Game Name: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Developer: CD Projekt Red (The Witcher 1 and 2, Cyberpunk 2077)
Platform: PC (reviewed on PC, w/ PS4 controller or Keyboard)
Categories: 3rd Person RPG, Solo, Real-time Swordplay, Spellcasting, Potion Swigging, Buff Stacking, Extreme Crafting and Inventory Management, Massive Equipment List and Discoverables, Boss Monsters, Exploration, Collectible Card Game, Sprawling and Realistic World, Grounded Fantasy, Modern Epic, Gigantic Cast of Characters, Polish Folklore, Spattering Gore, Mounds of Tittilating Nudity, Superb Writing, Extensive Dialogue, Gorgeous and Detailed Graphics, Riveting Musical Score, Branching Story Resolutions, Delayed Ramifications, and Situations that Challenge your Wit, Judgement, or Reflexes
May Appeal To: “mature” gamers lusting for blood, sex, and dwarves to drink and curse. Oh, and it’s easily one of the most thoughtful, poignant, fun, engrossing, expansive, and surprisingly well-executed roleplaying experiences made in my lifetime.
May Repulse: the bitter, chaste, and cranky individuals that can’t see past that first sentence to internalize the second. There is some offensive stuff in here, and the game skirts a fine line in appeasing both carnal delights and cerebral pleasures.