Velen

Exploring the wilderness beyond the deceptively safe walls of Novigrad, Geralt wandered upon a couple in danger. The Novigrad guard wouldn’t let them pass – sentencing them to certain death in the harsh, dangerous lands surrounding nearby Velen. The Witcher provided clear passage to the booming metropolis by relieving the guards of a few limbs, promising a better life beyond the walls of the free city. A pair of lives which had unknowingly welcomed the help of their executioner.

The Witcher, as an encompassing franchise, is all about decisions like this. Rarely have games presented players with such murky choices – consequences being left to resolve themselves in often unpredictable ways. It’s this type of unsure setting that makes the series of RPGs so engrossing, but also what shines brightest in the concluding chapter to Geralt’s story.

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Geralt of Rivia, Witcher of legends, has been on a long hunt. The journey to find his lost love and a powerful sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg, has been the singular driving narrative thread that has tied previous titles together, and it’s brought to the forefront within minutes of opening. Although, much like the rest of the narrative, Yennefer is just a single stop in a gruelling search – one that seeks to reunite Geralt with his one-time ward, Ciri. A Witcher student with fabled blood coursing though her veins, Ciri is as much the hero here as Geralt – but it’s their bond that stands out.

It’s curious that the connection between two characters that will hardly interact in most of your hours playing The Wild Hunt is actually its strongest narrative feature. Geralt regards Ciri as a daughter of sorts, making the desperate hunt for her with the spectral Wild Hunt in tow a personal one. It’s a journey that connected with me while playing as well – with every dried up lead punctuated by the very visible heartache it brings the usually stern, ice-cold monster hunter. Although it takes a long time for the story to really start hitting the dire tones it aims for, the payoff is ultimately worth it. Culminating in a long, grueling ending that is as expertly paced as the rest of the tale, The Witcher 3 caps off the trilogy with a satisfying conclusion – no matter which variation you happen to experience.

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It’s a story that’s impacted by decisions both large and small, which have a visible impact on the world and people around you. Sticking with series traditions, these world altering choices come in thick and fast – shrouded by the leisurely nature in which they are presented. Even morally straight-forward scenarios end up have far-reaching consequences that will make you regret them, reminding you that these Northern Kingdoms so seldom have anything resembling happy endings.

These decisions – be they from core story adventures or lowly side-quests picked up from travelling strangers – are expertly woven into one another. Regular monster contracts turn into exciting character expositions, lending some lore to the lands that you’ll travel almost endlessly. There is rarely a line of script wasted here, delivered almost flawlessly by a varied voice cast that set each and every character apart. Absolute strangers broaden your understanding of local customs, haunting legends and normal, daily routines. It’s the writing that breathes a whole new level of life into parts of the game which could so easily fall into tedium.

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And it’s welcome too, given the amount of time you’re going to be spending on the dusty trails, overgrown bogs and high-class Novigrad districts. To say that The Witcher 3 is immense in scope doesn’t feel like it’s doing it any justice. Any game can make a map large, but no other has come close to providing the amount of painstaking detail that the Witcher 3 so effortlessly exudes. Trailing off the marked paths often rewards you with interesting surprises; be that loot, treasure hunting or ghastly creatures far beyond your own personal experience to deal with. There seems to be an endless amount of work for the travelling Witcher – all expertly crafted and with some narrative ties to the areas around you. It’s a masterclass in design that’s bound to become an almost impossible task for some to replicate.

As much as The Witcher 3 oozes excellence in quest design, it’s very much a tick in the box for every other department too. This is a game that absolutely drips with beauty – whether it’s the sight of a gorgeous vista at sunset or the raging seas around the Isles of Skillege. Lighting is sumptuous, glistening over water-ridden swamps and breaking through the dense forests of No Man’s Land, supplemented by gorgeous environmental design around every corner. Armour pops with incredible detail, and there’s a certain elegance to watching your sword sheathes sway in the air as you accelerate into a little jog. The beauty is in the detail here – and there isn’t a game out there, open-world or not, that even comes close in terms of besting it.

