The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review – a thrilling journey into the fantastic

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The concluding chapter in the story of superhuman monster-hunter-for-hire Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a mammoth, open-world fantasy game with admirably lofty ambition.

Setting players free across a succession of beautifully realised maps all teeming with exotic life, its most obvious touchstones are the Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age series, and it’s to the game’s credit that it stands these comparisons well. In fact, the narrative here is far less traditional than those of its more obvious peers; a player’s decisions rarely have a simple good or bad outcome and the world can be especially cruel to those seeking to do the right thing. It’s all very reminiscent of Game of Thrones, even before you meet a character voiced by Charles Dance.

Combat mechanics and dialogue trees boast pleasing depth for those who are interested, though long-time fans may feel slightly let down by their simplification since previous entries. Elsewhere, the sheer depth of the game’s lore may prove bewildering for newcomers and a few nasty visual bugs intermittently do their best to break the overall illusion. Thankfully, the aforementioned ambition makes any flaws feel mostly insignificant. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a thrilling journey into the fantastic.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Stuart Richardson, for The Observer on Monday 1st June 2015 07.00 Europe/London

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