And that’s just one part of this game. The Witcher 3 has plenty of RP in its G, and for me it took around ten hours until it clicked. Unlike Skyrim you can’t really choose how you play, instead the game revolves on you adapting to any situation. Enemies in Skyrim either do one of two things: bum-rush you swords a-swinging, or attack from range. The Witcher 3? They do far more than that. Enemies attack patterns need to be learned, and like Dark Souls, you’ll have to die a lot to learn the hard lessons. And soon you’ll be making potions, coating your blades in dangerous oils, building bombs and crafting armour thanks to the games ridiculously deep crafting and alchemy system. Slip on your gardening gloves, break your back in heavy lifting and get searching the world for components to craft with. Monsters need slaying, and if you’re not equipped with the correct gear, you’re apt to die. There’s so much to learn, but this is a game designed for you to slip away, sink in your chair and take it all in. Use the helpful glossary to understand monster weaknesses and write up a shopping list. It takes a while for everything to gel, but when it does you won’t shelf the game anytime soon.
After spending more than thirty hours with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, I can say, hand on heart, I’m addicted. There’s more than seventy undiscovered locations on the map of Velen (there’s more maps to explore!) and so many quests to discover, complete and wallow over my decisions. And to top it all off, grow an epic beard! There’s probably around two-hundred hours of content here, more actually. And in October, it’s getting its first of two paid add-on content packs worth another ten or so hours. I’m completely hooked in this amazing word, and finally, FINALLY, a real reason and justification to purchase a next-gen console. Finally.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Vital Signs' by Frank Turner
- 'The Real Damage' by Frank Turner
- 'Father's Day' by Frank Turner
- 'A Decent Cup of Tea' by Frank Turner
- 'Wisdom Teeth' by Frank Turner
- 'Worse Things Happen at Sea' by Frank Turner
- 'Jet Lag' by Frank Turner
- 'The Ladies of London Town' by Frank Turner
- 'Smiling at Strangers on Trains' by Frank Turner
- 'The District Sleeps Alone Tonight' by Frank Turner
- 'Get Better' by Frank Turner
- 'The Fisher King Blues' by Frank Turner