Witcher 3 Review Roundup

Here's what the critics are saying about CD Projekt Red's open-world RPG.

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After years of development and multiple delays, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt it out now across console and PC. So how is the game, originally due in 2014, holding up with critics?

Check out some review scores and editor opinions below. For more on the critical reception for The Witcher 3, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic's extended coverage.

  • Game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
  • Release Date: May 19
  • Price: $60

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GameSpot -- 10/10

"Where the Witcher 2 sputtered to a halt, The Witcher 3 is always in a crescendo, crafting battle scenarios that constantly one-up the last, until you reach the explosive finale and recover in the glow of the game's quiet denouement. But while the grand clashes are captivating, it is the moments between conflicts, when you drink with the local clans and bask in a trobairitz's song, that are truly inspiring." - Kevin VanOrd [Full review]

IGN -- 9.3/10

"Though the straightforward and fetch-quest-heavy main story overstays its welcome, the option of joyfully adventuring through a rich, expansive open world was always there for me when I'd start to burn out. Even if the plot isn't terribly interesting, the many characters who play a part in it are, and along with the excellent combat and RPG gameplay, they elevate The Witcher 3 to a plane few other RPGs inhabit." - Vince Ingenito [Full review]

Game Informer -- 9.75/10

"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt encompasses what I hope is the future of RPGs. It stands out for its wonderful writing, variety of quests and things to do in the world, and how your choices have impact in interesting ways. Usually something is sacrificed when creating a world this ambitious, but everything felt right on cue. I still think about some of my choices and how intriguing they turned out--for better or worse." - Kimberley Wallace [Full review]

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Kotaku -- "Should You Play This Game? Yes"

"Wild Hunt is a grand adventure that feels distinctly of its time. It manages to set new standards for video game technology while accentuating the fleeting nature of technological achievement as an end unto itself. It is a worthy exploration of friendship and family, mixing scenes of great sorrow with scenes of ridiculous lustiness, tempering its melancholy with bright splashes of joy and merry monster guts. Come for the epic showdown between good and evil; stay for the unicorn sex." - Kirk Hamilton [Full review]

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sladakrobot

PC,X1 and PS4 gamers rejoice and talk like friends do about a masterpiece of a game.
No hate,just love.
Imo,the WiiU really should have gotten this game too.
Nintendo really should contact CDPR and support them in making it true.

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Unreal849

@sladakrobot: It took them over a year to port W2 down to the 360, and this game is even heavier than that. I doubt the Wii U would run this very well.

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DrFlyntCoal

@sladakrobot: CDPR would've made it for the WII U if it actually could run it I think. The game is too massive and power hungry to run it on lower hardware. NX maybe?

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sladakrobot

@drflyntcoal@sladakrobot: The Witcher 2 on X360 was very good(i completed it) but it never looked as good as the pc counterpart.
Still,it was great experience with decent tech.
That is why i think that TW3 could be possible on the WiiU(with small sacrifices)...it would be still amazing.


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DrFlyntCoal

@sladakrobot@drflyntcoal: If the WII U had a better CPU, maybe. Witcher 3's an open world game with dynamic AI which makes up most of the game. And open world games by default are CPU heavy. If CDPR does decide to make it work on the WII U, it'll have to be at least 80% powerful as the minimum specs. And the minimum specs greatly overshadow the WII U unfortunately. Leaving the technicalities aside Witcher 3 would be a great addition to the WII U given how beautiful it looks just like Nintendo's first party games.

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InFI_Chronos

Someone told me you could start playing this series from the 2nd game and the 1st one isn't necessary. Is this true?

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DrFlyntCoal

@InFI_Chronos: The ideal way would be to have played all the three games but you can start from two as well. If you can't play either 1 or two for some reason, just youtube the witcher movies. They include all cutscenes and important gameplay bits pertaining to the story.

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InFI_Chronos

I suppose I could just buy the 1st one from steam for 2$. I should just try to enjoy all 3 instead of cheating to get to the 3rd one faster by skipping one. Thanks for the info!

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DrFlyntCoal

@InFI_Chronos: That would be ideal although you'll have to be patient with the jank of the first game. Have fun. :]

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ethanm1834

...I want it, but tried playing 2 and was lost. I need to go back and play the first one and go all the way through.

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northArrow

@ethanm1834: Lost as in literally lost or did you mean you struggled with the combat? For me that was the biggest challenge of the Witcher 2, it felt like the combat had a really steep learning curve to it.

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sladakrobot

@ethanm1834: How can you get lost?
The main objective and all the active sidequests ae shown

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day3002

Ok no need waiting for december... Witcher 3 is GOTY.

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Unreal849

@day3002: It's this, Bloodborne, or MGS5, if *fingers crossed* MGSV delivers. I'd be happy to see either one sweep up the awards.

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Cryio

@unreal849@day3002: Don't wanna be mean, but Bloodborne has no chance near Witcher 3, Arkham Knight or MGSV.

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Balthrus

@unreal849@day3002: Unless there is going to be a multiplat karting game :p

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Redtrevize

@unreal849@day3002: and Batman

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Redtrevize

@redtrevize@unreal849: damm it's gona be a nice year

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DrFlyntCoal

@unreal849@day3002: Don't forget Persona 5.

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AzatiS

What to say ? This is a must play

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klugenbeel

Eddie Makuch is such a waste of space. Only he would be shallow enough to do an article about other people's reviews. Maybe instead of writing garbage, wasteful or filler articles, maybe he could take that time and write a review or report some actual news that isn't him just re-posting someone else's news.

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Tiger_Ali

@klugenbeel: the only garbage here is gamespots review

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StHapns247

@klugenbeel: You do not want Eddie writing his own material. No one wants Eddie writing his own material.

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FoodRules

@klugenbeel: They do this on almost every review you cretin....

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Lord_Magikarp

It got a "yes" from kotaku, a must play

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Tiger_Ali

Gamespot will have the highest review, they do so far, I'll go with any other review site gamespot reviews su(k ass.

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Stebsis

@Tiger_Ali: Gamespot gives too low scores, they suck. They now give too high scores, they suck. But now they give the same score as everyone else and say exactly the same thing, good job!

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StHapns247

@Tiger_Ali: This number is too high, this number is too low, this person said this, but didn't say that. Go complain somewhere else, we come here to talk about video games, not review scores.

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Tiger_Ali

@StHapns247@Tiger_Ali: the fu(king topic is the witcher3 review you fu(king nincompoop! What a fu(king !di@t.

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JankeP

This is literally one of the 9 games that have gotten a 10 from gamespot. I think gamespot is a pretty reliable source as opposed to, let's say IGN, which continuously gives games like COD high scores. At least ign got this game right.

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FoodRules

@Tiger_Ali: "9.75, woah. Too low. Pass. Glad I didn't go with that Gamespot 10"

Dumbass.

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Tiger_Ali

@foodrules@Tiger_Ali: too low, the only dumbass here is you! 10 is the highest rating on gamespot, when deserved, I just find this site to be mostly European and biased.

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tinoush

After getting Project cars and T300 i have to wait till it's cheap. Or get it used.

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Tiger_Ali

@tinoush: give it till black Friday should be 15 bucks and actually worth it by then.

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FoodRules

For me? If Kevin says it's a 10, it's a 10. The only review I needed.

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Tiger_Ali

@foodrules: such a fu(king tool.