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The Witcher 3 patched on PC again, console still waiting

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The Witcher 3 has only been out for a week, and already CD Projekt Red has pushed out numerous patches to help alleviate some (honestly) small launch woes. PC gamers got a nice little performance improvement last week Friday with a weekend ready patch, and yesterday yet another surprise improvement hit servers. Console players, however, are still stuck.

First things first though, the new 1.04 for The Witcher 3 on PC is actually rather important. The patch increases texture rendering quality – improving textures throughout the game from the blades of grass to the extremely detailed curves of your armour set. The patch also addresses some key binding issue, Hairworks performance (which is still brutally taxing) and resolutions lower than HD.

You can check out the full patch notes below:

  • Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the β€˜Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.
  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.
  • Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • 1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.
  • Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.
  • Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.
  • Further improvements made in Nvidia Hairworks performance.
  • A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.
  • Fixes an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.
  • Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.
  • Fixes issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.
  • Updates the game icon.
  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.
  • Fixes an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Introduces small tweaks in the UI for gwent.
  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.

So while PC is getting an increasing amount of love, The Witcher 3 on console is still waiting in the wings. It’s not as if performance is any better too – the PS4 version of the game that I got to review suffers from terrible framerate drops in certain areas, for example. CD Projekt Red already promised last week that a patch was on the way, citing certification processes for the delay.

So hopefully, hopefully, there’ll be something before the end of the week. Because honestly, this is a stunning game that doesn’t need to be brought own by minor performance issues like this.

Last Updated: May 26, 2015

130 Comments

  1. They can take their sweet time with the console patch, I first wanna go try that sea shell money making glitch this afternoon.

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    • Switzerland

      May 26, 2015 at 16:10

      done it. Made 10K in a few minutes and never had to do it again. 10K seems enough.

      Reply

  2. Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

    May 26, 2015 at 08:35

    Luckily I haven’t had any performance problems with the game since day one. But I’m one of the lucky ones.
    Went to a barber for the first time in-game last night. Didn’t have the beard shaved though.
    There are two key rules in the Witcher 3…Save often, shave never.

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 26, 2015 at 08:41

      That would be confusing advice if you heard it from Sean Connery.

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    • WitWolfy

      May 26, 2015 at 08:42

      Just out of curiosity, where the hell is the barber in Witcher 3?

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      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 26, 2015 at 08:45

        There’s one in Novigrad but the easier one to find is in Oxenfurt near the market.

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 26, 2015 at 08:44

      I was in the emperor’s court last night, I was told my beard had lice and had to be shaved, LICE!

      Or as we call them in the countryside, extra flavouring when consuming a meal

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      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 26, 2015 at 08:45

        I remember that. I recall a certain lady telling you that.

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 26, 2015 at 08:52

          That my beard lice taste nomnoms?

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 08:54

            Some people will say anything to avoid the hose.

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 26, 2015 at 08:46

        Good hygiene is important.

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      • WitWolfy

        May 26, 2015 at 08:49

        Nm, I saw in this one guide, that there is a Barber in Oxenfurt within Velen. (Barber DLC required obviously).

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  3. kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

    May 26, 2015 at 08:39

    Still waiting πŸ™ Holding out for the font size fix.

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    • WitWolfy

      May 26, 2015 at 08:42

      I dunno what they we’re thinking making it so small.. Must’ve only had PC players in mind when they made that decision?

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      • kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

        May 26, 2015 at 08:45

        Who knows hey. Kinda sucks but hey, what can you do. Hopefully they’ll patch it soon SO I CAN SEE AGAIN!

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        • Eke

          May 26, 2015 at 16:17

          I have no probs with 55 inch tv playing from about 2 meters.

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    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      May 26, 2015 at 08:53

      Just use your new hipster glasses XD

      #UmarTheHipster

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      • kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

        May 26, 2015 at 09:01

        OOOOOOOOOH I despise that comment LOL πŸ˜›

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      • RinceTheElfRoot

        May 26, 2015 at 09:04

        BWAHAHAH! Screenshot incoming!

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    • Rock789

      May 26, 2015 at 09:12

      Get a bigger screen / monitor… Or glasses… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

      Although, having said that, I haven’t had any issues with font size on my 55″ TV. πŸ˜‰

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      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 26, 2015 at 09:12

        55”

        Compensating for something?…

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        • Rock789

          May 26, 2015 at 09:13

          lol. πŸ™‚ I completely opened myself up to that one, didn’t I?

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          • Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

            May 26, 2015 at 09:17

            You could have said something like “Yes, I’m compensating for the terrible people around me like @Admiral_Chief:disqus.” or something.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:18

            Except that would be a filthy LIE

          • Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

            May 26, 2015 at 09:19

            Is that is what she said when you told her you loved her?

