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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WoodisoN
( 101.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This may sound strange, but the first Witcher game is my favorite of the trilogy, and one of my favorite video games of all time. Despite what at first may feel clunky and awkward combat, animations, and voice acting; the Witcher remains one of the most compelling and charming RPGs ever made. My biggest complaint would only be the backtracking that becomes more and more commonplace towards the end of the game, but even the combat, which is often criticized by others, is enjoyable and engaging to me. The combat almost feels like a real time turn based RPG system. The world, the characters, and the choices are all excellent, and keep me coming back to beat the game over 4 times now.
And I already can't wait for my next playthrough.
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MrTomTron
( 30.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Fantastic Action RPG
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DopeAssGhettoSex
( 41.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Great game. Holds up well to this day.
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Toasty
( 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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Riley
( 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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chorni kraynya plot
( 28.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I play very few single player games, but this is one of the few games that I genuinely enjoy.
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mrakota121
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Really good game I played it for 7 hours and I m still in first episode because there are lot of side guests really good work :) .
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addisonboroff3191
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I know everyone complains about the combat but after only just beginning Chapter 1, I find that I am getting used to it.
I should also note that I am playing on Easy (which I recommend for players who just want the story).
I actually have all the books so I am quite familiar with the story and the game loosely follows the first book and others.

Graphics are still solid for the time period it was released, obviously 2 and 3 are muuuuuuch better, but 1 is a great, fun way to kill a weekend.

Great story and tons of side quests. Take your time and enjoy the lore of the witcher universe.
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izPz
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Great story game!!!
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Super Drunk Guy
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game feel awfull if you play it after the other 2, but amazing if before.

Imagine it as the ugliest of the triplets,s
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This was the first game of the trilogy that I’ve played and I must shamefully admit that when I opened it for the first time, I did it with the idea of getting over it as quickly as possible in order to advance to the newer titles. By the time the prologue ended, I had realised how wrong I was. The story hooked me from the beginning: I found myself actually interested in the lore and happenings of the world, I really wanted to know more about witchers and especially about Geralt.

The plot of the game is its strongest point: it has several turning points and twists. Not only that, but also you feel that your choices actually have relevant impact. And perhaps the most particular and captivating feature is why people praise the trilogy so much: there is no right or wrong. Unlike other RPGs, here you have to make actual decisions whose consequences you can’t exactly predict and every choice is supported by legitimate arguments. Besides, even the NPCs behave unpredictably: the ones I thought would be potential enemies ended up being allies and vice versa. All that uncertainty makes the game feel more realistic in terms of characters and personalities.

Unfortunately, the one thing about this game that I have to criticize is the fighting system. It felt unresponsive at times; dodging attacks isn’t intuitive and enemies chaining stuns made some battles quite frustrating. I really didn’t mind most of those negative features until I got further into the game and, logically, the difficulty increased. Other than that, there are a few other things that, in my opinion, could be improved, like variety of NPC models or voice acting, but neither of them made the gameplay worse, so that’s fine. However, I never quite understood the reason of the ‘romance’ cards; they added nothing to the game but a sexist connotation.

Finally, to my surprise, I ended up being fond of Geralt as a character. He is more than just a badass monster slayer –as I first thought- and I could actually feel how he struggles to find his place in the world, to be loyal to the witcher’s code and to recover his memory. No doubt I will see him develop into a deeper character in the following titles of the trilogy and I’m eager to experience that.

To sum it up, this is a very enjoyable mature RPG with a compelling story and solid characters; a firm establishment of a trilogy that promises to not disappoint.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Note: At the time of this review I have yet to play The Witcher 2 and The Witcher 3.

Overview
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is a 3rd person medieval RPG set in the fictional land of Temeria. Despite being tragically held back on a technical level, The Witcher offers some of the best story telling I've ever seen within the gaming medium. To provide an in-depth analysis on The Witcher, I will be going over its presentation/performance, gameplay/mechanics, as well as its narrative, and then conclude with my final thoughts.