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It does, however, come with a bit of an expense. On the PS4 version at least, the frame rate seems to suffer when too much is going on. Trodding through a water-logged swamp in the middle of a crimson sunset can sometime bring the frame rate to a crawl, or a fight against a nasty Foglet could become a chore thanks to some input delay. These are minor hindrances, but they do manage to break the illusion that The Witcher 3 successfully puts you under most of the time. Annoying, and hopefully open to improvements with a patch very soon.

It’s a bit of a shame too, because it detracts from the strong mechanics that The Witcher 3 improves on from previous ventures. When you’re not talking your way out of situations, the alternative usually ends with the swiftness of your blade. Whether it be hard steel or magical silver, combat in The Witcher 3 is a greatly improved, much tighter affair. You’re still going to be rolling out of the way at the best of times, but a new dodge coupled with a far greater auto-focus turns skirmishes into tantalising affairs. There’s an elegant flow to combat, with a combination of parries, counters and pirouettes vital to deliciously gruesome decapitation.

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And while that may have been enough in the past, The Witcher 3 emphasises harmony between swordplay and Signs (a simplification of spells) in order to get the most out of your Witcher abilities. Enemies, especially monsters, will require a keen combination specific spell casting, with each of the five variations returning with new functions. Focusing on this branch on combat also yields some of the most entertaining combat, with fiery sparks flying from your fingertips never truly getting old. It does, however, make later encounters a little easy – encouraging a bump in the difficulty department to keep combat as engaging as it is in the opening hours.

Preparation to combat is key, and you’ll have an abundance of potions and oils to get down and dirty with before you set out. Drinking potions during combat is far more lenient this time, although toxicity is still an ever-present threat for guzzlers of Cat and Swallow. Crafting these potions has also been streamlined, which each concoction only requiring a single tedious scavenger hunt for ingredients. Once it’s crafted it’s automatically replenished using strong alcohol – so as to avoid pace breaking hunts to pick flowers. Crafting weapons and armour is a bit more strenuous, but often just as rewarding too. Nothing quite beats the feeling of kitting up in a full set of Witcher gear – until you manage to stumble on some enhancements. Too bad the menus you so frequently have to visit aren’t as well designed and easy to use.

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The Witcher 3’s core mechanics stand as a contrast to the game’s new setting. While open-world exploration is massive departure from the series’ roots, combat is very much a refinement of what was there before. It’s still somewhat loose for those not accustomed to previous attempts, but patience with it reveals its own rewards. Never before have all the branches of a Witcher’s arsenal been so tightly interlocked – to the point where negligence of one or the other could make life fairly difficult. There’s been a keen attention to detail in striking the right balance, it’s it perfectly achieved in the third time out.

And in a few ways, it acts as a fitting description of the franchise throughout the years. The Witcher has compelled players with dark, mature storytelling backed up by fast, violent gameplay – with the formula getting better with each reinvention. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt stands as a crowning culmination of those efforts – an exemplary RPG that rewrites the many wrongs that the genre holds dear. It shouldn’t be a question of if, but rather when you’re going to give it a chance – because you truly don’t want to skip on one of the finest video games, crafted with such care and attention, in years.

 

Last Updated: May 25, 2015

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an impeccable role-playing game, and one of the finest games ever created. Whether it's as large as tracking the Wild Hunt or as small as delivering a love letter, The Witcher 3 makes Geralt's actions count in the most incredible ways - creating a world begging to be explored for countless hours on end.
9.5
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt was reviewed on PlayStation 4
92 / 100

199 Comments

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    That.
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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 15:41

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      May 26, 2015 at 15:01

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  2. Ranting Raptor

    May 25, 2015 at 15:38

    *sniff* Don’t care. Not interested in the game. Nope. Never.

    #GoesToCornerToCrySoftly

    Reply

    • Trevor Matrix

      May 25, 2015 at 15:40

      Ma dis Payday, Raptor…

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 25, 2015 at 15:41

        He has 7 more things to pay first

        Reply

        • Ranting Raptor

          May 25, 2015 at 15:41

          You had to go there?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 15:41

            Want me to buy it for you? You may or may not have to jump through 7 hoops…

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 15:42

            Currently Disqus is saying show 7 new comments…

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:42

            #Glares

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 15:43

            That is like the seventh time I’ve seen you type that particular comment

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 15:45

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:46

            0/10

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:47

            Surely she’s on a scale of 1 to 9, not 10?

