4 reasons to still play The Witcher 3

I’ll admit it, I’m a late comer to The Witcher 3. I played it on its initial release, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I didn’t give it a proper go, perhaps I needed to stick out the early gameplay a little longer. Either way, I recently came back to it – and the only thing that I regret is giving up on it so early on. Since picking it back up, I’ve been totally captivated. So I figured I’d share some of my reasons for delving back into the rich, vast, turbulent and stunning world of The Witcher 3.

1) The monsters

Sure, it’s a tad obvious – seeing as Geralt (the main character) is a monster hunter by trade, quite a bit of the game is naturally about monsters. But the main reason that these beasts sucked me back in is mostly down to the plethora of monsters that inhabit the game world. Werewolves to Wraiths, Griffins to Harpies, there’s no end to the foul atrocities that you can face in The Witcher 3. Whilst the variations are great, it’s the depth of lore that comes with them which really keeps me interested. I love reading the Bestiary entries for each new monster that I come across, and successfully completing a monster contract by thoroughly researching, and preparing for the fight, with the beast at hand is an incredibly rewarding experience.

2) The stories

The Witcher 3 is an ambitious game for a number of reasons. The world is massive, the story is far reaching and everything in between is vibrant, well crafted and alive. It could have easily felt like a chore to travel from one part of the world to another, but CD Projekt have managed to make it a rewarding experience. You’ll constantly bump into little segments of miniature stories on your travels – sometimes in the form of quest items that will come in useful later in the game, or by finding contracts on notice boards. Other times you’ll just bump into a character who has an intriguing story, and all of a sudden you’ve found yourself spending an hour doing a side-quest when you had all intentions of completing the main story – and it really doesn’t bother me. There is so much to see and do in The Witcher 3, that it could easily become overwhelming. But, somehow, it doesn’t feel like there’s too much – if anything, it feels like there isn’t enough time to do it all, to experience everything and to thoroughly enjoy the world (kind of like real life, I suppose).

3) The hidden gems

The Witcher 3 is absolutely packed full of content. Some of it is easy to find, as most players will stumble across it on their travels. Other bits and pieces are better hidden, and will take some exploring to find. For example, did you know that you can find the corpse of Tyrion Lannister in a sky cell? As it goes, the comments in that article noted something I’d heard in passing, but not really paid attention to. In the basement of the Bloody Baron’s house, some of the guards discuss bringing out “the gimp”, a cheeky reference to Pulp Fiction. The Witcher 3 is packed full of these references, from the grand to the little, the obscure to the clear cut.

4) The lore

Did you know that The Witcher game series is actually based on a Polish book series, Wiedźmin, (which was given the English translation of Witcher)? These were a number of short stories, mostly featuring Geralt, and it was CD Projekt that successfully turned the tales into an award winning video-game series. So it’s safe to say that The Witcher 3 is based on a rich and far spanning heritage. There is so much to it, in fact, that it’s quite easy to get completely lost in the vastness of the story. I really like that, though. I like to be challenged by a story, and to have a mine of information at my fingertips.

So these are the reasons that I’m still playing The Witcher 3… and I didn’t even mention the DLC! Are you still playing The Witcher 3? Let me know your reasons in the comments below!

  • Dynasty2021

    Skills make no real difference to the dull, repetitive combat. The loot system makes no sense (oh you’re level 25? Here’s a level 13 sword). Witcher armor is the only armor worth having. No random events.

    The sidequests were great but even they became samey when you push aside the blindness of love for this game.

    It’s GOTY for sure, but it’s not mind-blowing when the RPG side of this RPG is very broken.

    • i3myX1

      Sure the game is no dark souls but nevertheless IMO the combat is fitting and fun. I am no fan of dark souls, but I get the gripe hardcore soulers have with the combat in the witcher. I wouldn’t like it as hardcore as in dark soul like games, I like the easier (but still somewhat demanding) action style combat better. But that is a matter of taste.

      For the loot system:
      You should hop in again, quite the few changes occured with the last patches. Loot in fact now is matched to your level. With level 59 I get level 57-62 gear (maybe wider range but that’s what I got so far) from loot, even in the starting area.

    • angh

      you actually need a bit of skill at highest difficulty level, and it’s more than just button mashing.
      Game itself is excellent, properly made action rpg, with no real competition this year especially after disappointing fallout 4.

  • Dynasty2021

    Skills make no real difference to the dull, repetitive combat. The loot system makes no sense (oh you’re level 25? Here’s a level 13 sword). Witcher armor is the only armor worth having. No random events.

    The sidequests were great but even they became samey when you push aside the blindness of love for this game.

    It’s GOTY for sure, but it’s not mind-blowing when the RPG side of this RPG is very broken.

    • i3myX1

      Sure the game is no dark souls but nevertheless IMO the combat is fitting and fun. I am no fan of dark souls, but I get the gripe hardcore soulers have with the combat in the witcher. I wouldn’t like it as hardcore as in dark soul like games, I like the easier (but still somewhat demanding) action style combat better. But that is a matter of taste.

      For the loot system:
      You should hop in again, quite the few changes occured with the last patches. Loot in fact now is matched to your level. With level 59 I get level 57-62 gear (maybe wider range but that’s what I got so far) from loot, even in the starting area.

    • angh

      you actually need a bit of skill at highest difficulty level, and it’s more than just button mashing.
      Game itself is excellent, properly made action rpg, with no real competition this year especially after disappointing fallout 4.

  • i3myX1

    To correct you on the 4th point 🙂

    The witcher books “The last wish” (polish original in1993) and “The sword of destiny” (polish original in 1992) are short stories. After that Andrzej Sapkowski made a novel with a series of 5 books.

    I can recommend the books! They are awesome! I don’t know if the english translation is successfull. I read it in german but since Sapkowski also is german speaking he closely worked with the german translator to achieve a really good translation 🙂
    If you read the books you will realize that the game is full of eastereggs related to them! =)

    As for the other points, I totaly agree. Started playing last week again and I am totally hooked. I played with the skill tree and tried different builds, discovered the last question marks and I restartet in NG+ mode. The game simply is a blast! Rich story, beautiful world, fun combat and full of easter-eggs! LOVE IT =D

  • i3myX1

    To correct you on the 4th point 🙂

    The witcher books “The last wish” (polish original in1993) and “The sword of destiny” (polish original in 1992) are short stories. After that Andrzej Sapkowski made a novel with a series of 5 books.

    I can recommend the books! They are awesome! I don’t know if the english translation is successfull. I read it in german but since Sapkowski also is german speaking he closely worked with the german translator to achieve a really good translation 🙂
    If you read the books you will realize that the game is full of eastereggs related to them! =)

    As for the other points, I totaly agree. Started playing last week again and I am totally hooked. I played with the skill tree and tried different builds, discovered the last question marks and I restartet in NG+ mode. The game simply is a blast! Rich story, beautiful world, fun combat and full of easter-eggs! LOVE IT =D