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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August 30

Patch 1.30 - Changelog

Patch 1.30 is available now on Steam!

CHARACTERS

  • Vimme Vivaldi is now sporting a fresh look.

GAMEPLAY
  • Fixes issue whereby oil descriptions were not removed from swords.
  • Fixes issue whereby it was not possible to obtain certain dye recipes.
  • Fixes issue whereby it was possible to skip the entire second phase of the Eredin fight.
  • Fixes issue whereby a silver sword was needed to craft the Mastercrafted Legendary Griffin Steel Sword.
  • Fixes issue whereby two NPCs from the "Without a Trace" quest were impossible to defeat.
  • The Rabid Rock Trolls near the Dun Tynne crossroads are slightly less rabid on the "Just the Story" difficulty level.
  • Fixes issue that allowed users to switch bolts underwater, resulting in lower damage dealt during said submersion.
  • Corrects the value of the Adrenaline Rush buff during the fight against a group of bandits in the "Capture the Castle" quest.
  • Introduces tweaks to the loot randomization system.
  • Dealing a killing blow now generates the correct amount of Adrenaline.
  • Fixes issue whereby Roach's tail could vanish. For those affected by this issue, swapping saddles, saving the game and then loading that save is recommended.
  • Adjusts the maximum level for items, quests and NPCs to address level requirement discrepancies if player started NG+ on a very high level. Item and quest maximum level is now 100. NPCs maximum level is 105.
  • Corrects the statistics of the Hen Gaidth and Tesham Mutna sets in New Game + mode.
  • Fixes issue whereby the Toussaint Knight's Steel Sword Diagram was not added to the crafting page after looting it.
  • Fixes issue whereby the Second Life mutation could, under certain circumstances, grant Geralt infinite health regeneration.
  • Fixes issue whereby the Wicked Witch in the "Beyond Hill and Dale..." quest could occasionally prove invincible.
  • Fixes issue whereby the Euphoria buff was not applied correctly following the imbibing of a decoction.

GUI
  • Fixes issue whereby it was possible to place a skill in a mutation slot of a different color.
  • Fixes Steam controller issues.
  • Adds PlayStation controller prompt icons.
  • Fixes issue whereby craftable items in New Game + mode could have incorrect level requirements.
  • Fixes issues affecting the dismantling of mutagens in bulk in the alchemy lab.

QUESTS
  • Fixes issue whereby it was not possible to interact with loot chests in the "Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby Geralt's entry would disappear from the Glossary once he decided to join the tourney under his true name.
  • Fixes issue whereby two bandits outside the Nowhere Inn could prove impossible to kill during the "Following the Thread" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby players could occasionally become blocked during the "Contract: Bovine Blues" quest due to a dracolizard's overly friendly attitude.
  • Fixes issue whereby Reginald's statue could not be placed in Corvo Bianco's front yard.
  • Fixes issue whereby it was not possible to kill Morkvarg in New Game + mode during the "In Wolf's Clothing quest".
  • Fixes issue whereby it was occasionally not possible to use the Alchemy Table at Corvo Bianco.
  • Fixes issue whereby the progression of the "Equine Phantoms" quest could occasionally be blocked.
  • Fixes issue whereby the objective to wear attire befitting the occasion could be displayed indefinitely after the player fulfilled it in the "The Man from Cintra" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby the quest "Contract: Bovine Blues" could not be completed if the "Big Feet to Fill" point of interest had not been completed.
  • Fixes issue whereby Vivienne could despawn in the "The Warble of a Smitten Knight" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby the progression of the "Feet Cold As Ice" quest could occasionally be blocked.
  • Fixes issue whereby it was possible to inadvertently reactivate the objective of the "Feet Cold As Ice" quest.
  • Fixes additional instances of an issue whereby the borders meant to exist only during the "Night of Long Fangs" quest would sometimes become enabled outside the duration of the quest, preventing users from exploring Toussaint.
  • Hughes is now spawned correctly following the "One more day" choice in the "Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Granite!" quest.
  • It is no longer possible to get trapped inside The Pheasantry during the progression of the "Gwent: Never Fear, Skellige's Here" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby the progression of the "Big Feet to Fill" quest could occasionally be blocked.
  • Fixes issue whereby the statues in the "Extreme Cosplay" quest occasionally would not spawn.
  • Fixes issue whereby the bruxa in the "The Beast of Toussaint" quest would display pacifist tendencies, whereas the progression of the story needed her to turn hostile.
  • Fixes issue whereby it was not possible to interact with the footsteps during the crime scene investigation in the "The Beast of Toussaint" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby it could be impossible to talk to the quest giver in the quest titled "Knight for Hire."

