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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

PC
Mac
    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 version 10.6.8 or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (any)
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card nVidia GeForce 320M (or better), AMD Radeon HD 6750M (or better) or Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 10.5 GB free space on HDD
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X version 10.6.8 or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or Core i7 (any)
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 10.5 GB free space on HDD
Helpful customer reviews
369 of 412 people (90%) found this review helpful
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2013
This game. It's amazing.

First off, don't let the first chapter fool you. It starts off really slow. Like, REALLY slow. It can turn a lot of people off. The slow-paced combat at the beginning and a few graphical hitches doesn't help it at all. In fact, it took multiple attempts to try to get into the game because of it, as I felt there were just better games for me to play.

But, once I got through that first chapter, the game picked up quickly. You encounter unique characters and environments, difficult decisions that aren't just black & white "good versus evil", a great soundtrack, an engaging storyline, and hell, even the combat begins to show a little variety.

Overall, this game is just absolutely great. I recommend playing it on the Hard difficulty, as it feels like the right way to play the Witcher. You have to make use of your alchemy to make bombs, potions and oils to turn the battlefield to your favor.

jk fuq dis game
no seriously
play this game
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240 of 280 people (86%) found this review helpful
1,280.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
The first time I played Witcher enhanced edition I cried. The story is better than the bible and Geralt is fresher than the prince of Bel-Air. I bought extra copies for all of my friends and family so they can experience the greatness that is this game. After spends days of rewatching the sex scenes and making the romance cards in real life I realised I am become The Witcher. I now spend several hours a day at the gym working on my physique and I even have bleached my hair white. Tomorrow I am going to get my named changed to Geralt and my middle name changed to WHITE WOLF. My wife fully supports my decision and she is getting her name changed to Triss. I am now studying kenpo under the tutelage of Sensei Masumura Nobunaga as to learn the art of the sword. I have been going to a Wiccan Herbalist as to learn how to cast spells and how to brew mutagenic tonics. I am close to being able to cast the Wiccan equivalent of the Igni sign but I still need more training. Also I have taken out a loan to purchase replicas of the Witcher's pure silver and steel swords. My mom is worried about me but I told her that this is now my life and she should support my decision and I hope one day to hunt down monsters like the ghouls and drowners in witcher just like Geralt.
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167 of 186 people (90%) found this review helpful
94.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2013
If you are an RPG fan and like a more serious tone then this is the game for you. Everything about the game apart from the combat is fantastic. The settings, visuals, storyline and characters will keep you hooked from start to finish. The combat isn't that bad but it is one of the things that lets the game down. It's simply brilliant!
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197 of 227 people (87%) found this review helpful
52.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
i'll make little review after finish this game
Pro
+Complex Story
+Unique battle system
+Need 35-45 hour to finish this game (very time consumsing for semi open-world)
+Multiple ending
+Cute Romance system :3
+Population of the city is so alive (if rain they will take shelter)
+Nice graphic for 2007

Cons
-Geralt sword style so ugly
-Sometimes Confusing story
-Conversation still stiff
-New armor and weapon obtained when close to the end of game..
-i need witcher 2 now

and the conclusion... for me this game can get score 8/10
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124 of 134 people (93%) found this review helpful
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2013
There's not much I can say about The Witcher that hasn't been said already, so I'll keep it brief and focus on the main three points.

A) An epic story, with choices that make differences and consequences that matter. Mature and dark, with controversial topics handled mostly with care, the tale will grip you from a few hours in and not let go until the end.

B) Combat that starts off horrendously, but much like with the story, gets much better after a few hours. It's still a bit janky, but it rewards patience and preparation more than twitch skill.

C) A beautiful, well-realized world, with plenty of lore and stories to find if you look hard enough. Dozens of optional quests, handfuls of interesting NPCs, and items to obtain.

The Witcher seems like a much older game than it is, because it's a bit janky and feels dated, but if you can stomach the very slow first few hours, you'll open up an exciting ride through a well-realized and fantastic world.

