as much from now on is because I want to finish some other games I have on my list but if it was for me, I would probably play for like 200 more hours and enjoy which is one of the best games I've played in my life as a gamer.

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Game Information

Platform
PC
Developer(s)
CD Projekt RED
Publisher(s)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Genre(s)
Action, RPG
NA Release Date
February 24, 2015
EUR Release Date
February 25, 2015
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
18
MVGL User Score
9.4
Composer
Marcin Przybyłowicz
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