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June 15

Patch 1.22 - Changelog

Patch 1.22 is here! Check the list of changes and fixes that the patch brings!

  • Fixes issue whereby Corvo Bianco upgrades would not complete if players left Toussaint while an upgrade was in progress.
  • Fixes issue whereby Roach would not move during the quest "The Warble of a Smitten Knight."
  • Fixes an issue whereby camera hard lock could not be enabled following completion of the quest "The Warble of a Smitten Knight."
  • Fixes issue involving incorrect progression of the "Wine Wars: Vermentino" quest if player had completed all "Wine Wars: Belgaard" tasks previously.
  • Fixes issue whereby the "Envoys, Wineboys" quest would not progress correction under certain circumstances.
  • Fixes issue whereby mutagen icons were not updated on Steam.
  • Fixes additional instances of issue whereby interaction was sometimes missing from chests containing loot in the quest "Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear" in Kaer Morhen.
  • Fixes issue whereby some NPCs could not spawn after the completion of Blood and Wine.
  • Adds Dark Iron Plate diagram to the crafting list.
  • Fixes issue whereby upscaled levels of selected enemies would not be calculated correctly.
  • Fixes issue whereby negative experience points were sometimes displayed if progress had been initially started in version 1.0.
  • Fixes issue whereby a golem guarding treasure located between Bowdon and Brunwich could prove invulnerable.
  • Fixes issue whereby Bandit Camp near Kilkerinn Ruins could not be marked as cleared.
  • Fixes issue whereby Roach's tail could vanish.
  • Fixes issue whereby some enemies' upscaled level would be improperly displayed as too high.
  • Fixes issue whereby it was possible to permanently lose swords in Unseen Elder's cave.
  • Fixes issue whereby an improperly high amount of experience could be required to level up above level 96.
  • Corrects Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone credits.
  • Fixes issue whereby it was impossible to obtain the gwent leader card "Francesca Findabair: The Beautiful" after finishing the main story.
  • Fixes the issue whereby the corpse of Golyat had corrupted visuals.
    Introduces tweaks and improvements to the inventory system.
  • Fixes issue whereby picking up only one piece of dirty cloth at a time during the "Burlap is the New Stripe" quest could block progress.
  • Fixes issue whereby borders established during the "Night of Long Fangs" quest would sometimes exist after completing the quest, preventing users from exploring Toussaint.
  • Fixes issue whereby sword sound effects when Eredin was hit could be muted.
  • Fixes issue whereby some streamed audio assets could not be played.
  • Fixes issue whereby The Wicked Witch could be rendered invincible.
  • Fixes issue whereby Majordomo could refuse to move in to Corvo Bianco.
  • Fixes issue whereby the "Contract: Bovine Blues" quest did not progress correctly if the "Big Feet to Fill" quest had not been completed.
  • Fixes rare issue whereby the "Be it Ever So Humble" quest did not progress correctly.
  • Fixes issue whereby the "empress" ending would not trigger under certain circumstances.
  • Fixes issue whereby Legendary Feline Silver Sword was one one of the ingredients required to craft Grandmaster Legendary Griffin Steel Sword.
  • Fixes issue whereby diagrams required to progress in the "From Ofier's Distant Shores" quest could not be looted from a chest.
  • Fixes issue whereby Aerondight acquired in New Game Plus mode would not scale to Geralt's level.
  • Fixes issue whereby extra ability slots would not unlock correctly while researching mutations.
  • Fixes issue whereby pressing 'O' would add an unlimited number of Decoy gwent cards.
  • Fixes interaction with noticeboard near the Little Flint Girl.
  • Fixes possible exploit enabling unwarranted gains in experience points during "The Path of Warriors" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby the player was sometimes unable to progress in the "Gwent: Never Fear, Skellige's Here" quest.
  • Fixes issue causing infinite loading screen after leaving portal in the "Turn and Face the Strange" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby one of Geralt's hairdos could be more visible than it should when using Feline Grandmaster chest armor.
  • Fixes issue whereby Viper Armor could change color to red when displayed on armor stand in Corvo Bianco
  • Fixes issue whereby the collar of one of the armors was red.
  • Fixes issue whereby Marlene would be unable to engage in conversation.
  • Fixes issue whereby Oriana's guard could become translucent during the "Night of Long Fangs" quest.
  • Adds display of food or drink vitality regeneration amount.
  • An art dealer sets up shop near Lazare Lafargue’s Workshop in Beauclair.
  • Fixes issue whereby access to the Alchemy Table could be blocked.
  • Fixes issue whereby stamina would regenerate at a larger rate than it should after starting a new game.
  • Fixes issue whereby players could knock down horses.
  • Fixes issue whereby dogs and wolves would not die immediately after being knocked down and frozen at the same time.
  • Fixes issue whereby the "Wine Wars: Consorting" quest did not progress correctly.
  • Fixes issue whereby the "A Knight's Tales" quest could be restarted even if Jacob was already dead.
  • Fixes issue whereby courtesans at Belles of Beauclair could reappear in the room after a sex scene.
  • Fixes issue whereby an infinite loading screen could occur after fist fight with Baron in the "Family Matters" quest.
  • Fixes exploit whereby Aarding a beehive towards the dwarven blacksmith in White Orchard was possible.
  • Fixes issue whereby the game could crash after meeting the knights from the "Envoys, Wineboys" quest.
  • It is now possible to acquire the "Emhyr var Emreis: Emperor of Nilfgaard" gwent card from the innkeeper at the Inn at the Crossroads in cases where this formerly was not possible.
  • Fixes issue whereby music/sound effects would sometimes not play.
  • Fixes issue whereby day value was missing from displayed total played time.
  • Fixes issue whereby Marlene could disappear from Corvo Bianco after a few hours.
  • Fixes a rare issue whereby players could lose earned levels.
  • Fixes issue whereby witcher gear and diagrams could go missing.
  • Fixes issue whereby Geralt could die after a loading screen in the "Turn and Face the Strange" quest.
  • Fixes issue whereby a noblewoman in red would sometimes follow Geralt everywhere he goes.
  • Fixes issue whereby body parts would sometimes remain suspended in mid-air after an enemy exploded.

