Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Madisen Homer, Writer

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The ground shakes, a monster is near. The unsheathing of a silver sword falters the nearby air, emanating a simple sound. The beast’s ear seems to find the source in moments, and with a roar, it bounds towards the wielder.

The simple sound returns followed by a loud whimper. The monster has been defeated in a single blow. The hunter saunters closer, drawing his knife to the creature’s neck. In one slick motion, he gains a trophy of his victory. Walking back into the town people spit, making unpleasant remarks, “Mutant!”, “Monster!”

He continues walking until he’s reached a rundown house on the riverside. An old woman emerges, passing a bag of coins as well as a word of thanks.

He whistles, “Roach!” He exclaims while jumping atop a steed. The road seems to fade into an array of oranges and greens as he continues to trot along, in search of his next contract.

Throughout the years, many have tagged along Geralt of Rivia in his life going through many similar situations as well as an exhilarating story line.

It was May 19th, 2015, when the third installation of this game came out, titled; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, released for the Microsoft Windows, PS4, and Xbox One. The game’s development began in 2011 and lasted three and a half years. Every element that went into this game took an extended period of time because the developers wanted the characters to have unique personalities.

The final game has a grand total of 15 languages, thousands of voice lines, as well as 500 unique voice actors.

The world was inspired by the landscapes of Poland, Amsterdam, and Scandinavia and every object in the game is modeled by hand.

And as said before, the plot of the game is based around Geralt of Rivia.

But who is Geralt?

He is a witcher trained in the “School of the Wolf”, one of the few witcher training institutes. He is currently facing a sort of “love triangle” with Yennefer and Triss (both sorceresses).  

The story beings with Geralt reuniting with Yennefer who tells him he has been summoned by Emperor Emhyr to the city of Vizima. Emhyr asks Geralt to find his daughter Ciri, who has been seen in several places recently.

Geralt goes through thick and thin in order to find her. Not only because the emperor requested it, but because Ciri is his adopted daughter. This leads slowly leads him to the end of the plot line. Fighting many monsters, humanoids, and gaining profits, all along the way.

The thing that makes this game different from many others is the seven unique endings, based upon your choices all throughout the game. Even the slightest choices like continuing to talk to people rather than leaving right off could lead you down a completely different path.

This variability can lead many of the characters to act differently around you giving them a sense of realism, really immersing the player into the world of the witcher.



Developer(s) CD Projekt Red, Publisher(s) CD Projekt, Director(s) Konrad Tomaszkiewicz Mateusz Kanik Sebastian Stępień, Producer(s) Piotr Krzywonosiuk Jędrzej Mróz