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Am I the only one that hates the boxing mini game in Witcher 3. I find boxing opponants harder than 99% of enemies I face. Its also pretty lame, when you can get KO in like 2 hits for some opponants. Its especially bad in confined spaces, & you constantly get hit off screen, & half of the battles are spent adjusting the camera. Most matches that I lost was due to stuck at a corner, or hitted by offscreen attacks.


Some skill tips.

We know that decoctions are very useful, but due to its high toxicity, many people end up not using them. A tip, which I gathered from WItcher forum, is to put 1-3 points to "Accquired Tolerance" skill.

1 points will allow you to use a decocton & also one or 2 other potions, like swallow.
2 points allows 2 decoctions & a few potions
3 points you can have 2 decoctions, & drink potions like tea.

I put 3 points by the way, since you have only 12 slots for skills, might as well maximise the effect of each skill slot.

Whether you choose sword fighting tree or sign, Get the alternative quen shield (active shield) its a bit OP, as its a quick & good way to recovered HP.
 

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Am I the only one that hates the boxing mini game in Witcher 3. I find boxing opponants harder than 99% of enemies I face. Its also pretty lame, when you can get KO in like 2 hits for some opponants. Its especially bad in confined spaces, & you constantly get hit off screen, & half of the battles are spent adjusting the camera. Most matches that I lost was due to stuck at a corner, or hitted by offscreen attacks.


Some skill tips.

We know that decoctions are very useful, but due to its high toxicity, many people end up not using them. A tip, which I gathered from WItcher forum, is to put 1-3 points to "Accquired Tolerance" skill.

1 points will allow you to use a decocton & also one or 2 other potions, like swallow.
2 points allows 2 decoctions & a few potions
3 points you can have 2 decoctions, & drink potions like tea.

I put 3 points by the way, since you have only 12 slots for skills, might as well maximise the effect of each skill slot.

Whether you choose sword fighting tree or sign, Get the alternative quen shield (active shield) its a bit OP, as its a quick & good way to recovered HP.
Boxing is easy as hell. I can decimate enemies 10 levels higher. Just wait till they wind up the swing (when his arm is back), then press and hold the parry trigger. Boom, He is stunned/staggered. Wail away. Otherwise just block. if you are stunned, just jump away- you will snap out of it. The fist fights are the easiest thing. Now, when there are more than one, that's a problem. I got smoked by the dock-workers when it was 2 on 1.
 

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Question: Is crafting essential in this game, or will I be able to find/buy most of what I need in the field? I understand that there are always advantages to crafting -- for people who put the time and effort into crafting, it always pays off -- but I'm wondering if I can forgo crafting without compromising the power of my character too much.

I ask because I've never been a fan of crafting -- it's always seemed like busywork to me -- and I'm hoping there's a way to bypass it, or at least minimize it. If I had my druthers, I'd rather find or buy the stuff I need, rather than go through the hassle of crafting.

I'm playing on normal difficulty.

IMO crafting is damn near useless. I spent a few hours crafting the "Mastercrafted" Ursine Armour, only for it to be weaker than the amour I found/bought a quest later. There is usually better gear to be found in shops or in non-crafting side quests. And sometimes when you're just randomly wandering, you might come on on something really good.
The only plus I can find is that aesthetically, the crafted witcher gear looks better than everything else IMO.
 
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IMO crafting is damn near useless. I spent a few hours crafting the "Mastercrafted" Ursine Armour, only for it to be weaker than the amour I found/bought a quest later. There is usually better gear to be found in shops or in non-crafting side quests. And sometimes when you're just randomly wandering, you might come on on something really good.
The only plus I can find is that aesthetically, the crafted witcher gear looks better than everything else IMO.

Agree with this. Crafting just isn't very rewarding to me.
 
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Boxing is easy as hell. I can decimate enemies 10 levels higher. Just wait till they wind up the swing (when his arm is back), then press and hold the parry trigger. Boom, He is stunned/staggered. Wail away. Otherwise just block. if you are stunned, just jump away- you will snap out of it. The fist fights are the easiest thing. Now, when there are more than one, that's a problem. I got smoked by the dock-workers when it was 2 on 1.

The dock/workers is the easy fight. The beginning ones are easy also. But the later ones can be pretty frustrating, due to camera and they do far more damage then you, KO you in like 2/4 hits, where you need like over 1o hits. so need need to be near perfect.

I can try you advice on the parry part. I played the game for over 125 hours and never bother to parry anyone. Dodging seems too effective and easier.
 

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The technical comparison thread had slowed way down, so I folded it back into the main thread. That made v. 3.0 too long. So, this is v. 4.0.

Technical comparison talk can go in here for now. If it gets too dominant, we can split it off again into a separate thread.
 

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Finished White Orchard and arrived in Vermire (?), although something tells me that's a Mass Effect planet and not a Witcher 3 city. (edit: yeah, it's Valen... Versemire, Vermire, vermin, Valen, whatever).

Geralt lays on the sarcasm pretty thick sometimes, but he had me laughing a couple of times in the palace. He's got more personality this time around.

