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.
User reviews: Very Positive (7,624 reviews)
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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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
Helpful customer reviews
1,282 of 1,453 people (88%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
His beard grows. In real time.

BEARD. GROWS.



Oh, and there's a vast, beautiful, open world to explore, stuffed with interesting sidequests and amazing graphics, but who cares about that?
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309 of 339 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
For me this is the best Single Player game, what I've ever played.

Storyline - 10/10
Story is presented in a very nice form. In most of the dialogue you can choose what to say. We have many ways to pass the mission. We can do it quietly or killing everyone. Each mission is interesting and different than earlier. The story is for 20h game without sidequests. We also have mini games like cards (Gwent).

Gameplay - 9/10
Beautiful world giving many opportunities for the player. We can explore caves, forests, mountains, helping peoples and doing much more things. The map is 30 times bigger than in the previous part. Crafting and Alchemy are more important, we also can upgrade swords, armors and signs. These sandbox gives many, many opportunities. Fight feeling is pleasant. Sometimes we are blocking on a small obstacle but in comparison to other games it is not very annoying.

Characters - 10/10
Each character has its own charm. Characters are well matched to the storyline and to the environment. We can decide who will be our enemy and who is our friend. We also can choose the path of the main character. Character (mainly Geralt's) and monsters doing really great feeling, details are amazing.

Graphics - 10/10
Graphics in this game is amazing. Even the smallest details are well refined, for example when we move the grass moves with us. Graphics capabilities used in 100%. The movement of water clouds are very well refined, falling leaves, changing weather make a huge impression.

Sounds - 10/10
Music and ambient sounds in this game is great fits. We can listen medieval music which is selected for each moment of the game. Animals noises are natural. The monsters sounds are really threatening. Character voices are well selected and fit into personalities.

Overall - 10/10
If you are thinking about purchase this game, if you like open world and action RPG games, I would recommend these game for you, and I guarantee a lot of fun comes from that game. These game is masterpiece.
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296 of 329 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This game is a masterpiece. It is possible that it is the greatest rpg game ever. Side quests are not boring, the game world is huge, weapons are great and combat although has some minor problems, is glorious. No game is perfect, this game has some problems, but the combination of great atmosphere, depth story, attention to details, quest diversity, sound, voice acting, music, monsters, weapons, armors, storms, Roach (the Horse) and of course the best mini game I have ever encounter in a video game : Gwent. All of this plus dozens of other great things add up and to give 10/10 masterpiece.
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216 of 231 people (94%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
59.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Honestly this game is brilliant. I'm 30 hours in and feel like I have not even started yet. The maps are huge, and quite intimidating. There are lots of things to see and places to explore. Sometimes randomly exploring places you will find a hidden letter or item that leads you on a new quest. Speaking of quests, the secondary ones tie in beautifully with the main story and feel like they have meaning and purpose behind them. The visuals are stunning, especially if you have a rig capable of using HairWorks and HBAO+ to their full potential. The day/night cycle on top of the changing weather conditions really engross you in the world. The sound, both ambient and effects, are all awe inspiring. Just listening to the wind blow the trees, the village sounds of hammer on steel and axe on wood, even the gentle noises your horse makes as you travel is just very immersing.

The story telling is one of the major positives for me personally. All the NPC’s really come alive with the texture and detail on their faces, CD Projekt RED did a great job with that. The voice acting is great, much better than Witcher 2 and feels far more professional. All of the conversation options are well thought out, and there are plenty of decisions with some severe consequences depending on the way you play it. If you import a Witcher 2 save, you will have a few surprises and reappearances as well.

Combat is solid, it takes a little practice to get to grips with the dodging, parrying, and when to use the signs effectively, but once you work it out you will love fighting some mobs. The skill tress are varied and in-depth, and you can really tailor your play style by equipping/unequipping specific skills for different scenarios. Using mutagens to further develop and buff your abilities.

There is so much more I could talk about like Gwent, the card game, bartering/intimidation mechanics, boat sailing, all the crafting and potions, but you need to play it yourself to really appreciate it. Hopefully with further updates and user mods the game will continue to improve and evolve.

There are not many negatives, mostly performance related which, as of writing, a lot of have been fixed already with v1.03.
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170 of 182 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The amount of content you get for your money is unbelievable. Every sidequest is interesting, something I have never seen in my entire gamerlife.

10/10
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371 of 449 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
- Finds an abandoned village which is overrun by Ghouls.
- Decides to deal with them and save the village.
- Dies once beacuse my horse kicked me.
- Manages to save the village later and everyone moves in.
- Talks to a peasant who says “Thank you Geralt, for everything.” and “Godspeed your work!”
- Then as I turn around to get on my horse he silently says "Freak" and spits.

