30 Games in 30 Days: Day 8

THE WITCHER 3: Wild Hunt

It looked bloody awesome, and you know what, it was bloody awesome. The Witcher 3 is a deep fantasy story-oriented RPG with its own in-game card game which has since been made into an ACTUAL card game. You play as Geralt – the same character from previous games – a Witcher, whose powers to reveal and defeat demons and ghouls makes him somewhat of an outsider to most people and it is revealed that it will be your job to find Princess Cirilla (Ciri) who you helped to educate in witchery techniques as a young girl. She is being hunted by The Wild Hunt for her powers and has been hiding out all over the kingdoms in an effort to avoid the Hunt/not be dragged back to her father, who is embroiled in a war with the neighbouring kingdom (their king turns out to be somewhat mad). The lines between good and evil are extremely blurred in this game, with several choices making you decide between

The lines between good and evil are extremely blurred in this game, with several choices making you decide between several not nice options. You don’t really get to play the good guy here no matter how many humans you try to avoid killing. For a start, you tend to hang out with criminals and prostitutes as a matter of course and it can be hard to make a good impression on the locals since they’re all terrified of you. However by ridding areas of bandits or monster nests it’s possible to increase the number of communities (with useful crafters/vendors) and win back some approval.

It’s fun. It’s really fun. It’s one of those games you really have to try out to understand the depth of the story. You can really feel Geralt’s exasperation with certain women or associates, or simply the situations he constantly finds himself caught up in – especially when you know he just wants to go home to Kaer Moren and have a hot bath…

Overall: 4/5

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