Recommended, but be warned: it is a very long game, especially if you end up doing sidequests or exploring. Set aside a hefty chunk of time to play through this.
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1,217 of 1,612 people (75%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I played this game for 4h and i already had sex with 2 different girls, 10/10
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130 of 146 people (89%) found this review helpful
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
The Witcher is an RPG where you play as Geralt - an Alcoholic Sex Addict who solves crimes, mysteries and paranormal events. You're a stoic guy, who doesn't really know or speak much of their past and seems to have an supply of redhaired sidekicks to help you ou. Basically, you're a white haired David Duchovny.

There is a lot I liked about The Witcher; such as the narative and compact storyline that can branch in several different ways. The Alchemy system to craft potions and oils, which become almost essential as the game progresses. Books & Scroll which progress the lore beyond that of NPC interactions, and in some instances help you gain extra loot and information about monsters.

Yet, there is one aspect I just wasn't keen on at all and that (switches to silver sword strong style to fight the Trolls) was the combat system. It's an interesting idea and concept, but I just didn't get into it. There are six different fighting styles - Silver Sword and Steel Sword. Each sword has 3 different attack options - Strong, Quick & Group. You need to select the correct sword adn the correct attack option to do the optimal damage to the enemy. Silver Swords are perfect for Non-Human creatures, and Steel Sword is perfect for Human creatures. Strong style is best for large, heavy hitting enemies, while quick is best for more agile, quicker enemies. Group, naturally, is best against a large group of enemies.
On paper it sounds pretty intelligent, but in reality it was somewhat frustrating and uninspiring. At one point the battles were simply referred to 'Benny Hills', due to the hit and run nature of the fights.

http://www.twitch.tv/mrluchador/c/3845320

So it's for that reason I would suggest if you were going to play through the game to put it on the easiest settings. Hopefully then you won't be too distracted by the fights within the game and can gain an understanding of the gameworld before you jump into The Witcher 2 & 3. Sadly, just I was starting to become bored of the combat, the game felt the urge to suddenly throw in Mob Waves and Gauntlet battles (something it had not done up to this point). By the time you reach the Final Chapter, you're suddenly fight more enemies than you've ever had to fight throughout the game that had came before hand.

It's the kind of game I wish I had played on release several years ago, or in retrospect loaded up with mods before I attempted to play it several years after release to fix the issues that others seemed to share.
Overall I'm pleased I played The Witcher, as I know feel like I'll understand The Witcher 3 somewhat better (there are tiny small droplets of references to 'The Wild Hunt' lore within The Witcher), and there are some honestly good moments within the game that need to be seen first hand. It's just a shame that the combat system gets in the way.

So if you're someone who wants to get into The Witcher for Witcher 3 then this game might be for you if you slap it on easy and soak in the Game World and Lore. If you're a fan of RPGs I'm not entirely sure where I'd go with my recommendation. I guess, in the end, it's only fitting (yet sadly unable in Steam Reviews) to sit on the fence and air my neutrality on this.
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94 of 99 people (95%) found this review helpful
43.0 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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148 of 175 people (85%) found this review helpful
74.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
Just finished this game, and I had a blast playing it. The beginning is extremely slow, but if you can get through it the rest of the game just gets better and better.
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85 of 90 people (94%) found this review helpful
65.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
The Witcher : Enchanced Edition ( Director's Cut ) :

After playing a single playthrough, I highly recommend this game!
The first Chapter is a little slow, however, it helps you build an understanding of the main character and gives you a understanding of the game itself.

One thing I truly loved about this game, the decisions you made effected your gameplay, whether it would be a minor impact or a game changing impact. It was a great to not just play a game, but also be part of that game as well.

I picked up both Witcher 1 & 2, where -some- decisions you made in the first game can transfer over ( as well as minor gear change ) ; I recommend to get a copy of both!