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:48

            hehehehehehehe

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 15:47

            No, that’s 7 of 9

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:48

            loooooooooooool

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 15:47

            She’s MY wife, you bastard!

          • Sageville

            May 25, 2015 at 16:28

            This lady was my ultra-perv for most of (Insert time period when the show was running).

        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 25, 2015 at 15:42

          XD

          Reply

        • Andy Thomas

          May 26, 2015 at 12:39

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      • Ranting Raptor

        May 25, 2015 at 15:41

        PayDay simply means “Yay! I can still afford baby formula now!”
        Hehe 🙂

        Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 25, 2015 at 15:43

          She: “Honey, I want a baby!”
          Me: “But I want The Witcher 3!”
          This is how we check if we are ready to have children…

          Reply

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:43

            bwhahahahaha. GG

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 15:43

            How do you know if you want a baby? Your wife tells you

        • Hammersteyn

          May 25, 2015 at 15:46

          But your a grown man for heavens sake. It’s time for solid food.

          Reply

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:48

            I… but… Darnit….. Well played Hammer… Well played

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 15:53

            ALL THE UPVOTES!!!

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 15:53

            *you’re

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 15:54

            Fixed it 6 and a half minutes ago.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 15:55

            Is that what she said?

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 15:56

            Sure, though I’m not sure what

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 15:57

            *faked it six and a half minutes ago is what she said…

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 15:58

            That’s her problem.

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 15:59

            Oh yeah. Typical male response. Just as long as you are satisfied bugger her right? Oh wait now! You cannot last half a minute, let alone 6 and a half… Sorry. My mistake…

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 16:00

            But if she faked it six and a half minutes ago what the hell am I still doing?

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:01

            Making a sammich?

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 16:03

            With energy I get from where. Unless she spikes my water with a senzu bean

          • Skoobaz

            May 26, 2015 at 16:47

            Actually spat out my coffee so funny!!

          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 16:54

            XD

      • Andy Thomas

        May 26, 2015 at 12:38

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    • Sageville

      May 25, 2015 at 16:27

      Shem, Geralt doesn’t cry, so neither do I.

      Reply

    • Andy Thomas

      May 26, 2015 at 12:38

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  3. Lord Chaos

    May 25, 2015 at 15:40

    *Adds to Steam wishlist.

    Might be finished with one and two by the time a Steam special rolls around.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 25, 2015 at 15:41

      So good you should add it twice. 😉

      Reply

  4. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 25, 2015 at 15:40

    9.5
    Legit

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 15:41

      9.0

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 25, 2015 at 15:42

        9.8859

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 25, 2015 at 15:42

          HL3 CONFIRMED!

          Reply

    • Sageville

      May 25, 2015 at 16:20

      I thought 9.8 at least!

      Will there ever be a perfect 10

      Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        May 25, 2015 at 16:21

        Wait for the next CoD.
        I mean, Deus Ex

        Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    May 25, 2015 at 15:40

    If the combat is a huge improvement over the previous title then I’m kinda glad I never played it. I got used to how smooth the Souls games handles and how you counter attacks with ease in Batman or Sleeping Dogs. But here it’s mash,mash,mash till someone dies. Yes you need to use certain signs and potions in certain battles, especially boss battles which is a nice change of pace. Then there’s times you need to contend with the camera when bushes or tents get in the way. Other than that I cant recommend this game enough. One of the GOTY contenders if there ever was one.

    Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      May 25, 2015 at 15:41

      Bushes get in the way? O_o

      Reply

      • Ranting Raptor

        May 25, 2015 at 15:42

        [insert inuendo fueled laughter here]

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 25, 2015 at 15:42

        Shit sorry. Trees I meant trees. Bushes are probably during the sex scenes XD

        Reply

        • Lord Chaos

          May 25, 2015 at 15:43

          Was about to say, I know it’s Witcher and all, but DURING battle??

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 15:44

            I like it rough?

        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 25, 2015 at 15:44

          Forget the plow, take the lawnmower?

          Reply

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 25, 2015 at 15:44

      I’m happy with the combat.
      Anything is better than the 90% of other games out there where it’s “X for left hand, B for right hand” and those are your options. 🙂

      Reply

      • Matthew Holliday

        May 25, 2015 at 15:49

        not quite as good as shadow of mordor when it comes to control and responsiveness, but when you combine stuff, combo traps and potions and stuff, the control of the actual battlefield is exquisite.
        and like most games, once you get into a rythm, you’re aces.

        Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 25, 2015 at 15:50

          Mordor! Mordor! Seriously??? And you call yourself a journalist????

          Reply

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 15:51

            architect actually, i copy paste all my words 😛
            also, had corrected it by the time you had finished replying.

        • Hammersteyn

          May 25, 2015 at 15:51

          ^this

          Reply

        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 25, 2015 at 15:51

          Agreed. The combat there was awesome. Even though it was Batman with a sword.
          But in Shadow of Mordor you did the same thing a hundred times in quests, so the combat had to be interesting.
          Those kill moves though. Man, I went after so many orcs just for those kill moves.

          Reply

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 15:54

            yeah, there was no windup and the speed was crazy, no delay between clicking a button and seeing the action finish. the fact that it was batman with a sword was actually a good thing, ive never played anything anywhere near that responsive.
            witcher 3 has that delay that makes it a little more realistic.

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 25, 2015 at 15:57

            I can only agree. The responsiveness on SoM is really incredible. The best is that you can actually recover from a mistake pretty quick if your fingers are quick enough. In Witcher 3 if you make a mistake there’s no recovering, you pay for that mistake every time.

          • Skoobaz

            May 26, 2015 at 16:50

            Kill all the things. Drain their minds!

    • Brady miaau

      May 25, 2015 at 15:58

      Batman, in my opinion, has far better combat. BUT I enjoyed Witcher 1 and 2 more than even Arkam Asylum, a very cool game.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 25, 2015 at 15:59

        Very interesting.

        Reply

      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 25, 2015 at 16:00

        If you haven’t played Shadow of Mordor, it’s very much Batman. Really good combat.
        But I agree. Witcher is still above Batman for me too. Though Arkham Asylum was damn brilliant.

        Reply

        • Brady miaau

          May 25, 2015 at 16:03

          I have played Shadow of Mordor. I think it is better than Batman. BUT it is not Batman and there is something to be said for playing as BATMAN

          Reply

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 25, 2015 at 16:07

            Haha. That’s very true.
            Played Arkham Origins recently and enjoyed it quite a bit. I think Shadow of Mordor just shook things up a bit, kept things interesting for longer. But I agree, it doesn’t beat being Batman.

    • Galbedir

      May 25, 2015 at 16:16

      Button Mash? Perhaps if playing on easy? Without dodges and blocks most monsters end up tearing me to pieces in seconds. Witcher 3 to me, is anything but a button mash. I’ve died many many many times from trying the button mash tactic.

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 25, 2015 at 16:20

        I must agree. Mashing buttons gets me killed almost every time. You end up in the middle of three foes, you’re most likely going to die.

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 25, 2015 at 16:23

        No, mid level difficulty

        Reply

    • Tbone187

      May 26, 2015 at 11:52

      Ahhh…A wonky camera wasn’t enough to spoil Sleeping dogs combat. Or monster hunter for that matter…Hope it doesn’t distract too much from this game.

      Reply

  6. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 25, 2015 at 15:41

    Nice review. Epic sounding game.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 25, 2015 at 15:43

      Don’t just listen to the game. You should play it too.

      Reply

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 25, 2015 at 15:44

        Don’t just listen to the game. BE the game!

        Reply

        • Ranting Raptor

          May 25, 2015 at 15:44

          Don’t just BE the game. Be IN the game……

          Reply

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 15:44

            EA?

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:45

            No… I was refering more to a Witcher style IN…. If you catch my drift

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 15:46

            No one catches your drift…

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:46

            clearly…..

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 15:47

            You thought you were IN the game then you had a kid. You should have pulled out. Fake a hamstring injury. But no…

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 25, 2015 at 15:47

            Fake… a… hamstring… yoh…..