Presentation/Performance
The presentation of The Witcher is... tolerable. The graphics are a product of their time, but even in 2008 they weren't particularly impressive. As far as visuals go the two things The Witcher really has going for itself are the variety in its several environments, as well as the nicely designed sky boxes. Other than this the textures, lighting, modeling, etc. are, as I said, just enough to get by without you wanting to put your eyes out. The one thing that really isn't passable graphically is that there is no V-Sync option, which is bad for me because I can't stand screen tearing. To fix this I had to resort to using a 3rd party program by the name of D3DOverrider, but I digress. Moving on to the voice acting, I'd say it's a really mixed bag. The actually sound of the voice is great, but the delivery is often very flat, and not always sensibly structured. This is something I'll bring up again when I discuss the narrative, but for now let's focus on the performance. As is the theme of The Witcher's technical backbone, the performance is utterly mediocre. The engine itself doesn't really seem to be able to handle CD Projekt Red's vision for The Witcher, thus resulting in the more pretty environments and some of the more intensive sequences dropping you FPS down to the 30's and 40's, but 60+ FPS is usually the norm. I also experienced the rare crash, maybe 5-6 of them throughout The Witcher's 40ish hour runtime. All in all, the presentation and performance of The Witcher is very average, and not at all a driving factor of the game.

Gameplay/Mechanics
In The Witcher, the majority of what you'll do is two things, questing and fighting. The questing is usually a great experience, nearly all of the quests are very interesting and rewarding, whether they are main or side quests. The quests also repeatedly offer role-playing choices for you to reflect upon, resulting in some great predicaments you must deal with. As far as the combat goes- and I'm sure you've heard this before- It's almost entirely awful. With the combat system you choose one of two swords (steel for humans, silver for monsters), and then one of three combat styles (strong, fast, or group stance) for any given battle, and then... click on your enemy, and then click again when the game shows a flaming sword prompt. It's overly complex and not fun in any sense of the word, and after just a couple hours 99% of the fights feel like a chore. Extremely rarely does it ever come together well, and in the end it's something you're just going to have to accept and deal with as you play the game. There are also “Signs”, which are essentially magic combat spells, but you only get five different spells and only one of them is actually useful so I won’t explain them any further. The combat is not all that challenging as you have very little control other than choosing your battle stance and then clicking away, but there is one good aspect of combat; potions. You can craft and brew potions to use at strategic moments in battle, and the management/acquisition of these potions gives a nice DIY vibe, which is cool because most modern games hold your hand through everything. You can also make oils for your swords and bombs for your enemies’ faces, but I never did this because I didn't invest in the right skill trees to allow me to craft them (potion crafting is a given ability). Speaking of the leveling system, it's another thing (like the combat) that is convoluted and unintuitive. The perks you choose from are usually effective, but are just stat raisers and thus don't really change up the gameplay too much. Other than what I’ve described so far there are also a host of things to do within the UI, whether it's reading books, examining beasts in your bestiary, reading glossary entries on characters and places, etc.; all in the interest of building up a strong lore for the epic story. Everything I've said so far about The Witcher, whether gameplay or presentation, has been quite mixed, but that won't be true for the narrative.

