CHART YOUR OWN PATH
T HE WITCHER 3 : WILD HUNT, REVI E WED
THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED
A world of fantasy is one that seems to follow your typical fantasy setting: magic is in abundance, monsters roam the lands, looking to kill or be killed and, as always, a beautiful and ravishing maiden awaits the hero’s embrace at the end of it all. Mercifully, the world of The
Witcher series weaves a tale beyond the traditional fantasy standards. It takes its cue from other titles like Game of Thrones and the long-standing
Dungeons & Dragons universe; Kingdoms wage war with each other, while their kings sanction assassinations of other kings and forge shaky alliances with others. Sorceresses act as consulars to kings, serving to advise and manipulate the situation to their benefit, only later to find themselves the betrayed.
As with the previous two games in the series, you resume the role of Geralt of Rivia. With your twin blades of steel and silver, you scour the lands, searching for paying contracts and monsters to kill. Your pre-possessed hunting skills are second to none, and your experience in the realm of the supernatural has turned you into a skeptical but logic-laden hunter. But there is one hunt that has Geralt occupied, more than any other Witcher contract: The Wild Hunt, and along with it, the search for his former lover, Yennefer, and adopted daughter, Ciri.
A FATHER’S LOVE
Compared to the second installment, The Witcher 3:
Wild Hunt is CD Projekt RED’s most ambitious and graphically engaging title to date. The world of Wild Hunt is divided in multiple zones, spanning across the Northern lands of White Orchard and Velen, all the way across the sea to the islands of the Scottish-esque Skellige Isles.
One very important, if not obvious, improvement to the game that you will notice straight away is the way Geralt’s Witcher Senses can be used. Back then, these senses could only be used intermittently, and only as long as his medallion was fully charged. In this installment, the developers have made some changes, enabling players to use it as an everyday tool, which allows Geralt to sense his surroundings for enemies and clues. The greatest improvement to Wild Hunt, however, lies in its player interactions and combat mechanics. Players can now choose between jogging or sprinting from one end of the map to another, or simply ride on your trusty steed (named not-so-valiantly as Roach). Combat mechanics now possess a greater level of fluidity, but unlike before, a certain level of finesse and control is required, as the hack-and-slash method usually ends up with Geralt being killed in action. Even the spells ingame have been given a facelift. Through the right channels and upgrades, players can either choose to burn the enemy with a flash, or through a continuous stream of fire. Yeap, you actually can climb up that
mountain. We’ve tried it.
The world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is huge and rich with interaction, along with a combat system that is equally so.
AT A GLANCE GenreAction RPG Developer CD Projekt RED Publisher CD Projekt RED Platform PC (Tested), PS4, Xbox One