The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Playthrough Journal

The Hunt Begins… Again:

Yesterday, I dusted off an old game and decided I am going to beat it. Well, I couldn’t exactly dust if off — it was a download, but I had bought it when it was released in 2015 to tide me over while I waited for Elder Scrolls Online to hit the Xbox 1.

Needless to say, ESO came out and Witcher took a back seat. 3 years passed, I burnt myself out playing Scrolls, and have now been craving a good medieval fantasy game. Witcher is scratching that itch.

What a beautiful fucking game. The visuals are jaw dropping. From the illustrated origin story cut scenes to the actual gameplay itself — it is stunning.

The concept also has me gripped. Witchers are these dudes who have the ability to embrace their heightened senses to use magic and slay monsters. They are like Jedi Knight bounty hunters from the dark ages. Fucking rock and roll.

Also, this is how fighting with a sword in video games should feel. It is so smooth, and fluid, and satisfying. I can’t wait to put it to use…

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The Griffen:

The first monster you are tasked with killing in this game is the Griffen;

“A griffin, also known as griffon or gryphon, is a creature with the body, legs, and tail of a lion and the head, wings, and talons of an eagle. They are known to toy with their prey, eating it alive, piece by piece.”

This thing was vicious. It took learning from a couple of my own deaths before figuring out the timing of its attacks which are sudden and devastating. After learning my lesson the hard way I visited the tavern to pick up some food to help mitigate the damage. This was key.

I was able to take it down by properly timing my roll dodges, countering with the Aard ability, then quickly following up with a flurry of sword combos while it was still disoriented. The piece-of-shit crossbow they make a big deal out of in the pre-fight dialogue scene was virtually useless.

Killing this thing was a great way to start my Friday morning before heading into work. Looking forward to finding out what the next challenge is over the weekend.

the griffen

To be continued…

Matt

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