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Reviews

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

“AMAZING”
9.3/10 – IGN

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

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About This Game

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

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

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

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

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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
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Posted: August 31
It's like Skyrim with guns
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Posted: August 31
Do you need yet another person to tell you that this game is amazing so you make up your mind and get this game if you haven't? Just get it!

This game made remember how exciting it can be to play a videogame and I can't help to compare The Witcher 3 to games like Diablo 2 or A Link To The Past. They are worlds apart you may think, and yet the questing, items and lore made me reminisce of those games.

10/10 Would buy again just for the trees.
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Open World RPG - Now with actual flavor all around edition
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KillerFrenchFry
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Posted: August 31
This game has the best graphics ever! One of the reasons its my favorite game of all time, no it really is my own personal opinion. It has no repetitive quests like Skyrim does, the horse riding is so immersive and does it better than any other game, Gwent is such an incredible, innovative and complex mini-game, the looting in this game is so rewarding with powerful and unique swords and armor, combat feels so responsive and there's lots of strategies you can take advantage of, the game is filled with a lot of literature that I completely adore and love to read every book in this game, and no part of the game does the story feel dragged out or boring! I also recommend everyone to play the first 2 games and read all the books! Incase you don't you can still play this game because it explains the story so well in a way you won't be completely lost. Have I mentioned that this game won so many awards?

