[Review] The Witness – Where Am I And Why The Puzzles?

Growing up I always played a variety of games, like Pac-man and Asteroids on my dad’s Atari 2600 which introduced me into gaming up to the Xbox, PC and SHIELD TV I play today. I’ve noticed in my more recent years I’m tending to see and buy more abstract games because they offer something new to me instead of each years shooter or sports game or a story driven annual release game. Anyway eventually I came across The Witness which was originally a PC and PS4 release which left Xbox gamers out high and dry until September but eventually that came and all was good. Now SHIELD gamers can rejoice as it’s made its way to the platform.

So what is the Witness? In short, the Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. Okay want to know more, here’s the plot.

You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you.

You don’t remember who you are, and you don’t remember how you got here, but there’s one thing you can do: explore the island in hope of discovering clues, regaining your memory, and somehow finding your way home.

If you liked the sound of that watch the gameplay below and then read on to hear my thoughts.

Okay so you’ve watched the gameplay and now seen how the game plays. You may have seen it freezing up a bit there, I believe it’s on my end for having the game on an SD Card, so a tip don’t do that, make sure this one goes to the internal drive or a fast external.

Outside of that the time I’ve spent playing the game I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and it’s a game that always drags you back to want more, just one more puzzle. The quality of the game is beautiful and on my 4K TV it really does shine along with well done audio which completes the experience. It also does have cloud save support which is good for those of us with multiple SHIELD TVs so that we can go anywhere and pickup where we left off. Starting off with one of the hottest Indie games of 2016 I’d say NVIDIA is doing right by its customers and at only $19.99 it’s half the price of its Steam version! Now I’m off to go play and finish the game,  so go solve some puzzles and get lost in the world of The Witness.

Anthony Garera

Anthony is usually tinkering with everything and anything because there's always one more thing to do, reviewing games and apps and complaining about things normal people don't think about.

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