The latest in the Witcher series was released earlier this month, and from the start it is an entirely different experience than its predecessors. The quest is not nearly as exciting, and for the gamer who likes instant gratification, may seem too long to get to. But there are some hidden secrets that you have to learn and explore that will make this step in the Witcher journey just as exciting as the others.
The Witcher 3 is as dark as the others, with an incredibly in depth open world environment. The background is lush and large, with moving trees and busy towns to awe at. One of the more compelling components of this Witcher segment is how the world moves in real time. There is a full cycle of days and nights, weather conditions change, and even the Witcher’s beard grows. This is new in video games, where characters typically have the same hair and beard no matter how long you play. The only thing that would make it more realistic is if you had to use a beard trimmer and beard balm like they make over at Liberty once a day before heading out on the next mission.
The authenticity and expanse of the world is amazing, and you will be lost without the help of the mini-map in the corner. Every sector has a distinct purpose, and is full of things that your Witcher must accomplish in order to move on.
The only downfall to the amazing graphics is that they don’t work perfectly on the Xbox One and PS4 which run at 30 frames a second. It took a while to transition between maps and you’ll get the occasional glitch, although game detrimental. Upgrade to the GTX 980 which runs at 60 frames per second and the experience is perfect, with seamless changes from screen to screen.
Story wise the game is lacking in excitement quite frankly. This is a wild goose chase of sorts, except without the wild. The Witcher is in search of his daughter and lover, but the story never develops beyond this. Instead, you are subjected to running around and completing tasks in exchange for information that only leads to more tasks. There is no mystery to solve and no intrigue to hold the interest for too long.
Thankfully things do pick up in the last quarter of the game, where you are taken off of the beaten path and allowed to explore the underbelly of this fantasy world. If you are already familiar with the series, then you are going to be delighted to run into some old friends and enemies, who further the quest. You’ll learn to look forward to conflict as this character has more strength and powers than those found in the prior games.
Despite some flaws, the end game makes The Witcher 3 worth adding to your collection, especially if you are appreciative of incredible graphics. Give it time to build towards the climax, and the boring plot will have been well worth it.Read More