For the past few days, I’ve been playing CD PROJEKT RED’s latest and greatest, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It has been a joy to play so far despite my first couple days of torture due to setting the difficulty slider a bit too high for my skill level. After dialing down the difficulty by one, it has been a lot more enjoyable with less deaths due to a combat system that requires every bit of your concentration. Combat makes use of almost every single button on the DualShock 4 controller along with the bumpers and triggers. It’s this exact reason why playing The Witcher 3 via Remote Play on the PS Vita is horrible.
To start things off, the game looks amazing on the PS Vita. It looks just as good on the PS Vita’s tiny screen as it does on my television, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that because the PS Vita is missing the left and right triggers along with the ability to use the thumbsticks as L3 and R3 buttons, you’re forced to use the rear touchpad as a replacement for these and it just doesn’t work well at all. Not only do you have to use fingers you normally wouldn’t use to activate all these remapped buttons and triggers, but using the touchpad just isn’t very accurate or reliable. I would often tap in the wrong zone or my taps just wouldn’t register at all. This is detrimental during combat sequences where blocking, using your magic, and locking on to targets is required.
On a plus note, if you’re just exploring the world, it works just fine as long as you don’t have to fight anything.
With all that said, if you really want to use Remote Play to play The Witcher 3, you’re best bet is to either use a PlayStation TV or an Xperia smartphone or tablet in combination with a DualShock 4 controller. It’s the only way you’ll get the most out of The Witcher 3 and Remote Play.
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