Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog entry. I am currently back on medicine for the issues that I’ve been dealing with. Mostly I was having trouble sleeping which tended to make the situation worse. I will post another blog entry that serves as more of an update on where I’m at in recovery on another day. What I’d like to do for this blog is to provide my review for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
This is a review of the Xbox One version of the game. Prior to starting this game I was playing Skyrim, so I may make a few comparisons between the two. Let’s start of with the graphics. The game is absolutely beautiful. Whether you are on horseback riding through Velen for the first time or walking around the streets of Novigrad, everything is very detailed. I will say that I have noticed a slight drop in frame rate when running through Novigrad, but it isn’t enough to effect the gameplay in any significant way. There are plenty of places to visit in this open world game, and most of them are very impressive. I think the one thing that stands out to me the most is the lighting. The way shadows are cast depending on the time of day or how much light is in a given area make the world even more realistic. For instance, I find it much more difficult to see everything clearly on a cloudy and rainy day as opposed to having clear skies.
Sound is excellent to. The voice acting for each character is mostly spot on. When you walk through certain areas you will hear the townspeople comment about something that you’ve done earlier in the game. There are several other little touches like this that make the world very immersive. As you progress through the game you receive points that you can assign to one of several different categories such as combat, signs, and alchemy. I personally chose to assign most of my points to both combat and signs, but the player is given the option to play by whatever style suits them best.
The game is third person based and the combat system is easy enough to learn, but also deep enough to not get boring. Like I said, I decided to strike a balance between sword attacks and the ability to cast certain signs. One problem that I did end up having in the game was with the difficulty level. I decided to play it on the second highest difficulty. Eventually I had done so many side quests that my character was leveled up beyond a lot of the remaining quests so I had to bump up the difficulty to the hardest. If you do play the game I definitely recommend the hardest difficulty, as I think it will be the most rewarding.
Lastly, I can’t end this review without mentioning the story. I absolutely love the story and the choices you are faced with in The Witcher 3. It really allows you to shape the main character Geralt into the kind of person you want him to be. I think that the story is probably the most important reason as to why the game is so damn good. I won’t spoil any of it for you, but little decisions sprinkled throughout the game can have profound implications later on. It certainly wasn’t hard for me to find myself invested in these characters and concerned about what would happen to them.
So I will say what I’ve already heard countless others say. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the greatest games I’ve played. So if you haven’t played it yet and you are a gamer, or if even if you aren’t a gamer, I highly recommend checking it out.
Well that’s all for now, till next time.