The game asked me about my Witcher 2 choices. I couldn't remember anything other than that I'd killed Letho. I have trouble remembering what happened in an episodic game 8 weeks ago, you think I'm going to remember what I did in a game 5 years ago?

I seem to be handling battles better than I expected. I'm only on Normal, but I guess I expected it to be harder. Maybe it'll get harder as I go. I'm not complaining -- it's just how I like it, actually. I've died a couple of times, because of some bonehead move, but otherwise, things are pretty manageable. I'm enjoying the combat.

I'm enjoying the story so far, too. I'm glad it's more personal. Yennifer is beautiful but a bit too glamorous, like she just stepped out of the pages of Vogue or Cosmo or something -- perfect hair and makeup, pouty lips all glossed up. Did she cast a super-sultry-sexy spell on herself or something?
 
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I'm focusing on alchemy upgrades this time around plus the essential spell casting. Tier 3 Alchemy has amazing bonuses like Refreshment in which "each potion dose imbibed heals 25% of maximum vitality." Basically even the Killer Whale, White Honey potions, and all other potions of any kind are now also healing potions. It makes a world of difference.
 

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Finished White Orchard and arrived in Vermire (?), although something tells me that's a Mass Effect planet and not a Witcher 3 city.

Geralt lays on the sarcasm pretty thick sometimes, but he had me laughing a couple of times in the palace. He's got more personality this time around.

The game asked me about my Witcher 2 choices. I couldn't remember anything other than that I'd killed Letho. I have trouble remembering what happened in an episodic game 8 weeks ago, you think I'm going to remember what I did in a game 5 years ago?

I seem to be handling battles better than I expected. I'm only on Normal, but I guess I expected it to be harder. Maybe it'll get harder as I go. I'm not complaining -- it's just how I like it, actually. I've died a couple of times, because of some bonehead move, but otherwise, things are pretty manageable. I'm enjoying the combat.

I'm enjoying the story so far, too. I'm glad it's more personal. Yennifer is beautiful but a bit too glamorous, like she just stepped out of the pages of Vogue or Cosmo or something -- perfect hair and makeup, pouty lips all glossed up. Did she cast a super-sultry-sexy spell on herself or something?

I hope you did not pick Letho was killed choice. There is a quest involve him early in the game, if you help him, he assist you later in the game.

You haven't seen anything about Yen until later. She had a poor introduction to the game, making her feel arrogant & cold. Only later when you get to know her better that you see the charming side.

The game have very poor romantic choice design (making you pick too early (never mind it wasn't even clear) & not given you time, if at all (for Yen) to know both) which I mentioned before.

Actually there was a spell casted to make you attracted to her. :. There is a quest involving that.
 

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I hope you did not pick Letho was killed choice. There is a quest involve him early in the game, if you help him, he assist you later in the game.

I told the game I'd killed Letho. Like I mentioned, that's the only choice I could actually remember.
 

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I hope you did not pick Letho was killed choice. There is a quest involve him early in the game, if you help him, he assist you later in the game.

Actually there was a spell casted to make you attracted to her. :. There is a quest involving that.

I don't know which version of that you got, but the way mine played out, It's debatable there was a spell at all. Geralt and Yen said they still felt the same, better knowing that any chance of a spell was gone.



Finished White Orchard and arrived in Vermire (?), although something tells me that's a Mass Effect planet and not a Witcher 3 city.

Geralt lays on the sarcasm pretty thick sometimes, but he had me laughing a couple of times in the palace. He's got more personality this time around.

The game asked me about my Witcher 2 choices. I couldn't remember anything other than that I'd killed Letho. I have trouble remembering what happened in an episodic game 8 weeks ago, you think I'm going to remember what I did in a game 5 years ago?

I seem to be handling battles better than I expected. I'm only on Normal, but I guess I expected it to be harder. Maybe it'll get harder as I go. I'm not complaining -- it's just how I like it, actually. I've died a couple of times, because of some bonehead move, but otherwise, things are pretty manageable. I'm enjoying the combat.

I'm enjoying the story so far, too. I'm glad it's more personal. Yennifer is beautiful but a bit too glamorous, like she just stepped out of the pages of Vogue or Cosmo or something -- perfect hair and makeup, pouty lips all glossed up. Did she cast a super-sultry-sexy spell on herself or something?

Yennefer is supposed to be a Legendary beauty. I like the juxtaposition between Triss and Yenn. You know Yenn's flawlessness is on purpose, as even Triss has imperfections in her skin if you look closely. I'm glad I went with Yennifer, as her personality intertwines well with Geralt's well. They are more complimentary than analogous. Externally, He's rough, she is smooth. He's thoughtful and even compassionate, whereas she is impetuous and disregards what others want/care about for her own ends- She is the consummate sorceress.
 

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I'm 46 hours in and only on the Crones.
 

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Where does it say how many hours you have? If it's on the save data, then I'm at 4+ days which means I'm upward of 96 hours? yeesh. Is that possible? I've barely been to skellege.
 
