The title basically says it all: After many years of everyone in the universe telling me to give it a try, I am finally moving The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to the top of my list. I said that 2019 would be the year I finally tackle this veritable behemoth of a game, and I believe it’s time to stop putting it off and just dive in. While I have high expectations, I’m trying to keep them in check because I doubt any game could live up to the amount of hype that this particular RPG has surrounding it. As a huge Dragon Age and Elder Scrolls fan, it really feels like I should finish this title so I can have some experience with all three of gaming’s major fantasy RPG franchises.
Since this is a huge game and it will likely take me weeks, if not months, to get through all of the content, I plan on writing periodic check-ins with my progress and general impressions so far. If I do succeed in making it all the way through, I will certainly be posting a massive review at the end, as well. Still, I’m trying to think one step at a time, so let’s talk a bit about my first impressions. For the record, this specific entry will not contain any spoilers because I’m not far enough in to spoil much anyway, but future posts might, depending on what I want to say. I promise I will warn everyone before I write about specific events, though!
Well, this is the furthest I have ever made it in an attempt at playing this game. Several times, I have started this game and not even made it out of White Orchard because I got really bored. Now that I have my bearings a little more and made it into the first full area of the game, I’m enjoying it far more than I have previously. Given that one of my favorite games last year was Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I’m definitely having a lot of fun slowly clearing the map of objective markers. The story, on the other hand, is a bit confusing, likely because I have no real knowledge of either the books or previous games, but I suspect I’ll catch on just fine as I go.
The only gripe I really have so far is that I’m not a huge fan of the learning curve. I’m no stranger to RPGs, but there’s just a lot of systems in Witcher 3 and I’m having trouble wrapping my head around all of them. Since I’m playing on the story difficulty to just relax and enjoy the plotline, I can afford to make a lot of mistakes and it isn’t a huge deal, but there’s just so much going on and I’m struggling to keep it all straight. I also did something that I have never done before and accidentally went into a quest at far below the recommended level. Somehow, I didn’t notice this was the case until I was halfway through a massive cave system and the enemies were destroying me, even with my low difficulty level. While I did manage to trudge through, I have now learned my lesson and will be doing quite a bit of side quest grinding before I head back into the main story.
Well, that’s it for this small update! I just wanted to let people know that I am, in fact, playing this game and to expect plenty more content about it in the future! Have you played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt before? Let me know in the comments below!