The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Review
So, earlier on last month, CD Projekt Red(Yep, 'Projekt' not 'Project') released the final DLC to in their take of the Witcher Universe and indeed, what a Take it has been. In a span of almost a decade beginning with The Witcher in 2007 to The Blood And Wine Expansion in 2016. It has been incredible journey indeed.
Even before I begin on this masterpiece behemoth of a game, I can wholly recommend to you The Witcher franchise as a whole genre defining experience. It is one of those great series that will have left its mark in the gaming industry for the years to come.
Awed, Just Awed.
The size ans scope of the game is just unprecedented, and even further so, with DLCs installed, the game is massive, and that's an understatement. The sheer volume of things to be explored and experienced is the game can be intimidating, especially when you reach the story, midway and realize you're nowhere near the end and that's 30-35 hours into the game.
Pax Skellige. If you like Nordic Myths and loved Skyrim, take a holiday to Skellige. You won't be disappointed.
Now, if you want full experience of the Witcher 3 universe, prepare to spend at least 70-80 hours to the main game and easily 120 hours with the DLCs, Hearts Of Stone and Blood And Wine, installed.
Some incredible draw distances, for example, see that gigantic tee there? Yeah. You can head there, actually you can go anywhere that catches your interest and there'll always be something worth checking out. You never feel restricted by the 'invisible' walls like in so many other open world games.
Some areas in the game feel bigger than recent open world games themselves, barring MMOs, I'd say the world of The Wild Hunt is only rivaled by that of Dragon Age Inquisition. And even then The Wild Hunt surpasses DAI with quality over quantity. Unlike DAI, exploration is very rewarding and perhaps the only way to get the best gear in the game,
Yep, the best armors in the game, only available in the Blood And Wine tho.:(
A Tale Of A Witcher And His Friends.
So, the meat of the game belongs, thankfully, to the excellent story line which revolves around our main hero, Geralt Of Rivia, finding his adopter daughter Cirilla all the while
"The Greatest Game in a Game ever made."
2. Beating Up Peasants.
"This Fight Club homage is gonna make you grin"
"Really not a game for kids"
4. Slay Wenches.
"Really, really not a game for kids"
5. Get Shitfaced.
"Bros before Hoes, y'all"
6. Slay More... Wenches.
"Cause you know.... Sex"
And SO, so much more. And this stuff is just during the main quest. The optional side quests though feel just as important if not better than the already excellent story. Things like lifting a curse of an island full of rats, makng deals with an underworld kingpin, helping a friend with gambling problems, hunting a serial killer, killing a king.... are just the tip of the iceberg.
The Monster Contracts, are also very well done, where Geralt gets to be a medieval detective of sorts, tracking and deducing the scene of the crime and the monsters which did the deed is immense fun and add a element of mystery in the game.
Even with all this tho, the Witcher 3 ain't perfect game. No game is ever perfect. It has fair share of flaws.
1. Technical downgrade from e3 2014, the graphics were vastly superior in the e3 demo compared to the original game released.
2. Bugs galore(though, nothing nearly as bad as Fallout 4)
"110% will not bang"
3. Story stretches after a certain point, you spend way too much time doing fetch quests. This only becomes apparent with multiple playthroughs, luckily.
4. Why the f are the patches so big? I mean Witcher 1.10 patch was 10.6gigs. That's actually bigger than some mid sized games out there. Fortunately, newer releases won't need this particular patch.
And that's about it really. There isn't a lot that holds this game back.
Them Expansions Tho....
Hearts Of Stone and Blood And Wine are easily some of the best DLC around in forever, last time I saw an expansion of this caliber was Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne way back in 2002. And it has one of the best antagonists to boot, in Hearts Of Stone, while Blood And Wine brings back a much beloved fan favorite from the books. Nope, not spoiling that, easily one of the best characters in the series.
So, at the end of it all, what do we get? We get one of the best games ever made. period. And it deserves all the hype and credit that it gets, with phenomenal support from and developers and a dedicated fan following, this game is not to be forgotten soon, if ever. And in the words of a character in the game.
So we shall, my friend. We have witnessed and in fact on several occasions incited- many great and weighty events. After all that toil, I do believe we deserve a bit of rest.
And as Geralt breaks the fourth wall and smiles at the audience, we do know, that it is indeed the end of the memorable journey of The Witcher.
Available on the XBONE, PS4 and PC.