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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Frosty_Deity
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Greatness comes from bad beginnings. It’s outstanding how much praise this game gets when it's gameplay is complete garbage. I guessing it’s either from low spec gamers with nothing else to play or people that are covered with nostalgia.



As I stated the gameplay is abysmal as it's not only a terrible system of masterful clicking, but the whole 3 style system that is a clear attempt to make it more unique fails completely. It’s frustrating the way Geralt moves so painfully slow. It is like he's walking and running and fighting through knee-high syrup.


The flaws in the game mechanics will become more obvious and frustrating the longer you play. Especially if you are backtracking after playing the Witcher 3. The flaws eventually eliminated my motivation to keep playing. The most annoying thing about this game for me was the fact that the quests show where you are supposed to go with a red dot on the map, but many times this dot was either in too general of an area to understand where to go or wrong. A good first example is how in the beginning of the game you are supposed to get the stuff to make a potion from Vesemir the red dot was in a room away from him. This happens a lot and It felt too broken to be worth dealing with anymore.

When you are chatting with someone the camera that comes in two different settings, motion sickness or a drunken stoner.. Then, as if it wasn't already suffering enough, this peasant suddenly says hey, been looking for you, you killed a guard. You be like nope,, so sure I'll fight you, and he will kill you in one hit.

These issues aside, the story was interesting from what I played. Sadly the story is not enough to redeem it in a game where you are mostly fighting. You are better of watching the story on youtube or wherever you fancy than playing the story. Save that 1.49 or 9.99 to buy a different cdprojektred game.
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Raspica Blue
76.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Robbed close friends and even the king of a nation by playing poker and exploiting the save game/load game system.

10/10 would cheat my way to wealth again
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vagon
18.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 23
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ImperatorTM
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
After hearing a lot of good things about the Witcher series, I finally decided to try it out. And I was not disappointed!

Despite its age, I felt immersed in the world, which is dark and gritty. I got really invested in the story, although the beginning can be quite slow. And sometimes it feels like you are just running back and forth. I like how some quests span over multiple chapters, like an epic journey. And decisions are morally ambiguous. You can not just be the good guy or the bad guy. It is more complicated than that.

There are a lot of complaints about the combat system. I found it boring and easy. Basically you click once every couple of seconds, with the occasional right click to use a Sign. But it did not bother me much. All I wanted was a good story in a new universe. If you played the other games first, especially the Witcher 3, it might be hard to enjoy this.

Overall, I enjoyed the game. I am glad I found a new great series to play.

You can also import your Witcher 1 save file into the Witcher 2 with all your choices.
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Rutra
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
First of the trilogy and...
Every game in this series is quite diffrent and especially this one so don't expect the dynamic of the 2&3.
Combat is not as fast as in the other two, gameplay is quite diffrent, more peacefull (if you can name slaing monsters peacfull).
The plot is more about Geralt not the whole world. More personal. It's the closest the the books but the knowelege of the lore is not needed.
And the alchemy... best in the trilogy.
Oh and did I tell you about soundtrack? OST is always very good in these games but this one has 'The Thing'.
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WillOfStone
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I'm going to hesitantly give this a Yes, but only if you can get it on sale. It's an odd mish-mash of Hack and Slash and RPG.

Cons: Clumsy combat controls. Just a button masher really.
WAY too many cut scenes, which ruins the flow of the game.
Opening tutorial quest is too long. I'd just as soon skip it.

Pros: Well written and voice acted story.
Crafting system is easy to use.
Graphically very pretty.
Lots of pixelated cleavage.

Summary: If you can get this on sale like I did for $1.49, it's worth it. It's no Elder Scrolls, but it has some charm to it, and can be entertaining when you have nothing else to play.
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SoulPunch
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
This game... This game. Flawed gem. The story and characters are great, while the writing and voice acting for them is charmingly bad. There's glimpses of brilliance, that will become more clear as the game series go on.
Though this game do have alot of love in it, if you can see through its weaknesses.

TL;DR A diamond in the rough
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HYBRID1477
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
In preperation for the third installment of the series, I decided to play the first of the trilogy. Oh, was I more than impressed. Imersion into the game was instant. All characters, quests, stories, monsters, locations and items gave me more than enough reason to continue playing. Wanting to know what happened next, unlocking the next and more powerful upgrade or traveling to the next location kept the game's momentem constantly going.

With the rolling of the credits came the realisation the story had concluded. However, a benefit of concluding the first installment almost ten years after it was released is that that the story could be continued and in even better quality and style.
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Djikstra
55.3 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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Zodiark Son
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
''...witchers exist to slay monsters. How can I when the real monsters hide behind ideals, faith or the law...''
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48 of 63 people (76%) found this review helpful
66 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 stomped 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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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

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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.
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Best NPC quote: A Witcher! Hide your women!
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Pros:
-Intriguing plot
-Morally grey RPG
-Excellent voice acting
-Excellent music

Cons:
-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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
5 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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

- :
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Well, I did it, I played through The Witcher: Enhanced Edition after beating W3: blood & Wine, in the year of our lord, 2016, and honestly, I thought it held up pretty well! Setting aside the massive improvements the series has made since its humble beginnings, there's still a lot of good story content here. There's a surprisingly high amount of set up to things in W2 and W3. A lot of care was taken to create this world. If you're interested to see where the series came from, it's worth a playthrough.

WARNING:
The first act is still a very painful one, and there's a lot of running, and a lot of quests that boil down to 'collect x thing' although those are optional. If you're looking to get into the series, please start with W3.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 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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