After many years of friends trying to tell me how much better Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt was compared to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim I decided to give the game a try. Not that I wanted to prove a point that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a better game (I don’t care which game is better) but to see what the hype was all about. If somebody tells you that a game is better than one of the best games ever made then you just have to give it a try. Also the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt won the game of the year award in 2015 so it really can’t be that bad.
The game starts with you, Geralt of Rivia, on a horse with your ‘senpai’ Vesemir of Kaer Morhen looking for your lover Yennefer. One of the first things you’ll notice is how gorgeous the game looks and how well everything is animated. The intro looks very dark as you fight a bunch of ugly looking creatures that have been terrorizing the locals.
When you arrive at the first bar you’ll get a few cool cutscenes to help move the story along and you get introduced to a card game called Gwent. Gwent is a game inside of a game but has actually been worked out really well and winning your games of Gwent can unlock new dialogue options or give you more cards to play with.
After you find Yennefer she’ll tell you that she’s been hired by Emhyr var Emreis to find his daughter Ciri who is Geralt’s star pupil. While searching for Ciri you’ll bump into a bunch of old friends like the free spirited Keira Metz, Dandelion the obnoxious bard and Triss “thirsty” Merigold.
The main story starts starts out really dark with you having to look for a missing baby which you’ll have to bury and resurrect it to find its mother. The rest of the story actually becomes pretty mediocre and you’ll actually feel insulted with how badly the game progresses towards its ending.
One of the strongest part of the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is the choices you have’ll to make to progress through the story since it’s impacted by your choices. Even Though it is one of the strongest parts of the game the choices are pretty straight forward and the biggest choice you’ll have to make in the game is… Do you pick the strong but cheated on by you Yennefer, do you pick the thirsty redhead Triss Merigold who has fucked you over several times in the past or do you wanna try and fuck them both at the same time?
All the choices you’ll make along the way will have an impact which last cutscene you’ll be presented but you either have to pick some really ridiculous things to get the different endings.
What else is there to do other then the main questline? There are tons of side quests but the core mechanics of those are pretty much the same which will result in just being a nuisance. You look for cards and gear while slaying the same creatures for their chopped off body pieces to craft new gear.
There is a pretty cool character development system that’ll make you stronger and allowing you to fight larger groups of enemies with much more ease. That doesn’t mean that the game becomes more difficult though, it just means that the fights just become a nuisance as well. The way your character locks onto enemies is just frustrating when the groups get larger.
The core of the game is pretty solid and there are quite a few things the game does really well but you’ve seen the best of the game within the few first hours and then everything just becomes repetitive and mediocre.
Talking about things feeling repetitive, there isn’t much variety when it comes to the characters that live in the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt world. It just really ruins the whole immersion.
The game tries really hard to give you the idea that it is an open world but it’s very much a point A to point B objective oriented quest game with very long distances in between objectives. There are moments when you’re standing right on top of a quest objective and the game will refuse to highlight it for you since you’re already on a quest. Due to this mechanic you’ll be revisiting the same areas multiple times.