The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition comes to the current generation of consoles. Let it all stop! You have to pay attention here
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition comes to the current generation of consoles, an improved and adapted version. This is something that attracts everyone’s attention. Only the question remains. Will it be worth revisiting this fantasy world?
But let’s go back a bit and talk about the origins of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which originally released in 2015 to universal acclaim from critics and consumers alike.
We can say that the original game was one of those rare gems that delivered a nearly seamless gaming experience, thus raising the bar for RPGs everywhere. From the fairly polished and well-crafted dialogue to the stunning visuals surrounding a compelling story in a vast world to explore, it was easy to immerse yourself for countless hours in The Witcher 3 and never find a dull moment.
It was one of the best games of its generation and many would say one of the best of all time. But seven years is a long time in gaming, and what was once groundbreaking may just be average, in a period of time that may seem short to many.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is an upgraded version for modern platforms, so definitely for fans of the saga, this is a must-play game. But this does not guarantee that the game will be a success and attract new players.
This new version includes the base game The Witcher 3 and the two expansions Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. People who own The Complete Edition on PlayStation 4 can upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free. This new version is a remastering which adds some additional advantages in addition to making the graphics a bit more attractive and pleasing to the eye.
At the graphic and performance level we have two different graphics settings that can be chosen in the PlayStation 5 version: Quality and Performance. Both setups support 4K resolution, but excel in different areas. Performance can handle 60 FPS, bringing more fluidity and realistic qualities to the animation, especially in combat. Quality mode is capped at 30 FPS, but thanks to ray tracing it adds a new dimension to already beautiful visuals.
Both setups have improved textures, draw distance, and lighting effects. This update does not fail when it comes to improving the visual quality. Additionally, a photo mode has been added for players who want to preserve moments in The Witcher 3 in the highest quality.
Some quality of life improvements have been added to the gameplay. Herbs and plants are now automatically harvested and stored without having to use a separate menu. Other menu enhancements include the ability to quickly use items from a radial menu without having to access the inventory screen.
There is now a quick cast option where Witcher signs can be changed and cast in real time without having to fuss with the radial menu. Geralt can now move at three different speeds depending on how much pressure is applied to the left stick and can run by tapping L3. These changes help simplify the game and make it feel more contemporary. These are all minor improvements, but overall they contribute to making it an improvement over the original version. Let’s say that they are minor improvements that are adapting the game to the normality of these days.
The latest batch of additions are new content based on the Netflix series. Perhaps the only negative for me from my purist perspective. But I must admit that this does not harm anything current. There are new costumes, armor sets, and weapons inspired by the show that might be a nice addition for fans of the series.
We also have a new quest, which I won’t go into detail about so as not to spoil anything, but it’s definitely something quite in keeping with the game.
There isn’t much to say about The Witcher 3 that hasn’t already been said. The story begins with Geralt and his mentor Vesemir traveling to the White Orchard. Geralt has received a letter from his long-lost lover, Yennefer, and finding it seems to motivate him as much or more than collecting coins by killing monsters. His travels lead him to an audience with Emperor Emhyr, who asks Geralt to find Ciri, who has family ties to both of them. From here, everything is adventure.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is definitely as enjoyable today as it was in 2015. It doesn’t hurt that the original release did an exemplary job of what can be a great storytelling medium in video games. The dialogue threads are some of the best crafted in gaming history, balancing the bleak nature of the world at hand with just enough dark humor to make the player crack a smile.
This game boasts a world that is huge, but unlike other games that simply believe bigger is better, progression doesn’t get bogged down with bloated filler content and boring side quests.
On a technical level, the only real criticism with the graphics is even with the improvements, the character models are starting to show their age. To be fair, this was originally released in 2015 and the character models have improved ever since. but that is the main aspect that reminds the player that this is a remaster and not a completely new game. So I can’t criticize this part so fiercely.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition takes a nearly perfect game and makes it better. Nothing really needed to be changed about this title, which makes it even more pleasing that the developers have gone the extra mile to implement various quality of life improvements, as well as giving it a graphical facelift for current generation consoles. . Given its captivating story, fantastic dialogues, and incredibly fun gameplay, it was arguably the best game released in 2015. This new update just makes a masterpiece better.
This review was made thanks to a copy for PS5 provided by CD PROJEKT RED