In Witcher 3, you play as Geralt of Rivia who is a Witcher in the wild hunt. Witchers are people who kill monsters and solve problems for townspeople, like lifting curses or stopping werewolves. Geralt begins the game looking for the two most important women in his life Yennifer and Ciri. Along your journey you will encounter kings, thieves, elves, and dwarves. You will make decisions that will determine how the story and the world unfold.
After the tutorial quest is out of the way, the game lets you explore the world of the witcher to your heart’s content. The amount of time that you spend on the Witcher depends on what it is you are looking for when you play.
Are you looking for an action video game where all you do is fight enemies? An adventure game where you explore lost ruins of ancient civilizations? Are you playing the game because you like to make decisions that make your ending and your friends’ endings completely different? If so, Witcher 3 will give you any and all of these things.
The game is similar to games like Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Mount and Blade, Dragon age, and Mass effect. If you liked those games then I know that you will enjoy Witcher 3. Throughout the game you don’t ever really get a traveling companion who stays with you longer than one mission so don’t expect a party system game. Instead you can only rely on yourself and what you bring with you on your adventures.
Did you stock up on potion ingredients at the shop or would you prefer to find them in the woods? Did you repair your armor at the black smith or did you forget? These are questions that can determine whether the game’s fights are easy or hard. Most fights in the game require you to look at your inventory and see what you are missing and stock up at the next shop.
The only big problem that I kept running into when I played the game was how glitchy it can be and how much they need to patch it. Things I encountered are not being able to dive in the water, the inability to jump out of my boat, put my sword away, call my horse, and use my steel sword in combat. These glitches weren’t necessarily frequent, but they did happen in my 200 -250 hours with the game.
Overall this game is one of the best RPG’s of 2015 and is a strong contender for the game of the year. The only down side was the glitches. That’s why I am giving this game a 9.75/10.00 because I put so much time into it and I’m still looking forward to my 3rd play through.