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Role-playing games don't come better than this: The Witcher 3 is the finest example of an RPG. And now it's available for Nintenvì Switch so you can play it on the go.Read full verdict

For Giant world to lớn explore Hundreds of hours of engrossing gameplay Deep upgrade/alchemy/crafting systems Engaging characters and cutscenes Gorgeous visuals & great sound Difficulty levels to lớn cater for all
Against Camera during fights can be irksome Clunky horse control Some pop-up issues (for weather Lighting & characters) Distance for fast-travel và repairs can feel excessive sầu Re-use of some character faces

(victaland.com.vn) - For role-playing game fans it"s only once in a blue moon a title comes along that"s so engrossing you"ll willingly surrender not just a little bit of time to play it, but days và weeks of your life. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a prime example; a captivating game that, for our money, is the best RPG since Skyryên.

But, if anything, it"s a little bit more grown-up than that 2011 Bethesdomain authority epic. There"s a lot more f-ing và blinding for starters, the occasional c-bomb included. And much more blood. Oh, & let"s not forget the smattering of nudity. Yep, Witcher 3"s adult themes are quickly established from the moment the camera lingers on a bare derrière mere minutes into lớn the game. Yet - and despite that reading lượt thích an apparent Hollywood "sex, blood, swearing, - buy, buy, buy!" kind of campaign - it"s not gratuitous, rather more representative sầu of a believable world. Y"know, one where mages và magic are a normality.

It"s also a timely release. With millions of Game of Thrones fans the world over, there are inevitable comparisons - c"tháng, even Charles Dance, voice of Tywin Lannister in trò chơi of Thrones, voices Emperor Emhyr var Emreis here - despite Andrzej Sapkowski"s short stories preceding those of George RR Martin.

But whether you"re an existing tín đồ, a newcomer, or someone who"s looking khổng lồ replay the game on Nintenvày Switch (that"s why we"re updating this review), the swordplay, magic, monsters & fire gods certainly make for damn good entertainment. So, attention grabbed, nipples acknowledged, we"ve sầu spent dozens of hours delving into lớn The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt"s world, exploring its decision-based storyline, side missions và sprawling landscapes. Here"s why, whether you"re a fantasy bạn or not, it"s still a stone cold classic of RPGs.

One giant beast

When it arrived bachồng in 2015 there was no game of the same epic scale as The Witcher 3. Even now, five sầu years later, it"s still a huge world lớn explore. The open landscape throws you into lớn a world of magic & combat, led by enticing characters and great acting that will keep you hooked. Ok, so Geralternative text, the witcher you play, might"ve sầu been listening to lớn Christian Bale"s Batman a little too much, but his husky voice becomes part of the game"s charm.

After the main cutscene kicks-off proceedings - in hand-drawn graphic novel style with story narrator, a theme that continues with each loading and progress scene, but that feels distant from the style otherwise used within the game - the story begins with you seeking Ciri, your adopted daughter, who, for reasons unknown at the time, the evil Wild Hunt seek.

It"s from here the basics of combat are learned, in a flashbaông xã lớn Ciri"s childhood. But there"s a whole lot khổng lồ master, which takes time to then apply effectively in the game. The Witcher 3 is no plodding turn-based role-player: you"ll need to lớn attachồng in fast-paced, real-time scenargame ios. It"s not all slash, slash, slash button bashing either; parry, dodge và use of stronger sword attacks in combination deal with different foes. Other sword-bearing folk tkết thúc lớn be easily dispatched, but groups of wraiths, ghouls & the like will dem& well-timed rolls và dodges lớn get around.

To add to lớn the mixing pot there are a variety of magical spells that are essential for tactical attack and defence - particularly when ensconced by a group of enemies. And let"s not forget additional items, including crossbows và bombs, that come in handy for certain combat... or just sheer provocation.

All this has the makings of a deep role-player, but that"s just the tip of the iceberg really. You"ll later learn crafting and alchemy, trading, and how khổng lồ apply experience points to specific character enhancement trees (earned from quests, resulting in your levelling-up), all of which are essential lớn the game. Whether you chose the path of warrior, alchemist or magician is down lớn the choices you make when applying upgrades. Enhancements can also be multiplied with mutagens, sourced from specific enemy kills.

