The Witcher 3 Was The Best-Selling Game On The PlayStation Store In May

In news that surprises absolutely no one, Sony has confirmed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was the best-selling gaming for the month of May on the PlayStation Store. This goes for both the USA and Europe.

The top 5 games on the USA chart were the following:

  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  2. Mortal Kombat X
  3. The Wolf Among Us
  4. Trials Fusion
  5. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

On the European side of things the chart looked like this:

  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  2. Project CARS
  3. Battlefield 4
  4. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  5. Battlefield: Hardline

Condemn O.R. Condone – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4)

As a Witcher noobie the release of the third game in the series was something that had me anxious. Do I just jump right into the third one without having experienced the first two, or take on the daunting task of playing both prequels leading up to this game’s release? Considering the former would have taken me a couple hundred hours I elected to go with the latter, and I can honestly say that no prior experience is needed to enjoy the hell out of this game.

Things begin in a pretty grim fashion in Wild Hunt, as a young woman that our protagonist Geralt has raised as his own daughter, Ciri, finds herself being hunted down by a mysterious group called The Wild Hunt. Ciri boasts many of the abilities that Geralt has as she has trained for years with Witchers, but she also has some mysterious powers that have caught the attention of the Wild Hunt. Thus, before long, Ciri goes missing and it is up to Geralt to follow the trail and do everything he can to save who is essentially his only daughter.

The manner in which this story is presented is very interesting, as Geralt roams from village to village asking people if they have seen a woman matching Ciri’s description, while also utilizing his Witcher senses to investigate areas to form his own conclusions. Many times throughout the campaign you will come into contact with someone who was with Ciri at a particular point in time, which then puts us in flashback mode where we take full control of Ciri and live out the flashback. This offers a nice change of pace as we get to see a different side of the story and control a character who is a bit different compared to Geralt, character-wise and gameplay-wise.

Combat in the Wild Hunt is pretty basic on the surface, but has plenty of depth the deeper you get into the game. The gameplay is that of an action RPG where you battle in real time with light and heavy attacks and are able to block and dodge incoming attacks. Magic abilities are also available and allow you to do things like stun enemies or push them back. It can feel a bit hack and slash-y if you’re battling low-level enemies, but most of the time just mashing a button will get you in big trouble. Enemy AI is very solid and will block many of your attacks, and if you find yourself in the midst of a crowd of enemies your level you need to tread lightly.

Of course, the world of the Wild Hunt is absolutely massive, with tons of densely-packed villages and terrain to explore. The sheer scope of this game is jaw-dropping, and the fact that they were able to fill much of it with hours of compelling side content is incredible. In fact, many of the the side missions that you’ll come across contain stories that rival many of the main stories that you would find in other games of this genre. The lore in this game is consistently fantastic and always makes you feel like you’re part of a living and breathing world where real evil is just around the next corner.

A lot of the choices that you make throughout your adventure have serious consequences, as well, as you will often find yourself deciding (directly or not) the fates of many characters. This results in a consistent tension throughout not just the main game but also its sidequests, as you never know which choices you make that could end up spelling doom for someone else. Sure, you can always reload a previous save if you so desire, but that kind of defeats the purpose of playing a game like this and eliminates that tension. Own your decisions and carry onward!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Getting around the world can be done in a variety of ways, as going on foot, fast-travelling and sailing are all viable ways to get from point a to point b. My usually method is utilizing Geralt’s horse Roach to get around, as you can whistle for him pretty much anywhere and allows you to get around much more quickly. Unfortunately, Roach can be a bit of a dunce at times, as when you call you may find that he’s gotten himself stuck behind a tree or a fence. Why the devs didn’t just make it so he appears right next to you rather than appearing 50 feet away and then potentially get stuck on the terrain is a mystery to me. Still, despite the guy’s flaws, galloping across this game’s gorgeous world is always a pleasure.

Wild Hunt has many of the deep RPG staples that you would come to expect, with weapon and armor crafting, upgrading and repairing, as well as Alchemy. You will always find yourself in areas with tons of things to loot, which go towards the aforementioned actions or just give you some extra cash to spend on things like healing items. Of course, you need to be careful as if you pick up too many things then you will quickly find yourself over-encumbered and your movement will be severely limited. As long as you keep an eye on your inventory and sell the stuff you no longer need you should be OK, though.

