With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – GOTY Edition having presented the ultimate version of a very comprehensive game, CD Projekt RED‘s GWENT: The Witcher Card Game takes the next step in fantasy card-battling with the beta version now playable for everyone.
I still haven’t come around playing the actual third instalment of the The Witcher series (although I reviewed the first one), but this game can be a good compromise concerning time management. After already having a lot of fun with digital boardgame The Witcher Adventure Game (also reviewed here), getting into a free-to-play battle card game is the next logical thing to do.
Discussing all the various strategies and cards would take too long, but suffice to say that it seems that the game is a good mix of easy-to-learn and difficult-to-master gameplay. Picking a side with different fractions, building one’s deck and trying to gain more points than the opponent in two rounds means that playtime isn’t too tedious. Of course what sets it apart is the world of The Witcher that is represented with an astonishing amount of detail when one looks at the individual cards. The cinematic trailer shows how great they look in motion, while the soundtrack is as great as ever. It remains to be seen how cool the single-player campaign turns out and how the in-app purchases affect progression, but if it’s done right, this could very well be one of the best alternatives to other card battling titles.
The free beta version of the game is now out on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. As an interesting side note, when you use the GOG Galaxy client, you will be able to play with console users as well. So make sure you’ll create a GOG account and download the game.
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