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Top 5 Things That Need To Be Fixed Or Improved In The Witcher 3

There's no doubt that after several patches and updates, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a much more stable and enjoyable game.

But it can always be improved upon and here are our top 5 most-wanted fixes and improvements. Let's hope developer CD Projekt Red is paying attention.

1. Fix that finicky underwater swimming

I don't know how many times I've tried to grab the loot in an undersea chest. It's just immensely frustrating; the underwater movement is still way too loose. Sometimes, I'm hovering around a chest down there, just desperately trying to get the X button to come up so I can plunder. And all this while hoping I have enough breath to return to the surface.

2. Either give us fewer missions or award less experience for certain missions

If you really want to do all the missions (and I do), you'll soon find that you'll be stuck earning only 5 experience for a lot of them. This is because you level up almost too quickly, thereby leaving lots of missions 6 or more levels behind you, at which point they basically stop awarding experience (you get 5 EXP for everything you do with that mission). Yes, you can keep targeting the lowest-level missions on your quest list but you can't stop leveling up.

3. Drowners. WTF.

Fix these fools. There's no reason why these enemies should be as absurdly strong as they are. I can kill a Lv. 18 Golem or Basilisk without much trouble (provided I'm prepared; I'm Lv. 20) but God forbid if you get surrounded by Lv. 4 Drowners. They're way too fast, cause too much damage, and are more agile than most enemies in the game. And these are supposed to be introductory-type foes. Yeah, I know getting surrounded is always bad but Lv. 9 wolves in a pack couldn't even move my health bar when nailing me in the back.

4. Okay, where the HELL are the armorers and blacksmiths in Novigrad?

Someone needs to explain this to me. You've got all these icons on the World Map in Novigrad for merchants who sell various items. But that's it. Even after you discover where the armorers and blacksmiths are, the instant you move too far away, the icons disappear off your map. And this happens in the biggest damn city in Velen. The other towns? Sure, it always tells me where those shops are. In Novigrad? Nah, just keep running around in circles looking, even after discovering them for the tenth time.

5. How many do I have, damnit?

When I'm shopping for crafting and alchemy components, I would very much like to know, when perusing a merchant's stock, if I have a particular item. I would also like to know how many I have of that item. It's a standard RPG feature and given the sheer amount of items you come across in the game, and the number often available for sale, it would be very helpful. And it can't be that hard to add.

P.S. I could be wrong about #5. I know you can compare equipment to equipped items but that's it, right?

Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Tags: the witcher 3 wild hunt, the witcher 3 update, the witcher 3 fixes

6/21/2015 9:50:09 PM Ben Dutka

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MRSUCCESS
Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 11:06:19 PM
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Amen for this article. When I started playing the game in Blood and Bare Bones difficulty (hard mode) and I came across drowners and they killed me in a few hits I was like... WTF? Do I suck this bad?

Furthermore, the swimming is just terrible and even more so if you're trying to kill enemies under water. Why is killing sirens easier under water than above? The crossbow should deal the same damage above and under water.

Also, usable items and quest items should not use any weight. I find myself having to sell stuff just so that I don't go over the 160 weight limit. I thought I was the only frustrated with all these things highlighted in this article.

Good stuff, Ben.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 11:13:53 AM

Yeah, the crossbow is like that underwater. I think they made it that way because you can't use your sword and otherwise, you'd be helpless. Drowners die in one shot underwater, too.

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Neo_Aeon666
Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 11:46:08 PM
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Yeah lol decided to start the game on death march and they basically 2-3 shot me XD well sure feels like a survival game hahaha taking all enemies seriously. Quenn thing armor is my best friend :D

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tes37
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 12:15:38 AM
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I'm not in buildings often enough to care too much, but Geralt doesn't seem to know how to walk down a set of stairs. He does alright going up.

I think my horse is mildly retarded. He freaks out sometimes when I dismount and takes off running and bucking. Most of the time there aren't any enemies around.

I discovered a glitch with the monsters nest tonight while playing. If you take everything except the skull, you can walk two or three steps away, go back and hit the X button and all the loot is there again.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 10:30:11 AM

Yeah, Geralt has a problem descending stairs for some reason, but only if you're moving fast (usually).

Haven't had the horse problem, though. I'll have to try that glitch...

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Temjin001
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 2:45:59 PM

Yea. Roach. Having pretty much gone straight from RDR where your horse will run straight to you or right passed you for a running mount, compared to Witcher 3 I find Roach to be one lazy dumb horse.
Sometimes when I call him, he doesn't show for a good while, especially just after a teleport (probably a technical load issue there). He also tends to appear too far away, even deciding to enter the scene from terrible spots that require me to hop a fence or stumble through trees.


EDIT: there's been times where I call him into the scene and his positioning sucks and I just say "oh hell, I'll just run instead"

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wambo
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 2:49:28 PM

I,ve had the horse glitch its blooming annoying, i've also noticed geralt has problems going downstairs but like ben says its just if you go fast.

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Zemus101
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 12:17:39 AM
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Yeah, I could really use those last 2 improvements. The other 3 I don't really have trouble with. I mean, I can think of a time or two where Geralt does a somersault underwater for no apparent reason, run head first into a drowner group unprepared and get massacred, and I don't have a problem with getting even more experience for lower quests, but those aren't concerns for me personally. Happy to read more Witcher stuff though! :)

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dillonthebunny
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 4:26:34 AM
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And this is why I'm now playing elder scrolls online. The witcher is awesome, great game but playing ESO is like putting on warm socks.

