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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HLKturbo
( 41.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
- Years in the making coming from a company that didn't had any idea how to make games, discipline, commitment and listening to the community was their key to success.

The Witcher feels like Vampire The Masquerade had a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ child with benefits and superb performance, nice story and gameplay that started the revolution on rpg's.
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RNGesus
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Eskel & Lambert and the Mutagens give this game "two thumbs up, way up!"
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Snoopy cat
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Very nice game <3 20/20
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Maxss2
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Despite the 'not recomended' icon, I have to be fair and say that it's not really for the feint of heart, but I'm sure someone out there likes it... after all, it did get two more games in the series. I only got this one because the trilogy was on sale for this Summer Sale.

The overwhelming feeling that I had was that I was playing a MMO-type game that never got the full backing and they just made it into a single player game instead. If that's your sorta thing there will be a lot of familiarity in the game, but it just made it hard to treat the game like most standard single-player ARPG games.

Ultimately, there's just so many overly-complex things to the game that make it frustrating on multiple levels. Some quests are time-dependant, meaning some can only be done during the night, while others during the day. Time progresses slowly, and while there is a feature to 'meditate' to help time pass quickly, it's only able to be used at campfires and when you're talking to certain NPC's. When you layer on the fact that there's a large number of quests that can be obtained, one tries to be efficient and take care of everything during the day, but it really becomes a hassle.

The dialog is somewhat difficult as well. Part because you'll talk to the same NPC template in multiple different locations, and when I think on it, I was initially troubled by how the game talked about genetics (something we usually only see in modern-day or sci-fi settings) in a fantasy game... but when you're talking to neckless-fatty-guy #315, I guess they learned cloning a bit early? Then there's the shoddy delivery and cutscenes, it's hard to tell exactly what's going on and I constantly have questions about what's up... Combine that with a 'figure it out yourself' attitude about the finer details of the world, and my mind tunes out quick.

Again, for someone who is determined to play through the Witcher series from start to finish, and doesn't mind some clunky game mechanics, I'm sure this game will be worth the price tag. For someone like me, who gets frustrated by those things to the point where it's not fun... Might want to look elsewhere.
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[OLF] Hypnotter
( 61.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I really enjoyed it!

The story is all right, but not perfect. Since this game is rather old, it sure has its flaws,
but those flaws don't ruin the game at all, it even adds some kind of charm.
The alchemy system is really fun to mess around with, and I really suggest playing on hard if you really want to experience the need to make potions, find ingredients, grind, level, etc.
Collecing all the romance cards is also a lot of fap, I mean fun..
I haven't played the sequels yet, but this game really made me want to dive into the world of Temaria.

It's not a game for everyone, but I really recommend it!

I mean, look at the price! Why aren't you buying already?
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Tasan
( 118.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
The game that started it all! Can't rate the series highly enough. Sure, the first game has aged quite a bit and isn't too user friendly but it's worth going through to set the scene for Witcher 2 and carry over your save game.
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Jopezo
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Very good, had some chrashes in the episode V but it was K.
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NS5190
( 48.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Wanted to play through the first game before diving into the second and third parts of the trilogy. Very good game, and picks up after the 2nd act. Used a couple of mods, including HD textures to help the look of the game. Overall strong story, combat, and leveling. Definitely a good first part of the trilogy. Highly recommended. 8/10
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drone110266
( 54.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game was awesome! Even with the minor glitches and difficulty compared to later games it is well worth the play.
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Darcened
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Wild Hunt has boobies. Buy this so you can pretend to have been a fan since the start despite the play hours.


Don't even play it.
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90 of 92 people (98%) found this review helpful
8 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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100 of 131 people (76%) found this review helpful
118 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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29 of 32 people (91%) 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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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8 of 8 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Yeah, it looks like ♥♥♥♥.

Yeah, it has one of the worst combat systems i've personally seen for an RPG.

Yeah, you'll have to go through the swamp and want to die the entire time.

You know what this game has though? Something that is a little harder to find in the more recent games that are being put out?

Immersion.

The Witcher has some of the best feelings I have experienced in a game. You aren't playing Geralt of Rivia, you ARE Geralt of Rivia. You become attached to those faces that look like they were made by a 10 year old, your heart thumps in your chest when you hunt the cockatrice that has been rampaging through the sewers, not knowing if you'll survive the encounter. Your choices matter, and you know that a happy ending is nearly impossible. Those elves had to die to bring stability to this area, unless you want to side with them and run out the villagers. Maybe you don't want to help anyone, you don't have to. The Witcher follows a neutral path, it is against their nature to commit to sides, yet this won't make them many friends.

Despite the flaws of this game, you won't care by the end of it. You will become a force to be reckoned with, a monster hunter that will live and perhaps die by his choices. You will become a Witcher.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 18
Not the best in the series.
Still pretty amazing, and even with the questionable voice acting, it is an enthralling experience. The rythm game combat is very strange at first, but it grew into me.

Definitely a worthwhile experience, but I am not planning to replay it ever again, once was enough, but it definitely convinced me to get both sequels.

Music is fantastic, though. Definitely recommended.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Still a good looking game despite its age. The additions of "enhanced" and "directors cut" solve all the problems of the early release whilst improving many aspects of the game. I remember when it first came out there were floods of complaints about very slow loading screens and there are no such issues now. The game itself is a perfect example of an rpg with heavy action elements. The storyline is as absorbing as it ever was and the characters are memorable. Despite the rave reviews of W2 I, personally, feel this original was superior. The Witcher feels far less of an on-rails series of action segments linking cutscenes than does The Assassin of Kings which, to me, felt more like a console rpg with its set progression and boss fights. Regardless of what you think of any of the 3 games there is something to be said for the increased immersion that can be had from playing them in their original order and that is why I am revisiting this aging classic and its sequel before doing much with the gorgeous looking Wild Hunt. I think those going back to this will be surprised and delighted at how well it has weathered and that there is no better place to start for those new to the now legendary series.

*edit* I also remember that there was some outcry over the "sex cards" at the time of release. Compare this to the abject voyeurism in sections of W3 and it will make you realise how times have changed. As far as I'm concerned if a game has an age rating you may as well make good use of it; and in no small way The Witcher contributed to paving the way to the many adult orientated games we see today.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Pretty cool game that does show its age, but the story keeps things interesting. Consider getting a mod for faster walking?
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