The highly anticipated third entry in the Witcher series, based on fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, will conclusively answer the overarching question: what is the Wild Hunt?
Unlike the previous game in the series, Witcher 3 will thankfully focus less on the political intrigues and royal struggle for power and more on the joy of exploring the world and enjoying the atmosphere. You will at no point feel like you have to be an errand boy doing countless fetch quests to progress through the story. There is a whole world out there, go and conquer it.
From the very start of the game, you are given your very own horse and can canter through the gorgeous countryside without an aim. The world size is comparable to the one in Skyrim, and the stated figure is around 1,000 hours worth of content, including all the secrets that lead you to completely optional quests and unique treasures.
Combat in Witcher 3 is extremely challenging, especially if you are under leveled. That being said, the game will absolutely pull no punches – if you stumble upon a monster 6 levels above you, get ready to die over and over again, unless you can outwit it. To do this, pay attention to the lore and carefully read the bestiaries. On harder difficulty levels, you must prepare thoroughly with appropriate potions and buffs before combat. This feeling of vulnerability and reliance on your knowledge, rather than brute strength, gives Witcher 3 a rich coating of flavor that no other recent RPG has managed to do.
Witcher 3 also attempts to incorporate your choices from the previous games into the narrative. As the game starts, you are questioned about the events from previous games and get a slightly different storyline with each answer. There are no “right” answers that will make you the good guy – everything you say is guaranteed to make you some enemies. This is another interesting difference between Witcher 3 and other RPGs – Geralt isn’t a white knight, out to save the world, he is just a mercenary with his own agenda: to find out what is the Wild Hunt.
There will be no further games in the Witcher series, but the developers have hinted at the possibility of a spinoff series based on another character from the novels. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming out May 19 for the PC, Xbox One and PS4.