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

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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

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    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.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
The Witcher is a strange beast. At this point, everyone knows how beloved The Witcher III instantly became, and everyone knows it as a true force to be reckoned with in terms of Western RPGs. So, to preface, the most important thing about getting into The Witcher 1 is to remind yourself that this is not The Witcher III. Not at all. The Witcher is clunky, aged, and features some questionable design choices. But at the same time, it features some great dialogue, story, and setpieces.

Gameplay
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The hardest part about getting through The Witcher is, regrettably, actually playing it. The combat is a very simple click in rhythm style affair with two swords for different enemy types and three fighting styles for each sword. It's not horribly involved, and it's usually more time consuming and frustrating than it is fun. You are also outfitted with 'signs', an alternative for magic. These signs vary in usefulness, and I personally didn't use them a lot, with the exception of Igni. However, I may be underselling them, and they may very well be overpowered. I'm not sure. Along with this, the game also emphasizes the creation and consumption of potions, which the game will be nearly unbeatable without. As your own personal skill does little to influence the battles of this game, potions will be mandatory as a crutch. The leveling system is also unique, in that every level you get a handful of skill points to put into various skill trees. But, these skills are divided into bronze, silver, and gold levels. It takes many, many levels to get gold skills, and I didn't even see any until the final act. This may be my own fault for not completing every single side quest in the game, but the pacing does feel off. To level up, create potions, or pass the time, you must meditate, which requires a fire. It works.

I would be remiss if I didn't address one of my biggest problems with the game. The quest/level design is designed in such a way that you will spent the majority of your time running from one end of the act area to the other, repeatedly. This is a problem in almost every act, barring IV and V where this is slacked a little. Act I is designed as a ring shaped road with various buildings and divergent paths from it, and it seems every quest phase will take place on whatever the opposite end of the ring you're at is. Same thing with acts II and III, which both take place in the exact same location (albeit with new locations added for act III), where you must even go so far as to take a ferry ride to another area just to complete some basic quests. It's monotonous, and it's easily the most glaring fault of the game. Rather than true gameplay, it's time filler with no actual value added. For being a game, the actual gameplay is not exactly exceptional.

Story
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This is where the game actually begins to shine. This game forces you to make a lot of morally ambiguous decisions that can radically alter how the story plays out. Do you, a monster slayer, side with a monster for the sake of doing what's right? Or do you acknowledge that slaying said beast is your purpose in life, and ignore your personal feelings to do what must be done? Several decisions of this caliber are thrusted towards you, and I sat staring at my monitor more than once, unable to make a choice. For the most part, the plot itself is gripping. It's what kept me playing and convinced me to keep coming back. I will say that it does hit a point where the story becomes almost stupid, but the side quests and implications of character actions save it from being a complete game killer. The dialogue is a little weird, but appealing. Many characters use modern slang and sayings despite the game taking place in an 11th century fantasy setting. It's a little jarring, but not wholly unpleasant.

Graphics/Sound
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The graphics are, as one would expect, aged. There are a lot of reused character models, and a lot of these models are downright corny. The old woman model is especially eyebrow raising. Some of the areas in the game are crafted quite well, however, despite the level design mishaps referenced earlier. The swamps feel appropriately foreboding. The city is as dingy and unfortuante as you would expect. Sunlit fields are contrasted with noonwraiths, adding a troubling element of horror to an otherwise beautiful scene. These areas allow the game to truly breathe. The sound design is rather hit and miss. Some of the voice acting is as overbaked as the character models, where other voice acting flourishes. Geralt himself is exceptionally well voiced, sounding both apathetic to the world and caring at the same time. It's subtle, but effective. The music is serviceable, but nothing that will make you run out and buy the soundtrack any time soon.