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Where does it say how many hours you have? If it's on the save data, then I'm at 4+ days which means I'm upward of 96 hours? yeesh. Is that possible? I've barely been to skellege.

I got to it via the Character screen. There's an option on that screen -- R2 or L2, I forget, that brings you to the character stats.

My time is inflated by about 20 hours because I used the suspend/resume function a couple times (no longer).

I like the measure of hours played, but I usually get the best sense of RPGs from how many weeks or months I play. Most Bioware RPGs take me about 6 to 8 weeks. Most Bethesda RPGs take me about 4 months. I'm guessing Witcher 3 is going to be about 3 months. I hope I'll finish in time to get a respite before Fallout 4, another huge 4-month trek. A few of these games can keep me occupied almost the whole year.

p.s. I like that they give you suggested levels for the quests. That's helpful.
 
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Where is this play time counter? I've never known about it.
 

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Where does it say how many hours you have? If it's on the save data, then I'm at 4+ days which means I'm upward of 96 hours? yeesh. Is that possible? I've barely been to skellege.
on your SmartGlass app for Xbox just click on the game and it will show you your total hours just like if I click on you since you're on my friends list it will show you your total hours vs my total hours and how many achievements and quest you done in total kills you have VS me. You are at 82 hours ,2076 kills and your progression is 37 percent
 
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Where does it say how many hours you have? If it's on the save data, then I'm at 4+ days which means I'm upward of 96 hours? yeesh. Is that possible? I've barely been to skellege.

If you hover over your game on the home screen and press start, you can click on "game hub" and from there you can click on leaderboards. You can see time played, potions made and how many deaths. You can also compare against friends.
 

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I don't know which version of that you got, but the way mine played out, It's debatable there was a spell at all. Geralt and Yen said they still felt the same, better knowing that any chance of a spell was gone.

That was the perfect time to kick her to the curb for superior Triss

I got to it via the Character screen. There's an option on that screen -- R2 or L2, I forget, that brings you to the character stats.

Only says 9 hours for me and I beat it so its thats broken
 
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I just realised DLCs arte not downloaded automatically (at least on my steam account). I just installed them on steam, now I can do DLC quest & alternative costume.

I can hunt for wolf gears now.
 

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For the last couple of days, I've been running around trying to do all the "?" quests, but I found that wasn't a very good way to play the game. First of all, there are just so many of them, it would take forever. Second, I started to run into a lot of them that were above my level (5). I'm fine if something is a couple levels above, but these were like 10 levels above, and I just ended up running away or dying. Third, they were all pretty simple, a sense of repetition set in, and I realized I was bypassing the strength of the game. Better to focus on some of the journalled sidequests or main quest. I think the "?" are meant to be sampled periodically as you go through the game, not focused on for any length of time.

Btw, for anyone on the PS4 version, swipe up on the touchpad to access the map. Saves a step.
 

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I only go to the '?' only if its on the way to my objective. They are normally dull withe the usual treasures or bandits variants. Only few '?' are worthy like places of power, which is why I use a map to see which areas are worth exploring.
 
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so have they done any more updates for the performance issues on consoles and even PC for that matter?
 

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so have they done any more updates for the performance issues on consoles and even PC for that matter?
The PC version is incredibly stable as it is for the most part. I don't own the console versions, so I can't comment any further than that. I do know CD Projekt's support for the game continues.

Developer CD Projekt Red is all set for “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” patch 1.07, that is expected to happen pretty soon, possibly next week.

The upcoming patch is said to be larger than the previous patch 1.05 update, and bring about a lot of changes and fixes for the game. There a just few details about the next update including that it will be patch 1.07 on PC and patch 1.06 on Xbox One and PS4 platforms.

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Yeah last time I rented it, it was smooth as hell. Only the occasional streaming hiccup when nearing a village or something.
 

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No significant problems that I've noticed on the PS4. I tend not to be as attuned to the visual niceties that other people are, so it's possible that I've had some technical blips and yet somehow managed to not notice them, get incensed about them, or experience a crushing sense of defeat and disappointment. Go figure.
 

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The only technical issue I continue to have since launch has to do with audio. Sometimes during conversations it will start to "crackle", and cut out at the end of the sentence. It's not all dialogue, probably happens about 5% of the time.

Anyone else experience this? I haven't seen it mentioned here by anyone.

I also wish they would fix the start up screen, so I don't have to hit A, X, X, A every single time I load the game. I know it auto-saves, and I do not want to watch the intro movie a hundred times. Not sure why some games do this.
 

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The only technical issue I continue to have since launch has to do with audio. Sometimes during conversations it will start to "crackle", and cut out at the end of the sentence. It's not all dialogue, probably happens about 5% of the time.

Anyone else experience this? I haven't seen it mentioned here by anyone.

I also wish they would fix the start up screen, so I don't have to hit A, X, X, A every single time I load the game. I know it auto-saves, and I do not want to watch the intro movie a hundred times. Not sure why some games do this.

I also have the same occasional audio issues. Apart from that though, game runs superb on Xbox One.