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94

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Jan 31, 2023
    100
    There’s not much to give an opinion on here, as much of the change implemented is visual and quality of life. It’s a welcome update, and if it’s been a while since you’ve played or if you’ve just never gotten around to it, now is a great time to do so. The Witcher 3 has been in a good place for a while, but these upgrades further cement it in it’s spot as one of the all-time greats.
  2. Jan 3, 2023
    100
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt provides a next-gen facelift for this immersive role-playing game with its all DLC's and some of the best player mods!
  3. Dec 19, 2022
    100
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition takes a nearly-perfect game and makes it better. Nothing about this title really needed to be changed, which makes it even nicer that the developers took the extra effort to implement various quality-of-life improvements in addition to giving it a graphical facelift for the current console generation. Given its compelling story, fantastic dialogue writing and incredibly fun gameplay, it was arguably the best game released in 2015. This new update does nothing but improve upon a masterpiece. The improvements to graphics and gameplay are enough solidify Complete Edition as the definitive version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
  4. 100
    This free update delivers on all counts, with not only a substantive graphical upgrade but an entirely new quest that's worth the price of admission alone. If you've played before, we still recommend heading back. If you haven't, you're in for one of the best games of all time.
  5. Dec 13, 2022
    100
    This is an unforgettable adventure that just got better. One of the best ARPG ever made improves on every front with a free upgrade for the ultimate experience.
  6. 100
    The upgraded edition takes what made the 2015 version so loved and throws it into the new generation with so much care that it feels like a different game while maintaining the backbone of the original. The improvements are executed flawlessly, and I can see myself pouring an additional 100 hours or more into this universe now that it can compare to other next-gen games.
  7. Dec 12, 2022
    100
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is as essential now as it was seven years ago. Whether you're looking to play the game for the first time or have been waiting for this free upgrade (and bonus quest) before revisiting, then this is the perfect time to start. It's a masterpiece and still stands at the top of its genre.
  8. Dec 12, 2022
    100
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition is a fantastic upgrade to the already-phenomenal original game. Since it's provided free of charge to people who already own it on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, there's no real excuse for those players not to revisit this all-time classic. And for those who have never played The Witcher 3 before, this is the perfect time to finally enjoy this incredible title.
  9. Dec 12, 2022
    100
    The Witcher III was one of the biggest video games of 2015, it is now, thanks to this careful update for the latest consoles, one of the biggest of 2022, unabashedly thanks to the care given to these PS5, Xbox Series and PC versions.
  10. Dec 12, 2022
    100
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt next-gen update makes a great game even better, improving practically every element of the much loved game.
  11. Dec 12, 2022
    100
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PS5 is still the fantastic adventure that won over thousands of players in the last generation. It's basically one of the best games of all time improved in many points, such as loading, frame rate and graphics. The free upgrade just make things even better. However, don't expect anything new though - at its heart it's the same game we enjoyed in 2015 and its expansions later on.
  12. Dec 12, 2022
    100
    While some cracks are beginning to form around the edges, the people who’ve played the game 10 times already won’t care, and will be thrilled to hear that the next-gen version of the game provides a definitive console experience and a great reason to head back out into the wilds.
  13. Dec 15, 2022
    95
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is even better now. And that’s all we need to say. What was already a great game now has a Performance Mode with 60fps, ray tracing, Photo Mode… CD Projekt Red did everything it could to make Geralt’s journey even more attractive, weather it’s to old fans or newcomers to the saga.
  14. Dec 14, 2022
    95
    There is no question that the free update makes The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt a better game. It looks better, it controls better and the many, minor improvements add up to a significantly improved experience. The Netflix-based DLC is not a cheap tie-in but a well-made and completely integrated new chapter worth playing. Short of an actual remake, the update brings a seven-year-old game within spitting distance of the best current-gen title. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt update breathes new, exciting life into a genuine classic.
  15. Dec 12, 2022
    95
    The perfect example of how all next-gen upgrades should be: visual improvements everywhere, various graphical modes, gameplay and QOL changes, some new content... And most important of all: free. The Witcher 3 was already a masterpiece, but now it also looks terrific.