11/10 would liberate villagers to be called freak again.
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249 of 290 people (86%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Best RPG I have ever played .

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best games in my collection.

PROS
-AMAZING graphics.
-The settings and locations are beautiful and feel alive.
-The soundtrack fits the game perfectly and I really enjoyed it thus far.
- Lots of options for the user. Including 4 difficulty options that help the user pick the perfect mode for them. (Story focused mode all the way to an ultra-hard mode).
-Outstanding storytelling. Really enjoying everything so far.
-Lots of replayability, up to 200 hours of game time.
-Great choices can lead to fun and interesting story dynamics.

CONS
-Breakable weapons can be annoying.
-Other characters you play as just don’t have as much enjoyment as Geralt.

Good combat, not as hard as Witcher 2 but still challenging, I enjoy the swordplay and the enhanced signs and some nice magical variety. Did have to plug in my gamepad as I found it better suited than keyboard and mouse but both work fine.

Good story, could be hard to follow if you have not read the books but the characters and events are excellent.

Choices matter, your actions play out and change the world, not always how you think, and not always for the better, but you can see what you do have a real effect.

Huge world, big areas with so much to do

PC Specs:
- CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processo
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 980 Zotac AMP edition
- RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600mhz
- Storage: Western Digital 1TB Black 7200 RPM Hard Drive

Average framerate: 43 on ultra


Most negative comments are about bugs and crashes. I've been playing for several days straight now, not a single issue. Update your drivers, run antivirus software, do not install pirated software and you'll probably wom't encounter any issues, (at least in the first thrid of the game).

In short, I'm impressed and would recommend this game to almost anyone.
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234 of 271 people (86%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Witcher games are like adult movie with a good story. You went for the boobies, but stayed for the plot.

9.8/10
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206 of 239 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
96.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
64 hours

far from finished

cant stop

pls send help
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657 of 848 people (77%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Just saw 2 rabbits having sex.

10/10
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337 of 428 people (79%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
69.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Sold CS:GO knife for this RPG masterpiece
10/10
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110 of 123 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
83.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I liked taking walks to watch the sunrise and sunset before I purchased this game. Now I just bask in the beautiful sun rising and setting over the Northern Realm.
100/10

Seriously, this game is ridiculously good. It definitely sets apart from other games in RPG. Actually in my honest opinion, this game should be a genre of its own. The story telling is ineffably amazing! Even the decisions you made in Witcher 2 can alter the universe in Witcher 3. That's just mind blowing. I am definitely going to finish Witcher 2 after completing Witcher 3, then replay Witcher 3 with the saved files and see how different Witcher 3 will be.

The quests in this game are always changing and exciting. I am a big fan of RPGs and have played several RPGs including Skyrim, Fallout, etc. but have always felt the stories were not captivating enough. I fell in love with this game after putting in 10-15 hours doing main and supplementary quests, slaying monsters on easy mode as I picked up the game mechanics. I have put in now 50 hours into the game over the past 5 days and have never felt bored or repetitive, and I don't even think I am halfway through the game yet. Each quest has a storyline that really hooks and connects you to the universe of the Witcher series whether it's a main quest or a side quest. Heck, I've done some quests that literally feature everything you can think of - slaying vampire, drunken sex with a transgendered elf (accidental of course), staging a play, watching somebody performing an autopsy, and many many more.

Lastly, I am no English major but I find the writing in this game sensational! Reading glossary on different characters and monsters and listening attentively to the dialogue are extremely satisfying and enjoyable. Even the love letter you looted from a corpse or note collected from a throng of bandits are worthwhile to read thoroughly. And who freaking knew there could be so many kinds of monsters - specters, ogroids, insectoids, draconids, etc. After this game if there ever was an apocalypse, I definitely will be the monster slayer guru.

If you are still for some reason wondering whether to pick up this game, I hope you'll find this review helpful. I seriously think this game is worth a lot more than $60 and I was happy to pre-order this game for $54. I am definitely picking up the DLCs.

TLDR: Game is amazingly well-written through both main and side quests. Game developers were very thorough. Pick up this game.

Now back to applying for jobs.
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182 of 229 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
The third installment of the witcher series is by no means perfect, but comes very close to it

Pros:

-Very detailed and huge open world that is divided into 4 regions.

