The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut
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Release Date: Sep 16, 2008

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About This Game


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.


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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
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( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Don't buy it.

The enhancements didn't extend to CD Projekt RED or Atari updating the games set up software to recognise newer graphic cards, RAM, and processors made since the games original release. Even if your rig is ten times the beast the minimum specs say is required the game will recognise it as not meeting the minimum requirements. Going into The Witcher: Enhanced Edition/Properties/Set launch options in Steam and setting the launch option to "-dontForceMinReqs" is required to get the game to work .... and then only at such low graphic settings it's not much better than the original release of KOTOR on minimum specs. This of course makes all the “enhanced” graphic features you just paid for absolutely meaningless.

No game manual either.

How's the game? Couldn't tell you.

I've never played the original The Witcher before and after five minutes of graphical glitches and poor quality graphics during an extended cut scene, shortest ever combat tutorial, another extended cut scene and the first mission where my characters sword did nothing I said, “♥♥♥♥ it.” and turned it off.

Mind you I paid a very cheap price for the game in the summer sale so the purchase price is probably worth the inclusive Witcher Comic.

If your a fan of the original game I say stick with your original The Witcher, and possibly only buy this for editing your own adventures, or move straight on to The Witcher 2 which is light years ahead graphically and in customer satisfaction with not having to ♥♥♥♥ around with it to get it to actually work. This seems to be a complete wast of money, even though I got it dirt cheap, and a dead set obvious a money spinner effort by CD Projekt RED and Atari to cash in on the popularity of the series.

That an enhanced edition of any game could be released in today’s market and not recognise current generation of hardware is criminal. Until it is patched so that it does it is, “Not fit for purpose” under Australian consumer law.

Big disappoint.
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( 164.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A great game that is overshadowed by its amazing sequels. The original Witcher begins the trilogy with A+ storytelling and impactful decisions. Combat is a bit sluggish if you've played the other two, but the options allow you to play as an isometric point and click....I'd recommend this if you've never played before to help it not seem so dated.

Regardless, this is a great game and well worth the couple dollars it sells for during most sales.
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( 63.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Awesome game. There's really nothing else to say other than, even though it's a bit dated, it's still better than 90% of the ♥♥♥♥ that companies are putting out today.
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smith is ready
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Useles gameplay
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( 46.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Over the Years I have heard how great the Witcher series is and with the recent release of the Witcher 3 and countless appraisal from many people I bought all three games on sale. When I first started playing the combat system almost had me give up entirely but I’m so glad I stuck with. I grew to like the combat system in all of its simplicity and clunkyness. One of the more annoying things in the game was the lack of a good fast travel system or way of traveling faster the game has you run up and down the same street about 100 times. Another annoying part of the witcher was some quest requiring you to come at certain times requiring you to go find a fire place to mediate at which often makes you run to the inn across the map because the game does not allow you to light fires during the day time so the inn was your only option unless you were next to a friend’s house and by some miracle they were inside their home. Although the game lacks some of the convinces of modern games it is still a highly enjoyable experience. Where this game really shines is the story, I have never been more interested in exploring all of the areas and all of the charter quests. The main story also keeps you interested with the many twists. I am so glad that I took the time to play this game I can’t wait to start playing the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.


- Combat System (I personally liked it but it is simple and creates no real challenge)
- No fast travel (Really annoying)
- Many Quest are only available at certain times making you run around looking for a place to meditate constantly.
- Auto save system (Don’t trust it save on your own)


- Amazing story
- Interesting characters and quests
- Boobies
- Graphics Hold up well
- Very immersive world


Specs: i5 4690k, 8gb Ram, Gtx 970 (Main rig): i5-6300HQ, Gtx 960m, 8gb Ram (Laptop)
Settings: 1440p, Max setting on everything including AA (Main Rig)
1080p, High Settings 4x AA (Laptop)

Throughout my 46 hours I only experience one crash. My FPS in the open spaces was 100+, but in the vizima my fps would drop to 60+, except in the trade quarter where it fell as low as 30.

Note: When playing on my laptop I experienced a lot of frame stuttering in vizima but got a constant 60+ fps. The stutter turned me off from playing on the laptop.

Overall this game Is a definite buy it showed why people love this series so much.
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tenebris bellator
( 50.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game is awesome. People say it's not necessary to finish Witcher 1 and 2 for you to understand the story but give this game a try at least until you get to act 2. Witcher 1 is a story-driven game that takes you into Temeria and your primary goal is to slay some bandits. Sounds fun? Well it is a lot more than that and the twists and turn of the story keeps you hooked until the end. Characters are really well written and the dialogues are my favorite part of the game.

