9.7/10

The Witcher 3: Game Review

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been one of the most anticipated game releases in recent years, promising to finally make use of the current gaming hardware. But is it worth your time? Short answer: yes. Long answer: hell yes.

The Good

Part detective story, part epic fantasy, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new benchmark for RPG fantasy games. While it looks like more traditional take on the fantasy world, it avoids tropes that are common in so many other games and encourages exploration of its absolutely enormous and gorgeous world. The environments are spectacular, but the unique and expressive character design gives the game life. There is a huge unique cast, all of whom interact differently with your character Geralt depending on your decisions, which can lead to distrust, fights, love and sex. A surprising amount of sex really.

Wild Hunt may be the third in the Witcher series but don’t let that intimidate you, it manages to catch the player up on the major plot points very quickly and everything else you may need to know is woven into the larger story. But while the story is decent, the endless amount of side quests is what will keep you coming back again and again.

Combat feels slick and manages to balance the line of fast action and letting you manage your strategy. And there are a diverse array of monsters to hunt, as well as rough bandits and trained soldiers to fight, meaning combat encounters don’t feel repetitive.

The Bad

The biggest issue with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt actually has nothing to do with the game itself: it’s to do with the amount of fantasy RPGs available at the moment. While it is the top of its craft, there are a hundred other games out that are trying to do the same thing, which can lead some gamers with fantasy fatigue.

The Bottom Line

In an absolutely enormous world, it is easy to lose hours of your day to this epic game. Whether you’re after story, lore, slaying monsters or good old fashion exploration, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is bound to feature something to tickle your gamer bones.

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