Don't let all the features in the game "scare" you away. As to maximize the game, you use all talents/features ( Alchemy, Signs and Weapons ). During the slow impact of the first Chapter, you get a chance to work on all your options. Honestly speaking, I only used 2 weapons ( monster/human ) 2 signs ( Fire/Push ) and a handful of potions.

There are some glitches (mostly) during combat, but not game challenging. ( ex. Boxing or attacking mulitple adds with single attacks )
The major complaint I received about this game was people felt overwhelmed with the decision making mixed with talents. Don't let them is all I can recommend. Enjoy the overall gameplay. You don't need to worry about using everything at once and like mentioned above, the first chapter is a great tool to learn it all from.

When you start playing this game until when you stop, you feel as if you're part of the game itself. The Witcher does have replay value so you may learn each outcome of game impacting decisions.

Pros :
- Good graphics
- Controls are easy to get a handle of
- Amazing Storyline
- Decision making with impacts

Cons :
- Minor Glitches with combat system
- Repetitive combats

Rating : 8.5/10
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128 of 168 people (76%) found this review helpful
64.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Very great RPG, decisions, potions, monsters, adventure, nice Story line. Easy Controls, Nice Graphics, powers. All Included.

I recommend you much, buy this game.
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56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Great game, a bit rough on the edges, its true, but still a unique RPG with a magnificent and very deep adult storyline.

At first sight the gameplay is strange and complicated, the combat system is unusual and I believe that many don't have the courage to go ahead, I went and I don't regret it, the combat and skill system is a matter of adaptation, and there a great and intelligent resource, alchemy, which it's necessary in certain situations depending on the difficulty and makes the gameplay more interesting. Graphically the game is dated, but for those that don't concern with that, the graphics is quietly acceptable. As for sound quality, the effects follow the other technical aspects and has its flaws, however I have to say that the soundtrack is great!

As for the plot, needs no comments, is by far the strongest point of the game. The way the story evolves and the aspects that compose it, beyond common cliches we see in roleplaying games, is something unique. During the storyline there are several choices to make, choices that go beyond good or bad, right or wrong, that make you think and reflect on your decisions and that impact directly in the plot, however small and insignificant they may seem. The lore is also impressive, as is the variety of well constructed characters, and the ending is surprising.

Gotta be honest, the game has its flaws, is notable that at the time the game was made, CD PROJEKT RED lacked the necessary resources, they weren't suitable with their aspirations. The animations aren't the best as well as the gameplay, excessive comes and goes in some scenarios and the lack of a functional inventory are unsatisfying. It's still a perfectly playable game and a unique title for those who like RPG. Recommended!

8/10
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91 of 125 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
The Witcher is probably one the best fantasy RPG's on the market even being over five years old. Your monster hunter Geralt of Rivia an outcast, hero, and necessary evil in a world filled with dreaded monsters that need to be killed. Geralt is thrust into a conflict he doesn't belong in with intrigue, backstabbing, and concealed agendas. The game itself is just a plus to the fantastic storytelling. One game where your choices really do have consequences so many choices on the story on how you can align with or stay autonomous like the witchers of past. This is a mature story not meant for the young because there is nudity but in all honesty who doesn't like a little digital nudity from time to time, especially when its just makes and breaks the storytelling involved. Now the combat system has little learning curve where you can't get it just right till you invest a little time the game. The save files on average are around 30mb so be prepared to have small quantity of your hard drive taken over by the save folder but its worth every penny if your like me and save often. So you can go back and replay it different right away if you didn't like how it turned it. This is a phenomenal game that has a strong following for exactly that reason. I purchased the game through steam just so I could write this review Its that good of game, I now own two copies.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
At first, the witcher seems like a fairly normal RPG with a clunky fighting system, but this is only at the beginning. After you have forgotten that there is another world around your screen, you will not regret having bought this game.

