The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review: "Easily Beats Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim For Best Open World WRPG Ever Made Crown"
The previous two installments in The Witcher series were no less than a masterpiece. The success of first two, The Witcher games is massive one and it raised the stature of CD Projekt Red in the gaming industry as One Of The Best Video Game Development Studio. Naturally fans expected that with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (the third installment in The Witcher series) CD Projekt Red will raise the bars and break all previous records of "Open World RPG" genre.
Recently, I reviewed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PC and just have one sentence to describe my overall experience, "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Is The Best Open World RPG" Ever Made till now, in fact, it is better than Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and definitely raises the bar.
CD Projekt Red is well known for delivering great PC games. The studio always prefers PC as the lead platform for their games and then they port them to the consoles. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PC lives up to all the hype and expectations. You need a Beefy Hardware to run The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at MAX Setting. All those "The Witcher 3 PC is a BAD port" rumors that arrived immediately after the early reviews are NON-Sense. Coming to graphics/visuals, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is by far the most detailed and has the beautiful world, I have never seen anything like this in a video game so far, so hats off to the talented guys at CD Projekt Red for pulling out this astonishing feat/milestone.
If you are a new to next-gen gaming, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will introduce you with possible the best Dynamic Weather feature, Day/Night Cycle, highly detail interiors of yesteryears house, castles and many other thing. The development team at CD Projekt Red has taken care of every small graphical effect, everything in the game looks identical to its real counterpart: "Water, Moon Reflection, Wind Flows, Vegetation, Sun Rays Effect" and many other things. In short, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt PC version is well polished, all you need to have a note is "Optimization and Limit of you Hardware", if you manage to keep a tab of these two things, I can assure you that you won't be disappointed with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt performance.
In terms of writing and acting, CD Projekt Red has left behind previous two The Witcher games by a massive margin. The Witcher games from CDPR has always been about story development and how exactly players react to it, and as expected this trend continues with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The development team has once again provided many different choices for player's action. I will just cut this story section here to avoid spoilers for you, but would definitely like to say that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt story building is Exceptional and cut-scenes are Phenomenal.
Now coming to Quests, it's the best seen so far in a western RPG. CD Projekt Red has brought an altogether different working mechanics for quests, and every RPG must take an inspiration from it, for example: In an amazingly unique way quests build up to something big, Geralt finds clues by his Witcher sense to keeping ticking the plot. Additionally, CDPR took care of the fact that side quests doesn't feel like repetitive and gives a well balanced and fun feeling. Furthermore, The Witcher fans will also get to try bounty like missions, treasure missions, mini-game and a wonderful card game. During promotion of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red claimed that the game will offer over 200 hours of gameplay length. In my opinion, The Witcher 3 offers more than that.
Exploring Is Fun Like Never Before
The beauty of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt lies in exploring it's a universe, which is MASSIVE. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt world is segmented (not exactly but kind of like Dragon Age: Inquisition but the overall flow is much better). Simply exploring The Witcher 3 world will keep the player busy for countless hours. The working of the map can be compared with that of Sacred 2, to keep the interest of the players in exploration CDPR has marked things and NPCs with question and exclamation marks. Additionally, you will find a ton of abandoned homes, villages and other such things throughout the game.
You can't ignore monsters in The Witcher games. In Witcher 3: Wild Hunt you will come across all type of monsters from pretty wolves to epic ones like Griffin. Based on the Game Setting (Difficulty) monster/boss battle will vary, it will be 1 Hit Kills on easy or 10 to 15 minutes battle with a strategy on Hard. A simple tip if you are a new comer to the franchise, never underestimate a monster, they all are ranked, even random ones with high rank can prove to a tough nut to crack, so prepare yourself in advance.
CD Projekt Red has not made a drastic changes to the combat system for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It's more of a same as the one we saw in The Witcher 2, however, there are some much-needed refinement, balance improvement, and smooth feeling. During the start time of the game you might find some difficulty in using combat such as locking on to target can be difficult in crowded area because when player will pull out their magic tab Slow-Motion mechanics is activated. You will instantly fall in love with Geralt's dodge and roll ability. One interesting point I want to mention here is, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is really very Gruesome as compared to previous games. Geralt will have an ability to take down enemies in HALF, Cut and Fly off their heads.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a "Best Open World RPG Till Now", CD Projekt Red once again showed why they are one of the best in the business. PC version of the game is very well optimized, on my PC (i7-4790k, Single GTX 970, 8GB RAM, Windows 8), it was a smooth, flawless and constant 55-60 FPS in 1080p resolution (Nvidia Hair Setting: Off, Foliage Range: High). If you still haven't bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you are really missing out something very special from CDPR, the last adventure of Geralt won't let you down even for a second.