Instance Gratification 31: Epic Level Ups Ahead

An epic ding sequence. Link to gifv in the article.

Instance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Tuesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

Last week was a solid week. I played, and streamed, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt not only for Instance Gratification, but randomly on Thursday as well. I’m enjoying the game that much is all. Which is awesome, since I still plan on playing the game entirely via stream. That’s right, every newb move, every awkward misclick sending me down a question trajectory I didn’t anticipate, every herb picked (so many herbs!), each ding triggered will be documented for the world to ignore. I mean enjoy!

Those recent outings saw me clean up the area around White Orchard and progress the main storyline oh so slightly. There’s a griffin around – I’m not sure which way CD Projekt Red spells it – and it needs some dieing. Thing is, I’m still getting my combat legs underneath me. Not to mention the fact that my Gwent skills are a far cry from my Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft abilities. Then there’s the severe lack of supplies, money, epic dings and equipment that I didn’t come with installing the game from GOG Galaxy.

At least I seem to have gotten general combat under my belt. Not only have I been dodging, sidestepping and countering well, my general awareness of Geralt’s movements and range have dramatically improved. This is crucial when playing on hard mode. I can only imagine how unforgiving the game is on hardcore, but that’s for the second play through.

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