  16. Dec 12, 2022
    95
    The game has never looked so good on home consoles, whether in 4K Ray-Tracing or in 60 frames per second. If this update also offers nice game comfort options, the adventure remains similar to what we knew until then, for lack of new content. Despite the number of years, The Witcher 3 remains one of the essential titles of recent years, both in terms of role-playing, history or even open world. If you haven't experienced it yet and don't have a powerful PC, then this next-gen update is a great way to experience the world of the witcher Geralt of Rivia.
  17. Dec 12, 2022
    95
    The Witcher 3 is commonly cited as one of the best video games ever made. While I would never have called it “perfect,” it was always close. This final release brings it even closer.
  18. Dec 14, 2022
    94
    The upgrade of image performance, the improvement of settings, the adaptation of different platforms, and the excellent localization work. The next-generation version of "The Witcher 3" has made great progress after a series of updates. CDPR successfully turned this "former masterpiece" into a "present masterpiece", making it rejuvenate.
  19. Dec 13, 2022
    94
    Due to raytracing and 3D-sound the next-gen-version of "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" is a major improvement in comparison to the original. Additionally the DLCs and updates secure hours of enjoyment.
  20. Jan 3, 2023
    90
    A welcome update, The Witcher 3 is just as magnificent and engrossing as it was seven years ago. It looks beautiful, but still retains that rusty charm that sometimes creeps into a game so massive. Given that it’s a free upgrade, there’s no better time to get back into the world of Geralt and the Wild Hunt.
  21. Dec 16, 2022
    90
    I have played through The Witcher 3 multiple times, and clocked in several hundred hours into the game across different platforms- and yet, jumping back into its brutal world, I still find myself transfixed.
  22. Dec 14, 2022
    90
    CD Projekt Red’s free update overhauls the Witcher 3’s graphics, fine-tunes some familiar features, and offers you a nostalgic experience that feels new at times but just as good as you last left it.
  23. Dec 14, 2022
    90
    The core of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt remains unchanged, thank god. It's the same game we all fell in love with before. Playing on a PlayStation 5 and being able to play around with the new controls, including the haptic and adaptive triggers made playing as Geralt all the better. The new quick casting system works wonders for me, and if it doesn’t for you then you retain the old configuration. The framerate has been given a noticeable overhaul as well. I no longer chugged about when I ran while in a city full of objects. This is the perfect excuse to play The Witcher 3 again. The best part of the update is that it’s completely free; you can’t afford not to play again.
  24. Dec 14, 2022
    90
    Few would argue that the original version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a bad-looking game that was rough to play. In many ways, it's still among the best games in both departments. However, by simply including ray tracing, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition is now a step above what it already was, and beyond that, the smaller improvements that CD Projekt Red has created in-house and in collaboration with the community all amount to this update being a significantly enhanced version of an already great game. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition is worth revisiting for series veterans who eagerly await the next entry in the franchise or new players who want to see the game in its best light.
  25. Dec 14, 2022
    90
    As someone who repeatedly had the Witcher series suggested by other reviewers and then digging in the heels and refusing to try it, what was missed was one of the best games created on a modern console. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt deserves all the plaudits it receives and in its new next gen update, there really is no better way to experience it. Although lacking in new content, the quality-of-life features and sheer beauty of the whole thing make this well worth a revisit.
  26. Dec 12, 2022
    90
    Almost eight years later, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt manages to shine among its most direct competitors. This version takes a huge step towards the next-gen thanks to improved visuals, a ton of quality of life improvements and most importantly some of the best mods out there. There’s also a glimpse of new content, but the traditional game, the one dated back to 2015, is still the brightest diamond in the package.
  27. 90
    Not everything is perfect in this current-gen upgrade, but the additions, new choices, and improvements make this version of the game feel complete. Despite the oddities that come with the new camera option, the presentation across the board just feels superb. It even lets those who missed the expansions jump right into that content from the jump. Such a great update to a beloved game comes free with the PS4 version, leaving this as almost a requirement for everyone who even remotely has an interest in playing it again or experiencing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the first time.
  28. Dec 12, 2022
    90
    Over seven years after its original release, The Witcher 3 is still a masterpiece. In its character writing and dialogue, it's yet to be surpassed, while its knack for telling so many engrossing stories is still seriously impressive. Although aspects of its gameplay haven't aged quite so well, there's no doubt that Complete Edition is the best version of a truly outstanding open world adventure.
