The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
1st Time Witcher!
So this is my review based off my experience so far. I have never played a game from the Witcher series but I figured I gotta start somewhere, and I only have an xbox 1 so the others aren't on my list anytime soon. I will be perfectly frank about this, if you do not have patience and don't enjoy running quests or sleighing awesomely dangerous monsters then this game is not for you. I bought this game the day of release without pre-ordering it... haven't put it down since. I can now say I'm officially a fan of the series. The gameplay is fun, the graphics are great (despite the random visual glitches from time to time, but that's expected till the first couple of updates are released), the story line is interesting even for first time players, the amount of time invested in this game could be well over 100 hours if you're serious about doing all the quests. Overall, for $60 I have to say, it was money well spent. This will definitely hold me over till Elder Scrolls Unlimited finally drops!
Disappointed...to say the least
I was excited to play this game, picked it up at launch and brought it home, installed it while I did some housework. Later in the evening I sat down to enjoy it, but was disheartened when I saw the graphics. It looked like I was playing on an xbox 360. All this talk about next-gen is finally here, I was at least expecting GTA V graphic level detail, but instead I get horrible draw distances with the trees looking like bland oil paintings, along with the textures being just par for old gen with somewhat flat appearances with not much shading effects. The realism to the environment is just not there much at all. I get they were trying to keep with the style and art of the prequels, but this is a disgrace trying to call it next-gen. To sum it up, the new consoles are more than able to handle the detail displayed in the title screen of this game, but instead of the developers striving for that, I get an xbox 360 (at its launch) level of graphics that just poisons the immersive factor for me, I just can't get into it, I need more realism when it comes to the graphics.
5 Stars At Best
I sat through 20 hours of in-game play. I also played all the beginning in-game tutorials and read all the literature provided with the game prior to writing this review. My pros and cons are listed as follows...
1) Sound is great
2) Plot is great
1) Graphics are horrible
2) Jump off tiny ledge and 1/5 of health is gone.
3) Combat Mechanics are garbage
4) Developers stated "Newcomers will have easy time learning and fitting into Witcher three regardless of previous experience." I've Never played Witcher one or two and I'm lost while trying to find tips, tricks, and guides from various websites.
5) Had to glue face to screen to read small text on menu.
4) Load screen after every death is worse than initial online GTA V load screen.
5) The quest are too long
6) Rewards for quest do not equate to the work you have to put forth in order to receive the reward.
I was wanting to get in to the Witcher and decided now was the best time, big mistake. The game was horrible, the graphics looked like something from an Xbox 360, played it medium difficulty and you couldn't kill anything with getting jumped by everyone and their cousin, combat was just pathetic. you got nothing for completing quests and i thought a game with out health regeneration would be an amazing change but food does nothing for your health in combat cause you lose more than that in one hit. Items are way to expensive in the game especially for food, and the leveling is utter rubbish you have to hope you can find better weapons or try to buy some.....good luck with that. I'm returning this garbage first thing!
One star at best (1-10 scale)
This is my second review of the game. My original review of the pros and cons only covered 20 hours of game play. To date, I have played 40 hours. My pros and cons are listed below...
1) great sound
1) super long dialogue takes the fun out of the story line and game.
2) Not enough combat because Geralt is too busy playing errand boy for other characters in the game; which requires long and mind numbing dialogue.
3) Graphics are still garbage.
4) Health reduction when jumping from small ledge is still an issue.
5) Rewards for long side quest are still petty.
6) side quest are so long and boring that I forgot the purpose of the side quest and what the original main quest it was tied to.
All and all, this game is horrible. Save your money, time, and effort.
This game is amazing
Thi game is incredible, aside from the shaky graphics, there is so many things to do throughout the world and it has had be glued to my controller to keep playing since release.
A game for anyone who appreciates depth
I have only played for about 6 hours so far but I have been engrossed. I wish I had more free time each day. This is a game for those who truly appreciate depth and it is really difficult to play for short periods of time. I usually need a minimum of a couple hours or else I don't feel like I've accomplished anything. The game forces you to explore and do side quests or else you will find yourself under leveled and under geared. I found out the hard way and had to backtrack. The combat seems to be in near perfectly unison between having a variety of abilities at your disposal while not being overwhelming. A little advice, don't try and be Rambo. It pays to be prepared for a fight and it is also important to know when to do a quick dodge or a roll away just as much as when to attack. If you try to play this like a hack and slash you will find yourself die'ing frequently. Great story, although I did not play the previous installments which lead to some questions. Graphics are amazing, a few frame rate lag moments, but then again if your someone who judges a game by these measures then I have nothing to say to you. Overall an absolute buy for anyone who appreciates a well developed RPG!
Was very excited to play this game, and from the beginning scenes where the graphics started to be really jumpy i could tell i was going to be disappointed. The main garbage about this game is that it has the most glitches and bugs I've ever encountered. from that save glitch where it just get's stuck and you cannot save, to a stupid crash in the middle of a conversation and now i cannot complete a side mission, not to mention the leveling up system is idiotic at best...it takes forever to level up and you barely get rewarded. This is unacceptable for a next gen game, i actually had to reset the game after playing for about 4 hours, because it got stuck while loading the save game. skyrim has nothing to worry about, this game is garbage.
Better than I anticipated
Right off the bat I'll tell you this is my first Witcher game, so I don't have a frame of reference from within the series. That being said, I love this game. I've barely done any of the main quests and I've already sunk about 15-20 hrs. into the game. I love the depth of the game's stories. There are many side quests that I've gotten caught up in and I feel they are almost as deep as the main story. This is a game that I'll be playing until classes start up again. The only thing I don't like is that leveling up is a tad slow, but I can still defeat enemies that are higher levels so it's not that bad.
This is a Next Gen Game!
I have been playing this game for about 8 hours straight now and I feel as though I have barely scratched the surface. The soundtrack and combat system in my opinion are perfect. The only slight concern with the graphics is they may not be perfectly optimized for the xbox one yet. I get a little stagger as I pan my camera around sometimes. Other than that, this is what a true Next Gen game should be like. On another note, the company that made this game is awesome, they didn't charge anything extra for the 16 dlc's and they give you a map, the soundtrack and a thank you letter to let you know they appreciate you when you buy this game new.