9.3 Ace

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sets an example for all RPGs to come with its numerous Game of the year awards and its many 10/10 ratings. Geralt's adventurous world is nothing short of a masterpiece and if you're a fan of intricate combat as well as high-level RPGs, this game is definitely a must since this might just be the best RPG ever created. The TechSeer will give it 9.3 out of a solid 10.

  • Graphics 9.5
  • Plot 9.5
  • Sound Design 9
  • Gameplay 9
  • Cinematic 9.3

After spending a week with The Witcher 3: Wild hunt with little to no sleep in my system. Yes, I spent over 120+ hours on the game. It’s safe to say it was worth every second. It may be unpolished, it may be slightly glitched but without a doubt The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still one of the best (if not the best) RPGs in creation.

It brings together the best of games like Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim, and Dragon Age while also catering to a world much larger than that of GTA V. Read our The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review to find out more.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game Review

It isn’t surprising how it managed to capture the interest of millions all over the world. The world you step into isn’t just built to assist the journey. Every single corner and cranny’s filled with its own personal touch sparking curiosity as never felt before. But the real question is, is this newest addition to The Witcher series worth all the hype that’s led up to its release?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a massive narrative-driven action RPG developed and published by CD Projekt in 2015. It’s based on the previously written fantasy novels The Witcher series; a sequel to its widely known predecessor, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. We played the game in an open world environment with the third-person perspective where we battle the game’s numerous dangers with weapons and magic, engage in conversation with the many NPCs while completing minor quests leading up to our main objective.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Combat

It consistently impresses with its intricate stories, challenging, and strategic combat and stunning creature designs. The story has always been The Witcher series strong point and this third installment definitely does not disappoint. More so this story feels interlaced with that of the novels. We follow our protagonist, Geralt on a trail to two women who’ve been lost to him for years, his lover, Yennifer, and his ward, Ciri who’s being chased by the otherworldly Wild Hunt. Also, while we’re at it, it’s not Jerald, it’s Geralt with a ‘G’.

Pros 

  • Huge open-world
  • Well balanced side to main quests
  • The crafting
  • Monster diversity
  • Intricate story-line
  • Good voice acting

Cons

  • Bad controls (unresponsive at times)
  • Technical bugs
  • Inventory is annoying to navigate

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

In a game with such a complex storyline, newcomers may feel intimidated by the long and heavy history of the series. Needless to say, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt leaves no room for questions and does an excellent job at initiating anyone new and introduces them to the story. As I made my way through the game, it revealed Geralt’s past relationships and recapped several past events throughout the game. This made it incredibly easier for me to navigate and understand the story as a newbie.

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The tone of the story feels more mature and grounded than before, unlike in other games. It’s not about saving the world, it’s about finding your loved ones. What has us completely hooked to the game was the fact that its central story has multiple endings. Each secured by the choices one makes throughout the game, each choice creating a detour to a different ending.

But unlike in several other games where the choice that may lead to a positive conclusion is highlighted from the one leading to a negative conclusion. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt breaks all barriers and gives the player not even the tiniest hint of what each choice may bring. So every time you play the game, it’s a completely different journey with numerous surprises.

Plot

The game’s world is immense, split into several regions, too vast to begin with. While the land is plenty beautiful, it also has its dark side. Oh, it’s fantasy alright but its dark fantasy with quite a strong disturbing punch. The world seems to have been bathed in war. The environment extremely heavy with the residents living in constant fear of being brutally murdered, raped or hell, even eaten alive.

With no room for argument, it’s safe to say the game puts other RPGs as well as open world games in general to shame. Geralt’s journey revolves around his search for Ciri. And rescuing her was something I  weren’t quite passionate about.  (Considering the visibly lacking presence -a young woman who’s essentially his surrogate daughter.)

We’re thrown into the world of The Witcher: WILD HUNT with a prologue which serves as an introduction to the plot as well as a tutorial. Then we have to travel across the stunning open world. But these minor quests don’t follow the typical protocol of other games where completion is a choice, not a necessity. In the world of The Witcher, minor quests are pretty essential if you desire to get any closer to the main objective.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: The Beast of Beauclair

You trade favors with the locals for information. Monsters are a daily part of the universe, where their removal is more of a negotiation than a necessity. The story does follow the status quo, there’s evil in the world, and the political troubles only add fuel to the already growing fire.

The voice actors do a tremendous job. Their voice carries real empathy and sadness through their characters. The character’s facial expressions indicate pure emotions portraying sorrow as well as grief complete with engaging camera angles (yes we were pretty affected by it) in a way that has never been done before.

All these factors played a huge role in keeping us in the game’s clutches until we smashed down the end button, eyes bloodshot. (why sleep when you’ve got the whole world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to navigate)

The Gameplay

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action adventure RPG with a third person perspective. We step into the game as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter known as a witcher. Geralt can pretty much do anything. He can walk, run, roll and dodge. Along with that for the first time in The Witcher series he can now swim, climb and jump. His weapons include bombs, crossbows, and swords making combat strategies complex and fun to execute. But what I wasn’t expecting was the clunky and unresponsive controls that introduced themselves into the mix.

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The gorgeous day and night cycle, stunning dynamic weather along with its exquisite landscape ties the knot to the game’s success quite flawlessly. Though it does have a few rough spots. The game suffered a hefty graphical downgrade compared to its initial trailers. The wind system introduced in the game, ranging from slight breezes to full on gales had us impressed. The trees swaying as you stand amidst a forest and take in the breathtaking view, this game gave an experience as never felt before by me.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: Hunt Goty

At the end of the day, it all leads down to the combat which in this case doesn’t fail to impress despite it being unresponsive at times. These combat strategies aren’t the result of smashing a few buttons. The offensive and evasive techniques are intricate and complex.

Each button has a use — with X acting as a leaping dodge roll, the circle is a sort of side-hop, and triangle and square operating heavy and light attacks, respectively. Even if you’ve mastered the controls, we found the timing to be just as essential to defeating an enemy.

Going for a quick hit while the enemy strikes up a powerful attack might wound you up dead. The trick is to practice, the more you learn about your enemy’s patterns, the better you get at combat.

As you make your way through the world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt you’ll find yourself around foes. This is where only combat strategies won’t help you get rid of them. And that’s where the game’s complex alchemy system comes in. The system allowed me to brew potions, oils, and tinctures through the relatively simple crafting menu. The alchemy system does seem quite annoying to navigate at times.

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And so we’ve got a fantastic world that plays host to brilliant battles, intricate battle strategies, and a gorgeous landscape. Even the sunset is glorious up to par with that of Red Dead Redemption.

Verdict: Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sets an example for all RPGs to come with its numerous Game of the year awards and its many 10/10 ratings. Geralt’s adventurous world is nothing short of a masterpiece. If you’re a fan of intricate combat as well as high-level RPGs, this game is definitely a must. This might just be the best RPG in creation. The game has 39 possible endings, each a result of choices you make throughout so no,  you won’t be getting bored of this game anytime soon.

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