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 10

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- Blood and Wine

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

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

“AMAZING”
9.3/10 – IGN

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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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SirFliper
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
bye family i bought new game
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Phantom
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I Jerked off to evey scene i recomend this game to everyone looking for great in game sex
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TheWall
( 65.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Pirated Witcher 3.. played base game, new game plus and hearts of stone.. had over 250 hours of gameplay.. felt bad for cd project red..bought it on steam..now playing again

This was the only game i felt bad for pirating. CD Project Red has put so much love and care to this game.
One of the best game out there!
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radz ラディ
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
best single player game ever
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Razer Jin
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
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10/10
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EL JEFE
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
20+ hours in and i think its safe to say this is one of the best games i have ever played if not the best. The level of immersion you experiance with the characters, atmosphere and the combat; which once you get past the small learning curve can be made the best part about this game. Everything molds together perfectly and though i was hesistant at first at the thought of this game keeping me entertained, the 20 hours i have experiance makes me coming back for more and more willing to put well over 500 hours into this game to experiance it as it should be. Great game CD Projekt Red you have me excited for your many titles to come. 10/10.
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Seolhyun
( 153.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
this game is literally the best rpg i have played in recent years, and this game's season pass has the best value out of any season passes ever existed, developers should take notes from CD project red, 10 dollar dlc had me play for aroud 18 hours and still not completely finished, and it's just 10 dollars! Fallout 4's DLC and season pass is a joke compare to this.
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OoO
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
完美
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Jebbry
( 39.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Best game I have ever played... I have been gaming for a long time. I have a few frustrating moments with the controls.. but otherwise its pure goodness. I played a beat it as well as the first exp. on xbox one. Then i bought it on pc on sale to see the graphics difference and GOOD GOSH MAN. Graphics are insanely good. About 40 hours in on PC now and i'm completely addicted, trying to beat the game and first exp. again before blood and wine but keep getting caught doing side quests! Honestly. It could be the best game ever.
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friscomurph
( 46.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
best rpg I've played in years the only con is water lots and lots of water but still even with that highly recommended game
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electroacid
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Ok, so you are probably seeing a negative review and going "Hey, eff you, man!"
But. just hear me out. This is going to be an alternative opinion on what seems to be everybody's darling.

*There is not a lot of playtime, because most of it is on GOG.*

I tried to play this game about 3-4 times and I never could force myself to keep playing.
In the end (it doesn't even matter) I just said: "F**** it, I'm out!"
It is so weird to dislike something that everybody adores and celebrates as one of the gaming masterpieces.

After every time I hit "Quit" without any emotions, I've been spending some time thinking what is up with this game and why can't I stomach it.
So, this post is going to be in 2 chapters:
1) What everybody likes about Witcher 3
2) What I hate about Witcher 3

It's not hard to see most (if not all) the reasons for calling it a masterpiece:
  • CDPR attitude towards DRM, DLC and community in general
  • Graphics
  • Bold writing
  • Setting

The game can be considered a benchmark, the dialouge contains lots of colourful dialect, colourful swearing and othere bells and whistles. Dark fantasy setting gives a refreshing feel to already beaten into a pulp Fantasy Genre.
Sound like a winner, and for 99% of the players it is.

But there always are exceptions (Divergents, you might say, *wink* (sorry))
Speaking about exceptions, i will write down reasons why I absolutely can't stomach third Witcher.

  1. Walking simulator 2015
  2. Monotone characters
  3. Scaled-back sex scenes
  4. "water"

The first point: third game returns to the roots with lots and lots and lots of running from point A to point B to point C and to point A, again. Yeah, there is a fast travel system, but it just lightens the pain, you still have to fart through the land like an american college student.

Second... Oh, look, that guy is an evil drunk, who beats up his family and probably hides something from you. What a twist! Oh, wait, he is just like everybody else in the land. Whoopsie.
I know that CDPR aimed for the gritty and depressive feel. Like, everybody is evil, everybody pursues his own agenda.

Really, comparing characters in this game is like comparing BMW M2 to BMW M4. They practically identical, except one of them is more juicy than another. So are the characters in this game, they are shades of grey.

Apparently for lots of people that tickles, but for me it just made everybody monotone and boring, dull, bland.
I'll put it that way - I like B&W images but I don't like to feel B&W

Sex... to little pornography, but that's a matter of taste.
As some people say: "Everybody jerks off to what he wants".