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:23

            Aye, but it has been 11 years and I’m glad I lied to her. Since I have someone much more awesome now for the last 10 years

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:18

            Is that what she said?

            πŸ˜›

          • Rock789

            May 26, 2015 at 09:21

            NO! Who told you that? Did Alison tell you that? Coz Alison was bitter when we broke up!

            πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

    • James Denham

      May 26, 2015 at 20:16

      I know, right? I don’t wear my glasses unless I am at work (staring at a computer screen), I have to have them on for The Witcher.

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  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 26, 2015 at 08:40

    I was all set to play last night, started up Galaxy, then came the surprise 400mb-odd patch and I was like “ag damnit, fine I’ll play pinball while I wait.”

    Then I read the changelog – key rebinding! Yay! Freedom! No longer am I forced to suffer under the oppressive WASD control scheme of the inferior right-hand majority scum! Be free, be lefty.

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 26, 2015 at 08:42

      Flippen hotklou

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 26, 2015 at 08:43

        He should get an achievement for that

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 26, 2015 at 08:44

          HAHA

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 26, 2015 at 09:03

        See, they can’t even speak a civilised tongue!

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 26, 2015 at 08:42

      Not to mention on GOG Galaxy you can play while it downloads the patch.

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      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 26, 2015 at 08:42

        My achievements are finally working as well!

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        • WitWolfy

          May 26, 2015 at 08:50

          On PS4 many of my trophies never unlocked when playing GTA V. Man it pissed me off to no end.

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 26, 2015 at 08:48

        I don’t bother, just start once it’s installed. My line’s working full speed again so it doesn’t take that long.

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        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 26, 2015 at 08:49

          Gives you a few minutes to pretend you care about your Steam games again ;P

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 08:50

            I do! I still do my daily Warframe log-in & the odd mission.

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 08:51

            Hehe. I play some Injustice or uhm, the Witcher Adventure game. :/

  5. Ranting Raptor

    May 26, 2015 at 08:40

    I reckon the console patch will be released in one large patch instead of multiple patches like the PC version.

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 26, 2015 at 08:41

      I think so too. A lot of console gamers don’t always have their systems connected to the internet 24/7 like pc gamers. So it would be better that way.

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  6. Trevor Matrix

    May 26, 2015 at 08:40

    Was Chief Geronimo in charge of making this game? It sure is Apache game this…

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  7. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 26, 2015 at 08:41

    Yeah, saw the patch yesterday, was quite large actually, played a bit last night, not sure what changed

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  8. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 26, 2015 at 08:41

    With all these patches in the first week already, I can hear a certain someone’s humble pie indigestion all the way from my house

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  9. Hammersteyn

    May 26, 2015 at 08:42

    Fix the wind that’s always blowing!

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 26, 2015 at 08:45

      I hate you for revealing this, I really do. I CANNOT UNSEE THIS!

      Although a nice rain storm with wind last night made sense

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 26, 2015 at 08:47

      It’s not always blowing. Comes and goes like the rains do.

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 26, 2015 at 08:48

        I must be on the PE side of the map

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        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 26, 2015 at 08:49

          Haha.

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 26, 2015 at 08:51

          HAHAHA, I was actually thinking about that yesterday!

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          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 08:52

            I bet the roads are also just full of guys in zeffed-up golfies passing you and roach πŸ˜‰

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 08:52

            xD

        • Loftus

          May 26, 2015 at 08:55

          it isn’t the wind that bothers me as much as those weak ass trees! if only they’ll let me play with a kite in that weather.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 26, 2015 at 10:11

      “hmmm, the wind is blowing”
      thankyou, captain obvious.

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 26, 2015 at 10:44

        *always

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    • RustedFaith

      May 26, 2015 at 10:42

      Most of my gameplay the wind doesnt blow all the time, try and get out of the starter zone thats located next to the windy ocean πŸ˜›

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  10. Spaffy

    May 26, 2015 at 08:47

    Still waiting for Nvidia to fix the issue with Kepler cards.

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  11. Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

    May 26, 2015 at 08:49

    Saw the nVidia hairworks. I still think it looks like they have their heads under water with the way the hair moves weightlessly. It’s really not that nice.

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  12. SEGA Neptune

    May 26, 2015 at 08:52

    Nep Nep said XBone not X Bone u naughty doggy πŸ™

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    • Trevor Matrix

      May 26, 2015 at 08:53

      Excuse me for asking: But are you on speed or something?

