The Witcher 3’s Issues Should Be Reflected in Review Scores

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the most critically acclaimed games of the generation. In fact, with 9 perfect review scores and a score average of 92 (via Metacritic), it’s now one of the best-received games in history.

But should it be?

Over the past few weeks, the number of documented technical issues has grown considerably. PC Gamer has tips not only for performance but for “crash advice” and a myriad of problems are being summarized by numerous sources. There are reports of black screens and freezing, and Reddit has been alight with all sorts of varied complaints.

The bottom line is that this isn’t a technically sound title. One could make the argument that due to its tremendously ambitious scope, little problems should be forgiven. However, are these really “little problems?” When Geralt has a little difficulty freeing himself from a sunken boat, that’s a minor glitch, but when someone reports game-destroying bugs, that’s not “little.” The console versions especially appear to be stricken with hitches, glitches and bugs galore.

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It brings to mind last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity and other unstable games of the new generation. Now, perhaps the reason this keeps happening is because not enough critics are punishing these titles for being technically unsound. Maybe they need to step up when reviewing The Witcher 3 and acknowledge the unfortunate truth of the matter: This game needed more time to stabilize. The developers delayed it multiple times but obviously, they still needed more time.

This is a message that desperately needs to be delivered to developers and publishers. Yes, the game is fantastic…when it works. Yes, it’s an excellent achievement but as great as it is when it’s functioning properly, we can’t gloss over the obvious drawbacks. The problem, of course, is that not everyone encounters these issues, so they’ll be annoyed at seeing a score of 8 or 8.5 for a game that, by all rights, should’ve received in excess of 9.

But when a game fails the technical litmus test, it needs to be known. Developers and publishers need to see some evidence of backlash and reviewers have the power to deliver that backlash. They just have to have the guts to do it.

4 thoughts on “The Witcher 3’s Issues Should Be Reflected in Review Scores”

Of course they should be reflected in review scores. Anybody who ignores them is doing gamers a grave disservice.

I love The Witcher 3 but I know there are people out there who have suffered some pretty bad bugs. Luckily, i haven’t had that issue. I just keep playing and loving it……had one problem where the game froze during a game of gwent but thats it.

The Witcher 3 has serious problems that nobody should ever ignore, especially critics.

The game has either frozen or crashed on me a half-dozen times and I’ve only been playing for maybe 20 hours. Obviously, this makes for a really erratic gameplay experience and everyone should be aware of the possibility before they start.

All games that release THIS broken should be punished.

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