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Hi everyone, It's a review time and I thought I would give my thoughts about The Witcher 3.
Before I start, I would like to say that I would give this game a 9/10. And the reason I say this first is because this review will be fairly detailed and some things will get very low scores. However please don't think any are game breaking, just could have been done better.
I've been playing Witcher 3 consistently for about two weeks now, with work gym and some social life mixed in.
I have a powerful computer and I'll say the game looks and sounds great. The controls at first totally turned me off from day one and I found myself at Best Buy getting an Xbox 360 controller only to find movement not that much different. Add that the Witcher 3 has collision detection to all environments. I love collision detection, but not with the clunky controls.
Here's an example: After the very short hand holding tutorial, You find your self in a small town. What's the first thing you do in any game ?...You go to the Inn right ! Well, you could barely move without bumping into everyone and everything. I must say, My hart sank. My first thought was, this game is bugged as hell. Now I better figure out what is going on and how I can fix it to my liking. First I can't see low enugh to see what I'm kicking on the floor. I found it much better to be running the game at max resolution this helped me to see down much better. Next you have an option to run/walk. Walking being to slow for any person in any game, you find your self running constantly. Well you run too fast and spin on a dime. You would think this is good but it's not, it's just something that you get used to eventually. Controls 4/10
Let's brighten up the review a bit.
What better way than Graphics, this game looks fantastic. Very sharp detail, and Lush environment. You'll find yourself in a deep up to your neck wheat field, then on other occasions you'll be chest deep in a beautiful swamp navigating around trees and rocks. Did I mention collision detection ? yes I did.......One of my most favorite part of the graphics would be the sky. You have morning, noon, and night. Never have I seen a game nail this so well. Evenings you have the sun shining in your eyes. Graphics I would give it a 10/10. With music being a 7/10.
Questing. This sucked at first, but turned out to be fantastic. My first few levels, I'm like what do I do? Where are the quest ? I've read on several forums where people were complaining about the very same thing. The answer: Look in your quest log, look for the posted signs in towns, and look for undiscovered question marks on the map. Well I did all of that, but It wasn't enough. AND Experience ? How come I seem to not be getting anyplace with leveling.....More bugs I thought !...I'm level 4 my friend at work is level 7 so I called him bitching about quest. He's like everyone answering on the forms, whats the problem? Quest everyplace !!.......Well, he was right, around level 6 or so after you really branch out, there are, quest all over the place, you can pic and chose. You have Main Story, Secondary, Contracts and my favorite Treasure Hunt quest. All are deep and have memorable stories to them. Or you can x out the dialog and just read the highlights. 10/10 for questing.
Experience and Leveling. Slow, very Slow and only from doing quest. Bad thing right ?...Wrong, good thing. This game has a LOT OF CONTENT....Been playing hard when I can with many hours invested, I'm only 11 and proud of it ! I'm also playing it on hard level, next one down from the hardest, wouldn't have it any other way. Next level lower is too easy, and not worth playing and using your potions and signs. 9/10
Open World / Sand Box. Witcher 3 reminds me of Far Cry 3 and 4. You have freedom but watch where you go. How do cave men say it ?......Go to far, get killed !.... Also you have very very large zones. White Orchard 1-6, Velen 6-14, and Skellige Island for higher. All huge, skyrum huge ?....People say yes, bigger. I don't see that but who am I, I'm only 11 I give Open World / Sand Box a 7/10, If monsters leveled with you and go any place it would be 10/10 but it's not.
Looting / Harvesting / Money. It's bad, Your always out of money. Looting boxes and picking herbs, you always think your doing good but your not. Good things get sold to the vender very low. You can spend an hours picking herbs only and there worthless, but for me and the early stages, I had to do it. I call it picking up popcorn off the floor, because there everywhere. Last is Looting corpse and boxes, very frustrating trying to mouse over them. It's NOT a game breaker, but 1/10
Crafting. I don't like crafting in any game, but ALL the Forums say don't bother crafting Weapons and Armor because you find better, However the Treasure Hunt Crafting Diagrams and very good, and by far worth it to craft, I find this true. And that's good enough for me, as far as crafting. Also the Hunts are a lot of fun. Alchemy on the other hand is a very big core of the game for Bombs, Potions and other essentials, this is a lot of fun if you like crafting. Weapons and Armor 3/10, Alchemy 8/10
Abilities / Signs / Trait points. You get all your signs from level 1. Fire, Magic Trap, Protective Shield, Charm, and Telekinetic You can equip anyone at any time, and often they all work well, BUT certain monsters are best taken out with what's recommend in your Beast Log. The Beast log tells you how to fight each type of monster, and what to use. From signs to potions to oils on your weapons. Prep work make fighting fun ! The only thing I don't like about this system, is you get everything in the beginning, even Traits as you progress don't add that much flavor. But the game stays fun anyway. Here is a nice example that I enjoyed....I was going through a cave on a Treasure Hunt. I had to use Magic Trap to fight the Sprits, Telekinetic to break down walls, and Fire to destroy the poison on the ground and Fire to kill the boss Wolf. 7/10
Combat. Lots of fun, like above you have to prep for a fight. You have to set up your opening sign, apply your oil on your weapon, make sure your health is maxed out, and proper potions are ready to go. For the most part your using your sward and spamming signs when available and trying to regain your health using several different methods. You'll be dodging parrying and rolling. It's a lot of fun, but often I would die because when my health is low, and try and back way off, I seem to be locked into this defensive slow mode, and die anyway. I never found an answer for this, so it's my only flaw. 7/10
Replayability. I don't think so, you would be doing the same over again, however like Skyrim I believe, there will be constant updates and patches, I don't think the game was designed to play over again. 2/10
Like I say, I know I gave several low scores, but for the most part they can be over looked and nothing is game breaking.
9/10....It's that immersive !!!!!!!!!!!!!!