The game sets you in a world as the character Geralt, a witcher. Witchers are human mutants with magical powers and are usually monster hunters. It’s starts off with you being saved by some other witchers and you have somehow lost you memory. Then your introduced to some main charcters, then some bad things happened and you have to set off on an adventure. The story at the start of the game seems pretty linear and boring, but it gets so much better when you spend some hours playing the game. There are political, religious and racism problems all over the game world that’s very easy to get immersed in. Both the problems, which often seems exceptionally profound and realistic, and the characters, who are often very fascinating and unique, makes the game’s story/stories particularly interesting to pay attention to.

The Witcher's world is somewhat unusual for fantasy RPG. The atmohsphere throughtout most of the game is very dark and grimy. Most citizens you encounter are sick, poor, frightened or they’re rich happy folks that have no sympathy for the poor. There are drunks, prostitut*s, thieves, farmers, bandits and more with all they’re unique type of look, voice, reaction when you walk passed them and unique type of personality if you’re able to talk and get to know the character. All this makes the game world feel really realistic and makes it easy to get immersed in.

The game doesn’t make a clear line between good and evil. It’s up to the player to decide for themselves what they think is right to do and then decide if they want to do what’s “right”, and there is a lot of choosing in this game. Even from the start of the game, some of the choices you have to make have major impact on later parts of the game. The player is able to be part of different assembly’s with different quest’s, which makes the game to some extent repayable.

The music of the game truly fits wherever you are in the game world, and it changes from place to place. Some of the tracks gets played over and over, and instead of getting boring, they just became like a relaxing reminder of where you are, and if you’re in a safe place or not. I wouldn’t say that there are any bad tracks, but are some that are much some which are more rememberable than others.

This is one of the best RPGs I have ever played. I have never been so immerged in a world and cultivate an interest in a story so deep and complex. If you like story based RPG’s and you have the time and money, get this game.
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2013
This is a badass RPG. Excellent story, very nice graphics considering it was made 6 years ago, the gameplay is a bit weird at first but once you understand how it works it's pretty neat. If you like RPGs you have no excuse whatsoever, you HAVE to try this game.
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I've always been a huge RPG, fantasy, medieval fan. That being said, I've never heard of the novels nor the game before I bought it. I got it at a 90% discount. I was watching the images and reviews for some time and I saw that a friend of mine had the game. After asking him if the game was worth it, I bought the game. He only said that it was very good. Nothing more. So I wasn't expecting anything extraordinary. Damn, if only I knew. Seriously, this game (and it's sequel) are the only games in the world I regret buying at a discounted price. I would have GLADLY bought them at full price (and seriously, only 10$ for this masterpiece? Finally a very good game at low price!!)

GOOD
- The storyline : Not only is it great, it's also very huge. The developpers really didn't just made a game as quickly as they could. The story is there, and you always want to know more.
- You don't need to read the books before playing : Because yes, this game is a sequel to a novel series. You won't spoil yourself so much of the story (except the final, but there's going to be so many more questions when you'll learn what happened)
- The bestiary : The creatures that lurks at night -- or not -- are very diversified. There's so much information you can get about them. If you stick to the story, maybe you'll encounter only half of them. And there's not only a lot of monsters, there's also a lot of fantasy humanoid creatures likes vampires, werewolves, elves, dwarves, etc.
- Over 30 hours of gameplay : If you stick only to the story, you'll get around 35 hours of gameplay. But if you try to get everything, you have for more than 80 hours.
- The gameplay itself : There's two gameplay mode : mouse and keyboard, and mouse. Even tho you'll probably prefer the first choice, the second one is also very good
- The soundtrack : After playing this game, all of those beautiful music will stick in your head. Every music fits very well with the action. They are very enchanting and immersive. Plus you have all the soundtrack when you buy the game! Yay, wonderful music when I'm not playing this game!
- You can collect sex cards : Yes, you can have sex with almost every girls in this game (including a princess... and a very sexy gingerhead witch <3)
- The realism : Even if it's a fantasy game, there's a great realism as for the way people sees you. It reflect a lot our world by differents aspects, like racism, fear of the unknown, genocides, what's good and what's evil. There's a lot of choices to make that will make you wonder what you'll do if it was real.
- The choices you make impact on the story : Every choices you make will have its consequences. There's always a way to rediscover the story by making differents choices from a game to another.
- Graphics for 2007/2008 are trully amazing