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 15:55

            “challenge everything”

  7. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 25, 2015 at 15:44

    I’ve often paused while playing the game just to take in the sights. My favourite moment was when I was riding down a road at sunrise and the sun was just starting to shine through the trees, lighting was amazing.

    At the tavern you need to go to first in Velen I avoided getting into a fight with some bandits. Then when I went outside there were a few more and the one was bragging about robbing the village, which I didn’t appreciate. So I got my hatchet on. 6 dead bandits in the middle of town later. I wonder how that decision will turn out.

    Reply

  8. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 25, 2015 at 15:45

    Only one thing that is bothering me, if only the had some story/reason as to why Geralt is level 1 when the game starts..

    Reply

    • Trevor Matrix

      May 25, 2015 at 15:46

      So newbies to the series (like me) can also take part.

      Reply

    • Ranting Raptor

      May 25, 2015 at 15:47

      You have a point. Witcher 1… Start, become awesome…. Witcher 2… Suddenly not so awesome and need to level up…. Witcher 3… again? Seriously? Has he got amnesia?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 25, 2015 at 15:53

        He had amnesia prior, so they cannot use that trick again

        Reply

        • Lord Chaos

          May 25, 2015 at 15:54

          Tell that to Dutch’s girlfriends…

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 15:55

            No, they only wish they had amnesia

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 15:56

            Boom!

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 15:56

            Oh you’d be surprised at how quickly I am forgotten.
            I’m all like “Hey Girl I had such a great time last night!”
            And she’s like “Fuck off you weirdo!”

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 15:58

            XD I can relate…….Actually I don’t even get that far.

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:01

            Not getting to the weirdo part is a good thing

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 25, 2015 at 15:47

      I think that’s probably because nr 1 is the beginning of whole numbers. ;P
      I hear Rants will automatically start at level 7 though.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 15:47

      Because the wind blew his stats away?
      *Still blowing

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 25, 2015 at 15:48

        I like the wind, the storms, the rain, the sunshine, the death. You know, all the nice things 😉

        Reply

      • Ranting Raptor

        May 25, 2015 at 15:49

        I’m pretty sure that’s not the only thing that blew him away…

        Reply

    • Brady miaau

      May 25, 2015 at 15:57

      Yeah, Witcher 1 had that explained.

      Very few games have you starting out powerful, it makes the balance a lot trickier to handle.

      Reply

  9. SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

    May 25, 2015 at 15:49

    Must. Not. Read. Review. Already. Know. I’m. Going. To. Buy. It.
    Pls no spoilers!

    I will come back and read this after I have played enough Witcher 3! I want to know NOTHING about this game until then. 😛

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 25, 2015 at 15:49

      So, in this one part…..

      Reply

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 25, 2015 at 15:50

        Hahahahaha… hahahahaha… hahahahaha…

        I will end you.

        Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 25, 2015 at 15:53

          You can grow a beard…

          Reply

        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          May 25, 2015 at 15:53

          Funny you should mention that, it’s what Triss does to you at the end of chapter 1.

          Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        May 25, 2015 at 15:51

        Dude… have you unlocked the gauss rifle yet?

        Reply

        • Ranting Raptor

          May 25, 2015 at 15:52

          What about the jetpowered horse cart?

          Reply

        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 25, 2015 at 15:52

          Damn, you already got that one?
          I’m still stuck on the Mars quest.

          Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      May 25, 2015 at 15:49

      *Spoiler

      You play a Witcher

      Reply

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 25, 2015 at 15:50

        How cool would it be if they made it possible to play a Monster in DLC? And then you get to hunt Witchers as they go about their daily monster murdering ways.. the bastards!

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 15:50

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 25, 2015 at 15:51

        LOL! Well I expected that after the first two. 🙂

        Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        May 25, 2015 at 15:51

        Win

        Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 15:56

      JAR JAR IS IN THE GAME!!!

      Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        May 25, 2015 at 15:57

        *Cancels wishlist

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 25, 2015 at 15:58

          Why? Would you not like to kill him? Now if it was Geralt TURNS into Jar Jar…

          Reply

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:00

            Unless they make him one of the unkillables. Or an annoying follower like in Fallout 3…

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 15:57

      GERALT IS YOUR FATHER!

