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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“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

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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.[Sn4ke&Zero_BFF4EV3R] 天
( 95.4 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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jbearded cracker
( 171.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
worth every cent one of the best series to so buy them all the first is outdated though
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Carsonqui
( 40.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Best storyline in any game I've played. The ending for me ripped my heart out. Would definitely recommend.
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Danz
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Got it from My friend, and was very happy...

This is a great game... :D

Love the Atmosphere in it...

U'r looking for RPG? This is for you...

Don't ever find excuses to not play this :D
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Kaydash
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
This is the best game I've ever played, alongside with Fallout 4. I love this game, and I'm addicted to it. But I expect to see more free expansions coming.
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Pimp Master Grant
( 51.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Easily the greatest RPG I've ever played. Here's why:

> The graphics are the best I have experienced.

> The open world is absolutely massive and stunningly detailed.

> The story is incredible and the side quests have more compelling plots than Skyrim's main story. Plus, you have to make moral choices that change the outcome of the story. Cenematic camera angles are used to make dialouge more interesting, too.

> This and Bioshock Infinite are the only games I have played that have intriguing characters.

> The combat has lots of layers and actually requires skill.

> Gwent is the best mini-game in an RPG ever. I enjoy it more than Hearthstone.

Overall, this is one of the few games I would give a 10/10.
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az2dante
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I know it says I only have 5 hours at the time of writing this, but I tested this game exstensively before I bought it and I have to say I love it. The story is engaging but not demanding so you can still freely roam and explore a well written world. I was astounded at the work placed on creating the ambeince of the world. In some instances you can truly feel the plight of the populations of the game. It is still agame, and honestly it feels like a very well written movie until you die or run into some other typical game thing that reminds you its a game. It is incredibly hard on your PC and if you have a low end computer you wont be able to truly appreciate it. The graphics are so good I cant play skyrim or Fallout 4 anymore because they look to flat and cartoonish to me. The leveling and skill system requires moderate grinding, but if you play the side quests you will scale naturally. the equipment is incredibly diverse. The learning curve is a bit steep but not insurmountable. All told, this game was so good I have trouble playing other RPG's because they feel empty and half done. It is a game built for aduts with a sense of humor so bear that in mind.

Graphics 9.5/10
Story 10/10
Gameplay 10/10


Side note: Geralt is a badass.

I would definitely recommend this game but you need a killer PC to run it.


i-7 @ 4.0
GTX 970 OC'd
Game is installed on an SSD SATA III Drive

Runs smooth as glass, but I limit the frames to 30 FPS to reduce some of the movement of the foliage. Not sure why that works but it does lol.
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John atom
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Wow, what complete crap! I'm glad I got my money back!
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Willy Wanka
( 158.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Played every single quest and Completed Hearts of Stone, amazing game, absolutely fantastic graphics, voice, music, writing and gameplay -- the dlc was also excellent quality, cant wait for Blood And Wine!

Do Reccomend, 9/10, get a good computer first though, the graphics are insanely good when maximized.


my only complaint about the game is the ending, had thought The wild hunt were what they appeared: undead/demon four horsemen of the apocalypse death/ringwraith guys, but near the end it is revealed they are just elves, which removed all of their alien-ness and mysteriousness, instead of being like the ringwraiths in LOTR, they are just pointy eared people from a parallel dimension... maybe its just my taste but it made them a million times less scary or interesting... elves are just way too human-like, would have worked if they were a race you had never seen before, like drow elves or demonkin for example.

the final boss, who i hoped was this all-powerful guy was just another elf, with a scary looking armor like the other elves.... he felt waaay too easy to beat, had also hoped the Milfgaardian emperor would become a boss or a villian you could fight at some point.

