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The Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One)
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- Play as a Highly Trained Monster Slayer for Hire
- Trained from early childhood and mutated to have superhuman skills, strength, and reflexes, witchers are a socially ostracized counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live.
- Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions, and combat magic.
- Hunt down a wide variety of exotic monsters, from savage beasts prowling mountain passes to cunning supernatural predators lurking in the shadowy back alleys of densely populated cities.
- Invest your rewards to upgrade your weaponry and buy custom armor, or spend them on horse races, card games, fist fighting and other pleasures life brings.
- Track Down the Child of Prophecy in a Morally Ambiguous Fantasy Open World
- Built for endless adventure, the massive open world of The Witcher sets new standards in terms of size, depth and complexity.
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Play the most polished and complete version of the most awarded game of 2015 - The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Now available with all expansions and additional content!Become a professional monster slayer and embark on an adventure of epic proportions! Upon its release, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt became an instant classic, claiming over 250 Game of the Year awards. Now you can enjoy this huge, over 100-hour long, open-world adventure along with both its story-driven expansions worth an extra 50 hours of gameplay. This edition includes all additional content - new weapons, armour, companion outfits, new game mode and side quests.Play as a Highly Trained Monster Slayer for Hire
Track Down the Child of Prophecy in a Morally Ambiguous Fantasy Open World
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The Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition
Trained from early childhood and mutated to have superhuman skills, strength, and reflexes, witchers are a socially ostracized counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live.
Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions, and combat magic.
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Geralt makes so many unessary flowery movements that look pretty but leave you wide open to get mauled like a Qi Gong delusional grand master or a 2nd degree Taekondo player getting smashed by a white belt BJJ or novice Muy Thai fighter. "Why can't you just do a quick thrust or slash like you can do in Dark Souls? What's with the crappy delay in rolling and auto lock gives me a terrible view!' I would find myself yelling and annoying my wife far more than when I played truly hard but fair (in terms of combat) fighting games. It was just so hard to get past the frustratingly bad set of moves. I mean if in real life that would certainly confuse a person if they were attacked from multiple angles but we are pretend fighting an AI that experiences no pain and isn't afraid to get hacked to death. So, it just doesn't work well.
I had to step away from expecting the combat to be smooth with straight forward attacks and simply have to get used to Geralt galivanting around as opposed to using straight and hardcore realistic or practical swordplay. Once getting over the imbalance of the AI having telegraphing but a quicker attack and having to time EVERY SWORD STRIKE PERFECTLY and having to button mash attacks because the game does not register commands (I am playing on a new Xbox X with new controllers) things get way better. After accepting the sword play and horrible move set the game go exponentially better. Once I did that I was able to settle into the wonderful and haunting world that Witcher 3 has to offer.
Not the entirely best scenes out there, but just like lovers and art beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's no Skyrim or Forenza in terms of realistic landscape and CGI art. It's more beautiful in an almost water color of CGI sort of way, the landscapes of the various provinces are simply dazzling and seem to bleed into each other and can be memorizing at times, especially for me the first time I sailed a sloop and it just happened to start to rain. I can imagine if I had some Bose quality headset and several beers might have been moved to tears my precious. The only downside is that the dungeons are blacker than a necromorphs gums on a moonless midnight and considering Geralt is supposed to have mutations that help his vision it makes no sense that I have to stop the game and turn the brightness levels on my TV up super high in order to play the game during the daytime (the TV is 4K able, 3D able, LG, and high quality so it's not due to a busted screen. As Ori Will of the Wisps has me drooling with how beautiful it is every time I play it on that TV). I can't write anything negative about the NPCs. As they are great and I have yet to come across a dull one.
The people, almost in every province, are extremely racist or should I say biggoted towards Geralt, usually gritty, crude, barbaric, rude, and both frustratingly and lovingly raw at the same time. You can feel the fear and or frustration seething off of them as you pass by and they flinch or make some highly inappropriate snide remark as they are clearly intimidated by your/Geralt's mere presence. You can feel there is a very complex culture and deep rooted awe for Witchers as random people show a dichotomous disposition towards as whispers spoken just within earshot swing to the extremes of adoration are quiet abhorrent. You get the feeling of hopelessness from the people that slips out of from a life of constant uncertainty, and day to day threats of death by starvation, savage factions, and terrifying monsters. What is both real and lovely and sad is how the children interact with Geralt at times. There are some heartbreaking lines as well as truly hilarious lines and interactions. But, what is the meat on the bones of this game is killing monsters and making money.
The monsters aren't Silent Hill demented scary; however, they are reminiscent of a Creepy Pasta sort of scary and there are countless side missions which throw away monsters that have their own lore that you can read about in Gerald's Bestiary, and I'm sure could inspire hundreds of authors to write stand alone series. There are ghosts, living dead, cursed, devils, from land to sea tales within this epic game and I am scratching the surface of the main quest at a measly level 14.
