The Witcher 3 Đánh Giá

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Role-playing games don't come better than this: The Witcher 3 is the finest example of an RPG. Và now it's available for Nintendo Switch so you can play it on the go.Read full verdict

For Giant world to lớn explore Hundreds of hours of engrossing chơi game Deep upgrade/alchemy/crafting systems Engaging characters và cutscenes Gorgeous visuals & great sound Difficulty levels khổng lồ cater for all
Against Camera during fights can be irksome Clunky horse control Some pop-up issues (for weather Lighting & characters) Distance for fast-travel & repairs can feel excessive Re-use of some character faces

( - For role-playing game fans it"s only once in a blue moon a title comes along that"s so engrossing you"ll willingly surrender not just a little bit of time lớn play it, but days & weeks of your life. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a prime example; a captivating trò chơi that, for our money, is the best RPG since Skyrim.

But, if anything, it"s a little bit more grown-up than that 2011 Bethesda epic. There"s a lot more f-ing và blinding for starters, the occasional c-bomb included. Và much more blood. Oh, và let"s not forget the smattering of nudity. Yep, Witcher 3"s adult themes are quickly established from the moment the camera lingers on a bare derrière mere minutes into the game. Yet - and despite that reading lượt thích an apparent Hollywood "sex, blood, swearing, - buy, buy, buy!" kind of chiến dịch - it"s not gratuitous, rather more representative of a believable world. Y"know, one where mages and magic are a normality.

It"s also a timely release. With millions of game of Thrones fans the world over, there are inevitable comparisons - c"mon, even Charles Dance, voice of Tywin Lannister in trò chơi of Thrones, voices Emperor Emhyr var Emreis here - despite Andrzej Sapkowski"s short stories preceding those of George RR Martin.

But whether you"re an existing fan, a newcomer, or someone who"s looking to trả lời the game on Nintendo Switch (that"s why we"re updating this review), the swordplay, magic, monsters & fire gods certainly make for damn good entertainment. So, attention grabbed, nipples acknowledged, we"ve spent dozens of hours delving into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt"s world, exploring its decision-based storyline, side missions và sprawling landscapes. Here"s why, whether you"re a fantasy fan hâm mộ or not, it"s still a stone cold classic of RPGs.

One giant beast

When it arrived back in năm ngoái there was no game of the same epic scale as The Witcher 3. Even now, five years later, it"s still a huge world lớn explore. The mở cửa landscape throws you into a world of magic and combat, led by enticing characters and great acting that will keep you hooked. Ok, so Geralt, the witcher you play, might"ve been listening khổng lồ Christian Bale"s Batman a little too much, but his husky voice becomes part of the game"s charm.

After the main cutscene kicks-off proceedings - in hand-drawn graphic novel style with story narrator, a theme that continues with each loading & progress scene, but that feels distant from the style otherwise used within the game - the story begins with you seeking Ciri, your adopted daughter, who, for reasons unknown at the time, the evil Wild Hunt seek.

It"s from here the basics of combat are learned, in a flashback to lớn Ciri"s childhood. But there"s a whole lot khổng lồ master, which takes time to lớn then apply effectively in the game. The Witcher 3 is no plodding turn-based role-player: you"ll need khổng lồ attack in fast-paced, real-time scenarios. It"s not all slash, slash, slash button bashing either; parry, dodge and use of stronger sword attacks in combination khuyễn mãi giảm giá with different foes. Other sword-bearing folk tend to be easily dispatched, but groups of wraiths, ghouls & the like will demand well-timed rolls & dodges lớn get around.

To địa chỉ to the mixing pot there are a variety of magical spells that are essential for tactical attack and defence - particularly when ensconced by a group of enemies. & let"s not forget additional items, including crossbows và bombs, that come in handy for certain combat... Or just sheer provocation.