Also it would have been amazing to see the world change after finishing the main quest, hard to do of course, but still--- hope they can make a third dlc at some point which expands and improves this.

please correct me if i somehow missed anything-- only played through the game once, with every single quest completed.
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shawnw89
( 90.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Story is awesome.Gameplay is exciting. I finally figured out went so that's a bonus. Give it a try, it's worth it
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Sofia of Vengerberg
( 92.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Okay, I was hesitating to write a review just yet (and im 90+ hours in the game) out of fear of not being able to depict just how good the game really is, but here I go:
I have been a fan of the Witcher series for a while now, the books are wonderful, the games are breathtaking and as soon as CD Project Red released the announcement trailer for Witcher 3 I have been excited for this game, unfortunately my old rig couldn't run it even on the lowest settings. So I set out on a 2 year long journey to get the PC I wanted JUST for the intent of playing the Witcher 3 on ultra graphics, and boy oh boy do I love each and every moment of it.
The game itself... I don't know where to start. Each character has a personality of its own, each NPC is unique. it feels so ALIVE, so beautiful and the story feels so real. But above all the best feeling is that YOU as a player have an impact on everything. You shape the story. There are so many details in everything that my mind sometimes can't comprehend how much time and effort it took for everything to get to the player, from start to finish.
I already wrote so much yet I still feel that i haven't praised Witcher 3 and CD Projekt Red enough, but I honestly believe everyone should play this game. gamer or not gamer, lover of RPG or not. This is a story, a game everyone needs to experience.
It's a masterpiece, hands down.
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Toxivian
( 86.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Everything worth saying has been said.
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PunultimateGamer
( 43.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Gorgeous game

Always more to do (it never ends)

Best world building in any game I've played in a while
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TheAnalScrubbenings
( 30.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I was riding my horse and it glitched through the ground. 11/10 would recommend.
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Pyramid Tea Bag
( 198.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
The Witcher 3 has such an incredible level of depth and craft that it's certainly one of my favourite games. I can't really recall getting attached to characters in a videogame like in The Witcher, so much so that I genuinely felt empty when I finished it. There's an overwhelming number of positives and so few negatives to Wild Hunt, which is rare for a game of this calibre, especially in recent years:

Pros:

- The Story: engaging, with suitably serious and funny moments. Dialogue is well written, and the story delivers a great sense of epic-ness as it unravels.
- Combat, which has good tempo and is very fun.
- Sublime visuals and scenery (if you've the hardware to support them, thought the game still looks good on lower settings).
- An awesome soundtrack, which you also get in mp3s and flacs with the download.
- The Value: it's not very often that I'd consider paying full price for a game to be more than worth doing (though I'd still wait for a sale) - The Witcher has a superb level of replay-ability. The sheer size of this game means that upon replaying you'll find plenty of details you'd missed on your first play-through (which took me about 60 hours, though I hadn't done all the side quests). Not only that, but the variety of different choices you can make and the different endings to the game have encouraged me, at least, to progress the main story three times. There's plenty of free DLC too and the paid DLC, Hearts of Stone (the only one as of now), is definitely worth getting.

Cons (which are minor compared to the pros):

- A few, fairly minor bugs (often funnier than they are frustrating).
- Horse racing feels a bit shallow - you win based off your horse’s stamina and how good you are at blocking your opponent.
- The armour and weapon durability mechanic isn't particularly important (you could probably go the entire way through the game without repairing anything). I also didn't find myself using oils very much, but perhaps this is just down to laziness.
- Moving around in small spaces can sometimes be tricky.
- The ending-defining decisions you make come in the later stages of the Wild Hunt, so how you act in the earlier parts of the game isn't very important other than for the fate of individual characters.

Many other reviewers have said that The Witcher 3 is one of the best games to come out in recent years, though I can't really think of any other RPG that offers quite as much. Functionally, this is one of the best RPGs ever made as far as I'm concerned, and I strongly recommend picking it up.
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MaxSand
( 101.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Buy this game, and after dedicating roughly 20 hours you will begin to realize how amazing it truly is. This is the best gave I have played since Skyrim and is better in some ways.

