According to my personal criteria when judging the quality of an RPG game, The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt gains 10 of 10 stars.
Let’s put aside the awards that The Witcher 3 garnered, and focus on the points that make a game enjoyable for playing because the acknowledgments of some award events are not always the indicator for an awesome game.
For me, a successful RPG game should have a big open world, several hero classes, fascinating fighting animations, different combat styles, a lot of different quests and the most importantly – a freedom of choice.
The world of The Witcher 3 is big enough to give a player the feeling that it is infinite. It is not big as the world in WoW for example, but it’s wide opened for running, riding a horse, exploring, finishing some side quests…
If you are bored from questing you can freely go around the map and do whatever you want with Gerald the witcher, the main character.
The world is best described on the official site of The Witcher 3.
You can spend your time occupied with various different tasks. You don’t need to only go through quests and follow the main story.
There are even some games that are created so you could spend couple of hours more in front of Witcher 3.
One game in particular caught the attention of almost every Witcher fan on the globe and it now represents a certain showcase of status among community members.
Gwent is the game you must try. Invented by dwarfs, it will certainly make your map exploration more fun than ever.
In most cases you’ll need to complete quests while riding your horse or exploring the world around you on foot, but this doesn’t need to be the only thing you’ll experience while playing The Witcher.
Novigrad will be your focus point while you wonder through the map and you’ll find how this is an interesting piece of land where various different types of people reside.
You’ll always have the average God abiding villager that tells a prayer or two before he goes to the field for work, but you’ll also come across some powerful and charismatic characters including a couple of interesting local girls that will hide a different clue for your current quest.
Hero classes? Or just a witcher with many talents?
Although there is only a single class in The Witcher 3, the game is not limited because there are many talents that can be learned and make Gerald be a fighter, wizard, alchemist etc.
Skills and Abilities in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are different than previous Witcher games. In the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt the player has 4 different Skill Trees to choose from and 70 Skills total to invest points into.
The player may equip only 12 of these Skills at a given time, but they can be swapped out should the player wish to do so. The player will also be able to refund his/her Skill Points during the game.
Mutagens can be enhanced by equipping them in the Mutagen Slots and equipping Skills that match the same color of the Mutagens. Players can acquire Skill Points either from leveling up or by finding Places of Power.
Combat styles and freedom of choice
The development studio behind Witcher 3 payed a lot of attention to detail when creating the fighting scenes.
The Witcher 3 is , at the same time:
- fighting game like Assassin’s Creed (without the stealth mode and parkour skills),
- RPG game like World of Warcraft,
- game with a freedom of choice like Dragon Age.
The combat is way better than Assassin’s Creed because it is not easy to kill the opponents as in the AC series.
There are enemies whose attacks can be blocked (for example humans), but there are a lots of situations that can be ended with some stunts like rolling on the floor, evading the enemy attacks, using silver blade for killing bigger monsters, using magic and even leaving the battle.
The main story depends on your own choice. There are dialogues which outcome depends from your choice of words.
Sometimes, time is limited to a couple of seconds, and you have to be fast with your decision making.
It’s all on you to decide if you are going to fight, or solve the problems on the easier way. Anyway, there is never a wrong choice.
Over 250 game of the year awards
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was destined for success, something that was proven even before the game hit the stores. Since then, which was somewhere a year ago, Witcher 3 received over 200 gaming awards touring on events like Gamescom and E3.
When you add up all the awards the game won during this period you’ll probably get over the number of 800, which also includes more than 250 game of the year prizes.
One of the interesting parts about the whole award thing connected with Witcher 3 is that the game managed to gather awards from different categories ranging from character design to sound design and gameplay.
Even IGN admitted how Witcher 3 is their top choice of the year awarding the team behind it with the Game of the Year award, followed by the same recognition from industry giants like GameSpot and the Game Informer.
These awards were mainly orientated towards the visual segment of the game, but the storytelling was also rewarded the first prize at the Golden Joystick competition, where it also received major awards for design and special effects.
Here is the whole list of awards and nominations.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is one of the best games released in the past couple of years because it managed to stay true to its loyal fan base while building on upon its earlier success through improved gameplay and increased player in-game control.
The best part with Witcher 3 is probably the fact that you’re able to continue your momentum from previous franchise releases and upgrade your character even more without the need to download special patches and DLCs.