I rate this game a 8.5/10.
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( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Only just started and it's pretty good so far 😊
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( 52.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Didn’t particularly like the gameplay, but nevertheless I played it all the way through. Very good storyline, one of the best I have seen so far. A unique fantasy world, with many real world problems. The graphics are 8 years old, but still enjoyable. I haven’t played the other Witcher games yet, but it made me want to.
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★ Epic
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Decent m8
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82 of 83 people (99%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
The Witcher was released almost nine years ago and regularly goes on sale for a couple of dollars or less. The question for today's player isn't so much if the game is worth your money but rather if it's worth your time. The answer, in true Witcher fashion, isn't entirely black and white.

The game for me was, overall, enjoyable. The combat system is unique, and regardless of it's mixed reviews, I found it to be a serviceable and even somewhat cool RPG combat system. The finishers tend to get a bit repetitive but add a nice, and gruesome, touch. Although the main story isn't incredibly epic, the decisions that you make along the way feel like they are, and have a significant impact on certain characters fates. I particularly enjoyed the economic system in the early to mid-game, when you actually feel like you need to put in work to earn those Orens, because everyone has their hand in your coin pouch, and everything you want to accomplish has a price. Unfortunately this fades towards the end of the game as there simply isn't anything left to buy and no one left to bribe. Graphically the game doesn't look bad, it’s got its hiccups sure, but nothing that interferes with playability.

Geralt, despite being one of the ugliest human beings I've ever seen in this particular game, somehow manages to slay more women than monsters--quite an accomplishment considering aptitude for his profession. The dude simply can't miss, and it's undeniably entertaining to see just how many naughty cards you can collect. It also adds an interesting layer of complexity to Geralt's ongoing romance with a certain red-haired sorceress. No matter how serious their relationship tries to become, the White Wolf simply can't stop banging other women. Relationships are hard. Players unfamiliar with the series may find Geralt's character at first take to be bland, dull, or flat out boring. However, once you begin to understand his complexities, his sarcastic and cynical nature, and his convictions, you'll surely come to appreciate this incredibly rich and interesting character as so many others have.

The world map by today's standards is pretty small but the game easily has 50 hours of content. This translates into A TON of backtracking. By the end of Chapter II I was more familiar with the streets of Vizima than my own neighborhood, which is great because the mini-map is zoomed in way too far and makes navigation a little frustrating. I often found myself needing to open the world map just to find a house that was actually ten feet away. NPCs carry on with their daily lives, which at first seems pretty cool, until you're searching for one for twenty minutes because he's not getting drunk at the inn for once and he's slipped off his magical RPG quest-tracking bracelet. Because Geralt's a Witcher, monster contracts play a role in the game, unfortunately most of them are simply kill X number of Y monster and turn in their eyes/teeth/skins/whatever. One of them even has Geralt collecting flowers...??! That's like hiring Agent 47 to assassinate a weed in your garden.

The recycling of NPC textures is somewhat distracting but doesn't ruin the experience. Expect though, to see the same fat guy, skinny guy, and half-naked hooker models reused over and over throughout your adventure. The game also suffers painfully from a gear shortage. I found myself using the same armor and two swords throughout most of my adventure. The difficulty on normal is average, as it should be, but does have some frustrating moments. Too many enemy groups have to ability to stun-lock Geralt, causing him to stagger like a drunken derelict as you helplessly pound on your peripherals for way longer than any doctor recommends.

Mini-games are present; dice poker has you playing poker by rolling dice instead of drawing cards and is ok at first but you'll quickly get tired of it. There are also fist fights which pit Geralt against an array of fighters of supposedly increasing difficulty, however, once you figure out the somewhat wonky fighting mechanics you'll be able to beat the crap out of even the strongest opponents with virtually no effort. Overall, the mini-games felt like they could have been left out and, much like me at a party, no one would have even noticed they weren’t there.

Now, we circle back to our original question; is The Witcher worth your time in 2016? As a fan of The Witcher 3 I certainly found it to be worth mine. Despite it's age and other concerns, the game is still pretty darn good. If you're completely new to the series it would seem like the obvious place to start but I would actually recommend starting with the Witcher 3 and working back to this one. Many may not agree, but the game is 50 hours long and sometimes feels like a slog. If you're not already invested in these stories and characters, and the lore of this world, playing this game first, as a contemporary player, could potentially turn you off to the entire franchise and that would be a shame. If you're a fan of the Witcher 3, like me, and want to experience more content from this world, then there's no reason not to give this game a spin.

Final score: 7/10 RECOMMENDED.

