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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. Also known as "The Witcher III: Wild Hunt" Expand
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  1. Positive: 78 out of 79
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 8, 2015
    100
    The conclusion of Geralt’s game saga couldn’t be better. The large open world, great storytelling and dozens of hours of pure fun – this game is an absolute must for every RPG fan. [Issue#253]
  2. May 18, 2015
    100
    Its shockingly cohesive world is as beautiful as it is demanding, and it's packed full of mature content that throws you from one emotional response to the next. Its storytelling is superb, its combat is grippingly refined, and its often unforgiving nature only lends itself to a brilliantly rewarding experience.
  3. GameTrailers
    May 12, 2015
    98
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a thoughtful, diverse, and frequently awe-inspiring adventure. Its stories are deep and satisfying, unafraid to touch on themes of personal character, presenting players with choices and consequences that aren’t about turning into a hero or a villain. In the end, it’s quite simply one of the best RPGs ever made.
  4. May 12, 2015
    94
    The amount of content we find in The Witcher 3 is outstanding, as is its quality. It is true that there are some aspects with some room for improvement, but it delivers such a rich and unique universe that you will soon forget about them.
  5. May 26, 2015
    90
    Gigantic world, intriguing story, enjoyable combat and quest overload... that's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. An action RPG fan's dream come true.
  6. May 18, 2015
    90
    The Witcher 3 is one of the most hyped games this spring, but it's also one of the best. CD Project Red has managed to build a huge world that is both interesting and entertaining to explore. Add to that a well-crafted combat system and good opportunities to customize your character.
  7. May 22, 2015
    70
    It spends a great deal of its energy trying to impress the audience with unparalleled scope. The result is an experience that succeeds in its mission of being a grand experience, but commonly missteps when it comes to fundamentals such as combat, leveling systems, and user interface design.

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  1. Jul 8, 2018
    10
    The Witcher 3 is a phenomenal final installment to trilogy that has continued to amaze since its inception. Not only does it take someThe Witcher 3 is a phenomenal final installment to trilogy that has continued to amaze since its inception. Not only does it take some aspects from well acclaimed games in multiple genres but it meshes them together beautifully. This games a blast to play whether its your first go round or multiple play through.

    Pros: The Characters brought to life in this game really make the game shine due to the different personalities and view points. The player begins to love or hate each one of them. Interactions with each whether friend or foe help the story flow and take shape depending on the choices you have made or could make.

    The story itself is a great aspect of any game but The Witcher 3 really makes it stand out. It is like taking part a novel itself; one you don't want to put down. The plot twists, side stories, and subtle clues are award winning.

    The Combat is in a league of its own, due to the player preference in leveling that can change the entire style of the protagonist's combat abilities. I tended to play as a buffer with potions and decoctions but have dabbled in signs or just running over enemies with beastly sword skills and improvements. This game is easier to learn, but difficult to master especially in the higher difficulties and learning about each enemy is almost as important is leveling up in itself.

    Gear/Leveling was done well in a way that helps slow the pace of the game and helps players have a drive to do everything on the rather large maps with all those joyous little icons you want to grey out. Not to mention some of the Witcher sets are badass to look at.

    Finally, the size of the game isn't something to be upset about considering all the DLC with new quests areas and characters included and the replay ability is astonishing since the choices you make in the first and second game can change this game ever so slightly. Not to mention the choices in the game can be felt in the later areas and chapters with the final overview at the end.

