The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Is Simply Great

The Witcher 3: Wild HuntI’m barely into my first playthrough of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, even with more than 15 hours logged, but my initial impressions are very favorable. Not since Grand Theft Auto V has an open world game felt so alive and full of flavor.

And definitely not since Fallout 3 or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has there been an open world game that’s enticed me so many time to stray from the beaten path to investigate a building or bizarre rock formation off in the distance. leading to the possibility of an undiscovered location with booty to loot or a book or manuscript to read — or perhaps an alchemy potion to uncover.

There is just so much to see and experience, so much to interact with in this immense open world opus. It can be both daunting and also aggravating, the latter mostly because I don’t have nearly the amount of time these days to invest in exploring this game that I would like to.

Simply put: The Witcher 3 is a glorious timesink.

The Witcher 3: Wild HuntEven with a few awkward choices in animations or accents, I love every minute thus far. And, even though developers are still unable to render interactions between characters and items in a fluid cutscene, resulting in cutaways or the reliance on movement outside of the viewable frame, these are only minor gripes that plague gaming in general and do nothing to take away from the awesomeness of The Witcher 3.

Plus, to quote my friend Matt: “boobies!”