Our Game of the Generation campaign has come to a close, and after weeks of voting across social media, a well-deserved winner has finally emerged.
The final round saw CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt competing against Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man. While they are both spectacular open-world experiences, only one could eventually emerge victorious.
After being thrust onto social media, the competition concluded in a landslide victory for Geralt’s beloved swansong, which secured a huge percentage of the final poll’s votes. We imagine the huge amount of hype for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 helped boost its chances.
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The final four consisted of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, God of War and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It was a battle of PS4 exclusives with one big exception, and that outsider managed to emerge victorious against all odds. It’s a deserving winner with the design conventions of Wild Hunt arguably defining an entire generation.
Here’s what we thought of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in our original review: “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new RPG by which all other RPGs should be judged. Not only has CD Projekt Red deliverered the largest and most convincing fantasy open-world we’ve ever seen, but a storyline, quests and systems that make it an incredibly compelling place to run, ride and sail around in.”
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For context, it also won Game of the Year when it was released at the Trusted Reviews Awards, yet another well-deserved accolade for the sprawling adventure. While Marvel’s Spider-Man is a stellar experience in it own right, it simply doesn’t push the genre forward or try anything new, while The Witcher 3’s winning formula has been imitated and built upon constantly since it burst onto the scene.
CD Projekt Red expanded upon this brilliance with two stellar expansions in the form of Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. Arguably featuring some of the series’ best storytelling, these expansions added hours upon hours of new quests for Geralt to embark upon. They’re both fantastic, and further cement Wild Hunt’s legacy as the generation’s greatest game.
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