Narrative
This is the sole reason you should consider playing The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. The narrative is so unimaginably good, it holds up all of the games many, many faults; and then impresses further. As I said in the introduction, some of the best writing in any video game to date can be found in almost every aspect of The Witcher, from its main story to its side quests, from its characters to its lore. But that's enough gushing about the incredible writing of The Witcher, allow me to lay out a spoiler free plot explanation. You are Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher. A Witcher is a genetically modified human, who became so through the use of mutagens. This gives Witchers many superhero-like abilities, from being able to drink useful potions in doses that would kill the average man, to cat-like reflexes that allows a Witcher to take on a dozen enemies at once, be they beast or man. You'd think this would make them revered among society, but you couldn't be any further from the truth. Witchers are social outcasts that common people want nothing to do with, and they only tolerate them because their skills are often needed in this dark and brutal world, as a necessary evil in their eyes. Continuing on to the characters, they are also splendidly written, as almost everyone in the story is both morally grey and morally complex, just like the real world. Very rarely is anyone you find truly good or truly evil. Another great product that the writing produces is the story of the game world- it makes you feel like you aren't necessarily the main character; that this is an established place that would continue on whether you were there or not. Don't get me wrong, you are the badass of the story and a huge plot pusher, but the atmosphere is one of indifference to your existence, (once again) just like the real world. All of these elements come together spectacularly in a near flawless narrative experience with great pacing and a grand ending, including many well deserved pay-offs. The sole weakness of the story is its delivery, as mentioned in the presentation's wall of text. Much of the story is told through flat dialogue and wonky scripted sequences, which require you to use some imagination to be able to grasp the significance of it all. Then again, this is an RPG so you should be able to handle that. All considered, the narrative is the driving factor of The Witcher, and it does its job so amazingly well it formed this game into an instant classic.

Final Thoughts
The Witcher is a very flawed game, there is no denying that. It does nothing exceptionally well when looking at every aspect of the game, unless you are talking about its story. That's why I am immeasurably excited to play The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and then The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, because as far as I can tell these issues were heavily reworked in the continuations of the series. The Witcher will indoctrinate you into a wonderful story should you elect to forgo its many errors in game design, which I can whole heartedly say I believe will be worth it as I continue on with the franchise. Regrettable technical deficiencies but a spectacular narrative that outshines all else is what you will find within The Witcher.

Personal Rating: 8/10
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Witcher 1 really isn't a game you can immediately fall in love with. I guarantee you will not only dislike, but absolutley hate this game at the beginning. You will hate it for the dumb and boring combat, you will hate it for the lack of character models, you will hate it for feeling like a game that should be so much more open. But then you start playing more, you starting reading books, learning the lore, brewing new potions, and finding each and every way to kill everyone and everything as fast as possible. The game doesn't allow you to play in the style you want, but instead makes you learn throuh hard work the way it is meant to be played. And when it finally all clicks together near the end might be one the most rewarding things I've ever experienced in a game. If you have this game in your library, give it a chance it might suprise you by just how good it is.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Once all the witchers gathered to fight the horde of monsters,ghouls,vampires,all kinds of them.The monsters knew the witchers greatest weakness...They built a one foot tall fence...The witchers stopped dead in thei're tracks,they didn't know how to solve this conundrum...Meanwhile the monsters picked them off...It was a dark day for witchers...
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Pros

The Witcher 1 has an awesome storyline and many interesting characters, the choices you make really affect the game and how it plays out as well as how certain characters treat you. Alchemy is a big part of the game and you have to make potions in order to survive most of the quests which is a part I like as it has a kind of DIY feel. There are a vast array of enemies both monster and human alike, quests are plentiful and most of them are rich with stories of their own whether it be main quests or side.

Cons

The game does not run very well and struggles to keep up during intense fights where many AI are present or in areas where there are many people and building (parts of the trade quarter in Vizima). There are a lack of character models in the game and many people you meet will look identical or very similar to someone else you have met previously (this does not include most characters in the main quests). The combat system in The Witcher is below average and is little more than waiting to click at the right time and using signs (which you will see are mostly useless).

