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 25

Patch 1.04 for PC out now!

The patch 1.04 for PC is available for download now. Please find the list of changes below:

  • Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.
  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.
  • Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • 1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.
  • Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.
  • Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.
  • Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.
  • A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.
  • Fixes an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.
  • Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.
  • Fixes issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.
  • Updates the game icon.
  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.
  • Fixes an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Introduces small tweaks in the UI for gwent.
  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.

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May 21

Patch 1.03 is now available!

This update introduces a range of stability and performances ehancements as well as allows users to take advantage of some additional graphics settings.

Please find the detailed list of fixes below:

  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI
  • Improves performance especially in cutscenes and gameplay
  • Fixes grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed
  • Improves Nvidia Hairworks performance
  • Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset
  • Sharpen Post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High
  • Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water
  • Corrects a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs
  • Improves menu handling
  • Corrects an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting
  • Fixes a cursor lock issue that sometimes occcured when scrolling the map
  • Generally improves world map focus
  • Improves input responsiveness when using keyboard
  • Corrects some missing translations in the UI
  • Corrects an issue in dialogue selections
  • Rostan Muggs is back
  • Minor SFX improvements

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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

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 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
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114 of 123 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Finally the epic finale for the story of Geralt of Rivia arrived.
Combining the best of Open World RPG and story driven RPG CDProject tried to offer the best of both worlds, so to speak.

While many say it is the next skyrim, i always had to think more of Red Dead Redemption in fantasy. Both games had a fixed main character, which is only so far customizeable, which is a big difference from Skyrims system. Also the dark and gritty settings, with their bit of melodramatic storyline, exploring all the mostly bad sides of humanity are quite similiar.

Naturally the witcher has the plus of a more "interesting" background world, filled with magic, war and monsters, as well as being the finale to a story spanning three games and many books.
Also CDPR did the trick to create an open world, which not only looks beautiful and offers an nearly unbelievable amount of possibilities to do, but also kept the content of the great amount of quests so unique that none feels the same.. and surely not like the boring MMO grinding stuff, for example some bioware products of late do.

The characters are also very well made, and i surely couldn´t believe the stupidity of some "gaming journalists" whining about how Witcher 3 favors anti female and racist content. Anyways, naturally even this new RPG masterwork isn´t without it´s flaws. Sadly some bugs still can annoy players, one which even seems to be introduced with the last patch, disturbing some character models. Though i trust CD Project to solve this in due time.
One of the other controversies about this game seem to concern the problems for a game, which is made both for consoles as well as pc to be optimised for both. While on the one hand some graphic options had to be tuned down, due to the limited possibilities of the consoles, the menus and texts, which were quite fine on pc, we´re often complained about by console players.

This section confesses nearly all of the bad points for Witcher 3 though, there are very few things i can say about the actual game, which are really negative. Maybe that your witcher has to be a cleptomanic as*, who steals everything, which isn´t nailed down, to use it in the very innovative crafting system. Or that one of the new mini games, a card game named Gwent, steals way too much time of actual playing, since it´s addictional content.
But all this fades against the atmosphere of a war-ridden Novigrad, where beggars and ♥♥♥♥♥s, meddle with fanatics and witch hunters.

Conclusio: This really set´s new standards for open world as well as roleplay games imo. Definitive recommendation, not only for fans of Geralt.
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150 of 181 people (83%) found this review helpful
107 people found this review funny
99.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
-Come across a small settlement
-See's bandits robbing the people living there
-Decides to help by killing the bandits
-Peasants call me a freak and join up with the bandits to attack me
-Have to kill everyone now

11/10 would save more peasants.
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65 of 76 people (86%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt...its the best thing that ever happened to me in my whole life."

- Conan O'Brien

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72 of 90 people (80%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
142.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I Threw a baby in an oven.

10/10
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57 of 67 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Ever wanted to play the best RPG ever? Well no you have it! Words can't describe this masterpiece so I can only say this: PLAY IT!

Witcher 1 had the atmosphere, Witcher 2 had the colour and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has it all. It's all you can ask from a fantasy game.