BAD
- You don't really get new armors and weapons until late in the game. Dependly on the difficulty level, you don't really need a new one anyway.
- It'll take some time to adapt to the sword-fighting gameplay
- Some ingredients for the alchemy are very difficult to find

Little tip : Try to get Raven's armor at the last chapter. Not only is it useful, but you'll be able to load your saved file when you'll start The Witcher 2, so the choices you'ld have made will have effects on this new game too, AND you'll start with a very good armor from the start!

I STRONGLY recommand this game to anyone who likes fantasy and/or RPGs. The characters are rich, lovable, the plot twists are seriously intense and sometimes, you won't even have a clue about a major spoil. Also, the difficulty levels trully makes a difference. I'm not the best gamer in the world, I usually can't finish my games because sometimes the ennemies become way too powerful/godlike, but I made it through this game in about 50 hours (trying to complete some quests on the side sometimes) and actually enjoy the game without raging against the monsters/ennemies all the time. Once you get how to beat them, you can make it.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
The witcher is one of the few games that made me question my decisions every step of the way. While the combat is not the best, the story makes you want to stick around.
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280 of 482 people (58%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
To begin with I feel it is necessary to clarify several aspects which could distort what readers may think of my review, as it seems that many hardcore RPG fans, or indeed fans of 'The Witcher' series, level commonplace criticism of those who did not enjoy this game. It's infuriating to read that people who loved the series often patronise those who did not, claiming they don't enjoy 'true' RPG's or that they don't 'understand' the grand concept of the game. Likewise, it's equally as infuriating to reader hater troll's post things such as 'this game sucks coz the combat is lame', because that simply justifies the formers comments. So, as to not dilute the worth of this review, I:

do really enjoy RPG's.
do really understand the difference between an RPG and a game with RPG aspects, such as the ME series.
do enjoy the ME series, but wish it wasn't so black and white it it's good and evil approach.
did give the game a full chance, as I completed the game and played it for over 50 hours.
do prefer substance over style.
do not prefer COD or games that are about quick reflexes, in other words, games that are FPS's.
do understand the actual story.
also am not a child, so wasn't overawed or possibly manipulated by the 'adult' content.
did not play the game in spits and bursts/suffer from a short attention span, some of my favourite games/films are steadily paced and longer in length, encouraging a narrative over action.

Okay, so now those predispositions are established, my thoughts on the game are that its backdrop is intriguing, with racial, sexual and political undercurrents driving the world of Geralt. The story is interesting and the option to shape in-game decisions in a shades-of-grey approach is refreshing. Although good/bad choices work in games like KOTOR as it is ingrained the world of Star Wars, other games have adopted this approach as a lazy 'lets give off the illusion that we have a lot of choice, yet in reality we have 2' option.

However, we must remember that this is a game, an interactive medium wherein part of our enjoyment comes from our ability to play through the protagonist's development and narrative. The gaming content of The Witcher is totally dull. The quests, much like they are in the sequal, involve killing X amount of enemies to collect Y amount of pelts, in order to recieve money. These side quests are the oldest and most tiresome in the industry and the game in inundated with them.

Many of the other sidequests and indeed the main quests, are mainly aiming for you to run to one location, drop something off or deliver a message, then run back, and repeat and repeat. The constant loading times are an issue but they can be overlooked, yet they do obviously hinder the experience if the quests mainly involve running from A to B.

