Witcher 3 Is A Must-Try For Every Switch User

Rating: 5/5 stars

When Cd Projekt Red announced Witcher 3 in May 2015, everyone anticipated it to be good. No one, however, could manage to predict the masterpiece that the game would turn out to be. With flawless progression into the story of Geralt of Rivia, the 3rd installment in the series turned out to be one of the best games of all time. Based on the classic fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, Witcher 3 truly managed to push the series to the forefront of pop culture, establishing its place as one of the best games ever. The impeccable design and progression were backed up by the esteemed Game of the Year award received by the series.

From the characters to the storyline, we cannot find a flaw in the game even if we try. The open-world setting of the game is built beautifully. With a plethora of diverse natural landscapes all having their own host of creatures, the game is a true masterpiece that can indulge you for days. The game progression is majorly impacted by the choices made during the course of the game, there are multiple different ending options that are all impacted by the decisions that you take through the course of the game. Aside from the main quests that are quintessential to the progression of the story, the game is also riddled with side quests that are extremely fun.

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The characters from the previous iterations of the Witcher series are built upon and taken to the next level. From character design to animation, every aspect of the gameplay is enhanced by entertaining characters. Geralt of Rivea as the protagonist perfectly suits the gritty, action-based theme of the game. The character is truly one of the best protagonists within the genre of fantasy gaming. Aside from the protagonist, main characters like Ciri, Dandelion, Dijkstra, and others offer a range of contrasting appearances that perfectly compliment the progression of the game.

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Aside from the main gameplay and objectives, Witcher 3 features one of the most entertaining minigames in the form of Gwent. The highly entertaining card game has gone on to gain so much popularity that the company has released it in the form of separately playable gaming with online servers.

The combat and gameplay are surprisingly fluid with different iterations of weapons and armors suited to perfectly compliment the battles. The difficulty levels highly impact the experience in battle and harder difficulty levels place a high emphasis on strategic attacks instead of the wild slaughter that is extremely enjoyable in easier difficulties.

We rarely give out 5-star ratings to game as we feel there is always room for improvement when it comes to games. However, everyone once in a while, there comes a game that truly deserves a perfect rating. Witcher 3 is that game. Filled with enough entertainment to keep you indulged for weeks, the game is a must-try for all Nintendo Switch users as it releases.

The Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is a console that tries to do many things simultaneously. Its success is due to it bridging the gap between a handheld console and a home console that the late, lamented Wii U never managed.

It’s a credit to the Nintendo team that the Switch is able to combine gaming on-the-move with gaming at home without a preference for either. Now with top-tier titles like Fortnite arriving, the Nintendo Switch is an even better proposition.

The Switch’s design makes it a chunky tablet. It has thick bezels and a 6.2-inch touch screen that sports a 1280 x 720 resolution. The construction has a rock-solid feel and its metal finish adds a classy touch. Indeed, the Switch could well be the slickest, slimmest and least obtrusive console ever brought to market.

The things that stand out are the top vent for the purpose of cooling, and the rear kickstand that allows players to prop the console when using it for tabletop gaming out and about.

The dock is an elegant chunk of black plastic. The console easily slips into this, and the tablet is charged through the USB-C port, with sockets for a USB-C power adapter and HDMI cable, along with three USB 3 ports.

These ports are available for charging the Switch Pro Controller, adding any Joy-Con charging accessory, or an Ethernet adapter.

The best thing about a Switch is the device’s versatility. It’s great that it does not rely on a TV. The console can be grabbed along with the controllers and the whole thing can be set up in an instant wherever.

It’s great fun, no matter how you choose to play. It can run some great games. As well as Nintendo’s two classics, Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there is a huge Mario Kart, and quirky faves like   Mario+ Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Arms and Splatoon 2.

It’s also considered good for indie gaming, where you can take advantage of titles like  Oxenfree, Night in the Woods, and Stardew Valley.

What the Nintendo Switch as part handheld and part home console offers is the potential to be the only device you’re ever likely to need for gaming, wherever you choose to be. Its hybrid console is a great success, with exceptional handheld graphical quality, and the capacity to seamlessly transition into a home console.

What really makes this piece of kit stand out are:

  • It’s unique hybrid design
  • The HD Rumble
  • The fact it comes with two controllers
  • Its crisp, bright and colorful screen.

Nintendo is onto a winner with the Switch. It’s not only well made, but it’s easy to understand where it’s coming from and it does what it promises.

The Switch is not only a platform for a few first-party games. It is also a platform that is a good fit for lighter indie titles as well as innovative mobile crossovers. It is great for kids, along with people on the move, and those gamers who are time poor or perhaps are not inclined to sit down and do the big-screen thing.

The Switch’s Number of Ports is Just Fine

No doubt you have seen the mini direct where Nintendo announced a variety of ports of new and old games that will come to the switch soon. Games like Dark Souls and Wolfenstein 2 and even indie titles like Hollow Knight will reach the Switch in 2018. Many people have expressed their objections to the current switch game lineup, saying it is diluting the console and will cause the switch’s downfall. I, however, believe that a robust library will benefit the switch more than many predict.

Nintendo isn’t just a publisher, and they need to make sure the hardware has a varied library of high-quality games for their system. Then one of the safest bets can be games that people have already played and liked. One could argue that filling a system with games people have already played clogs up the system, and normally I would agree, but the switch has something other consoles don’t have: portability. The switch is the most powerful portable system to date, and this means that people are willing to buy games they own again, just so they can play it in places other than their couch. The portability gives me a bit of forgiveness, and while not the most powerful console on the market, it can easily power through classics from the ps3 and back.

The switch game lineup was one of the best opening years any console has ever had. Mario Odyssey, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, and Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild showed that Nintendo had the chops to produce some of the best games we’ve seen in the past few years. It is unreasonable to expect this every year because Nintendo exhausted 4 of their most prominent IP’s, and sequels are just now beginning development (If they are getting sequels at all). So far, Nintendo has shown a general competency at making sure the games that reach the switch are quality. The indie scene is looking especially good, with indie developers looking to the switch as an alternative to Steam, which is filled with trash at the moment. The switch game lineup for 2017 was extremely strong, but we can expect it to get a bit weaker as time goes on.

This isn’t to say that the switch is dead and that we can only expect games we have played 100 times to appear on the platform, quite the opposite actually. The switch game lineup looks promising, and using 3rd parties to fill in the gaps is a very good move. Hopefully, Nintendo builds up a strong library of indie darlings, classic ports, and 1st party titles. Balance is going to be everything for the switch, especially in the beginning. In my opinion, the switch game lineup for the beginning of the console was slightly top heavy, and keeping that pace will be a gargantuan task. But if any company is going to be able to pull this off, it will be Nintendo. They have the track record, now its time for the marathon.