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!