Game Review - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine on PC

Written by Refraction on August 05, 2019 @ 11:33 am

As a famous steam reviewer said "CDPR makes a full game and calls it a DLC"

Just a few hours into this DLC and i was astonished at the huge world and the content it has, it felt like i was in a direct sequel to the game. As the time passes and by progressing the DLC i was constantly thinking "How could such a huge and well made world be released as just an expansion? considering and comparing it to other expansions?" The best answer i found to this was "Generosity" This is by far the most generous DLC i have ever played in my entire 21 years of gaming.

So....What makes this so good? Judging a DLC from my perspective is about how much this specific DLC improved on the main game, and Blood & Wine improved on pretty much everything.

Toussaint

The newly world added, a super gorgeous, bright and beautiful area, with so many amazing scenery to look at, the nature in this world is simply breathtaking, the water the trees the small villages, i believe it was inspired by one of my favorite countries in the world (Switzerland). The Main city Beauclaire is one of the most amazing cities i've come across, i love walking around the city and its palace and admire the amazing view.

Story & Characters

For such a long series to see that the quality of writing never drops is mindblowing, the story is well written as i expected and the characters are equally interesting, dare i say i like them even more than the main characters, the pacing of the story is a perfect example to other open world rpg to follow, its just the right pacing, the premise well written and explored, the climax, the conclusion, never felt the game rushed at any point. The content makes sense, i dont think i noticed any plot hole or stupid asspulls or cheesy moments in the story, when i had a confusion i read about it and the explanation is there at some point in the game, a very damn plausible story, there is certain part in the story which i wont spoil where you will experience a parody/humor of the best of its kind, i really enjoyed that part and it was creative and fun. The choices are many and give different ending with different outcome and as you expect from a mature series..there is no good/bad, its all shades of grey. Characters are some of the best, well presented and well developed, each with its own personality and traits.

Sounds

An additional full OST just like a full game, a very nice music to listen to, a gwent tracks as well, and the voice acting...oh my god, the different accents, its simply marvelous, one of the best voice acting ever.

Gameplay

The DLC adds a lot of gameplay, very interesting monsters and bosses, places to explore, some cool weapons and armor (finally got some nice knight heavy armor) a whole addition of gameplay comes when they added mutations, the abilities are extra cool, the side mission and treasure content is huge for a dlc and very much worth doing, its well done, some encounters are also super interesting. A whole new faction for the awesome card game - Gwent.

Lore & World-Building

The land of Toussaint is not just some beautiful place, you will also encounter and learn its traditions its folklore and its history, the world is carefully made, from notes and books you find and read to hidden elven caves. Just like the main game every corner is well explained and established. Excellent job!

A Quick Summary:

- Adds: Huge interesting beautiful world to explore with many side quests/contracts/random encounters.
- Adds: New well written story which marks the end of Geralt's journey.
- Adds: Great cast of new awesome characters.
- Adds: New gameplay with: Bosses, Monsters, Weapons, Armor, Mutation system, House for the player to decorate, Gwent deck.
- Adds: A whole new atmosphere, rich lore and indepth world building.
- Adds: New OST and superb voice acting.
- Insane value for money (as i said very generous).

An expansion where everything it adds makes the game even better, a really big expansion worth a lot of time and enjoyment, this is the epitome of what a great dlc should be like, in my opinion this is the Perfect DLC.

Easily the best expansion I have ever played, Thank you CDPR.

10/10

Gameplay Rating: 9
Story Rating: 10
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 10
Sound Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 10

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Game Information

Alternative Titles
Wiedźmin 3: Dziki Gon – Krew i Wino
Platform
PC
Developer(s)
CD Projekt Red
Publisher(s)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Genre(s)
Action, RPG
NA Release Date
May 30, 2016
EUR Release Date
May 31, 2016
AUS Release Date
May 31, 2016
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
18+
ACB Rating
R 18+
MVGL User Score
9.6
Composer
Marcin Przybyłowicz, Mikolai Stroinski, Piotr Musiał
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