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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MR.BUYMETHEWITCHER3PLEASE
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I started playing the witcher 2. it was very nice, gameplay and storyline were great. was prepared to play witcher 3 but i had to play to the witcher 1 first. Then i realized i just couldn't play it. If you want to do like me, go read the overall of the story but just don't play it because the gameplay is so bad. I want so much to play it but the gameplay, the gameplay is so much awful that i just can't play it. I know its a 2008 game of course but yeah... Just look at the story of the first witcher on internet, then you can enjoy the witcher 2 and 3 that are just awesome.
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Horaz
( 130.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Why The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is the best of the saga?

+ Look at the Witcher Medallion's design and everything will be self-explanatory.

+ Drunk Simulator 2008, best of its kind versus the "just add blur" of W2 and W3.

+ Old-School PC game (Read, investigate, try out, experiment, save often, replay) versus the "Use a controller and press X everywhere to play". Note there's a difference between Old-School and "just plain Old like Dragon Age".

+ Organic quests and characters that change dramatically depending on your choices versus the usual "go there and talk to that guy for the next step" that followed suit.

+ Over-the-top Original Voice Acting that even after 8 years remains solid. Like everything considered "foreign" by native English speakers, Play it in its original language or refrain from talking about it.

+ Faithful Day cycles that actually influences gameplay and monsters encountered (It's dark at 3am in the morning and you find more monsters than ever) versus "It's 3am in the morning and the sun is blinding me and the same 3 drowners that I found yesterday afternoon" the sequels suffers from.

+ If you actually like RPGs (not masochistic-grinding Dark Souls, that's not an RPG), you'll finish Wild Hunt and will be curious about a lot of things, so you'll end up playing this one. Which is good.


Why The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is not the best experience of the three?

- Myriad of bugs and unstable situations, like old games XP/Vista had back then. In order for the game to work properly you as a gamer, have to work accordingly. Some modding here and there is required for enjoying the title in 2016.

- Weird, non-mainstream combat system that your ordinary Average Game Joe will never enjoy or understand.

- Apparent slow start that impatient people won't tolerate (I wonder why impatient people says they play RPGs).

- Not suited for the current generation of Youtubbers that want to react to everything. Like sex with your sweetheart, some things are best kept private.

- Some events are so random that can (and will) infuriate completionists.

- Secondary quests are just marked as that, since all of them are necessary for the whole story to advance properly (why would anyone play a RPG and let unfinished quests? Guess there are a bunch of idiots around the world).

- You'll probably won't get the ending you want and some apparently innocent dialog choices will hit back harder at you once getting to the Final Chapter. This game lets you take some choices without hand-holding you, and this seems to ♥♥♥♥ of casual gamers that think that they can just 100% a game because they have 4x SLI and a 144hz monitor).


7 pros, 7 cons.

Look at my time playing the game.

Make your choice.
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Douche Nukem
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The swamp level gave me PTSD and the combat is as good as a lazy handjob. Game is groovy though
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Princederbat
( 48.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game! Very interesting combat system, easy to understand leveling system interesting characters. My only problem is that with so many strange names it's some times hard to tell who is talking about who and where.
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sc00by d00d
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The combat in this game is absolutely terrible. So terrible in fact , I couldn't even play the game and enjoy it.
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wapi_83
( 37.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Awesome story based on Andrzej Sapkowski's novel but who the hell doens't know about that? ;)
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Benstone
( 40.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The combat system is slightly dated, but this is a wonderful introduction to the witcher series. Choices, "trading cards", and fun battles make this game an oldie, but a real goody. For the price, expect at least 40 hours of gameplay- a steal.
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Alexandru
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
this game is ♥♥♥
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ProxMackintosh@μ'sic Forever
( 41.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
It's fun
that's classic RPG for ya
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WatchaGunnaDooo
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I personally could not play through this one, I wanted to play this and the Witcher 2 before jumping into the Witcher 3, but this games combat system and overall feel were too outdated for me to play.

That being said, if you dont mind the old feel and weird combat system, you should play this game.

Instead of playing it I watched a recap online and the game is very very good and honestly is incredible looking for a game almost 10 years old now.

If you aren't going to play through it, watch through online or read up because you'll be overwhelmed by Witcher 2/3 lores if you don't.

Based on the couple hours I tried playing, and then watching the entire game online, I would give it a 7/10.

Anxious to finish the Witcher 2 (which is incredible by the way, no complaints at all for that one) and then finally start the Witcher 3.
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77 of 84 people (92%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
1. Chapter II, get into the Cannibal's hut in the swamp.
2. Tell him you want to rest.
3. Spend 12 hours meditating and preparing potions while the creep is two meters away from you, chewing human/elf meat and talking to himself at the same time.
4. Talk to him once you're done, you'll receive the lovely invitation to join the table.
5. Appreciate the hospitality by replying "Shut up, you son of a ♥♥♥♥♥".
6. Leave.

