It’s been an insane week in gaming, especially for me personally. My live streaming set up is finally complete and ready to go. I’ve had quite a bit of success streaming HD content in full HFR - 60fps. And finally after 9 years I’ve hung up shelves in my studio, I’ve gotten the lighting nearly taken care of and it looks rather professional in here. Now if only I can manage to keep it clean being the completely gross nerd that I am… Oh and I’ve been playing The Witcher 3 pretty much non-stop.
I assume that The Witcher 3 picks up right where The Witcher 2 left off… I don’t really know because I never finished The Witcher 2. I didn’t have the time to dive into such a daunting game. I did complete the first 3rd before The Witcher 3 came out and was able to fill in the rest of the blanks, but even still Wild Hunt is massively captivating.
You play as Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher, which is kind of like a hired sword for monster slaying. It’s your job to take on the tasks others deem too dangers. This includes slaying a variety of monsters around the land, freeing up monster strong holds so that villagers and citizens may return to their homes, and generally being an all around bad ass. Geralt is kind of a blanks slate. This is due to a life of radical mutations which have given him incredible powers like heightened senses, but it’s also stripped him of his humanity a bit. Even still he has a sense of humor, he can love and knows loyalty. He also has a code and sense of honor and duty.
Geralt is on a mission to find Ciri, the young woman who he helped raise in the ways of The Witcher. Many years before the game, Geralt was murdered and it was Ciri who was responsible for saving him, his true love Yennifer (yes Yennifer) and eventually would come to be like a daughter to him. As Geralt you travel across the war torn land of Termaria which is enormous. It’s one gigantic map and only 2 portions of it are broken off by loading screens. That’s not to say the game doesn’t have loading… it just means that you can traverse the entire map, one side to the other on foot, on a horse or whatever, fighting monsters and killing bandits along the way and possibly never run into a loading screen.
The combat in The Witcher 3 is the best in the series to date. The first game’s combat was so bland and unimaginative that I couldn’t finish the game, and while the second was a huge improvement, the third in the series has it perfected. This is a freeflowing combat… it’s somwhere between Batman: Arkham Asylum and Blood Borne.
I’ve been playing for hours today and haven’t event touched the main campaign. That’s how large this game is. I’ve just been rounding up undisovered places on my map, killing giant monsters, crafting new weapons and armor and getting into the finer RPG mechanics that the game has to offer… and there are a lot.
I should also mention that this game is beautiful. One of the most gorgeous titles on this generation of consoles and PC. It’s staggeringly beautiful at times.
Witcher 3 is a definite game of the year contender for me. I can’t wait to see where it goes with the DLC and I’m already thinking about my second play through. This is a fantastic title.