The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is the ultimate way to play Geralt’s greatest adventure

Seven years ago we were gifted one of the greatest games of all time. A stunning title that transformed CD Projekt Red from a brave European competitor into one of the most respected developers in the world, The Witcher 3 was met with critical and commercial success that would make any major publisher envious. Now, seven years later, we have the Complete Edition, designed to get the most out of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. Not only that, but an upgrade has been released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One owner can enjoy the new graphics and content for free. It’s a fresh coat of paint on a classic title and a return to familiar successful shores for a developer who still suffers from a failure to follow on from their greatest success.

All said and done, this is the definitive version of one of the biggest games of the last decade, and anyone who hasn’t yet lived the adventures of Geralt of Rivia as he tries to find his heart’s adopted daughter, Ciri, should definitely dive in and get it experience the bliss. I’ve been fortunate enough to play on the PlayStation 5 and the improved graphics and boosted performance really make this a fitting title for modern console owners.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition offers everything you could hope for from new hardware. Ray tracing options target 30fps and variable resolutions on consoles, but the resulting graphics are impressive. I’ll always go for higher frame rates for smoother gameplay, and the title’s performance mode doesn’t disappoint. The graphics in Performance mode are still miles ahead of the older generation, and those looking for an improvement in graphics fidelity won’t be disappointed. On PC, even more robust options that include Nvidia DLSS technology should keep gamers happy, although the update CD Projekt Red has been working on has some performance issues.

As an open-world title, The Witcher 3 also features a lot of water and several stages where players can travel by boat if they wish. Added an overhaul to the way water reflects light, which means a significant improvement in quality versus performance cost. Finally, the vegetation was reworked for denser, richer plants and flowers. It all adds up to a dramatically improved, richer, and more dramatic world, and the impact this has on storytelling cannot be underestimated.

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The true strength of The Witcher 3, and the reason it was such a critical and fan favorite, is that the way the story was told was something of an evolution for CD Projekt Red. From the main campaign to the side quests and world building, writing was a delicacy that made people fall in love with the world of The Witcher. Now that the graphics engine has enough power to truly create a stunning world for Geralt to explore, it feels like technology has finally caught up with the narrative. Experiencing The Witcher 3 for the first time with the Complete Edition would be an enviable experience.

There were a ton of other improvements to this iteration as well, from the improved map and UI to polishing previously tedious mechanics and menu switching required when crafting and looting. Players looking for something to while away their time over the Christmas period can secure themselves over a hundred hours of excellence with this pack, as it includes both the base game and the Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone expansions. Enhanced customization and accessibility options mean it’s doubtful a player will hit an insurmountable wall when it comes to interacting with the game in a way that suits them.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is available now for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S, with free updates for PC, PS4 and Xbox One owners. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is the ultimate way to play Geralt’s greatest adventure

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