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

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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.
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Rotten Pizza
38.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
Ill just say it now, this game is JANKY AS HELL!!!!! The best way I can describe my expirience with this game is to compare it to the Mass effect series, the first one is meh; but it gets better as the series progresses. Honestly, I would only reccomend playing through it as fast as humanly possible so you can transfer you save to Witcher 2 (again, just like Mass Effect 1). For that reason I can't really "recommend" this game, but I'd say play it anyways to make sure you don't get stuck with the default choices of Witcher 2.
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Shama
27.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
Incredible potions, fun detective-work, badass fights, sweet mini-games, and lovely bobbing ♥♥♥♥!
Will keep you VERY busy.

I got this game to see a nice long prologue for the Witcher 3. I wasn't disappointed. Reminds me of similar games of its time, back when games were a bit tedious and much longer with a lot of walking. But I miss those times. The character progression is godly. Deeper than Dragon Age. And the alchemy is actually worth bothering with, even better than Skyrim.

Just be patient with the game, and don't expect to beat it quickly just coz it's old.
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GPS
7.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
Good Old Game
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The Baba
33.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
If you are here to experience the series from the start, stop, and read the books.

If you cannot be arsed to read the books, don't play Witcher 3 just yet.

If you are starting your journey from here, prepare to be introduced to a world that'll consume you completely and utterly like no other.

Welcome, to the world of the Witcher.

Do NOT play Witcher 3 first. Start here.
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The Silly Pink Rabbit
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
poor optimization, gameplay is aweful, animations are aweful, graphic are aweful
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Corax
234.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
The first game of an awesome franchise.

Sadly, this is the game most players overlooked, mostly due to combat system. Yes it is weird, it is not practical. It is like a rhythm game to be honest. However if you bear with it at get used to the game, it shines like a diamond.

The story is mostly stand alone, not that much related to second and third games. But that doesn't mean that is should be overlooked. It is a game of politics and human nature.

Let me talk about combat system. As I have said, it is like a rhythm game. Click to attack an enemy and click again when game tells you to chain up your attacks and perform combos. Parrying is automatic, performed according to your skills. You have two swords, steel one for humans and "normal" beasts (such as dogs, wolves) and silver one for all kinds of monsters (vampires, necrophages, etc.). And you have three styles for each sword (strong, fast and group styles). Strong style deals heavy damage is used for slow, heavily armored opponents. Strong style also have a chance to cause bleeding that gradually decreases health, much like a poison. Fast style is used for fast enemies and have a chance to cause pain status effect which is like a stun. Group style is the situational one. It causes less damage than the other two, but critical hit chance increases as you fight 3 or more enemies. With certain skills, group style causes knockdown which makes enemies incredibly vulnerable to instant kills.

You can craft bombs, potions and blade oils by alchemy system to have an edge at the combat. There are potions that increase health regen, increase endurance regen (that is used to cast signs, more on that later), increase damage you deal at the cost of making dodge and parry impossible, etc. The downside of the potions is that all potions have a toxicity level. High toxicity level causes adverse effects, such as health damage.

Blade oils, when applied to a blade (duh), causes the blade to deal more damage, according to the oil used. You can craft oils that are effective against specific types of enemies such as vampires, spectres, necrophages and you can craft oils that are situational, causing status effects like bleeding and pain.

You can also craft bombs to help you in combat. There are various types of bombs that causes fire damage, blinding, stunning, poisoning. They are useful, but they are not absolutely necessary to beat the game.

There are also signs, spells that you can cast on the go to have and advantage on the battle. You have aard (think of force push from Star Wars) that causes stun and knockback, igni which causes damage and delivers incineration status effect to enemies, quen which forms a protective shield around you that blocks damage, axi which hexes enemies, stunning them or even converting to your side, and finally yrden which places a trap on the ground that damages enemies and delivers status effects.


Now, I beat the game on hard difficulty and here are my experiences:

-Axi and yrden signs are useless. I never used them. Quen is situational. It can give you time you need to throw a bomb or drink a potion. Mostly throughout the game you will use aard and igni.

-Blade oils are essential in hard difficulty. Be sure to have several different kinds in your inventory to cover all enemies you encounter.

