The cycle of Game Pass continues unabated. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will depart Microsoft’s games-on-demand service in the next two weeks.
This is usually the point where I’d say something trite like, “If you haven’t played this tremendous open-world masterpiece, which many consider one of the best games of all time, be sure to check it out!” But that’s bull. The truth is that you could start The Witcher 3 this very second and still be hard-pressed to finish it in the next two weeks — at least if you wanted to give it justice.
You could roll credits in 50 hours or so, which is already a tall order for that time frame, but the joy of Witcher 3 is found in the margins. The Witcher 3 is a game you want to get lost in, not one you want to race through. So consider this a heads up to those who started a file and still need to finish the Bloody Baron questline or pay a visit to every last bar and tavern.
In the same time frame, Kona (a dark adventure game set in 1970s Canada), Alvastria Chronicles (a retro-style role-playing game), and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (a 2D Metroidvania made with legit Castlevania pedigree) are also on the way out the door.
As always, Game Pass members can buy departing games at a 20 per cent discount.
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