It’s easy to see why CD Projekt’s Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is one of the best games of 2015. This fantasy based action role playing game follows around the main protagonist, Geralt, the Witcher, on his many duties and quests throughout the land. Having never played the other previous Witchers, it was still easy to follow the plotline. I won’t ruin anything for anyone, but Geralt became one of my favorite characters very quickly. His easy-going demeanor became my bread and butter, I wish he existed in real life. Having been released on 19 May 2015, I guess I am late to the game with this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed playing it having bought it a month ago.
I have only played through at least 2 hours of the game, but I have played so many side quests I haven’t even put a dent in the main plot line, which involves Geralt following around his many lovers and finding Cirella, or Ciri, whom is another main protagonist. At first I went through all the main quests because I wanted so badly to meet Ciri, like most action RPGs, it requires you to do some leveling up to be able to complete the main quests. You can acquire side quests in each village via notice board, which in the game are called contracts. There are stupid quests such as help the pellar find his goat and bring it back to him which still gives you experience points. There are harder quests like defeating griffins and bears. I found myself stuck in a level 8 quest being only level 2 very quickly. Since this realization I have yet to get back to the main plot, I am having too much fun having sex with witches and collecting armor and alchemy ingredients. I also enjoy his duality of two swords; one for creatures and the other for humans. It took me a while to get used to the idea of using each sword for different fights. He also uses magic and his Witcher senses to explore areas and find trails and more information about a quest. Another fun fact about this game is that his beard grows the more you play, which to me is the coolest little tidbit. They really thought of everything when it came to this game, and I can see why this game has won so many awards.
Even though I have only played at least 5 hours into this game, I can see myself spending many week days and nights logging more hours into The Witcher 3. The map itself is arguably bigger than Skyrim, having different villages and towns of varying aristocracies. The Nilfgaardians territories, for example, are found scattered throughout the whole map such as the White Orchard. The swamps of Velen are my favorite area as there are weirder quests and contracts in this area. Each territory has their own story and economies.
I’d rate this game a thorough 5/5. It is easily one of my favorites and has been increasingly more interesting the more I play it. I can’t put the controller down once I pick it up and I have spent many nights roaming the map. Get your copy for either Xbox One, PS4 or PC today to see this wonderful story unwind for yourself.