The Witcher is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a visually stunning fantasy universe, full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter tasked with finding a child from an ancient prophecy.
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Release Date: May 18, 2015

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May 30

Patch 1.20 - Changelog

With Patch 1.20 we introduce a number of improvements to the base game and Hearts of Stone, including a major HUD overhaul and additional menu options. We've also implemented a number of fixes like the missing interaction from chests in quest titled ‘Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear’ and more! You'll find the full list of changes below:

IMPROVEMENTS

  • Adds book titled 'A Miraculous Guide to Gwent' which displays number of gwent cards missing from player's base-game collection and information on where to find them, thus facilitating completion of achievement titled Collect 'Em All. Tome in question can be obtained either from gwent playing scholar in Prologue or from merchant near St. Gregory's Bridge in Gildorf district of Novigrad.
  • Adds option to display herb names above available interactions.
  • Adds option in Options/Gameplay to enable enemy level upscaling. If foes are too easy to defeat due to level difference, upscaling will render them a challenge. Change will not affect experience point gain, loot, or quest rewards. Option can be enabled or disabled at any time, even during combat (however, Vitality/Essence of foes is then fully restored).
  • Adds option in Options/Gameplay to disable automatic drawing and sheathing of sword.
  • Increases incidence of, and thus chances of finding, several monster-based ingredients required for crafting high level alchemy formulae.
  • Improves Player Statistics panel, adding maneuverable Geralt model. Improves visuals in panel for better readability.
  • Adds new functionality to books and scrolls. When first collected, they can be read immediately using single button without need of navigating to Inventory panel. All found but not yet read books and scrolls are stored in Quest Items and Other categories. Once read, books and scrolls can be sold as their content is saved in Books section of Glossary.
  • Improves overall visuals in Character Development panel.
  • Improves Inventory whereby items are divided into additional subcategories within their grids: weapons and armor; oils, potions and bombs; quest items and others; food and equestrian gear; crafting and alchemy. Additionally, introduces redesign of tooltips enabling their resizing with single button. Also, item comparison is easier than ever given addition of summary of changes in stats.
  • Improves Inventory navigation when using gamepad. Slots are divided into sections and right stick can be used to jump between them.
  • Improves Crafting panel in merchant shops. Adds option to purchase missing diagram components directly from Crafting panel when talking to merchant, as well as clearer descriptions and option to resize item descriptions.
  • Introduces redesign of Repair panel in merchant shops. Adds single button enabling players to repair all equipped items.
  • Improves Remove Upgrade panel in merchant shops.
  • Improves Quick Access Menu whereby it can be accessed in one of two modes, with action either paused or slowed depending on button used.
  • Adds functionality whereby crossbow bolts can be switched via Quick Access Menu rather than being equipped from Inventory.
  • Adds counter for bombs and crossbow bolts to Quick Access Menu.
  • Improves region maps by adding pin filtering, more intuitive quest tracking, and a region overview for faster navigation.
  • Adds three new custom pins allowing players to mark areas for future reference.
  • Improves Adrenaline Bar which better displays number of stored Adrenaline Points and their status.
  • Improves display and behavior of Buffs, displayed in more intuitive manner showing time left, strength percentage, stacks, charges, or permanence where applicable. Buff icons now blink for approx. 10 seconds before expiration. For improved visibility, names and exact expiration times for all effects are only visible when Quick Access menu is active.
  • Changes icons for decoctions, rendering them recognizable at first glance.
  • Changes icons for oils, rendering them recognizable at first glance.
  • Changes gwent card icons in shops, rendering factions recognizable at first glance.
  • Changes icons for mutagens.
  • Adds feature whereby equipment exceeding player character level can be previewed on character.
  • Improves sorting in Journal whereby active quest tab is always open and tracked quest is at top of quest list.
  • Improves quest item visuals so that Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine quest items are now tagged with blue and red exclamation points, respectively.

GWENT
  • Quest titled Collect 'Em All is now marked as failed if player does not succeed in collecting Milva, Vampire Bruxa and Dandelion gwent cards during gwent tournament in quest titled A Matter of Life and Death.

VISUAL
  • Fixes PC-specific issue whereby there was no change in appearance between Nvidia Hairworks 3-day beard (stage 2) and full beard (stage 4).
  • Fixes issue whereby Geralt's clothing was not properly restored after sex scenes.
  • Fixes visual issue whereby guards holding torches would have inverse kinematics when animated.
  • Fixes PS4-specific visual issue whereby texture of water puddles would not fade properly.

GAMEPLAY
  • Updates description of Superior Blizzard potion. Potion now slows time for a short period whenever an enemy is slain. Additionally, during this period actions do not deplete Stamina if 3 Adrenaline Points are available.
  • Fixes issue whereby indicator for Oil charges would appear incorrectly in New Game Plus mode.
  • Fixes issue whereby Flood of Anger skill could endlessly increase Sign intensity.
  • Fixes issue whereby Ciri could be missing her scabbard in certain situations.
  • Fixes issues whereby damage from Northern Wind bombs could be calculated incorrectly.
  • Fixes issue whereby pool of experience points would invert to negative value when player reached level 70 cap or used Potion of Clearance.
  • Fixes PC platform-specific issue whereby only the 'E' key would open Stash chest despite user manually changing relevant key binding.