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 15:57

      GERALT IS REVAN!

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 15:57

      THERE IS NO SPOON!

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 15:57

      WUUUT HE WAS DEAD THE WHOLE TIME????

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 15:57

      GERALT IS BATMAN!

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 25, 2015 at 15:58

        I think Geralt is the only person in the world that Batman would rather be than himself.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 25, 2015 at 15:58

          Batman has Geralt pajamas

          Reply

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 25, 2015 at 16:01

            LOL

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 16:02

            Geralt has Trevor pajamas.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:04

            ..when he tries to freak out the noonwraith

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:04

            “noonwraith”?

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:05

            Aye, monster ingame

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:06

            A cowboy wraith?

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:08

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:09

            Meh, looks like an ex.

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 16:09

            Oral sex was murder?

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:10

            Question or statement?

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 16:11

            A bit of both?

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:10

            Bad taste in wimmins I see

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 16:10

            Even worse than mine…

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:11

            Clearly.

            *Goes looking for banshee.

          • Sageville

            May 25, 2015 at 16:24

            Oral must be Level 500

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 15:58

      GERALT IS THE CHOSEN ONE!

      Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        May 25, 2015 at 15:58

        What are you doing? STAHP!!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 25, 2015 at 16:00

          So this one time, Geralt was at band camp, ploughed the lot of them all, the end

          Reply

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:01

            No killing?

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:04

            Just the men

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:04

            I…

            *Draws line

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 16:00

      GERALT KILLS MANY THINGS!

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 16:01

      THE HORSE TALKS

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 25, 2015 at 16:03

        …IN POLISH!

        Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 25, 2015 at 16:03

          Nugget Nugget Nugget Nugget Nugget.

          Reply

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 25, 2015 at 16:01

      The horse can turn into a real roach.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 16:03

      RYANZA IS THE MAIN VILLAIN

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 25, 2015 at 16:05

        Dun dun DUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN

        Reply

  10. WitWolfy

    May 25, 2015 at 15:52

    Any NG+ ?

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 15:53

      That implies someone has finished it already O_o

      Reply

      • WitWolfy

        May 25, 2015 at 15:55

        How can he review it then if he hasnt finished it yet?

        Reply

        • Gavin Mannion

          May 25, 2015 at 15:58

          He has finished it. That is why the review has taken so long…

          What’s NG+?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 15:59

            NewGame plus

          • WitWolfy

            May 25, 2015 at 16:00

            New Game +

          • Gavin Mannion

            May 25, 2015 at 16:02

            I’m still lost :).. but I’ll ask the team

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:03

            We’ll get you a GPS. 😛

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 25, 2015 at 16:03

            I also don’t know what that means.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:03

            You start the game again, story, everything reset, except your gear, level and skills

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 25, 2015 at 16:05

            Oh. I see.

          • Lord Chaos

            May 25, 2015 at 16:03

            For shame. Now go wax your brows

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:05

            …there is not enough wax on earth for that

          • WitWolfy

            May 26, 2015 at 08:34

            Seriously…. SERIOUSLY?!?!?! LOL NG+ means when you finish the game you can start a new one with the same build character as the one you finished with..

            Example:
            Starting Witcher 3 with a LVL 33 Geralt from the beginning…

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 16:01

            Yoh. Supperman

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 16:13

            A new denomination of Afrikaner Church?

  11. kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

    May 25, 2015 at 15:58

    Will continue once I can read the text. Game is awesome though.

    Reply

  12. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 25, 2015 at 16:02

    Oh yeah, anyone remember the “4/10 dafuq” debacle?

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 16:04

      Dogma?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 25, 2015 at 16:05

        Aye, were you around back then?

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 25, 2015 at 16:06

          Can’t really recall. But I browsed the comments that’s how I know about it.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 16:08

            Oh the lulz!

  13. Sageville

    May 25, 2015 at 16:14

    Loving the game, for me currently it’s “Witcher 3 – The search for better Gwent Cards”

    Reply

  14. chimera_85

    May 25, 2015 at 16:16

    I just started 2 cos I got a PC now too and I must say I like it.

