A modern masterpiece.
Witcher 3 is the newest game in CD Projekt RED's dark fantasy RPG series. The Witcher 3 attempts to continue the strong writing and graphical presentation from the Witcher 2 and expands on these elements further with adding new open world functionality to the mix.
I was really looking forward to Witcher 3, as I've been a fan of the games throughout the series. I was nervous to see how moving the game to an open world would play out, as the the previous two games were built upon small narrative areas, and didn't offer the player much exploration.
Well after playing through the main story, and a lot of the side content,I'm ready to tell you how much I enjoyed Witcher 3.
For me, the real highlight of Witcher 3, is the excellent writing and story. Without spoiling anything, the story is long, but doesn't overstay its welcome. The pacing is excellent, the characters are great, and twists are not overused or entirely predictable. Your decisions matter and will impact the end of the game. If you're looking for a deep intelligent story that will feel like you have lived a hell of an adventure, no need to look further than the Witcher 3. For me, it's easily one of the best stories I've experienced in a game.
While the main quest is excellent, Witcher 3's side quests are just as good. They are the best side quests I've seen in a game. The writing and quality of the side quests are better than the majority of main storylines of other games. The best advice I can give you is to not rush through the game trying to complete the main story, explore the world and take on the side quests that seem interesting to you. Trust me you won't be disappointed.
Just like Witcher 2, Witcher 3 brings excellent graphics to the table as well. Personally I didn't notice much of an improvement over the Witcher 2 visuals, but they still look great and bring the world to life.
The open world aspect of the Witcher 3 is an interesting addition to the series. My feelings on the addition of it are a bit mixed. It's nice to have a huge interesting world to explore, the world of Witcher 3 has a great mixture of environments ranging from frozen tundra, to dense forests and nasty swamps. Even though the scenery is nice, there isn't a whole lot to find in the world. Well the map is populated with scripted events you can do for experience and other bonuses, but this wasn't to appealing to me, as they got boring fast. So the open world for me was more or less some nice scenery as I rode around from quest to quest. For a world that is full of darkness and evil, the beautiful environments can help relieve some of the tension and depression of the world and mixed with an excellent soundtrack can present you with feelings of calm.
Combat is fun, but suffers from occurring too often. Bosses and big monsters provide tense interesting fights that are great, but there are a ton of filler fights that aren't very challenging at all. These filler fights make combat feel like a chore, more-so than something fun, and this feeling gets worse as you get further and further into the game. I played on the second highest difficulty, and besides the frequent garbage fights being way too easy, the Bosses and major monster fights stretched me to my limit.
I found crafting to be a bit annoying as the crafting menu interface isn't the greatest, but to be honest I've never really enjoyed crafting systems in games. If crafting is an important issue for you, you may want to seek another opinion on the crafting system besides mine.
I like to present both positive and negative factors for everything I review. I mention this as in the last few paragraphs I'm pretty tough on the flaws I personally experienced with the Witcher 3. Even with these flaws, the writing, pacing, graphics, sound, and the overall experience of the Witcher 3, makes it a classic that you should really experience. It is the best game I've played in years and It's easily my favourite game of 2015, which is saying something as it's been a strong year for gaming.
Did you not enjoy Witcher 2, then probably not, Witcher 3 is great, but the heart of the game is still close to the style of the Witcher 2. Witcher 3's open world is not strong enough for players who enjoy games like Farcry or Skyrim to enjoy it, while ignoring Witcher 3's main storyline.
If you enjoyed Witcher 1 or/and 2, YES! Witcher 3 is the best game in the series yet.
If you haven't played a Witcher game before, catch up on the story of Witcher 1 and 2 and jump in. Better yet, get Witcher 2 for cheap, and if you enjoy it, buy and play Witcher 3.