But basically, the witcher is set in a world of magic and monsters. Witchers are basically hired professionals who undergo a set of mutations (space marines!) which give them super human senses which help them to track monsters, and remove fear from the equation (space marines!). This has the side effect of stripping emotions from them (except for greg, who tears up at some of the stories), and making them sterile (lots of sex in this game, definitely a mature title!). Basically people (poor peasants), hire you to defeat the monsters that are tearing their villages apart (griffins, hags, wyverns, ghouls, etc). That's the basic premise of the witcher. The world is ravaged by monsters...you are built to fight monsters...people pay you to kill the monsters.
First off, the game is gorgeous. Absolutely breathtaking. Skyrim + mods = Witcher 3 defaults
The game is gigantic. I've pumped about 80 hours into it, and I'm still on act 1.
If you are a completitionist, this game will destroy your soul. It's like assassins creed games, but you actually get rewards for completing things!
The side missions in this game have more story then most games main quest lines. (example coming).
Hunting a monster is part batman detective modes, part research (some will tear you apart unless you play on easy), and part combat.
Decisions have both long term and short term consequences. Collecting your reward? Someone offers more for you to look the other way? Watch the townsfolk get slaughtered in front of your eyes, screaming and cursing your name as you walk away with a full coin purse.
Lets run through a quest example: SPOILER (Chris skip this part)
Random Monster Hunt Side Quest SPOILER
Talk to a sad fellow. Says his wife was lovely, everyone loved her, townsfolk said she went out for a walk and never returned. Probably killed by wolves. Ask her sister, she doesn't seem very sad...says she was probably torn to shreds and I should give him. (what?).
Go to investigate...bunch of wolves, and signs of a fight. I fight off the wolves, and the sister shows up.
"I'll pay you twice as much to say she died and stop investigating" (Lady, you just made me curious)
Oh this is getting good. I tell her I can't leave a job unfinished, and she basically says FU.
I keep investigating, follow large tracks (wolf prints with a standing stride? Hmm...sounds wolfy) back to a hut.
Find a hut with some journals...someone looks themselves in an underground passage once a month to prevent "the change" from harming anyone. Werewolf! He must of killed his wife!
Investigate the hut, it's a were wolf! Battle ensues! Before the wolf dies, someone interrupts me...it's the sister?
What? She's in love with the werewolf? WTF?
Turns out she told her sister (his wife) something was wrong (she knew about the change), then let him out, he killed her (unknowing while in werewolf form), then she pretended like nothing happened, because she was in love with him and wanted her sister out of the way.
This game is fucked up!
Then he tries to attack her, and I've given a split decision. Do I let him kill her, or do I kill the werewolf. I kill the werewolf.
She falls on her knees and sobs uncontrollably. I take my money from goods in the hut, and walk away. Job done. Monster dead. Was it the right decision? Who knows. I've got another notice, a caravans been attacked...
Now time for more recommendations.
Lords of the Sith Reading this right now. Another blogger pointed it out to me. After reading a seriously disappointing Vader novel (it's bad). I was hesitant to read another. Don't have to worry now...he is a total bad ass in the lords of the sith, and finally makes me happy to call him my favorite character again!