After hearing so much about The Witcher series, I was able to go back and dabble with the first two games a bit to see what all the hoopla was about. I quickly learned as I made my way through how it got better and deeper the more I played. This brings me to the third entry which is no doubt the biggest and greatest of them all, especially now that it comes with all the available DLC in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: Complete Edition. If you’ve never played any of the games or have been holding out for a “game of the year” version, you’ll want to saddle up and ride to this adventure as it’s one of the best games you’ll play this year or any for that matter.
Fellow editor Cory Galliher gave his review on the core game from last year, so I’ll talk about my take on it along with the DLC expansions that came after. As I played the core part of The Witcher 3, I could see exactly why the game has garnered so much praise. It looks, plays, and sounds amazing, even on consoles (I reviewed it on the Xbox One). To paint a good picture of it, imagine a medieval, RPG fantasy Grand Theft Auto, and that’s The Witcher 3. You can hop on your horse and hoof it, find a boat and sail, or just run to where ever you want to go. There’s always something to do as well, from quests big and small to playing Gwent with random NPC’s and building up your card deck, to just wandering around and exploring or grabbing materials for alchemy.
Then once you’re done with the main game which can take quite awhile to conquer, there’s even more content with two expansions for the game. The first being “Hearts of Stone” that has Geralt dealing with a mysterious person named Gaunter O’Dimm who hires him to resolve an issue he’s having with another gentleman named Olgierd von Everec. To say anymore would ruin the experience, but the main thing I love about this DLC (besides adding ten more hours of content) is that it can be played after the main game or as a stand alone piece. How do they do this you ask? If you choose to play it as a stand alone part, they’ll give you an appropriately leveled and geared Geralt to play as, so you can dive into this DLC whenever and however you want. If only more games could make DLC like this instead of forcing players to finish the main stuff to access additional goodies.
The second DLC, “Blood and Wine”, is set in the fictional land of Toussaint which looks a lot like medieval Italy and France mixed together and is a beautiful looking place filled with lovely ladies. Of course it isn’t long before Geralt is pulled into danger and mystery as he tries to stop a monster known as “The Beast” from killing certain noblemen, and without spoiling anything, leads to some vampires both good and bad that he’ll have to work with to put an end to the murders. While you do need to have a high level character to play this expansion (aka beat the main game and be at least level 35), players will be happy to know this one adds a whopping 20-30 more hours of gameplay, which is nearly that of The Witcher 3. So as you can see when you add all of these adventures together, you’re going to be stuck with Geralt and his horse Roach for a long while.
If you’ve been looking for a great game that just about anyone can jump into and have an awesome time, or have had your eye on this and been waiting for a Game of the Year edition, you’ll want to mount up and snag The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: Complete Edition. It’s a near perfect fantasy action/adventure RPG that will keep you playing and entertained for hours on end while being one of the few games that puts your gaming PC or console to good use.