The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, I have no idea where to begin with this review, because this game has so much to talk about. A really complex and long game, with massive amount of play time value. This review will be all over the place, so please try and keep up! This is my very first Witcher game, I did not play the first two installments, so I didn’t know the story of Geralt of Rivia, the main protagonist. The game actually starts you off with this, to see if you played the 1st two games or not, if you did you can answer some questions to impact your story , if you didn’t, the questions will be skipped. He is one of two playable characters in the game as Ciri is also playable. It’s not a like a GTA switch or anything, they’re specific times in the game where Ciri is present and you are able to use her.
So, I will start from the top, I watched trailers of this game and really didn’t know what to expect, it seemed like you’d be slaying monsters all the time with your sword, this is true, but far from all you do. Monsters aren’t even close to being your main enemies in this game, in fact in terms of main quest, you don’t face off with many of them. However right in the beginning of the game, you will encounter two of the hardest bosses of the game, a sub boss and then take on the main boss of the quest. I kid you not this was the hardest mission of the entire game. I had more trouble killing the first sub and main boss than I had doing the final mission. It could really be I just didn’t know what I was doing, but that’s besides the point. The game as a tutorial, but you have to read and nobody really wants to read, just tell me what to do, and the hands on tutorial in the beginning of the game didn’t do that! So here I am trying to figure out how to kill these monsters. But with practice makes perfect and the compt systems really gets easy and fun. It’s a bob and weave style, hit hit, dogue, hit hit, roll. Hit but don’t get hit, don’t go for the knockout blow quickly, because Geralt can’t take much damage, if you rush it, you’ll see the “You are dead” screen a lot. ALSO HAVE FOOD, food increases your health bar so the more food you have the easier your fight. In addition know how to use your sign, I found Quan (protective shield) and the Igni (deals fire damage) to be the most useful. When fighting ghost Yrden (a magic trap) is a must, and the Aard (telekinetic blast) comes in handy when you have to break through weak wall. Lastly the Axii infulces opponent’s minds. Mediation is key to restoring your health quickly, have to be clear of attackers to do it.
The world map is broken into 6 different locations, Kaer Morhen, the witchers hideout, Novigrad, my favorite spot it’s the city lots of humans or other things that at least look like humans like elves etc, Velen(No Man’s Land), a place filled with monsters, got some humans there too this is not a city, White Orchard, where you begin your journey, The Skellige Isles, almost like a mixture of Novigrad and Velen, and last the Royal Palace in Vizma, the place where you got your main(like the big end goal) quest. The main goal was basically for Geralt to find the emperor’s daughter, Ciri, who is like a adopted daughter to Geralt. Geralt has to go threw a lot of hurdles to achieve this goal, because one, he hasn’t seen her in years and has no idea where she is and The Wild Hunt is after her. I want go into too much details, but you decisions and the things you say will impact your story! My experience will be different from yours, keep in mind this game has many different endings, so you gots to be careful to get the ending you’re hoping to get. I was very satisfied with the ending I got.
The story itself is cool, a lot of side stories that impact the main story and I like the way that went. Some of the dialogue dragged out and I found myself not paying attention to what they’re talking about, than I’ll be asked a question and my dialogue options will pop up and I don’t know what to say.
The missions have level suggestions on them, leveling up in the start took a while for some reason. I had a level 5 main quest and I was like level 2 and thought there’s no way I could do this mission, and I tried doing some side things to level up, like going threw bandit camps and getting hidden treasure but it was taking to long so I just went to do the mission and I was able to do it. The missions in white are able doable, the orange means it might be little tough to handle but the red means this going to be really hard. You earn ability points by leveling up that you can use to improve your skill tree. Other ways to get ability points is to go to place of power that’s located across the map, this can also give you upgrades to your signs. Level’s 1-9 takes 1000 experience points, levels 10-19 takes 1500 experience levels 20 on gets 2000 experience. Crazy, but the a lot of the later missions will give 1000 experience. Side quest are optional but some are required to finish up main quests. Other side stuff are contracts you can get theses at message borders and just by exploring threw random encounters, theses are usually monster slaying stuff, witchers don’t work for free so negotiate the payment. Treasure hunt missions become accessible in Skellige
This is just a small amount of stuff that can happen in The Witcher, just showing how deep this game is and all of it is worth it because the game is just so fun. All the characters you meet are very interesting my favorite Zoltan. Geralt beard can grow over time that’s cool, if you go to the drunk barber you take the risk of getting the wrong haircut. This game is must play for serious gamers and a should play for gamers in general. This game reminded me a lot of Fallout 4, and a little of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Game of Thrones. Lately you can ride a horse, double tap that left analog stick and Roach (Geralt’s horse) will pop up! Overall a fantastic game.
PS. I left out a ton of stuff, you just gotta play it, trust me you won’t regret it.
CD Projekt RED
NA Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
PAL Bandai Namco Entertainment