Perhaps the game’s biggest side distraction is a card game called Gwent, which has you taking on opponents in a best 2 out of 3 round match that puts you in a sort of mini card battlefield. You can draw attack cards like warriors and archers to deal damage, or weather cards to to nullify the attacks of specific attack cards. The strategy of the game is to try and not use your best cards early on and outlast your opponent, as cards aren’t replenished in rounds 2 and 3. This is an excellent card game that plenty of people have raved about, so much so that a physical deck has been made. You can also challenge just about anyone in the game’s world to a match, meaning that a quick game is always close by if you’re jonesing for one.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is easily a game of the year contender and one of the best RPGs released this decade. The game’s lore is consistently terrific, the characters feel real and relatable despite the fantasy setting and the gameplay is simple enough to understand but deep enough to keep you coming back for more. This is one of those games that you can easily spend a 100 hours playing and still have tons of stuff left to do, meaning this game is also provides one of the best values you can get in gaming today. As far as RPGs go, Wild Hunt is about as good as it gets.

CONDONE

The Beautiful World Of The Witcher Video Is… Well… Beautiful

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launched earlier this month and just about everyone has said it’s amazing, and now the devs are keeping the good times rolling with a new video showing off the game’s awesome visuals.

In this brief video we get to take a look at several of the game’s gorgeous areas, including areas with lush forests, mountains and sweet medieval architecture. Check it out below.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is developed by CD Projekt Red for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Go Your Way With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Launch Trailer

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt officially launches tomorrow, but just about everyone already knows that it’s a must-play game. Still, the devs have released a launch trailer to keep that hype train rolling for it.

In the trailer we’re given a montage of character and action scenes set to a melancholy acoustic tune that actually works really well. The game’s world still looks gorgeous and the variety of characters that you’ll be coming across seems expansive, to say the least.

Check out the launch trailer called Go Your Way below.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is developed by CD Project Red for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It’s set to launch on May 19th, 2015.

The Witcher 3 RAGE & STEEL Trailer Is Incredibly Brutal

We’re closing in on the Witcher 3’s release date and now we have a new and brutal trailer to raise the hype.

CD Projekt Red has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming RPG called The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with this one being the most brutal and gruesome one yet.

The trailer is called RAGE & STEEL and the video simply highlights some of the brutal ways that you will be taking down your enemies. There’s decapitations, amputations and tons of blood, so be sure to check it out below! 

The best part of that video is the glimpse that we get of the new playable character named Ciri, who has magical abilities that she can use to lethal effect. The Witcher 3 has my attention, now lets just see if it can live up to the hype.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is developed by CD Projekt Red for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It is set to launch on May 19th, 2015.

Here Are The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Pre-Order Bonuses

Whether you pre-order the physical or digital versions of the game, CD Projekt Red has a nice batch of goodies set for you.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to hit current-gen consoles next month, and developer CD Projekt Red has some great freebies for those who plan to pre-order the game. The pre-order bonuses are valid for both physical and digital versions of the game.

Here’s what you get:

  • Official soundtrack CD
  • The Witcher Universe: Compendium created by developer
  • Physical map of the game’s world
  • Witcher 3 stickers
  • Protective slip cover

There’s also a hell of an expensive collector’s edition of the game, which is currently going for $150. If you’re interested in what that has to offer, click right here.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 19th, 2015.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gets An Official Gameplay Trailer

Check out the first gameplay trailer of what looks like just another medieval RPG.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be making its debut next month, and now developer CD Projekt Red has released the first official gameplay trailer for the game. The trailer features lots of medieval characters, settings and bloodshed, which is honestly something I’ve grown tired of. Hopefully this game can do something interesting with its setting and deliver a solid RPG experience. Check out the trailer below. 

From the press release:

“In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt you become Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer for hire. You take on the greatest contract of your life — tracking down the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world. Your journey will take you across the Northern Realms, a vast continent filled with merchant cities, mysterious islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore. Hundreds of armor and weapon upgrades await you, with lethal sword and magic skills at your disposal.”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 19th, 2015.