As a whole, The Witcher is really a developmental step for CD Projekt Red, as one would assume. It sets up the basis of some general mechanics that will be carried on through future The Witcher titles, but it misses the target a lot as well. That said, it perfectly sets up the rest of the franchise, and has some great moments that will keep you playing. I do recommend it, but do be warned that it is not the masterpiece the newer games are.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Bought it for the sake of the lore, never expected much of the combat but it surprised me.
The alchemy is cool, the combat evolves nicely, aard is friggin OP. One of the deepest stories I've seen and it's only the beginning. Lost all my money playing dice.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
After getting swept up in the Witcher 3 hype, I decided I would force myself to play the first two games first to get the whole story, because I'm usually a bit of a completionist. I'm glad I did, because this, the first Witcher game, has a few pretty amazing elements going for it.

Don't get me wrong, this game has a lot of problems, some small, some pretty major, but its storytelling and world-building is so good that it's totally worth slogging through the issues.

The Witcher is the story of Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer who, despite his protestations of neutrality, becomes caught up in a four-way political struggle in and around the city of Vizima, the capital of the nation of Temeria. The factions are: the King of Temeria, Foltest, and his loyalists; the Squirrels, a group of non-human (i.e. elves, dwarves) freedom fighters/terrorists who despise humans' treatment of the elder races; the Order of the Flaming Rose, a trans-national group of jingoistic knights whose goal is to safeguard humanity at all costs; and a shadowy group of mages and assassins who attack the Witcher stronghold of Kaer Morhen at the beginning of the game and steal some of the Witchers' secret formulae and materials. Geralt sets out from Kaer Morhen in search of this group, but his quest for revenge thrusts him into the middle of the Viziman political struggle whether he likes it or not.

With the exception of the prologue, the entire game takes place in Vizima and its immediate surroundings. (The furthest you travel is to a fishing village across the lake). This narrowness of focus is to the game's great benefit. So many developers attempt to make every RPG a globe-trotting adventure with enormous maps and hundreds of distinct locations. Given that this particular game was based on a popular series of novels, it's notable that CDPR managed to avoid the temptation to try to hit as many plot points from the novels as they could. Instead, the decided to focus on one particular locale and conflict, and in doing so, they've created a narrative in which subtlety and nuance can easily co-exist with monsters and mages.

The smallness of the game world means that you'll spend much of your time in this game running around in the same general area and interacting with the same groups of people. While this may sound boring, what this actually does is create the opportunity for your choices to have time-delayed consequences that feel natural and unforced. When a few harsh words to a certain NPC come back to haunt you in a later chapter, the resolution feels realistic because that's typically how being a jerk in real life turns out.

The way choices are presented to you also feels extremely natural. With one or two exceptions, major plot choices occur dynamically within conversations or battles without a big banner or dialogue popping up saying "Here's the big choice! You better think! You better make the choice right!" There's also no morality meter telling you where your choice might fall on the scale from good to bad. There's (usually) nobody screaming at you about how they'll remember what you've done. You just do things, and later other stuff happens because of it. The choice-based scripting is so subtle that you frequently might not even realize that the choice you made was a significant plot element. And that's great, because it's realistic. The combination of the natural, grounded scope and pace of the plot, and the unobtrusive decision-making system, makes the game feel immersive in a way that few other RPGs can match.

In terms of its narrative, the game has another narrative strength: the conclusion. Without spoiling anything, I'll say only that if you're not paying close attention throughout the game, the conclusion may seem a little weak as it relies on a very "standard" twist of revealing the "true" enemy at the last second, then you have a fight, then yay! You win!

But if you're paying attention, you'll see that the game's clearly hinting at another, far more mind-blowing revelation. CDPR never actually explicitly spells this twist out for you, but if you're paying attention, the truth behind the narrative is clear, and it makes the entire game ten times better. CDPR's choice to make the reveal subtle rather than explicit matches and enhances the naturalistic tone of the narrative and actually makes the player feel more connected to the game world. The ending leaves the player with this one dangling question, as well as numerous other marginally-resolved plot threads, but that's actually much more immersive than tying everything up neatly with a bow, like so many RPGs do. And I would still say this even if there weren't a sequel to the Witcher. The story feels like "just some stuff that happened during the history of this country" rather than feeling like some kind of apocalyptic endwar with an overly glib or final conclusion. After the end of the Witcher, life goes on. People are changed, but the world's still there. The world still would have been there even if you failed, but it would be different. At the risk of sounding dumb, that's so real - and that's what's amazing about it.

