CD Projekt Red’s 2015 Game of the Year, “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” launched on Nintendo’s Switch on Oct. 15. Now able to play the Nintendo Switch on their TV, or as a mobile device, fans of the Witcher can hunt monsters while traveling or waiting for class to start. However, moving a massive game from consoles and PC to the small Nintendo Switch comes with some setbacks.
The most awarded game of 2015, “Witcher 3’s” expansive world and variety of quests offered players hundreds of hours to fight monsters, save innocents and gave them the ability to decide which is which. Interacting with other complex characters set in a world full of bright cultures is only one of the things that make this game a masterpiece. Now, one of the best games of its generation is available on one of the more ambitious consoles to date. It almost feels like the Switch is trying to prove it can handle bigger games with higher graphics as it would a smaller game on a Gameboy. So, has it proven itself?
U.N.O. grad students and YouTubers, Gracie Medina (AKA Gravity) and Lauren Dehart (AKA Lolo) with Kitty Gang Gamers, were eager to jump into the “Witcher 3” for the first time. “The characters all seemed [intriguing] at first glance. I found it interesting that when talking to people you can sometimes make choices that change what happens in the game about them. Also, like, Geralt is cute,” says Gravity.
“I haven’t played it on any other system, but it looks good. I don’t have any problems with the controls. I like that the world of the game seems huge, so there are a lot of side quests and other things to do and places to explore that isn’t just the main quest,” says LoLo.
“So far I haven’t had any problems with the ‘Witcher’ on Switch. The graphics look great when you play the game docked and has the usual image quality diminish in handheld mode. So far, I like the card game, Gwent, but I also like that I can customize the main character. I think what I also like is that, if I want to, I can be a law-abiding citizen, or I can be pure chaos and just loot everyone’s stuff.”
One issue the “Witcher 3” faces with the Switch is the graphics. They aren’t bad, and the world still looks good, but everything looks fuzzy, compared to the clear graphics on the console. Another issue I’m personally facing is that I’ve played the game to death on console. If I’m playing at home, I’d rather play the game I have played hundreds of hours on and crafted the best gear to carry with me to a New Game +. If I’m on a long trip, playing the “Witcher 3” will be amazing. But at home, the Switch edition doesn’t measure up to the established console/PC.
“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition” for the Nintendo Switch has all the fun and adventure that earned its title as game of the year. But the graphics do take a hit to fit the massive game on the smaller console. With this Switch release, newer fans of the Witcher series have monsters to hunt and a whole new world to explore, even while exploring their world around them.
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