Games of the Decade #1 – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

There could really be no other video game in the last decade that could be my number one spot. For me, The Witcher 3 almost came out of nowhere. I never played the original game, I wasn’t really a fan of the second game apart from the characters, and at the time of release, I hadn’t read any of the books the games are based off. I only became mildly interested a couple of weeks before launch, after seeing a few promising trailers. It was at this time I bought an Xbox One and it became the first next-gen game I played. Nothing could have prepared me for the phenomenal and unforgettable game I was about to experience.

You play as Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer for hire called a witcher (a human mutated to have superhuman abilities). Geralt must track down his “adopted” daughter, Ciri, who is on the run from the Wild Hunt due to her gifts as the Child of the Elder Blood. Your journey will take you across various different lands and even dimensions, meeting numerous allies and enemies, eventually defeating the Wild Hunt and preventing a prophesied disaster. The narrative is grand and engaging, where each new section or twist had me hooked from start to finish. Alongside the great story, the countless individuals you meet along the way are all fleshed out and fully realised with intricate care and detail. From the abrasive and fiery Yennefer, the compassionate and strong Triss, alongside many other like Dandelion, King Radovid, the Bloody Baron and so much more. Nearly every character is given depth and come across as real people. It’s because of these memorable and captivating characters, as well as the engrossing main storyline, that sets the game far beyond many others.

However, what truly makes The Witcher 3 stand far above other games and what is often praised, is the well written and incredibly interesting side quests. This game is huge, and while other games, like Assassin’s Creed for example, are often stuffed with bland busy work and fetch quests, The Witcher 3 is filled with mostly highly detailed quests, that often can be mistakes for main missions. Where most developers often have to choose between quantity and quality in regards to open world design, CD Projekt Red managed to maintain both. While there remain the few throwaway and repetitive quests, the majority are unique and contain exquisite storytelling and writing. No other open world game had me seek and complete every quest not for the reward, or completions sake, but because I was so excited and intrigued to discover what brilliant story I could experience next. In addition, the games combat for the most part was pretty addictive and fluid, allowing for various different approaches for each encounter and enemy type. Especially on higher difficulties, you need to make the most of alchemical weapons such as bombs, oils and potions to get the edge on your opponent, usually monsters.

The Witcher 3 is a game like few others. While it isn’t without its faults, such as awkward movement at times, Roach’s (your horse) controls and Geralt dying if he falls a small distance, the positives far outweighs the few small negatives. Even the expansions are some of the greatest ever made, where Blood and Wine rivals many other AAA games in length and quality, for a fraction of the price. The game is a truly unforgettable experience that needs to played at least once if you can. It raised the bar for gaming that has yet to be beaten in my opinion, where it stands as the best game of the decade and likely generation if Cyberpunk 2077 can’t dethrone it. It also rightly stands as one of the greatest games of all time, where for me, it grabs that accolade with ease. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this countdown of my greatest games of the decade. Let me know what you think in the comments below. For all things gaming, stay tuned to Honest Gamer.

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  1. This game is incredible I spent eight months last year playing it. Unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to return to it someday. The part where you mentioned that there were some flaws once, all that I have noticed that I found annoying was that NPCs always had the same gestures like the men always had their arms crossed and the women always had their hands on their hips I just got bored of them having the same poses all the time. Also the combat is not as enjoyable as I’d like it to be but I really enjoyed exploring in this game.

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    1. Yeah I see what you mean with the npc’s, it’s definitely something they can improve upon to make the world feel more alive. Hopefully Cyberpunk can be better in that sense. The combat definitely isn’t the best 3rd person combat, but I personally found it pretty good. Although, if you were in enclosed/tight spaces, I remember it could get frustrating.

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  2. Witcher 3 seems to be one of those games that seem to be sat in my backlog forever. One minute I’m like I must complete this game but then never seem too. But it’s 100% the game that I think any RPG should inspire to be, large but unique and intriguing. Like you said not many games have managed to achieve that, with their side missions. Its such a phenomenal game and I just wish I had the time to invest in it and finally complete it!

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    1. Yeah it’s definitely something you need the time to properly play through. The base game alone is around 100 hours of content. The expansions add another 30-40 hours. But it’s worth it 😁

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  3. The best game ever made. More intoxicating than the real world, characters who are as real as your friends, immersion like no other, utter emptiness when you are done. Yes, the bar is set ridiculously high here. Some things can be better – for me nothing beats materia development system from ff7, weapons sometimes are given stats way below the big words around them, etc but nothing is perfect I guess.. Still and above all- how they have managed to put such huge content and maintain coherency- I have no freakin.. idea.

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    1. Yeah the game truly is something else. I’ve been thinking of doing a 3rd playthrough, but on death march this time (I’ve completed on the normal and hard difficulty settings). It’s definitely going to be tough for another game to beat it in my opinion. Fingers crossed for Cyberpunk, although I generally prefer fantasy as a genre.

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