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About This Game

NO GOOD AND NO EVIL - ONLY CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES

Become The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, a legendary monster slayer caught in a web of intrigue woven by forces vying for control of the world. Make difficult decisions and live with the consequences in an game that will immerse you in an extraordinary tale like no other. Representing the pinnacle of storytelling in role-playing games, The Witcher shatters the line between good and evil in a world where moral ambiguity reigns. The Witcher emphasizes story and character development in a vibrant world while incorporating tactically-deep real-time combat like no game before it.

ABOUT THE WITCHER: ENHANCED EDITION

The RPG of the Year (PC Gamer, GameSpy, IGN) is back in a Premium Edition packed with powerful extras!
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition takes all of the acclaimed gameplay that garnered the original game more than 90 awards, and perfects it with a number of gameplay and technical improvements.

  • Superior dialogue and cutscenes - The developers have re-recorded and rewritten more than 5000 lines of dialogue in English and redone the entire German edition to create more a more consistent experience, while adding more than 200 gesture animations to make characters behave more believably in dialogue and cutscenes.
  • Enhanced inventory - The new inventory system makes item use and organization less complicated by introducing a separate sack for any alchemical ingredients, as well as a simple sort-and-stack function.
  • Technical improvements - The enhancements made to the technical side of the game are too numerous to list, but a few of the highlights include greatly reduced loading times, greater stability, improved combat responsiveness, faster inventory loading, the option to turn autosave on or off, and more.
  • Character differentiation system - To add more variety to NPC and monster appearances, we've added a new character differentiation system that randomizes the appearance and colors of dozens of in-game models.
  • In your download you'll also get: Interactive Comic Book, D'jinni Adventure Editor, Two new adventures offering 5+ hours of gameplay, Official Soundtrack, Music Inspired by The Witcher album, Making-of videos, Official Game Guide, Two Maps of The Witcher's world
Key features:
  • Geralt of Rivia: a one-of-a-kind protagonist
    • A charismatic and unique character, Geralt is a mutant swordmaster and professional monster slayer.
    • Choose from over 250 special abilities correlated to attributes, combat skills and magical powers to build the character in a way best suited to tactical needs and style of play.
  • Original fantasy world drawn from literature
    • Inspired by the writings of renowned Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
    • Featuring adult themes, less fairy-tale than typical fantasy, with mature social issues like racism, political intrigue and genocide.
    • It is a harsh world where nothing is black or white, right or wrong, often forcing players to choose between the lesser of two evils to advance.
  • Non-linear and captivating storyline
    • Full of turns, twists and ambiguous moral decisions which have real impact on the storyline.
    • All quests can be accomplished in several ways and the game has three different endings depending on the player's actions and choices throughout the adventure.
  • Stunning tactical action
    • Engage in complex yet intuitive real-time combat based on real medieval sword-fighting techniques.
    • Motion capture performed by medieval fighting experts at Frankfurt's renowned Metric Minds studio, resulting in 600 spectacular and authentic in-game combat animations.
    • Six combat styles, dozens of potions, complex alchemy system, modifiable weapons and powerful magic add tactical depth to the fluid real-time experience.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows® /XP/Vista
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (included) or higher
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or Athlon 64 +2800 (Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 +3000 recommended). Athlon XP series, such as the Athlon XP +2400, is not supported
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 or better (NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX or ATI Radeon X1950 XT or better recommended)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB RAM recommended)
    • Sound: DirectX version 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB Free
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 650m (1440x900), AMD Radeon HD 6750M (1440x900) or Intel HD 5000 (1366x768)
    • Hard Drive: 14.25 GB free space

      Display compatibility notice: 1440x900 resolution is the recommended resolution for best performance. It is not recommended to use native Retina resolutions.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or Core i7
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 650m (1440x900), AMD Radeon HD 6970M (1920x1080) or Intel Iris Pro 5200 (1440x900)
    • Hard Drive: 14.25 GB free space

      Display compatibility notice: 1440x900 resolution is the recommended resolution for best performance. It is not recommended to use native Retina resolutions.
Helpful customer reviews
117 of 160 people (73%) found this review helpful
103.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
YOU CAN MAKE A POTION THAT TURNS YOUR BLOOD INTO POISON WHICH KILLS ENEMIES THAT BITE YOU
HAHAHA KU­RWA

Let's be honest though.
The Aurora engine doesn't do it justice, but that shouldn't keep you from enjoying The Witcher for what it is; one fu­ckin' good-a­ss videogame.¹
I suggest playing on Hard for an authentic experience.²

¹ If you don't, then you're a filthy casual.
² See ¹
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54 of 68 people (79%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
The first town I visited I found the inn, spent all my money on beer, got drunk, staggered around talking to folks, hit on the bar girl, stole stuff and got into a fight.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
76.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
The Witcher Saga begins here for "Geralt of Rivia",

* One of the Best Stories told in a RPG, it's not just the Main Campaign even all the Side Mission adds lot of depth.
* The In-Game Choices & Path you choose defines how the story & gameplay unfolds, I loved it.
* Sound & Music are Awesome, so does the dialogues which were very nicely done.
* Atmospere & Graphics are good nothing ground breaking though for game released on 2008 using Aurora Engine.
* Such a Dynamic Combat System, It's Joy Ride to Play on Hard Mode that’s where you start using lot of "Alchemy"
* Many People didn't like the control system, even i find it very wonky at the beginning but once you familiarize them it's a cake walk.

