As a series with momentum, The Witcher has gone from being a collection of modest Polish books about the objective experiences of a magician named Geralt to this spring’s strongly narrative AAA international must play role-playing game title. As a fan of its body of work, Ben Rossi recently took the lead in showing us The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at The Classic Gamer’s release party for the game.

The Witcher 3 Review Stream Team

The Witcher 3 Review Stream Team

The Witcher 3 Review | Be a Part of the Trilogy

Making the jump to being a fully open-world game, The Witcher 3 is bigger and badder than its predecessors. In a land where elves and humans co-exist but whose feelings towards one another are skewed by racism, the Witcher Geralt checks into the adventure bringing some morals and strong playability with him. After two installments of monster hunting, Geralt now packs a meaner punch, is more mobile within the environments, and is handier with his weapons and magic. Basically, this game is the ultimate Action Role-Playing Game in the Witcher series so far. Oh, and the card game within Witcher 3, Gwent, is awesome!

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Review

The Witcher 3 Review | Gwent

Early in his adventures, Ben Rossi went on his own personal main quest of beating everyone in sight at the mini game within Witcher 3, the collectible card game Gwent. Some people merely finish out the question marks on the map to ensure a completionist run but Ben Rossi’s adventuring days are not complete until he’s beat every npc down in Gwent by winning those NPCs’ ante reward cards. This kind of reminds us of when someone new pops in to play Magic the Gathering with us, only to slay us with his overpowered, yet underestimated, deck. Gwent is a game filled with cards that have utility or effects that weaken your opponent’s plays.

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Your opponent passing is usually a good sign.

The Witcher 3 Review | Wild Hunt Story Introduction

Witchers of Geralt’s world are all men, because men only can withstand the transformation a witcher has to make. However, there is a young lady named Ciri, who has appeared with a strong skillset which implies a natural born witcher. She is great with the sword and said to be a playable character! In this game, Geralt starts by looking for her along with some help from various female companions. Perhaps you will need Ciri’s help to stop the invading army of the Wild Hunt, piercing the north. This game is the personal story of Geralt.

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Geralt shows off his Jedi mind trick.

The Witcher 3 Guide | Beginning the Game

Starting fresh in Witcher 3, Ben Rossi’s single biggest piece of advice is to use all the attribute points and skills you are given to upgrade your character. Leveling alone does not ensure huge leaps in advancement for your character, so don’t forget to allocate those points. There are potions to be made within the game to redistribute your skill points later on.

Another piece of advice is to save regularly–and if you hit a rough spot within the game–use your available resources to either buff up your character or to make potions to ensure your survival.

Ben’s last piece of advice is that if you are not a seasoned Witcher player, you should probably avoid starting on the hardest two difficulties. The difficulty can be extreme.

The Witcher 3 Review | Gwent Game Play Videos

The Witcher 3 Review | Rating Score

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is many important things to a lot of players. It is a time consuming RPG with an involved storyline that draws you in. This game has satisfying action that poses sufficient challenge. Magic and swordplay go together like Nutella and peanut butter. You get to have graphic sex with women in the game (Ben says there are a lot of nip slips). The collectible card game Gwent brings extra fun–adding a new dimension to the game play. And yes, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the best game in the series! If you are an RPG fan, this is your must play game this summer.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
5 out of 5