-Interesting story based on award winning books

-Thought provoking and engaging quests which can be done in different ways

-Game is pretty long, takes about 100 hours to complete both main and side missions

-Even with the downgrade, the graphics are still very good

-Lots of hours of fun gameplay with improved combat from witcher 2

-Lots of customization

-No paid mini DLC a la ubisoft/ EA and microtransaction ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

-No Fetch quests and filler content

Cons:

-A few bugs here and there, nothing game breaking, a few crashes when opening inventory

-Optimization isn't the best, even the GTX Titan X cannot run the game at above 60 fps with everything on max(and hairworks)

- Keyboard and mouse controlls are a bit clunky

-Graphics were downgraded from e3 2013 and e3 2014, (just go look at the trailers of gameplay videos), it wouldn't be a huge issue if the company/devs didnt straight out deny it ever happened to get more sales, pretty anti-consumer.)


Thats all i can think of the top of my head, overall my personal rating would be 9/10, big improvement from both witcher 1 and 2 (also great games)
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95 of 107 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Dialogue/story, atmosphere, combat and graphics are all absolutely incredible.

This WILL go down as one of the best RPG's of all time.

10/10 for the witcher, Geralt of rivia!
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152 of 189 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 20

get home from work at 8 pm
eat with my girlfriend and watch 1 tv show
start playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt around 10pm
stay up until her alarm goes off for work at 4 am
try to sneak into bed and fail at stealth
get 3 hours of sleep
...
repeat
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71 of 74 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The cons of getting this game:
- Week's worth of lost wages from not showing up to work.
- Gaining 3 pounds from junk food to subsist during marathon play sessions
- Ire of friends for rejecting their social outing requests
- Muscle atrophy from ditching gym for a week.
-Dark circles under eyes
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Pros:
-Getting to play this masterpiece.

10/10 would sacrifice again.
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91 of 103 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
By now, you've read many small reviews praising the game, and some highlighting the flaws as well (since there is no perfect game). But there's one thing that needs to be said about high profile RPGs like this one, something that many others ultimately falls short on that The Witcher 3 picks up, even holding it high above its head as if in triumph.

That is, side quests are actually worth the time , not only in the experience and/or money you gain from participating in, but that the smaller stories are actually engaging. Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most profound example of 2014 in terms of terrible and boring chores, so mundane, so devoid of life or purpose they shouldn't even be regarded as side quests. There's no gathering quests and cookie cutter "Kill X of Y, and return to Z" style missions; every small deviation from the main road feel like smaller roads, with attention to detail. The lore of the game is just that robust.
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116 of 141 people (82%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
85.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Absolutely worth buying. This game deserves its high ratings
Some pros:
- Huge open world with lots of details
- Boobs
- Nice landscape with fields, forests, mountains, rivers and more
- Some huge cities with hundreds of NPC walking around and doing stuff
- No load screens, just open the door and get in
- You can enter every house in the villages, not only Inns and shops
- Windows are windows, you can see the whole world from inside of any building
- Lots of different locations, many areas to explore
- Many different creatures
- Very deep and breathtaking story
- Plot twists everywhere, crazy magic stuff, curses, etc
- Huge amount of various quests
- All quests have some deep story and characters
- English voice acting is very good, multiple accents
- Takes few hours to finish some quests
- Witcher contracts, in which you have to speak to people, gather information, investigate, track the beast, etc
- You have a lot of choices and their consequences
- Beautiful and epic OST
- Amazing graphics, very colorful
- Graphics looks nice even on lowest. Just max the textures for details
- Characters faces are very detailed, looks almost like cinematic
- Good optimization in big cities - you have 30-50 NPC just in front of you and no fps drop at all! I've expected huge drops in Vizima, but it's just like everywhere else
- Controls, i think they are very easy and simple. Though some players don't like them
- Potatoes, very cheap but effective
- Boats, you can break them in pieces and sink
- Your own horse
- Horse races
- Fast travel signs, located in towns and villages. You can also fast travel between ports, when on boat
- Beard grows!
- No game breaking bugs. Almost no bugs, you just don't notice them usually, game has so much good stuff to do
And much more...

Cons:
- Some players have multiple crashes. I may had few crashes, but once per few hours, and it may be related to hardware.
- Won't run on a weak PC. That's obvious, you want some good graphics and huge open world - you need a decent PC
Can't find any significant cons really...

