CD Projek Red (The creators of The Witcher 3) is known as the industry sweethearts. With their no DRM attitude they give gamers hope that the industry is not just about making money, but rather about creating excellent games where you loose yourself in for months on end. The Witcher 3 is just that. It’s simply a masterpiece.
STORY: You play as Geralt from Rivia – A Witcher (Monster Hunter) trying to track down his long lost love Yennefer of Vengerberg. This has been the single driving narrative thread that has tied all the previous games in the series together. Yennefer is however just a side note in the greater search – one that seeks Geralt reuniting him with his ward, Ciri. A Witcher student blessed with fabled blood.
From the word go you are faced with some morally tough decisions , often having long lasting effects in the world making you regret those choices. Everything from optional side quests to the main plot have multiple ways of resolving them – It is totally up to you how this tale plays out. The world is rich with lore and grips you in its claws from the moment you start the game.
GRAPHICS: The Witcher 3 is the most beautiful RPG (role-playing-game) I have ever played. The attention to detail is top notch and shows you just how much work and effort went into making this game. The world is outrageously huge and believable – Forests feels like actual forests – Towns are buzzing with NPC’s going about their business and I had to pause the game on so many occasions just to take in the scenery.
The weather effects in this game is the best I have ever seen. It is so good that I had to upload a video clip to properly show you the effects of a thunderstorm rolling in – See end of section – Every single thing in this game is gorgeous , from character models to foliage to the lighting used.
The Witcher 3 is also the first title to use Nvidia’s Hairworks technology – which simulates all hair in the game (including animals and monsters). Hair will blow in the wind, change appearance when it gets wet and yes that includes facial hair – Geralts’ beard actually grows while you play the game and it just adds another level of realism on an already extremely detailed game. CD Projekt Red definitely set the bar high for future RPG’s and competitors will struggle to match this game graphically for years to come.
GAMEPLAY: The Witcher 3’s combat is at its core a 3rd person sword fighting game (with spells). The combat mechanics are improved and fighting features a lovely balance between using your sword and spells. The game also features deep yet streamlined alchemy and crafting systems to keep you busy while you are not slaying beasts on the road. There is also a fast travel system between discovered towns but I found it way more fun to physically travel between them and explore the world. The Witcher 3 also has a built in card game called Gwent, which can be played against most NPC’s and is a lot like Magic The Gathering – You win cards and built your decks to ultimately compete in the Gwent Tournament.
Quests is where The Witcher 3 shines – Gone are the days of “fetch this to unlock that” missions. Quests are unique and the storytelling involved is top-notch. I felt connected every step of the way and even cared for characters that had no impact on the main plot. Every dialog features an in-game cut-scene and as a person who hates reading pages and pages of text in games it was a warm welcome. There is so much to be said about the quality of the game-play that I can only recommend you pick this game up and see for yourself just how good it is.
On the negative side the game does have some bugs here and there (nothing game breaking) but CD Projekt Red has already started to patch them out (on PC at-least). If you complete every quest in the game you are probably looking at putting in around 200 hours into The Witcher 3.
CONCLUSION: The Witcher 3 is simply a work of art – Nay a Masterpiece – and is definitely on my top 5 list of best games ever created. You will loose yourself in this world , you will be sucked in by the exquisite storytelling and lore. You will care for characters, slay beasts, make difficult choices, explore and so much more.
The game is beautiful and ticks every box in the AAA game department. If I had to list every single good thing about this game, this review would have been 11 pages long. The Witcher 3 is the best RPG ever created and snatches away the title from the mighty Skyrim without a doubt. I recommend this game for every gamer and not just RPG fans. A must own – period. The Witcher 3 is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
RATING : 9.8/10
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