Hearts of Stone
  • Fixes issue whereby Rotation Runestone effect would not appear correctly in Hearts of Stone expansion.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby foliage in Velen and Novigrad would disappear upon completion of Hearts of Stone expansion.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby a chest in quest titled From Ofier's Distant Shores in the Hearts of Stone expansion would not contain relevant diagrams.
  • Modifies Vitality cost of Olgierd's Saber to 15% in Hearts of Stone expansion.
  • Fixes issue whereby trap door in herbalist's hut in Hearts of Stone expansion could not be opened.
  • Fixes issue whereby bandit camp north of Zuetzer Castle in Hearts of Stone expansion would not gray out correctly.
  • Fixes issue whereby question mark would not disappear upon exploring Kilkerinn Ruins in Hearts of Stone expansion.
  • Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Sword, Famine and Perfidy could not be completed.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby an infinite loading screen could occur after speaking with Olgierd subsequent to completing all tasks requested by him in Hearts of Stone expansion.
  • Fixes visual issue involving reflection on river's surface in new location added for Hearts of Stone expansion.

OTHER
  • Fixes issue whereby Vivaldi could fail to appear in Novigrad.
  • Fixes issue whereby interaction could be missing from chests containing loot in quest titled Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby Triss could be rendered immobile in quest titled Now or Never.
  • Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Shortcut could not be completed.
  • Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Freya Be Praised! could not be completed.
  • Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Unlucky's Treasure could not be completed.
  • Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled 'The Things Men Do For Coin... could not be completed.
  • Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Temerian Valuables could not be completed.
  • Fixes issue whereby quest givers for contract quests titled Deadly Delights, Jenny o' the Woods, and Phantom of the Trade Route could occasionally fail to appear.
  • Fixes issue whereby players could not speak with an NPC in quest titled Novigrad, Closed City.
  • Fixes issue whereby an ifrit in quest titled Redania's Most Wanted could not be reached.
  • Fixes issue whereby quest titled Hey, You Wanna Look at My Stuff? could not be completed through interaction with relevant merchant.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby interaction was inactive on treasure chest in quest titled Take What You Want.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby, under certain conditions, the Francesca Findabair the Beautiful gwent leader card was not awarded as intended.
  • Fixes issue whereby a witch hunter in quest titled Novigrad, Closed City could prove immortal.
  • Fixes issue whereby certain bandits appearing in quest titled Get Junior would have empty health bars.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby, under certain circumstances, objective titled Gather Allies would fail incorrectly in quest titled The Isle of Mists.
  • Fixes issue whereby players could not start a New Game Plus despite having completed the game.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby services provided by master armorers were not unlocked properly.
  • Fixes issue whereby Sukrus would fail to appear by van Hoorn's warehouse in quest titled Of Swords and Dumplings.
  • Fixes issue whereby players could not talk with Fergus and complete quest titled Master Armorers.
  • Fixes issue whereby door to bathhouse could be locked during quest titled Get Junior.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby forktail in quest titled To Bait a Forktail... could prove immortal.
  • Fixes issue preventing completion of minor quests titled The Soldier Statuette and The Nobleman Statuette.
  • Fixes issue whereby two Zoltan gwent cards would appear beneath the Hanged Man's Tree.
  • Fixes issue whereby players could not complete quest titled Contract: The Griffin from the Highlands if attempted to do so after completing quest titled Master Armorers.
  • Fixes issue whereby interaction with Roche was impossible in quest titled An Eye for an Eye.
  • Fixes issue whereby Sigismund Dijkstra gwent card could not be acquired from the Bloody Baron under certain conditions.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby werewolf could disappear during quest titled Wild At Heart.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby infinite loading screen could occur during quest titled King's Gambit.
  • Fixes issue whereby quest giver would fail to appear in quest titled Contract: The Creature from the Oxenfurt Forest.
  • Fixes issue whereby Kurisu would fail to appear in Freya's Temple during quest titled Taken as a Lass.
  • Fixes issue whereby interactions were blocked during exploration upon completion of quest titled Disturbance.
  • Fixes issue whereby cockatrice would appear underground in quest titled Contract: Shrieker.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby an infinite loading screen cold occur after talking to Avallac'h in quest titled On Thin Ice.
  • Fixes issue whereby Sven would respawn despite having been killed in quest titled In the Heart of the Woods.

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May 10

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- Blood and Wine

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- Blood and Wine is coming on May 31st!

Here’s the Teaser Trailer!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sVoDJ_DITs
For the last time become professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia and explore Toussaint, a remote land untouched by war, where you will unravel the horrifying secret behind a beast terrorizing the kingdom. Blood and Wine is a 30+ hour adventure full of dark deeds, unexpected twists, romance and deceit.

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Reviews

“ONE OF THE BEST GAMES EVER MADE”
10/10 – GameSpot

“AMAZING”
9.3/10 – IGN

“ONE OF THE BEST RPGs EVER MADE”
9.8/10 – Game Trailers

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About This Game

The Witcher: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher you play as the professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, viking pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.

