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  • Summary: With the Empire attacking the Kingdoms of the North and the Wild Hunt, a cavalcade of ghastly riders, breathing down your neck, the only way to survive is to fight back. As Geralt of Rivia, a master swordsman and monster hunter, leave none of your enemies standing. Explore a gigantic openWith the Empire attacking the Kingdoms of the North and the Wild Hunt, a cavalcade of ghastly riders, breathing down your neck, the only way to survive is to fight back. As Geralt of Rivia, a master swordsman and monster hunter, leave none of your enemies standing. Explore a gigantic open world, slay beasts and decide the fates of whole communities with your actions, all in a genuine next generation format. Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
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  1. May 21, 2015
    100
    The current paragon of role-playing titles and open worlds, The Witcher: Wild Hunt is a game for the ages; a rich and immersive world full of significant decisions and a feeling of intelligent and epic fantasy. Peerless.
  2. Jun 10, 2015
    100
    This is the new standard for open world role-playing games. There is no such thing as a perfect game, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt come as close to perfect as any RPG to date.
  3. Jan 20, 2016
    100
    Probably the best open-world RPG ever made, but it still falls prey to some of the genre's worst traps.
  4. May 20, 2015
    92
    The Witcher 3 impressed not just with sheer size, but also with its small scale fully enchanting surprises.
  5. Nov 1, 2015
    90
    I would gladly hand the game a 100 and call it game of the forever, but slow plot movement, a quest where Geralt walked over an edge to his death, and a variety of other nitpicks and time sinks makes me have to say that this game isn't anywhere to perfect - legendary, in its own right, memorable, but it's not perfect.
  6. May 29, 2015
    90
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a stupendous achievement for CD Projekt Red. This is a studio rich in love for the RPG genre, and it shows. With each consecutive release, their craft has been finer and finer tuned. If Wild Hunt is any indication, the next game from the Polish band of gamers will be something to behold. Most of you are probably already playing Wild Hunt and loving it. If for some reason you’re on the fence, hop off and go to your favorite gaming retailer now. This is not one you want to miss. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt an absolute classic.
  7. Jul 30, 2015
    75
    Given that the game already has too much content in its vanilla release, it's more refinement that I'd like to see now—and to be fair, few developers offer post release support like CD Projekt Red do. In this massive adventure the good largely outweighs the bad, but it's a shame that they're so closely intertwined from start to finish.