You'll encounter gems like this all the time.
I initially purchased this with the only purpose of getting to The Witcher III knowing about the characters and the story from the start. I wasn't expecting to get such a cool gaming experience; The Witcher is fun in every way.
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40 of 40 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
The Witcher was released almost nine years ago and regularly goes on sale for a couple of dollars or less. The question for today's player isn't so much if the game is worth your money but rather if it's worth your time. The answer, in true Witcher fashion, isn't entirely black and white.

The game for me was, overall, enjoyable. The combat system is unique, and regardless of it's mixed reviews, I found it to be a serviceable and even somewhat cool RPG combat system. The finishers tend to get a bit repetitive but add a nice, and gruesome, touch. Although the main story isn't incredibly epic, the decisions that you make along the way feel like they are, and have a significant impact on certain characters fates. I particularly enjoyed the economic system in the early to mid-game, when you actually feel like you need to put in work to earn those Orens, because everyone has their hand in your coin pouch, and everything you want to accomplish has a price. Unfortunately this fades towards the end of the game as there simply isn't anything left to buy and no one left to bribe. Graphically the game doesn't look bad, it’s got its hiccups sure, but nothing that interferes with playability.

Geralt, despite being one of the ugliest human beings I've ever seen in this particular game, somehow manages to slay more women than monsters--quite an accomplishment considering aptitude for his profession. The dude simply can't miss, and it's undeniably entertaining to see just how many naughty cards you can collect. It also adds an interesting layer of complexity to Geralt's ongoing romance with a certain red-haired sorceress. No matter how serious their relationship tries to become, the White Wolf simply can't stop banging other women. Relationships are hard. Players unfamiliar with the series may find Geralt's character at first take to be bland, dull, or flat out boring. However, once you begin to understand his complexities, his sarcastic and cynical nature, and his convictions, you'll surely come to appreciate this incredibly rich and interesting character as so many others have.

The world map by today's standards is pretty small but the game easily has 50 hours of content. This translates into A TON of backtracking. By the end of Chapter II I was more familiar with the streets of Vizima than my own neighborhood, which is great because the mini-map is zoomed in way too far and makes navigation a little frustrating. I often found myself needing to open the world map just to find a house that was actually ten feet away. NPCs carry on with their daily lives, which at first seems pretty cool, until you're searching for one for twenty minutes because he's not getting drunk at the inn for once and he's slipped off his magical RPG quest-tracking bracelet. Because Geralt's a Witcher, monster contracts play a role in the game, unfortunately most of them are simply kill X number of Y monster and turn in their eyes/teeth/skins/whatever. One of them even has Geralt collecting flowers...??! That's like hiring Agent 47 to assassinate a weed in your garden.

The recycling of NPC textures is somewhat distracting but doesn't ruin the experience. Expect though, to see the same fat guy, skinny guy, and half-naked hooker models reused over and over throughout your adventure. The game also suffers painfully from a gear shortage. I found myself using the same armor and two swords throughout most of my adventure. The difficulty on normal is average, as it should be, but does have some frustrating moments. Too many enemy groups have to ability to stun-lock Geralt, causing him to stagger like a drunken derelict as you helplessly pound on your peripherals for way longer than any doctor recommends.

Mini-games are present; dice poker has you playing poker by rolling dice instead of drawing cards and is ok at first but you'll quickly get tired of it. There are also fist fights which pit Geralt against an array of fighters of supposedly increasing difficulty, however, once you figure out the somewhat wonky fighting mechanics you'll be able to beat the crap out of even the strongest opponents with virtually no effort. Overall, the mini-games felt like they could have been left out and, much like me at a party, no one would have even noticed they weren’t there.

Now, we circle back to our original question; is The Witcher worth your time in 2016? As a fan of The Witcher 3 I certainly found it to be worth mine. Despite it's age and other concerns, the game is still pretty darn good. If you're completely new to the series it would seem like the obvious place to start but I would actually recommend starting with the Witcher 3 and working back to this one. Many may not agree, but the game is 50 hours long and sometimes feels like a slog. If you're not already invested in these stories and characters, and the lore of this world, playing this game first, as a contemporary player, could potentially turn you off to the entire franchise and that would be a shame. If you're a fan of the Witcher 3, like me, and want to experience more content from this world, then there's no reason not to give this game a spin.

Final score: 7/10 RECOMMENDED.

