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Like so many of us, The Witcher star Henry Cavill’s first experience with the franchise was not with the books on which the hit Netflix show is based, but with the CD Projekt RED-developed RPG trilogy.
The former Superman star has made no secret of his love for the video games - particularly The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Cavill has played through Geralt’s most recent adventure multiple times across hundreds of hours, and he decided to spend lockdown doing it all again - on the game’s hardest difficulty.
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For the uninitiated, The Witcher 3’s Death March mode is relentlessly brutal. Even smaller enemies are terrifying in their power, and every second you explore the world is another second in which a beast could swoop down and one-shot you. You have to think - and play - like a Witcher would. Those potions and oils you can kind of ignore if you play the game on easier difficulties? Yeah, you won’t be beating Death March without a firm understanding of those elixirs and how they work on the game’s various beasties.
"I decided to put it on the hardest difficulty possible to play, which I’ve done before, and it was really quite stressful! I forgot quite how stressful it was," Cavill revealed in an interview with Total Film. "These days I’m not rich in time and so I haven’t unfortunately had too much of a chance to have a go with the games again."
Despite his obvious love for the games, Cavill also revealed that his take on Geralt in The Witcher’s upcoming second season will be more in-line with the books. Specifically, Geralt will be far more loquacious than he is in the video games.
"This season, I really wanted to make sure that we represented the book’s Geralt more accurately, and that we saw him speak more," he explained. "I pushed really, really hard for that. He’s still Geralt of Rivia, but he’s definitely coming across as more of an intellectual."
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