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So I've gushed about the story for a huge amount of time now. What about the other stuff?

Well, gameplay-wise, it's a mixed bag. Combat is just OK - not great, but also not so bad that it ruins the game. The swordplay is almost a proto-Arkham system in which you build up more powerful strikes by properly timing your button presses. You also have to make sure you're using the proper fighting style and weapon for each enemy you are facing, but this is just a matter of pausing the game and clicking on some icons in the HUD - the way you actually control the swordplay never varies. You can also use magical signs, which do things like burn or knock down enemies or create a temporary shield. Casting signs uses endurance (while swordplay does not) and your endurance pool is limited, so you can't really play as a pure caster (at least not until the late game). The combat is not particularly dynamic and does take some getting used to. I didn't find it to be particularly different on hard as it was on easy, so IMO this is a game that you shouldn't feel bad about just playing on easy to get through the story. They completely overhauled the combat system for Witcher 2, so getting good at Witcher 1 combat will not help you going forward in the series.

The crafting and meditation systems are actually really cool. You can craft potions using alchemical ingredients. You can find or buy recipes for specific potions in the world, or you can just guess and make up mystery potions that might help you or hurt you. You can also substitute in similar (but not identical) ingredients into known potions that may slightly alter the effect of the potion. This level of flexibility with the alchemy - as if you were cooking in your own kitchen - adds another layer of realism and immersion to the game world.

Now, the game does have some issues outside of the combat. For one thing, there are too many fetch quests and the quest log can occasionally break, leaving you with no idea what to do next. Also, the pacing in the first few chapters drags, with too much criss-crossing of the first few areas. Stick with it, though: I promise the payoff is worth it.

I did have some issues getting this game to run properly on Windows 10. I had to use Borderless Gaming to get it to run stably. Also, I couldn't hold 60 fps in situations involving lots of NPCs. This is clearly an issue of poor CPU optimization: Much like Crysis, which came out the same year, this game seems to only use 1 core. I was usually seeing 100% usage on core 1 when the FPS dropped. I have an i5-3470 at nearly 4Ghz and a GTX 970, so my hardware is much newer than the game and should be enough - it's just clearly coded to only use one core.

Overall, the game is astounding despite the issues. A must-play.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
"What do you know about Salamandra?" Simulator. 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Great game in term of Story, lore and character development in immersive world, a very good start for trilogy indeed, the only step back is the gameplay, mostly bc of the atrocious combat system (it was the devs first try and for that il give my thumb`s up to them, specially when we look at Witcher 2 & 3).

If there is a game that deserve a remaster, The Witcher is definitly one of them, using all that the devs learned in the last 2 games of the series and finally put the gameplay at par with the rest of the game, but even at this point, a game that deserve your attention bc it still worth the time by far.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
"The sword of destiny has two edges. You are one of them." Great addition to Sapkowski's saga. Really exciting 50 hours of gameplay. Worth recommending.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Well, I just finished my first play through of this game... I feel a bit empty inside and conflicted on so many levels that I almost want to replay the game right now.

This gem of a game has such a real feel of choice and the consequences thereof. To that end, what I find refreshing is the lack of "reputation" meter if you will. No immediate indication of a good or bad choice, that can only be given by our own inflection of the events that occur quite a bit further down the story line.

A very captivating, extremely enjoyable, intense gaming experience that is a must play for anyone who cares about story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Forget anyone who tells you this is a game to be skipped in the Witcher franchise - having re-played it 8 years after my first play-through it is as fun and immersive as the first time. Each game in the series has a vastly different gameplay style and this game is more of a rythem game than its sequels in terms of the gameplay itself. That being said, the first Witcher game is a brilliant RPG that includes choices and consequences that actually matter to the plot! If you love the books and the other games, please check this out. Although there are numerous inconsistencies with the books, there are also a lot of fun references to them, so it really all depends on how anal-retentive you are about rigid consistency toward Sapkowski's source material to love this game. Being a book fan - you should love this game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
One of the greatest RPG games which I ever played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
A very good game, great story.

