The Witcher

I just got the game two weeks ago and I’m blown away by everything (long and positive post)

First of all, let me preface by saying that I’m an RPG enthusiast. Though I’m not excellent at English and most of the time, I find myself miss lots of crucial points in heavily story-driven games that require me to talk to several NPCs to complete quests or solve riddles. Witcher games seem to be very lore-heavy; some backstory is unknown to me so I looked up a lot. Regardless, I’m glad I gave it a try.

Recently, I started The Witcher 3 out of boredom. To be honest, I’m kind of losing my passion in video games and I don’t know why it’s happening to me. However, having played The Witcher 3 for two weeks, I never have enjoyed video games so much in my life since year 2012.

To me, I seek not the immersion or realism (I never care much about these things in video games frankly), but something else entirely, fantasy. The Witcher 3’s world building has to be one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen (besides, Deus Ex). Its dark and gritty tone (maybe it’s just me but that’s how it struck me as one) amazes and frightens me at the same time. I find this to be fantastic. A journey where Geralt ventures through Velen is severely depressing yet strangely delightful. I often feel uncomfortable (in a good way) traveling in Velen. The feeling it creates makes me realize the devs really care about its atmosphere. It feels genuine.

One of the things that makes me enjoy the Witcher 3 so much is the in-game music. Each city or area has its own unique soundtrack to them which is remarkable. The combat music is also very satisfying. I never feel so pumped up listening to other music like I do to the Witcher’s. The moment when I hear a lady sings something like “Oy Lazare, Lazare. Tuka ni sa kazali…” not sure what language but I know that it makes me want to dance, scream to the top of my lung and keep fighting for eternity. It’s just so hypnotizing and addicting. It stuck in my head for a week! And the music when Geralt finally found Cirilla is hauntingly beautiful. Exploration, monsters killing, and bandit annihilating never feels so good. Honestly, I’m just immensely fascinated by the music in The Witcher 3. It’s what makes it truly remarkable, in my opinion.

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What truly shines for me are quests. I never feel exhausted doing them. Side quests never feels like a chore and are enjoyable; many of them are well-done. Player choices are impactful. Witcher contract, treasure hunting, exploration are rewarding. Overall, most quests are really top-notched and exceptionally well-crafted.

As for gameplay, I’m honestly loving it and finding it to be fairly challenging and enjoyable. Personally, playing as a Witcher makes the combat more engaging. I love the fact that I’m encouraged to read about bestiary to learn about enemies (their weaknesses, what they are susceptible to). I also find Geralt’s sword fighting graceful. Most signs are visually impressive, useful and complement the combat really well. Alchemy can be cumbersome due to the fact that a player needs to apply oils and decoctions through inventory; regardless, it’s still doable during the combat which makes it fairly manageable. If there were dedicated hotkey, I think it would make alchemy feels more integral to the combat. All in all, I’m enjoying the combat a lot more than I expected.

To conclude, I’m enamored by this game. I have around 140 hours clocked in and I never once feel bored. I’m now approaching the end of the game and I find myself not want it to end. Being a gamer for 6 years, I can say that Witcher 3 is an exceptional gaming experience, the one that I will never forget. I’m just grateful to have played it.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you all have a grand day!

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