The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Humour
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is not a game that strikes you as being light hearted at first glance. The plot is dour and brooding, set in a world of human (and non-human) misery and suffering. In many respects this is one of the game’s greatest assets because it’s all so worryingly plausible. The rich and powerful pursue their own goals, heedless of the cost to the rest the kingdom. Those at the very lowest strata of society live a precarious existence. Despite its fantasy setting the world of the Witcher is not that different from our own.
However despite the overall tone of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, there are instances of humour to be found. Often these are discretely integrated in to the game via snatches of incidental dialogue, cryptic entries in the games bestiary or via the village notice boards. As ever with these sorts of things, the writers reference popular culture. However in this instance, CD Projekt RED proves to be more scholarly than other developers. Many of the quips, asides and homages refer to classical literature and scientific theory.
So here are four examples that I’ve found so far during my play though. I’m sure there are many more. All raised a wry smile when discovered and I now make it my business to trawl through all aspects of the game in pursuit of further hidden gems. Its embellishments such as these that add further depth and character to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If only other developers took such time and care as CD Projekt RED.