Thank you for reading and good hunting
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93 of 120 people (78%) found this review helpful
109 people found this review funny
71.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
♥♥♥♥ed 4 women within the first 2 hours. 10/10
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
80.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This is nothing like the Witcher 2 or 3. If you are looking for something like those 2 games, do NOT play this.

-Only picks up around Chapter 3. Story is "meh" until then
-Some may find the combat dull. This is not an action game. Do not expect action combat.
-Some of the voice acting is bad. This is most likely stuff they forgot to change from the base to Enhanced Edition. Encountered 2 lines of this, but there may be more.

-Some may find the graphics "meh". I personally do not mind this. The game is 8 years old
-Contains mature themes.
-A few bugs. There are not that many from my experience. This is accepteable for a game this large.
-Sex cards were not necessary, but you are not forced into collecting them.

-Story rich
-Lots of lore (books, characters etc etc)
-Choices are hard. As the game says, there is no good or evil : there are just consequences. Some decisions will be tough and thats how the game was made. These will impact how the game is played out (certain characters may be killed off or quests later on will be changed).
-Save file can be carried over into the Witcher 2 giving decent benefits and good starter gear
-The plot twist
-Contains the videos of THE MAKING OF THE WITCHER in the installation directory. This comes in Polish and with ENglish subtitles.

Not recommended as an ARPG, but is a good RPG in general. Not for those looking for action. MMO playerrs and old school RPG players will probably enjoy this.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
125.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
One of the best games I\'ve ever played on PC. I love the questing and the story-line. The sidequests are fun and the main storyline is quirky but keeps you going. I feel like I\'ve picked up a good book I just can\'t put down until I\'ve finished. <3 Now if only work would quit getting in the way of my play time!
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
61.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is the game that originated the phrase Glorious PC Gaming Master Race

Almost ten years old, it aged remarkably well: the graphics are still gorgeous; the combat gameplay is still more challenging than Diablo or TES (pay no attention to those dirty console peasants who don't understand its brilliant simplicity and just want to mash buttons); the story is decent and mature, albeit somewhat inconsistent with what The Witcher would become in the sequels. The choices you make actually matter: reactivity is a serious matter here, which is the defining factor of a good RPG. In a sense, it is an open-world-ish game, and there's quite a bit to explore.

All in all, a fine first instalment for a series that would later redefine the world of gaming.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I would like to say The Witcher is the first serious RPG I had played ( played Lord of The Rings Online because of friends ) , and I am really entertained by the vast lore.

I suggest you play this game for the plot, as the battle system seems quite awkward. It's just a matter of clicking at the right moments instead of button mashing, and perhaps brewing HP regen potion are essential.
Also, it is strongly reccomended to often save your games, because mine kept crashing for unknown reasons. :/

Plot wise, it introduces you to the theme of The Witcher, and the quantity of adventures in this game are large, which I like ! I had fun watching the medallion vibrates for suspected monsters that disguise as humans.

TLDR, it's worth to buy, especially when it's 85% off ( which is my case ) :3 .
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Great story and characters, clunky interface and controls, but still well worth the money
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Still a good looking game despite its age. The additions of "enhanced" and "directors cut" solve all the problems of the early release whilst improving many aspects of the game. I remember when it first came out there were floods of complaints about very slow loading screens and there are no such issues now. The game itself is a perfect example of an rpg with heavy action elements. The storyline is as absorbing as it ever was and the characters are memorable. Despite the rave reviews of W2 I, personally, feel this original was superior. The Witcher feels far less of an on-rails series of action segments linking cutscenes than does The Assassin of Kings which, to me, felt more like a console rpg with its set progression and boss fights. Regardless of what you think of any of the 3 games there is something to be said for the increased immersion that can be had from playing them in their original order and that is why I am revisiting this aging classic and its sequel before doing much with the gorgeous looking Wild Hunt. I think those going back to this will be surprised and delighted at how well it has weathered and that there is no better place to start for those new to the now legendary series.

*edit* I also remember that there was some outcry over the "sex cards" at the time of release. Compare this to the abject voyeurism in sections of W3 and it will make you realise how times have changed. As far as I'm concerned if a game has an age rating you may as well make good use of it; and in no small way The Witcher contributed to paving the way to the many adult orientated games we see today.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Best sword animations ever \o/

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 18
Not the best in the series.
Still pretty amazing, and even with the questionable voice acting, it is an enthralling experience. The rythm game combat is very strange at first, but it grew into me.

Definitely a worthwhile experience, but I am not planning to replay it ever again, once was enough, but it definitely convinced me to get both sequels.

Music is fantastic, though. Definitely recommended.
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