The Witcher 3 was released back then in 2015. The game was an instant hit and a significant breakthrough for CD Projekt studio. With 5 million units sold for the PlayStation 4, the game is coming to Nintendo Switch console too, and it brings the whole experience in a single sitting. That’s right, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is being ported by the folks of Saber Interactive with every single expansion included, and Nintendo users couldn’t be happier, even if the game is already four years old.
Players will get the chance to control Geralt, a monster hunter that is searching for a mighty sorceress named Yennefer. As we dive deeper into the adventure, the story will unravel before our eyes, and we will find ourselves trapped in a world full of dangers, struggles, and political intrigues. The game has a running time of almost 100 hours that never let down when it comes to story and character development.
Getting Familiar with This Old New World
Geralt can do a lot in this open world. His crusade will get drifted pretty often, as a lot of side quest and hunting missions will keep him occupied. One of the greatest achievements of the game is the writing. Nintendo Switch owners will never have to worry about the past entries of the game not being ported to their console. The game does a fantastic job of making you feel familiar with all the surroundings of Geralt as well as their acquaintances.
Plot-wise, the Witcher 3 is not a dark game, but it’s full of mature themes. The kid-friendly nature of the Nintendo Switch was not enough to make CD Projekt tone down the blood and gore or the sexual topics on the game. This is excellent news for gamers who were expecting the game on their console, but it’s also a warning for parents to avoid it if their kids play their games with no supervision.
Action Based Combats that Demand Patience
Fans of the Witcher will be delighted to play the game just as they remember using the portable features of the Switch. The game is still one of the most significant accomplishments of CD Projekt, and the fact that it is still relevant to be ported speaks for itself. However, the game could have used some polishment when it comes to controls and the dynamic of battles. While the brief encounters with random hordes of enemies are fast-paced, boss battles can take forever.
The action of these combats is always focused on two main aspects: your ability to strike an enemy at the right moment and the use of the magic skills that Geralt has. Alchemy also plays a big role in the game, and taking the time to learn how to combine certain elements can make all the difference when it comes to survival. The game does not have an increasingly difficult like the Dark Souls saga, but it can keep you busy if you don’t know what to do on certain missions.
Technical Aspects and Closing Thoughts
Technically speaking, the Witcher 3 looks great. The Switch edition has suffered a little bit of a downgrade graphically speaking since the console does not handle the same rate of FPS of the PS4. You will notice this on certain blurry elements on the screen if you play on a 4K monitor. But none of it will be visible in the Switch’s portable screen. The textures and feels of The Witcher 3 are still there, the game doe feels familiar, and this works as a great port regardless of the issues.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt still remains a masterpiece and one of the essential role-playing game experiences of this decade. The Switch’s Complete Edition is an impressive achievement that is far from perfect, but it’s a great effort given the circumstances of the port.