This gorgeous game just won ‘Game of the Year’ at the 2015 Game Awards

 People love these "Witcher" games. "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt," which released in May, is brimming with positive reviews and <a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt" target="_new">near-perfect scores from critics</a>, with many calling it "the best role-playing game ever made."

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” won the grand prize at the 2015 Game Awards on Thursday night.

It beat out several popular games like “Fallout 4,” “Metal Gear Solid V,” “Super Mario Maker,” and “Bloodborne.”

But this isn’t a huge surprise. “The Witcher 3” received rave reviews from critics, and the series is beloved all over the world — especially in Poland, where the “Witcher” series originated.

So what is “The Witcher?”

“The Witcher” games are based on a series of popular fantasy books by the same title, penned by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. He’s won numerous awards for “The Witcher” including the Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture in 2012.

"The Witcher" games are based on a series of popular fantasy books by the same title, penned by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. He's won numerous awards for "The Witcher" including the Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture in 2012.

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In “The Witcher” games, you play a professional monster hunter (a.k.a. “witcher”) named Geralt of Rivia — the protagonist from Sapkowski’s books — who has developed supernatural abilities to battle monsters terrorizing the countryside.

In "The Witcher" games, you play a professional monster hunter (a.k.a. "witcher") named Geralt of Rivia — the protagonist from Sapkowski's books — who has developed supernatural abilities to battle monsters terrorizing the countryside.

https://cm.g.doubleclick.net/push?client=ca-pub-1037373295371110In “The Witcher” games, you play a professional monster hunter (a.k.a. “witcher”) named Geralt of Rivia — the protagonist from Sapkowski’s books — who has developed supernatural abilities to battle monsters terrorizing the countryside.
In “The Witcher” games, you play a professional monster hunter (a.k.a. “witcher”) named Geralt of Rivia — the protagonist from Sapkowski’s books — who has developed supernatural abilities to battle monsters terrorizing the countryside.

In "The Witcher" games, you play a professional monster hunter (a.k.a. "witcher") named Geralt of Rivia — the protagonist from Sapkowski's books — who has developed supernatural abilities to battle monsters terrorizing the countryside.
As Geralt, you’ll face tons of moral choices that have real consequences in the game, either immediately or several hours after your decision is made.
As Geralt, you’ll face tons of moral choices that have real consequences in the game, either immediately or several hours after your decision is made.As Geralt, you'll face tons of moral choices that have real consequences in the game, either immediately or several hours after your decision is made.

To progress through the game, you’ll need to explore the massive open world, exploring areas and meeting people as you go. “The Witcher 3” claims one of the biggest open worlds ever created for a role-playing game — and the vistas are spectacular. Take a look for yourself …

To progress through the game, you'll need to explore the massive open world, exploring areas and meeting people as you go. "The Witcher 3" claims one of the biggest open worlds ever created for a role-playing game — and the vistas are spectacular. Take a look for yourself ...

But it’s not just the landscapes that are eye-catching. The attention to detail for every single character, playable or not, is mind-blowing. Facial expressions in particular look very real, which makes you care more about each character and questline.

But it's not just the landscapes that are eye-catching. The attention to detail for every single character, playable or not, is mind-blowing. Facial expressions in particular look very real, which makes you care more about each character and questline.

“The Witcher” feels like a living, breathing world. Everyone you interact with has a unique personality and story to tell, and each side quest feels totally different from the next.

"The Witcher" feels like a living, breathing world. Everyone you interact with has a unique personality and story to tell, and each side quest feels totally different from the next.

People love these “Witcher” games. “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” which released in May, is brimming with positive reviews and near-perfect scores from critics, with many calling it “the best role-playing game ever made.”

People love these "Witcher" games. "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt," which released in May, is brimming with positive reviews and <a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt" target="_new">near-perfect scores from critics</a>, with many calling it "the best role-playing game ever made."
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