I’ve been playing computer games since the early 80s, and before that arcade games since the late 60s so I can tell you I am very experienced with them. While I have encountered many great games in my life, last November I fell in love with a game called The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. I had only started playing the second one right before the third game came out so I decided to jump on that instead and was blown away. Now I am working my way through the first two games, I am almost finished with the second one.
Years ago I dreamed of the day RPGs would establish a rich, multi-textured world with deep writing, great characters and vast areas to explore. That game is the Witcher 3. It’s incredible on so many levels. It’s set in a medieval world and it’s fully realized and incredibly well researched despite it being fantasy, the architecture and costumes are amazing, The music is phenomenal and rich. The voice actors have accents depending on their regions. Country people sound like people do in the English countryside. City dwellers sound like they come from different cities in the UK or in some cases, America. Dwarves have Scottish accents. People from the Skellige islands sound Irish. (Skellige is Gaelic for Island). The music is often medieval folk tunes with a truly wonderful incidental score that varies depending on where you are in the world.
The word itself is vast and incredibly diverse. You can go to six different regions which are very large. The characters are very textured and complex. Very nuanced and believable. Antagonists aren’t just evil, they are actually understandable. You actually will like some of them.
I also started reading the books the series is based on and they are very well written. It was originally a hit in the author’s native Poland. It has since become an international hit. It’s not Game of Thrones, it has more humor but I would say it’s on that level in many respects.