War-crimes, monsters and racism…Oh My! It’s become abundantly clear that CD Projekt RED is not afraid to make a game that deals with very mature themes. The world of The Witcher is dark, violent and shockingly close to reality in terms of social issues. The first two Witcher games had characters swearing like sailors and bedding many a maiden as well, but with the open world structure of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt players will have new ways to experience the immersive debauchery.
Of course we don’t have giant monsters to slay and legendary quests to undertake in the real world, and that is where The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt becomes really cool. The way you approach and fight these monsters will be a dynamic affair – as their tactics and behavior change depending on location and time of day. It seems as though the eradication of monsters also plays into the economy of the world. People will move into areas that are clear and safe, and spring up businesses for you to trade gear.
The trailer also shows off a bit of combat. The three pillars of combat that were present in Witcher 2 – sword skills, alchemy and arcane magic – seem to make up the combat here as well. Fighting isn’t the only way to resolve tense situations though. Conversations are time based and offer options that can ease tensions and get people on your side, instead of at your throat.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases May 19th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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