PLAY AS A HIGHLY TRAINED MONSTER SLAYER FOR HIRE
Trained from early childhood and mutated to gain superhuman skills, strength and reflexes, witchers are a distrusted counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live.
  • Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions and combat magic.
  • Hunt down a wide range of exotic monsters from savage beasts prowling the mountain passes to cunning supernatural predators lurking in the shadows of densely populated towns.
  • Invest your rewards to upgrade your weaponry and buy custom armour, or spend them away in horse races, card games, fist fighting, and other pleasures the night brings.

EXPLORE A MORALLY INDIFFERENT FANTASY OPEN WORLD
Built for endless adventure, the massive open world of The  Witcher sets new standards in terms of size, depth and complexity.
  • Traverse a fantastical open world: explore forgotten ruins, caves and shipwrecks, trade with merchants and dwarven smiths in cities, and hunt across the open plains, mountains and seas.
  • Deal with treasonous generals, devious witches and corrupt royalty to provide dark and dangerous services.
  • Make choices that go beyond good & evil, and face their far-reaching consequences.

CHASE DOWN THE CHILD OF PROPHECY
Take on the most important contract to track down the child of prophecy, a key to save or destroy this world.
  • In times of war, chase down the child of prophecy, a living weapon of power, foretold by ancient elven legends.
  • Struggle against ferocious rulers, spirits of the wilds and even a threat from beyond the veil – all hell-bent on controlling this world.
  • Define your destiny in a world that may not be worth saving.

FULLY REALIZED NEXT GENERATION
  • Built exclusively for next generation hardware, the REDengine 3 renders the world of The Witcher visually nuanced and organic, a real true to life fantasy.
  • Dynamic weather systems and day/night cycles affect how the citizens of the towns and the monsters of the wilds behave.
  • Rich with storyline choices in both main and subplots, this grand open world is influenced by the player unlike ever before.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
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Long Arm
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
My time played on record does not reflect time played offline, I am probably around 100 hours. My experience with this game may differ from others.. I focused on attack power and weapon striking talents and invested a good amount of time in learning to dodge and parry. I did not delve into poisons or crossbows and only put a few talents into mind control and everything else into my sword. I may have gone a little overboard because the end boss couldn\'t even stand still from my relentless ♥♥♥ wooping let alone actually land a hit on me. By the time I finished the game I welcomed any terrifying onslaught that could be thrown at me because I knew how powerful I had become and felt invincible with my sword in my hand. 10/10 would scour the darkest depths to over prepare again.


Pros: immersive story with a likeable cast
beautiful environment with impressive weather
hidden treasure and rewards basically everywhere you search
adult oriented.. thematically, sexually and violently.
ability to drastically alter the outcome of the story
Gwent mini-game adds some replay value
you can change the population of NPCs in settings
you can get drunk with your friends and upset your bossy girlfriend

Cons: intensive graphic requirements
annoying narrator before load screens
HDT physics on flowing hair but not on bouncing boobs.
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IlluZion.TaKoCat
( 25.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
If your not buying this game, you should uninstall steam
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Dan
( 177.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Best RPG ever made. 10/10
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AmazingSoap
( 48.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Easily one of the best games I have ever played. I\'ve got tons to do in the game still, but I\'m already hoping for the next installment into this series. I got the ending I hoped for.
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Clown Baby
( 63.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Best RPG ever
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The Real McCoy
( 60.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This game made me into the man I am today
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CronicPAIN
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Best game ever awsome dlc 10/10
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Trollieos
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
10 hours in and it's already my favorite RPG.
Also, boobs.
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ronhozz.
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
First i was a pirate, then i realised how good this game was and i just bought it to suport this amazing company, geralt would be proud.
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Kemando
( 70.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Okay, so I\'m writing this review a year after getting the game (I got it on launch) for the sole purpose of promoting CDPR and their incredible work not only as game designers, but as a company dedicated to the PLAYERS.

The game itself is pretty awesome. A vast RPG where you star as the resident rarity/badass mutant scaling the lands on a quest to find his missing daughter (sort of). Riding your trusty steeds Roach, Roach, Roach and Roach (don\'t worry about it). As this mutant monster killing badass Geralt, you as the player have many options throughout your quest, be an unkind hardass dedicated to simply getting things done killing blokes for simply looking at you, or the soft gentle giant type, prepared to kick butt and take names... But first making sure the puppy gets home to the little boy. The combat is fluid and responsive if not a bit repetitive and maybe even easy. But this doesn\'t hold the game back, as the battles still remain enjoyable through the use of potions, weapon oils, and Geralt\'s array of upgradable \"signs\" (magic witcher mojo).

The game features a cast of lovely colorful characters, long, sometimes intertwining, quest arcs, and side quests that can easily end up unfolding to become a much larger plot through twists and turns. For example, a simple quest to find a girl\'s missing brother can turn into a murder mystery involving the girl who originally gave you the quest as not only a suspect, but harboring a dark secret about her actually being a humunculous who is not actually the sister, but in fact a monster who killed both the sister and the brother, and now must be slain, or depending on the circumstances spared (not an exact example, but the same idea, except in the game it makes more sense than my made up scenario.)