    Reply

  15. Galbedir

    May 25, 2015 at 16:17

    Within 1 hour, Witcher 3 because my favorite game of all time. It’s not a game, its a Masterpiece.

    Reply

  16. Dark

    May 25, 2015 at 16:24

    This game will be the end of me its so brilliant how do I keep gaming once Im done? Feel sorry for other developers that bar is pretty high now.

    Reply

  17. Krabby Paddy

    May 25, 2015 at 16:30

    Great review. Only played about 6-7hrs. Hope I can agree with the 9.5 (so far looks like I will). Off work the rest of the week. Can now get properly into this game!

    Reply

    • Jonah Cash

      May 25, 2015 at 17:05

      That is pretty well played. I was ahead with my work load this morning till about 11:00, and then all hell broke lose and I am swamped again! At one point I was waiting for this to happen:

      Reply

      • Krabby Paddy

        May 25, 2015 at 18:51

        That sucks. Hope that work load dies off. Not the best when one gets bombarded on a Monday. Good luck for the rest of the week and hope some better luck comes your way. I wish I could claim well played. I just got lucky. Happen to be starting a new job next week and was allowed to take the leave due to me. Great timing and I’m certainly not complaining.

        Reply

        • Jonah Cash

          May 26, 2015 at 09:35

          I work for myself, so work is always welcome but I sometimes feel that everyone waits to start sending me stuff at the same time. But if I can make some money then I am game!!
          Good luck with the new job next week, hope you are happy there.

          Reply

          • Krabby Paddy

            May 26, 2015 at 12:45

            With getting work from others it often is a case that it doesn’t rain, it pours. Working for yourself is still great as you work to your own times even if you’re quite busy (well mostly). So hats off to getting it right. Very handy if you have a family.
            The new job looks promising and will already beat the old one in that it has a bit more flexi-time. That on its own should make me a lot happier.

  18. Aries

    May 25, 2015 at 16:31

    Never read the review because I’m still playing, just checked the score, anyway, best game I’ve played so far

    Reply

  19. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    May 25, 2015 at 17:25

    I’ve started playing this,knowing that it’s good, I just never imagined it being as good as it is, I’ve spent a he’ll of a lot of time in it already and have not even scratched the surface,which is fine, really, it’s Ok, because every encounter, be it with an incredible monster or just the old lady crying next to the road as you pass through has that sense of a delicate touch,in some cases one of being absolutely lost in its beauty, in others, wishing you were prepared, but either way,you walk away with a sense of wonder, one that questions your own decisions and actions… I simply can’t get enough, whether it be those ploughing misfit bandits or a horrific dragonoid, it just gets better with every single minute… A true masterpiece…

    Reply

  20. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 25, 2015 at 19:24

    PSA: New PC patch allows for rebinding of ALL controls. YAY!

    Reply

  21. TP

    May 26, 2015 at 07:26

    Am I the only one who hates the combat in this game? So much that I want to sell the game!

    Reply

    • Dark

      May 26, 2015 at 07:34

      Not sure, but I quite like the combat. You must be a combat type of guy then as all the parts of this game are quite steller.

      Reply

    • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

      May 26, 2015 at 07:51

      I wouldn’t say I hate it, but it is VERY stiff, so not the biggest fan. Controlling Geralt in general is very stiff and probably the biggest problem with this game.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 26, 2015 at 07:58

  22. K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    May 26, 2015 at 07:53

    Busy playing this, and yes it’s a great game, but definitely somewhat overrated. Bloodborne is easily a better game.

    Reply

  23. Rock789

    May 26, 2015 at 09:29

    Loving this game! Totally addicted to it too! Played on Friday evening (started around 10pm when the gf had gone to bed) and before I knew it, it was 4am on Saturday and I was still going strong! I cannot tell you the last game that got me that involved and made me forget the hours so easily… It’s just a fantastic, completely absorbing adventure… And I’m loving it!

    Reply

  24. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    May 26, 2015 at 11:36

    20 hours in and it feels like 1… WHY DO I HAVE TO BE AT WORK!?!? 🙁

    Reply

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