Sunday, November 24, 2019

"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition" Switch Review

With the Netflix series set to launch, there's no better time to sink your teeth into "The Witcher" saga than now. The Switch may not be the ideal platform to take in the grand, sweeping adventures of Geralt of Rivia, but it's certainly the most accessible.

Those who don't have the time or discipline to hunker down in front of the TV for an adventure spanning 200 hours may more feasibly find time to chip away at "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" saga in quick bursts on commutes, in waiting rooms and in spare moments seized unwinding in bed to blow off steam during the holiday season.

The crown jewel of CD Projekt RED's repertoire, "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" works as an excellent entry point for those unfamiliar with Geralt's previous anithero misadventures, as well as those who have been there for every battle, spell and seduction. The 2015 game, which grew with a pair of monumental expansions, comes to Nintendo's console with all previously released DLC included.

A winding story bursting with hidden layers, branching paths and flourishing beauty, the game pushes the Switch's technological capabilities to its limits and then some. As long as you take precaution to save early and often in order to lose significant progress during crashes.

Playing "Switcher" in portable mode is an ethereal thrill, and a showpiece for those who are unconvinced in the console's magic. The game is an outright stunner, and gains something in the intimacy of up-close portable play that it lacks even on large TVs with surround sound.

Maybe the way to get the most out of the game graphically is to play it on a souped-up PC, but I wouldn't trade this "Switcher" experience for any other setup. The hunt is wild indeed, and it's liberating to be able to join the chase either on the go or at home.

Publisher provided review code.

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