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

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About This Game


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.


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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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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11.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
I've been spoiled since I played this after Witcher 2 and 3, but there are already flashes of greatness in this first game. This is especially evident in the world-building and characters. The combat is more D&D-oriented but still fun. Rough around the edges but with a lot of heart. Like Geralt.
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31.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
This is a trilogy. No excuse to skip square 1.
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40.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
Combat is strange, but the game has a great story. Figuring out the best way to kill different monsters by reading up about them and asking around is a great experience! Would highly recommend the game!
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12.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
Worst game ever.
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60.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
The Witcher is a mostly solid RPG that shows you the beginning of the very highly rated series. There is a lot of story and lore here that will be beneficial to understanding and enjoying the next two Witcher games even more.

I did play this game with a few mods enabled.
  • Rise of the White Wolf
  • Scabbard Mod
  • Hi-res Characters
  • Hi-res Texture Mod
  • Perfect Blood
  • Perfect Rain
  • SweetFX (with the OmniFX Preset)
With that said, I did run into some crashes and graphical hitching sporadically. The crashes seemed to clear up after Chapter 2. However, I won’t mark it against the game since I’m not sure if the mods caused it or not.

I did not run the FCR mod as I wanted to keep the gameplay vanilla but enhance the graphics. I was pleased with the results.

Quick Tip
There is a lot of story in the game with lots of names and locations. I turned on subtitles which helped a lot in remembering them.

Being a RPG, The Witcher has leveling up, quests, skills to earn, crafting, magic and different combat attacks. I thought all of these systems were implemented well, despite some shortcomings. Combat system probably being the one that could use the most improvement. It can be frustrating and you find yourself fighting against it in a heavy battle.

The story is split up into chapters. Each one containing a major part of the story. There is some pacing problems with the earlier chapters. They seem to take forever when compared to the 4th and 5th chapter, which fly by.

There are a number of quests you’ll be given. Some required, some optional. The amount of which is dependent on if you talk to NPC’s or not. You could ignore them and miss side quests. There is also a notice board in several chapters that are basically a bunch of fetch quests for 3 of this item, etc. They are a bit dry, repetitive and wish they were more interesting.

You will be doing A LOT of walking around in this game. Some sort of fast travel mechanic could have been implemented. There is a hint of one where you can go to a select few locations using mirrors.

I was really immersed when playing The Witcher and it was one of those games where time seemed to fly by. "I've been playing for 2 hours already?!"

The environments are well built, albeit a little sparse at times. You’ll go through a good number of locations that have their own atmosphere to them.

You'll encounter a lot of characters through your playthrough but the major ones will stand out and they have their own personality. They were unique and I didn't find myself going "who is this guy again?"

Let’s get to the pros/cons

+Great story and lore. Very detailed
+Choices matter in how the game turns out
+Voice acting, environments and music
+Autosave + save anywhere
+Enemy variety

+Combat system
+Pacing issues
+Very rare quest glitches (not affecting the ability to complete the game)
+High number of fetch quests
+Geralt’s movement over terrain is limited (small bumps require you to go around the whole object)
+Odd camera placement in many cutscenes
+Lack of new armor and swords (very few to be had in the game)

The Witcher is a fantastic game and I would highly recommend it to any RPG fans. It has some points that could be improved, but overall does not set this game too far back. Easily worth the asking price of $9.99 but is a steal anytime it goes on sale.

8/10 Very good
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7.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Don't move too quickly through the main story line. I am stuck in a cave and cannot leave because I *cannot* defeat a boss that is just outside. The game has many cutscenes that are a pain to skip, and when the battle begins, the boss is already attacking you before you can draw your weapon. Dead in 15 seconds. You then have to sit through the multitude of cutscenes again.
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Joseph Joestar
22.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
Perfect. What else can I say.
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40.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Don't have much to say its a really good game!
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the Muffinman
35.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
A game's graphics and gameplay can become antiquated, but a good story is timeless. Keeping this in mind, the Witcher is definitely one of the best RPGs I have ever played.
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47.2 hrs
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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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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.


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.
Best NPC quote: A Witcher! Hide your women!
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
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 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
I knew I wanted to play through the Witcher games, but was not sure about whether I wanted to skip the first one due to it apparently being very dated. However, I decided to just go for it as I am a sucker for a good story and that is one of the most important aspects of gaming for me. Well, Witcher 1 did not let me down at all. The combat feels odd at first but you get used to it extremely quickly. I do not regret starting and finishing Witcher 1 :) Its now sent me on to Witcher 2 and I have even started reading the books because I found the lore fascinating. If you are unsure like I was, just give it a chance - you will not regret getting to experience this beautiful fantasy world.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
-Intriguing plot
-Morally grey RPG
-Excellent voice acting
-Excellent music

-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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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

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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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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I tried, I really did, and I know that by not playing it the whole way through, I'm not giving it a fair shake, but I just can NOT get into this game, no matter what I do.
Maybe it's the frustrating way Geralt moves, and how it feels painfully slow, like he's sashaying through ankle-deep molasses.
Maybe it's the fact that, six hours in, and I still haven't gotten past the first village. Everytime I think I've finally gotten a pass into town, it's like Jackie Chan's uncle pops up in the game, says "One moooore thing...." and slaps me with a fetch-quest.
Maybe it's because I was playing it around the same time as I was playing Skyrim, Dragon Age, and Kingdoms of Amalur, all supremely excellent fantasy actiona RPGs, with vastly different pacing than the Witcher.
Maybe it's because my shoes are too tight. I don't know.

I have friends who swear by this game, and friends who tell me to just suffer through it, because The Witcher's Two and Three are so unbelievably incredible, but very confusing without the first one. But I just can't do it.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
The perfect amnesiac simulator where you can sleep with more than twenty women in the game, and simply chalk up your erratic behavior to "I'm sorry (insert companion), I didn't know we were together." when you get in trouble. Same goes for the combat system. "IVesemir, I forgot how to fight like a Witcher. How could I with these terrible combat mechanics?"

Overall, I fully recommend this game if you want more insight into the mind of the most interesting man in the Northern Realms, Geralt of Rivia.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.2 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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