Yes, the game is currently scoring off the charts . Or if not "off the charts," certainly very high indeed.
Praise is everywhere. But will it really influence a ton of people to buy the game? I mean, those who weren't already planning on a purchase?
Thing is, despite its wider appeal, this remains a hardcore role-playing game, and those interested in such a genre are typically very educated. They follow gaming news on a daily basis and they do all sorts of research before making a purchase. It seems to me that this really is the audience for The Witcher 3 and if that's the case, they don't need reviews. They really don't.
As important as reviews continue to be, for both consumers and developers, there are times when the demographic simply won't be too heavily swayed by the critical reception. In my experience, just about everyone I know had either decided to buy the game well before the reviews came out, or they'd decided against a purchase. And it wouldn't matter if the game got fifty perfect 10s; if it isn't your thing, it isn't your thing. I'll never play an RTS, no matter how great a new Civilization turns out to be.
Then again, one could argue that hardcore gamers might be more influenced by review scores because they actually check scores and read reviews, as opposed to casual fans of the hobby. I don't know…what do you think?
Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt