If You Have A Life, Can You Enjoy The Witcher 3?
This question has been bugging me for a while.
As our virtual worlds become bigger and more dynamic, they require more and more of our time. And as this generation presses forward, I've no doubt that developers will continue to push the envelope in terms of scope and immersion.
I'm not saying it's a bad thing, although I do envision a near future where every AAA game is open-world sandbox, which I really don't want to see. To be clear, I'm super excited for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I honestly think it'll be the best game of the new generation and perhaps one of the best games of all time. Yeah, I'm buying into the hype because I've paid close attention to all the details. I've seen all the footage, heard all the statements from CD Projekt Red, and read through all the available gameplay, setting, and story information. I could write a ten-page preview on this game right now, if I had any inclination to do so (you can still read this one if you like).
But when you're talking about a game that easily provides us with 100 hours of entertainment, or potentially 200 hours if one suffers from completionist syndrome, I just have to ask: Who the hell can really sink their teeth into that? I can imagine doing it back in my college days - when I had more time than I knew what to do with; a testament to this country's wondrous advanced education system - but as an adult, I just don't see it. I would love to try it and I'd love to immerse myself in that amazing world. But I don't think it's something you can sit and play for an hour, here and there. You need to dedicate a fair amount of time to the experience and if you don't, it just won't have the same impact.
I mean, it took me months to get through Assassin's Creed Unity and I still haven't finished GTAV. And now you're telling me the virtual worlds are just going to keep getting bigger?! I really hate the idea of not finishing games I've started, and this new trend isn't helping my cause. Anybody else find themselves in a similar conundrum concerning this new explosion of open-world games? Note: Don't forget that Batman: Arkham Knight comes out a month after Wild Hunt...I mean, what the hell.
4/10/2015 Ben Dutka