Best Xbox One Games #1 – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developer: CD Projekt RED
Synopsis: The Witcher 3 sees Geralt bring an end to the Wild Hunt while adapting to the many kingdoms that call upon his services. With his trusty horse Roach at his side, Geralt offers help in exchange for services throughout the country, often using his magical abilities to take down mythical creatures and tough bosses. With a typically sarcastic charm, players will take on any challenge that faces him, even if it is on the card-playing battlefield for some downtime with Gwent.
Why it’s one of the 50 best Xbox One games: CD Projekt RED knows how to create a self-sustaining universe, and how to make sense of it for the character. Even on a fundamental level, townships run on their own logic, feeding into the style of the country, the kingdom and even the realm Geralt is in. There are hundreds of quests to undergo, with each feeling varied and special. There are always local bulletins to chase, but there’s always one or two options elsewhere in the area that provide a different challenge or requirement.
More importantly, the story of The Witcher 3 is one of brilliance. Not only can you understand the reasoning and motivations behind the characters you meet, but the amount of characters that you do interact with makes for an immeasurably difficult task of presenting different viewpoints. The developers conquered this aspect of design as much as anything else, all while expanding upon a universe that is so gorgeous in its creation.
You can lose your train of thought while playing The Witcher 3 and stay away from the main story for dozens of hours at a time, and you won’t care that the time wasn’t optimized. You can’t help but engross yourself.