The game has level progression, which is admittedly slow, after about 70 hours of play I\'m only about level 25, but with each level (among other things like power stones) you unlock attribute points that you can apply to boost or unlock various skills, like stronger heavy sword attacks, a spinning sword slash, better sign usage, etc.

Overall with the game\'s AMAZING quest system (I\'m talking some of the best quests in any game ever, rivaled only by runescape (I know a sidebar within a sidebar, but like it or hate it RS had some amazing questlines and stories)). The game\'s amazing characters, and the freedom to play Geralt however you want in a multitude of situations, paired with fuin fluid combat (although, it can be repetitive or easy, like I stated) and a vast open world filled with secrets and treasures, Witcher 3 is an amazing experience that you shouldn\'t miss out on.

As a final note about CDPR as a company, they have done soemthing devs rarely ever do, and that\'s... Not be total scum. They\'ve been amazing. They announced Witcher 3, and also announced a season pass, BUT they told us WHAT was in the season pass, roughly how many hours of content each of the 2 expansions had AND a rough estimate of when the expansions were going to come out. They are properly implementing DLC, as EXTRA EXPANIVE content, instead of nickel and diming us like tools, or selling us an incomplete game and then selling us the rest in pieces later (Destiny, Battlefront, insert any other recent AAA title here). Oh, and the expansions are massive, like, some devs would easily release a game with such content as a full priced 80 dollar title (in Canada, I\'ll also add that while every other company is releasing games in Canada at a ridiculous 80 dollars, CDPR released w3 at the usual 60).

Buy this game, if not for yourself, then for the industry. This kind of game design needs to be rewarded, we need to show the scummy companies out there that when you make games for GAMERS and when you work for GAMERS and that you care about GAMERS, that is when you get our respect, and that is when you get our money.
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Nazban
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
An absolute masterpiece of a game!
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Kuehnau
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
While there's no doubt 'The Witcher 3' is an improvement over the first two games, that doesn't ignore the issues the game still suffers. The game appears to lack a lot of polish, which ruins the overall experience of the game.

Movement is clunky, Geralt at times appears to almost glide around on ice where he walks. Items such as torches, clues, chests and corpses are context senestive, but due to the sloppy game mechnics and the weird way Geralt moves at times, I often found myself spinning around in circles, or walking away from an object and then reapproaching it just to inspect it.

Horse movement can also be a pain in the ♥♥♥. In The Witcher 3, you can summon your horse at any given time, but a lot of times, it'll get stuck on the environment around it, forcing you to go look for it. The developers implemented a system where you can have your steed automatically follow roads, but the horse doesn't appear to follow the quest tracker, if you aren't careful and paying attention, it's easy for the horse to simply go off course and in the wrong direction. The horse's movement is almost as bad as Geralt's and frankly I avoid using the horse as much as possible.

The game finally has a fast travel aspect, but it's broken enough to where it is barely useful. You'll need to discover crossroads posts in order to fast travel to them and then in order to use the fast travel function, you'll need to be at one of those posts. Boats works in a similar way, but will only allow fast travel to ports. I don't see the point in limiting the fast travel system in such a way and it can become frustrating.

The leveling system is screwed, you'll gain skill points to assign to various skills and abilities as you level up, but you are limited to how many you can assign and use at any given time. Just because you leveled a skill does not mean it's effects are active, you have to have that skill "equipped". Further, there's no way to reassign points (that I am aware of), so player will need to plan ahead and decide how they want their Witcher 3 build to play. The overall feeling of this system is just very underwhelming.

Combat is tedious as hell, it all boils down to rolling to the side, attacking and perhaps using your skill of choice. Since the game's leveling system pervents you from having access to all skills at all times, most players will stick with a specific skill path and use one or two skills exclusively. The combat system is not overly robust, there isn't anything fresh or unqiue about it.

The quests (so far) have been fairly boring. There has been a few quest lines that have had some interesting developments, but for the most part, the quests are your general run of the mill "slay that, fetech this" quest lines, which quickly become repetitive.

Speaking of quests, the new and improved quest tracker lacks a lot of polish. Finally the quest tracker shows you objectives and where to find them, for the most part it's much more helpful, although occasionally you'll still encounter very vague hints, to the point I've actually given up on some of the side qesust. Further, sometimes the quest tracker just decides not to work properly anymore, it'll lead you in the wrong direction, have you walking in circles or even taking the longest possible route.

Along with the quests and the quest tracker there is a new feature called 'Witcher Sense', where you can use your enhanced senses to find clues, track enemies, so on and so fourth. It's not a bad concept in theory, but in practice it falls flat on it's face. A lot of times, you'll need to find some sort of small detail or hidden object, the issue is, a lot of times, unless you are right on top of it, you won't see it.

Another problem is with foot prints and blood trails, sometimes they just won't show up and there's nothing you can do about it. I've actually had to wander around until I found what I needed to find more then a few times because a trail that is supposed to show up simply refuses to do so.

The story and writing are alright, but a lot of times it feels boring or tedious. The game claims to be "open world", but that is further from the truth. While it is true that you are given the options to complete quests and mission as you want, while there are decision that can make some changes to the storyline, the reality is, in most cases quests, missions and stories only have a few (if not only one) way to complete them.

