The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third instalment in The Witcher franchise of action role-playing video games. Krishna Bahirwani reviews the epic conclusion of this triology
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.
Evolving from a Polish game based on relatively unknown novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher has now become a global franchise with visuals that could potentially set the standards of today.
Story Although the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski create the world and events featured in the games, the story in the books serves as a prequel for the games. The first game reveals that Geralt, the main character of the series is suffering from amnesia and can hence not remember any of the previous events that are told of in the books.
Playing as Geralt, the professional monster hunter, you are tasked with finding a child of prophecy in the vast open world of Witcher 3, which is filled with places to explore. You travel through cities of trade, pirate islands, awe inspiring mountain passes, and forgotten caverns. The journey to find the child of prophecy is an important one, as she is both a key to save or destroy this world and a living weapon of power. At the heart of the story, fighting through evil hell-bent on controlling the world you must decide your destiny in a world that might not be worth saving.
The world of Witcher 3 is a morally indifferent one as complexity blurs the lines between good and evil. The choices you make even though cannot be classified as good or evil, have far-reaching consequences. These choices are part of both the main storyline and subplots, giving the player a feel like his or her decisions are of real consequence.
Gameplay Playing as monster-slayer with superhuman skills, strength and reflexes you are armed with the power to destroy your enemies aided by upgradeable weapons, mutating potions and combat magic.
There are dynamic weather systems integrated into the day and night cycles that alter the behaviour of citizens of the world and it's monsters.
Horse riding has added a new layer to Combat. The horse has great controls and quickly recovering stamina giving you the chance of extra damage and your opponents missing you while riding the horse.
There are a lot of customisation options available, whether it be for Geralt or his horse. The options allow you to change the appearance and weapons of by buying them in-game. The skill tree has gone through a lot of changes. You can buy skills and equip them as if you were taking up a course.
The Witcher 3 is packed with action, adventure and story and gives players a lot to experience if they choose to focus on all the three elements. The game gives players a lot to do in the vast open world and does not limit players to just experiencing the main storyline. You could spend your time doing a wide variety of things including - horse races, fist fights, playing the card game Gwent, saving villagers and eliminating monsters from settlements.
What you choose as a player to do and what you choose to ignore will determine the amount of time you put into Witcher 3. Overall, if you choose to experience all that the experience has to offer you could easily land up spending north of a hundred hours lost in this immersive game world.
Graphics The game is visually stunning, especially if your gaming rig can run it at Ultra settings as REDengine 3 has done a great job of rendering the world of The Witcher into a visual masterpiece. The game is filled with visual nuances and attention to detail that brings to life an organic and as true to life as possible, fantasy world.
The game utilises several of Nvidia's breakthrough features. PhysX Clothing is integrated into clothing worn by Geralt and some of the monsters, as well as in flags, banners, drapes and boat sails.
PhysX Destruction amplifies the action experience, with real-world like destructible elements and explosions .
Difficulty The game is challenging like it's previous two predecessors but this time around it is also more accessible with things like the new targeting system which make things less frustrating.
Rating: 9/10 Developer: CD Projekt RED Publisher: cdp.pl, Bandai Namco Entertainment, 1C Company Award: Most Anticipated Game Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows