the wizard 3for Nintendo Switch offers many options that you can tweak – many of which can have a significant impact on your gaming experience. In this guide, we'll be looking at the settings we think you should check before starting a new game.
The Witcher 3 Game Settings – 10 Options Worth Checking Before You Start
1. Automatic finishers
This option enables or disables automatic combat finishing moves. If activated, Geralt will often kill human enemies in a particularly bloody fashion, severing limbs or even slicing them in half. Cruel thing.
Bumpers can add a satisfying punch to a fight, but if you're squeamish, you might want to turn them off. It's also worth noting that Geralt sometimes performs takedowns mid-fight, not just at the end. In rare cases, this can leave you vulnerable to attacks from other enemies.
2. Sword/scabbard drawing by hand
With this option enabled, Geralt will no longer automatically draw his sword right after the start of the fight. Instead, you must press the left directional button to draw your steel sword or the right directional button to draw your silver sword. The same applies to the coating.
But why would you want to do this manually? Well, for the most part, the sword's autodraw works well - the only difference is that in some rare cases Geralt will drop his sword like a fool if you happen to stray a little too far from an enemy. In even rarer cases, you can fight an enemy that requires a steel sword at the same time.EUan enemy that requires a silver sword. This can lead to Geralt constantly unsheathing and sheathing his swords while constantly aiming at another enemy. Not ideal when you're trying to survive an uphill battle!
Again, automatic drawing and plating works perfectly most of the time, but if you want more control, consider setting it up manually.
3. Turn off the "fisheye" effect of the warlock's senses
This option does what it says on the tin – it disables the fisheye visual effect that appears on screen when you hold ZL to use Geralt's Witcher Senses.
This will depend on personal preference, but we honestly believe that the best solution is to disable this effect. There is no fisheye effectterrifying, but can be distracting and blur nearby scenery. When turned off, the camera simply zooms in on Geralt's back. Aside from the lack of the fisheye effect, it works the same.
4. Reaction to movement
The motion reaction option has been fixed to play on other platforms. This was CD Projekt Red's response to criticism of Geralt's change. Some players felt that he had too much weight on him and that he wasn't responsive enough.
By default, this is the “default” setting, which is the move the game was originally shipped with. However, we believe that “alternative” is usually the better option. There is a marked difference in Geralt's reaction speed when set to "alternate", allowing him to turn or change direction much faster when running or sprinting.
5. Enemy sizing
Enemy scaling is off by default, because that's how the game was designed to be - at least the first time around. When activated, enemy scaling increases the level of enemies, making them stronger overall. Basically, this is an additional modifier that increases the difficulty of Geralt's adventure.
The only problem with enemy scaling is that it can make some very specific enemies - which should be pretty easy to defeat - extremely difficult to defeat. As such, enemy scaling should be used in New Game Plus games when Geralt has already leveled up significantly.
If you're craving a real challenge for the first time, it might be worth a try - but be aware of potential obstacles that might force you to temporarily disable it.
6. Alternative looks for Yennefer, Triss, Ciri and Gwent
Originally released as free DLC on other platforms, alternate skin options give Yennefer, Triss, and Ciri different outfits. Yennefer gets a stylish witch costume, Triss an elegant dress, and Ciri a cool adventurer outfit. These outfits are worth checking out once you've met each character and seen them in their default outfit.
As for the extra set of Gwent cards, this setup only changes character art on a few key cards. Again, it's worth a look to see which artwork you like best.
7. Registration of shares
Setting up an action log can make The Witcher 3 feel more like a traditional old-school RPG. When enabled, it just adds a list of recent activities to the left side of the screen. Thanks to it, you stay up to date with information such as enemy attacks, damage done and looted items. This can be useful if you need a flow of information, but it keeps the screen even busier than before.
Worth considering if you want a more in-depth look at the game's core RPG elements. In other words, numbers.
8. Conversations with NPCs
This option enables or disables the text that appears above the heads of non-player characters. If you're walking through a village and a peasant mutters something, you'll see it appear above them. This can be useful if you really want to see what random NPCs are talking about, but all the text can really clutter the screen. If you want a more cinematic experience, we recommend disabling this option.
9. Motion blur
Whether or not you like Motion Blur depends on personal preference. The best way to experience this feature is to turn it on and rotate the camera around Geralt. Seeing blur all over the screen? This is motion blur. It can help mask frame rate drops when moving at high speeds and can look really cool, but it's an effect that makes some people uncomfortable and can be distracting at times. Again, it's best to try turning it on and off yourself.
There's some debate online as to what the Blur setting in The Witcher 3 is actually for, and that's because turning it off and on doesn't seem to make much of a difference. Some have suggested that this adds some blurring effect to various attacks, like Geralt's Igni or Aard signals. Ultimately this is another setting you'll have to play around with and see what you think.
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