Geralt is often getting black mailed by other characters in order to get information he so badly needs. We already known Geralt has some form of mind control ability, but he uses it so rarely, there's no reason to invest more points into that skill. I should be able to force people to tell me what I want, not have to run off and perform all the mundane tasks for people. When someone locks a door or gate, I should be able to blast it out of my way if I choose, not walk half a mile out of my way to find another way around it. The lack of freedom you have in controlling Geralt is asinine.

The reality is, The Witcher 3 is only as open world as the developers were willing to allow it to be and anything that conflicts with the story, or character development they already planned in advanced isn't allowed.

The Witcher 3 may be an improvement over the other two games in the franchise, but when a newer game is out performed by other similar, older titles on the PC platform, it's a sign that there wasn't enough effort or polish put into development.
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Shammy
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Great Graphics. The rest is awful. Clunky controls that you \"can\" get around, but why? You have to position yourself just right to loot something.

Quests are repetitive and downright boring. Go, kill, fetch. Repeat ad nauseum.

Don\'t buy this game. The first chapter was interesting because it\'s a new game. After starting chapter 2 I saw this was going to be a boring fetch/grind fest.

Boring game.

Get Fallout 3 or 4 or Skyrim. Those are open world games. This is not an open world game. Boring to tears.
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(Name Subject to Change)
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
SHUT UP AND THROW YOUR MONEY AT THIS!

I owned this on GOG but decided to buy it on Steam, especially since it's on sale. CDPR deserves your money!
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b.
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Every other RPG you play will be compared to Witcher 3. Simply amazing game, smooth graphics, and some of the best story-telling the gaming industry has been graced with.
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runchildrunaway
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
very little time spent playing due to having a new cpu and graphics card.plays very well i5 2500k quad core.gtx 960 ssc.or less.buy it on sale plenty of free dlc too.will invest in expanions when reduced in price.
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Swisso
( 102.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Not only the best RPG I\'ve played but probably the best game I\'ve ever played.
I haven\'t seen a more beautiful looking game world.
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sZakika
( 81.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Game. of . the . decade.

As simple is that.

Looking for the best RPG ever created?

look no more. Here it is.

Awesome Story?
Check

Huge land to discover?
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Lovely characters?
Check

Unbelievable Fantasy World?
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Beautiful design?
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I could write a massive book, just about how great this game is....

A Secondary mission in Witcher has more story than The Division ...



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Pouty Panda
( 59.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Very good game so much to do it can take up an overwhelming amount of time. Which is why I haven't gotten around to doing a 2nd playthrough. A must have for anyone looking for an open world fantasy setting full of adventure.
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[CSGODICES.COM] Cosis
( 33.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This is probably one of my favorite games ever, the main storyline mission is GREAT and the side missions are just as fun and good, and a lot of them have pretty long stories to them too. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who liked the witcher 2 (witcher 3 is 1000x times better) or skyrim, or any other RPG game. It is simply an amazing game that is definitely worth the price, and is definitely one of my favorite games.
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I've been a gamer most of my life, starting with my first Atari 2600 in the early 1980's. This is the greatest RPG I've ever played. I've used Steam for many years now, and never written a review for a game before...this game was good enough to make me feel like I should.

Looking back on it, I feel like I actually played several games. The overall storyline contained so many sub-plots that each "chapter" felt like its own complete game. I've heard some people mention this as a negative, but I can't possibly see how. It's value...you don't have to play the game if you don't want to. If you only want 40 hours of content from a AAA title, then quit playing it after 40 hours.

As for the quests themselves, I found even the random mini-quests generated from "undiscovered locations" to be well-executed and thoughtful, some of which would only take a few minutes to complete, but added genuine character to the gaming world, making it feel like a real place. After over 170 hours of play, I found myself saving the final quest and just roaming around Skellige checking out undiscovered locations, even though I knew the vast majority of them were smugglers caches, and I already had all the gear and crowns I could ever use...I didn't want it to end. I anxiously await the next DLC expansion.

I hear a lot of people complain about the combat system as well, and for the life of me I can't understand why. In close quarters the camera gets a bit wonky, and it's hard to maneuver properly because of your view being obstructed, but that's only in a few specific places. The combat system is elegant in that it is as complex as you make it. You can finish the game quite easily doing nothing but blocking/countering if your opponent is human, dodge/attack if your opponent is a monster. Now add to this basic and extremely effective routine the use of the various bombs, potions, decoctions, and signs, especially in conjunction with area effects and each other...there are a thousand ways to defeat your opponents. Throwing a gas bomb and lighting up a bunch of bandits with Igni is always entertaining, as is using Axii to make a guy kill his buddy. Some special attacks you can unlock, like Whirl, are just amazing to watch when you pull it off correctly to take out a whole group of enemies in one fantastic display of swordsmanship.

Gwent is another feature that gets a lot of attention, and I really didn't know what to make of it at first. After analyzing it for a little while, and picking up some different cards with different abilities, I began to realize the genius of it, and eventually got to the point where I can honestly say I haven't had as much fun with an RPG mini-game since Triple Triad in FF8. It's just another part of this game that is absolutely brilliant in its simplicity yet astoundingly deep.

