Despite the size of The Witcher 3 (it’s huge!) I’m going to write just a few lines about this game, which I, finally, finished the other day.
First of all, about its graphics – I’m pretending to be a graphics programmer, after all. Considering the vast world of the game I’m not able to find anything worth rambling about. The characters and everything else in the game look a bit stylized but altogether it feels like real medieval cities/villages with real humans and not-so-humans inhabiting these places. And the game runs pretty smoothly on PS4.
Time to express some love. The most valuable asset of the game is its dialogues. The story is good enough, side quests can allow you to spend a hundred hours there, easily (although I wouldn’t say that they are incredibly elaborate, except those in Novigrad). But for me the conversations became the main reason to return back to the Geralt’s adventure again and again. CD Project Red’s writers did great job, pushing the player to try various options in dialogues, just to hear another sarcastic comment or a joke (I wish there were more options sometimes). “(Vesemir) Yes, Yen is already in the castle. I understand that she is a strong emancipated woman but Geralt, why did she throw away a bed from the window? (Gerald, expressionless, as usual) -Hm, it’s a shame. It was a good bed.” “(Someone, who has just handed over a not very pleasant task to Geralt) Seems, you’re not excited about this, are you? (Geralt) No, I’m very excited. It’s mutagens that don’t allow me to show all the joy I’m experiencing.” And so on, and so forth. If you know the story of relationships between characters it might be even more interesting.
What I don’t like is Ciri. I didn’t feel any sympathy for this character when was reading the Witcher books and the game’s writers carefully brought all traits I didn’t like about her into the video game version. All chapters where I had to play as this, hm, Witcheress, looked totally out of the game. I’d rather play as one of sorceressess, this would be an absolutely different gameplay (though I’ve never understood the Yennifer’s charm Geralt fell for). Triss, yes. I would play as Triss =)
The second minus (relative, I’m sure that for many people this is not a minus) is the the end of the game is kind of long. Too long, to my taste. I was about to throw victoriously hands in the air when had defeated the Wild Hunt but it appeared to be just the First Final Battle. Then we had the Second Final Battle. And then we had the Final Scenes. And Geralt had to run as a delivery boy preparing for either of the big fights in the end.
The last minus – I really wanted more choices in dialogues. Not just “You’re either going to steal horses with us or we’ll start a fight and Ciri will be disappointed”. Some quests gave me such opportunities, a lot of them – didn’t.
Anyway, The Witcher 3 is a monumental piece of art, which is going to be a long-standing standard for all developers who want to develop a modern RPG.