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# 205832 28-Nov-2016 22:06
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So I really enjoyed Witcher 1 and didn't get too far in 2, but bought 3 based on great reviews. 

 

Basically, I am REALLY struggling, and that's not that usual for me. It comes down to combat, which I can't seem to stop sucking at. 

 

I can't seem to block so every battle sees me dead or within a sliver of death, and I can't find anything to heal me up like food, whilst I am running around. 

 

I am basically stuck now, with no way to heal or anything. Meditation was supposed to heal me but doesn't!

 

I can't go anywhere as I have like 1 bar of health and my sword is red. I had a repair kit but I tried to use it and it disappeared. 

 

Anyone able to give me any tips, it's really crapping on my enjoyment of the game.

 

 


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  # 1679156 28-Nov-2016 22:15
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Change the difficulty setting


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  # 1679207 29-Nov-2016 08:03
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Meditating does work to heal you and you can rest for as short as 1 hour and then you're good to go. Make sure you have plenty of potions on hand, use your signs often (stun is good for 1 v 1 fights) and roll works better than trying to time a parry...at least until you can invest your upgrade points. Always take the time to read the beastiary as it gives you useful hints on creature weaknesses, especially useful for harder fights. 

 

Love this game, I've put about 80+ hours into just wandering around cleaning up side quests and doing random things and I haven't even got to the 2 major expansions yet!






 
 
 
 


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  # 1679217 29-Nov-2016 08:40
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mediating on normal or below will heal you.  that felt like cheating to me, so I put it up a difficulty level (I usually play every game on normal).

 

most fights I roll out the way, use spells.   sometimes u can get your butt handed to you.   but for large groups you can usually split them up and get some to chase you.


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  # 1679224 29-Nov-2016 08:47
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I play my games on normal as I've found if I get frustrated with overly difficult games, I tend to give up. I'd much rather experience the game and have fun, than have those "controller throwing" moments. :-)








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  # 1679265 29-Nov-2016 09:25
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I didn't realize that my difficulty was on the 3rd setting and that was why my healing wasn't working. Switching it down 1 level helps a bit. I am now Level 5 and also got the sunshine heals me skill.  

 

There are a lot of moving parts to this game, and whilst I generally don't mind that, it feels a little too much. I am collecting herbs where ever I go. 

 

I am getting the hang of my block, though I still get it wrong 50% of the time. I almost feel like the game has input lag (Playing on PC with Wired KB and Mouse). Often when I move Geralt around, he keeps moving after I have stopped pressing a button. I suspect he has set moves like he always has to take minimum 3 steps or something.

 

 Given the variety of enemies it's hard to keep track of which signs to use on which ones. Also my gear doesn't seem robust, it was only 2-3 battles before my newly minted sword was showing 77% of wear!

 

I know some games are slow to start, I have been gaming a LONG time, but this feels unnecessarily complicated at the start. 

 

 


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  # 1679266 29-Nov-2016 09:28
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yeah they made it more natural.  when youre running you dont come to a complete stop, you stop in a few steps.


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  # 1679267 29-Nov-2016 09:33
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Change the difficulty to normal. I'm playing through it casually (about 50 hours in) and while it's certainly not hard, at no point has it felt so easy that it's boring.

 

You only gain health on meditating on normal or easy, and that's a real quality of life improvement.

 

With regard to combat, parrying is only effective against humans. Everything else you should be dodging sideways (note: dodging is not the same as rolling). Make sure you never get surrounded or you'll die nearly instantly - roll out of trouble if you're in danger. Use your signs and potions too.

 

Make sure your movement setting in the options is set to "alternative". The original mode the game shipped with gave Geralt the turning circle of a Chevrolet.


 
 
 
 




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  # 1679277 29-Nov-2016 09:54
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allio:

 

Change the difficulty to normal. I'm playing through it casually (about 50 hours in) and while it's certainly not hard, at no point has it felt so easy that it's boring.

 

You only gain health on meditating on normal or easy, and that's a real quality of life improvement.

 

With regard to combat, parrying is only effective against humans. Everything else you should be dodging sideways (note: dodging is not the same as rolling). Make sure you never get surrounded or you'll die nearly instantly - roll out of trouble if you're in danger. Use your signs and potions too.

 

Make sure your movement setting in the options is set to "alternative". The original mode the game shipped with gave Geralt the turning circle of a Chevrolet.

 

 

Thanks, that is useful to know about blocking. I find the ALT key quite hard to get the hang of for dodging. 

 

Is there somewhere I can go for combat practice? Can I re-do the tutorial without restarting the game?

 

 


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  # 1679278 29-Nov-2016 09:55
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I was having problems initially, having to buy extra food constantly and generally finding it hard going.

 

I started using Quen Shield sign in every fight and reapplying when ever it dropped which gives you a bit more leeway for taking hits.

 

I then completed all side missions in the initial areas which then meant I was out-leveling the content and things became much more enjoyable.

 

 




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  # 1679293 29-Nov-2016 10:11
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robcreid:

 

I was having problems initially, having to buy extra food constantly and generally finding it hard going.

 

I started using Quen Shield sign in every fight and reapplying when ever it dropped which gives you a bit more leeway for taking hits.

 

I then completed all side missions in the initial areas which then meant I was out-leveling the content and things became much more enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

Yeah, I am going to try more side quests. I have been helping the bloody baron and it's still not over yet, but I keep coming across terribly powerful enemies (Some massive flying thing and ghosts etc). 

 

How do I use the cross-bow?

 

 

 

 


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  # 1679296 29-Nov-2016 10:16
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I believe select it using the TAB button and firing using the middle (scroll wheel) button on the mouse...At least that is how mine is set up.






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  # 1679299 29-Nov-2016 10:19
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Note that crossbow is the only weapon that works when swimming but seems to one-shot pretty much everything when you use it in water.


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  # 1679519 29-Nov-2016 15:09
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networkn:

 

Thanks, that is useful to know about blocking. I find the ALT key quite hard to get the hang of for dodging. 

 

 

Keep at it - it's really the only effective defensive combat technique in the game.

 

Also keep at the game itself. It's definitely shaping up as one of my all-time favourites - the scope of it is just staggering.




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  # 1679542 29-Nov-2016 15:13
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allio:

 

networkn:

 

Thanks, that is useful to know about blocking. I find the ALT key quite hard to get the hang of for dodging. 

 

 

Keep at it - it's really the only effective defensive combat technique in the game.

 

Also keep at the game itself. It's definitely shaping up as one of my all-time favourites - the scope of it is just staggering.

 

 

I recall my favourite RPG of all time, never winter nights, was difficult to start with, I wish they remade it in current day technology. Those top-down team rpgs are just awesome. 

 

 


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  # 1679580 29-Nov-2016 16:08
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Pillars Of Eternity is a great time sink if you like those NWN/Baldurs Gate type RPG's






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