Talking to NPC's etc etc and ascertaining information, then getting information elsewhere is even acceptable, if the combat system was involving enough to keep the experience fresh. Now the combat system of a game is often a stick to beat you with by massive fans of RPG's or fans of The Witcher in general. If you claim 'the combat is dull', the accusation can be levelled 'oh if you want to have good combat then play an FPS you clearly don't understand RPG's' etc etc etc. Now this argument is total nonsense, of course, because your character Geralt is by default a character that uses combat. He is by title, a 'monster-slayer', and an enhanced one at that. Yet clicking your mouse over and over again is hardly a befitting reflexion of a monster-slayer and does little to portray his power to the player. Carefully timed 'clicks', yet through a real-time combat experience and not through a turn based one, gets tiresome rapidly.

Recently I read a comment that noted, 'oh I don't play COD and moan that it lacks RPG elements, so don't play The Witcher and moan that is has bad combat and isn't as action packed as an FPS'. I understand this point, yet there is a total difference. COD would not throw an RPG element down your throat. It doesn't force you to use RPG elements at every turn. The Witcher does force you to use the combat system at every turn. Much of your time is spent fighting, using the combat system. Therefore the combat is a massive factor in why the game is tedious (anyone playing through the swamp in Act II can testify to how repetitive and tiring killing reappearing 'downers' is).

The 'mature' content of the game would be welcomed if it was subtle enough to be effective. Games really should target a mature player, using sophisticated and unilluted stories in order to not pander to the lowest common denominator. Yet the blasé approach in The Witcher is unconvincing and often awkward. NPC's saying '♥♥♥♥' or '♥♥♥♥' or '♥♥♥♥' does not make the game more for adults, neither do the appearance of 'sex cards' where Geralt has the option to shag a hooker in order to look at a half naked lady for 3 seconds. Yes it may be 'mature content', but that doesn't make it mature. It's juvenile frequent appearance in the game is seemingly there for shock factor as opposed to adding to the experience of the game. The developers could have demonstrated the bleakness of the world through subtler ways, which wouldn't have giving the impression that they were just trying to impress kids through swearing and sex.

In essence the game is totally dull. The story and world can be engaging, but it's hard to care after clicking over and over for 2 hours whilst running from A to B.

I think the developers should be commended for creating a world that echoes the harsh realities of life, but they should reassess the gaming content. The bottom line is that the quests need to be more fun, the combat needs to be more engaging. Why create a world so sophisticated with an intriguing story yet dilute the experience through vanilla gameplay?

In conclusion, the game was not terrible, it just wasn't that fun. I find it difficult to see that anyone collecting 5 'downer' brains etc actually finds the task fun. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this reviews, comments are very welcomed.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
86.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2013
A massive rpg with a surprisingly innovative combat system compared to many these days, the Witcher can be played with either a mouse and keyboard setup, or solely with a mouse.
Player freedom of choice is actually much higher than most games, with a potential of three playthroughs with new content being possible.
Although the game picks up pace around the third act, and combat doesn't feel rewarding until you actually know what you're doing, it ends up well worth the patience by the end of the day, with a surprisingly introspective story that won't leave you anytime soon if you pay attention to the finer details.

PS.
If you play the game and find yourself wanting a little more out of it, but the combat system isn't quite to your liking enough to justify a second playthrough, not unlike my experience, try the Full Combat Rebalance mod, which legitimately turns it into an entirely new experience.
http://www.moddb.com/mods/full-combat-rebalance1
*Not for novices/beginners*
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
The Witcher offers players a rich RPG experience, in both terms of lore and gameplay; it has an incredibly narrative style in where your choices affect the outcomes you get in the later phases of the game, although they aren't that much of an impact, while the gameplay combines action and reflexes with a deep RPG skill tree in which players may specialize in one way or another. A must play for RPG fans.

+Story driven RPG
+Highly detailed lore
+Old school roleplaying elements
+Memorable characters
+Superb narrative

-Combat mechanics may not appeal to everyone

87/100 Superb
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