There are a lot of differences between Henry Cavill’s take on Geralt of Rivia and the hero you play in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, along with plenty of ways in which both stray from the source material — the books and short stories of Andrzej Sapkowski. But plenty of creative players are doing what they can to make the gap between the game and Netflix’s TV series at least a little bit smaller. As reported by GameRant, thanks to a bunch of industrious player-created mods, you can make your Witcher 3 hero’s face and gear look just like Cavill’s, and you can even make the world around him look a bit more like what we see in the Netflix series.
PC Gamer talked about some of the best ways to mold your game version of Geralt into something closer to the Henry Cavill version. Of all the mods shown designed to alter Geralt’s face, arguably the most impressive comes from the player Shadowphonic. As PC Gamer notes, not only does Shadowphonic’s look the most like Cavill, it also adds a Striga scar to his face. You can see a screenshot of the mod in use below.
Of course, then there’s Geralt’s armor. There’s nothing in the vanilla version of The Witcher 3 that makes your guy’s gear look just like Henry Cavill’s, so that’s where the armor mod created by ReplicantPolice comes in handy. As you can see comparing the images below, the industrious player did just about as well as anyone could bringing the Netflix armor to life.
If you were introduced to the franchise with The Witcher 3, then no doubt one of the first and most obvious differences between that you noticed between the game’s version of Geralt and Henry Cavill’s is that the Netflix version is light by one sword. In The Witcher 3, Geralt is armed with two swords — one steel and one silver. For any monster or supernatural threats, you use silver. The steel one is for soldiers, angry villagers, and the like. In the Netflix series, Cavill just has the one sword. In the video below, you can see both the mod adding the steel sword from the show to the game, along with ReplicantPolice’s Viper Armor, in action.
There are also mods available to refine Geralt’s beard, hair, and more. You can even make characters like Yennefer and Ciri look more like their Netflix counterparts. And it’s possible all of these options could soon be worked into an official release from CD Projekt Red. The studio is still working on a next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PlayStation 5, XBox Series X, and PC. Last May, word came that the studio was considering using fan-created mods for the next version of the popular game, and considering how popular Henry Cavill’s take on the character has become, it would seem like a good idea to add some options that bring the game’s story a little closer to Netflix’s — at least visually.
If you do choose to play The Witcher 3 with some Henry Cavill mods, you might be able to achieve something the actor couldn’t. Last July, Cavill admitted that while he’d beaten The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on its second highest difficulty rating, “Blood and Broken Bones,” he couldn’t even get through the first combat sequence on the hardest difficulty setting, “Death March.” So, hey, if you can make it through “Death March” and you use the Cavill mods? You can actually play as Cavill better than Cavill. Who could ask for more?