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      • SEGA Neptune

        May 26, 2015 at 08:53

        Tofu Pudding πŸ™‚

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        • Trevor Matrix

          May 26, 2015 at 08:54

          Ahhhh! I see!

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    • WitWolfy

      May 26, 2015 at 08:58

      The graphics downgrade must’ve pissed him off. LOL

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  13. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    May 26, 2015 at 08:55

    I think it might come down to consoles being expensive to patch? IIRC you need to pay for every patch you drop?

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    • WitWolfy

      May 26, 2015 at 09:00

      Could be.. But If I’m not mistaken it was just always MS that charged per title update last gen, where Sony didnt ask anything…

      Reply

  14. Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

    May 26, 2015 at 08:57

    Hearing things like this makes me somewhat glad I’ve been putting off playing this.

    Maybe if I keep saying it often enough it will come true?

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  15. Mark Treloar

    May 26, 2015 at 08:57

    After installing the patch i started getting floating heads. Restarted the game and it seemed to fix the issue.

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 26, 2015 at 09:15

      That wasn’t a bug. It was an AC:Unity easter egg. πŸ˜‰

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      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 26, 2015 at 09:19

        HAHA!

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      • Mark Treloar

        May 26, 2015 at 09:29

        There is an epic Monty Python easter egg

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        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 26, 2015 at 09:36

          Epic is the only word for it.

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 26, 2015 at 09:23

      RAW MEAT LIKE A BAWS

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 26, 2015 at 09:26

        Should be well done. Only RIGHT HANDED people eat raw meat. Because they haven’t discovered fire.

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 26, 2015 at 09:27

          See, there is something fundamentally wrong with you. Wrong claw, wrong way of eating meat, the list goes on…

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        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 26, 2015 at 09:28

          I want to say that’s generalisation, but then again, you eat well done meat. What do you know? (I see the irony in my comment)

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          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:29

            All his opinions and achievements in life are null and void because he abuses good food like that

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 09:41

            So you’re tacitly conceding you eat poorly done meat. πŸ˜‰

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:46

            *properly prepared

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 09:47

            You misspelled poorly.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:48

            INVALID OPINION, sorry, you have NO credibility with me

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 09:49

            Don’t need credibility with you, there’s only ever one side – mine. πŸ˜€

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:52

            Even that opinion is wrong

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 10:26

            You sound like Darth Vader

        • RinceTheElfRoot

          May 26, 2015 at 09:37

          lol

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  16. Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

    May 26, 2015 at 08:57

    I had a funny bug last night where I was fighting a bunch of bandits on horseback and one of their horse’s tails came off.

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    • Trevor Matrix

      May 26, 2015 at 08:58

      Ag, hy het maar net sy gat af geskrik vir jou…

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    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      May 26, 2015 at 08:58

      I’ve had Roach’s tail hang in mid air while talking to a merchant, not once, but multiple times!

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      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 26, 2015 at 08:59

        Haha. Mine just happened that one time though. At least so far. But the thing also hung there for quite a while before disappearing.

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        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          May 26, 2015 at 09:03

          Hehehe, well if you exit the area and come back it usually clears, like a cloud should do when the wind blows as hard as it does… But I spent about 4 hours last night simply addressing some of the little question marks around No mans’ Land…I basically got to clear a few monster nests and a few bandit camps and it was one section of one of the “islands”, Tonight I’ll hopefully be able to do the next one…

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 09:05

            I got owned at a Necker nest last night. Killed the ones outside easily enough, but got mobbed when I went down into the cave. The fact I’m level 4 & they’re level 6 might’ve had something to do with it.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 26, 2015 at 09:08

            Hehehe, I’ve just hit Level 15, and at some point during the weekend I passed this one little town, opening up the sign post for fast travel, forgot about the place being infested with ghouls…. Fast travelled to there and surprise, surprise, level 23 ghouls…I managed to slay them…just barely…but I did… Oh, and watch out for the Earth elemental…gave up on trying to beat it around the 12th or 13th time….

          • Krabby Paddy

            May 26, 2015 at 09:09

            Just listen to Limp Bizkit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad_clT4T2Y

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 09:19

            I’ve learned it’s a deathwish to go into a pack of pretty much anything.
            Well, I haven’t learned it completely yet, since I still make that mistake.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 09:23

            I got overconfident after defeating the first lot. I felt so badass after nailing the one with Aard, then executing it with one shot as it lay there too. Groups of enemies suuuuuuuuck.

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 26, 2015 at 10:15

            packs are managable, standing in a sulphur cloud and using igni, thats a real problem im trying to learn not to do.