-Sarcastic ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ on reddit

>mfw that was a sarcastic comment on reddit and I thought the dude was being serious because those are my exact thought on this game

In all seriousness read the above review in a non sarcastic light and you have what my review would be. This game is almost perfect. Simply the best game I have ever played. No exaggeration. Period.
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Nate
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Posted: August 31
It used to annoy me when people said games I liked were bad.
Now it annoys me when people say The Witcher 3 is anything less than the best game ever made.

10/10
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[ABMS]AladeeN
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need to stay sharp to the story, there a trap in the game which called Booty 40 Bucks.

~will spend more hours again to relax time in Novigard~
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mattwwin
81.8 hrs
Posted: August 31
Beautiful, amazing combat, so much to do, so much to explore, and so much to find. Awesome storyline and beautiful landscape.
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Camila Cabello
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 31
STUNNING GRAPHICS, Really makes me satisfied at the moment!! ♥♥
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Muerto
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 31
I gave this game a bad review as a joke, trying extremely hard to parody so many reviews on Steam that get praise for saying that they hate the pricing because of their luck. Hoped people would pick up on this, but I am a stupid idiot and it seems people can't pick up obvious sarcasm and was reported several times, despite even stating that it was a great game in the end. Great game, can't lie. Bought it on steam just to support it again.

10/10 Great game, butthurt fans. At least they are not FNAF or Undertale level.

Won't refund it because I see no point despite me probably not touching it ever again. Like I said, just wanted to support a decently sized dev who puts so much effort into their games, that for some reason, their games are still considered niche and are praised for a month and that is it. While games like Fallout 4, coming from a game series I loved, especilly since I grew up with the first 2, get unanomius praise online being called " A NEAR PERFECT GAME." Not to mention that Fallout 4 has a similar sized team, ~100 and it only smells like money. Despite dialouge only usually having 2-3 choices in the Withcer 3, they are so different that they actually impact the outcome of quest in extreme ways. Which puts it miles ahead of Fallout 4 in just one aspect.

If you are looking for a great game with good mechanics. This is it.

You might say that being a positive review from the start might help. But honestly, Devs could care less about Steam reviews unless there is a common theme in them. Like a certain bug causing a major annoyance, or in the Witcher's case, a great game and that the devs should keep it up.

Some of you might argue that the devs do care about Steam reviews, but in reality they only care about the most scathing one that manages to make it to the top if it is negative. I've seen indie devs take down certain reviews because it might've prevented people from buying their ♥♥♥♥ game. This not only happens with indie devs, but with some large devs as well.

Almost forgot, it is amazing how some extreme fans get extremely butthurt for giving this game a downvote. You really shouldn't do that guys, because then the Witcher 3 will be remembered as the game with the rabid fans that can't take criticism. I know my review was initially a joke, but I've seen this being done to legitamate negative reviews. Not as common on Withcer 3 because it hasn't aged and it is still kinda recent, but look at Bioshock Infinite's or GTAV's and IV's and a more obvious example, COD MW's reviews upon release, and now. They had their own flaws, but fans were so rabid that any Negative review would cause massive outrage. The fact that half of you reported me shows the lack of maturaity from a lot of people, including myself, when it comes to games. It really is embarrasing. I personally think that you should only care about reviews that actually review the game. Upvoting those ♥♥♥♥♥♥ copy and paste reviews doesn't help people who will potentially purchase the game. Posting ♥♥♥♥♥♥ negative reviews like mine, like the ones that downvote because their game froze once in their 20 hour playthrough, should also be taken with a grain of salt, and really you should just downvote it and move on rather than get butthurt in the comments. Doesn't mean that you should ignore reviews that say that they are having technical issues or are skeptical of how dev's are pricing things. My Withcer 3 price review was a joke, but I'll give you a legit one of another game in return. For example, GTA V when the sale came around I think 2 years back. They raised the price to 75 USD so the sale on it, 20 percent off, could be negated. The only sale on it was the in game microtransactions for money that really don't matter because cheaters have taken it over and you are likely to be banned anyway and your purchase won't be refunded.
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fa1sal
52.1 hrs
Posted: August 31
The best game I ever play, but after the 1.30 patch, there is a problem with the Arabic translation. The letters are not connected correctly. I hope they fix it soon.
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Over 1000 hours and I still don't know how to play Gwent.
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Recommended
364.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This video game is a true masterpiece.

