The Witcher 3 is the long awaited sequel to The Witcher 2. As soon as I started the game I knew I was in for a treat, but nothing prepared me for what I just experienced.
I didn’t spoil myself with The Witcher 3. Before today I only watched about 10 minutes of gameplay footage of it in action shortly before it released. Everything that I’ve done so far has completely blown me away. The Witcher 3 made me feel like a Witcher. In the first two games I never got that feeling, but here in the third installment I’m actually investigating different creatures. I’ve gone from fighting a NoonWraith to hunting down a big ass griffin. I’ve died twice so far and I can’t tell you what my favorite part of the game is because all of it is equally impressive on so many levels.
The one thing that’s always held The Witcher series back in my opinion is the gameplay. That’s no longer an issue here. The gameplay is a lot of fun, but still as difficult as is was in previous installments. Whenever I’m surrounded by enemies I’ll have to plan my strategies right because one false move could be the death of me. I usually like to start off by setting someone of fire with my Igni spell and then smile as he goes up in flames.
Everything from the pebbles on the ground to the sky looks incredible. I can only run the game on high settings with motion blur, and depth of field turned off. Back when the Witcher 2 first came out it set a new height in terms of graphics in RPGs and The Witcher 3 [ and Dragon Age Inquisition of course ] seems to be going in the same direction. The character models look amazing and for the first time ever in an RPG everyone has great looking hair. I’ve never played an RPG that has this much detail in their character models. Graphically this game just blew me away from the moment I started playing it.
I can’t say much about the story right now because I’ve only done one mission. Most of my time has been spent roaming the land and completing the side quest and so far they’re all really good. I actually feel connected to some of the regular side quest npcs. They don’t play a major role in the game, but the quest are so well done that I got sucked into this beautiful world that CD Projekt Red has created. I’m only 5 hours in and I already like the majority of the side a lot more than I did in Inquisition simply because of the rich dialogue.
The Witcher 3 was well worth the wait. I did experience a few bugs, but nothing game breaking. The game did crash once, but it worked flawlessly for me after it happened more than two hours ago. I also noticed some lip syncing issues, but I’m sure that’ll be patched up pretty soon.
I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of what’s to come in The Witcher 3 and I can’t wait to jump back in and experience more of this beautiful game.
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