[REVIEW] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Switch)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a fantastic RPG by CD PROJEKT RED. What is even more impressive is the fact that this huge world is ported to the Nintendo Switch. Every quest, every character, and every DLC is here in the Switch version. If you haven’t played The Witcher before, this version is a good gateway to this fantasy world.
You play the Witcher 3 as Geralt of Rivia. He is an outcast, but a powerful one. You travel the world on your horse Roach as you fight bandits, monsters, and otherworldly magic. You do with with swords and potions at your disposal, with a limited set of magic spells on top of that.
The quests in The Witcher are sprawling. Each quest, side quest, and even every person you talk to leads to an intricate web of quest chains that can keep you playing for hours. The main quest itself is upwards of 40 hours long, and thats if you try not to do any of the optional content.
When playing on the Nintendo Switch you can see how they made this game so large, mostly due to the fact that you aren’t distracted by the amazing graphics presented to you on the other versions. The world is huge, but there is a distinct lack of interior space. Don’t get me wrong, there are some dungeons to explore, but this is not an RPG like Skyrim with large custom made interior spaces. It seems as though triggering quests creates events in the over world giving you tons of stuff to do, but most of it takes place in the open fields and roads of the environment.
The graphics on the Switch are nothing to write home about, they are muddy, brown, and blurry. However, this does not stop you from distinguishing from the background and the enemies you are trying to fight. It looks like an early Playstation 2 game but on a larger scale than what was possible on the Playstation. There are still some impressive bits of eye candy if you look hard enough, the water effects are better than expected for a Switch port, and the lighting is fantastic.
Every gameplay aspect is here, from potion making, to inventory management, to crisp sword fighting techniques. If you are looking for an in-depth RPG that is of a different style than Skyrim or Zelda on the Switch, look no further than The Witcher 3. I would highly recommend it, especially if you are unable to play the game on a different console or PC.