You can clearly see how pleased the developers are at creating The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and so they should be. For my money, it’s one of the best games of the year. Its first expansion, which offers around ten hours of play, weaves a more compelling story than most full games can muster.
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According to the developers in the latest video from CD Projekt Red, the reason it’s such a good game is because of the varied voices working on it – everyone’s opinion is valuable.
For example, Gwent – The Witcher 3’s card minigame – was born in a bathtub. Halfway through development two of the designers decided they wanted to add some sort of minigame to The Witcher 3. They chatted about it on the phone while one of them was in the bath. Over the weekend they photoshopped 100 cards and played a game in front of their boss. Thus Gwent was born.
I’m a good way through Hearts of Stone, and although it takes place in the same map, I’m thoroughly enjoying it – I’m still being taken to places I haven’t seen, and the story keeps throwing up surprises.
Watch the developers talk about it over some lovely gameplay footage and see if it sounds like your sort of thing: