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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
307 of 321 people (96%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
When I first played The Witcher, I was in middle school and I had pirated the game. Like most middle schoolers, I wasn’t very smart and the only thing I really looked for in a game was how many bad guys I could murder. I finished the game and quickly forgot about it. Only after I was in college did I realize to the full extent the awful choices that I had made during my first playthrough of The Witcher. My crimes were beyond description. I killed street dogs and innocent travelers just to loot 2 orens worth of stuff from their corpses. I slept with women and promptly abandoned them to be murdered by angry mobs or overzealous knights. I killed a fellow witcher. I walked away from a chance to have a happy family with a woman who loved me in order to sleep with my sex buddy sorceress who I thought looked hotter. I helped commit mass genocide, murdering dozens of non-humans fighting for freedom.

By chance I happened to see The Witcher: Enhanced Edition on sale during Steam Summer Sale 2014. I took it as a sign from heaven. Lord Gaben the Redeemer was speaking to me through my computer, offering me a chance to atone for my sins of the first playthrough. Now I could do what I had not done in middle school. I would uphold justice and help the weak. I would be the hero that Vizima needed, but not the one it deserved. And I could do it with 75% off. I clicked buy and my $1.99 ascended to the heavens while the face of Lord Gaben smiled down upon me.
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142 of 194 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

Realtalk 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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47 of 49 people (96%) 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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78 of 104 people (75%) 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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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Captivating storyline, dynamic combat, excellent soundtrack and decent graphics. Rich experience for each player / fan of RPG games. Probably one of the best fantasy RPG on the market, also one of my favorites. The Witcher - the well-known Geralt of Rivia outcast, the hero having to face the evil that is necessary in a world full of terrifying monsters. Fantastic story about a hunter of monsters who has been involved in a conflict in which your every decision will change the course. By the way I recommend you to play at a high level of difficulty because then you will be able to use the full potential of this game. One of the titles that you should have.
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98 of 143 people (69%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This game allows you to bang hot redheads. 11/10
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
173.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Everything you want in a very good RPG game. Amazing story, great characters and voice acting... lots of things to explore and learn about in the game world, which makes up the meat of the game in my opinion. If you are the type to skip all the dialogue and forget about all the codex entries, it might not be for you, because outside of that, the game only becomes a decent RPG at best.

I've still yet to play 2, which is why I'm reviewing this now instead of after, so I can't compare the clearly better, newer game to the older one (we're all guilty of this). I'd say the graphics can be a bit inconsistent... sometimes it feel like you've time traveled back to 2002, and sometimes the graphics are absolutely stunning.

The combat is fluent and works well once you get used to it, but it does get a bit boring after a while. I'm hoping the 2nd game in the series expanded upon the combat just a little bit to add some flare. Overall one of the best RPGs in its class (2008) and WOW, $10
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
My review will be separated into different parts covering the many different aspects of the game. First I want to mention that I beat the game in exactly 39 hours (107 days total), I did all the main story quests + many side quests I would say that I have probably done 65-70% of all the side quests.
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Story: One of the most immersive storylines I have ever played. I usually have trouble following long storylines because english is not my native language, but I had absolutely no trouble following this one and understanding everything that the game wants me to do. This is the best part of the game, 10/10
Freedom of choice: The game will often ask you how you want to go about doing centain things, like picking a side for example. Infact you have to make so many choices that the game would completely change if you play it a second time. The choices play a big part on the story and I will definitely do a second playthrough in the future just to see how different the game will be, 9/10
Free roam: This is a very big downside in my opinion. Every chapter has it's own "place of operations", you are confined to only one place where you have to do your quests in order to advance to other sections. The places are big, but get boring after you walk around the same street a 70th time, 6/10
Gameplay: The fighting mechanics at the start were incredibly annoying. They were so annoying infact that I ragequit a couple times because I didn't understand the proper way of using them. Way into the game though I really saw the appeal of them. Having 10+ enemies coming after you means that you have to do a lot of fast thinking, changing combat styles and using different potions. So the fighting at first seems primitive and annoying until you get used to it, then it becomes amazing, 8/10
Graphics: Amazing graphics for a 2007 game. The greenery especially is beautiful, 8/10
Misc: Not being able to jump and walking off half a meter ledges is very frustrating. The game is full of invisible walls and really slows down your movement. You have to often guess where you can walk. These limitations are the worst thing about the game and the reason why it is not my GOTY of 2007, instead it will take the 2nd place in my list, 1/10
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That's it for the review, I recommend the game, I payed 2 euro for it on the summer sale, but would have gladly payed 10 euro if I knew how amazing it was. Final score 8.5/10
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26 of 31 people (84%) 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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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Banged a witch in a cave full of kidnapped children 10/10
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20 of 23 people (87%) 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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
I am not a fan of the combat system but the world is very immersive and the story is above average for a modern fantasy game.Graphics are very good for their time as well. If you are an RPG player you'll like it.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
-Bang woman
-Get drunk
-Take drugs
-Deal with racism
-Kill people

