“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher 3, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt.” (YouTube)
An immersive 35 minute gameplay demo of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. In this demo, we see Geralt of Rivia, the eponymous Witcher, enter the huge city of Novigrad to get his reward for a bounty. The city looks so alive and detailed, with peasants, traders, knights, guards, children, elves, and dwarfs populating the streets, interacting with each other. The seamless movement from outside to inside the inn is impressive, and the fact that everywhere you see can be explored even more so. No invisible walls! The graphics are superb in all departments.
Fast travel is a great idea to save time, but the option is always there to ride to your destination. Once in the swamp, the water and light effects are fantastic. Geralt continues his quest, helping others to get the answers he needs. There are a lot of highly detailed cutscenes which often contain different dialogue options, many of which will branch the game in various ways. There is often no “good” or “bad” choice, just morally ambiguous ones, which may result in something other than what you hoped for. The voice acting is great (from what is shown), and the music is excellent, especially when fighting.
The combat looks very fluid and natural, with positioning appearing to be vitally important. The finishing moves where Geralt literally cleaves a foe in half are brutal too; I love it! Mixing and matching sword fighting with signs seems to be the aim of the game, and utilising both in combat appears to be the key to success. That, and a lot of dodging about to avoid being hit!
The creatures you encounter are… freaky? Grotesque? Misunderstood? Just like the commentator mentions, the monsters are as much a part of the environment as humans are. It surely is a world for wonder, even if it isn’t a wonderful world! Mentioning the world, CD Projekt Red also released another video (below the break) where they talk about the World Setting – “From the murky reaches of No Man’s Land to the harsh climate of the Skellige Islands, to the vibrant metropolitan of the north, Novigrad–behold, the gritty and diverse universe of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” (YouTube)
After seeing this full demo, I’m incredibly excited about the game. I want to know what happens next in the story, I want to experience it and immerse myself in the world.
Whisky! Slither! Ringworm! Rubbish! Bumblebee! Flabbergasted! Onwards!