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 10:28

            :/
            I haven’t actually had that happen to met yet. Knowing me though, even after your warning, it will still probably happen to me sometime.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 10:53

            #SingedEyeBrows

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:24

            Well, I’m lvl4 now and that lvl9 wraith I did the NopeNopeNope with when I was level 1 was not so tough

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 09:24

            Wraiths are easy though. They’re not as relentless as those damn Nekkers. And numbers make ALL the difference in W3

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:27

            I saw 3x drowners in a river, decided to try my luck, they had a 11 and a skull next to their name, so I decided against it. One, I’d try, but 3x is too much…for now

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 26, 2015 at 09:47

            You haven’t encountered any question marks yet hey? if you do, the simple solution is run, just run….

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 26, 2015 at 10:13

            ran across a ?? earth elemental yesteraday, didnt even bother trying.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 26, 2015 at 10:25

            Hehehe, that currently defines my way of playing, approach with caution, do I see a number? No, ok, let’s get closer, still no number? ok Question mark, what does tha…Bleargh…loading screen, ok, avoid that area until a later stage….

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 09:18

            I do exactly the same thing. See a question mark….MUST get it!
            And then once I ended up finding a ridiculous monster (will omit the name for spoiler’s sake) and I had to run like a little pansy.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 26, 2015 at 09:20

            HAHAHAHA!!! That’s exactly what happens to me!! Goodness gracious!! I ran to this one little question mark thinking “Woohoo! Monster and treasure hunt!” got there and it was “Run for your life the [??HEALTHBAR] monster is upon us!!!”

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 09:23

            Haha. Worst is when I’ve been running for really long. I come across a beast from hell and it kill me with one shot.
            AND THEN I REALISE I HAVEN’T SAVED IN AGES.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 26, 2015 at 09:25

            HAHAHAH!!!! I’ve now made a point of meditating and saving after every single fight, no two ways about it…

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 09:26

            Old school is cool.

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 09:26

            F5 is your friend.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 09:27

            Indeed

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 26, 2015 at 09:27

            I try and keep my meditation to when I need refills on all my potions , not to waste alcohol , but saving yes after each event.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 26, 2015 at 09:24

            How is that any different from normal? πŸ˜€

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 26, 2015 at 09:25

            The beard is grey.

      • Ir0nseraph

        May 26, 2015 at 09:08

        At least the blacksmith deemed me worthy again last night and now I have a shiny new silver sword.The bugs I ran into hasn’t been game breaking yet so still very happy with this game.

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        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          May 26, 2015 at 09:10

          Awesome!!! I picked up a blueprint for a level 43 Steel sword last night… Needless to say I’m waaaaaayyyy below that, but the potential of reaching that…

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          • Ir0nseraph

            May 26, 2015 at 09:12

            O nice , I have a lvl 37 , so still way off before I craft that one, my Witcher is only level 14 now but from mid level 11 to 14 I barely had to use a sword , tonight I will be spending on witcher contracts , I need some violence πŸ˜›

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 26, 2015 at 09:17

            That’s what’s so awesome about it, I spent a hell of a lot of time this weekend, just chatting to people and levelling up that way, but some of those witcher contracts are stupendously good! But those signs….If you can, invest a few points into the second Yrden sign…that alternative sign is a lifesaver! especially if you want to clear a few monster nests, just beware, it takes a few moments to throw the trap…

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 26, 2015 at 09:19

            Don’t worry already done, that sign was the only way to put Jenny to rest.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 26, 2015 at 09:23

            Yes!! Awesome!! Don’t worry though, there are many uses for that sign, I have to say though that Igni alternative is impressive, managed to do away with quite a few bandits without even swishing a sword, though they have to be a level or so below the current one…

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 26, 2015 at 09:24

            Nice , I think I might go looking for some extra place of power , before heading into a mission again so that i can try that.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 26, 2015 at 09:45

            Those places of power really make a big difference, even if it’s only one skill point, it helps!

  17. Loftus

    May 26, 2015 at 09:03

    Everyone complains about bugs. And here am i, waiting to go help that poor old lady missing her frying pan.

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    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      May 26, 2015 at 09:04

      Hahahaha!!

      Reply

  18. Allykhat

    May 26, 2015 at 09:34

    Yeah the console version needs a bit of love, but even still I’m loving the game so much. My only issue is trying to juggle Destiny: House of Wolves and Witcher at the moment

    Reply

  19. GooseZA

    May 26, 2015 at 10:23

    Most NB part of that update…. Being able to get those extra Gwent cards in White Orchard

    Reply

  20. Ghost In The Rift

    May 29, 2015 at 09:19

    Love the game, but where can i find light armor, dont like those bulky armor that makes me look like the Bloody Baron and its all that i seem to find in Skeilige and Novigrad…

    Reply

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