So Witcher 3 is my first in the series. As I return to Kaer Morhen and commit this beautiful day to finally finishing it (literally going to play all day) my thoughts on the game are finally expansive enough to form an unbiased opinion.
A bit late, I know. But basically here's what I thought of the game.
Starting with the presentation. I'm playing it on Ps4. Obviously does not look as good as it would on a $1000+ computer; but I am quite impressed nonetheless. Playing it today with patch 1.10 almost feels like a sequel compared to its release. The frame rate is essentially locked at 30 during gameplay; even fights. Compared to its release which I experienced a lot of choppy frame rates and screen tearing.
The atmosphere is superb. Music and environmental sounds really add a depth to the world they place you in. It's quite, somber I guess sounds like the correct word. Going through areas on Novigrad to small villages on skellige. Talking with people having a drink or going about their business. They did a great job creating this believable world.
Story wise; I'm also impressed. Although the "cutscene" where conversations take place leave much to be desired for me; including animations and facial reactions, considering the games size it's great. The side quests easily surpass the main quest however. There lies my main gripe with the game.
The whole time, you're supposed to be on this hunt for Ciri. To track her down as fast as possible and follow her clues. However since the side quests are so good I didn't care about finding Ciri. They made it seem so imperitive yet I would vencher on the main path in preference of a side quest. Not a big deal, but it made me care less about finding Ciri.
Let's see what else. Replay value maybe. I mean the game is huge. And I mean huge. I have around 50 hours and am taking my time. With new game plus around I think I'll actually want to play it again. Not right away. But eventually.
Oh and lastly. Easily my favorite part of the game and a mechanic that I think is the best in the RPG business.
Never did I feel like the majority of quests were "go here and fetch that". A big highlight to the Novigrad section which for the most part focussed less on combat compared to conversations, plot development, and even acting in a play!!!
Basically just wanted to share a bit about my experience with it. I had been searching long and hard (giggity) for a game to captivate me and drag me into the game world as Skyrim had. Ultimately, Witcher 3 came close; but didn't quite surpass Skyrim for me. Still an amazing game with superior storylines and characters. Also the Dev support is easily some of the best I've ever seen.
Since this is kind of a review I guess I'll give it a score. Um. I'd give it a 9.25/10