The Witcher 3 offers the best storyline I've ever seen. You can decide anything, both minor and major things. All characters in game have their own story which is really awesome. Velen is a land that suffered war and gives you that real authentic touch of how medieval land looks like just like Novigrad which is just how one middle-age city looked like. Graphics are beautiful and honestly I haven't seen an RPG like it. After that you have epic side quests with amazing lore and seriously huge map to explore. By huge I mean the biggest map for 1 higly complexed video game in history.

Then, when I entered the Skellige its like I entered another world.The authentic nord irish accent made it look like whole another universe which this game truly is. During game you have several romance options and you choose a girl which you will end up with which is something seirously amazing for a video game. Not to mention all those sex scenes.
To complete main storyline alone it takes around 50 hours while ending depends on you and your choices troughout whole game.

The soundtracks in this game are literally THE BEST. They are mostly made of polish folk music but there are also some Serbian (Oj Lazare, for instance) which are some of the best slavic musics. The only con in this game was that in free roam I didn't have the option to talk to the main characters but that was fixed in latest expansion which I really appreciate CDPR for, as I and many other customers requested it.

I won't be describing DLC's as this review should be dedicated to the base game. I really recommend this game to everyone, from RPG fans to those who never played an RPG game before.

You WILL enjoy this game and you must play it!

It was worth every cent, 10/10.
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Recommended
210.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Note: At the time of this review I have completed every entry of the Witcher franchise, other than Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine for The Witcher 3. This review, to some extent, assumes you have played TW1 & TW2.

Overview
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is, objectively speaking, the best game I've ever played. It's everything a story driven/RPG focused gamer could ask for, and so much more. TW3 does a magnificent job concluding the franchise, but still finds a way to leave you rabidly hungry for more, despite its 140-150 hour runtime for a completionist like myself. To break down just what makes The Witcher 3 such an achievement within the gaming medium, let's look at its visuals/performance, gameplay/mechanics, and narrative, followed by my final thoughts.

Visuals/Performance
There's really no other way to put it, so I'll just say it. If you have a PC that can run this game, TW3 is the unsurpassed, most graphically proficient game ever made. It's simply blindingly beautiful in every category of aesthetic excellence imaginable. From the textures to the lighting, the character models to the open world design, and the particle effects to Geralts majestic hair, everything is pure visual perfection to a tee. The atmosphere that results from this is one of a believable world whose environments are constantly changing, and never fails to impress. Even now, after doing nearly everything in the base game over 136 hours of play, I am never not dazzled by the immersive world of TW3, and that's only from a graphical stand point. It also can't go without a quick mention that the music, ambiance, and voice acting is utterly phenomenal as well. Transitioning to my feelings on TW3's performance, I have to say I'm thoroughly pleased. I feared that, with my mid-ranged PC, I would get horrible performance even on medium settings, but I was entirely wrong. If you have a capable mid ranged gaming PC by today’s standards, you have nothing to fear. I attained 40-60fps at all times on my rig, and was able to run at high/ultra settings, excluding Nvidia Hairworks. I have also only experienced 4 crashes in my time so far, making for a crash every 35ish hours, which I'd say is acceptable. So ends my examination of The Witcher 3's graphical aptitude, and I can easily say it's the most impressive game ever made in this aspect.

