Mini Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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#1

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Incredible game; one of the best RPGs ever made. The voice acting is superb, the story is engaging & detailed. What I particularly love is the way the game allows you to make large choices which do not always end well and allows you to live with those consequences. It’s possible to fail quests, it’s possible to get someone killed and the story goes on regardless. Living in that world of consequences instead of reloading makes it feel so much more real.

ADDITIONAL
Given how long the game is, I played with a few mods which changed mechanics such as weight limit, auto oils and fast travel from anywhere. There are a ton of mechanics which are nice lore-wise, but kind of a chore in real gameplay.

My other criticism, if you can call it that, is how long it is. It took me 3 attempts over the last 3 years to finish the game. The first time I got burned out because I was trying to do everything: monster dens, side quests, treasure hunting, contracts. It was too much. The second time I came back I think I was looking for an action game and there was just too much cut-scene watching. The third time I came back, I had 50 hours in the game already and I decided to ONLY play the main story and finish it. Ruthlessly ignoring anything that wasn’t a main quest, it still took me another 20 hours to get there.

SPOILERS: ENDING

At the end of my game, Ciri entered the Elven tower to fight the White Frost, (presumably) died and was never seen again. Mad King Radovid won the war against the Nilfgaardians and Cerys rules the Skellige Isles.
I think the reason I got this ending was because I took a mixed approach with Ciri, and finally allowed her to make her own decision to enter the tower. Because I was skipping side quests, I didn’t do Dijkstra’s quest to kill Radovid and he won the war.

Status: Completed in 71 hours
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#2

This really is one of the most well made games I’ve ever played.


#3

I’ve wanted to play this forever. It always felt like a huge undertaking. I’m surprised to see a “mini” review for such a long game. Great work finishing it though.


#4

It kind of is a huge undertaking. Like I said - I skipped practically everything except the main quest in the second half of the game and it still took me another 20 hours.

Even though this game is enormous and there’s a lot more to say about it, I really don’t have the time / inclination to write full on reviews anymore. I do want to record my thoughts and feelings after I finish a game though, so my mini website (and posted to here) is a good place to do that and share with others :slight_smile:


#5

I definitely appreciate your mini review posts! They’re helpful.


#6

I have a tendency to do everything, and I think I completed the main game in ~125 hours before tackling the DLC’s. That said, I did indeed leave a few things behind in the main portion, and did not complete all the side quests for finding all the hidden gear and unique points.


#7

I need to try W2 and 3 at some point. I just hate the edgy womanizing protagonist with a burning passion (and my experience with 1 was the opposite of “great”) plus every bit of media I’ve seen from it makes it look like the marysuest, cringiest 12 year old power fantasy possible.

I’ll find out eventually, I guess.


#8

The story of 2 was good, but the game felt a bit clunky.


#9

You’re gonna love the Netflix series then! :smiley:


#10

Well I did enjoy Paladins.


#11

Yeah, I tried 1 and 2 when they came out but they’re nothing compared to 3. Both the first two are very clunky.