    The game is a must buy for any avid gamer or RPG lover, the only downside is that this is possibly the final installment but one can dream for a Witcher 4. Buy this or rent it either way carve your way through monsters and humans alike to see how you survive The Wild Hunt
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  2. May 19, 2015
    10
    Very awesome game, reminds me of Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim, and Dragon Age. Bringing the best of those together in a world bigger than GTA VVery awesome game, reminds me of Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim, and Dragon Age. Bringing the best of those together in a world bigger than GTA V is truly something magnificent. While also telling a very good and mature story in a beautiful setting. Ladies and Gentlemen... Let me present The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Say goodbye to life for a while! 10/10 Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2020
    10
    лучшая игра за последние 10 лет, сюжет,графика,оптимизация,заебумба вообщем
  4. Jan 5, 2019
    10
    This is my game of the generation. Simply put, it is the best experience a video game can offer. It's been three years since it came out, soThis is my game of the generation. Simply put, it is the best experience a video game can offer. It's been three years since it came out, so I'm sure you've heard all the praises of its story and characters. So let me talk about some of the criticism the game has received. If it's not your type of game, I can understand that. The reviews of 6s and 7s I truly understand. I strongly disagree with them, but I can understand if someone just didn't connect with the RPG mechanics. But, and this is a huge but, all the criticisms I've read for The Witcher 3 are overplayed. Seeing people rate the game a 3/10 over its combat is a disgrace. I never found the combat to be lacking in any way. Yes, it's based on timing. What else would it be based on? That's not a rhetorical question, I'm trying to think of a game where physical attacks weren't based in part on your timing. More importantly, combat being based solely on timing is a blatant lie. You MUST use your Witcher abilities (the signs) to overpower enemies, both humans and monsters. Carefully dodging and dancing behind a shield-bearer to strike him doesn't seem to be a thing of timing, does it? Playing the game on a higher difficulty (highly recommended) makes you use the full Witcher arsenal of potions and blade oils. It makes for a very interesting, intricate combat experience.
    In fact, a criticism I surprisingly couldn't find anyone talking about is the disparity of stats in loot. It feels weird to me, to complete a maze set by a dead mage, and receiving a sword (Having Geralt name the sword about his adventure is a very nice touch), or having a master craftsmen gift me a special sword, and then later on, finding a sword with much higher attack power in the hands of some random henchmen you kill. This is a nitpick, but still something that bothered me. However, I'd be incredibly biased to give this game anything less than a 10 over a nitpick.
    So many great things about this game like the story, dialogue, sense of adventure, the most amazing unique quests, and even the smaller things like the addictive music and the card game: Gwent.
    If you're still stumbling around Metacritic looking at reviews, trying to decide if you want to get this game, then let me be the first to tell you: This game is a must-play. No matter the platform you play on, it is one of the best, if not the best, experiences I've had playing video games, and I've been playing games for over 15 years.
    I can not repeat this enough, it is my game of the generation.
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  5. Jun 21, 2015
    10
    I'm writing this review a full month after launch. I want to qualify my 10 by saying this is NOT a perfect game. Here's feedback I thinkI'm writing this review a full month after launch. I want to qualify my 10 by saying this is NOT a perfect game. Here's feedback I think you'll find helpful:

    The Good:

    *Story - I can't say enough (now that I'm really 75% done with the game - something no one who reviewed it the first week could say) how the story here is the bread and butter. NPCs have never been more memorable or believable. Side quests are more like "side stories" where Geralt stars as super-fantasy detective rather than fetch quests. Counterpoint: There are so many stories that even this new inventive quest style feels a bit stale by the end of it unless you take breaks.

    *The World - The first 10 - 30 hours of Witcher 3 are dominated by the swamp lands and plains of No Man's Land and White Orchard. I believe Developers would totally change White Orchard now if they could and give it the grand depth of Skellege and some of the more remote parts of the world. It's huge, it's got everything you want to see from a western fantasy RPG. Counterpoint: There is nothing here that hasn't been done in western RPGS before - nothing like the hard-to-imagine landscapes Final Fantasy creates.

    *Crafting & Loot: Collecting and upgrading Witcher Gear is a blast. There are 5 sets (Serpent, Bear, Wolf, Griffin, Cat) and each has at least 4 tiers of upgrades. The plans for these upgrades are hidden throughout the world in usually inventive out-of-the-way places that are fun to experience and explore. The gear looks very cool - and by the time you get it to high level, the complete look for Geralt is something you'll enjoy seeing in cut scenes, and you even have a passive ability you can level up to enhance the gear you wear based on type. Counterpoint: You don't have enough storage to keep all the gear you'd like to build and mats so the game forces too much inventory management to enjoy the crafting system fully

    The Bad:

    *The Controls - Everyone agrees this is the worst part of the game. It's worst when you are trying to talk to someone or open a chest and you are right next to them yet you cannot click on them. You tap your controller and you somehow bump into them, causing a scene and not helping. Totally breaks immersion. In battle the controls are bad as well - but not as annoying as interacting with npcs and objects. Particularly, the roll often over shoots and objects from the environment that shouldn't cause enemies to be out of reach. (I didn't talk about the horse, but I could have). Counterpoint: The devs have released several patches to improve the worst aspects of the game. I do believe this will improve moving forward.

    *The Difficulty - The game is cake - literally. I started on normal, was at hard by hour 20 and was at hardest difficulty by hour 40. I suggest all serious gamers start on the hardest setting. Why? Because it's most fun to play when you engage with the systems and role play Geralt. You're a monster hunting detective and you need to use everything at your power to overcome these awesome beasts. Epic battles where you worry about your potions and sign use are far more satisfying than hack-n-slash that happens at normal difficulty. I do hope an extra hard setting is released along with NG+ at some point. Counterpoint: This seems like the type of balancing that can still take place, so maybe this complaint goes away.

