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

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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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MagicBlaze The Insane
32.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Feels a tad bit to linear to me as far as how you are "allowed" to play the game is concerned.
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KidTruthMusic
113.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
The Witcher was one of the most epic and well told stories out there. It has its technical flaws that we will get to in just a moment, but if you are one for a good long story mode then settle in and get ready for a masterpiece.


The glaring weakness for The Witcher, that certainly can ruin the experience for some people, is the clunky combat system. The longer I played and advanced my magic and strikes the more I actually became endeared to the system personally, but this is a noticeable problem and one that friends of mine have put down the game over. You have 4 different weapons available to you at all times, a steel sword to be used against humans, a silver sword for use against monsters, and two other weapons spots for hammers, axes, flails, and other things of that nature. In addition to these four weapons you have 5 magic signs that you can build up and use against your foes. There is Aard which is basically your force push sign, Igni which delivers a blaze of fire to ignite your foes, Quen which summons a force field to protect you from damage, Axii that can cloud the mind of lesser foes and have them do your bidding against eachother, and Yrden the sign of containment which can trap your foes making them easier to attack.



My two most used signs were definitely Igni and Aard, but there are so many different possible fighting styles and combinations. While on the topic of fighting styles, I should certainly mention the different Witcher styles that can be used for your swords. There is a fast attack for faster foes, strong attack style for the beastly competitors, and lastly the group style when you are attacked by a swarm of enemies which *spoilers* happens a lot.


So let's get to some of what makes this one of the best games out there, the amazing story. I have got to shout out one of my favorite elements that always delights me in any story, the Lovecraftian horror. It is everywhere to be found in the Witcher, from the cult of the elder Gods, to the worshippers of Dagon, and to the monsters looking like something climbing straight out of innsmouth (the drowners), this game is full of winks and nods to the great H.P. Lovecraft and that is something I always love to see.



Beyond the Lovecraftian influence there is much to be said for everything The Witcher's story does right. You are Geralt of Rivia a mercenary who slays all the monsters and gets all the girls. As you travel along your journey you encounter many interesting characters and make many decisions that affect the face of the game as you see it. You encounter a group of knights reminiscent of the Knights Templar who are known as the Order of the Flaming Rose. There are Witches, Dwarves, Elves, and an evil terror organization names the Salamandra whom it is your duty to destroy, or perhaps aid depending on the direction you take.


The voice acting is very questionable at times and can ruin the mood of a dramatic scene, but it does not take away from the joy in fulfilling the steps of your quest. I was very fond of the way that you learn about new beasts and plants to be harvested, you can learn about these things and much else in the way of lore and character development by reading books that can be bought or found all over Temeria. The stories are very interesting at times and of course in some of these books there were more nods to my man Lovecraft.


As for the ending, let me suffice it to say it does not disappoint by any stretch of the imagination. To match the rest of the quest it was incredibly inspired, well thought out, and grandiose, with much left to be wondered by the imagination. Without spoiling anything it will make you question everything you have done in the game and see the points to be made by your adversary in a way that I have never seen before.


All in all The Witcher is not a game to be taken lightly. It is something that every RPG fan must experience and is quite an amazing way to start of what has become a critically acclaimed franchise. In short, if you are an RPG junkie stop what you are doing (including reading this blog) and go download it now. Nothing is more important than beginning your journey as Geralt of Rivia, may the Eternal Fire guide your sword and the old Gods allow you a successful and prosperous campaign!


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Cheers, Love! The Cavalry's Here
39.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
Trust me and play before W2 and W3. Intro is explained in W3.
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Gerfado
30.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
I wanted to play the newest Witcher.
So I decided to play the first and second Witcher games.
And I must say, for an almost 9 year old game, this game was beyond my expectations.

Truely a great game with a good story.
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edugon77
51.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
I love the witcher franchise, I love CD Project Red, but this game is awful.
Go watch a gameplay.
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ShadowyIllusion
81.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Just for reference - I recently finished this game, am about to go onto the second, and have not played the third one or read the books.


Yes, the controls are a bit wonky and require some trial-and-error to figure out what combat mode works best with what enemy. Yes, it is easy to overlook things and by the time you realize you did it will be too late. Yes, I had issues with random FPS drops and force closing for no discernable reason.

However, once you get past that, you get a game that has a fantastic story and interesting characters. Every choice you make does have consequences and will impact events further into the story. And every character has their own agenda regardless of if you get involved or not.

Graphics wise, it has aged well despite being a nearly 9-year-old game.