Four years back I've finished this Game twice with "Sco'iatel Path" & "Order's Path" each in a Non-Steam Version and now this time around In Steam Version - I’ve done it right and completed the game with "Neutral Path" which is the True Witcher's Path.

****A Definitely Must Play RPG for the Fans of the Genre.""""
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Good game. The best part is the moral choices you have to take during it which are not really easy: nothing is black or white in this game. The end is also bittersweet, which is not bad at all ;)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
83.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
For fans of the witcher books I recommend just skipping the first video game adaption of Geralt. It's a short but not as good version of the books. Some characters you care so much about in the books are simply cut out from the story (don't be scared, they appear in the witcher 2 and 3).

If you haven't read the books: Shame on you :O But we all know there are more games to play, movies to watch and books to read than time to spent :P Do yourself a favor and play The Witcher if you love games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age but be warned this title is actually for adults. Themes like violence and nudity are common in the universe of The Witcher.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Even thou its old and the controls and graphics are outdated it still has good atmosphere and is somehow addicting gameplay..
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Do yourself a favor and play The Witcher if you love games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
So I never got to finish this game and I fear I won't. First off it doesn't have cloud save. I played for 8 hours only to have a faulty hdd resulting in reinstalling windows. I lost my saves and had to restart the game. Now today it happened again, except this time windows got corrupted and rendered my hdd useless without a reformat. So my review is only based on the 8 hours I managed to squeeze out of the game. The graphics are okay (game is rather old) The combat system is so weird. It took a couple of hours before I understood exactly how to use it. As you level up, you unlock more combo moves and it becomes pretty fun. The story is hands down my favorite out of any game I have ever played (I also own consoles) It sucks that I won't get to finish the game as I don't really see myself spending another 8 hours doing the exact same ♥♥♥♥ I have done twice before. Highly recommend this. Now it's time to move to Witcher 2. I will review that once I finish it :)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Awesome game!

Thanks Project Red

Witcher 1 and Witcher 2 : Assassin of Kings = 10000/10

Can't wait for Wild Hunt !
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Fantastic game and a great start to the series

Pros : Surprisingly enjoyable combat and very good story and choice driven game. Really connects you to Geralt's story

Cons: Not a very challenging game at default/normal difficulty and quest design really could have been better. You end up spending a lot of game time just travelling from place to place manually.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Having never read any of the Witcher novels, I didn't fully understand the storyline, but it was an enjoyable game otherwise. Most of the enemies are pretty simple, which is good, because the combat system is a bit awkward. Graphics and voice acting are a bit dated, even though this is the "enhanced edition." A decent RPG otherwise.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
combat could use some work but overall great game 9/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Really awesome game, deep story and I actually enjoyed the combat system!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Don't walk into this game expecting stellar gameplay (I myself play on the lowest difficulty due to the repetitive combat system) or graphics because it has neither. The combat system is lackluster and the graphics leave much to be desired even on highest settings. It does, however, boast an amazing storyline with memorable characters who will react to your choices in the storyline making them seem a little more real than their ugly, and admittedly outdated exteriors suggest. If you invest enough time, effort and willingness into this game (it will take around 4-8 hours to pick up the pace), it will reward you enormously. The satisfaction of uncovering the secrets of the Witcher's world using your own intuition without the 'hand-holdy' aspect drilled into most games these day is immense. You begin to form your own opinions of the characters in the stories and the story of the game is flexible enough to accomadate your opinion while still retaining it's hold on you.
If you don't mind the obvious setbacks of a game this old (graphical capabilities, bugs, complex menus,repetitive 'filler' dialogue etc.) and focus on the truly superior points of this game, it will not fail to impress despite it's age. You will be glad that you stuck around, believe me.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
45.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Tedious at first. But becomes engrossing, worth it for hte story.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
After 50 hours I can say easily, it was amazing adventure. Charismatic Geralt slaying every monster and making love with every lady. If you think about play witcher 2, absolutely you have to play first one. First chapters can be boring because of graphics and non usual combat system but give a chance and play it throught. You will love it. Very rich rpg items. Absolutely amazing story and nice soundtracks. Play it, finish it and jump in to Witcher 2.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Pretty Awesome Game :D
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
My 50 hours of game-gasm! 9/10

Gameplay:
This game is really fun to play. Especially when you immerse yourself in it.
Story is just plane-awesome. Even some side quest have some connection with the main quest. side quests are not "Must" in this game but they are as fun as main quest. most of side quest can be done through main quest, so it's not a bother to your experience.
Dialogues are plane AWESOME. Best in my book.
Your choices DO matter. even better then "walking dead" series.

Sound & music:
it's awesome. though it can be a bit dull sometimes. but when you are in a battle, it keeps you on your toes.