Only bad thing I have to say about it is that the controls can be a bit clunky and even frustrating, especially on horseback.

+ Replay value
+ Graphics
+ Massive open world
+ Leveling system
+ Crafting/Alchemy system
+ Creative and unpredictable
+ Exciting monsters
+++ Story +++
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QUill Qiggins
( 73.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
One of the best games ive ever played
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lickerpicker
( 67.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Just a masterpiece.
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CorpGess
( 501.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Probably the best open world game i have played. Has very little downs in the game and really entertaining. I played the game around 200 hours in first 2 weeks after buying it. Highly recommend.
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70 of 76 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
66.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt - *No Spoilers*
It has been a long time since I have played a game excessively however since I purchased this game I have played it none stop. The Witcher 3 really does put other games to shame and sets an example of which I wish other games would follow.

The Main Story
-The main story of this game is the best I have played to date, not only is it gripping but it also manages to give some back story from the other two games, something I was worried about been that I have never played the other two. But a sufficient amount of back story was given for me to make sense of Geralts relationship with some of the characters. It took me approximately 44 hours to complete the main quests although I know it has taken other people longer. The main story has three different endings what will be decided by the choices you make throughout the game.

Side Quests
-Even in the side quests you are able to see the amount of effort and detail that has been put into them. Each side quest has it's own story to tell and many of them take a considerable amount of time to complete. In addition to this these are not your typical go fetch or go kill quests each of them are unique to one another and tell there own story. If you prefer the more typical kill this and kill that type of thing to get your XP up then another option is availible in the form of "Witcher Contracts".

DLC
The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt offers a lot of add-ons at no extra cost. This was a major positive to me since most games today charge fees for such content. The free DLC includes, quests, alternative looks for characters and armor. There are two paid DLC's avalible one of which is yet to be released but if they are anything as good as the game then i'm sure they will be well worth the price.

Summary
-Despite finishing the game i'm going to complete every side quest and witcher contract I can because this game is something which should be enjoyed in every possible aspect because of the amount of detail that has been put into every nook and cranny. - I don't see myself completing everything any time soon as I spent over an hour doing a singular secondary quest.
-If you are someone looking for a game to really sink your teeth into then this is it.

-Great visuals
-Gripping story
-Everything in the game has had an amazing amount of detail put into it
-Free DLC
-Plenty of things to do once you have completed the game
-Almost an endless amount of hours worth of gameplay
-More DLC on the way
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
149.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Wow...what a fantastic and epic journey this was. I never played TW1 yet, but I played The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings few years ago and so I was waiting for this last part excitingly with my brother for months last year.

But I finally managed to finish TW3... after about 10-11 months haha :D, first buying it for PS4 in last May I think and later for Steam. It took me a while because of couple reasons, like too little time, burnout by open world games and MGSV hype. Some might think TW3 is too long as a game and I did too at first. Actually I have often liked more linear and shorter games. But anyway, it's one hell of a amazing game, that you should spend time with and enjoy the story and world, not trying to rush it.

The Witcher 3 is indeed a damn long game, perhaps the longest I've played from start to finish, and I still haven't played the DLC. Especially if try complete most of the side quests like I did, takes hella lot of time. I admit that I didn't explore every place and skipped some sidequests like gwents, some horse races and some treasure hunts.
It sure is worth your time investment to reach the end, will give the feels. Once you spend hours and hours going through the story and you finally reach those certain big moments you've waited for... they will feel emotional. I've heard it has a lot of different endings and the one I got made me shed tears of joy :).

CD Projekt RED managed to elevate open-world and RPG into a whole another level in my opinion. I don't think I've seen so much detail added to side quests either, which alone is one great achievement. They're all done so well and they actually feel interesting. Hunting monsters is great. The way the forests move in wind is incredible, the weather changes too...just beautiful.

