The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

I first saw this game in a behind closed doors session at E3 2014. Seeing what type of open world game they were going with was exciting and interesting. Going into this game with only a couple of hours of playing the second game back when it came out in 2012 on an underpowered PC, I can’t believe how blown away I am with this game. Everything that I have ever wanted from a fantasy medieval era style game is here.

The storylines of the side quests are usually the first thing you will hear out of people whenever they talk about this game. I can’t blame them, as that is what captivated me as well. The sidequest are such a big part of what gives this game the charm to keep me invested 120 hours into it. I’ve played many many many games in my time, and once I finish them, I put them away and rarely, if ever go back. This is not the case with The Witcher 3, as even after I was done with all the side quests, the main story, found every single question mark and did everything in the game, It was on my mind while I was in the midsts of playing other games.

The team at CD Projekt RED have done a marvelous job on keeping this game up to date with Patches over a year later after its initial release. Two huge DLC expansions give more for Geralt to do and delve deeper into what makes him a great character. The patches that this game has received since launch are incredible. Any minor gripes I had about the game were quickly patched and now over a year later, the small and subtle changes make it feel almost brand new somehow.

Long story short, Geralt is a Witcher (A outcast in society but a Bounty Hunter to do the dirty work the townspeople need) He knows magic and can get things done. He’s a loner but has some friends and acquaintances who stand by him as he finds out that his semi-adopted daughter of sorts, Ciri, has vanished. Its your job to find her and stop a pack of other wordly ghost warriors to stop the inevitable apocalypse.

The main story of finding Ciri is quite good but long. I

From the combat (Which is the only real downside that I hear from people, which I never had an issue with) to the huge map with wonderful visuals, and a storyline and side quests that will hold up over time and has hit a new watermark for storytelling in games…. This game is just too good for anyone to pass up. As someone who has played thousands of games before, There is a new entry in my Top 10 Games of All Time list, and that game is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.