-Bombs are cool, but they are not absolutely necessary.

-You'll have lots of potions to drink, but mostly you'll use swallow (health regen), tawny owl (endurance regen) and cat (see in darkness - you'll encounter many caves/crypts). Be warned that swallow is not a regular health potion, it just increases the regeneration rate so it can be useless against enemies that deal lots of damage in short time. If you want instant health, you'll need white raffard's decoction, but take care drinking it because it is highly toxic.

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The Synth Potato
35.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
So i Got This Game After Getting Witcher 3 and Finishing it + all achivements and i gotta say this game suprised me, i wasn't expecting some things to be this good, so the best thing in this entire game is the story, its beautifully told and it marks the start of a legendery trilogy, the biggest thing that completely destroyed the experience for me is the combat, its so un-responsive sometimes and very hard to get used to, the combat stances are not a bad idea but the excuation is down right terrible, the grapchics are average at best for a 2008 game i recommend checking nexus for mods to improve the game's grapchics, as for the interface the inventory system wasn't that great and it can be really hard to find anything, overall this game gets a 7.5/10 from me, excellent story but held back by the terrible combat & some gameplay mechanics i recommend buying this game only if you are intersted in the witcher story and if you do buy it start the game on easy diffucalty it will save you alot of time
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Mr. F
54.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
The Witcher certainly has some rough edges, especially the awkward combat, but the other roleplaying mechanics, including the alchemy system, character progression, and the consequences of choices more than make up for it.

This is a respectful sequel to Sapkowski's books, but doesn't rely on the existing stories too much, meaning the uninitiated can enjoy this game as well.
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Jim
35.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
very ropey quest system the day/night means the quest characters are never where you expect so you have to run off find somewhere to rest and guess what time of the day or night they might be there meaning you have to go through half a dozen level transitions to get between two points. Then sometimes it's raining which makes another reason why you can't find them. v.frustrating at times. It's overly complex and clunky & hard to figure out while there is a lot of content which would be a good thing it is buggy couldn't complete some missions because there is only one inventory slot for trophys and I got attacked by the wolf & wyvern at the same time but lost the wolf head somewhere in the swamp and couldn't find it later to claim the prize. Sometimes quest items aren't reserved so you can accidentally use them up in potion brewing again leaving you unable to complete quests and get the all important gold. in spite of this I was about to say it's just about do-able but at about level 3 the game kept crashing in the salamandra hideout at about the time where more gfx are slowly introduced eg. an animated sheild and runes on the sword blades at that point the game kept crashing at the most inconvenient point in the thick of some of the more difficult intense clashes so it became a pia to keep reloading it I turned down the settings a bit but couldn't figure out wtf was the problem so I'm skipping the rest of it to try witcher 2 as I got them both for dirt in a sale might come back to it later but it's hard to recommend. I completely missed the existence of this game until it was on sale but that hasn't turned out to be such a terrible thing.
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NeOzguR
149.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
This is the game which CD Projekt started a legend and become legend themselves. Little company from Poland and now one the most respected and loved company in gaming sector. It's their first game and despite the restrictions of the Bioware's Aurora's engine they nailed it. 8 years passed from its release but none changed: This game is solid as a rock.

This is one hell of a game. If you are playing the first time be sure that you will love this game if you like RPG's.

Also if i strongly recommend to read to books. In fact read them before playing this game. Believe me it will enhance your gameplay deeply.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
[tl;dr] Choices and consequences, depravity, wars, fanatics, curses, monsters, sorceresses, sex, booze, fisstech, gambling, fistfights and evil hermits! Now Geralt can be part of some, or all of it. The choice is yours to make.

“His name was Geralt of Rivia, a proffesional monster slayer” thats the first quote .. and an epic cinematic scene will follow; introduces you to a tale that will continue throughout your playthough. Like most RPG's, your decisions influence the story you'll experience, no rights or wrongs simply advance as you see fit.

---info---

As a Witcher you got five signs: Aard, Yrden, Igni, Quen, Axii each has a specific action. Futhermore, you have a steel sword for humans and a silver sword for monsters, each sword have 3 fighting styles: Strong, Fast, Group. Combat is click-based. You also can craft potions, blade coatings and bombs.