  29. Dec 20, 2022
    80
    I don't know why anyone would wait all these years to check out The Witcher 3, but there won't be a better time to do it. The next-gen patch has some issues, but this is definitely the best way to experience The Wild Hunt on consoles.
  30. Dec 21, 2022
    75
    Changes introduced by the update are not far-reaching or crucial, but such improvements as fast loading or more comfortable controls make the experience more enjoyable. Looking at character faces, animations, and some elements of gameplay design, it’s hard not to notice The Witcher 3 was released in 2015, but it plays great in 60 FPS, the Continent is beautiful like never before and it’s still the immensely fun game many people fell in love with.
  31. Jan 3, 2023
    65
    Judging The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition on its entertainment value is easy – it’s perfect. It has an unbelievable story, compelling characters, solid gameplay, and a properly thought-through backend that shows the developers are all-in on delivering an unforgettable experience. On the next-generation upgrade side of this release, it’s just not complete. While the performance mode takes the experience up a notch with visuals and frame rate, the Ray Tracing mode is unplayable and incomplete. It hurts the experience more than it helps it.
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  1. Dec 12, 2022
    The impact of the new textures and a revised lighting system in almost every part allows you to appreciate the adventures of the Witcher par excellence like never before, with a cinematic cut made even more effective by the addition of Ray Tracing and with unprecedented fluidity choosing to opt for the performance mode. Wisely selected the mods produced by the community, and equally effective those created from scratch to rejuvenate the most obsolete mechanics of the original game, which now benefits from a fresher and more dynamic interaction system and a close-up view that favors immersion in the exploration and combat.
  2. Dec 12, 2022
    This is likely to be the definitive version of a great game, and an excellent excuse to dive back into its gloriously rich and varied world, but at the moment it’s a bug-ridden mess that’s more trouble to play than the seven-year-old original. We’re sure by next Christmas it’ll all be running perfectly but all you get this year is a lump of 4K coal. [Review in Progress]
  3. Dec 12, 2022
    Improved graphics, mods that make inventory management and map navigation a little easier, and some throw-in DLC are all good. But I’m not sure that they are the explosively exciting thing about returning to The Witcher 3 in 2022. These are elements that might lure you in for a replay or, if you’re lucky, your first foray into the interlocked worlds of commoners, creatures, immortals, and lords that Geralt weaves through. They’re what gets you in the door, maybe, but they’re not the party. The party — by which I mean the massive political and interplanar story that happens within The Witcher 3 — is still incredible, and still manages to make the vast majority of other open-world RPGs (most other games, really) seem lacking by comparison. [Polygon Recommends]
  4. Dec 12, 2022
    The graphics sector does not magically become something-other than what it was, but the game performs well both in Ray-Tracing and in Performance, allowing you to experience the adventure to the fullest of the possibilities offered by today's technologies, without rebuilding it from scratch.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 410 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 410
  1. Dec 15, 2022
    5
    I had never played it, so i tried it with this new update and i have to be honest- not a big fan. Maybe this game is starting show it's age,I had never played it, so i tried it with this new update and i have to be honest- not a big fan. Maybe this game is starting show it's age, but i had more fun in Skyrim than in this one (ironically skyrim is older). World is kind of boring and empty, main character is very monotone and kind of emotionless, so it was really hard to care about, what was going on. I guess, if you somehow manage to care about that world, you might enjoy this game more than i did, but it was very bland experience. Full Review »
  2. Dec 15, 2022
    1
    Stuttering problems, no sound, bugs, what is this? They clearly haven't got better after cyberpunk fail.
  3. ZWZ
    Dec 15, 2022
    2
    This game was nothing special, kind of overhyped. I would highly suggest just ignoring hyper positive 10/10 reviews. Especially ones that areThis game was nothing special, kind of overhyped. I would highly suggest just ignoring hyper positive 10/10 reviews. Especially ones that are doing their best to insult and hate on everyone who disagrees with them. Just shows their low intelligence, if they don't understand that not everyone likes same games. Full Review »