Overall

I recommend picking up this game if you are into fantasy themed RPG's set in an open world where your decisions affect the storyline. I got this game to play through so I would know fully what is going in the next two games that I have already purchased. Get this game if you want to fully experience the Witcher trilogy and become engrossed in a truly magnificent story.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I got this as a part a steam sale bundle and it exceeded my expectations, especially for being the first in the series. This RPG has a great feel to it and it feels like the choices you make have an impact on the game. The controls take a little to get used to.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Had Moral Dilemmas: Wing
The Witcher, this is the first part of the famous Trilogy made by Polish Studio CD Projekt RED, they were making Witcher Series, every four years (Witcher - 2007 ; Witcher 2 - 2011 ; Witcher 3 - 2015). This game is in my opinion definitely better than The Witcher 2 but, it won't beat Witcher 3, as for game from 2007, it's clean masterpiece.
To feel the story, you must play it. Description says true "There is no Good or Evil, only your choices and their consequences". Every character is unique, but here's a tip from me, don't trust anyone fully. Let's show here few of them [BEWARE OF SPOILERS]:
  • Triss Merigold - Sorceress, red-haired, cute but dangerous, she will help us even when she won't like us
  • Shani - Also red-haired, greatest medic in Vizima, had a crush on Geralt
  • Alvin - Child, powerful, in his veins flows Elven Elder Blood, decision in mid-game = Give him to Shani or Triss, beware that one of them will be hating you, depends to which girl you'll deliver the child
  • Siegfried - Knight from the Order of the Flaming Rose, depends on which side we'll hold, Order or Scoia'tael, if Order - he'll help us to the end, if Scoia'tael, he'll want to kill us
  • King of the Wild Hunt - (Who told there will be only Good characters?) - Unseen follows Geralt until the end, where we have a choice to fight with him
  • Jacob the Aldersberg, Great Master of Order of the Flaming Rose - He do not shows himself until end of the game, but from there, he is our enemy and main target to the end of the game
  • Azar Javed - Main Enemy until the near end, powerful Zerrikan mage, destroys Kaer Morhen, Witcher's home
  • Berengar - Witcher, we look for him about 60% of the game, he becomes our friend, he dies on fight with Azar but we are avenging him shortly after
  • Vesemir, Eskel, Leo (dead in prologue), Lambert - Witchers, we see them only in prologue but we can identify with them in that short period of time
Let's talk here about few organisations in the game:
  • Salamandra - main antagonist organisation, main chiefs are Azar Javed and Jacob de Aldersberg, they attack Kaer Morhen from Berengar information and steal Witchers Secrets, Geralt hunts them all game until all Secrets are safe.
  • Order of the Flaming Rose - fanatics, Jacob de Aldersberg is the Great Master, one of 2 sides we can stand with in the game
  • Scoia'tael - Elven rebels, killing humans to retrieve freedom, one of 2 sides we can stand with in the game
There are much more organisations in the game, but these are the most important
Let's talk shortly about Combat System it's simple but satysfying - clicking mouse and respectively Z,X and C to change styles.
SUMMARY
Gameplay - 10/10 - Masterpiece, one of those RPG games where you really want to know more
Audio - 9/10 - From simple ambients to combat music, it's climatic and awesome
Graphics - 7/10 - It's from 2007, but with few graphic mods it can be satysfying, but if you want to fully experience The Witcher, just play without them
Story - 11/10 - Just too good
Characters - 8/10 - Every one is unique, every one can either hate or like Geralt
Difficulty (On normal) - Combat 6/10 - Simple and satysfying / Side-quests - 7/10 - There are hard quests, and easy quests, no grinding ;)


OVERALL - 9/10
- It's piece of solid, good RPG, beginning of beautiful Trilogy based on Andrzej Sapkowski books, length is really good - It took me 32 hours to beat the game with doing every side quest I could, I completed the game with 38 lvl, pretty high as for that game, if you are doing side-quests, you shouldn't have any problems with Main Story
If you are a fan of Witcher and didn't played that part or you look for part of solid RPG, just buy it, don't even think, just buy. You're still not convinced? Geralt had sex with 7 different girls during his journey, alright?
Greetings, Wing
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Don't know how I got through it all but I was drunk during most of it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I highly recommend playing this game with a steam controller!!!!!
It will make you feel like playing a normal 360 controller supported game.

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