The Witcher 3: Sexy and Demanding
“Ah, that’s sexy.” That’s a phrase I’ve thrown around a few times when referring to the latest boost in modern graphics. I remember muttering it since I was 12– at an age where seemingly everything was sexy– about games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy X, and Skyrim. It was usually moments during which my favorite franchised series were presented in a way that I had never seen them before. Now I’m older and it takes more to impress me. However, I will say this: I am impressed by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Now let me just say that I’m the first person to say that good graphics does not make a good game. Does it help? Yes, no doubt. However, it’s in my opinion that story (particularly character development), and gameplay take the cake. With that being said, the recent trailers that have been released gives glimpses into a game world that I want to explore. I mean, look at this!
It’s important to remember that all good things come at a price and the “sexiness” of The Witcher 3 is no different. For you PS3/Xbox 360 owners hoping for a few holdovers on the previous generation, don’t hold your breath. CEO of CD Projekt Red has stated that, “It would have to be a different game…with sacrifices in graphics,” in order to run the game on the previous consoles. Oh, he also mentioned the word “impossible” in there somewhere. In other words, your dreams have effectively been destroyed.
For gamers who prefer gaming on the PC, the system requirements will likely be pretty demanding. If you’re like me, and you don’t have the predicted/recommended, Nvidia GeForce GTX 580, you’ll likely have a hard time running it to max satisfaction. (Perhaps I’m spoiled, but I love visuals without lag; I’m also due for an upgrade.) CD Projekt RED has also reportedly mentioned that they’re fairly close to maxing out the performance of the Xbox One and PS4 having had such a long time to work with the new consoles. If this is the case, and we can determine that The Witcher 3 is close to “max,” they’ll undoubtedly be hardcore PC enthusiasts dying to put their rig up against the new consoles. (Even if it is a silly comparison.)
Lastly, for those of you have already snagged a PS4 and Xbox One, prepare for the sexiness because you’re in the game! As stated, The Witcher 3 nearly maxes out the potential of both consoles. If that’s the case, and that’s a big if, you’ll get your chance to engage in some shiny next-gen sexiness sometime this year. There has yet to be an official release date set.
So what do you guys think? Would you fight the monster in the picture above to have the game now? What will you play it on? PC or console?