In review, The Witcher 3 is one of the most absorbing, satisfying, rewarding, intriguing, invigorating and well-crafted RPGs in the history of Video Games, and seeing as I think the RPG genre is the king of this medium, this is one of the greatest games I've ever played. With already having the likes of Bloodborne and The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, 2015 has become one of the best years for this genre - Dragon Age: Inquisition has officially been shamed.
But how easy can it be to hop into The Witcher 3 with no previous knowledge of the series? Should players engage with The Witcher 2 first in order to deepen their enjoyment and understanding? Is the combat still extremely hard, and will the plot lose us in its convoluted explorations of the dark deeds of our world? Let's take a look at a guide to The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, with some gameplay tips along the way!
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt in Review: A Helpful Guide With Revealing Tips
Starting off in Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 is enormous. For those that adore deep RPGs, it's unmissable. Yet for gamers that feel taunted and intimidated by enormity in games...actually the game is still unmissable. The Witcher can be played how you elect. You can run through the campaign and simply follow the story and complete it, depending on your skill, in about 30 hours. Not too bad at all. However, you can also more than triple this running time and still have hours of content spread out before you in a land of remarkable beauty.
But what kind of background do you need before you enter the land of Geralt of Rivia? In terms of requiring the player to have engaged with The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, CD Projekt RED have ensured that The Witcher 3 stands on its own. There are so many characters, monsters, lands and relationships for you to uncover in The Witcher games. However, with The Witcher 3's enormous scale and length, you'll come to know all of them in a comprehensive manner, regardless of your history with the series.
That being said, you should check out the video I have linked in this article to bring you up to speed on the protagonist and the world he inhabits. Even if you've played the games before, it wouldn't hurt to refresh your memory before diving into one of the best games you'll ever play - it's essentially my next Red Dead Redemption. But let's introduce you to some of The Witcher's mechanics.
Combat in The Witcher 3
I recall the opening area of The Witcher 2 and how it relentlessly handed me my ass. I nearly gave up due to the frustrations of adapting to its difficult combat system. Through perseverance, I managed to get past it and finish the game, which, by the way, I highly recommend you do if you've not played it. I understand if you're excited for The Witcher 3 but if you have time to for another great RPG, give number 2 a try. If anything, it will make you much better at playing The Witcher 3.
The combat in The Witcher 3 is much easier to get a hold of though in comparison with its predecessors. You may find a bit of a challenge at the start, especially when it comes to learning the names of the different magic attacks Geralt has. But as you progress, the game becomes increasingly easier as you level up. Even Gamespot said it became a bit too easy after they completed so many side quests, to the extent where they had to turn up the difficulty for the rest of the campaing. Therefore, you've got nothing to worry about.
Make great use of Geralt's magic abilities and don't take items like traps and bombs for granted. You'll make use of two kinds of swords in the Witcher games. Your steel blade will deal damage to humans, whereas your silver blade is reserved for monsters. Use the wrong one on a different enemy type and you won't be dealing much damage. The Witcher 3's combat isn't hard to get into. You'll be fine on normal and I personally felt that it made me feel like a complete bad-ass once I'd gotten to grips with everything.
Getting the Most Out of The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is remarkable on every level. From its captivating campaign, well-realised characters, fluid combat system, beautiful open world and engaging side quests. Personally, one of my favourite moments in the entire game was a side quest. If you speak to one character about an errand, they very rarely finish with that one simple task. Something else occurs along the way that pulls you to another location and then another. This world is so alive and intertwined, which is due in no small part to its side quests.
To fully enjoy The Witcher 3, I highly recommend you help everyone that you can. Wander off the beaten path, talk to locals in a village and explore some dark caves and deep woods. But be warned, I really dislike deep-voiced protagonists. But the voice acting for Geralt of Rivia is taking the piss. I found him extremely annoying at times, it was just such a stupid way of talking and I find it rather grating. Especially when you have such great voices in the game from the likes of the glorious Charles Dance.
But if you can learn to adapt to it, because it doesn't go away for over 100 hours, you can get past my only real issue with the game. Immerse yourself in this world. Play it slowly, listen to every conversation, pay attention to every character, and take on every contract you can.
The Witcher 3 is one of the few games that rewards you with the time that you invest in it. The more attention you give and the more patiently you play it, the more it will surprise you. RPGs are difficult to get right. That's why The Witcher 3 demands to played on the XBOX One, PS4 or PC, as it's astounding how right every aspect of its world feels. CD Projekt RED have accomplished the unthinkable, and supporting a small-ish Polish studio is enough to make me want to endorse The Witcher 3.