Graphics are alright really but I had some FPS drop issues; even with high-end graphics card, mostly on Chapter 3 though. Soundtrack is great. A Digital comic (short point & click game) and a game editor are included.

/edit: There are two new adventures (dlc) made by CDProjekt and five made by the community. You can select each at New Game.
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Best NPC quote: A Witcher! Hide your women!
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
8/10 Glad I bought it!!!

Yeah, Yeah. I know. It is not as grand as The Witcher 3. Or even The Witcher 2.

But, since I own all 3 games, I wanted to start with number 1. And I am so glad I did.
The combat is rough around the edges, the controls a bit clunky. But the story and lore are amazing. And for as old as this game is, the visuals are very nice. Not "amazing" graphics, like TW 3, but for it's age, and keeping in mind what most games back then looked like, they did a damn good job with the look and feel of this game.

I don't know how to explain why I like this game so well. Perhaps because I am older, and I never got to play this game when it first came out. I like the quests, I like the story, I like the lore. And I will keep playing this game, because I do enjoy it so much, and it is so nostalgic for me. I really can't explain it. It just hit my heart and stuck there, in a good way.

But I do look forward to putting more time into TW 2 and then TW 3. And I feel this game is giving me a good education to prepare me for the next games in the series. Worth it, especially if you get it as part of an on- ale bundle with TW 2 and TW 3 like I did. Though I honestly can say I would be just as happy if I had paid full price.

Mileage may vary. Widely. But I really feel that if you are going to play either or both of the sequels, you really should start here and play this one too.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Pros:
-Intriguing plot
-Morally grey RPG
-Excellent voice acting
-Excellent music

Cons:
-Poorly designed combat system
-Plot pacing problems - chapter 2 is hell, chapter 4 is random
-Dated graphics
-Occasional questline glitches
-Plot ultimately self contained and skippable

Overall: This review is my first time playing any Witcher game. And I can honestly say, it's fun. It's dated and it has its rough edges, but it's fun. But play for the plot and the RPG choices, not the combat. And it's the first part of the Witcher series of games. I haven't read the books or played any of the other games, but this game has made me want to. Apparently they improve on almost everything.

That said, this game has a horribad combat system. It's just... the worst. Crafting is just relevant enough to be an irritating sidequest, and honestly, the gameplay just feels unpolished. That's a pretty severe criticism, and is a deal breaker for a lot of people.

If you can look past the gameplay issues, the story is amazing. Your choices revolve around one of three possible endings, and the plot has some great twists and turns to it. Ultimately, though, this game's plot is self contained and is only mildly referenced in the second Witcher, and not at all in the third. Thus, you can easily just look up a plot synopsis on this game and be good to go.

So really, it's a toss up. This is not the best RPG you'll ever play. You don't lose much by skipping it. But it's still a solid RPG. Decide for yourself.

Bottom Line: Fifty fifty. By itself, apart from all the rest of the series, it's worth playing. Grab it on a sale if you want to play through it for the experience.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Honestly for a long time I didn't want go into the Witcher universe. I have so much lore from different fantasy worlds in my mind, I didn't want to bother with this one (though it's certainly unique because of its Slavic mythology). But then Witcher 3 came out and most gamers say it's an amazing game and the game devs DLC policy is superb. Now I'm itching to play Witcher 3, but I decided to start from the very beginning, playing the first Witcher. The story is nice, but the gameplay mechanics are a bit weird. My final verdict would be, if you are like me and want to play Witcher 3 with some background knowledge of Witcher 1 and 2, then just watch a "Let's Play". Better yet, read the books. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=753413469 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=753413786
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Ill write short review, because no one likes long and boring ones

+ :
You start from the beggining of Geralt's story
Interesting characters
Equipment upgrading
Leveling system
Many types of enemies

- :
Combat is just awful. Whenever you get some debuff, Geralt just stays there for 10 seconds while everyone is pounding him with their bare ♥♥♥♥♥
Geralt cant move down small hill, he needs to run whole lap just to get lower
SOme quests require you to run around trying to find out what did you wrong or didnt do

Once you deal with this crap, this game is pretty good

Zyn approves
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
63.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
The birthplace of the magnificent Witcher series starts here. Inspired by the novels of Andrzej Sapkowski, the world comes to life under the dedicated work of a much younger and unexperienced CD Projekt RED, but no less passionate. The limitations are evident, and the game suffers from them (particularly the combat), but if you can put that aside, get ready to embark on a dark fantasy world that will keep you invested in the story and its characters for hours.

