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Diary of a Witcher: Initial impressions from the adventures of Geralt


This article has spoilers.

I’ve not spent a great deal of time with The Witcher 3 yet, but I’ve already figured out that people don’t like Geralt very much. Maybe it’s the scar on his face or maybe it’s just the fact that he is a witcher, whatever the reason, wherever he goes, he doesn’t seem very welcome.

My first experience of The Witcher 3 was with Geralt in Kaer Morhen, the last remaining stronghold of the Witcher's. Here he was accompanied by his ex-girlfriend Yennefer, before heading into the courtyard to talk to Ciri, Vesimir and take part in some combat training. Given that I’d played Witcher games before, I skipped the basics, however you can learn how to fight in this part of the game if you wish and it's also nice to reacquaint yourself, should it have been a while. 

After skipping this scene, Gerlat awoke; it had all been a dream and instead he was accompanied by only Vesimir. After discussing his dream we were interrupted by some Ghouls, which gave me the first taste of The Witcher 3’s smooth flowing combat. Taking care of the ghouls wasn't too hard, although I completely forgot to loot them and to search the area using Geralt's witcher senses, the latter of which comes in very handy when tracking or looking for loot.



Next it was time to head to a small village, and on the way I managed to save someone from a Griffin and although it managed to escape, the poor man’s horse wasn’t so lucky. Upon arrival at the village I learned that Yennefer had ridden to the Nilfgaardian garrison, so decided to head there, although some thugs outside the tavern had some different ideas, though I soon took care of them.

Upon arriving at the Nilfgaardian garrison and having a word with the commander of Yennefer’s whereabouts, I eventually agreed to find and kill the Griffin so that I could find out where she had got too. So off I trotted upon Geralt’s horse to speak to a herblist who could help me find a herb I needed to lure the Griffin and to speak to a hunter who knew its last whereabouts. This part was all fairly simple as Gerlat and his horse trotted through the vast and I have to say, rather impressive lands. As you can see from the screens below, it’s a rather beautiful land to explore.

Eventually, after much talking and tracking, both Geralt and Vesimir eventually found the Griffin and therefore it was time for more combat. Armed with both a sword and crossbow, I set about the Griffin, dodging and slashing to deplete its hits but also avoid getting hit myself. The Griffin flew away after taking a lot of damage, although I was able to track it down and finish it off, chopping off its head when the job was done as proof of my accomplishment.

Having managed to take out the Griffin, I went back to the garrison and was told of Yennefer’s whereabouts, so headed back to the village to find Vesimir. Unfortunately it was time for another fight in the bar, thanks to some rowdy thugs. As you would expect, this then resulted in a lot of dead thugs and some pretty frightened patrons. It was time to leave. Heading outside both Geralt and Vesimir were confronted by some Nilfgaardian soldiers and wouldn’t you know it, who would pop out from in between them but Yennefer. She was looking for Geralt too, although as I was soon to discover, she wasn’t the only one.

Initial impressions of The Witcher 3 are good. It’s a stunning looking game, the combat is free-flowing and already I can tell that there is going to be so much to explore that it’ll no doubt take hundreds of hours to find everything. I’ve barely scratched the surface but have already noticed the amount there is to loot and find. Be it herbs, stealing food or equipment or even diving deep into the water to discover yet more unexplored areas. Anyone investing in The Witcher 3 will be spending a lot of time with this game, and for me, it’s only the beginning.

So there we have it, a little diary of my experience so far. I won’t write a diary of the whole game as I don’t want to spoil it, but if anything interesting pops up I’ll be sure to let you know. It seems a little pointless to write a review of a vast game such as this, especially since it’ll be out next week and most will have it in hand, however we’ll be sure to stream plenty of coverage on Twitch.tv as well as bringing you more written coverage of the game.

(Version Tested: PS4)





Edited On 15 May, 2015

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superniceguy 2 years ago
PC version is not looking all that great now as what it could have been. (http://steamcommunity.com/app/292030/discussions/0/617335934142350580/#p1) It will still be 60fps if your PC can handle it vs 30FPS on consoles, but it has been downgraded a lot just to be ported to all platforms easily. The PC version still has the option to import save from Witcher 2, but does not seem it will impact the game much, as without the save you just get to choose the actions instead. I am still undecided which one to get, but think I will get Xbox ONE version for now, and then get PC version later. If the PC version had not been dumbed down, it would have been PC for sure.
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JoeToots 2 years ago
The PC version will always be better due to 60fps and the ability to use keyboard and mouse but they're both my own personal opinions.. No doubt it'll still be a brilliant game.
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superniceguy 2 years ago
Yep, and will still be good on console. If my PC could run it I probably would have gotten the PC version, but as I have to upgrade PC, and it could have been better, then not worth upgrading right now. I will get it on Steam when it is on sale for under a tenner, in a year or three.
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Turniplord 2 years ago
Everyone always complains when a game that was shown off 1 or 2 years ago doesn't look the same when it releases. I'm sure they have had to make a lot of changes to get it to run smoothly with all the new additions - not just for the consoles as the consoles don't link to the PC version - it will be to allow it to run smoothly. I'm getting this on PS4 but not day one - rather wait until it is confirmed working without bugs this time as i'm in no rush to play
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JoeToots 2 years ago
http://i.imgur.com/Xs2PSI0.jpg
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Joe2120 2 years ago
Changed my mind, will probably review this soon, amazing game, buy buy buy!! I can stream from tomorrow too. Will write more up soon.
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Turniplord 2 years ago
why can't you stream yet? thought embargo lifted as people are streaming on Twitch
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Joe2120 2 years ago
The streaming embargo is from midnight tonight.
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Turniplord 2 years ago
really? crazy, i was watching some Russians on the PC version last night - no idea what was going on, just a lot of animal hunting from what I saw. Does that mean you are going to do a midnight stream :P
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Turniplord 2 years ago
The Witcher 3 is a promoted game on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/The%20Witcher%203:%20Wild%20Hunt - they are actively promoting the streaming of the game. I think the embargo was lifted :/
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Turniplord 2 years ago
sorry, can see the promotion here: http://www.twitch.tv/directory
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Joe2120 2 years ago
No, we are embargoed. That's what Bandai told me, so waiting until tomorrow to stream.
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Turniplord 2 years ago
ahhh okay. seems twitch went against their word though - they said they would stop streams before release, but they haven't - putting them all 1st on the list and promoting them. I gave in and ordered on my catalog (decent price and pay in 12 months) so i'll probably be playing tomorrow

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