Written by BroRocker on July 14, 2015 @ 1:13 pm
I'll start by saying that I had never played either of the previous titles in The Witcher series; so, this was my first venture as Geralt of Rivia. The only reason I even played this game was because my sister-in-law got a free PC download code for it and gave it to me. I had no idea what to expect. I had been reading the hype on this game for months, but I just didn't know enough about the series to understand what I was missing. Let me say, though, that this game exceeded all of my expectations and blew me away.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has many things that set it apart from other games in its genre that I have played before. First and foremost, it has an incredibly immersive plot - perhaps the grandest of any game I've ever played. It is certainly an epic and long adventure that will take you no less than 50 hours to get through with a "quick" run through.
Part of that story-telling element involves you making decisions in almost every quest and interaction along the way. More so than that, the decisions you get to make throughout the game really matter and really shape how the game progresses. Even small decisions you make in random side quests can have big results later in the game. This element of unpredictability and choice truly set this game apart and is perhaps it's strongest element.
I also really enjoyed the characters and character development throughout the story. You spend a lot of time building on relationships with people throughout the game. Sometimes you feel like side quests and time spent with certain characters may actually drag on a bit too long. This game forces you to take some time in each major area of the game, but if you're willing to stick the payoffs in the story are so worth it in the second half of the game.
The combat system is very basic; yet, can be tricky to master at first. It relies heavily on dodging (similar to an Assassin's Creed game). It also incorporates many different options when it comes to alchemy, bombs, ranged weapons, and spells that give you a lot of customization and options when it comes to your battle style.
I only really have two minor complaints about the game. One is that the missions do get to be a bit repetitive by the end of the game, but that is the case in most games like this. At first I wanted to try to get as close to 100% as possible, but I reached a point where the monster-slaying and fetch quests got too monotonous. The other minor issue I had was that by the end of the game your character is a bit too powerful and even the final bosses seemed fairly easy. I did not play on the highest difficulty, though; so, I'm sure that makes things much different.
So, after nearly 100 hours of gameplay, I can say that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is easily one of the best games I've ever played. To me, this game felt more like a solid 9 most of the way, but the epic quality of last third of the game sent this game over the edge to a 10. As long as it took to beat this game, I still am thoroughly looking forward to playing through it all again next year sometime.
I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys action RPGs or platformers; especially if you're into games like The Elder Scrolls. I will warn you, though, that this is a very "adult" game with a lot of sexual content and gore, but, in my opinion, it wasn't done in a way that was distasteful or over-the-top.
Story Rating: 10
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 9
Sound Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 10
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- CD Projekt RED
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Action, RPG
- NA Release Date
- February 24, 2015
- EUR Release Date
- February 25, 2015
- ESRB Rating
- PEGI Rating
- MVGL User Score
- Marcin Przybyłowicz
- Official Website