I’ve finished The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt, and it’s two expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, and I have to admit, it pulled on a few heartstrings… That last bit by the campfire? Perfect! Just perfect, not to over the top (for an ending), in line with the whole feel of the story. A beautiful ending to a beautiful game… Beautiful!
I might have mentioned it before, but I’ve played all of The Witcher video games, and this one, the third and final installment, takes the cake. And of course, it does. CD Project Red knew very well this is the last story, Geralt’s story, and they gave it a Hell of an ending. Good show! It’s a truly epic game, and I don’t say that lightly, I mean that you can go back to playing it over and over, the whole thing, and every time you will still find something new to discover, a quest, a location, an easter egg, whatever! At this point, it can only be compared to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, in terms of graphics, proportions, quality of the story, attention to detail, depth of characters, etc. Skyrim came out in 2011 and it was… I’ll just say awesome because I could insert way too many adjectives in here. The Witcher III came out last year, in 2015, and in relative terms they’re at the same level. You know what I’m saying? In 2011, and years after, there was nothing better than Skyrim. Then, in 2015, The Witcher achieved that title as well, and it still does, along with Skyrim. It’s evolution! If I’ll get to play something similar to these two games every five or so years, I’m a happy camper. I love medieval fantasy/fiction, open-world RPGs. I know, it’s quite a niche. I also love the Assassin’s Creed franchise, because it’s historic, but I have to say the 19th century is as late as I’ll go in terms of the temporal setting of the game. I don’t like modern, future stuff, is what I’m tryin’ to say… And because I found this snug little niche I love so much, I haven’t played many games, call me what you will, but don’t try to tell me that I should play Mass Effect or KoTOR, or whatever, ’cause I fuckin’ won’t. I don’t like the futuristic setting of those games, I don’t find it comfortable.This is how I see it: I love the game that offers a universe which I would totally live in if that was possible… That’s it. It’s that simple.
Like with The Witcher… I loved this game’s universe so much, with all it’s complex characters and historic settings and all that, that I started reading the Witcher books, because I want to know as much about it as possible! That’s another thing. I’m not one for collecting things, like that super awesome Geralt statue with lifelike looking skin (it’s a translucent polymer or something)? Oh, the price, I’d make an effort, I would, it has a payment plan for fuck sake! But I don’t care for such trifles… I want the lore! The knowledge of the wooooooorld! Yeah. That’s what I collect.
So, that is why I have to end this article here, because I have to finish reading the books!
To be continued…