Horsing around

In the first instance the game"s controls feel a little too heavy - something we still think to this day, especially when it comes to lớn horsebaông chồng riding - but it"s something you"ll get used khổng lồ. Well, after trying khổng lồ climb up rather than run around a damn ladder for the fifth time. Controlling Geralt doesn"t feel as smooth as playing, say, Gr& Theft Aulớn 5, nor is there the deftness of Assassin"s Creed when it comes lớn jumping gaps or climbing. But those are entirely different games, ones we"ve played enough of và enjoyed for what they are.

And to lớn be fair, Geralternative text is wearing armour, which must be pretty hefty given how his horse, Roach, handles. An essential element to lớn the game given its scale, you"ll need khổng lồ use your steed khổng lồ navigate more swiftly through the landscape. Just watch out for dips, walls and even some trees, which will catch you out & slow you down, often khổng lồ a stop. In busier areas we"re often inclined to just run around on foot rather than via hooves for simplicity"s sake. Roach could definitely be more fluid in control, and despite a double-tap-to-follow-the-road mechanic, he"s not got the brains to lớn always head to your desired location. That"s horses for you: neigh respect.

Traversing such a giant landscape can take a long time too. Fortunately there are fast travel signposts, discovered as you enter relevant areas - whether crossroads, towns, cities, hideouts, caves, and so forth - after which they appear on the world bản đồ. This brown-paper guide of the Witcher world is so big it would unfurl lượt thích a comical quadruple-size broadsheet newspaper. It"s mind-boggling just how massive this game is: think Skyryên và then multiply that by three.

It"s essential, therefore, to make use of the miniature version that hovers top-right of screen. Problem is, some core nearby points of interest (such as nearest fast travel signpost) don"t show-up if they fall outside of this small circle, so you"ll be thực đơn digging a little more than you ought khổng lồ. And fast travel signposts aren"t as plentiful as they should be, particularly from some positions within the game.


Once you"ve sầu got stuck into the main storyline - and no spoilers here - you"ll quickly encounter multiple quests that show-off the game"s breadth. You can spend excessive sầu time playing cards - "gwent", a complex card game that we still aren"t hugely interested in, but which since spawned its own separate dedicated game for mobile - or tìm kiếm out that rare herb needed for a potion. Sound too boring? Go explore a waterside và cut the heads and limbs off some drowners và ghouls instead. Or craft some armour.

It all makes for a rich tapestry of gameplay that doesn"t throw you in at the deep-over, nor become single-minded in its approach. There are four levels of difficulty, varying from accessible to bastard-hard, which can be changed at any point in the game too. If you don"t master dodging & parrying, though, then best stiông chồng to lớn the middle-to-lower settings.

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If the lead missions are getting too tough then you"ll need to hold baông xã your progress, explore some more lớn gain additional experience points and level-up your abilities. Enemies show a power bar alongside a number, the latter which represents their cấp độ. If you"ve sầu achieved, say, cấp độ 10 and your foe are at a similar màn chơi then you"re in good shape to take them down.

However, the more enemies there are in a group, the tougher that can be. Avoid backing yourself into a corner otherwise you"ll find The Witcher 3"s biggest stumbling block: a perilous auto camera that can really work against you, particularly when fighting indoors. With groups you"ll vì well lớn deploy Bloodborne tactics: separate the larger groups inkhổng lồ individuals or smaller groups. Monsters tover lớn attaông chồng en masse (which can be annoying when four drowners strike you simultaneously) whereas human opponents usually hold their ground, often goading you forward with come-hither hvà movements.

Don"t fret if an enemy is four levels or so above your level though. If they"re guaranteed to be beyond your abilities then a red skull symbol will also show above their level - essentially telling you lớn get the hell out of there.

There"s one big issue here though: if you"ve sầu entered a mission where there"s no escape, and it"s a màn chơi well beyond your means, you best make sure you"ve manually saved prior, otherwise there"s no getting out of there. Which can be a total shutdown.