I'll go back to the witcher, and I'll probably enjoy it a lot more than when I was playing it from release day, but I don't crave what it's brought to the table, but I will in time.

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xenris
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 9:52:02 AM
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I agree most with the water movement. The other things don't bother me that much and my armor and blacksmiths appear on my map in Novigrad so maybe its just a bug in which case it should be fixed.

I don't mind getting no XP for low level missions because I am in it for the story and items more than the XP but I can see this being a complaint too.

As for the drowners, they are definitely the most wily creatures in the game. However fire eats them for breakfast and if you have Quuen sign on they can't hurt you. I'm only level 18 but I 2 shot the level 9 drowners and my Quuen explodes to stagger them if they hit me.

They could use a little tweaking though for sure.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 10:18:58 AM

Yea Novigrad is barren with them. I did bump into some master smith there though. But you need to do some level 25ish missions with him first.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 10:31:40 AM

I use Quen all the time; it's by far the best Sign, IMO. And I have the Superior Dancing Star bomb now so it's not like Drowners are a problem for me. :)

I'm just saying, when compared to other enemies, they're just way overpowered.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 11:22:54 AM

I love Quen. I basically main it. I switch off of it only when its effects are useless, like on specters. I also really like the blade oils. I already have a mid strength human and nonhuman blade oil that works wonders in many of novigrads heavy man battles.

Edit: and Quen seems overpowered because it lets you go straight from making a puppet with its secondary and then switching to its primary and stunning someone else with like no cool down time. It's like two effects for the cost of one.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 11:30:24 AM

Plus it pays you experience in conversations even if it was a bad idea.

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xenris
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 2:23:12 PM

Ahh I see I see. So its just more an observation and not something that is really impeding progress for you.

I main Quen sign as well. It really suits my playstyle, however I have gotten more used to switching signs mid battle and it makes certain battles much easier.

Plus you feel like a Jedi.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 10:09:28 AM
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Yea, and I particularly agree about the quest experience thing.

I pretty much just focus on all secondary any main story quests. Where even then I find them sinking several levels below me and even into the gray.
I also have a number of scavenger hunts left undone. The problem I have with the hunts is that half the time I feel like I'm searching for low level gear because I'm already way passed their suggested level so I just don't want to do them.

I do the contracts when I can but I find that the suggested level for them seems off. Jenny O the Woods seemed way harder than suggested. She could kill you so easily. Where then other contracts seemed way too easy.


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 11:15:38 AM

There is a strange discrepancy in difficulty with the Witcher Contracts. I've started to take the Suggested Level for those pretty seriously.

As for the Treasure Hunts, I try to do those as early as I can, so I have a shot at getting some pretty great gear.

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matt99
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 10:38:28 AM
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The underwater thing drives me nuts...so frustrating. And the XP thing too. And #5...And yeah pretty good list.

I would also add to this list a place to store your goods. I like to keep all my witcher gear with different enchantments for different enemies but that leaves me with about 20 (pounds?) free at most. Which fills up really quickly when I'm doing all the treasure hunts. I mean c'mon CDPR it's an RPG, we're all hoarders;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 11:17:51 AM

Do you have the best Saddlebags you can buy...?

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matt99
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 1:29:06 PM

I think so, the zerkanian (not sure if that's how it's spelled) ones that give you an extra 100. So my max is 160 and I still fill it up all the time.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 2:22:01 PM

I find that I don't have to create specific sets of equipment in this game.

No matter what you're wearing, you can make yourself ready for just about any fight, regardless of equipment. With the oils for your blades, the Decoctions, and the Bestiary telling you what the foe is weak against, you have plenty at your disposal without changing your equipment.

I think you're over-complicating. :)

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matt99
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 3:33:50 PM

Oh I know, I don't NEED all the stuff but I just like collecting the different weapons and armour, especially the Witcher gear (almost have all the mastercrafted sets) and it would be cool if we could get an armour display room like in Skyrim.

Definitely doesn't detract from the game at all, but it's on my personal wish list of things that would make the game that little bit better.

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LowKey
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 11:10:42 AM
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Well, when you are in a shop you can see both the shop inventory and your own inventory. So #5 is non-issue. The rest I can agree with. I effing HATE Drowners.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 11:16:28 AM

That's not a non-issue. I still have to look extremely carefully to find the exact right item in a page full of stuff. Just put the number I have of any given item in the merchant's inventory in a little box. Simple.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 12:02:10 PM
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http://kotaku.com/witcher-3-on-super-low-specs-looks-like-a-ps2-game-1712981590

Witcher 3 on ps2 would've sucked.
This is for anyone who thinks graphics don't mean anything.......

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jdt1981
Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 7:29:15 PM
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Another issue I have that's pretty minor is that you don't seem to be able to preview hairstyles at the barber before you buy them. But yeah the swimming mechanic in this game is really bad, I avoid swimming as much as possible.

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Legendary Minja
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 5:47:17 PM
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I'd like a quicker way to move from the left side of the inventory screen to the right. I usually have to go through each sub menu just so I can get to my equipped gear :(

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