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  1. Apr 14, 2020
    10
    Probably the best game of the decade for this genre. Stunning graphics even in 2020: the landscapes are wonderful and it is so full of lifeProbably the best game of the decade for this genre. Stunning graphics even in 2020: the landscapes are wonderful and it is so full of life and details that really makes it look vivid and real (and it was like 2015!), like the way people act into the villages, how they look so natural.. and the magnificent use of light,. The story is simply amazing, and all subquest are so interesting you will love to play them. Sure, the game has some aspect "less" perfect, especially for hardcore rpg fans (advancements and crafting is not so intriguing) and combat could be better.. but really.. this game is really close to perfection and a must have. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    I remeber playing Witcher 2 on it's release and just giving up after 20 some hours and never touching again.
    I remeber playing Witcher 3 on
    I remeber playing Witcher 2 on it's release and just giving up after 20 some hours and never touching again.
    I remeber playing Witcher 3 on it's release and just giving up after 5 hours to play Madden Ultimate Team.
    And get highly frustrated to let this masterpiece go in exchange of a pay-to-win multiplayer.
    At first, The Witcher 3 gets you by hand and teaches you the basics of combat. During the tutorial, you suddenly see there is a lot of options in combat to use, but i kept myself in the melee style. After completing the White Orchard tutorial, it just lets you go. "Go on, do whatever you wish". This is where i got lost. Did not know how to start and started dying after trying to beat some higher leveled monsters.
    When i came back to the game, in early 2016, i decided to follow the main quest. To never regret. The socio-political tone of the story drags you into the world of The Witcher. It makes you understand why stuff happen in the game, making you feel the dimensional difference between ordinary characters you'll find in the villages and cities (lots of them) and the main characters in the game (witcher, sorcerers, monsters, etc.). It makes you accomplish amazing magical stuff like travel through dimensions and at the same time ordinary village tasks like chase a goat. I kept going on and back between these dimensional differences and it made the game feel good to play.
    Combat IS SO MUCH BETTER than it was in The Witcher 2. Can't compare. It gives you options to choose between what kind of combat you'll adhere to. You can upgrade signs and burn enemies, take control of their minds or stun them with magic. Or you can master the swordsmanship and adapt you game to a counter-attack/melee approach to the enemies. You just choose.
    The variety of weapons and armor in the game is also a great point. You'll switch between a lot of them, until the very end of the game, when you'll probably find the ones to match your combat style. Just be patient.
    Soundtrack is amazing. Makes you really feel in the medieval era and sets the tone of the game in calm, action and cutscenes. "Wolven Storm" is a beautiful original soundtrack even in different languages, just check on YouTube.
    Don't forget to play both the DLC's. They're both amazing stories by themselves, bringing much more content than you'll ever imagined.
    I played this game on main quest, new game plus, the Heart of Stone DLC and the Blood and Wine DLC in a total of 488 hours and actually got SAD it ended.
    Until i've played this, Ocarina of Time was considered to be the best game ever created (and i've played hundreds of games since 1998). It just lost it's crown to The Witcher 3. Absolute masterpiece.
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  3. May 19, 2015
    10
    CDProjectRed lied alright: the consoles version doesn't run like the PC, the PC is much superior. I'm truly relieved as I feared the PC willCDProjectRed lied alright: the consoles version doesn't run like the PC, the PC is much superior. I'm truly relieved as I feared the PC will run like the potatoes. Discard any concerns you have about graphic downgrade, the game is stunningly beautiful and with a GTX 970 I'm running a solid 60 FPS at 1080p, granted the hairworks hit the frame rates down to 40-50, but it's not really a game changer. The game is well optimized and run great considering how big the world is and the landscape, lightning and faces details are gorgeous. As for the gameplay, it's head and shoulders above Witcher 2, very pleased especially about how smooth the combat is, and the story is so damn immersive that I have to cut this review short and get back to it. So many things to do in a truly grandiose open world grander than anything you've seen before. Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2020
    10
    Это величайшая игра всех времен и народов.жаль только что лучше уже не будет
  5. Oct 27, 2015
    10
    I've followed this series since the 1st one, though I just watched playthroughs of Witcher 1 because I couldn't stand the combat. The graphicsI've followed this series since the 1st one, though I just watched playthroughs of Witcher 1 because I couldn't stand the combat. The graphics were insane and the RPG elements were groundbreaking. Then came Witcher 2. I saw the game for $20 on release at a discount store that I'll not name and thought "what the heck" and purchased it. The Witcher 2 turned out to completely shatter my opinions of RPGs of the past. I played the BG series, the Dragon Age games (at the time DA2 had been released several months earlier), final fantasy games and Neverwinter Nights. Witcher 2 absolutely demolished all of them. Up until The Witcher 3, I found the Witcher 2 to be the greatest of all time. Then came Witcher 3. I have to admit I enjoyed Witcher 2's story slightly more but I still think Witcher 3 had a phenomenal story. The game has so many twists and turns and your decisions will affect the outcome. I've seen a few people complaining about being forced to use an xbox controller. I don't understand the problem with this. There are several games that command the use of a controller including Assassin's Creed games. This is a non issue for me. I've heard of a few people complaining about the control over Geralt and again, it's not an issue for me. Because some people complained about the controls, CDPR released an alternate type of control. Hopefully this satisfies those who do not like the original controls. The graphics on PC are probably the best I've ever seen in a game. Seriously. Nothings comes close. Considering this is an open world game and it runs without shudder at 4k resolution with Hairworks cranked up on a PC with a 4 year old processor and motherboard makes that all the more impressive. Again, I found the story in Witcher 2 to be slightly better but that is not a slight. I would not debate on which had a better story through because they both had their strongpoints. This game is a mature game. It does not deviate much from the books so if you're looking for a liberal utopia like Dragon Age 1, 2 or 3 then this is not your game. It doesn't care about your views but it will force you to make some moral decisions. You will not be a hero. This game does not inform you on which decision is the better decision because almost all decisions offer a positive or negative or maybe a few of both. The game does not insult your time by jamming fetch quests down your throat. The closest thing to fetch quests is the witcher armor missions, the guarded treasure, and the treasures that can be found by investigating the sea floor and surface alike. However, if you don't want to get the stuff, you do not have to. I've heard some people say that the side quests offer more of a story than the main story quests. This is probably the first time I've enjoyed a game with this much meat. I put well over 100 hours into the game and I gotta say, I loved every minute of it. Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2015
    10
    First off, I have been playing games since the mid 80's. I have never written a review, and I am fairly picky when it comes to games that IFirst off, I have been playing games since the mid 80's. I have never written a review, and I am fairly picky when it comes to games that I would recommend to someone.

    That said, this is far and away the best game I have ever played. The story, the options, the graphics (on ultra) the sounds (I was shocked at simple things in the sound), the animations... the emotion behind the story. The racial and social struggles, the politics, the invasion from outside.... All amazing.

    This is now my gold standard for which all other games will be judged. Which means I am setting myself up for much disappointment I am afraid. To CD Projekt RED I would like to say I am so amazed at the job you did with a smaller sized team and low budget (by comparison to other games this size). You all have created something beyond what can be simply called a "game".

    For those who haven't played, you are missing out on true art.
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  7. Aug 30, 2020
    0
    One of my most favorite games ever, what a journey, what an experience, so much heart and soul in this that it changed me in the most amazingOne of my most favorite games ever, what a journey, what an experience, so much heart and soul in this that it changed me in the most amazing way as a person! Expand

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