Gameplay/Mechanics
There's so much to say here, so you'll have to forgive me for the many aspects of the gameplay I'll be leaving out. A great place to start however, is the role-playing element of The Witcher 3. I'm very happy to say it’s the best it’s ever been in the series to date. I was given great freedom to craft the personality and opinions of Geralt, namely making him the honorable, truthful, and cynical protector of the people he cares for that I've always wanted him to be. There are also many other ways to form his personality, making for immense replayablity of TW3 from a purely role-playing aspect. The next feature to mention is the combat. The controls can be hard to master at first, but once you've gotten used to a particular style, everything comes together wonderfully in a combination of sword slashes, dodges and pirouettes, Sign usage, and even a little use of projectile weaponry. Every factor of combat can be mixed and matched, resulting in a great variety of ways to play the game. More mechanics that can't go without a statement on my part are the leveling, witcher senses, crafting, and alchemy systems. Starting with the leveling system, CD Projekt Red has found the right balance of useful abilities and customization options, resulting in an exceptional feeling of self-improvement and worthwhile character development. Moving on to the witcher senses, they are a new addition to the gameplay that extends your immersion into truly being a Witcher, allowing you to use Geralts cat like senses to find otherwise unnoticeable anomalies wherever you go, mostly coming in handy when hunting down monsters. Lastly are the crafting and alchemy systems. As for the crafting, it's paramount to use in securing the game's best armors and weapons, so don't overlook it. With alchemy, alchemical items have been updated from the previous game in that they can now be used during combat. Each alchemical item you make whether potions, oils, or even bombs, has its own unique use, and can be replenished by meditating. There's a hoard of other gameplay features such as the seemingly endless quests and exploration, sailing, lore reading, combat dismemberment, and the splendid card game Gwent, but in order to keep this short, I'll summarize by saying that there is heaps to do within the world of The Witcher 3, and that all of it is worthwhile.

Narrative
What, truly, can be universally said about the dynamic narrative of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Everyone will come away with different opinions and experiences, but I'll do my best to pin down definitive truths and give some thoughts on my personal experience with the games story. First off, I'll give a short, spoiler-free plot analysis. You, as Geralt of Rivia, have finally regained your memories since the first two games after suffering from Wild Hunt induced amnesia, and now remember the love of your life, Yennefer of Vengerberg. At the start of TW3 you have been on Yennefer's trail for 6 months, following your premature breakup with Triss Merigold. After a quick meetup with Yennefer early in the game, you discover that her and yours adopted daughter, Ciri, has "returned", sending Geralt on an epic journey to hunt down and save her from the Wild Hunt, who are now after her. Her tracks will take you through the war torn marshes of Velen, sprawling cities of Novigrad, and to the icy isles of Skellige, all the while not even knowing for certain if Ciri is dead or alive. Now, on with my opinions of the narrative. First things first, It's extremely emotionally involving and mentally taxing. The complex writing and genuine human emotion evoked by the realistic and often morally gray characters can be very hard to deal with without allowing your eyes to well up at a couple points in the game. In my review of The Witcher 2 I explained that I found the representation of human struggle lacking, but I got much more than I bargained for with this element in The Witcher 3. Another important aspect of the story are your choices, which often means attempting to choose a lesser of two evils, without any knowledge of the exact consequences of those decisions, causing you to weigh your options extremely carefully. There is also a vast amount of politics to handle, which presents choices that will form the future of the various kingdoms for generations to come. All of this culminates in a world that feels like it could function entirely autonomously from the players input, with you simply there to tip the scale at important moments, which has always been one of my favorite aspects of the Witcher franchise. All considered, The Witcher 3 offers a meticulously detailed, unparalleled story of human emotion and epic adventure, resulting in a narrative that I believe everyone must experience.

Final Thoughts
While I may have made this game seem flawless through this review, I'd like to state that it's not. It is filled with many minor annoyances and bugs, but they are just that, minor. They shrink away in the face of the absolute masterpiece that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt truly is. Despite feeling empty upon completion of this game and the series in general, I f*cking loved every minute of it and can confidently say TW3 is my second favorite game of all time, and would be first if not for the immense nostalgia I feel for my number one pick. However, if there's one thing to take away from my review, it's this; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is everything you could ever want in a mature fantasy RPG, and much, much more.