Well, there you go. My first Steam review. I enjoyed this game immensely, and unless you're a cave troll, you probably will too.
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169.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I hope one day I get amnesia so I can play again to full effect.
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537.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
537 hours and still continue playing. That's your answer for how good it is.
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86.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Wow. Just wow. Do NOT buy this game IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON DOING ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE. Because you won't have one for several weeks.
This game is breathtaking. Amazing.
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214.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
There are on occasion certain convergences and synergies that give rise to human creations destined to transcend and expand the role and scope of art and storytelling. That's when these creations border on myth. What distinguishes them is that they are not exclusively the work of a single mastermind; instead they become collaborations that span across years, decades, and encompass the minds of several artists, writers, visionaries. Such is the Nietzschean mythology of DC/Marvel superheroes; such is the Darwinist mythology of Planet of the Apes; and such is the Slavic-Tolkienian saga of The Witcher.

My personal maxim when it comes to games is: Gameplay is king; Story is queen. I have little to no interest in games with no story or even lore; and also no interest in games with only story (I'd rather read a book in that case). The seamless combination of both is what interests me the most, and very few games achieve this blend as Wild Hunt has achieved. This game is the embodiment of the perfect balance between gameplay and story.

CDPR, the developer, has achieved the highest effect a game can have on its players: making them wish that it never ends. For the last five months I have delayed and put off the ending as long as I possibly could, wishing that this game could last forever; that I could play it for the rest of my life, always finding new side quests, new contracts, new treasure hunts. But alas, all great things must end; it's what makes them great. And in this case, The Witcher series ended on an incredibly high note. The fact that the developer has decided to conclude the story of Geralt with this game, instead of finding a way to milk the franchise also speaks volumes of their integrity as artists.

This is a game that is exuberantly alive: it bustles and teems with life. Walking through the woods, walking through a city, into a cave... you feel life around you, especially if you play with a good headset. The feeling of riding across the lands as the sun sets is something I'll never forget. I'd never played a game that felt so alive, so rich, so handcrafted in its minutest details. Some games came close, but probably due to limitations of technology and development cycle, they didn't achieve this level of liveliness and exuberance.

I usually don't like cutscenes in most games, to be very honest, but in this game I couldn't get enough of it. The voice acting, the character animation, especially facial animation, is beyond anything we've come to expect from games in terms of quality, and most games now pale in comparison, seeming lifeless and dull. No wonder some critics said that it "defines next-gen": this game is technically and artistically unparalleled, and it should set a gold standard to be aspired to by all AAA devs in the coming years. Not that most of them will ever achieve something this great, but they should at least aspire to greatness.

It has moments where its writing is at its best the fewer words are used: Geralt and Ciri trashing a certain place was particularly brilliant. But the writing here is among the best a game has ever seen. From my own personal preference, only the writing in Fallout: New Vegas could equal the writing in Wild Hunt. The variety of soundbites in cities and villages, the different personalities ascribed to vendors (a blacksmith mourning his son, an armourer who is not what he seems, a grumpy merchant, etc etc etc)... From the very first quests, the inner life shown by these characters is simply staggering: a lone hunter in the woods, a very minor character, who considers himself a freak, has more inner life than most protagonists in most games out there.

This brings us to the question of empathy. Here we feel such empathy for these characters, even as we know that they are nothing but a complex arrangement of ones and zeroes (technically speaking) and we feel for even the most despicable among them, such as the Bloody Baron. Only in TV series such as The Sopranos and Breaking Bad have I felt such empathy for men whom I would personally loathe if I ever came across them. This is top-notch writing in action. We care for the characters in such a way that it’s hard to hold back the tears at certain points in the story. The only complaint I have, as some others have as well, is that the main villains are not as developed as they could be: Imlerith and Eredin in particular could have been much more interesting, as even minor characters came out more interesting than them. Especially compared to Letho, the villain in Assassins of Kings, the villains here are very flat. It is a minor complaint, though, in the grand scheme of the game.

On to the gameplay. The investigation component, though not exactly innovative, is employed so deftly that it makes for one of the most satisfying elements in the game: finding clues and picking up scents is just fun and it makes you feel like a supernatural detective. I know some players had objections to the combat, but I have no complaints whatsoever. Especially on higher difficulties, it is clever, tactical, challenging and just plain fun. You don't have to mash your buttons or click your mouse to death here, instead you have to pace yourself, prepare for each fight, try to get the right oils and signs and bombs ready. It can be awkward sometimes, but that's a matter of skill. The better you become at combat, the more surgical and graceful you can become, which makes it extremely fun and satisfying.

As an RPG, well, purists may argue that The Witcher series in general is not a true RPG because you will always be Geralt of Rivia: you will always be bound and limited by his personality, skills and fighting style. Yes, true enough. But within these bounds there is a freedom to build a character that is unique, not only in the dialogue choices that ultimately impact the story, but in the way you approach the world and what you do with it.

In terms of mechanics, I have had no problems whatsoever. Not a single crash, only some very minor and mildly amusing glitches. As I said before, this game is technically unparalleled. CDPR's engine is the perfect expression of Clarke's third law: advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Apart from some shoddy textures here and there, the game is truly magical in its beauty and scope. It is an open world without invisible walls, where the sky and the oceans are the limits.

