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The Fall of Romo
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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
Never played this game because of how much time it takes to progress the narrative. Never was a huge RPG guy. After putting 45 hours in Assassins Creed Origins though I’m now convinced I can do it. Any tips that I need to know going in? Just bought the complete edition and getting started when the wife and kid go to sleep tonight. Thanks in advance!


Ye_Olde_Tiger
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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
There's just so much...if you run wildly through fights and across the landscape you're going to get killed and have a miserable time.

The lore is fantastic and the story/quests are a real treat. There are easter eggs all over the place.

But, really, just play it like you would for real. If somethings too hard...run. Answer questions the way you really would....be honest...the game likes that. That doesn't always mean be nice. Don't trust anyone...but give everyone the benefit of the doubt at first.

Quen is your friend!

Oils. Oils. Oils.

Save often....and keep two or three saves going at different points so you can go back if you need too.


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
I got a little past the griffin first time I played it and hung it up just because I didn’t have time.

Started again last night on death march. Figured I’d either get good or quit again

The weapons wearing out and breaking thing really pisses me off. Is there not a way to turn that off?


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
It's time I fire this one up


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Ye_Olde_Tiger
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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
quote:

The weapons wearing out and breaking thing really pisses me off. Is there not a way to turn that off?



On PC, I'm certain there is a way. But, I'm about halfway through Blood & Wine on a complete replay of the entire game. I think maybe 3 or 4 times did I ever get a notice that my silver sword needed repair. Hint...you'll be at blacksmiths a lot...repair your gear...its super cheap.

eta: "Top Notch Swords!" and what the hell is the deal with Geralt's super passive-aggressive response with a huff and an "mmmookkaayyy" at certain vendors?
This post was edited on 12/25 at 10:56 am


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
I’m about 3 hours in now, about to fight the griffin and I haven’t noticed it yet like I did last time. I think it’s more of death march forcing me to play smarter and not run around smacking the shite outta stuff.

Really glad I took the advice here about playing on death march. It’s farrrrrrrr more fun.


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
Installed and ready to go. Will start once the kids go to bed.


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I'm not a fan of kb&m controls.


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
quote:

I'm not a fan of kb&m controls.


i definitely agree


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
I'm going to swap over to my Xbox controller later. The setup looks a lot more intuitive.


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sgallo3
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thats what i played on. if theres any quick advice i can give, its dont skip the lore or cutscenes, they really bring out the best of geralt and us, cuz we are all narcissistic a-holes on the inside


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
I love how they give you a not so subtle reminder of how grim and gritty the world is right out of the gate with the arsonist side quest


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
Why can't other devs make game this deep and this good?


Ye_Olde_Tiger
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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
Agreed
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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
Geralt: what happened?

Willis: oh, decided to roast some wieners. Got the fire nice and roaring. What do you think happened, dimwit?



DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
Griffin killed me about 8 times before I said F it and hung it up for the night. Killed me in about 10 seconds one time.


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
Well, you chose deathmarch.

Not sure why you did that. You will need to use oils and potions to get through lots of fights. The first werewolf you run into is going to own you.


Ye_Olde_Tiger
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There's two types of avoiding enemies. Roll and dodge. Roll gets you farther away and takes longer...you'll need to anticipate the big attacks to roll away from. Roll just to the side of and behind the Griffin.

Attacks from behind do more damage on almost all enemies.

Dodging gives Geralt a quick jump away from an attack but doesn't move you as far. This is great for staying close to an enemy and hitting them in short windows of opportunity.

Hybrid oil on your sword. Thunderbolt potion. Quen. Swallow. And plenty of water/food.

Its a toughish first boss but its a good primer for learning how to deal with bigger enemies. Once you get the Griffin fight down, you'll understand the framework for beating practically everything else.

Get your oils and potions ready pre-fight. Know their weakness and attack.

Also....if I remember right,you get a good opportunity to whack on it after you shoot it out of the sky with crossbow each time.

Use things like running towards Vesemir so the Griffin will target him for a bit, giving you a chance to heal and restore stamina....etc....

You'll get it.

The werewolf fight is a tough one down the road. And learning how to deal with groups of enemies will be a challenge at times.

But before long you will get overpowered for most things even on the death march difficulty. But that makes it all the more rewarding when you can wipe out those drowners or ghouls and not break a sweat.

(Dodge against drowners works awesome!)

(Oh, and take out the archers first whenever possible in a group of bandits. They always stay a distance away and don't really pursue.)

One last thing...any fighting you do from Roach (horseback) you do a lot more damage, and I think it adds an additional chance for dismembering...and the faster you're going on roach the more damage it does. (Hold down the attack button while on horseback and time will slow down letting you line up and swing before you get there.) In my opinion, after a while it becomes more time consuming than it is beneficial....but early on, using Roach, especially in death march helps a lot.

Good luck on the path witcher.


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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
Roll is bae
Great post though. I found the feline armor set was by far my favorite to use. Just roll everywhere, quick attacks in, roll away again, and repeat.


To the new players, understand the first area of the map you are in is basically one giant tutorial. It will be a bit slow at times. The story and game really open up after that.


Ye_Olde_Tiger
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re: Just started another Witcher 3 playthrough
On this play through I did, I did a thing I saw on a streamer's walkthrough. I rode all over Velen and Novigrad and went to all of the notice boards first. This opens up all of the question marks all over the map.

For a first timer, this might be a bad suggestion. But for me, each time I did a quest I would look at the map and just do the nearby question marks as I went. Seemed like a good technique to me.

There are a few things to take note of though. You need to know that as you ride around you will likely hit a few spots with a small secondary quest that will pop up that if you ride away from they will auto-fail.

This technique also requires you circumventing the games idea that Redania holds all the options for crossing the river. You just swim across away from guards.

Be very careful going into Novigrad city. Because there are a lot of quests on the streets you don't want to auto-start.

The other good thing about this, is it gives you a lot more sign-posts all over the map to fast travel too.

But, its probably not for everyone.

Then I just went through and did the lowest level of all the quests, treasure hunts, etc....


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