The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an important game for a myriad of reasons. In the lead, we find the fact that the adventure of CD Projekt RED allowed the Polish development team to enter the Olympus of the developers that matter, being able to devote themselves full time to that announced masterpiece of cyberpunk 2077, due out early next year. However, the adventure of Geralt of Rivia is in itself an extraordinary action role-playing game, which has enchanted an entire generation of gamers thanks to its adult and never predictable fantasy storytelling, a swarm of charismatic (and sensual) characters, all seasoned with a traditional game system but so rocky and well oiled as to be frightening. In short, the third chapter of The Witcher saga is an all-round game, one that must be experienced even for cognitive purposes only. Incredible as from now, even the owners of the "small" Nintendo Switch they will be able to enjoy all this good things, without compromise.
Put a day in Nilfgaard
The Witcher 3 begins exactly as we remembered it, with the Witcher's journey in search of Ciri, his apprentice and towards whom he feels a strong bond of esteem and protection. Immersed in the fantasy world set up in this port by Saber Interactive (authors, among other things, also of the recent and well done remastered of Ghostbusters: The Video Game), our aim will remain to accept a multitude of primary and secondary quests, contracts to complete and various treasure hunts. But not only that: we will also be called to put ourselves on the trail of a large number of creatures that infest the explorable lands. An avalanche of non-player characters, subplots and more generally a narrative that draws heavily from the novels of Andrzej Sapkowski (but without falling into copy and paste), they are the leitmotif of a title that makes narrative research one of its undisputed strengths. Starting from these bases, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a fantasy that reaches a level of excellence like few other titles have been able to do over the generations. The Complete Edition for Nintendo Switch includes the entire adventure of The Witcher 3, including the two DLCs released separately on the PlayStation 4 Xbox One console.
Four years after its release, everything is exactly as we remember it. Or almost, given that the issue to be addressed is that relating to the technical sector of the game. Better to say it right away: the game world is less detailed, the settings and character models seem to have taken a rather marked step back, as well as the general resolution is not exactly at the top of the category - 540p in portable mode and up to 720 in docked mode - so much so that often the blur effect and aliasing will be a rather unwelcome travel companion. In any case, it must be said that the frame rate is almost anchored to the stable 30 frames (despite the obvious loss of details). In short, in short, while you cross the game lands, the feeling will be that of having the adventure of the Witcher in "reduced size", with all the pros and cons that this statement brings with it, since being able to play a title like The Witcher on a portable console is something completely unthinkable until a few months ago. And in this, thanks to Saber Interactive for the excellent work done.
A necessary compromise
So avoid video comparisons with the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions, it won't help. At the level of game played, The Witcher 3 has all the credentials not to lose the comparison: although the Joy-Con are perhaps less suitable than the classic home platform pads - especially during the most excited situations or in the numerous fights with our opponents - also in this case nothing to scream scandal, since a simple Pro Controller will be enough to remedy the problem and immediately feel at home. For the rest, everything is exactly as we expected: players in possession of the Nintendo Switch alone cannot - indeed, must not - miss out on a unique and indisputable gem like the third chapter of the Strigo's adventures. enclosed in just 32GB of space on your memory cards. If you have also already played The Witcher 3 in all sauces and on all consoles (DLC included), know that playing the role of Geralt of Rivia once again can only be good for the body and spirit.