The Witcher 3 Next Gen Upgrade's Metacritic Score is Out - How Does It Compare to Previous Versions? - Prima Games

The Witcher 3 Next Gen Upgrade’s Metacritic Score is Out – How Does It Compare to Previous Versions?

Step aside Elden Ring, there's a new game of the year

by Grant Testa

On December 14, 2022, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will officially launch its free next-gen remaster, arriving for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, but shortly before launch, critic reviews are beginning to trickle out. While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was one of the previous generation’s most acclaimed titles, how exactly does the next-gen upgrade compare? Let’s take a look at how The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt next-gen remaster stacks up against its predecessor and some of the best current-generation games on the market.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition Metacritic Score

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the highest-rated game of 2022 with a 97 Metacritic Score on PlayStation 5, narrowly outperforming Elden Ring (PS5 and Xbox Series X|S) and the Portal Companion Collection on Nintendo Switch, which both recorded 96 Metascores. While there is not yet a next-gen PC Metacritic rating, as of this writing, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -Complete Edition has officially dethroned Elden Ring as the highest-rated PS5 game of all-time. At the same time, its 95 Xbox Series X|S Metascore places the remaster second all-time in the console’s history. More impressively, the PS5 version of The Witcher 3’s next-gen upgrade is the ninth highest-rated game in Metacritic history.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 vs. 2022

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released on May 19, 2015, for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and later Nintendo Switch in 2019 to universal acclaim. The game holds a 93 Metascore for PC, with a 92 and 91 for PS4 and Xbox One, respectively, and an 85 Metacritic rating for its Nintendo Switch version. With a significant boost in its Metacritic score seven and a half years after launch, it appears The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s next-gen upgrade has supplanted the previous generation’s version as the premier version to experience CD Projekt Red’s RPG masterpiece.

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Grant Testa

Grant Testa is a writer for Prima Games. His interests are songwriting, fantasy football, horror films, earning Platinum trophies, and talking about himself in the third person.