The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action/adventure RPG based on the fantasy book series of the same name.
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Story & Themes
In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt of Rivia is searching for his love, the sorceress Yennefer, after having fully recovered his memory in the previous game. After the two are reunited, Geralt learns that Ciri, a young woman with uncommon powers who he partially raised with Yennefer's help, is missing. Geralt traces her steps, soon realizing that Ciri has run into some trouble. While tracking her down, he encounters several old friends and familiar faces from previous games, all of whom help him along the way as he journeys through the Northern Kingdoms.
The game will autosave at certain points, but it can also be quicksaved or saved manually from the menu.
The game has tutorials to help players learn the basics, though as a multifaceted RPG, The Witcher 3 may put new players through a bit of a learning curve.
Violence The Witcher 3 is pretty graphically violent, both inside and outside of combat sequences. Cutscenes include depictions of decapitations and realistic images of corpses. Enemies can be dismembered during combat, and blood is always present.
Sex & Nudity Female characters are depicted topless or with their buttocks exposed. Geralt can choose to have sex with certain women, and while sounds can be heard, the actual act isn't shown explicitly.
Strong Language The game contains fairly frequent occurrences of strong and gendered language, such as "c*nt."
Substance Use Geralt can participate in a drinking game during a side quest. Drunken characters can be seen wandering the streets in most of the major towns.
Consumerism The Witcher franchise includes additional games as well as the book series on which the games are based, a series of comic books, and a television show.
Discrimination The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been criticized for its lack of racial diversity, though many have responded by arguing that the game's basis in Polish history and mythology justifies this predominantly white cast of characters.
- What choices did you make toward the end of the game? Were you happy with the way things turned out?
- Did you have a preference for Yennefer or Triss? Why?
- What's your favorite aspect of the game? Is it the story, the exploratory gameplay, the games of Gwent, or something else?