I bought this game on sale for less than 2USD and it was worth every penny. So if you’re a fan of roleplay games with heavy emphasis on choice and consequence or just want to run around as a mutant monster slayer, I highly recommend this game.
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TalkingMudcrab
37.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
The water lords are nigh - that's exactly how I speak.

There's so many beautiful aspects to this game - such creativity, thought and care has gone into it's production. The world is deep and rich along with the characters and dialogue.

I was playing The Witcher 2 for a while and remembered that I hadn't actually finished this so I came back to it. Probably enjoying this more than 2. There's less polish but more creativity and depth.

Verdict - a true classic.
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Pung -Zelna-
20.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
This game is at best, a 5/10.
I love the Witcher game series and the books too.
Maybe it was the age, or maybe CDPR had little idea about gameplay, but the controls and battle system is horrible. I would still suggest that you buy it as the story is still intriguing and the lore is definitely something that keeps me coming back for more. To sum it up, I think it's worth buying if you can disregard the ultra-clunky controls.

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a.maslekovas
58.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
If you are thinking of playing Witcher 3, then this game is A MUST. You'll miss A LOT, if you will start your journey from TW2 or straight from TW3.
Yes, it's old, yes it still has some bugs and random performance issues, but a few hours into the gameplay and you just forget about it.
What really was anoying the first, is walking. All you do at the begining of the first chapter is walk from one end of the map to the other. But don't let it put you off, it developes a pace as the time goes on and you'll have a lot of things to do. And to mention, it's a pretty lenghty game. I was taking my time to enjoy it and it took me more than 50 hours to complete all the side quests, and it didin't dissapoint me a single bit.
I would also strongly recommend The Witcher Overhaul Project mod from Nexus. It certainly enhances the visual experience.
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E.M.P.-ERROR
53.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Geralt turned a flower into having sex with a woman.

Now that's what I call magic!
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 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.

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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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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
If you're into RPGs, you need to play the series.

This is where it started, as far as games are concerned and it shows. The controls are a little wonky, descriptions are difficult to understand at times and you'll spend a lot of time in the Wiki for clues. It's brutally difficult until about level 15 or so, then you start to feel a bit like a 'real' Witcher. Faster, more powerful than the humans around you; which is a good thing as you'll do a lot more fighting of them, than monsters as you navigate the boiling point of a race war between the Humans and essentially every other sentient race (Your typical fantasy groups: Dwarves, Elves, etc..).

For nearly a decade old, the game still looks good, and can still challenge modern hardware. With an i5, 16 GB of RAM, an SSD, and a GTX 970 in some sections at 1080p (Super sampled up to 4k) I'll drop below 45 FPS YMMV).

If you recently picked up The Witcher 3, I do recommend grabbing this one, and the second as well to get the whole story, though be warned. This one is kinda clunky, and meant solely for the PC. It's very mouse and keyboard heavy, and a lot of the actions are based on 'old school' die rolls. Did you dodge that attack, did you successfully parry, did your Sword hit its mark? Who the hell knows! The second one is closer to the 'modern' title (3) in that it is more easily played with a controller IMO, as you're met with QTE, and a lot of block, parry, dodge, attack segments.

What do you get for trying this one out first, and beating it?
- A lot of answers and lore.
- Better starting armor and weapons
- An imported save file that changes some of the world through your previous actions
- Knowledge about what the hell is going on in 2 and 3...

All in all, this game is worth it, even at its $10 price point ~10 years later. (I bought it twice: first on Disc, then here). Sit back, relax, and enjoy a good solid 40-50 hours of game play (~25 if you are really good, and rush past everything, and don't enjoy the world.

Random Info: This is essentially the European release of the game, not the censored US one, so the 'romance' cards DO contain nudity.
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18 of 20 people (90%) 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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10 of 13 people (77%) 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

- :
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This is a trilogy. No excuse to skip square 1.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.8 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 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 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 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
How to make a great RPG in ten steps:
1. Take Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire's kind of political thriller storyline
2. Add magic, monsters and other fantasy elements missing from GRRM's works without any of the those fantasy stereotypes of good v evil, clear bad guys, etc
3. An admittedly hit or miss combat system
4. A dash of likeable and/or very human characters
5. A torrent of great voice acting
6. Lots of sidequests (that actually affect the plot)
7. An amount of Lore that compares with the world of Bioware games
8. Differing paths and endings to ensure replayability
9. SEX
10. Finally, a badass yet entirely human main character with a deep-set baritone voice
Result:
Perhaps not the greatest RPG ever made, but almost certainly the best at being a ROLE-PLAYING GAME; spawning and even better sequel and a conclusion that ties up almost all loose ends with a satisfactory climatic Wild Hunt.
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