Usually speed-runs are done in a matter of minutes, but what if I told you that The Witcher 3's fastest speed-run took 25 whole hours to complete? Yeah... that's a little longer than most games.
At a recent Bandai Namco event, CD Projekt Red told Gamereactor that the fastest an internal tester completed The Witcher 3 in about 25 hours. Here's what Gamereactor had to say:
That's taking the best route, clicking through all dialogues.
Worry about a lack of content? Well, CD Projekt Red already promised more than 100-hours of content in the upcoming action-oriented role-playing game.
The Gamereactor article notes that even if you decide to cutaway the side-quests and just stick to the main storyline, you're looking at a 50-hour-long adventure. That's massive. That's like Skyrim big. I think the Mass Effect games clocked in around 25 to 30 hours, so you're looking at a much longer experience with The Witcher 3.
I can't imagine why people would be inclined to speed-run through The Witcher, though. It's not like Dark Souls, where the open-ended structure leaves room for speeding through the game as fast as possible. Blasting through Dark Souls makes sense, because it's not as character-heavy as The Witcher. So, I don't really see why someone would want to forgo a lot of the atmosphere and character development of The Witcher 3 just to blast through to the end. Seems kind of moot. But then again, that's what some people enjoy doing.
The Witcher 3 has been in the news quite a bit lately for one thing or another. It's easily one of the more highly anticipated games due out this spring. CD Projekt recently unveiled two new expansion packs/ So, even if you did manage to beat the main story in under 30 hours, there's plenty of more content on the way as well.
If you're curious about what the gameplay is like and how the quests unfold, there was a recent video released that gives gamers a glimpse at the first 15 minutes of gameplay. It covers some of the combat and shows off some of the enemies that Geralt will encounter throughout his adventures.
For gamers who are already determined to scour every inch of the game, there's a very high difficulty setting in the game that will delete your save state. So, if you feel 100 hours still isn't enough game time, maybe doubling that with the harder difficulty setting will tickle your fancy.
Based on what I've seen so far, the will easily keep players entertained past the 100+ hour mark. Some games drag on and on and on, but if the combat is perpetually engaging and the quests are always interesting, I can easily see The Witcher 3 being one of the must-own titles of 2015.