It's almost emotional for me to witness the amazing progress of the studio behind this game. On an industry surrounded by greedy and dishonest publishers, CD Projekt RED stands out as an example of respect and dedication to gamers.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I finished witcher 1 & 2 two times. never played witcher 3 cuz of damn specifications.. I really need to upgrade my pc. Witcher Series is a Master Piece. I recommend this game before playing witcher 2 :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
62.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
What a game. One of the best RPGs I've played in a long while, open world but enough guia\dance that the main story line always fel like it was progressing. The plot was really interesting and i was always looking forward to what ever was round the next turn. ESPECIALLY on sale for $1.50, you can't pass it up
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
234.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The first game of an awesome franchise.

Sadly, this is the game most players overlooked, mostly due to combat system. Yes it is weird, it is not practical. It is like a rhythm game to be honest. However if you bear with it at get used to the game, it shines like a diamond.

The story is mostly stand alone, not that much related to second and third games. But that doesn't mean that is should be overlooked. It is a game of politics and human nature.

Let me talk about combat system. As I have said, it is like a rhythm game. Click to attack an enemy and click again when game tells you to chain up your attacks and perform combos. Parrying is automatic, performed according to your skills. You have two swords, steel one for humans and "normal" beasts (such as dogs, wolves) and silver one for all kinds of monsters (vampires, necrophages, etc.). And you have three styles for each sword (strong, fast and group styles). Strong style deals heavy damage is used for slow, heavily armored opponents. Strong style also have a chance to cause bleeding that gradually decreases health, much like a poison. Fast style is used for fast enemies and have a chance to cause pain status effect which is like a stun. Group style is the situational one. It causes less damage than the other two, but critical hit chance increases as you fight 3 or more enemies. With certain skills, group style causes knockdown which makes enemies incredibly vulnerable to instant kills.

You can craft bombs, potions and blade oils by alchemy system to have an edge at the combat. There are potions that increase health regen, increase endurance regen (that is used to cast signs, more on that later), increase damage you deal at the cost of making dodge and parry impossible, etc. The downside of the potions is that all potions have a toxicity level. High toxicity level causes adverse effects, such as health damage.

Blade oils, when applied to a blade (duh), causes the blade to deal more damage, according to the oil used. You can craft oils that are effective against specific types of enemies such as vampires, spectres, necrophages and you can craft oils that are situational, causing status effects like bleeding and pain.

You can also craft bombs to help you in combat. There are various types of bombs that causes fire damage, blinding, stunning, poisoning. They are useful, but they are not absolutely necessary to beat the game.

There are also signs, spells that you can cast on the go to have and advantage on the battle. You have aard (think of force push from Star Wars) that causes stun and knockback, igni which causes damage and delivers incineration status effect to enemies, quen which forms a protective shield around you that blocks damage, axi which hexes enemies, stunning them or even converting to your side, and finally yrden which places a trap on the ground that damages enemies and delivers status effects.


Now, I beat the game on hard difficulty and here are my experiences:

-Axi and yrden signs are useless. I never used them. Quen is situational. It can give you time you need to throw a bomb or drink a potion. Mostly throughout the game you will use aard and igni.

-Blade oils are essential in hard difficulty. Be sure to have several different kinds in your inventory to cover all enemies you encounter.

-Bombs are cool, but they are not absolutely necessary.

-You'll have lots of potions to drink, but mostly you'll use swallow (health regen), tawny owl (endurance regen) and cat (see in darkness - you'll encounter many caves/crypts). Be warned that swallow is not a regular health potion, it just increases the regeneration rate so it can be useless against enemies that deal lots of damage in short time. If you want instant health, you'll need white raffard's decoction, but take care drinking it because it is highly toxic.

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Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This is a trilogy. No excuse to skip square 1.
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