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The Witcher series is 10 years old, and Geralt is still a badass

The Witcher 3 is a brilliant game, that much has already been said in reviews when the game released in 2015. Even though it has been a full two years since the third installment hit PC and consoles, the game holds up to titles released in 2017. The Witcher 3 is the pinnacle of Role-Playing Games (RPGs) and is now used as a benchmark for future titles, taking into account stunning visuals, immersive gameplay and locations, and excellent writing.

The series actually celebrated its tenth birthday in September with the first game coming out in 2012. I decided to start a new save and playing the game for the tenth time still doesn't feel old. It's a strange experience whereby I find new things to do. After completing the game and its expansion DLCs, I wanted to show some love for the White Wolf and CD Projekt who created stunning experiences to enjoy and remains as one of the best publishers in the industry.

CD Projekt RED released a video to mark the occasion.

Interestingly, I know people who have yet to play through the series, even RPG fans. I've pointed a few to the books to start things off and learn the backstory behind Geralt, Yen and other characters that appear in the series of games. Others, I've recommended to simply throw themselves into the deep end and fire up The Witcher games. Though clearly aging, both the first and second installments continue to entertain.

Even if you've never heard of Geralt and The Witcher, it's possible to leap ahead and only play the latest game. There's plenty of material available to get you quickly up to speed and the story eases one into the world of monsters and hilarious characters. Whether you're into exploring a vast continent, talking to everyone you come across, hunting lost treasures, completing quest lines, or just messing around on a trusty steed, The Witcher 3 has it all.

Happy anniversary, Geralt. And thank you CD Projekt for not only bringing the world of The Witcher to life but also keeping the consumer in mind when making business decisions. If you haven't slain a few ghouls as the White Wolf, you should pick up The Witcher games and give them a go. As for what's next in The Witcher saga, we'll have to wait and see, though I'm sure CD Projekt RED's next game, Cyberpunk 2077, is going to keep us occupied in the meantime.

Those of us who have played through The Witcher and have followed Geralt for the past decade, what are your most memorable moments?

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

15 Comments
  • Embarrassingly I bought Witcher three when it first came out, DIDNT get hooked. And sold it after only 6 hours of playtime. Two years later and after reading countless praise for the game, I decided to pick it back up to coincide with the release of the Xbox one x patch. Holy mother of Earth... this game is brilliant. I really just needed to give it some time. I wish every developer paid this close attention to detail. The side plots are as deep as the main plot!
  • Yeah, the Witcher 2 had me right off the bat. The Witcher 3 was slow until at least 7-10 hours in, depending if you grinded out the first map for no reason like me. Glad you gave it another chance. Great game.
  • Yeah i played a few hours and didn't like it but i at least kept it and played it months later nonstop.
  • I think the storylelling in The Witcher really starts to shine once you go through The Baron's storyline. The initial "tutorial" location is a bit ho hum, although there are some interesting stories to discover there as well.
  • I agree, that's where I really got into it as well.
  • Yes the bloody baron storyline is where it really starts to show its stuff
  • Played the Witcher since the first one and has always been the benchmark for me when it comes to RPG's. Unfortunately have to admit that haven't finished the last one because of a game killing bug that makes me unable to kill enemies. Needles to say that was extremelly frustrating, especially after looking for hours online for a solution and still not finding one.
  • Can you elaborate on this bug
  • Are there any plans for a W1 remaster? This I would love as I only played 2 and 3.
  • I vote yes for this too
  • I only started playing witcher 3 recently and am already 30 hours in mainly doing side quests so far, it's so addicting. I'm a completionist so I'll probably be playing this forever 😅
  • Wait until you get to the part where there are islands to sail around to and gather treasure
  • Game came out in 2007, not 12. Otherwise we would be in 2022. I love Witcher. Check out reddit.com/r/witcher
  • 2007 was 11 years ago bro
  • Never played the game, but enjoying watching my spouse play it. She has put it down for now, but I look forward to seeing it all in 4K HDR glory