The story, world, characters, combat, voice acting, graphics are all fantastic. And music...that beautiful music is mindblowing. The voice acting is also some of the best I have ever heard, there is such a huge amount of it and makes the characters feel very real. The choice making is great and the outcome of what you chose, might not be always what you wanted in the end.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is definitely one of the best games and RPGs I've ever played. A must have for anyone who desires to experience an epic dark fantasy story.
10/10
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
199.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Unique RPG experience with awesome combat, memorable characters, superb technology and inmersive story.
A must buy along with the Expansion Pass
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
174.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
I just finished part one and in it for 117 hours. Never seen anything this big and good so far. The story is epic and the world you're playing in mindblowing. Lots and lots and lots of things to do. Be sure to have a lot of time on your hands. I'm getting ready for part two.

I've read the books of Andrzej Sapkowski long before they made this game about Geralt. I didn't play the first episode and only got halfway in the second game. The writing from Andrzej and the first two games......seems they did it all just to exercise for this game. Blood, sweat and tears I imagine but worth every damn second of it.

...and just half way through. More DLC on the way.
Damn this is good.

ps. I play on hard in the late evening/night with the lights out and with headphones on and a bottle of whisky in reach. It gets scary, there are monsters. Lots of ugly ones too. You'll need the drink when you play it the way it is supposed to be.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
86.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Witcher 3: Honest Review

Racism? ✔
Religion? ✔
Monsters? ✔
People who are worse than monsters? ✔
Naked girls? ✔
More naked girls? ✔
Superb voice acting? ✔
Mind-blowingly good storyline? ✔
An even better DLC, worth every penny? ✔
No micro transactions? ✔
No Ubisoft, unless in the trash? ✔
Likeable characters? ✔
Unbelievably good atmosphere? ✔
Soundtrack comparable to that of LoTR for example? ✔
Enough Slav? ✔
GOTY 2015 with over 130 awards? ✔

Yeah... Sums it up alright.

What are you waiting for? GET. IT.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
162.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Little girls end badly when they fall in with the wrong crowd - Geralt of Rivia