The soundtrack is a work of art in itself. For the past two months I've started reading the books while listening to the soundtrack, and it makes for a very satisfying combination. It fills you with longing and transports you to the world of the Witcher while your body sits there in the bus, going to work or wherever. It is that good, seriously.

Flawed as only the greatest masterpieces can be, Wild Hunt is a tour de force to be reckoned with. It is a world built by some of the most creative and innovative minds in the games industry; it is a game carved and handcrafted as a labour of love with only the varnish of commercial value. Wild Hunt redeems the videogame medium; it elevates art and storytelling to a whole new level that we can only hope will come to be imitated, however imperfectly.

(This is an abridged version; the full version is here)
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225.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt

What is that for a game !?! The best RPG game ?!? With a great and long story ?!? An exciting and sad story ?!?

YES , IT IS

This game is just so awesome . Incredible story , great graphics , great atmosphere , great DLC , long playtime !
I bought the game at first on GOG and played it there 100% ,but then I wanted it on steam and bought it there and play it again ,because the story was and is so awesome . Can't wait for the last DLC (Blood and Wine) this month .

Story
ONE WORD ! AWESOME ! The main thing in the story is to find "Ciri". So the story of The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt goes into your own hearth in some scenes . You have to choose one thing in a certain time and when you choose the bad thing sometimes then you have a bad end in the main story . One scene was really sad ,but I won't spoiler it . You will see.
Long story , great story 1000/10 points !

Graphics
You will see it ... Wait a second ..... There is it.....
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=651803481
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=655588001
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=682467927

Gameplay
So , it gives 70 levels. You got the sign "Quen , Yrden , Axii , Aard , Igni" .
You have got skill points and you get one per level.When you make a good skill tree then you can defeat your enemies faster then you think. The control in the game is good !

Positive
+Long story
+Long playtime
+Great story
+Great graphics
+many side quests
+very big and awesome world
+many various enemies
+many good armor sets
+great DLC (Hearth of Stone)
+Geralt looks nice
+best Witcher game

Negative
-some bugs
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120.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
All I can say is, that The Witcher is to video games, what The Lord of The Rings is to movies. Fantastic story telling, superb voice acting, beautiful graphics, excellent music score, what's not to love about this game? If you have read the books/novels you will find A LOT of references to them, and as the saying goes "the devil is in the details", you will wind lots of wonderful little details that tie into the story on the books.

I would totally recommed this story driven RPG to ANYONE.

1000/10
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300.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
This game is simply the best game ever made in the history of video gaming industry. It takes around 50-80 hours just to complete the main questline, the side quests with epic lore and much more made the game even better. Then the DLC blew me away even more with mysterious ending. I can 't wait for Blood and Wine because i know that CDPR will do a great job. Game that could be compared with Witcher 3 doesen 't exist. Overall 10/10, worth every cent!
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344.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
100/100 This is how games should be.
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104.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Adventure that worth hundred hours of your life!
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113.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
the more you play other games, the more you love Witcher 3
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311.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
"Radovid sucks flaccid coc­k"
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177.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
A masterwork of video game storytelling, great world design, fun combat, and it's just overall incredibly memorable and it very literally NEVER ENDS... even when you beat the main story, you will no doubt still have so much left to do including the expansions.

For some it very likely won't click due to the various systems in place: character progression and the loot.
Honestly, if you go into this with the mindset that it bombards you with skills and phat loot every half hour then you're going to be incredibly disappointed because those might the game's weakest points.

The loot system is a joke and total after thought, clearly added to appease people that love rummaging through every container and chest they see but without realizing that those people need good items every so often and especially for chests that are usually at the end of quest chains. But, I can't even add this as a negative because I stopped caring about loot once I got really into the crafting system as that's where your best items are! So, really, dispel with the notion of this being a loot-a-thon almost immediately or else you're only going to disappoint yourself.

Character progression is a mixed bag for me, I don't pay too much attention to it as the skills are all pretty much fine out of the gate and they'll get buffed from items and runes anyways. The most you want to do is invest in the alchemy tree, really and pop a few points into your preferred signs.

Otherwise, again, dispel any notions you have about levelling up quickly and getting SICK SKILLS every 20 minutes. You get the brunt of your XP from doing quests and contracts, usually helps if said quests or contracts are a level higher than you or the same level as you because otherwise you get jack for XP, especially if it's for doing things that are under your level. The highest amount of XP I think I've ever gotten for killing a random beastie in the wild was about 33 or so, so yeah... don't waste your time killing monsters without a contract that's your level or better.

Those aren't exactly negatives on my end, I'm just laying them out there as a warning to people thinking of getting into the game with the wrong idea about its systems.

Anyways, just about every quest and contract has an interesting little story to tell so absolutely do them eventually when you've stopped caring about just doing them for money or XP. This is the rare completely handcrafted RPG with no randomly generated quests, so you know every one you take will give you a little adventure!

Combat is visceral and satisfying, possibly gets a bit simplistic after a certain period of getting acclimated with it but that never bothered me because, again, it's just so FUN and SATISFYING... especially when you cleave a beastie in half!