All this has the makings of a deep role-player, but that"s just the tip of the iceberg really. You"ll later learn crafting & alchemy, trading, và how to lớn apply experience points to specific character enhancement trees (earned from quests, resulting in your levelling-up), all of which are essential to lớn the game. Whether you chose the path of warrior, alchemist or magician is down to lớn the choices you make when applying upgrades. Enhancements can also be multiplied with mutagens, sourced from specific enemy kills.

Horsing around

In the first instance the game"s controls feel a little too heavy - something we still think lớn this day, especially when it comes to lớn horseback riding - but it"s something you"ll get used to. Well, after trying to lớn climb up rather than run around a damn ladder for the fifth time. Controlling Geralt doesn"t feel as smooth as playing, say, Grand Theft tự động 5, nor is there the deftness of Assassin"s Creed when it comes khổng lồ jumping gaps or climbing. But those are entirely different games, ones we"ve played enough of & enjoyed for what they are.

And lớn be fair, Geralt is wearing armour, which must be pretty hefty given how his horse, Roach, handles. An essential element khổng lồ the trò chơi given its scale, you"ll need to lớn use your steed lớn navigate more swiftly through the landscape. Just watch out for dips, walls và even some trees, which will catch you out and slow you down, often to a stop. In busier areas we"re often inclined to lớn just run around on foot rather than via hooves for simplicity"s sake. Roach could definitely be more fluid in control, và despite a double-tap-to-follow-the-road mechanic, he"s not got the brains khổng lồ always head khổng lồ your desired location. That"s horses for you: neigh respect.

Traversing such a giant landscape can take a long time too. Fortunately there are fast travel signposts, discovered as you enter relevant areas - whether crossroads, towns, cities, hideouts, caves, và so forth - after which they appear on the world map. This brown-paper guide of the Witcher world is so big it would unfurl like a comical quadruple-size broadsheet newspaper. It"s mind-boggling just how massive this trò chơi is: think Skyrim & then multiply that by three.

It"s essential, therefore, lớn make use of the miniature version that hovers top-right of screen. Problem is, some core nearby points of interest (such as nearest fast travel signpost) don"t show-up if they fall outside of this small circle, so you"ll be thực đơn digging a little more than you ought to. Và fast travel signposts aren"t as plentiful as they should be, particularly from some positions within the game.


Once you"ve got stuck into the main storyline - & no spoilers here - you"ll quickly encounter multiple quests that show-off the game"s breadth. You can spend excessive time playing cards - "gwent", a complex thẻ game that we still aren"t hugely interested in, but which since spawned its own separate dedicated game for sản phẩm điện thoại - or tìm kiếm out that rare herb needed for a potion. Sound too boring? Go explore a waterside và cut the heads & limbs off some drowners & ghouls instead. Or craft some armour.

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It all makes for a rich tapestry of game play that doesn"t throw you in at the deep-end, nor become single-minded in its approach. There are four levels of difficulty, varying from accessible lớn bastard-hard, which can be changed at any point in the game too. If you don"t master dodging and parrying, though, then best stick to the middle-to-lower settings.

If the lead missions are getting too tough then you"ll need khổng lồ hold back your progress, explore some more lớn gain additional experience points & level-up your abilities. Enemies show a nguồn bar alongside a number, the latter which represents their level. If you"ve achieved, say, màn chơi 10 & your foe are at a similar màn chơi then you"re in good shape lớn take them down.

However, the more enemies there are in a group, the tougher that can be. Avoid backing yourself into a corner otherwise you"ll find The Witcher 3"s biggest stumbling block: a perilous auto camera that can really work against you, particularly when fighting indoors. With groups you"ll do well khổng lồ deploy Bloodborne tactics: separate the larger groups into individuals or smaller groups. Monsters tend khổng lồ attack en masse (which can be annoying when four drowners strike you simultaneously) whereas human opponents usually hold their ground, often goading you forward with come-hither hand movements.

Don"t fret if an enemy is four levels or so above your màn chơi though. If they"re guaranteed to be beyond your abilities then a red skull symbol will also show above their level - essentially telling you lớn get the hell out of there.

