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CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a role-playing game, was released in 2015. One of the greatest video games ever made, it has won numerous honors and is considered by many to be a work of art. In any case, it’s been four years since the game was first released on the market. Do you think it’s still worth the hype? If so, does it still rank among the top games of all time? Before we get started, I’d like to make one thing clear. This review will not be objective. As a fan of the Witcher novels and games, I’ve come to regard them as family. Over the course of three playthroughs, I’ve clocked up over 500 hours of gameplay time.

The open world experience

In comparison to other open-world games of the period, such as Grand Theft Auto, The Witcher 3’s settings still feel alive in a unique way. Because the game wasn’t made to fit into a standard open-world model, it’s more difficult to identify the seams of the illusion.

Nevertheless, how do you rebuild that style for a game where quests span a large area and can be done in any sequence over a period of time? As a result, the team took advantage of its incapacity to control the player.

You can see this in action at the beginning of The Witcher 3. White Orchard lesson area, you’ll come across a small riverside house. Her pan was borrowed and never returned by an elderly woman who was standing outside, alleging that the person in the hut had not returned it. To help her, you must find a way into the building to conduct your own investigation.

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The pan is, in fact, inside. Investigating the inside of the hut gives you more information, like charred papers in the fireplace with still-readable writing.

Because of how filthy it was, a particularly cunning spy had taken the pan on loan. His message was written in soot, which he then used to scrub clean. The coolest element, however, is a crushed silver monocle on the floor.

One of Geralt’s past companions from the Witcher series is well-known for wearing one of them. Yes, he was there when you met him later on in The Witcher 3—in that very cottage. On top of that, it appears the whole thing is connected to an extensive scheme to kill the king, which has been going on for some time.

Alternately, you could have chosen to disregard her. That being said, for those gamers that had to see and experience all that the game had to offer, there was a tidbit of a hint.

The Witcher 3’s narrative structure is heavily influenced by this form of quest design, in which the tiniest things can have a major impact on the story even after you’ve finished the game. It’s a big universe full of little stories, but that’s part of the reason they all work together. When a seemingly trivial decision is made in a side tale, it can have a major impact on the outcome of a story that takes place 50 hours later. There is a chance that a spy’s identity could be revealed through their monocle, while a random monster hunt that you hear about by accident could grow into an hour-long side mission if you decide to join in.

Introducing quests without relying on static characters in fixed settings is a challenge for even the most current of games. Aside from the main quests, The Witcher 3’s environment is filled with interesting side storylines and characters that may be found as you explore. In many stories, you can continue following the thread if you want to, as long as it keeps you entertained and engaged. It’s easy to see the connections between all of this, much like with the king-killing spy from earlier. After a while, you come to believe that even the most insignificant objectives are part of a larger plan. It’s impossible to predict when the next great thing will happen.

The best combination of visuals and sound

When it comes to visuals, The Witcher 3 has stood the test of time since its release. In addition, the water effects are a visual treat. Often, you’ll find yourself pausing to admire the sunset or scaling a nearby peak to obtain the best possible view. It’s possible that some of the game’s visuals are better than those in the real world! The artwork for monsters is equally impressive. In order to evoke fear or disgust in the player, each of the 80 creatures has its own individual design.

Spectral riders of the Wild Hunt and Geralt’s armor both look fantastic. This game’s animation is likewise top-notch. Face expressions and animations are top notch for a game that is comparable in size to most BioWare games. There’s no slacking off around here. They did a fantastic job with the sound design. There is nothing quite as exciting as the sound of swords slashing through flesh, and the surrounding soundscapes do an excellent job of putting you in a fantasy world.

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Music composed by Marcin Przybyowicz, Mikolai Stroinski, and Percival may be found on this game’s soundtrack. This game’s soundtrack improves both the plot and the gameplay. Whether you’re touring the continent, watching a dramatic cutscene, or taking part in perilous fights, you can be confident that the soundtrack will match the situation perfectly. Furthermore, each item has an exceptional capacity for transmitting a specific emotion.

In contrast to “Kaer Morhen” and “After the Storm,” “Eredin, King of the Hunt” and “The Hunt Is Coming” make you feel tense and apprehensive, making you sad and nostalgic. In addition, the combat music is fantastic. The music that plays during the fighting sequences does an excellent job of freaking you out, even if you don’t enjoy a lot of Polish women yelling in your ear.

In addition, the music for each of the game’s environments is excellent. When listening to music from the bleak wastes of Velen against the Free City of Novigrad, you can hear the differences in the recordings. As a whole, I’d say the soundtrack in this game is worth the price of admission on its own.

