The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ReviewGuest_Jim_* -
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At long last, IT IS HERE! That applies for both the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and this review, because I did as full a playthrough of the game as I could, leaving only some minor side quests and point of interest quests to do. I will share the exact playtime later, so for now just accept that this one playthrough places the game near the top of the list for playtimes in my library.
The Witcher franchise of games is based on a series of Polish books of the same name, and is a high fantasy series. The first title in the game franchise, The Witcher, was first released in 2007, with an Enhanced Edition coming a year later, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings arrived in 2011, with its Enhanced Edition similarly releasing a year later. You can check out both of our reviews for those games (Enhanced Editions for both) by following these links: The Witcher 5-Years Later Review and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2-Years Later Review. This third title marks the conclusion of Geralt of Rivia's story, who is the Witcher you play as in all three games. Witchers are mutated humans created for the express purpose of killing monsters, with the mutations and intense training giving them the necessary capabilities to survive against some of the most intimidating creatures in the world.
Like the games before it, Wild Hunt is an RPG through and through, but this title also brings it to an open world. There are certain mission and story requirements to be met, like passes to get through army checkpoints, but once you have achieved these, you are free to roam the massive and beautiful world. Enemies do not scale to your level, so as you progress, some areas and missions within them will become much easier. Even if an enemy is far above you, with the appropriate strategy, you can still prevail... maybe. Also, the appropriate gear and abilities can make an amazing difference, but I should leave something for the later sections.
Wild Hunt has an M rating from the ESRB for intense violence, blood and gore, strong language, strong sexual content, and the use of alcohol. Yup. It definitely checks those boxes, so the media contained in this review will as well. If such content is inappropriate for you, then you probably should not be reading this review.
Should we join the search for Ciri to protect her from the Wild Hunt and all those that would use her powers? Read on to find out.