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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

By BwwDtt | 18 February 2021
Average: 10 (2 votes)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action/RPG game in fantasy setting developed by Polish studio CD Projekt RED.

  • A Realistic Fantasy Open World
  • Immersive and Breathtaking Storyline
  • Charismatic and Memorable Characters
  • Dynamic Action-Filled Combat System

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action/RPG computer game developed by Polish studio CD Projekt RED. It was released on May 19, 2015. It is a narrative sequel to the games "The Witcher" and "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings."

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, from the compact and structured world of The Witcher 2, players will enter the open world, where they will explore parts of the Northern Kingdoms - the lands along the banks of the Pontar River (part of occupied Temeria and Redania) and the Skellige archipelago in the west.

The Wild Hunt setting combines folklore from different cultures, including the Scandinavian and Northern European: Skellige and other lands are filled with mythic creatures created by various nations and Sapkowski himself. On the other hand, the mighty rulers play the political wars, conspirators devise the insidious plan in basements and attics, Vikings choose a new king on the archipelago. There are enough intrigues in the game.

In The Witcher 3, the main quests are intertwined with side quests and show the characters from different sides. Several side quests in the prologue start to look like a solid picture once you progress further. The consequences of all sorts of little things become apparent only on the open land — they don't have much effect on the ending, but they give the finishing touches to the big picture. Some decisions made in the course of minor quests affect the critical aspects of the story.

The Witcher 3 has a high level of hardcore, and it's not about the complexity of the battles. The variety of types of enemies significantly affects the mechanics, which involves careful preparation for the fights. The game has a bestiary that describes the strengths and weaknesses of every kind of monsters. Thus, the most common task of catching a beast turns into a long and exciting adventure. First, we need to study the creature, gather the ingredients to cook the necessary potions and damage increasing oil, track the beast and only then you can go to the battle.

Every location of The Witcher 3 is filled with life: village kids frolic in the streets, bandits and warriors pass along the roads. In the tavern, you can play Gwent (a local card game) and drink beer. In Novigrad, you can listen to a priest preaching, and in the tavern, you can reminisce to Priscilla's charming songs. The living world of the game, filled with the romance of adventure, is beautiful.

CD Projekt RED tried to make the side and story quests equal. It doesn't mean that there are no weak quests in The Witcher, just that the system works differently. There are long multi-step mission branches, and there are small stories with a non-obvious solution. At all stages of development, people worked on the project, not "random" generators, and this puts it on a higher level compared to competitors.

The combat system in Witcher 3 has undergone some changes. Geralt has two types of attacks - strong and fast, as well as the ability to dodge or parry attacks. If you press the button on time, you can make a counterattack, but the timings are incredibly accurate, so you'll have to get used to them. There are two swords on Geralt's back: a steel one for massacring wild animals and humans, a silver one for killing monsters. You can diversify the fight by using Signs - analogues of spells.

At each level of character development, the player gets a skill point, which can be invested in one of the witch's abilities. At first, the increase in numerical indicators is insignificant, but later the bonuses from the chosen path of development will make themselves felt. Will Geralt carve up enemies, rely only on swordsmanship, or turn into a berserker using various potions you decide.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DLC

The add-on "Stone Hearts" is a relatively small add-on, which opens up several new locations around Novigrad and adds a little story for about 10 hours of gameplay. Also appearing in that add-on is a system of runic words for weapons and equipment, which add non-standard additional effects like automatically reflecting arrows with armor or turning enemies into live bombs with the sign of Igni.

"Blood and Wine" is a huge add-on whose events occur in Toussaint, a sunny and prosperous region that produces the world's best wine. The story of "Blood and Wine" came out simple but very exciting. On the way to the finale, Geralt will have to go through a lot of interesting and unusual places and situations — Toussaint has a lot of various places to visit. Despite the apparent peacefulness, Toussaint harbors many dangers. Among the mountains and vineyards, you can meet dozens of different monsters, and among them, there are some that are not found in the main game.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
  • CPU: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
  • File Size: 35 GB available space
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10

Recommended Requirements

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
  • CPU: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • File Size: 35 GB available space
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10