Not so much about environments, but I wish I could get into The Witcher 3. It's so frustrating, having everyone sing its praises and just, not being able to get past the inconsistent choices and kind of gross writing/options at the start.
I had a similar experience, it took me 2 or 3 tries to push past the tutorial area. Whether or not I encourage you to do the same depends on what you mean by "gross writing". If you mean some of the standard tropes of fantasy like racism, assumed (if not blatant) sexism, and general "grittiness", then yeah, that's there pretty much the whole time. I'm not happy about some of the choices of the writing, but I could look past them. I understand that not everyone can, and you'll hear no arguments from me if you choose not to spend your recreation hours with that.
If you can look past it, the world has fantastic world building, sound and art design, and (ignoring the previously mentioned stuff) excellent writing and voice acting. The quest design in particular is surprisingly good for an open world game. I've been reading a book called "Blood, Sweat, and Pixels" where they talk about Witcher 3 at the end, and apparently the quest design team had an edict of "no Fedex quests" or something along those lines. Essentially, no garbage, filler, fetch quests. Every quest I can remember completing was interesting and story driven in some fashion. Many of them are some of the best quests and story beats in any game I've played.
But we're getting pretty far off the thread's topic. I might as well throw Bioshock (the original) on the list, since I'm here anyway :)
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