The Witcher 3 Continued Impressions: Uh, Can't Stop Playing
Yes, this will be my last set of brief impressions before doing the full review, which should be live this weekend.
At any rate, I was sort of afraid this would happen: I find myself wanting to play it throughout the day (even though I don't have time until later at night). I haven't had a game do this to me since Grand Theft Auto V. I do wonder if it will maintain its hold on me, though...have to keep playing for a while longer before I determine the true addictive nature of the game. ;)
Yesterday, I talked about the challenge of the perfect score when it comes to game reviews. I'm still not convinced CD Projekt Red's massive production is worthy of a 10. But rather than harp on that again, let me talk about a few points that stand out in my mind:
1. LOVE the progression and general structure
I've seen some complain that it doesn't feel like a true open-world game because it's a little limiting at first. But that's what I like about it. Firstly, it's nowhere near as overwhelming and intimidating when you set up the game in this fashion, and secondly, you get a chance to have a feel for a certain area. Plus, the pacing, learning curve, and overall progression is almost flawless. It takes a lot of skill and balance to get all of that right.
2. Has anyone noticed that like EVERY voice is fantastic?
I suppose I can see getting tired of Geralt's Snake-like gruffness before I'm done but really, I haven't encountered a mediocre or average voice performance yet. Even the random NPCs sound authentic. That's the sort of attention to detail I really appreciate.
3. The variety of combat is just so intriguing
Ask yourself this question: When's the last time you actually needed to look at the Bestiary in any given game? When you start to think about it, it's exceedingly rare. At least, I've never felt the need. But with so many wildly different creatures and beasts in this game, many of which demanding a particular knowledge of their resistances and vulnerabilities, the Bestiary is suddenly an essential resource. Some may not like the learning part of the game, but I do.
Okay, no more until the review. :)
Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
5/21/2015 9:41:41 PM Ben Dutka