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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt  




The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me

1:22 PM on 06.12.2013

First-time players will want to put this on their radar


Those of you who haven't really gotten into The Witcher series might not be too invested in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yet despite how great it looks. That's something you'll want to change leading up to release across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One next year. This third installment may be wrapping up Geralt's story, but it seems like the perfect opportunity to jump into the franchise (or keep playing, if you're already a fan).

By the end of CD Projekt RED's sizable hands-off E3 demo, I was so on board with the new installment. Much of the emphasis this time around is placed on crafting an absurdly large open world -- one that takes 40 minutes to travel across on horseback -- and filling it with interesting, often dynamic things. You can seamlessly jump on a boat and sail to distant islands in real time without coming up against loading screens. It's magical. Unless, of course, you attempt to sail when the weather is bad and the sea is rough -- your ship will go down, and the water is too frigid to swim in for long. It might've seemed like a good idea at the time, but don't do that.

While the story is still integral to Wild Hunt, with consequences to most everything you do often taking form in unexpected ways later in your journey, it's the world itself I'll surely fall in love with. Save a man from bandits and their masters may come back later to wreak havoc or get revenge on Geralt. The appeal of these meaty action-RPGs has always been that of meaningful exploration, and CD Projekt seems to have gotten closer to crafting my dream game than any studio so far.


The other main point of interest was the monster-fighting aspect of Wild Hunt. There are no bosses -- only tough, intimidating enemies -- and they don't scale to match your level, meaning you can eventually decimate once-powerful beasts with ease. This is what we like to hear.

Stumbling across a minotaur-esque Fiend in some ruins, the CD Projekt demo player led it out into a clearing for more room to pull off dodges and set it on fire using his magic. This thing was stabbed repeatedly but would not go down. The beast repeatedly charged at Geralt and eventually used a hypnotizing ability that turned most of the screen dark, allowing it to escape to recover from its wounds. Using Geralt's tracking abilities, he could have hunt the monster down and finished the kill, but this was not done in the demonstration.

Combat seemed faster and all-around improved, which should make Wild Hunt more approachable to new players coming in with high expectations. Though we only got to see about half an hour of a game which supposedly has 100+ hours of content, all I can really do is comment on what was shown, and it all looked incredible. If CD Projekt can deliver its vision -- I'm confident that it can -- Wild Hunt is going to be one of the defining RPGs of this new console generation.

The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me photo




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12:30 PM on 12.08.2014
CD Projekt moves The Witcher 3 to May 19, 2015

CD Projekt RED already pushed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt back to 2015, but the studio needs an extra few more months still. The massive action-RPG is now scheduled for May 19, 2015. The delay announcement is refreshing in that ...more



11:15 AM on 11.06.2014
Witcher FreeLC: Wild Hunt has 16 free pieces of DLC

I am so stoked for The Witcher 3. Eye-boring crow!  Following up on last year's announcement that Wild Hunt's DLC would be free on PC, CD Projekt Red has confirmed that it will feature 16 pieces of DLC, all given out for...more



12:00 PM on 10.24.2014
The Witcher 3 intro cinematic: Yep, still want this

Eye-boring crow! Eye-boring crow!  Gameplay, of course.more



1:30 PM on 09.26.2014
Take a closer look at The Witcher 3's brave new open world

In the latest developer diary video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, senior level designer Peter Gelencser and fellow CD Projekt RED team members walk us through some of the new features we'll be seeing in the next installment ...more



12:30 PM on 08.19.2014
Want to watch 35 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?

With gamescom now behind us, you'd figure that CD Projekt RED would keep a tight lid on all things related to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. But apparently not, as it would seem. A week after the show, the developers decided to un...more



1:00 PM on 08.17.2014
Look at all the crazy stuff that comes in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt collector's edition

You thought you were just buying a game, but if you're getting the Xbox One Collector's Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you're getting all kinds of good junk. Not one, but two card decks, a medallion, stickers, maps, an ...more



1:45 PM on 08.14.2014
Set aside five minutes for this Witcher 3 footage

An evil force is causing the villagers of Downwarren to sleepwalk into a nearby forest, never to come back, and it's up to Geralt to figure out what's going on. Yesterday's images looked as good as ever but there's no compar...more



7:30 PM on 08.13.2014
Sear your retinas with these Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots from gamescom!

CD Projekt RED's Witcher games have a well-earned reputation for being easy on the eyes. These titles also have a reputation for putting video cards in their place. Even running two EVGA GTX 780 FTWs in SLI, I still...more



10:00 AM on 06.25.2014
Witcher 3 uses Nvidia's HairWorks for 200,000 strands of wolf hair

That Witcher 3 wolf is so majestic thanks to Nvidia's hair tech, which allows for artist control over waviness, clumping and density. This is a great day for furries everywhere (the hair tech is even used on the horse t...more



5:00 PM on 06.24.2014
Video: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt's spoiler leak and 'possible' sexy romance options

Watch out! Someone hacked into CD Projekt Red's Google Drive, making off with design docs containing numerous spoilers about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Max Scoville, meanwhile, has acquired a full list of sexy, nasty romance options for Geralt of Rivia.more




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12:00 PM on 10.24.2014
The Witcher 3 intro cinematic: Yep, still want this

Eye-boring crow! Eye-boring crow!  Gameplay, of course.more



1:30 PM on 09.26.2014
Take a closer look at The Witcher 3's brave new open world

In the latest developer diary video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, senior level designer Peter Gelencser and fellow CD Projekt RED team members walk us through some of the new features we'll be seeing in the next installment ...more



12:30 PM on 08.19.2014
Want to watch 35 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?

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