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E3 2014 | A “Wild Hunt” Through The Woods In “Witcher 3″

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Posted on June 17, 2014 AT 10:50am

Without a doubt The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is looking more and more like the start of true next-gen gaming. From the beautiful worlds to the hand-to-hand combat it’s no wonder why the conclusion of Geralt of Rivia’s tale is one of the most hotly-anticipated titles to come to the consoles and PC. After seeing a demonstration of the game in-person it’s apparent that even those new to the series will find themselves flocking towards the Wild Hunt.

Our demo presentation started off where the gameplay demo from the Microsoft Press Event ended. The head of the Griffin has just been delivered, and you are then set out on a quest that takes him to the No Man’s Land, an area that looks straight out of a Grimm fairy tale. Geralt is looking out for a certain ashen-haired girl, and the only ones who may know of her location may be Johnny, a strange creature that looks kinda like a kid. Using his Witcher skills Geralt finds Johnny via his hidden tracks, and proceeds to search for his voice so as to tell the warrior what he knows. This leads him to the three ladies, a mystical trio who have information about the girl, but for a price.

It is here where you must choose to complete a task or go another route to find the girl. The task is to rid a village of a spirit that is presumed evil. Once you reach the entity you must then choose to either save it, kill it, or hear more information about it. For the demo the developers went for the slay-the-evil-forces route, and proceeded to vanquish the spirit from the demon. Once completed a villager takes the dagger given to Geralt from the ladies, and cuts off his ear as payment. Upon returning we are met with three ladies, who look like nothing of the sort. It’s there when they talk about an ashen-haired girl — a child of the “elder blood” — who was naughty to them and has since fled off.

Throughout the demo the landscapes were quite breathtaking to look at, and with its massive open world gameplay there will be plenty of time to check it all out. (It’s been said it’ll be 35 times larger than The Witcher 2, meaning you could probably play the game’s entire 50-hour story mode and still not cover everything.) Battle sequences moved fluidly, and with chain strikes and magic to use you can bet there will be many different ways to take down enemies and monsters throughout the game.  Hell, you can even smash your opponents into trees, buildings, and other environmental objects if you wanna get rough with them.

So far The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is looking to be a terrific conclusion to Geralt’s tale, and with its long story mode and tons of side quests there will no doubt be many players looking to find adventure in Novigrad, the Skellige Islands, and other areas of the gaming world. Plus with the different routes you can take with the game there will be plenty replayability factors that will have you revisiting the majestic lands for weeks to come.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is due for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on February 24, 2015, and will be available in standard and collector’s edition versions, the latter of which will contain a Witcher artbook, a statue of Geralt attempting to slay a Griffin, a medallion, and a few other items that will have fans salivating with joy over possessing them. For more information on The Witcher series, visit the official website.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck


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