My specs:
i5 2400 3.1 GhZ (lol doesn't even match minimal req), 1tb HDD
Radeon HD 7950 3GB (overclocked to 1100 and 1550 core/mem, adds around 10-15 fps)
8GB RAM 1600
1920x1080

FPS - i'm playing on medium settings with Ultra textures and details, AA and VSync, no Hairworks.
I got 45-60 fps, usually around 55 in villages, but game feels smooth even on 40.
On 50 it feels like 60. I mean, in fps game i can feel every frame, but here its just smooth and playable (guess that's because it's 3d person RPG)
I lose some fps with rain and some other heavy effects (5-10), so that's why i lower some of the settings.
Other presets:
Ultra - 30-40 fps
High - 50-55
Med - 55-60
+5 fps without AA and SSAO

My specs aren't the best, i still have 30-45 in BF4 and new games on Ultra. I just set it between medium-max to have best quality/fps ratio. Also, AMD sometimes have worse drivers and optimization than Nvidia. Haven't noticed that 3 years ago, but now i can see

1.03 patch added like 5-10 fps, which is really nice for me
So, i would say this game have quite a decent optimization.

And ♥♥♥♥♥ all that downgrade sh*t. Just enjoy the blооdу game people! It still looks better than all those games released last years. Just don't listen to that crаp
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177 of 234 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
124.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Yeah I am never gonna finish this game..........
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149 of 199 people (75%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
PROS:

• This is the best game I've ever played. I consider that simple fact a massive Pro.

• The game world is just... breathtaking, and viable and organically accessible to you. It's incredible. Anyone who tells you that a modded Skyrim is better than this... please laugh right in their god damned faces for me. Thank you. Look at my library. Now look at me. I've played Skyrim for close to 200 hours, heavily modded, and it was gorgeous for its time, but it's NOTHING compared to THIS. W3 spanks skyrim all over the place. And thank GOD I can FINALLY say that. I've been waiting for this for so long. I didn't know it was this particular game I was waiting for, but now I know it is.

The tutorial? That thing that you try to rush through in most games? You don't even want to rush it. It's like ending up in bed with the hottest woman you've ever seen; you just take your time and ease into her, feeling the jealousy of the entire world around you, because you are in the midst of the glorious feast of life in that miraculous moment; that's what logging into W3 for the first time is like: You just languish, taking in the staggeringly amazing graphics. You say "oh my goodness... look... if I press "E"... it opens this door..." like it's the first time you've ever seen that mechanic in a game or something. And then you step out onto the porch, and you see a massive swath of land before you; mountains, crags, forest, valleys-- it's a magnificent view, and you think "well, surely this is just the instanced view from the porch during a tutorial, it's not like that when you get down there." WRONG, it IS the actual world that you get to go play in; and it's only a slice of it. The goosebumps and giddiness I felt when I realized that I was actually looking at the massive open wilderness that I get to go play in? Yeah, I've never felt that before, in any game, not even Skyrim. Not even CLOSE. This unmodded, brand new release is ten times what the most heavily modded Skyrim could hope to afford the average gamer; the world is so alive and visceral, and the way the land is laid out is so diverse and organic and intense. It's just hugely wondeful. And the story...

THE F'ing STORY... is...

Amazeballs.

It truly is.

And it's not just the main story, it's all the little stories, the lore, the way the world reveals herself to you.... oh my f'ing goodness. It's fantastic. It's everything I wished Witcher 2 could have been. It really is. This is a MASSIVE upgrade from W2.

More Pros:
• Seeing, for the first time, one of the hugest and most well-designed in-game cities you will have seen in your gaming history. I saw it for the first time while on my own boat from a great distance, at night, and it looked like New York city: a million lights dotting the horizon. The sheer scope and level of design... the devs really had both balls out on this.

• Actual boats that you get to hop in and control. You can go anywhere you want on the map where there is water, and there is a LOT of water. The controls feel good, you get a sense of cutting through the water, and you can increase speed, and do halting-turns, all of that yummy ocean-fairing stuff. You can stop to dive for treasure, and then climb back into the boat and journey on.

• The seemingly endless amount of stuff to do and explore. I am personally not going right through the story line. I am doing a lot of side quests, and exploring every little nook, cranny, secret passage, tower, cave, and dungeon that I come across. To say that I "got my money's worth" would be a ridiculous understatement.

The cons:
Movement mechanics take some getting used to. This is one of the few complaints I've seen, but once you get your graphic settings right, so that there is no lag, and you toggle "left Ctrl" so that you walk instead of run all the time (allowing you to time your sprints more effectively; this way you're not spending ten seconds just trying to get through a door) things really start to get more fluid, and i'm at the point where I have grown to really enjoy these mechanics. There is a sense of weight and gravity and tension that I appreciate, and once you're versed in how to best utilize it, it really smooths out. But like I said, first make sure to take care of your fps, because dodgy fps will make the movement thing seem worse than it actually is.
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