What a generation it has been, full of incredible stories and countless incredible games that have kept players company for hours upon hours. It’s no secret that we at Press Start love our gaming and there has been a lot to love over the last console cycle.
In that time we’ve awarded five Game of the Year awards, given a perfect 10 to fourteen games, and reviewed a lot of others. We’re here to continue our countdown towards the Press Start Game of the Generation.
For an overview of the rules we set for ourselves in determining this top ten, click here.
#3 – The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
The Polish developer CD Projekt Red might have cut their teeth creating big, vast fantasy worlds, they well and truly sharpened them to a point with The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Even five years after its launch, the game is certainly their magnum opus and delivers high-fantasy in spades, putting them on the map as one of the industry’s mega powers.
Based on the works of Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher follows Geralt of Rivia, a supernatural monster hunter who puts down otherworldly beasts for his own gain.
The Slavonic game world stands tall as one of the generation’s best-realised, plus the expansions released set a new standard for post-launch content—Blood and Wine is near enough a full-game experience on its own.
“I must say that I am quite impressed with what CD Projekt Red has created. They have not only built a massive open-world but a complex and non-linear narrative that can be freely shaped by the player. Beyond that, I must also applaud them for giving meaning to everything in the game, such as the side quests that really contribute to and deepen the narrative.”