Gaming Year in Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2015 was a special year for video games. There were 3 games in particular that were among the strongest and most well received games of 2015.
February 4, 2016
First is the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The Witcher’s developers, CD Projekt RED,had developed the 2 lesser known entries into the Witcher series, but it was the Witcher 3 that gained the most fame and praise- and rightfully so.Wild Hunt follows the last adventure of Geralt of Rivia, a mercenary monsterhunter who comes from a group of top notch beast slayers called “Witchers.” Geralt is known to be the best of the best throughout the country, his senses are sharp, his tracking is to the slightest detail, and his combat prowess can topple beasts any other mortal manwould tremble at the sight of.
The Witcher truly showed how refined the Role Playing Game formulae has become, with crafting mechanics that can make Geralt unstoppable, and a story that can challenge the player with moral decisions that leaves them questioning their own morality while the world around Geralt becomes ever more darker and violent. Geralt is searching for his squire, Cirilla, a young women who has untapped and unimaginable power, who is constantly being chased by a pack of relentless warlords, known as the Wild Hunt.
The player can travel a massive living world that ranges from war-torn battlefields to lush green valleys surrounded by snow-capped mountains. There were so many factors as to why the Witcher 3 played the heartstrings of a captivated audience like a fiddle. The player can become filled with a sense of wonder, fear, impeccable love, deep hatred, and a consistent immersion that is rarely disrupted.
The player meets characters that they will either love or hate, and all for the right reasons. One character is a drunk military general by the title the Bloody Baron, he employs Geralt with finding his missing wife and daughter, and as Geralt searches for them and pieces the puzzle more and more together: the worried father begins to seem far more unpredictable and dangerous quest progresses.
Geralt soon learns that in one of the Bloody Baron’s drunken fits of rage, he accidentally pushed his once pregnant wife down the stairs. They had to quickly dispose of the fetus, and now this would-be child has become a cursed spirit, created from the apathy and disgust of the ones who quickly disposed it. Geralt then preforms a ritual with the Baron, the child’s father, to give it a name and except this dark spirit into his family.
The child then becomes a guardian spirit to defend the Baron’s family and house for all eternity. The Baron chooses to change his ways, and just wants his family back in his arms so that he could protect and love them for the rest of his days.This is but one of the early quests in the game that ranges in different emotions as the player progresses. There are many quests like this or far heavier, which is one of the many reasons that make this game one of the best games of the year.