The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt provides fleshed out quests and confusing systems for crafting and leveling but this is made up for by awesome gameplay opportunities. It has managed to prove that the game world is nothing without memorable and believable characters that make it truly great.
As you step into the world of The Witcher 3, things may not always be what they seem. You immediately assume the character of Geralt of Rivia, a skilled monster hunter with dark personality that seems to attract all the beautiful ladies. Predictability of the game which usually means being sent off to get another attractive mage out of a bind is the norm. The creators did, however, pull out the stops and made a boring fantasy into an excellent gameplay with and intriguing plot with some of the most memorable newer stories ever.
Aside from the bland abundance of stunningly pretty women falling head over heels for Geralt, The Witcher 3 meets almost all our expectations with these characters. Big names like Charles Dance, in the game create stories that grab our attention.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is filled with beautiful sites that full of history and life. It just could be one of the most impressive RPGs ever released. It’s still a wonder how willing we were to overlook some of its flaws.
You play Geralt, a smart silver haired monster hunter for hire with a “charming” personality. You set out to track down a Child of Prophesy against considerable odds. Along the way, you get quests which usually involve killing monsters and giving life back to the villagers of the game. It’s all played from a third person’s perspective and is much more about the decisions you make rather than scrounging for new weapons.
For comparison, it’s more like Dragon Age than Dark Souls in many ways. Your quests come with interaction with all sorts of fantastically well-designed realized characters. Even if you couldn’t care less about the technicalities and details of the plot line, what’s not to love about monster hunting? Swim around and fight monsters, beat some dudes up and fight monsters, ride a horse and fight monsters; if you’re still not having fun, then RPGs might just not be your thing.
Areas in the game’s extensive are stitched together well. What gives the landscape its own character are hidden treasures and roaming monsters. Players will enjoy the fast travel system that allows them to jump between signposts you discover but only from post to post. You can’t teleport from just anywhere so players are saved the trouble of a series of loading screens.
Your progress is often hampered by a few in-game flaws; for example; clunky climbing controls and a somewhat inconvenient horse that likes to stop dead for no reason. A few other flaws are; full damage is incredibly punishing and the mini map route indicator that often guides you to quests tends to glitch out.
Fights are slick, variable and genuinely challenging although there are a few cheap monster tactics which largely involve predictable teleport moves and health regeneration. Geralt has been equipped with a good variety of spells, dodges, poisons, bombs and other skills to put to use. It is also important to note that different foes require very different tactics to fight. Spamming the attack button won’t help anything. The game instead welcomes and encourages you to focus and think your way through a fight.
Whatever fantasy beast you are hunting down, researching about its weaknesses in the in-house bestiary is possibly one of the most entertaining aspects of the game.
The art design by CD Projekt surpasses all expectations aside from the questionable practicality of some of the female’s character outfit. Seriously, who goes to a sword fight in heels? Odd sets of armor overlapping awkwardly with hairdos are also part and parcel of these questionable practicalities. All those flaws are however outweighed by the excellent facial animations, beautiful locations and awesomely disgusting monsters.
The Wild Hunt has its fair share of flaws much like any game of this nature but in many respects; it sets the bar high for other RPGs.
PC Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
- Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz
- RAM: 8 GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 770 2 GB
- HDD Space: 40 GB