Well folks, we’re back again with another amazing recommendation for you. If you haven’t played The Witcher 3…well, you’re probably going to have to crawl from beneath whatever rock you’ve been tucked under for a while. The Witcher 3 is the fantastic, amazing, and sprawling conclusion to the beloved Witcher series. The Witcher 3 saddles you up with the one and only White Wolf, Geralt of Rivia yet again as he makes his way through a war-torn landscape, battling a group called the Wild Hunt. The Hunt seek to harm someone dear to him, and the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been. Honestly, after playing through it twice in its entirety, each time getting different endings, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the genre defining RPG that every single RPG after should take from.
To start off, the world is massive. Spanning across two continents (three if you have the Blood and Wine DLC) the game definitely has enough terrain for you to brave. You’ll travel across Temeria, a war-torn land that perfectly captures the middle aged world…if there were dwarves and elves about. For fans of Game of Thrones, you’ll feel as though you were traipsing across Westeros, as the game oozes aesthetic. I haven’t quite found another game in recent memory that pays such attention to detail when creating a medieval world. Soon after, you’ll find yourself in the isles of Skellige. Skellige is the viking inspired lands that breed fighters, and war heroes, and one of the coolest quest lines I’ve had the pleasure of playing in recent years.
The world needs to be massive to support all of the quests. If you take your time and do all of the side quests, Gwent missions, fist fighting tourneys, monster contracts (yes, you read that right) and various other side shows that you can take part in, the game will clock you in around eighty hours. If you throw in the DLC, the game will probably clock you in around 120 hours. 120 hours? Wow. That is Skyrim levels of adventure. Each quest also manages to have it’s own level of detail. No matter how minuscule the task may be, CD Projeckt Red has managed to take the time to fill each moment with its own wondrous backstory, with flawless execution.
In 120 hours, you’ll be spending a lot of time with the cast. The Witcher 3 is one of the best acted games out there right now. Characters are interesting, and charismatic. Each has their own role to play in the ever changing world that Geralt helps shape. Playing as Geralt himself is also quite fun, as his legendary status among the monster slaying Witchers has become the stuff of legends. Being referred to as White Wolf, The Butcher of Blaviken, Ser Geralt of Rivia, among other titles is awesome, and truly gives you a sense of reverence for the character. Each and every decision Geralt makes shapes the world in some way. Each story line draws to a conclusion, and gives you a sense of satisfaction as each small story draws to a close.
If you have the opportunity, you’ll also want to pick up both of the DLC expansions. Both Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone add lots of flavor to the game, and I found myself immensely enjoying them. Although Blood and Wine was my favorite of the two by far and large, Hearts of Stone certainly had its charm, and I would definitely recommend not missing the opportunity to play through both. Each adds additional weapons, Gwent cards, armor, and great story to an already packed game. Hey, who hates more bang for their buck?
All in all, The Witcher 3 is a masterpiece. A nearly perfect game that ends a series that is so beloved with grace and poise. It truly pays homage and love to the fans that helped it become what it is, and shows them respect with a medley of endings and stories that will keep you thinking, laughing, crying, and smiling for years. Don’t miss this one folks. If you haven’t played it already, pick it up…now!
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