Average User Score: 9.1Jun 1, 2015As someone who is a fan of the previous games and also a graphics connoisseur with a powerful computer, I will attempt to give my true honestAs someone who is a fan of the previous games and also a graphics connoisseur with a powerful computer, I will attempt to give my true honest opinion on the good and bad points of this game for the PC platform.
First of all the much contested topic of the graphics. I play in 4K resolution with everything maxed except for Anti-aliasing and NVIDIA Hairworks, which are switched off.
- Character and NPC models along with clothing textures are the best I've ever seen in a PC game hands down, no contest. Even the best Skyrim mods don't come close.
- Foliage detail/variety/amount and the physics of it is excellent.
- The visual style generally, the amount of clutter and placement in the world and the way the cities are full of character is top notch.
- Texture quality seems to vary to the point you actually get quite stark contrasts and it detracts from immersion. It's clear not every texture is to a quality we should expect for a PC game and this is especially apparent at 4K. I'm not saying they're all bad, but they definitely could have a done a better job here.
- Particle effects are quite limited, with poor smoke effects and fire spells simply looking like sparks shooting out of Geralt's hands.
- Poor looking "goopy" water with not much going on.
- Lack of tessellation in some areas resulting in some flat looking textures.
- No FOV slider! The games camera is irritatingly close to Geralt.
- Seems poorly optimized in general, given that I hover on around 35-40FPS with an overclocked GTX 980 at 4K and anti-aliasing + hairworks turned off. GTA V has no such problem and is a smooth 60fps throughout, whilst managing to look better for the most part.
Graphics score: 6/10. It is clear that the downgrade is real and the fact CDPR tried to deny it for so long is also a bad point. It's by no means horrible, and most average people will be wondering WTF I'm on about here. But hardcore PC gamers with an eye for detail who have tried the best titles and modded games will be disappointed. There is much room for improvement in future patches and mods here.
On to the gameplay...
- It's an open world version of the Witcher series, and it maintains the same gripping story as the first two games had. For non-Witcher fans, you could easily draw comparison to Game of Thrones here - and that's hardly a bad thing.
- The side quests are worthwhile, varied and have proper stories to them. None of this "collect me 100 spider brains for no good reason" malarkey. And there are absolutely loads of them.
- The world is seriously massive. I mean seriously, think GTAV and Skyrim put together massive. Not to mention there's plenty of stuff to explore. You will find it very, very difficult to get bored playing this game and even the card game is a time sink in itself.
- The combat is fluid and easy to control in contrast with the previous games.
- The game clearly wasn't designed for Keyboard & Mouse input. Movement feels clunky and awkward and will definitely take some getting used to, especially on the horse. Resolve by plugging in an Xbox controller.
- While open-world, people expecting it to be Skyrim 2 will be disappointed. There's no extras such as player housing, interacting with NPC companions to the same level, marriage/adoption, joining a guild etc. This is to fit with the story of Geralt being a lone wolf slayer-for-hire and a nomad though, but as I said don't expect Skyrim - this isn't really a criticism just something to be aware of.
Gameplay score: 9/10. There is literally hundreds of hours of fun to be had here, and at the end of the day that's what games are about isn't it?
The Good: - Sound effects help to create a truly absorbing and realistic atmosphere. - The music can't be faulted either. - Every character has a voice-over, there must have been thousands of hours going in to the voice acting in this game alone. The main characters all sound great, obviously Geralt's gravelly voice is probably an acquired taste but I like it. Can I just say Charles Dance for Emperor Emhyr var Emreis was the best voice casting decision ever, for those who miss the presence of Tywin from GoT he's basically playing a very similar character here. The Bad: Nothing. Sound score: 10/10. In conclusion, if you love RPG's and love the Witcher series then get this game RIGHT NOW no questions asked. If you're not a fan of the previous games, or are expecting a Skyrim clone then you may be disappointed but I'd say give it a try anyway. If you're a finicky graphics connoisseur like myself then you may want to hold out purchasing until future patches and mods have made it look more like the old screenshots than it does now - that is if you have the patience. I don't. And now - back to playing!… Expand
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Average User Score: 5.7Nov 8, 2013A great game that could have got a deserved 9+ from almost everyone if it wasn't for the awful launch, bugs, crashes and high pings that areA great game that could have got a deserved 9+ from almost everyone if it wasn't for the awful launch, bugs, crashes and high pings that are still plaguing multiplayer. The graphics, effects and sound as always is absolutely spot on and people who loved BF3 should love this as well when Dice sufficiently fix the game to actually make it playable that is.… Expand