The Witcher 3’s second Expansion, Blood and Wine is a masterpiece on how to tell a good story and how to tell a interesting narrative with good characters and good subplots and also it’s a masterpiece on how to create good, and worthy downloadable content for massive games. Take that, Bethesda. But in all seriousness, it should be considered for Game of the Year once November / December comes around, it has all the strength and power of both The Wild Hunt and Hearts of Stone all bundled in one expansion and is a parting goodbye for our friend, Geralt of Rivia.
The Witcher 3 was one of the best games of last year and was overall Game of the Year and destroyed Fallout 4 in every sense of the word. Blood and Wine takes what was great about The Wild Hunt and Hearts of Stone and bundles it up and let’s the player not worry about Eredin / The Wild Hunt and it takes players on a journey far to the South where everything is just dandy despite the vampires that haunt the streets of Toussaint at night.
Blood and Wine can be played as a self-contained experience without the need to play the final quest of The Wild Hunt, it will take players 20-30ish hours to complete the expansion which is less then the main game itself and on par with Far Harbor for Fallout 4 if you do everything and it costs around $20 which is a good price considering that it is the largest Expansion to date in The Witcher 3 itself and considering all the meat that you’re getting on the plate.
Blood and Wine can be played after the main quest in the Wild Hunt and during / after the questline in Hearts of Stone, but CDPR included a stand-alone option that grants you the ability to be a Level 30 for the Expansion itself much like Hearts of Stone. This is perfect for people that have stayed away from the game since beating the main game last summer.
Throughout Blood and Wine, you’ll get to speak to the different people and to the queen herself of Toussaint while mixing Politics, Business, and Pleasure all into one. It’s very easy to spend several hours wandering Toussaint and picking up the numerous quests and completing quests, it feels like another full game on top of the Wild Hunt which is good.
The 20-30ish hours that Blood and Wine offers is just not a few hours of time in the overall game but that length felt justified as this falls as a parting goodbye and a great conclusion to the Witcher Trilogy and to the Geralt storyline, it has become one if not many strong games that 2016 has to offer and we’re just getting started. Here’s hoping that Blood and Wine is considered for Game of the Year 2016.