Personal Rating: 11/10

GOTY 2015
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Recommended
128.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Me, when playing witcher 3
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Me, after finished witcher 3 + expansion pass
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dont want it to end, I feel so empty...
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94 of 102 people (92%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
574.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
When I'm 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I'll be playing The Witcher 3. And my family will say to me, 'After all this time?' And I will say, 'Always.'

This game deserves every last bit of praise it has gotten. It has one or two flaws (most of which will be resolved with the Add-Ons), but you'll have to be really, really picky to find them, if you'll even notice.

Only problem with this game is that it still finishes me even upon finishing the game for the third time and that I have absolute no idea what to play next -- for whatever it will be, I will be sorely disappointed.
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77 of 90 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
236.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
The best game ever made.

There is so much to tell but i don't want to spoil anything for anyone. Simply every gamer needs to experience this masterpiece. In fact if you play first two games too, surely your experience will be even better.

At this point, i think it isn't possible to see such intense and impressive game in the future again. But last time i felt like this, which was the time that i finished first witcher game years ago, witcher 3 proved me wrong. And i guess, i need to wait for another tittle from CDPR that will prove me wrong again.
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208 of 286 people (73%) found this review helpful
231 people found this review funny
Recommended
150.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I ♥♥♥♥ed Keira Metz.
I ♥♥♥♥ed Yennefer of Vengenberg,
I ♥♥♥♥ed Mercia, Bertha and Suzy from Crippled Kate´s brothel.
I ♥♥♥♥ed Triss Merigold.
I ♥♥♥♥ed Jutta An Dimun.
I ♥♥♥♥ed Amrynn, Narcissa and Viola from Passiflora brothel.
I ♥♥♥♥ed Madame Sasha.
I ♥♥♥♥ed Shani.
I ♥♥♥♥ed Madeleine and two other nameless strumpets from The Belles of Beauclair brothel.
I ♥♥♥♥ed Sylvia Anna.

When the duchess Anna Henrietta died I ♥♥♥♥ed up the story as well.
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Recommended
66.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This RPG has it all!

-Over the Top Graphics, good optimization
-Skills & Combat tree
-Unique NPCs + fully voiced
-Excellent Quests, Overwhelming Sidequests
-Huge World with dynamic weather and beautifully detailed Nature
-Much to read and overall excellent fantasy elements

This game is made with blood, sweat & love.

10/10
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Recommended
215.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
These scars long have yearned for your tender caress
To bind our fortunes, damn what the stars own
Rend my heart open, then your love profess
A winding, weaving fate to which we both atone

И из снов моих с утра бежишь проворно.
Крыжовник терпкий сладкая сирень
Хочу во сне твой видеть локон черный,
Фиалки глаз твоих, что слез туманит тень.

Der Wolfsspur nach folge ich in den Schneesturm.
Um dein stures Herz abermals aufzuspüren.
Durch Zorn und Trauer, in Eis verwandelt.
Durch Zorn und Trauer, in Eis verwandelt.
Lass mich deine kalten Lippen küssend schmelzen.

De mes songes, tu t'enfuis à l'aube,
Ton parfum de groseille et de lilas.
Je veux sentir tes longues boucles noires
Et me perdre dans tes yeux mauves, brillants de larmes.

Nie wiem, czy jesteś moim przeznaczeniem,
Czy przez ślepy traf miłość nas związała.
Kiedy wyrzekłem moje życzenie,
Czyś mnie wbrew sobie wtedy pokochała?
Z moich snów uciekasz nad ranem,
Cierpka jak agrest, słodka jak bez.
Chcę śnić czarne loki splątane,
Fiołkowe oczy mokre od łez.


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Recommended
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Casting spells with Geralt is badass like this spell Cáed mil, bloede dh'oine..... Hocus-pocus.... Abracadabra.... ♥♥♥♥ blanthanna. Overall Greatest Game i Have Ever Played 10/10
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