The world design is phenomenal with so much detail and love put into every nook and cranny, exploration is greatly rewarded...(just not with very good loot usually[there is the very rare exception however that you might find diagrams you need], to hammer that point home), you get rewarded with well written lore and absolutely beautiful sights.
I love the creature design as well, these are beasts that are animated so well that I'd half expect to see the developers mo-capping actual monsters in any making ofs.

This is easily the best video game I have ever played and will likely KEEP playing for the forseeable future, it's just so easy to get lost in its world and fall in love with its characters. This game made me a fan of the franchise and developer for life.

Highly HIGHLY recommend it, especially for fans of story telling.

Welp, onto the expansions. See you in another 100 hours probably.
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127.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This final installment in the witcher series is not only rich in adult fantasy but brimming to the edge with wonderfully fleshed out characters, stories, and adventures. Even the most out of the way side quest is like finding a diamond. I've never had so much fun exploring and oh there is so much to explore in this open world.

The combat takes a bit of getting used to but once you've learned the mechanics its fun to fight and try out different attack strategies depending on your current adversary.

Finally, I hope you have a decent videocard because thisgame is beautiful and would be a shame to experience in anything below high settings.

This is a must own. 10/10.
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181.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Simply one of the best RPGs ever made.

Pros:
  • Gorgeous graphics engines, with an extremely tweakable graphics settings menu. Breathtaking landscapes, excellently modeled characters and monsters. This game looks fantastic, especially if you have a powerful rig.
  • Great combat system, deep customization and a plethora of unique consumable items lets you tailor your abilities and actions to your playstyle.
  • Controls are precise and responsive.
  • Wonderful, immersive storyline. Even some side quests felt like their own adventures.
  • Characters are intelligently written, and brilliantly voice acted.
  • Massive world.
  • Multiple endings, new game+, engaging difficulty modes creates high replayability.
  • Unafriad to tackle difficult themes, presenting you with choices and consequences that are complex and difficult. Instead of the usual: "Are you a good guy, or bad guy?"
  • Expansion Packs:
    • Hearts of Stone: Amazing. Absolutely pick this up. I might actually like this story better than the main campain. It's close. Well worth the money.
    • Blood and Wine: At the time of writing this, blood and wine is not currently out. I will update my review once I beat it.

Neutral:
  • Lots of repeated side content: Monster lairs, bandit camps, hidden treasure, smuggler's caches.

Cons:
  • Can be a bit fetch quest heavy at times.
  • Occassional bugs can disrupt your experience. Though it seems most of them have been ironed out over the last couple patches.
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71.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
With the main story line taking around 55 hours to complete (without ANY side story) this game takes my breath away as a modern marvel of gaming history. To spare the extended review i would usually give, to get to the point, this game shows imaculent optimization, beautiful story, and extremely deep characters that you end up almost crying over. Ill admit, this game took me a few hours to get in to, as in the beginnning i felt like i was running all over the place, however, despite that, I became attached to Geralt and Ciri.

Visually the game is stunning, the animations, the character models, they all look so amazing. Along with the beautiful models, the voice acting... the voice acting! it is so good, at times i laughed so hard, and at other times i felt the need to cry. Johnny for example, a little godling you find in novigrad; you first talk to him to find ciri, and he tells you how he took a huge dump right as the sun was rising. Diverse is the word i would say to describe the characters in Witcher 3.

The game has a lot of content NOT for children and i would advise ONLY 17+ TO PLAY. There are countless sex scenes and intense profanity that may not be suitable for all ages. Although the profanity seems almost more immersive, as it gives characters their personality at times, there are even times when you would meet a 10 year old and they would be talking about how they saw a woman with huge tata's (they dont neccesarily say it that way). If you are a parent of a child who loves story and adventure, this game is TONS of excitment, however, as a parent, you might want to play over the game yourself to see the content that you would allow your child to see.

The RPG elements are found greatly in that there is crafting, alchemy, fist fights with random npc's, contant quests (side story as well as main story), hunting contracts, and more. In many games, i find myself skipping all the dialogue and backround, but in Witcher 3, as i collected diarys, informationaly books, and logs, i found myself often reading them to get more immersed into the world of Witcher 3.

As a final note, i would recommend this game to anyone over 17 or 18 because of the mature elements involved *some are skippable, like dialogue, but if you reach a sex scene, it is a bit harder* but i recommend it as one of the best story-rich RPG's out there. As a PC player, i rarely find myself spending more than 25 dollars on a game, but this game is 100% worth the price. The story is amazing, the characters are so richly invested in, and the overall experience is mesmerizing. Everyone needs to try this beautiful game, and i hope you take my review with a grain of salt because after all, my taste is different than other people in the community. Have a great day, and HAVE FUN!
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78.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Hands down the best game I have ever played.
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38.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This game sets new demands for perfect role-playing games, incredible perfect touch for every single section of the game. Gameplay, story, characters, graphics, design, sounds, music and world. ITS ALL DONE PERFECT IN THIS GAME!

I fully recommend to buy this game, even in full price.
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198.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
This is the best game, I really like this ..
Very excellent story and game play.

* Game translation of the Arabic language very cool.

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