The story

While searching for his surrogate daughter and heir to Nilfgaard, Cirilla, or Ciri as she is known, the legendary witcher Geralt of Rivia follows in his footsteps. Spectral riders from another planet, known as the Wild Hunt, are after Ciri because she has Elder Blood, a feature that gives them enormous power and allows them to open a greater portal into their realm.

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In the end, I fell in love with Geralt, who was always sarcastic, as well as Yeneffer, Triss, and Zoltan the dwarf. I also loved Zoltan’s mischievous bard dandelion, Vesemir, and the other witchers, as they were father figures and brother figures to me, and most of all, I fell in love with Ciri and wanted the best for her. The Witcher 3 is one of the greatest works of fiction, fantasy or otherwise. It demonstrates that even in the darkest and most ethically ambiguous periods described in the Witcher series, there is still joy to be had, people to be loved, and good to fight for. In times of difficulty, this is a message anyone can carry with them and remember. It’s because of this message that I cherish The Witcher 3.

In comparison to other games, the side quests in this one are superior. As in past games, The Witcher 3’s side missions are filled with interesting individuals and stories. You feel like you are reading a short story while playing these side missions. While some of the side quests are better than others, it’s clear that the writers at CD Projekt Red did their best with each one.

The gameplay

Exploration is a major part of the gameplay. The Continent’s exploration is one of gaming’s most amazing experiences. You can see the developers put a lot of thought into this game as you ride Roach through Novigrad and Oxenfort, the war-torn realm of Velen, and the icy Skellige Isles. The sunset across the horizon is one of my favorite things to look at while I’m attempting to get to the top of each map. In terms of actual exploration, the world offers a wide variety of options. As a hero, you can go on treasure hunts, rescue people in trouble, and explore previously uncharted territory. This game’s exploration model is engrossing. While exploring the planet, I would often find myself deviating from the main goal of the game in order to see what else it had to offer. Even though exploration isn’t required, you’ll get some amazing new weapons and armor if you take the time to look around.

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It’s also important to note that combat is a major aspect of the gameplay. In Witcher 3, you can’t just button-mash your way through the game’s combat. As a hunter, you must know the weaknesses of the monster you’re pursuing, as well as what potions and blade oils to use against it. You also need to know what bombs and signs the monster is vulnerable to, so you can use them to your advantage. Combat necessitates planning and practice. Personally, I’m a big fan of this. It may not be for everyone, however. As a result, battles become more nuanced and thoughtful rather than mindless stomping matches. Because I put in so much effort, I feel like I’ve been treated adequately, which makes it even more satisfying. You can build or loot chests all over the world to get new swords and armor, which can be enchanted with glyphs and rane to make your signs more powerful or cause bad things to happen to your enemies.

Summary

CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is considered by many to be one of the greatest video games ever made. The game’s narrative structure is heavily influenced by side quests, in which the tiniest things can have a major impact on the story after you’ve finished the game. Some of the game’s visuals are better than those of the real world, such as the water effects and Spectral Riders of the Wild Hunt. Aside from the main quests, The Witcher 3’s environment is filled with interesting side storylines and characters that may be found as you explore. The music composed by Marcin Przybyowicz, Mikolai Stroinski, and Percival is excellent.

The game’s animation is top-notch for a game that is comparable in size to most BioWare games. While searching for his surrogate daughter and heir to Nilfgaard, Cirilla, or Ciri as she is known, the legendary witcher Geralt of Rivia follows in his footsteps. Spectral riders from another planet, known as the Wild Hunt, are after Ciri because she has Elder Blood, a feature that gives them enormous power and allows them to open a greater portal into their realm. When listening to music from the bleak wastes of Velen against the Free City of Novigrad, you can hear the differences in the recordings.  The Witcher 3: The Witcher 3 demonstrates that even in the darkest and most ethically ambiguous periods described in The Witcher series, there is still a joy to be had and good to fight for.

The game’s exploration of Novigrad and Oxenfort, the war-torn realm of Velen, and the icy Skellige Isles is one of gaming’s most amazing experiences. In Witcher 3, you can go on treasure hunts, rescue people in trouble, and explore previously uncharted territory. Exploration isn’t required, but you’ll get some amazing new weapons and armor if you take the time to look around. Combat is a major aspect of the gameplay; you must know the weaknesses of the monster you’re pursuing, as well as what potions and blade oils to use against it.

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