Let’s start with the giant story many players fail to finish. The witcher 3 story is absolutely huge. It’s about the same length as Red Dead Redemption Two when including some of the most important sidequests in the Witcher 3. But because of that, Witcher free still suffers from some pacing issues and inconsistencies in quality on a few side quests.
The game is nearly 50 hours long. Entire side quests are an hour long in some cases, especially the first few when you arrive in Skelagaor skeletal odd skeletal, whatever they call it. I call it skelaga.
Witcher 3 Review 2022: Let’s talk about the main quests first. You play as the witcher Geralt and are tasked with finding a girl called Siri who is connected to Geraltin in many ways and their connection is deep. This task forces you on a massive adventure across the wastelands of Vellant to the vistas of Skelaga, providing some incredible visuals, especially for a game that was released in 2015.
For a while, I don’t think there is a dull moment in the story. You are constantly meeting new characters or building on the ones you’ve already met, creating this intricate web of characters, all affected by your decisions. Your playthroughs will rarely play out the same, especially so for side quests, since they have their own mini-stories.
Geralt, Dandelion Tris, Jennifer Zoltan, the Wild Hunt, the internal fire called the Baron, and the residents of Vellanamongst so many others, are all incredibly interesting and well thought out and written characters, all with their own flaws in areas of expertise. It really is amazing what the writers have achieved.
Unfortunately with age, the facial animations have really not aged well. I mean, it’s not a major issue, but lipsyncing is all over the place, and animations in general, especially in dialogue sections, definitely feel old.
I mean, they always did feel old, even in 2015 when the industry was just advancing so quickly when it comes to animations and visual quality. But yeah, that still is one of the negatives and probably the only negative that I really have for the story when it comes to the Witcher 3. And it’s not even really a story thing, it’s just an immersion thing.
The story itself is fantastic though. Without spoiling anything, I fought the Witcher free even after my 6th or 7th playthrough in 250 hours on the PC version alone is just simply amazing.
Sure, there are times when it can get a bit tedious for most of the game you’re just searching for Siri and with each character you meet comes to a new obstacle slowing you down. But I think the Witcher 3 is written so well and in a way that stops you from seeing them as filler.
But more is a law that’s building more of the story, making the quest to find Surrey become evermore urgent and I just loved it.
The decisions you make throughout the game actually affect the character’s fate and where the story goes in a lot of ways, but there are only three main endings or outcomes. I should say outcomes. There are free outcomes with the story, but each outcome will have different characters or lack thereof if you make a lot of bad decisions that will appear in those outcomes.
I think I got the best ending on my first playthrough, but ever since I always seem to get the bitter ending, the mid-ending, the bittersweet one, and it really does piss me off after a while. But you know, I made the decisions, it’s my fault. The last bit I do want to mention about the story is the side characters.
The side characters are all given an immense amount of care and quickly become main characters in a lot of ways. The Bloody Baron is a great example. His quest starts out as a side quest, but you realize pretty quickly that this supposed side quest has more layers than some just entire stories in other games, which is always fun to experience every time I go back to it.
Overall, I love the story of the Witcher 3. It may not have the most creative plot but screw the plot. Everything under it is just phenomenal, written with great care, and gave me some of the most memorable characters I’ve ever been introduced to.
Witcher 3 Review 2022: The Witcher 3 gameplay consists of three major elements exploration, combat, and crafting, or alchemy. Exploration is amazing, believe it or not. Ubisoft you don’t need to get rid of the minimap to make exploration good. The witches 3 nailed exploration.
Around every corner is a new side quest or piece of gear, a new enemy type or treasure hunt, leading you to some really cool witcher armor that is a feast for your eyes. You come across notice boards in small villages that provide you with some side quests you may have missed.
As well as witcher contracts that you can choose to do for a few more crowns in your pocket. You don’t have to do any witcher contracts, by the way. If you feel like you’re going to be forced into just hunting one monster just to get to the next mission, no, you can choose to do these. You don’t have to. Some of these side quests can lead you to characters from previous games, which was a real surprise to me.
It takes a lot of balls to put major characters in side quests, especially when there’s so much history between the main character Geralt and those side characters.
The combat is amazing as well. I said it got tedious in my previous review, but that playthrough, when I reviewed it, I really didn’t experiment a lot.
I abused science a fair bit and didn’t focus on oils, potions, or anything like that. So this time I really enjoyed myself. Sure, you are just swinging your swords, spamming signs, and dodging, but it’s the enemy types that help to get you through those 50 or so hours of the game. And I’m not including the DLC in that you have specific oils for specific enemies, potions that increase your damage or reduce damage from specific enemy types.
You have options that let you see in the dark called a Cat potion. There’s just so much. You’ve got Thunderbolt, which increases your damage, and you’ve got swallow which helps you heal quicker. It’s just there’s a lot, man. There’s a lot. You’ve got armor that suits your playstyles. Whether you want more stamina or vitality, and health, it’s all there.
This is a really good combat system full of customizable elements that never seem to stop. Combining both the crafting elements with different effects on your gear and the combat system makes both systems feel expanded and for me personally made me feel like I had limitless options. Of course, there is a limit, but it feels unlimited and that’s what you want from a crafting system.
Witcher 3 Review 2022: Movement can feel a little clunky though, especially on the controller. There’s some weird input lag when you first try to move Geralt, but once you get Geralt moving in the world, it just seems to disappear.
So I’m not sure why that is there and why it’s still there. Maybe it’s just an engine issue or something, but the movement system can feel a little odd at times. Oh, and Roche, your horse throughout the game is an absolute idiot.
It makes me want to find a random horse, call it Roach and try to teach you to jump over small gaps. It really is annoying how Roach refuses to jump over certain areas, especially after 250 hours of it.
So I tend to run if it’s within like 300 meters, but if it’s any more than that, I do call Roach, but I just get off and when he pisses me off bosses are really cool as well.
A lot of the time you can just use quen which is like this free one-hit ability to sign that you can get.
So you cover yourself in this weird magical armor. You can get hit once, but after that, you’re going to be attacked you can just redo it again.
So if you just use that ability, you’ll be fine with normal difficulties. But if you want that old and ring kind of feeling, then definitely play on harder difficulties. And don’t forget to use your potions and oils. Full damage can be a little irritating since you take so much of it so inconsistently, but luckily there is a good auto-save system in The Witcher 3 that makes it a little easier to take.
Then again, I will admit this is like my 9th playthrough, so I’ve started installing a lot of mods. I installed a mod that helped with the inventory system and it took away full damage because I personally just didn’t want to deal with it. So if you’re playing on PT mods key mods a key, you should get some mods, but if you’re on console, the full damage isn’t that bad since there’s an Autosave system, but it can be pretty irritating.
Worth Buying or Not?
Witcher 3 Review 2022: Overall, The Witcher 3 is incredible despite the slightly irritating movement system and the horse name Roach.
The story is written with great care and the characters are all memorable, whether they are main or side characters.
The Wild Hunt, while unexplored in great depth, provides a great villain to fight against. And the story concludes in some very satisfying ways.
It justifies being 50 hours long. I do think you should buy The Witcher 3, and most of the time it’s on sale for like £5 or $10 these days. So go buy it.