Why you should play The Witcher 3 on the hardest difficulty

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You may ignore this post and enjoy this glorious, humane epic at the difficulty of your choosing

If you’ve played it before, however, and the new version of the game is encouraging you to consider a replay, then I have some advice

First, allow me to clarify something. This is not about gaming masochism, bragging rights, or an elitist test of skill

It’s also not that hard. As is the case in many games, the top difficulty setting is paradoxically most challenging at the very start of the game

you have leveled up our witcher hero, Geralt of Rivia, and acquired some of the skills and recipes that provide him with critical advantages in defense

The very first fight against a gaggle of level 1 ghouls is particularly tough and off-putting — especially since failure boots you back to the start of a long conversation

a skilled tracker and natural historian of the monster world who walks a poisonous tightrope as he alters his DNA for the hunt

The Witcher 3 excels as a role-playing game not because of any great freedoms it offers the player