The Witcher 3 Impressions: The Struggle For A Perfect 10
If you didn't already know, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a very large game.
Therefore, while I'm not quite ready to post a full analysis, I can put up some impressions based on the first seven hours or so. The question that has been nagging me for days, ever since reading some of the early reviews, is this:
Could this game be worthy of the elusive perfect 10 score?
It has garnered nine perfect scores thus far (according to Metacritic) and that includes major sources like The Guardian, The Telegraph, Digital Spy and GameSpot (the latter's 9th perfect score in history). But of course, everyone has different definitions for a "perfect score," so perhaps that doesn't mean much.
To me, a game receives a perfect score only when it's the best possible game I can envision given the current hardware capabilities. If it's the very best title on store shelves, it has a shot at a 10. There's no such thing as a perfect game so if that's the requirement, no 10 will ever be handed out. You just have to determine if the flaws are small enough, so small that they don't disqualify the game from "perfect" status. In other words, if even one flaw is significant enough to hinder the gameplay, even if it's minute, the game can't get a 10.
Now, there is a control issue with The Witcher 3. It's undeniable. It's not dissimilar to small issues we've seen in other open-world third-person adventures but I expected a touch more refinement and stability. If anything holds me back from the 10, it's this. I just have to figure out if it's still just as good, if not better, than, say, Assassin's Creed or Grand Theft Auto. Each of those franchises have always had their little control peccadilloes, and GTA has always managed to bring down plenty of perfect scores, anyway.
As for the rest, it's pretty amazing. That's all I'll say for the time being; I just wanted to toss out my current thoughts concerning the prospect of a "perfect" review score.
P.S. The ultra-tiny text on my screen is just absurd, CD Projekt Red. Not everyone sits a foot and a half from a computer monitor; we lowly console peons like to sit in a comfortable chair with a nice big screen...and even a big screen can't help that miniscule text. Make...it...readable. Thank you.
Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
5/20/2015 8:51:00 PM Ben Dutka