The Witcher sequence premiered on Netflix final week, and it seems to have put Steam customers in a witching temper. The participant rely of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt spiked sharply, even overtaking the not too long ago launched Red Dead Redemption 2.
According to the Steam Stats web page, The Witcher 3 is holding regular at roughly 46,000 gamers on the time of writing, to RDR2’s 45,000. Red Dead 2 nonetheless overtook it on the peak for the day with 50,000, however it’s nonetheless a formidable feat for a sport that is almost 5 years previous to maintain a lifeless warmth with a newer and really critically acclaimed sport.
The Witcher 3 was GameSpot’s Game of the Year in 2015, and one of many solely video games to have received a 10/10 score within the web site’s historical past. It additionally not too long ago launched as an included sport on Xbox Game Pass for consoles, proper alongside the Netflix premiere, so that will have helped it regain word-of-mouth as nicely.
Unfortunately for Netflix, the sequence is lower than a smash-hit. It has acquired combined evaluations on GameSpot sister web site Metacritic, and GameSpot’s review gave it a 4/10. Editor Michael Rougeau stated that whereas the performing and manufacturing values are on-point, the story is delivered in a manner that is unnecessarily complicated.
“But in the end, Netflix’s The Witcher is simply broken. Like the original stories, it begins in media res for Geralt of Rivia, so game fans hoping to learn more about the witcher himself won’t find an origin story here,” Rougeau wrote. “And by trying and utterly failing to cram new and remixed backstories for Yennefer and Ciri in without making any attempts to place each plotline within the larger story, The Witcher completely falls apart. Game fans who haven’t read the books will be totally befuddled, and book readers will be scratching their heads just as frequently. If you’re utterly devoted to the world of The Witcher, you’ll certainly enjoy the familiar aesthetic and characters, but beyond that, this series is hard to recommend.”
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