And the "water" argument. It spills out of the first one. Because the game is so huge and you spend most of the time on Temerian Trail, you don't actually do that much. The times when you actually do jack are pretty short and not particually interesting.
Run around -> Run around some more -> Jump on your butt 100500 kilometers in some direction -> maybe finally push some buttons -> play the algorythm in reverse.

And the biggest offender - your 10th generation of grandchildren will be finishing this game.
Who the h*ll got so much time, if not minors who are not allowed to play this game anyway?

And by the way, where was that CDPR's Developer of the Year mentality when they embedded HairWorks into the game?
Just thinking out loud.

___________________________________________________________________________________

In the end I realise that I despise Witcher 3 with all my soul.
Maybe I would have liked it if it was more condensed package.
If your are just about to play it for the first time, then do this:
Before you hit "Play", think of what you can do in those 9001 days,
insted of wasting your time staring at grass fields passing by.

Thanks!
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Goomey
( 72.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
How can one NOT love this game? Interesting characters, great story and plot, huge world, and nudity. Oh yah.
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bingler46
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This is by far the bast game i have ever played. The graphics and gameplay in this game were truly amazing. With over 1000 hours of interesting storyline and extra quests for such a cheap price (got it for $30 on sale) this is definitly a game you should buy.
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Zaid
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
10/10 would play this game five more times in addition to my already completed 4 playthroughs.
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Manster77
( 67.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This has easily become my favorite series (I played the first two before getting to this one)! It is a wonderful openworld experience, and Geralt is just the best. I'm just ready for the next DLC!

10/10 Would use Igni again.
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Matthew Mhogany
( 124.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is, by far, my favorite game I've ever played. I highly reccomend it to anyone who is curious.

Now, that being said, there are some downfalls that I'd like to point out. So, I'll set out a Pro's and Con's list just to cut to the chase.

Pro's:

* Graphics are ♥♥♥♥ing gorgeous. Hands down nothing released in 2015 could contest.

* The storyline is the best I've experienced in a video game. There is more detail than any Elder Scrolls game. Although, I don't believe there is an actual series of books written on the ES series.

* There is plenty of combat and an easy to follow skill tree. Coupled with armor and weapon sets, it'll almost feel like finding equipment in Diablo 3.

There are more Pro's, but I don't want to write a full essay.

Con's:

* Glitches and bugs. The are plenty of them. None are really gamebreaking, because the game saves data almost every time you turn a corner. It can sometimes break you out of immersion.

* Quests can sometimes drag on. I moderate between storyline games and blunt action games, so I don't mind. But if you are the impatient type, I'd reccomend you prepare yourself.

* The AI is not a strong suit for this gaming company. This opinion may vary, but I didn't like some of the enemies because of this. Depending on the level of difficulty you prefer, enemies are almost as challenging as Dark Souls, but as dumb as GTA V AI.

Again, there is more to this list, but It'd be counterproductive to my aim for this review.

9.5/10

The price is fair and the season pass is even more so. The first expansion added about ten more hours to the game and I expect the second one to double that. You'd be missing out on a lot of fun if you don't get it.
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Thuran
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This is an amazing game, considering the ammount of time I spent just doing one quest line and then going off and doing my thing it took me a long time, granted I bought the game after I beat it, but I bought the DLC's and what not, but considering they have ANOTHER DLC coming out with 60+ hours of content and a huge new zone this game is worth the money, it well deserved game of the year, should of got game of the century.
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Joe
( 97.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
One of the best games i have ever played
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GingerGuy
( 122.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
*WARNING: MAY CONTAIN POTENTIAL SPOILERS*

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is 2015 game of the year! This is CD Projekt Red’s finest instalment of the trilogy, it is very close to being a masterpiece. The Witcher is everything you ever want in a RPG with its very unforgiving combat, tense battles and it beautiful yet terrifing setting. Set in the 13th century with a dark medieval twist to it. The Witcher 3 sets the bar very high for this type of genre. You will take control as the witcher, Geralt of Rivia, as the game’s protagonist who is very skilled at cutting things in half. In this review I will go through the ins and outs of every little detail like looks, gameplay, story the whole shebang!

Story

Unlike the previous title in the series, The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings the story isn’t as straight forward as it’s predecessor in a good way. The story isn’t like your average RPG where you have your main quest and your side quests, it gives you a little extra by letting you carry your witcherly duty. The main story alone should take you 35+ hours to finish but it took me 90+ hours to absorb the greatness of this title. So you as Geralt are on a wild hunt (to soon) to find the only person Geralt calls family, a young lass called Ciri. Ciri is Geralt’s adopted child due to your mutations makes him infertile and emotionless, he is able to to feel these emotions but he cannot show it. In your journey as Geralt you must face your greatest foes, The Wild Hunt. The story is the strongest point in this instalment with very compelling characters and monsters. As much I want to go through the story bit by bit I want to keep spoilers to a minimum. But let’s say this there are multiple endings and nether the less I was completely satisfied with mine, even though it may not be the fan favourite.

Gameplay

Throughout my time playing the witcher exploration was one of my favourite things to do, I felt like one moment you are in the woods fending off wolves and the next I’m in a huge populated city, novigrad. You have this massive open environment which is filled with points of interest, it could either be a treasure guarded by a powerful enemy you just aren’t ready for or even a treasure that sank to the bottom of the ocean. The witcher signs are the most inventive mechanic you are allow to play with, as much as it feels like playing with magic you can use them in various ways. You can use a protective field with quen or blow enemies away with aard, or maybe find secret passage ways. Swordplay is just so smooth when Geralt or Ciri are in the fight. The Witchers of Kaer Morhen all carry two swords, steel and silver, the steel sword is use to destroy your human and animal foes and your silver sword is your best friend when it comes to obliterating wraiths to ice giants. Contracts is how you make your big money where you can even haggle your pay! The Witcher senses are essential to your quest to be the best monster hunter there ever was, Geralt uses his superhuman senses that allows him to either track animals or gather clues which give you an idea what you are up against. You can use this also to avoid danger, you able to listen to danger from a very safe distance without attracting any attention from the critters that live in the wilderness.The Contract quests forces you to research your enemy to give you every edge by referring to your bestiary, craft bombs to weaken them, brew potions and apply oil to your swords. If this does sell you this will, your bread grows in real time and your luscious locks has physics thanks to Nvidia hairworks, which looks fantastic!

Now for the bad part which are minor but very tedious when you’ve played for 100+ hours, sad face. There are few downers about the whole game for me which breaks my immersion is that roach, your not so noble steed, is very annoying once you call him, he spawns no where near and wanders off in the distance where I have to chase him to mount him, so I tend to fast travel a lot and run everywhere. Although there are hardly any loading screen but when there is you could make a cup of tea in time it takes, the game is that huge to render out! There’s my rant over, minor but other than that the game is very well optimised on PC and even consoles I didn’t even have a problem.

Gwent!

Gwent!, oh Gwent the card game that will make you that 5 year old child again trying to collect all the card and build the best deck you possibly can. To understand the game it’s the best of 3 round, the player with the most points wins that round, you cannot draw any cards apart from using the spy cards, your hand gets carried from round to round so choose wisely how you use them. I think I’ve lost a good 15 hours playing with these card and I still haven’t got them all.

Verdict

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a special place in my heart with it’s compelling story and superb characters. Feels like Red Dead Redemption and Dragon Age had a baby this was the product, felt like a masterpiece. Epic conclusion to a fantastic trilogy I hope CD Projekt Red doesn’t leave this franchise for too long I’ll miss it.

I would rate this 9/10 :)
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168.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
You can do everything you can't do in real life, like casting magic and talking to girls
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Posted: May 4
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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166.5 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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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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183.2 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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195.9 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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286.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
An absolute masterpiece from start to finish!
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119.5 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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82 of 99 people (83%) found this review helpful
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299.9 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 100 hours just to complete main questline, the side quests with epic lore and much more made the game even better. Then 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 11/10, worth every cent!
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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
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104.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Adventure that worth hundred hours of your life!
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85 of 107 people (79%) found this review helpful
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344.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
100/100 This is how games should be.
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57 of 73 people (78%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
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298.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
"Radovid sucks flaccid coc­k"
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
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107.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
the more you play other games, the more you love Witcher 3
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
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167.1 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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
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69.3 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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54 of 87 people (62%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
164.8 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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
♥♥♥♥ yeah! Summon the ♥♥♥♥♥es! I could not stop laughing :DD This is absolutely the best game I've ever played.
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