Like a boss

Things change pace even more when boss characters are encountered. You"ll work your way up lớn each of them, but some will take a couple of goes khổng lồ take down. If you get stuck then the bestiary - a glossary of beasts & their weaknesses, found in your inventory - can be helpful, assuming you"ve acquired the relevant foe"s details from a previous quest.

Bosses are typically giant & have sầu faces that would make small children cry. But we"ve already established it"s not a game for the lil"uns, so enjoy those ferocious wyvern beaks, three-eyed fiends, và gross-out botchlings. And try not to cry too much when they dispatch you.

Typically magic và potions are the way to forge ahead in the big fights. Alchemy can be performed on the road, so you needn"t find a specific location khổng lồ create new bombs, potions and oils. Looting for these ingredients is the best way to come about things - và, in our game, notoàn thân bar guards seem khổng lồ give sầu a hoot about us stealing everything - but the alchemy panel can become heavy with a barrage of items in little time (which slows down loading và navigation).

For armour và weapons, however, you"ll need to lớn find the relevant armourer or blacksmith of the right skill to lớn craft. There are portable repair kits, found infrequently, that you"ll want lớn use only at the essential moments. Swords damage quickly too, so it"s a good job your standard duo - silver for monsters, steel for humans - can be supplemented with as many additions, axes, maces, và so forth, as you want (subject to maximum weight). Looking after weapons can cost you a pretty penny; the primary use of extra ones is to lớn dismantle them & acquire the resulting goods for crafting better items.

Gorgeous details

The Wild Hunt is the first Witcher game lớn make its way khổng lồ consoles, with Xbox One & PlayStation 4 versions joining the PC copy - & theNintenbởi Switch joining the các buổi party in 20trăng tròn too. The reason is obvious: there are graphical flourishes that, PC excluded, wouldn"t have sầu been possible without the new-gene consoles. Even the Switch does a darn good job overall, all things considered.

Some of the small things stvà out in particular: the way the wind catches the trees; how sunlight breaks through the branches as a forest thins out; the flow of characters" hair; even wet skin after a bath. Of course there"s better khổng lồ be had out there, because the gaming world moves fast, and five years is a long time in any game"s life. Take a glimpse at CD Projekt Red"s forthcoming Cyberpunk 2077, for example, and prepare to be blown away.

There are moments atop a mountain when you can happily leave Geralt poised, listen lớn the excellent jingle-jangle lute-based soundtraông chồng, & watch the time & weather change - typically resulting in a brewing storm và rain. Need to lớn shift forward in time, then simply meditate to restore energy & potions, or grab a bit more sunlight.

In addition lớn the great soundtraông chồng the cast do a cracking job too. It"s not all down khổng lồ Charles Dance, mind, but the majority British cast bringing all manner of islander tongues to lớn the game, often with tongue-in-cheek impact that"ll bring a smile lớn your face. Shame the producers, CD Projekt Red, re-use many of the same faces for folk you meet on the way - it"s kind-of eerie - and that some characters, including rock trolls & witches, are borderline incomprehensible (you"ll be reading the subtitles). Oh, and almost all the children are inexplicably terrifying.


We"ve spent a lot of time playing The Witcher 3. After completing it back in năm ngoái when it first launched, we"re now deep into lớn the Nintenvì chưng Switch version và still loving every minute of the experience.

We can forgive a dodgy camera angle here, a bit too much nipple there, or even a misbehaving horse bumping inkhổng lồ yet another tree, because all those other glimmering moments of brilliance amount to something greater. The Switch version also comes with all the downloadable nội dung (DLC) latched on too, creating an even more complete experience.

You needn"t be a diehard fantasy genre người either: The Witcher 3"s massive world, gorgeous landscapes, balanced gameplay, detailed quests và story are all compelling enough to lớn hook you in và keep you there. Just be prepared lớn sacrifice your normal life because you"ll be scratching around trying lớn find the dozens of extra hours you"ll want khổng lồ spover playing it.

This article was first published on 19 May 2015 và has been updated following additional play & release availability