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What after The Witcher 3?

September 16, 2016

Around this time last year, stopped playing “Battlefield 4” altogether and sought a new game to immerse myself into. After reading some reviews and consulting the more prolific gamers among my Twitter friends, purchased the acclaimed “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”.

Compared to other gamers, am just a casual, leisurely gamer who only infrequently purchases a new game, my main requirements from a game nonetheless are that it must provide an immersive gaming experience and dozens to hundreds of hours of fun playtime.

Completed the game last weekend and must say that “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” is worth all the praise it gets, beyond a doubt one of the best games I have ever played. Tremendously enjoyed this game, especially how it pulls you into this complex fantasy world filled with interesting characters, enchanting or haunting places, memorable adventures, horrid conflicts, fearsome creatures and moving stories.

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Illustration of Geralt of Rivia by イリヤ (Pixiv).

Even on Playstation 4 the graphics look gorgeous, especially the vast world and its vivid scenery are stunning. The excellent musical score that befits such a fantasy world is also worth mentioning.
Very much appreciated the moral complexity of the game and various choices the player faces, nothing is truly black or white in the Witcher’s world, instead everything is a shade of grey and each choice you make has -often unforeseen- consequences that may haunt you.

Took me almost a year to complete CD Projekt Red’s terrific “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”, including both expansions “Hearts of Stone” and “Blood & Wine”. Of course, did not rush through the main story, instead took my time to level up, play every sidequest, take on all available contracts, complete every treasure hunt and try to explore every ruin, cave or other remote spot of its large open world.

The question that haunts me now is, what’s next? What game could follow up on “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” and provide me with a similarly great game experience and countless hours of playtime?

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