With no doubt GOTY 2015 and for me - the best damn game I have ever played! 10/10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmo9CraqYKQ
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94 of 125 people (75%) found this review helpful
74 people found this review funny
349.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Not quite done with it yet, it's good though i guess.
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52 of 66 people (79%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
110.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I quit my job, lost my gf, about to lose my home. I could not care less. For I am, Geralt of Rivia. THE WITCHER.
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
YEAH, POLES ROCK! Wielkie dzięki!

This game is gonna be my favourite game, game of my whole life!
  • ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍Hell, this game is optimized perfectly, especially considering optimization in The Witcher 2. I got Intel Core 2 Duo E6750, GeForce GTS450, 4GB RAM.. according to system requirements my pc couldn't handle this game whatsoever. But, oh my gosh, it works with 20-25 FPS! Yes, I set minimal settings, but even with them the game looks great! When you have a dialog with somebody or just some cut scene, the game looks like you set high settings! Developers do care about players releasing patches.

  • ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍Many players didn't like combat system in The Witcher 2, you could just click click click click LBM and easily win a battle almost always. Here, in The Witcher 3, you are going rekt if you try to make it by this way. You have to make your tactic to win a battle depending on an enemy/group of enemy, fights became more interesting.
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍They finally added horse! Now you can explore the world riding on horse and slicing heads off. Horse is pretty appropriate cause there's a HUGE world in the game. Of course, if you are tired of riding, you can just use fast travel.
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍Developers paid much attention to details creating monsters and animals. Here world lives its own life, there's no place where you couldn't found some creature. Wolves hunting deers and lama, homeless dogs, bears, wild horses. And monsters, incredible number of kinds of monsters. It's all you can see wherever you are (except cities :D). I haven't been to cities, so I can't describe life in there yet. Later, I'll add some more information about it. I don't know anything about underwater life.
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍Gee.. now Geralt's beard can grow. I don't want to see beard on Geralt's face aaand.. as far as I remember, Geralt doesn't like to grow beard. Therefore i need to visit a barber every time beard grows up. This is cool, isn't it?
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍At the moment I'm writing the review, I have yet to meet many characters, but I've met such characters as Geralt, Vesemir, Lambert, Eskel, Yennefer, Emhyr var Emreis. These characters are well made, splendidly. Other characters like country-folk, citizens etc look extremely well too.

  • ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍Music is one of the main parts of the game. If you played TW1 and TW2, you might know how music is great there. Did we really suppose developers would change their music style? Of course not, composers made a great job, music part is as lovely as always!
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍Everything together that I've described above make atmosphere in the game unique and inimitable. You really SHOULD play this game.
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍I highly recommend reading all the book of the saga written by A.Sapkowski before you play The Witcher 2 and especially The Witcher 3. These books tell the story of Geralt and the Lion Cub of Cintra, Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, his destiny; of politic wars between North (Temeria, Redania, Kaedwen, Aedirn, Rivia, Lyria, etc) and South (The Nilfgaardian empire); of politics and sorcerers, their role in it. You will know what is going on in this game if you read these books.
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍The game is localized to many languages, even full audio translation is made to 7 different languages. I'm used to play with english language, but I think russian one is the best in this game. :)
*** The review might be edited to either correct some mistakes or add more information through my walkthrough
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
A paragon of fantasy RPGs. Easily one of the most ambitious games of any kind ever created, Witcher 3 does not disappoint in its enormous scope and the level of care and detail put into everything. The sheer amount of content in the game is mind blowing, with easily over 100 hours of gameplay in a single playthrough. Amazingly, even with this huge amount of content, almost none of it feels tedious or repetitive. In many open world games sidequests are a burden for completionists, but not in this game. Even the smallest sidequests are substantial and usually turn out to have an interesting story or something unique and worthwhile to see - there are almost no instances where you'll feel as if a quest or mission you did was pointless or a waste of time. The combat and inventory management systems have been vastly improved from Witcher 2, which suffered from some sluggish combat elements and a tedious subpar menu/inventory system. In Witcher 3, combat feels more fluid than ever, your combat abilities and signs can be customized to how you want to play, and the quest and inventory management is some of the best I have ever seen. The alchemy system has seen improvement through potions, oils, and bombs being a one-time craft, and they are then able to be replenished by means of more common ingredients.

