It looks like Netflix’s The Witcher series has been a hit with the gaming community and inspired many to return to or venture towards The Witcher 3 for the first time. According to PlayTracker 48,000 players were concurrently playing the game, a high not seen since 2016 when The Witcher 3’s final DLC Blood and Wine was released. In addition, it looks like there was also a rise in players on PS4 and Xbox One for the title too, with an estimate stating that around one million players have played The Witcher 3 in December alone. Both The Witcher and Witcher 2 also saw numbers rise.
When I played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for review this is what I had to say:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is easily one of the most engrossing games I’ve had the chance to play. The story and characters are well worth the experience alone, and the world expertly draws on the desire to explore with its massive scale. You never know what will greet you or beat you just a few seconds down the path, and that’s what is exciting about this game. There are some issues that will need to be improved. The combat is better than the Witcher 2 but isn’t quite there either, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the first game in a while that has held my attention for so long that I don’t notice the time pass. CD Projekt Red haven’t just created a great game but a modern gaming masterpiece.
Hearts of Stone is a piece of DLC that has been done right, genuinely adding to an already great game. The antagonist in this content is for me a better and more interesting character than the members of the actual Wild Hunt from the main plot, and you also learn more about Geralt’s past too. If you own and enjoy The Witcher 3 then Hearts of Stone is easily recommended, but go in knowing as little as possible because there are some truly spectacular moments to be had.
And then the final DLC Blood and Wine raised the bar even further:
Despite those issues CD Projekt RED has raised the bar for what DLC can be. Toussaint’s beauty draws you in while the twists and turns of the stories within keep you engaged. The sheer quality present in Blood and Wine is astounding, from the artwork to the acting, and if some of the problems are fixed, it’ll be close to perfection. If Blood and Wine is to be The Witcher series’ finale, then it’s going out on a high note that befits the high standards that have been set over the years. If you’ve enjoyed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, then this expansion is essential.
You can read that review here.