There"s one big issue here though: if you"ve entered a mission where there"s no escape, & it"s a cấp độ well beyond your means, you best make sure you"ve manually saved prior, otherwise there"s no getting out of there. Which can be a total shutdown.

Like a boss

Things change pace even more when quái vật characters are encountered. You"ll work your way up lớn each of them, but some will take a couple of goes lớn take down. If you get stuck then the bestiary - a glossary of beasts & their weaknesses, found in your inventory - can be helpful, assuming you"ve acquired the relevant foe"s details from a previous quest.

Bosses are typically giant và have faces that would make small children cry. But we"ve already established it"s not a trò chơi for the lil"uns, so enjoy those ferocious wyvern beaks, three-eyed fiends, & gross-out botchlings. & try not to cry too much when they dispatch you.

Typically magic & potions are the way to lớn forge ahead in the big fights. Alchemy can be performed on the road, so you needn"t find a specific location to lớn create new bombs, potions và oils. Looting for these ingredients is the best way lớn come about things - and, in our game, nobody bar guards seem khổng lồ give a hoot about us stealing everything - but the alchemy panel can become heavy with a barrage of items in little time (which slows down loading & navigation).

For armour và weapons, however, you"ll need lớn find the relevant armourer or blacksmith of the right skill khổng lồ craft. There are portable repair kits, found infrequently, that you"ll want khổng lồ use only at the essential moments. Swords damage quickly too, so it"s a good job your standard duo - silver for monsters, steel for humans - can be supplemented with as many additions, axes, maces, và so forth, as you want (subject to lớn maximum weight). Looking after weapons can cost you a pretty penny; the primary use of extra ones is to lớn dismantle them & acquire the resulting goods for crafting better items.

Gorgeous details

The Wild Hunt is the first Witcher game to make its way to consoles, with Xbox One & PlayStation 4 versions joining the PC copy - & theNintendo Switch joining the tiệc nhỏ in 2020 too. The reason is obvious: there are graphical flourishes that, PC excluded, wouldn"t have been possible without the new-gen consoles. Even the Switch does a darn good job overall, all things considered.

Some of the small things stand out in particular: the way the wind catches the trees; how sunlight breaks through the branches as a forest thins out; the flow of characters" hair; even wet skin after a bath. Of course there"s better to lớn be had out there, because the gaming world moves fast, & five years is a long time in any game"s life. Take a glimpse at CD Projekt Red"s forthcoming Cyberpunk 2077, for example, & prepare to be blown away.
In addition khổng lồ the great soundtrack the cast do a cracking job too. It"s not all down lớn Charles Dance, mind, but the majority British cast bringing all manner of islander tongues khổng lồ the game, often with tongue-in-cheek impact that"ll bring a smile to lớn your face. Shame the producers, CD Projekt Red, re-use many of the same faces for folk you meet on the way - it"s kind-of eerie - và that some characters, including rock trolls and witches, are borderline incomprehensible (you"ll be reading the subtitles). Oh, và almost all the children are inexplicably terrifying.


We"ve spent a lot of time playing The Witcher 3. After completing it back in 2015 when it first launched, we"re now deep into the Nintendo Switch version và still loving every minute of the experience.

We can forgive a dodgy camera angle here, a bit too much nipple there, or even a misbehaving horse bumping into yet another tree, because all those other glimmering moments of brilliance amount lớn something greater. The Switch version also comes with all the downloadable nội dung (DLC) latched on too, creating an even more complete experience.

You needn"t be a diehard fantasy genre tín đồ either: The Witcher 3"s massive world, gorgeous landscapes, balanced gameplay, detailed quests & story are all compelling enough to hook you in và keep you there. Just be prepared khổng lồ sacrifice your normal life because you"ll be scratching around trying khổng lồ find the dozens of extra hours you"ll want to lớn spend playing it.

This article was first published on 19 May 2015 and has been updated following additional play và release availability