One of the best things about The Witcher 3
is the way it makes use of its environments to its advantage. Most games use them to give the illusion of depth, as if they were some sort of living thing that had a mind of its own. But these places are real and they will never look the same again. The Witcher 2, for example, looked like it was made out of clay, so The Witcher 3 has made use of this to its advantage.
As you walk through a village, you might notice a window is missing on a house, or maybe there’s a tree growing through a window. There’s real sense of realism to the world. At first these things can be a little jarring, but over time you’ll realize they add an incredible sense of life. The result is an atmosphere that’s not only believable, but also full of life.
Character driven stories
The Witcher 3 has also made great use of its characters to tell their own stories. There are countless different characters to meet and interact with, including different types of dwarves depending on the time period you’re in. Each one is unique and interesting because you get to see them in their natural environment.
For example, there are only three dwarves you meet in each area, but you have an entire area to explore filled with various personalities and backgrounds. But the best parts of Geralt’s journey are in the cutscenes, where the game makes the player feel like they’re a big part of the game’s story.
The choices you make will shape your experience in the game and the ending, with even minor decisions coming back to haunt you and affect your relationship with other characters. These are some of the most emotional moments in any video game, and The Witcher 3 makes good use of them all.
Strong character relationship
The main characters are strong and interesting. The relationship dynamic is handled very well. I feel like I was in the same place, but he was the one who made the decisions. That’s definitely the mark of a good story.
The gameplay doesn’t always live up to the story, and that’s part of what makes the journey so unique. The Witcher 3 feels like a true expansion to the series, and there isn’t a major change to what made the original so great. There are some things that have gotten better: combat is still a tad simplistic, but Geralt’s weapons in particular have been greatly improved.
I still have issues with certain monsters (such as the vampire you fight in Chapter 1), but overall, the combat has improved dramatically. If you’re looking for a more action-packed game, there are still quests and battles like these too.