I started the game on Normal difficulty.

The manual says:

Easy – perfect for novice players (not only of The Witcher). At this level, game elements are introduced gradually. Opponents cause less damage and Geralt gains experience more quickly. During combat, additional signals help you click your way through fluid attack sequences.

Medium – recommended for experienced gamers who are new to The Witcher. Attack sequences are not assisted and click intervals are shorter. Opponents have standard attributes and Geralt gains experience at a standard rate.

Hard – for highly experienced players. Monsters and other opponents are significantly more powerful, click intervals are brief, and Geralt gains experience more slowly. At this level, selected opponents cannot be defeated without resorting to alchemy.

But I still get those red sword icons on my cursor to show me when to attack. How do I turn that off? :/

  • Just to double check: you mean The Witcher and not it's sequel, correct? – Raven Dreamer May 30 '11 at 20:57
  • Yeah, The Witcher 1. – Zeno May 30 '11 at 21:07

The flaming sword icon indicates the end of an attack, so you can chain the next one.

It appears only on easy and medium settings.

From the Wikia:

On hard, you only see a blue streak where your sword has just travelled and hear a faint "whooshing" sound to alert you to the timing of your attacks.

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  • So what are these signals the manual speaks of that is only on easy? – Zeno May 30 '11 at 21:27
  • @Zeno - On easy, it not only displays icons, but also tells you when to land the next blow in the sequence, saying things like "now!" or "too fast!". – DrFish May 31 '11 at 0:08
  • I still get those messages like "too fast" on Normal. :/ – Zeno May 31 '11 at 0:12
  • did you start the game on easy and tried to switch to medium via the decompile hack? – DrFish May 31 '11 at 0:21
  • Nope, always been on Normal. – Zeno May 31 '11 at 16:45

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