The Witcher universe has always been known for its fantastic storytelling, tough decisions, moral ambiguity, and branching storylines; this game is no exception to that. It masterfully presents some very mature narratives in a dark fantasy setting. Nothing is considered off limits and it doesn't ever shy away from controversial or mature subject matter, and often presents these situations for the player to judge them at their own discretion. You will seldom find the game holding your hand in any way and you'll almost never see it encourage any particular decision you need to make. This has always been one of the best staples in The Witcher, and it inherently makes this very much a thinking man's game. Whether it's taking care of your inventory and gear, managing resources, preparing for tough fight, planning out a trek to the next objective, or working out a puzzle, your wits will most certainly be tested several times over the course of the game.

Overall the story of this game, amount of lore, detailed backstory, and wide cast of characters each with fantastic development, when combined with that of Witcher 2, make this series on par with the likes of Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad in terms of storytelling. This game has set a new paradigm for RPGs to come, and CDPR is most certainly one developer who has not forgotten how to make an amazing game - this is true 10/10 material.
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
130.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
130 hours to complete the game and I am ready to go for round 2
The witcher 3 was a beautiful game that had epic moments and great dialogue from the beginning to end. The voice acting was superb and the music was memorable, yet there are some problems with some of the combat and some parts that downright broke immersion. A Fantastic and great game that is almost perfect except for a few issues and immersion breaking elements. The review I did was so extensive I can't even fit it on this steam review. I'll throw down a TLDR for you guys out there but you can check the review video at the bottom if you want more in depth. review. Thank you for taking your time to read this.


Pros
+ The graphics which doesn't of course look like the pr trailer of 2013 but was still beautiful in this game. The world feels alive with the animals that roams it, the day and night cycle, the windy and rainy days. Very immersive. Hell you can even see shooting stars at night if you look in the sky, the skybox is so good.
+ Detailed textures enough to see pores, scars and such on chracter faces
+ Voice acting is top notch while the music are very memorable. Must own OST'
+ The story and lore of the game was memorable and very engaging, Everything had a story behind it, Game is rich in lore everywhere you go.
+ The choices that has positive and negative impacts throughout the game depending on your choices.
+ There are technically 3 giant maps in this game, the rest are side maps. Each of the maps is very finely designed. Plenty of sidequests to do throughout.
+ The decapitation gore and animations when fighting humans and monsters.
+ The game is separated into 3 questing categories. Main storyline, secondary and witcher contracts each of which has its own story and memorable moments. The lore will keep players engaged.
+ Nvidia Hairworks looks good if you have the card for it, Mainly for Monsters and people with fur armor, Geralt hair wasn't as impressive.
+ You can import your save file from previous witcher games or answer questions during your beard shave which will shape the game
+ Traveling by walking, running, horseback, swimming, boat = immersion and fast travel requires signposts instead of just a game about instant traveling all over. Exploration can also bring out more quests you've never seen before
+ The towns in the game is so vibrant and npcs going on with thier lives. They react to certain events accordingly.
+ Geralt grows beard in real time, must meet barber to cut. I felt like I was Geralt
+ There is an extensive amount of loot in the game and craftable weapons and armor for your character. 3 main type of sets to choose from and any gear to wear the way you want to play.
+ Alternative spells and sword style ability techniques that was really fun to use though is few, Igni spraying from hand and the sword twirl.
+ Fist fighting, Horse racing and even a card game called gwent. Each with their own quest line
+ The Beastiary is very detailed on how to defeat enemies and the amount of them.
+ No on disc dlc charged but instead they are free and the devs stances and actions. They do not adhere to major company standards and that's already a huge plus in my books. One of the only few companies out there that does this.
+ the amount of support by dev through patching, each patches brings delight as the game gets better, runs better, looks better and so on.
+ The romance/sex scenes are way better than anything Bioware has put out.
+ Goty contendor