Thank you for reading and good hunting
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65 of 82 people (79%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
Recommended
71.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
♥♥♥♥ed 4 women within the first 2 hours. 10/10
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30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
What is The Witcher?
The Witcher is a Fantasy RPG where your choices impact the game.

Plot
You are Geralt of Rivia. You have lost your memory so you have to find out what happened, who were you and who you are going to be.

Pros and Cons:
Pros:
  • Replayable and interesting story which is atleast over 30 hours long
  • Semi-open world (There is large areas that you can explore)
  • There is a lot of content and things to do
  • Choices matter and there are 3 different endings
  • You have to pay attention to understand what is happening
  • Unique but rewarding combat (Might be con too)
  • Voice acting is good and so is the music
  • Graphics are decent
  • Good if you want to know the story and lore for Witcher 2 or 3

Cons:
  • Unique and annoying combat (I heard there is a mod to make this better)
  • Buggy and messy cutscene interactions with some characters
  • FOKING DROWNERS ARGH!

Should I buy The Witcher?
Do you like RPG games? Are you interested in Witcher lore? Are you ready to pay 7,99 euros or less? Absolutely! The Witcher is now one of my favourite games. The combat might feel bad or weird but you will get used to it (Unless you cant stand it you can always mod)

Tip:
Not an actual spoiler but still... On Chapter V after the beastie problem you should get healing potions and atleast 2 willow potions not to talk about the diamond dust or oils. This will help you alot!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This is nothing like the Witcher 2 or 3. If you are looking for something like those 2 games, do NOT play this.

Cons
-Only picks up around Chapter 3. Story is "meh" until then
-Some may find the combat dull. This is not an action game. Do not expect action combat.
-Some of the voice acting is bad. This is most likely stuff they forgot to change from the base to Enhanced Edition. Encountered 2 lines of this, but there may be more.

Neutral
-Some may find the graphics "meh". I personally do not mind this. The game is 8 years old
-Contains mature themes.
-A few bugs. There are not that many from my experience. This is accepteable for a game this large.
-Sex cards were not necessary, but you are not forced into collecting them.

Pros
-Story rich
-Lots of lore (books, characters etc etc)
-Choices are hard. As the game says, there is no good or evil : there are just consequences. Some decisions will be tough and thats how the game was made. These will impact how the game is played out (certain characters may be killed off or quests later on will be changed).
-Save file can be carried over into the Witcher 2 giving decent benefits and good starter gear
-The plot twist
-Contains the videos of THE MAKING OF THE WITCHER in the installation directory. This comes in Polish and with ENglish subtitles.

Not recommended as an ARPG, but is a good RPG in general. Not for those looking for action. MMO playerrs and old school RPG players will probably enjoy this.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
125.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
One of the best games I\'ve ever played on PC. I love the questing and the story-line. The sidequests are fun and the main storyline is quirky but keeps you going. I feel like I\'ve picked up a good book I just can\'t put down until I\'ve finished. <3 Now if only work would quit getting in the way of my play time!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I would like to say The Witcher is the first serious RPG I had played ( played Lord of The Rings Online because of friends ) , and I am really entertained by the vast lore.

I suggest you play this game for the plot, as the battle system seems quite awkward. It's just a matter of clicking at the right moments instead of button mashing, and perhaps brewing HP regen potion are essential.
Also, it is strongly reccomended to often save your games, because mine kept crashing for unknown reasons. :/

Plot wise, it introduces you to the theme of The Witcher, and the quantity of adventures in this game are large, which I like ! I had fun watching the medallion vibrates for suspected monsters that disguise as humans.

TLDR, it's worth to buy, especially when it's 85% off ( which is my case ) :3 .
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
61.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is the game that originated the phrase Glorious PC Gaming Master Race.

Almost ten years old, it aged remarkably well: the graphics are still gorgeous; the combat gameplay is still more challenging than Diablo or TES (pay no attention to those dirty console peasants who don't understand its brilliant simplicity and just want to mash buttons); the story is decent and mature, albeit somewhat inconsistent with what The Witcher would become in the sequels. The choices you make actually matter: reactivity is a serious matter here, which is the defining factor of a good RPG. In a sense, it is an open-world-ish game, and there's quite a bit to explore.

All in all, a fine first instalment for a series that would later redefine the world of gaming.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The Witcher combines spectacular action and an intriguing storyline. You are a Witcher, a warrior who has been trained to fight since childhood, subjected to mutations and trials that have transformed you. You earn a living killing monsters, and are a member of a brotherhood founded long ago to protect people from werewolves, the undead, and a host of other beasts. The game's visual style and physics systems shoot for a high-powered blend of brutal action, complex RPG options and character configuration, and sweeping storytelling.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Great story and characters, clunky interface and controls, but still well worth the money
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