    *The Size - no matter how you slice it, the game is so big it's overwhelming. There is simply no way to do everything in it with any reasonable expectation of finishing soon. It must be handled like Skyrim and Fallout - given over to those games that you just accept you may never do everything in. The problem with this is that the way its presented really wants to make you see everything in it more than Skyrim. This produces fatigue at a certain point. Counterpoint: Anything lengthy produces fatigue - like a Marathon, or getting a law degree. So you just need to weigh if Witcher 3 is still delivering on what you want out of video games or if there is something else out there. I don't really see this as a serious complaint, but it is true and I do feel fatigue and need to seek other games to play every so often.

    For me - the 10 represents that I've spent more time and obsessed more over this world than I have any other game in years. I highly recommend it.
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  6. Nov 13, 2015
    9
    It took me around three months to finally beat the last campaign mission and I still have a ton of side quests and the incoming expansions toIt took me around three months to finally beat the last campaign mission and I still have a ton of side quests and the incoming expansions to look forward to. This game is a behemoth in scope, dangerously addictive and is packed with hundreds of hours of content easily.

    The voice acting and writing elevates W3 to another plane of existence and the side quests are bizarrely often much more interesting than the narrative events of the primary campaign and this is my biggest gripe with the game... The main campaign starts out great and gets better but then proceeds to lose steam around the halfway point where the story becomes more hit and miss. I was not a fan of Ciri as I felt that she was a two-dimensional character that was difficult to empathise with and often the line delivery would be quite melodramatic.

    The skill tree is very easy to understand and doesn't contain many (if any) junk skills/perks and the possibilities for different builds are plentiful. The world and its locations are engrossing and feel completely believable; there is little 'gameyness' to the world. The combat takes a bit of getting used to as it is fiddly at first, but it's a lot of fun and will test your reflexes a fair bit (depending on the difficulty.) Witcher 3 does so many things right but the best has to be the voice acting and writing. It constantly sets up intrigue and then rewards you both narratively and loot-wise, it's quite remarkable. I'm having a lot of fun now with Fallout 4 but unfortunately keep coveting Witcher 3 as it really made me stop and LISTEN to what characters were telling me.
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  7. Feb 14, 2021
    0
    I was really excited when I first got the physical copy of the game. It was well packaged and I could feel it, "This is going to be one of theI was really excited when I first got the physical copy of the game. It was well packaged and I could feel it, "This is going to be one of the best games I will play!". After playing games for decades I usually have this "hunch" whether I would like this game or not by seeing the cover of the game.

    I was mind blown the first few hours! The feeling was unique! I played many open world RPG and this is the first time I have seen the Story so well-developed! Not only that, the side quest itself is NOT a "copy paste of go here, fetch that, return here" type of lazy settings, it was well written and every interactions you had with this side quest, somehow affected the main story.
    Geralt the main character is also very unique and I could see this character serialized for a movie (it did).
    The world, the atmosphere was supportive enough to get you immersed in it. I was sure I would play this game for long time.

    So i thought. The "Magic" starts disappearing after the first 3 hours, then I was completely snapped out of Witcher's Charm after putting 5 hours. In total I have played about 12 hours and reached Novigrad halfway.
    What happened?

    I was overhyped. The story was well written, settings was well set. But that's it.
    Combat was just okay to get you going from one story to another story, it is clunky and boring tbh.
    Customization is quite limited. Outside of the main story, the environment feels very dead, you do not get many surprise element; although side quest is very engaging I'd still insist.

    Having skipped 1 and 2, i began to feel less and less connected as i progess further to the main character as more new terms and jargons been throwed in the main story.
    Combat became really boring after you figure out how to dodge enemies.
    Magic and Alchemy feels less impactful, its like just using an item from a paused-enabled menu.

    I can't explain very well, but overall I feel like this game may be rushed for some reasons.
    The pre-planning concept was well done; however execution of the development was all over the place.

    In conclusion, don't get me wrong, I think this game DESERVES a well-praised!
    The developer has put enough effort , time and expertise in creating such an amazing series!
    But the media has been over-hyping this in a sense it is like a bubble.
    I think this game is great but definitely not 9 / 10.
    A Fair judgment would be between 7 to 8 out of 10.

    To normalize this overhyped / overbubbled high ratings, please forgive me of giving this rating a zero because while I acknowledge the game's greatness, I want to be fair to all other gamers out there whom may have a spoiled experience because of the expectations of "9/10", "GOTY!", "Masterpiece" type of reviews being distributed all over the internet.

    You would be able to enjoy this game more with lower expectations. Do not fall into the same trap like me.
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