Cons
- Ai in the game is leashed, sometimes if you break the boundary they run in circles, sometimes if you are out of their boundary they go back, even if you shoot at them away from the boundary they do not react.
- The combat can be a bit wonky with the focus targeting and needs patching especially with a mouse and keyboard, you need to slide the mouse too far to target another and thus resulting in your death because of the amount of mobs that gang up on you. It works better with on a joypad at the moment and hopefully this will get patched.
- Roach horse riding is a bit clunky but a great idea, the auto travel ability is fine until he veers off the path and hits anything in his way. It doesn't feel like a real horse when he just stops coming close to everything even a small rock.
- The ragdoll physics of enemies, sometimes I have enemies fly 20 feet in the air, most of the time they wriggle the ground and bounce and the way hair wriggles when there isn't wind lol, breaks immersion. (hopefully patched)
- People are wet inside their houses on rainy days along with everything in the house, It was hilarious easy for me to tell what weather it was during any cinematic.
- The tree skills is more based on buffs rather than technique, it wasn't as interesting (personal opinion). I didn't have much to look forward to when leveling. The skills slots all unlock at level 30 so it takes a long time
- The enemy does not scale with player so even on deathmarch difficulty eventually by level 30 the game becomes easy. Very easy. So the difficulty only applies to the start of the game
- Physics wasn't the best or lack of, tables don't move around, items on it doesn't drop, giant enemies chasing Geralt doesn't take down trees due to engine limitations hopefully in the future we'll see an amazing upgrade from the engine itself.
- The interface can be very sloppy sometimes especially when dealing with vendors on selling items since there isn't a loot stash
- When you have every potion/oil in your arsenal, it can take quite a bit of time to look for your potions or oils you want to use in combat because most of them look the same
- End game or post end game content feels empty and there is also lack of only thing you can do is go over what you haven't done. You'd have to start the game over to relive the experience.
- There is no loot stash in the game yet, every item is on you and uses weight limits and just clutters your inventory (Hopefully will get patched in)
- Theres plenty of bugs but they are being patched

Others
+- Optimization seems to be a problem at first then quickly got patched and feels much better, though I am running a Titan x so I I can't rate this category but for me it ran amazingly well and loads super fast.

Video review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTSpLmK_lpQ&feature=youtu.be
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Best RPG I've played in my entire life. Also among my Top 5 list of best games I have ever played. One of the best series ever made.

Gameplay is better than ever: fluid, responsive, challenging even on Normal (currently playing on "Blood And Broken Bones" which is even more challenging and rewarding), gory as hell (there's a new dismemberment system in the game) and, of course, tons of fun to play. There are times that I really don't mind repeating certain quests (due to failure, etc) because the combat is so much fun. And yes, Geralt can finally jump!

Graphics look fantastic, I don't even need to talk about them, just look at the screenshots I took in-game.

The Witcher games have always been known by their amazing and epic soundtracks (be it in-game during combat/exploring or even just during cutscenes) and what they've composed and created for this game is nothing short of beautiful and immersive. Some of the best soundtracks I've ever heard in my life.

And now, for the Story. Wow. I don't even know where to start because it's just so well made and implemented throughout the game. Even choices that you make during side-quests have impact on the main storyline quests. Everything just ties together. Alot of old friends/characters from the previous game appear here in The Witcher 3, which some of them really took me by surprise. Simply one of the best stories ever made (also thanks to the books prior to the games). I really recommend playing, at least, The Witcher 2 before starting playing The Witcher 3 but there's no need to worry if you've never played any of them. The game introduces you to everything in a really good and functional way.

Honestly, one of the few games that's really perfect to me. I would honestly rate it a 10/10. There's even 16 FREE DLCs.

Congratulations to CD Projekt RED for achieving such a masterpiece of a game. Buy it. Support these amazing developers!
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
59.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
6 out of 5! My personal game of the year!

- Some of the best quests ever in a open world RPG
- Amazing world
- Superb music
- Awesome story and characters
- beautiful graphics

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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
174.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Pretty much a "must own" if you're into RPGs. I'll start with the bad:

Some issues with the UI that make you spend a little more time in menus than you wish you would and the Audio presentation leaves a little to be desired (in such an outstanding package, the sound engine and immersion does stand out a bit as less than great)

Everything else is incredible. The production values are off the scale and the attention to detail is almost unbelievable. The amount of love and care that went into this game makes me smile. I'll sit down to finish one of the main quests, then notice 3 hours have passed and all I've done is fart around the map discovering locations.

Every sidequest is interesting. This game could be all sidequests and i'd still play it. Also, the image of walking to a town on horseback at sunset on a clear day will never leave my mind for as long as I live.

