Rating: 5/5 stars
When Cd Projekt Red announced Witcher 3 in May 2015, everyone anticipated it to be good. No one, however, could manage to predict the masterpiece that the game would turn out to be. With flawless progression into the story of Geralt of Rivia, the 3rd installment in the series turned out to be one of the best games of all time. Based on the classic fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, Witcher 3 truly managed to push the series to the forefront of pop culture, establishing its place as one of the best games ever. The impeccable design and progression were backed up by the esteemed Game of the Year award received by the series.
From the characters to the storyline, we cannot find a flaw in the game even if we try. The open-world setting of the game is built beautifully. With a plethora of diverse natural landscapes all having their own host of creatures, the game is a true masterpiece that can indulge you for days. The game progression is majorly impacted by the choices made during the course of the game, there are multiple different ending options that are all impacted by the decisions that you take through the course of the game. Aside from the main quests that are quintessential to the progression of the story, the game is also riddled with side quests that are extremely fun.
The characters from the previous iterations of the Witcher series are built upon and taken to the next level. From character design to animation, every aspect of the gameplay is enhanced by entertaining characters. Geralt of Rivea as the protagonist perfectly suits the gritty, action-based theme of the game. The character is truly one of the best protagonists within the genre of fantasy gaming. Aside from the protagonist, main characters like Ciri, Dandelion, Dijkstra, and others offer a range of contrasting appearances that perfectly compliment the progression of the game.
Aside from the main gameplay and objectives, Witcher 3 features one of the most entertaining minigames in the form of Gwent. The highly entertaining card game has gone on to gain so much popularity that the company has released it in the form of separately playable gaming with online servers.
The combat and gameplay are surprisingly fluid with different iterations of weapons and armors suited to perfectly compliment the battles. The difficulty levels highly impact the experience in battle and harder difficulty levels place a high emphasis on strategic attacks instead of the wild slaughter that is extremely enjoyable in easier difficulties.
We rarely give out 5-star ratings to game as we feel there is always room for improvement when it comes to games. However, everyone once in a while, there comes a game that truly deserves a perfect rating. Witcher 3 is that game. Filled with enough entertainment to keep you indulged for weeks, the game is a must-try for all Nintendo Switch users as it releases.