8.5/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
[Spoiler Free]
The Witcher, a game that uses tacit methods to express it's deep mature themes, and in the process of doing so, implementing order and consistency. The design of the game is fresh and exotic, it feels natural though because it's designed with the perspective of a western audience even though the game is foreign. So let's begin:

Aesthetics: 7.80/10
The Witcher introduces it's pallete quite unctuously in a way that really builds up expectation however it remains constant and bland, yet dark and truculent therefore it might bore players initially and won't pique their interest for a good portion of the game, it's not colorful by any means although it is atmospheric. The animations are nice but the game lacks a lot of vital sound effects de-effectively reducing the drama in action cutscenes. The music contributes a lot to the score, as it accompanies the game quite effectively, it's good music and catchy, although I do wish there was more melodic variety.

Story/Characters: 9.50/10
The story and characters are by far the best feature the game has to offer, at times I felt like abandoning the game due to it's repetiveness in cliche' mechanics but the story grabbed me by the brain and held on to me like a clingy newborn pup. It piqued by intellect and engaged me to learn more about the universe and it's precocious story, the characters were friendly and interesting, especially Geralt, which I fell in love with progressively (no homo) as the story unfolded. The game touches some enticing (mature?) themes, (racial prejudice, slavery, drug abuse, politics) and respects your intelligence, never treating you like an idiot.

Mechanics/Gameplay: 6.20/10
Sadly, the gameplay is tedious, fun, but tedious and annoying. There is a lot of micro managing that is quite loathsome and a boring combat system. The potion creation system however is completely satisfying to use, I do like the concept of gathering rare materials to create a new spell and gathering formulas to create new ones. Some potions felt useless and annoying to make as if they were made for another game, but that's besides the point. The game also has a spell system that is insanely over-powered and that completely overshadows the silver/steel sword system. At one point in time, I never even used my swords, I just spammed igni and gg.

Final Verdict: 8.60/10
What can I say? I stayed for the story and the characters with the universe grabbing me from the balls to stay. The world is engaging and alive and it really embraces the notion of intellectual players, although the gameplay might be bland, this game is a masterful craft and allows room for bigger and better things.

TL;DR: Buy it for the story, leave feeling smart.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
A nice RPG for 2007.
While it has a lot of awkward and funny looking cutscenes, an extremely repetitive combat system, a short list of voice actors, little diversity in character models, and the occasional naked chick* cards being added to your personal collection (you heard me right), it still retained a fair amount of immersion in a well thought out storyline and environment, despite it being quite linear with plenty of loading screens. The game mentions a plethora of relevant information in the universe lore when it comes to the background histories, monster descriptions, alchemy, etc.
Oh, and the music. Fantastic is an understatement.
Be warned: The game can be damn hard at times, as drinking potions is a must. Saving frequently is recommended too.
"A witcher without potions is only half a witcher."

*My edit, I originally said "porn cards" but it didn't exactly constitute porn the way I see it. However, there are some rather....odd-ball ones...I'll just leave it at that.

7/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This game is incredible. It flows along with the original Andrzej Sapkowski stories. They're not necessary to follow the plot, but this game is well worth the play.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
This is a great game with a lot to lose yourself in. . . I and others had trouble getting it to play. Here is a fix for that issue.

This is how to fix the system requirements and texture error. . .

http://www.nexusmods.com/witcher/mods/649/?tab=2&navtag=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nexusmods.com%2Fwitcher%2Fajax%2Fmodfiles%2F%3Fid%3D649&pUp=1


That is a link to a page with a file that you can download that will force the game to run with high textures despite the fact that you have it running with -dontforceminreqs, under the launch options.

To get it working, download the file and add it to your Override folder (if you don't have one, create it) in your Witcher directory. Should be C:/.../The Witcher Enhanced Edition/Data/Override

Hope this helps. . . It will still say the textures are set as low on the menu, but once you get into the game, you'll notice the difference.
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41 of 71 people (58%) found this review helpful
54.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I wanted to like this game, I really did. But in the end the experience was more frustrating than enjoyable. There are plenty of reviews talking about the setting and what's great, and there are good things in this game, but here are the things that kept bugging me.

