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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Box Art
System/s: PC, PS4, XB1
Developer: CD Projekt RED
Publisher: CD Projekt
Genre: RPG
Players: 1
GD Score: 90
Press Scores
Release Date:
N. America: May. 19, 2015
Europe: May. 19, 2015
Australia: May. 19, 2015
Japan: May. 19, 2015
ESRB: Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol)

"A fantastic open world adventure"

REVIEW |

Author: Akil Henry  

The Witcher 3 is one. Huge. Game.

No really, it took me hours to get out of the tutorial just from simply seeing something in the distance and running over it.

The Witcher 3 has the ability to pull you into its world from the very beginning, making huge areas open and explorable; which is why it took me nearly 10 hours to finish the starting part of the game: I was simply exploring too much. Even in this starting area there are plenty of sights to see and side quests to do; from saving a merchant to finding out who committed arson against a dwarf. Even world politics appear up in this early section with the player's character Geralt, being hated or beloved by the very people he sets out to protect as he does his job. Geralt's magic can even affect people out of town, making them co-operate to give important information.

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The open world presented to players doesn't hold the players hand. In true western RPG fashion, it’s easy to get off track and even annihilated by enemies if you don't pay attention. Leave the towns and you're truly in the wilderness, and can easily wander into a bandit camp, a pack of wolves or packs of other strange creatures. Sometimes wandering off the beaten paths can lead to something such a fountain that grants a level up, but it’s better to be careful when looking for these treasures. Conveniently, everything is documented as you encounter it so you’re never out of the loop with the deep lore of the world and its bestiary.

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The combat has a learning curve and is difficult at first, but once you learn the Signs (Magic) system and how to use it affectively against enemies, battles become thrilling. While some Signs, such as the one that conjures fire will always be more versatile than others; other spells that seem trivial can have a unexpected effect on certain enemies. In addition, items can be crafted to weaken enemies even further, making the combat and planning stages even more important. Geralt will even note this in-game, hinting at what items may help defeat a troublesome monster. Admittedly I died quite a few hours in the early game and got frustrated, but then I learned that I can escape battles just as easy as I can start them and come back. This led to me trying new things and appreciating the combat even more.

Overall the Witcher 3 is an extremely compelling and deep experience. Once you get you bearing in the world, experiment with the combat and other systems, you have what is one of the deepest gaming experiences out this year, or ever.

 

GameDynamo's Score for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (XB1)
Graphics
Environments are vibrant and full of life, while character models are detailed and unique.
Sound
Sound effects are different and distinct from what you usually hear in an RPG. Fully voiced in multiple languages which is always a plus.
Gameplay
Many systems come into play that makes time melt away fast as you try to get a grip on the game world. Combat is challenging but overall fair.
Play Value
The open world has so much to do and interact with that you may never see it all. Two expansions are promised down the line, but the base game is more than enough.
 
Final Score  90Editors Choice
The Witcher 3 is an RPG with a huge world with plenty of gameplay systems that explores it's depth and lore.

Posted on 07/29/2015 | Game Played on: Xbox One
Akil Henry

Akil is a big fan of video games and music, specifically fighting games and R&B. Other interests include game design, and comedy. His background in game design combined with his unique worldview and sense of humor makes him someone to follow.

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