The Witcher 3 – Three Years Later

Last Friday, April 20, night I was excited. God of War for Playstation 4 was being released, and though I was never a huge God of War fan, this game looked incredible. IGN gave it a 10/10, and everywhere else was reviewing it high as well. I had already planned on starting a weekly Witcher 3 stream for Saturday mornings and I was concerned that God of War would make me want to cancel those weekly streams so I could showcase God of War. It turns out my fears were unfounded, or rather, misplaced.

I started my new save on April 21 and I haven’t looked back since. Yes, God of War is amazing – graphically awesome, gameplay and mechanics are wonderful, the story – so far – is pretty good, but The Witcher 3 proved once again that it is my favorite game of all time (and that is saying a lot, I have been playing video games for over thirty years).

Even though I have several playthroughs and a foray into the New Game+, the world on a new save still feels as vibrant and inviting as always. Even though I know how the story goes, even though there isn’t a lot left for me to spoil for myself, I keep finding areas that I somehow missed, I still find the story itself engaging. I can still remember starting up TW3 on my Playstation 4 almost two years ago, I still remember one of my sons shocked face when he saw Keira Metz naked – in my defense I thought he had gone to bed but he had silently sat on our couch. I still remember the first time I found the frying pan for the old lady on the way to meet the Nilgaardians, and I still remember playing some really tough rounds of Gwent. I also remember being tied up by Triss Merigold and Yennefer and realizing that the life I had planned for Yen and Geralt was over. Every decision mattered, every seemed to have consequences, every word chosen to speak was important.

Few games stick with me for a long period of time. Final Fantasy XII has, but simply because it was the last game I played with my “dad” before he had a stroke and eventually died. Thus why it is my favorite Final Fantasy game. The Witcher 3 is one of those games I longed to get back into, but with my penchant for playing MMOs and new games that came out, I could never find the time. A part of me also knew that once I sat foot back into Geralt’s world, I’d never want to leave, and so far, that has been the case once again.

I tried to think back whey I even left in the first place, after putting so much time and effort into my initial playthroughs, and I remembered I had a vacation back to Georgia, Elder Scrolls Online came to console, Destiny: The Taken King came out. I don’t feel bad for leaving Geralt hanging, but I am glad he was excited when I found him again. The depth of the story is amazing, from the Bloody Baron to the search for Ciri to the end, it is the best, in my opinion, hand down story of any video game in existence. Graphically pleasing and awe inspiring with good game mechanics, I find myself enthralled with the living and breathing game world every time I start it up. For a game that came out May 19, 2015, it has not only aged well, but still gets updated for consoles such as the PS4 Pro.

If you have not had a chance to play The Witcher 3, and you are a fan of action/adventure role playing games, I suggest you pick it up and give it a shot. Be warned, its bloody, sexy and down right addicting.

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