The Witcher 3 GOTY edition review (Xbox One)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been re-released as a Game of the Year edition (or ‘complete edition’). A good excuse to finally check out one of the console versions.

We previously reviewed the base game for The Witcher 3, Wild Hunt, on PC. We loved it, and later on we also reviewed the game’s two major expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. Content-wise, all of that has now been bundled into one convenient package that’s available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Since we previously discussed the game, we won’t go into any details about the game’s story and content here – all of that can still be read in our previous reviews.

Instead, let’s see what makes the Game of the Year edition the ultimate version of the game – as well as seeing how the game plays with an Xbox One gamepad. Most importantly, it’s worth pointing out that you’re not getting the game (and expansions) the way they were released. That sounds a bit ominous, as if things were stripped, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, all of the game’s content has been fully patched and brought up to date for the GOTY version – which includes a big last minute update that became available just before the launch of the complete edition.

The Witcher 3

The update fixed various (usually minor) issues people still had with the game, which leads me to believe this is CD Projekt Red’s way of saying this isn’t just a compilation, but rather it’s the best version they could possibly make at this point. Playing it on Xbox for the first time, it’s not hard to be impressed with how close the developers got to matching the visual splendor of the PC version – The Witcher 3, even though it’s now an older title, is one of the best looking Xbox One games I’ve seen. Controlling it with a gamepad, after preferring a mouse and keyboard combination for all three Witcher games, also felt good. I would even go so far as to say that it’s my preferred way of playing combat scenes now – though I’m still happy to sort through my inventory on the PC.

We can’t recommend The Witcher 3 enough – it’s more than earned the “game of the year” accolades it’s been getting. Many of you will have already picked it up, but if you only recently made the switch to a new gaming platform then this is a great opportunity to get a modern day classic for it.

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