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

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Includes 3 items: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut, The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt

 

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.
Helpful customer reviews
364 of 401 people (91%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
81.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
The Witcher is an action role playing hack and slash game developed by CD Projeckt RED and published by Atari – being released on PC in late 2007. This is the first game in the Witcher Series.

The gameplay in Witcher a split between focusing on the hack and slash, and the other on the heavy dialogue scenes. The game can be played in one of three camera angles, there are two top down angels, and one over the shoulder view – I mainly used the third person view as it suited the gameplay more than the others. Combat in this game is something that sometimes receives criticism but I found it to be a nice change from the regular combat you see in RPGs – you have three different styles of attack, a quick, heavy and group attack – each of these attacks have three stages of attack and you have to click at the right time in order to continue your combo of attack. This does feel a little like a QTE, but for me it is disguised well enough that you don’t really notice it. The Witcher also comes equipped with two different main weapons – one sword which deals more damage to monsters, but is less effective against humans, and another weapon which is the opposite. Another major portion of the gameplay is based on alchemy, you will be spending a lot time collecting herbs in order to make an assortment of potions in order to help you progress. This is one of the first games I have played that your actions really do have a massive impact on how the story flows and concludes. A lot of the dialogue options when conversing with other characters will also affect the story and how that character in particular interacts with the player.

This game is eight years old now, so you would expect the graphics to be a little on the dated side, however when wracking the resolution up to 4k, the game still has a current gen look to it; whilst some of the textures may be on the lower quality scale still, the open worldness of the game means that you can’t really expect mind blowing graphics at the time of its development. The game also has some very nice looking special effects, such as water effects.

On release of Witcher, the game’s voice acting was supposedly one of the worst that has been seen, however the Enhanced Edition of the game, which everyone got who purchased the original version, greatly improves the voice acting to acceptable levels – whilst it is still not the best by today’s standards, every single character in the game is catered for and has a voice to be heard. The game has a couple of sound tracks that are really iconic too, and the sound effects are all really on par.

Witcher’s plot is one of my all-time favourites – it is very rare that a game is able to completely suck me into the story right from the word go. The game is split in to various chapters, which allows the game to create sub plots whilst also progressing the overall main story line at an acceptable pace. A lot of the quests in Witcher will bear no importance to the main story, and often are there to add an extra layer of depth to the world in which you are in. The immersion levels are sky high in this game as you will find yourself caring greatly for the characters.

This game comes with three levels of difficulties; Easy, Medium and Hard. I was playing on medium on my run through the game and was still challenged to the point where I had to replay a few parts due to death. Hard mode is seriously for the hard-core RPGers out there; you will need to take full advantage of the alchemy system in the game as most of the more advanced fights will 100% require the use of multiple potions. Your average Joe gamer will get a great amount of enjoyment and challenge from the medium settings though.

Witcher is one of the longest games I have played. Having just finished the whole game with the majority of side quests, and exploring done, it has taken me eighty hours to complete. Although the replay ability in Witcher is quite high given you can change the middle part of the game and outcome quite heavily depending on how you act and play; you would seriously have to be a huge fan to want to be putting eighty hours into another play through. I am very happy with the longevity of the game; you cannot complain about a game this good having a huge amount of content available.

Technically, the game is sound. I didn’t have any problems running the game at higher resolutions, with a fairly nice selection of graphic options available to optimize your game for your computer. The game needs to be played with a keyboard and mouse though – there are mods which you can install for controllers but the gameplay really needs a mouse to be completely effective.

In conclusion, The Witcher Enhanced Edition is easily one of the best games to ever been made and every RPG fan needs to experience it. The low regular price of £6, 99 makes this game an absolute must buy. It has been known to go as low as £1, 39…which you would have to be brain dead to not pick it up for that price. Eighty hours of stellar gameplay and amazing story line, makes The Witcher one of my top 5 games of all time.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
The game that introduced me to Geralt of Rivia, master witcher and straight up bad ♥♥♥.

Its funny but one of the things that i remember most about this game is the ambient dialogue when Geralt enters a village.

"WItcher!!, Hide your women".

Unfortunately they didnt do a very good job as in the first installment i ploughed my way through the game, farmer's wifes, Barmaids, vampire's, sorceresses, medics, NUNS, Witches...you get the picture.

But sexual conquests aside it is still a very good game. Im one of those weirdos who actually enjoyed the combat, the different fighting styles and the ability to upgrade each style was wonderful.

The story takes its time to get off the ground but once it does it takes off running and pulls you along. There are some great side quests as well, "What lies Beneath" is still one of my favourites from the entire trilogy.

Its really a no brainer it goes on sale nowadays for 2 bucks....2 ..and you get an easy 40 hour game out of it which still holds up today.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
70.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
Before I begin, I should mention that the hair physics engine in this game is terrifying. Geralt has been thwacked continuously in the face for the past five minutes of conversation, by a Dwarf's beard. I'm fairly sure that despite being conditioned under vigorous training to remain as an efficiently impassive monster-slayer, no one mentioned being assaulted by 6ft of chin hair.

This has to do weird things to a person.



Early Review: This is the first game in the Witcher Series. I would recommend going for this Enhanced edition if possible and playing the games in their respective release order.

- Firstly, you should expect a great opening video. Very few have made it to my list of scenes that I can not bring myself to skip, each time I start up the game.


- The protagonist, Geralt, an emotionally-estranged Witcher, also known as the White Wolf (*shivers*...one of my favourite characters of ALL time) combines a fierce combination of strength and brutality in a character, to a promiscuous, yet apathetic personality - strangely alluring, leaving an unusual twist to the standard freedom-fighter hero, present in many other games of this genre.


- So far, The Witcher's plot is one of my all-time RPG favourites. I find the depth of story highly immersive, and believe many who play will come to care greatly for the characters. Rarely am I hooked from the get-go.

You should expect a heavily story-driven state of play, with linear methods of questing, and a nice amount of Lore is available in game.

Sectioned into chapters, the game allows you to progress through the main story at a pace that I would consider to be acceptable.
Many quests available are of no importance to the main story, though provide another welcome layer of depth. As side-quests, they can be missed, but for purposes of enjoyment I would recommend completing everything.


- Initially, the controls, primarily directed by your mouse, feel very clunky and the interface is slow and methodical - fairly awkward in short, but you will overcome this with ease after a few hours of play. As an Action RPG featuring a hack and slash combat style, I can imagine that this received quite a bit of negative criticism, though personally I find it rather refreshing from the standard 'mashing your mouse to death' style.

Certain aspects of the game require a little bit of thought - forward planning - which proves the Active-Pause to be quite useful, especially during the rougher combat situations, if you choose to play Hard Mode.
Playing with the medium difficulty setting, I still found myself challenged to the point that I had to replay certain scenes due to a gory death.

Decision making is also a prominent feature, allowing you to tailor the actions of your protagonist, and the outcomes of your quests.



- Graphically the game is outdated, but still looks good within today's standards when used on highest settings.


Highly recommended, a must play for all fans of the RPG genre. 10/10

As always I'll update my review after full completion.
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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Pre-Release Review
Holds up very very well. Worth a playthrough for any Witcher fan.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
A masterpiece. The game I spent most time on since AC II went out. All this for a price of 1,49Euro on sale.

Pros:
+ superb dialogue lines (with many popcultural, political, modern science references)
+ great characters
+ climatic locations
+ good story line
+ choices matter; a lot
+ brilliant music
+ ok graphics (2016)
+ mature content inserted naturally, as part of the world

Cons:
- some awkwardness in controls
- minor graphic glitches
- occassional crashes
- irritating inventory management

A must play.
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