- The environments are huge, but for no reason. There is almost nothing to explore. And because everything is always at opposite ends of the map, you end up running back and forth all the time, fighting lots and lots of irritating low-level enemies on the way.
- The fighting system seems interesting but ultimately provides little depth. It's way too clumsy to just be enjoyable in an action-rpg sense, and too inconsequential to be interesting to master. Bombs are completely unnecessary, you can upgrade weapons, but you end up getting much better weapons from quests, and magic has very little use except for two spells, and so on...
- Fights are either stupidly hard or incredibly easy. You either kill the foes easily or you're cornered by a group that spams you with stunning/blinding/something attacks that leave you motionless for several seconds.
- Characters always end conversations before you're fully done. Rather than allowing you to consistently explore all conversation options and then quit, they end it for you and walk away. That means you may miss an important conversation option and aimlessly wander about looking for the next trigger to continue a quest.
- Some conversation options only appear once. For example, I tried to play dice with one of the characters. But when I got to the option I wanted to first save the game, so selected "not now", quit the conversation and saved. But after declining once, I never had another chance to start a conversation with the character again, and couldn't finish the quest as a result.
- Conversations are sometimes random. A character may offer you a product or service in exchange for something else. If you don't happen have what they want on you, you're out of luck since this character may never make you the same offer again. I understand this is more realistic, but this simply doesn't work in a game.
- Conversations are out of order. Things you can't possibly know yet turn up in conversation. It's confusing.
- the map marker sometimes isn't helpful at all. For example, you may need to talk to someone, and the map marker will point the character's house. But the NPC will wander about the city rather than be at home, and they're sometimes impossible to find. That would be ok if it was to make things more realistic, and if you could maybe ask other NPC's where you can find the character. But at the same time, the map marker will always show up whether you've explored that part of the map or not. So if you're supposed to get something out of a grave, you'll know exactly where it is whether you've been there before or not. So the argument that it's for realism doesn't really apply.
- The whole sex-card thing is just plain weird. I don't have an issue with sex in games, but the over-abundance of naked female foes and making sex a collectable ... seriously? It's a strange contrast to the otherwise mature themes of the game.

Anyway, I did finish the game, and there were fun parts. Particularly the last act picked up considerably, mostly because the maps were a bit tighter and there was less back and forth. But in the end I don't think it's nearly as good as people were making it out to be. It's ambitious, but ultimately flawed.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Oh, The Witcher. One of my favourite RPGs from now on.

I had to admit, I could only play it through for the third time I started it, yet, I feel this is just something that everyone has to try out. At first glance, it may seem a little complex and boring (because of the alchemy stuff for example), but once you get into it, you just can't stop. The choices you have to make, actually make you think about the world in the game. I can say, that I totally got familiar with my character in the game, I was able to make choices that were really mine. The story sucks you in, and after 40-50 hours of gameplay, and finishing the game, you just still want more of it. And that's the time you buy The Witcher 2. :)

Oh, and a good advice for newcomers to the game. Make sure you do a lot of alchemy, you'll need it mostly in mid-game.

I haven't played the second game, so I don't know how much the game got improved after this.

Of course, The Witcher also has some negative aspects. Actually, it has a bunch of it, at first it may not seem like an AAA game, but believe me, it is. One of the worst aspect is the voice acting. I played it in Hungarian, which, in my opinion was actually not that bad, but as I tried out the English version, I just couldn't stand it. Another little negative thing is, that sometimes you have to do a lot of running, between quest givers, or merchants to sell all the loot you just can't carry. One thing that troubled me about the story is, that in the beginning there's a lot of references in the game which you know nothing about, but by reading in-game books and talking to people, you can get to know a lot about The Witcher's lore.

Regarding everything, as I already said above, this gem became one of my favourite RPGs of all time. Another good thing is, that you can import your saved games to The Witcher 2, however I don't know how much will it affect the second game, yet.

If you read my review to this point, then I only have one more thing to say.

Go, and play this game!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
I've just read one book which appearently I think it's this one that is the game based on first of all.
I liked this game my experience will be based on the hardest difficulty.
It has a good combat system which can be at sometimes really annoying for example sometimes you are put into situations that put you in a room filled with enemies which can be a really though task to become succesfull since you really have to build your character well for those situations so maxing group combat style for silver or steel I've found it necessary for a greater satisfaction playing the game.
The story was good although you can fail quests just by advacing in the story, and also you can screw up at least for me Geralt character if you don't go neutral ending which I didn't went not on purpose but ended joining with the scoia'tel and at least from the books what I see from Geral is that he is a BAMF/lone wolf that doesn't care about what the others are killing themselves for although he interveins if something is screwing up the nature balance or something like that.
In conclusion it's a good game even better if you experience the right ending at least for me I thought that.
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