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The Witcher - hands-on

As we quickly try to learn, in order to properly dispatch the enemy you must accurately click on them and time your attacks if you want to queue up impressive combos of thrusts and sweeps. Lose the rhythm - which is easily done as enemy strikes throw the timing somewhat - and a battle can quickly go awry.

Thankfully, there are all sorts of complementary abilities to help sway the tide in your favor, with special moves, spells (not too dissimilar to the Jedi powers of the Knights Of The Old Republic games), potions and weapons upgrades. Despite initial frustrations with the combat system, the method shows promise, even if there’s still a way to go before total control nirvana.