Once you hit level 10 or so you'll become the boss of bosses and the combat will take a major step up to "fun as ♥♥♥♥"; So stick with it!
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
99.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
As an avid lifelong gamer, I think I am willing to say that this is the single best RPG that I have ever played.

Having played the first two titles, my expectations for this one were quite high. The first was enjoyable enough but has aged fairly poorly, and the second is a brilliant title with stunted combat. This time around, however, they got it all right, and in an open world to boot.

When talking about the sheer *size* of this title, you don't quite do it justice. Typically, when a map is littered with hundreds of interesting tasks, the value of the individual tasks themselves tends to run thin. Even in remarkable titles like Skyrim, you'll see the same dungeon with the same enemies time and time again. This title realizes the exceptionally difficult goal of making every interaction meaningful. Every side quest has an interesting story, many of which branch off into further, more interesting narratives, and the voice acting for these quests are stellar on all fronts.

Furthermore, the "choice and consequence" element ,as it were, is executed more brilliantly than ever. Choices you made dozens of hours ago will become relevant long after they have left your mind, and often the consequences of your actions are thoroughly unclear in the moent - as they should be. You make decisions on the fly that feel right, or at the very least, feel like the least awful. Ultimately, the consequences of these actions remain satisfying throughout, and showcase the talents of a team of exceptional authors.

Additionally, the combat, is simply brilliant. It might feel a touch problematic at first, when you don't have access to your Witcher's tools such as potions and bombs - but once you do, the battles come together with more demanding strategy than most real time ARPG's are after. Falling somewhere on the spectrum between Arkham's FreeFlow and Dark Souls' slow, punishing excellence, the title makes you feel like a Witcher by demanding you use the tools at your disposal. I would highly recommend playing this game on Blood and Broken Bones (Hard) or higher, as the game's design shines at that level.

As for problems, no game is without them. A litany of inconveniences are found in the title, such as the hundreds of pointless "ignite" prompts for candles found on top of essential chests and quest items, causing Geralt to comically fiddle with a candle even during some of the game's more dire moments (Due to be fixed in an upcoming patch). Controlling your horse, Roach, can be pure suffering at times. The graphics are beautiful, they really are, but the grass is another story. While it looks great in motion, if you ever stop and look at the grass or a tree's leaves, the sudden decline in quality is downright distracting. Inventory management is problematic, at best, especially when your crafting inventory starts to grow out of hand, which it really, really will. These are all, however, nitpicks.

This is all to say nothing of the brilliant mini-game, Gwent. This is to say nothing of the 8 weeks of free DLC packs. This is to say nothing of why you should support CDPR on the basis of their reputation alone (you really should). This is to say nothing of the hundreds of moments from this game that will stick with me forever, from the combat to the dialogue. This title is a fine sendoff to one of my favorite protagonists out there, and furthermore, is perhaps the finest RPG out there. Don't miss this - you'll be doing yourself a disservice if you do.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
111.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Do I recommend this game?! - Does a leshen hate dimeritium bombs, relict oil, silver swords and igni? Hell yes!

I rarely get "hyped" for games, or anything else really, but I had a feeling that the guys at CD PROJEKT RED would not let me down with this one, so around 9.5 months ago, I pre-ordered this game and patiently waited for my steam account to give birth to a rugged, emotionless, gravel voiced, monster hunting baby, and boy is it a beautiful baby!

This game lived up to all my expectations and then some. This isn't your dad's open world rpg game with nothing to do but run for miles and miles in snow and then occasionally whack a monster or two with your monotonous one button combat, no... this game is something completely different, the combat, the quest structure, the dialogue choices that actually impact the outcome of the game, the graphics, the music, the optimization, everything is just perfect and makes this game incredibly fun to play.

So, like in the past two games, you play a witcher/an adventurer... a monster slayer enthusiast, if you will, named Geralt, who is looking for his protege Cirilla (he refers to her as his daughter, so you know they're tight!) who is being pursued by the wild hunt. But even though he has to find her as quickly as possible, along his journey Geralt will find time to stray off the main course, as you do in open world games, and pick up an occasional secondary quest, a witcher contract, a gear set scavenger hunt map, play some magi...err hearthsto... I mean gwent! he'll play gwent... (a card game that took me some time to appreciate, but once I won a few cards from random merchants, I really got into it).

