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Published January 20, 2018

The Witcher 3 : The Hunt is On

The climactic third game in the fantasy RPG series, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is a unique combination of a non-linear story and an open world – a character-driven, non-linear story experience focused on player choice, tactical combat and a rich, living environment.

Throughout the game, players battle against the world’s many dangers using weapons and magic, interact with various NPCs and complete main story quests, side quests, witcher contracts, and treasure hunts to acquire experience points used to increase Geralt’s various abilities. Geralt helps The Witcher games stand apart from role-playing games that let you create and customize your own character, picking your race, gender, backstory, and disposition.witcher 3

There are two previous games and multiple books’ worth of backstory and lore on the Witcher 3, but even still Wild Hunt is remarkably welcoming to new players — don’t let that three in the title fool you. Like the previous two Witcher games, players are given a complex story with multiple choices and consequences. Unlike other game engines, REDengine 3 permits a complex storyline without sacrificing virtual world design.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has approximately 100 hours of story and open world quest gameplay time. If the main story doesn’t interest you, simply wander off and hunt some monsters in the woods or investigate murders in a bustling medieval town. The developers at CD Projekt Red have spent a lot of time ensuring that it’s not just a collection of towns connected by empty space. You’re still doing relatively straightforward things like killing monsters and tracking down thieves, but they always feel like more than simple fetch quests.

Nothing outside of the main storyline itself is required to beat the game, but you could have help in a main-line encounter from an ally you gained in the Skellige archipelago if you’ve completed certain quests in certain ways.

Wild Hunt’s combat is a significant improvement over The Witcher 2. It finally feels as though the PC-focused CD Projekt Red has warmed to controller-based combat, and the majority of the game’s controls sit happily beneath the player’s fingers. Despite the sometimes offensive camera the combat is simply a lot of fun, considering the different modes of fighting (there are 3 stances Geralt can take- one for slow heavy hitting monsters, agile monsters, and one for groups) and spells at your disposal.

witcher 3You can’t change Geralt’s loadout in the middle of combat, a smart restriction that forces players to think like a Witcher and take their enemy’s strengths and weaknesses into account ahead of time. Geralt and his foes are animation-locked a la Monster Hunter and the Souls games, meaning combat is as much about careful timing and tactical position as it is about aggressive offense.

Overall the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a massive game that delivers a huge fully realized world with an epic story and wonderfully crafted environment, plus amazing combat mechanics.

Verdict?

Everything about this game is perfect and beautiful, the story , the visuals, the gameplay and combat system, the challenges; all are superbly done and delivered the best experience in the series, this game is really something that words maybe can not describe it and only you need to play it and immerse yourself into the vast world of Witcher to understand what a true masterpiece is, So I completely recommend this game at even full price. I don’t think any other game so far ever managed to make characters feel so alive and unique like Wild Hunt does.

11/10. I love this game 110%.

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