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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
100.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
It's good, really good. Storyline is just awesome, maybe not as brilliant as in Witcher book series, but still great. Unfortunately this game has some defects like optimization, which was much better in version 1.0. Bad antialising is another disadvantage, because CDPr implemented FXAA instead of MSAA.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
648.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I may be the oldest person witting a review for this game (turn 63 in July, 2016).
I am a scientist, professor (PhD), as well as a lobbyist in the USA...as well as a working professional musician. Yes, web ware developer as well...but not in gaming (tele-health).
The politics, the physics, storyline, emotions, visuals, and music score hit every mark that can be made in a game.
Sure, one could argue, you can't create or modify your own character like in Skyrim or other RPGs, Fair enough, and I suppose if you are a female, that could put you off--but in TW3, you get to play a female character as well. Brilliant solution to the gender bias paradox.
On the other side of the coin as well as the edges of the coin--I don't know what other game can compare with the reality of the choices you make in a game. It is the closest thing to real life I've ever experienced in a game. Enough has been written about the graphics, story line, etc... What make this game unique is that choices matter, little is linear, and one can replay the game, as I did, increasing the level of difficulty each time. I wish I could make more different choices....but I'm such an ethical and loyal smuck that every time I play I reject Yen, hook up again with Triss, kill Rad, don't kill the "paint" Troll, I look after Ciri's interest, etc. Every time! I always get a "good" although arguably not sure any endings are the 'best'. Just the fact that the game has more than 3 or 4 endings (thinking Mass Effect) or just one ending (Skyrim) makes this as close to real life as any game I've ever played.
I'd recommending buying the game, but with a caveat--it may take up to much of your time and compromise your real life. But depending on your life, it may not be a bad alternative...I play it to take my mind off of other projects and it is significantly effacatious in that regard.
;P
Enjoy!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,026.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
You will play this game by the end you will be tipping Vesemir's hat instead of your ♥♥♥♥ing fedora. - Lambert 2k16
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
They seriously nailed this game....
Witcher 3 is literally the definition of perfect.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Great game, so many dead bodies very healthy for mind.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
171.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
A must buy not just for a simple collection, but for your soul as an RPG fan, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is more than a game but a new chapter in the newely former era of gaming, no more filler content, no more repetitive bs buy with care becouse you will need to put some time in it aswell.
More than a friendly recommendation, take it as an advice to just purchase this game :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Best RPG in a long time.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Epic franchise. Best of the best. The story line is fasicinating and the portraits of different characters are amazing. Geralt, a witcher and he is not that so called hero in the game. However he is a true legend and not that popular among mobs. Well, we can say that the society is stupid. People are ignorant but player still manage a way to live it and embrace many challenges. My goal now is to get the best armor sets and weapons, to kill monsters and increase my level, explore the world and find treasures. Witcher Wild Hunt, is not just Geralt's story. It can be yours, ours. :D Peace.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
91.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Hands down, one of the best games ever made.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
118.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Before playing this game, I had almost given up on the Western RPG genre as a whole. But this is now my favorite game of all time.
Every quest in The Witcher 3 is written with care and finesse, but at the same time it's all very procedural and unpresuming. Think Elmore Leonard more than JRR Tolkien. I was not at all surprised to find that one of the writers for this game had written crime novels set in Classical Greece before working on this game.
The writers have a lot of fun with dialogue. They borrow mechanics from The Walking Dead, Dragon Quest, and Grand Theft Auto. Sometimes what appear to be heavy choices turn out, believably, to not matter. Sometimes an innocuous choice turns out to be significantly more important than you thought. Sometimes a conversation option represents something Geralt wants to say but wouldn't have the gall to say. These conversations are where the "RP" in RPG happens. They're acted out exceptionally well in Polish, and very well in English. The characters have also been hand-animated to have excellent lip sync, expressive posture, an interesting tics. They didn't try this, but I think that the writers/actors/animators of The Witcher 3 have enough mastery over human conversation that they could make a 2 hour long quest in which you just sit down and talk to one person, a la My Dinner with Andre.
The story for the most part is pure entertainment, but occassionally it will surprise you. Seeds planted dozens of hours ago will flourish into moments of emotion and depth. Reviews have compared The Witcher 3's setting to Game of Thrones'. It's a fair comparison as both have dreary realistic settings. But The Witcher 3 more frequently pierces through its grey-brown cloak, delivering moments where you're moved by a character's compassion and optimism.
The setting is true fantasy. It's a cohesive world, and at the same times, it's an amalgamation of thousands of memes from European and Slavic culture. This is a world where witches fatten children up with sweets, trolls tell riddles, and salt is sprinkled on doorsteps. You'll continously learn more fascinating things about the setting, all the way through the last act of the game.
The graphics are beautiful, but you could determine that yourself. Novigrad in particular is as impressive as any city from an Assassin's Creed game, and more interactive.
I haven't talked too much about the moment-to-moment gameplay, and I don't wish to. It's good, better than most RPGs and many action games, but it's not the point, either. Combat is to The Witcher 3 what driving is to Grand Theft Auto IV. It's a means of carrying the player throught the story. If it was any more engrossing, I think it would distract the player for The Witcher 3's more ambitious goals.
There's a little too much junk to loot, but that's OK.
The WItcher 3 is a really special experience. I thought I knew what it was going to be, going in, and I thought it wouldn't be that interesting. I was wrong. It's a cut above every other RPG I've played. It's remarkable to see a game bite off so much, and then chew it so competently.
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Recommended
100.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Amazing game.

I hadn't played the previous two Witcher games but I was immediatly hooked.

The characters, music, battle system, immersive story and world will have you replaying over and over.

This RPG has set a new benchmark for future games of this genre.
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277.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
An absolute masterpiece from start to finish!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
i love game good
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