The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action RPG where player’s decisions will directly affect their experience, some being so crucial that they will change the outcome of the entire game. There are over thirty-six possible endings for The Witcher 3 and as such, every choice counts, big or small. Players shouldn’t be fooled by deceptively inconsequential decisions, as that is when they are most likely to make a move that could cost a character their life.
Most of these are main quest decisions, yet are for the most part avoidable. The Witcher 3 is a super-detailed game and CD Projekt Red put substantial time and effort into fleshing out a very full and lived-in world. There is plenty of political intrigue, monster hunting, and miscellaneous adventuring for players to invest themselves in outside of the main story.
It’s important to remember there are no exclusively right or wrong choices in the game, nor is there any singularly correct way to play. Although there is a forgiving aura of moral greyness, Geralt will be treated similarly to how he treats and interacts with others, so players will need to bear that in mind when completing the main storyline and side quests in The Witcher 3.
The events of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will flow over into the third Witcher and change some aspects of the game depending on the player’s actions. Players will be given the option to either roll with developer-made choices, or to simulate a save from the second game and answer questions posed to Geralt in an interrogation-style scene. These are deceptively important decisions as they can affect NPC appearances, the availability of allies, and the presence of entire side quests.
While it is possible to ignore Keira Metz throughout The Witcher 3, she is ultimately the key to finding Ciri, and her presence will save players a lot of trouble. The option will present itself to either kill her, let her go to King Radovid (which will result in her being impaled), or convince her to seek refuge at Kaer Morhen. Players can do as they wish but keeping her around benefits Geralt and many others.
There are so many choices that lead to which empire will rule the region, and it is hard to narrow down which is the most crucial. However, player’s alliances and choices can decide the fate of the entire commonwealth by giving either Temeria, Redania, or Nilfgaard the chance to rise into power. Each of the three empires has its pros and cons, and Geralt is put into a unique position to aid one in their conquest.
Various affairs aside, the main tryst of Geralt’s love life is deciding between Yennefer and Triss in The Witcher 3. Yennefer is the canonical choice, and despite her and Geralt’s tumultuous past, she is considered a mother to Ciri.
Triss is a fresh start for Geralt with a lack of past trauma, but also lacking in excitement and adventure. However, attempting to romance both will end in spectacular failure and the loss of both, so players will have to choose carefully.
Finding and protecting Ciri in The Witcher 3 is one of the main objectives of the game, but her fate will ultimately be decided based on how Geralt treats her throughout the narrative. In the quests Blood on the Battlefield, The Final Preparations, and Child of the Elder Blood players will be forced to make choices that eventually lead to either Ciri’s death, her becoming the empress of Nilfgaard, or her becoming a Witcher.
The Witcher 3 is good at allowing players to live with whatever decisions they made and can give a somewhat satisfying ending despite any perceived mistakes. It emphasizes the roleplaying aspect of RPGs and makes Geralt a multidimensional character that players can customize to suit their playstyle. It is also possible that if The Witcher 4 is released, players will have the same option to roll over decisions from the previous game.