Today people might say that the graphics and gameplay are "laking", someone people don't understand how old this game is, personally I think this game has aged really well and is worth playing through
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happy_hermit
55.3 hrs
Posted: October 1
After playing The Witcher 3 last year, I played TW1 and now playing TW2 after a steam sale. Now I understand the origin of the lore and story/characters, which puts events in TW2 and TW3 into even better context. Combat gameplay is entirely different however and more of a rhythm clicker, but I got used to it and pushed through it so i could experience the storeyline. Very proud of my little card collection too:)
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♯ Chern ~ ♪
53.9 hrs
Posted: October 1
still a good game even you play it on 2016 , and also the story and save point connects on next the witcher series
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meowc4tz
52.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
Highly engaging, superb storyline, endless fun!
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IJIE
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 30
Product received for free
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Teh_VikingRabbitDD
48.4 hrs
Posted: September 29
Hey! Well at this point there's not much to say about this game, but i still want to give my positive review, especially considered how many people actually say to skip this game and go to the sequels. While i think this game is a bit less fun and epic than some of the other western rpg (Gothic 2, Risen 2, Demon/Dark souls), this game is a great entry on the western rpg genre and a great start of an incredible saga. Long story short, do not believe anyone who tells you to skip this game. The two things i think are the strong point of this game are: 1) How polished this game is, no crashes, bugs, etc. 2) And this is a really interesting point that should be really adressed in a lot other games/ movies and books but i rarely see it mentioned/used (the only other game that comes to mind is Army of Two: the 40 day, and even there it's not as deep as in this game) it's that not only choices really matters but as in life sometimes every choice is wrong, and even an apparently wise choice is wrong. The only bad thing i found about this version of the game is that the "dlc" isn't worth it, there's two super short additional adventures from the developers, while all of the others are bad/boring mod like adventures from the community. I give this game a 7/10, be sure to play it.
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mayank14x
45.3 hrs
Posted: September 29
Not going by the graphics and combat style, it is a pleasure to play the classic and learn where it all begun.Recommended for anyone who loves the witcher series.Now waiting for the next CDPR game CYBERPUNK.
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jrbeam
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
Well, I got this game as part of a package by purchasing an awesome video card way back when it was brand new, about 9 years ago or so. It would paly through the opening video and shut down. I really put a lot of time and effort into getting it working but the powers that be would not allow it to happen. I was not the only one with issues apparently and I could not find a patch to help. Almost a decade passed before I was able to procure Witcher 3: WIld Hunt by purchasing another awesome video card. Unfortunately, it was not through Steam but I did play through the entire game with no problems. Steam had Witcher and WItcher 2 on sale about this time so I though surely if Steam was releasing it, it would be ready to go. I got passed the first battle and had some "mommy/daddy" time with Triss and then... same ole same ole. I guess I should have known when I started typing in google and it filled in the rest of my query with "freeze up." I am not going to fight this anymore. From what I did play, the controls appeared to be rather archaic. This is one of the few games I will thumbs down but it is entirely for tech issues. I did turn the video options way down trying to get it working and while my rig is not a 4 card personal heater, I have never had a game that I couldn't play max on all the settings.
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Nephalem
83.2 hrs
Posted: September 28
Good game, good story!

You'll be more busy chasing skirts and staring at boobs than fighting and killing monsters!

Story is real good, with twists and turns you wouldn't expect. Lore and Background Story is nice enough to keep you hooked up. Rather old but still good graphics too. And almost every decision you make has an impact on story.

All and all, it worths your money. You wouldn't be disappointed.
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Pixelgrapher
26.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
Ok, the game can seem vastly unattractive from the start due to the well documentated bad combat, sub-par graphics and so on. But you will find that these problems are incredebly petty compared to the rich storyline and facinating quests. The end of every chapter leaves you at the edge of your seat, and best of all, your choices actually have impact.

So all in all, if you perservere past the apparent annoying gameplay, you will be rewarded with one of the best RPG ecperiences of all time.
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