Again, there are some European curse words like "sodding" and "bullocks" that don't mean much to someone who grew up elsewhere. I understand that they are vulgar, but still don't see how bloody or sodding is offensive. However, the queen of dirty words and expletives is used generously throughout the game. So, the dialogue is adult themed a lot of the time. But, for all you pervs, you'll be happy that just as some dialogue is dirty, there are many options choices and options that you can choose that will lead to some cut scenes with the fairer s3x that would result in a quick power down akin to a "slam shut" or quick TV shut off if mixed company happens to enter the room suddenly. Heads up, there are some X-rated scenes so don't play it with the volume too loud at times.
There is so much more to write about. If interested, mark my review as helpful and I'll put in more work and descriptions. I will probably add more after I finish the game. But, I am taking my time on this one.
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Initially, I wasn’t so sure. The mechanics of the combat system felt clunky and the extensive menus were overwhelming. However, it doesn’t take long for it all to make sense. It soon becomes apparent that there is far more to the combat than simply rolling towards the opponent, striking and rolling away again. Oils, potions and ‘signs’ all play their part, helping to lend an advantage in a fight, but it doesn’t take too long for the rolling, striking, dodging and counter-attacking to become intuitive and the whole process begins to feel like fun.
The learning curve is fairly kind to begin with, easing the player into everything, and the multiple menus for levelling up, enhancing weapons and armour, crafting potions, oils and bombs, etc., start to feel relevant and user-friendly. Furthermore, all of the tutorials can be revisited, although I have never felt the need to go back to them.
I hadn’t played either of the prequel games or read any of the books prior to starting The Witcher 3 and I have to admit that whilst the game is perfectly playable without having done so, the experience would have been enriched with more background knowledge. There are some references to situations and characters that are clearly based on prior events and I found myself having to guess at dialogue choices a couple of times. The on-screen characters evidently knew what was being spoken about, but I had no clue at all. I must emphasise that this is really a minor point, although I felt it worth mentioning.
Another slight irritation is the occasional bug. There was nothing ‘game-breaking’, although I have noticed that the failure to complete one quest in good time (before another certain quest began) meant that I had failed the quest in question. Other glitches are mostly to do with graphics, but they are few and far between and I would be surprised if they didn’t exist at all, given the colossal scale of the game.
The Witcher 3 is a very grown-up game. Expect violence, of course, as well as some horror, but also expect sex, nudity and copious amounts of bad language. Whilst I can understand that some people would find these elements to be off-putting or inappropriate, I feel that – overall – they are in-keeping with the world and the narrative of the game, greatly enhancing the whole experience. It feels like a mature, grown-up game for adults and I love it all the more for that. It doesn’t patronise and it doesn’t pull its punches. Instead, it takes the player on an incredible journey that is full of both light and dark moments, not to mention moral and personal choices that can at times be truly difficult and challenging.
The vast and intricately detailed world is made all the more believable thanks to the luscious graphics (I’m playing the game on an Xbox One X via a 4k TV) and the characters that are encountered are made more believable, increasing the player’s sense of empathy with them, due to the clever use of dialog and mostly excellent voice-acting.
I’ve been playing The Witcher 3: The wild Hunt for what feels like ages now and I am only approaching about two-thirds of the way through. Throughout my considerable years of gaming, few titles have gripped me this strongly for this long and there are still the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansion packs to play through!
I have truly grown to love it. Its flaws are miniscule in the scheme of things, dwarfed by the grand scale of everything else and it is absolutely one of my favourite games of all time.
There is so many hours of enjoyment in this game I played it flat out for weeks and even when i went away for a week on a trip I was still thinking about playing it. The music is great some times i even listen to the soundtrack of it on youtube its that good.
You really end up caring about what happens the characters and world you inhabit while playing and the combat system is pretty solid and fun.
The only thing I didn't really like was the Lvling system a lot of the time it felt like you have to sacrifice using cool abilities to go for stuff that is effective so feels like you are missing a lot of the game especially on new game + so you are pressured into playing certain builds that arent really your style alot of the time so I feel it only really takes away from the game.
Id say if they would have fleshed out the rpg elements to the game and gave it more depth this game would be the best game of all time at least for me haha the amount of value you get from this game is amazing in this day in age so if you are on the fence about buying this game try it out you wont regret it.
- Looks good still (in 2020).
- Large open world.
- Comes with all DLC.
- Poor combat (boring and repetitive).
- Enemies are either really weak or overpowered, however there seems to be no gradual build up. You’ll either win easily or be killed instantly.
- Dialogue is cringeworthy.
- Tasks / Quests get very tedious after a while.
- Menus are confusing and overly cluttered.
- Despite the open world, there’s a lack of anything really interesting in it.
Overall I have no desire to keep playing through the repetition. It feels like a chore to pick up the game.
I've been gaming since the late 80s and I can say this is my favourite game of all time (Unless they CD Project Red decide to make another Witcher game). I can't see how any game can top this, the world, the characters, the story, the gameplay, the combat, the sense of humour, it was a pleasure to play and still is!
Can't recommend it enough, and if you enjoy it you're probably going to end up purchasing the books ... the start of an obsession!