Graphics:
Let's just say for this generation gamer it is acceptable, for me it was always awesome. neat models with good textures and nice shadow maps (no self shadowing).
it doesn't support Vsync or triple buffering but they can be done through RadeonPro or nvidia controls.
post processing is a bit too pixelated and it's a little bothering.

Overal: This game is like an interactive book. It's a MUST for every rpg player or for someone who likes a good story.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I started Witcher series back in 2 years ago and i was impressed with this game even thought it's old. I'm a fan of the series since then.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Based on Andrzej Sapkowski's character and world, The Witcher is a finely crafted Dark (with a capital D) fantasy adventure that any fan of RPG's should play. Be aware though that this game is very mature and should not be played by kids. Sure there's the sex scenes but more importantly, it deals with mature themes that require a little world experience to fully comprehend and thus, I only recommend this game for adults.

The game features a Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, who travels to the city of Vizima to investigate an attack on The Witcher's home castle. Witchers are a dying race of humans subjected to experiments and magic in order to make them into the perfect monster hunters. Despite being necessary in their monster-infested world, Witchers are treated with disdain by most people and tolerated only by those requiring their services.

Geralt of Rivia has had many adventures already throughout Sapkowski's five novels and numerous short stories featuring the character. Unfortunately for us foreigners, the books were never translated until after this game was released. Because of this, the game utilizes an amensia story that, while never fully realized, is a huge help to those of us who are just now being introduced to the character. There are some references to the stories that are undoubtedly more meaningful to those who've read them but I never felt lost despite having no prior knowledge of the series.

While the combat is fun and requires a unique sense of timing and preperation to master, the storyline is really the biggest draw to this game. Many previous games have attempted to capture the meaningful sense of choice and impact upon the storyline but few are as successful as The Witcher, primarily because it isn't about good versus evil. Some choices will clearly have a moral facet to them but even those aren't clear cut, even if you usually play games a certain way. A decision that you will need to make throughout the game involves the conflict between the Scoia'tel and the humans in charge. It's clear from the beginning that non-humans are consistently abused and oppressed by the human-dominated society and the Scoia'tel want to change this through violence not always targeting their direct aggressors. Most players will sympathise with the non-human's plight but it is hard to get behind the murders they commonly commit. While their tactics may be reprehensible, are you really willing to side with the religious extremists who want to wipe the non-humans out completely?

Choices like this permeate the game and your decisions will always come back to you later. At the time, almost all are about choosing the lesser of two evils. Sometimes, these choices can come back to help you later but most don't ever allow you the satisfaction of knowing you made the right choice. Instead, it's simply about making choices and living with the consequences. In the dark world of The Witcher, these choices make for some memorable experiences.

The gameplay is based on a heavily edited version of the Aurora engine used by BioWare so RPG elements should be readily familiar to most fans. The combat is rather unique though in that success is based on preparation and proper timing. Geralt is equipped with two blades, the silver blade and the steel blade. Silver is for monsters, steel is for humans. Each blade has three fighting stances: strong, fast and group. Fighting enemies means being able to switch, on the fly, to adapt to whatever situation you find yourself in. If you are fighting a group of wraiths, you should use Silver Group, but some situations involve you fighting more ambiguous groups of enemies, such as humans aided by mutant dogs. Figuring out the best option is key but you must always keep your cool. Attacks are done by simply clicking the left mouse button but to keep a combo going, you must click in rhythm with Geralts attacks. Clicking too soon or too late will leave you open to attack.

You also have several magic abilities to assist you but they are not your typical options. More often than not, your magic will be supplementary, requiring strategy to actually help you in any way. For example, you can stick with Igni, your fire spells, to cause some direct damage to your enemies but it may be better to Hex a strong foe and have them fight on your behalf against the rest of the enemies, wiping out the party completely without you needing to get your hands dirty. This strategy plays into the preperation aspect of the game as well. If you play on easy, you won't need to worry about potions and oils but if you plan on playing at a higher level, mastering alchemy and predicting what enemies you will be facing off against is key to your success. Potions will help boost your abilities and oils will help you target specific types of enemies and can make the difference between death and success, even against basic encounters. This focus on strategy may turn off gamers more interested in fast paced hacking and slashing but for those of you looking for a more strategic level in your RPG's, look no further.

The game isn't perfect, however, as glitches often muddy your experience. While I never had the game crash completely on me, graphical glitches were common and sometimes NPC's did some very strange things. At one point, I had a cow that would appear by my side whenever I traveled to a new area or meditated at a camp. Otherwise, it would stay perfectly still. While it was exciting to see my cow companion backing me up in conversations, it didn't do much for the atmosphere. The game can get bogged down by filler quests too. Act II is a problem offender and will likely be where most players quit playing the game. I urge you to power through this section of the game as the rest of the game sets a much higher bar.

For those of us who haven't been introduced to the world of Geralt of Rivia yet, The Witcher is a masterpiece of dark fantasy fiction. While it's not as outwardly gory as, say, Game of Thrones, it deals with many of the same mature themes. If you appreciate a little philosophical soul-searching in your RPG's, The Witcher is one of the best games you'll find.
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