The game world consists of 3 major separate maps (you can freely travel between them) White Orchard, Velen/Novigrad and Skellige, and while White Orchard and Velen are somewhat similar, and are mostly woodland maps, well, Velen has some swamp areas and a giant city in it (it's so big and full of quests that it might as well be a separate area), Skellige is a snow covered, viking inspired map which consist of one big island and a few smaller ones.
If you're wondering if there is much to do in such a large game world, hell yeah there is! You'll be done with White Orchard in about 5-7 hours if you 100% it, but the other two maps are just chock-full of quests, and it'll take you days to play through them. I have 110 hours game time as I'm writing this, and I'm not done with either of them yet.

Onto the "goods" and the "bads". It's a pretty game, so there are no uglies, well...

+ The graphics are just amazing for an open world game, sharp textures on most objects and most main characters (Geralt and his friends especially), light effects, shadows, grass density, facial expressions, view distance... everything is just jaw dropping gorgeous.

+ Sound design is pretty good, nothing you wouldn't expect from an AAA title, good medieval tunes while running around outside of combat, dynamic and intense music when you're in combat, no complaints there.
Voice acting is a step up from Witcher 2, which itself was a huge step up from the first game, and while not perfect it's still good, and the important thing is, story related characters are voiced really, really well.

+ Gameplay! While the combat is somewhat hindered by the controls, it's still pretty fun. The sign system gives it variety and a tactical approach to each fight (especially at the two hardest game difficulties). The witcher contract quests are especially a blast to play (they are my favorite part of the game), where you have to detective your way to the monster you have to kill, or not kill, you never know...

+ Optimization is pretty good, I locked my game to 30fps on my i7 920 @3Ghz, gtx 660ti OC and 8gb of ram, and I can play it on ultra at 1200p, with shadows and foliage draw distance at medium, ambient occlusion turned off and without the nvidia hair thing...

- Not everything is flower petals and fancy chocolates and cute baby unicorns, sadly... the controls and combat are somewhat clunky, and are the only bad thing about this game... controls especially. Sometimes Geralt acts like he can't turn around in place, and instead he makes a wide circle which makes movement in tight indoor areas, and under water a controller dropping/face palming/deep sighing pain.
Roach, Geralt's trustry horsey, suffers from the same leg disease as Geralt, the horse has a mind of her own, sometimes a twig can stop Roach at full gallop, sometimes she'll go left if you tell her to go right, well you get the idea, no point in beating a dead horse (ha!).
The combat, while it can be very fun and tactical, also suffers from bad controls from time to time, but not as much as the above examples.
Sometimes Geralt starts combat with his sword sheathed and starts fistfighting a boss, in most of those cases it'll take you more than a few button presses till the game figures out you're trying to take out your sword.
Also, the control scheme changes when you enter combat and wipes the jump button from existence, so if you're stuck in a small space surrounded by a knee high fence, prepare to die!

- some characters have bad textures which really stands out when you talk to them.

All in all, this game definitely lived up to my expectations, it's my new favorite open world rpg (sorry Oblivion), and while not entirely perfect, with the controls and whatnot... in my opinion, it's as perfect as any game can get in this day and age. I really can't give it less than a perfect score - 10/10.
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55.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
"Why do you have two swords? Is it in case one breaks? Smart."

By far one of the best ♥♥♥♥ I've heard whilst roaming around the world.

10/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
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154.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
From the reviews, you already know what to expect from this game.

You buy this game expecting a strong engaging story with side quests that actually makes you feel invested in the world of witcher.

Until, you discover Gwent.

You will then realise, you bought this game to play Gwent.

Gwent is love, Gwent is life.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
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148.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
This game is all about a card game called Gwent. I'm not sure what this "Witcher 3" is, but it's clearly secondary to Gwent.
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42 of 69 people (61%) found this review helpful
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49.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
أفضل لعبة سنة 2015 بلا منازع
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
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88.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
It took 16 years for a game to finally top Deus Ex as my all time favorite.

The Witcher 3: When you don't want a game to end and it doesn't.

11/10
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