The Witcher is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a visually stunning fantasy universe, full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter tasked with finding a child from an ancient prophecy.
User reviews: Very Positive (5,145 reviews)
Release Date: May 18, 2015

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"A big, beautiful, sprawling action RPG full of rich stories, and suffused with an oppressive darkness."
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May 21

Patch 1.03 is now available!

This update introduces a range of stability and performances ehancements as well as allows users to take advantage of some additional graphics settings.

Please find the detailed list of fixes below:

  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI
  • Improves performance especially in cutscenes and gameplay
  • Fixes grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed
  • Improves Nvidia Hairworks performance
  • Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset
  • Sharpen Post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High
  • Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water
  • Corrects a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs
  • Improves menu handling
  • Corrects an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting
  • Fixes a cursor lock issue that sometimes occcured when scrolling the map
  • Generally improves world map focus
  • Improves input responsiveness when using keyboard
  • Corrects some missing translations in the UI
  • Corrects an issue in dialogue selections
  • Rostan Muggs is back
  • Minor SFX improvements

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About This Game

The Witcher: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher you play as the professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, viking pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.

PLAY AS A HIGHLY TRAINED MONSTER SLAYER FOR HIRE
Trained from early childhood and mutated to gain superhuman skills, strength and reflexes, witchers are a distrusted counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live.
  • Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions and combat magic.
  • Hunt down a wide range of exotic monsters from savage beasts prowling the mountain passes to cunning supernatural predators lurking in the shadows of densely populated towns.
  • Invest your rewards to upgrade your weaponry and buy custom armour, or spend them away in horse races, card games, fist fighting, and other pleasures the night brings.

EXPLORE A MORALLY INDIFFERENT FANTASY OPEN WORLD
Built for endless adventure, the massive open world of The  Witcher sets new standards in terms of size, depth and complexity.
  • Traverse a fantastical open world: explore forgotten ruins, caves and shipwrecks, trade with merchants and dwarven smiths in cities, and hunt across the open plains, mountains and seas.
  • Deal with treasonous generals, devious witches and corrupt royalty to provide dark and dangerous services.
  • Make choices that go beyond good & evil, and face their far-reaching consequences.

CHASE DOWN THE CHILD OF PROPHECY
Take on the most important contract to track down the child of prophecy, a key to save or destroy this world.
  • In times of war, chase down the child of prophecy, a living weapon of power, foretold by ancient elven legends.
  • Struggle against ferocious rulers, spirits of the wilds and even a threat from beyond the veil – all hell-bent on controlling this world.
  • Define your destiny in a world that may not be worth saving.

FULLY REALIZED NEXT GENERATION
  • Built exclusively for next generation hardware, the REDengine 3 renders the world of The Witcher visually nuanced and organic, a real true to life fantasy.
  • Dynamic weather systems and day/night cycles affect how the citizens of the towns and the monsters of the wilds behave.
  • Rich with storyline choices in both main and subplots, this grand open world is influenced by the player unlike ever before.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
123 of 144 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Best RPG I have ever played .

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best games in my collection.

PROS
-AMAZING graphics.
-The settings and locations are beautiful and feel alive.
-The soundtrack fits the game perfectly and I really enjoyed it thus far.
- Lots of options for the user. Including 4 difficulty options that help the user pick the perfect mode for them. (Story focused mode all the way to an ultra-hard mode).
-Outstanding storytelling. Really enjoying everything so far.
-Lots of replayability, up to 200 hours of game time.
-Great choices can lead to fun and interesting story dynamics.

CONS
-Breakable weapons can be annoying.
-Other characters you play as just don’t have as much enjoyment as Geralt.

Good combat, not as hard as Witcher 2 but still challenging, I enjoy the swordplay and the enhanced signs and some nice magical variety. Did have to plug in my gamepad as I found it better suited than keyboard and mouse but both work fine.

Good story, could be hard to follow if you have not read the books but the characters and events are excellent.

Choices matter, your actions play out and change the world, not always how you think, and not always for the better, but you can see what you do have a real effect.

Huge world, big areas with so much to do

PC Specs:
- CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processo
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 980 Zotac AMP edition
- RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600mhz
- Storage: Western Digital 1TB Black 7200 RPM Hard Drive

Average framerate: 43 on ultra


Most negative comments are about bugs and crashes. I've been playing for several days straight now, not a single issue. Update your drivers, run antivirus software, do not install pirated software and you'll probably wom't encounter any issues, (at least in the first thrid of the game).

In short, I'm impressed and would recommend this game to almost anyone.
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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Absolutely worth buying. This game deserves its high ratings
Some pros:
- Huge open world with lots of details
- Boobs
- Nice landscape with fields, forests, mountains, rivers and more
- Some huge cities with hundreds of NPC walking around and doing stuff
- No load screens, just open the door and get in
- You can enter every house in the villages, not only Inns and shops
- Windows are windows, you can see the whole world from inside of any building
- Lots of different locations, many areas to explore
- Many different creatures
- Very deep and breathtaking story
- Plot twists everywhere, crazy magic stuff, curses, etc
- Huge amount of various quests
- All quests have some deep story and characters
- English voice acting is very good, multiple accents
- Takes few hours to finish some quests
- Witcher contracts, in which you have to speak to people, gather information, investigate, track the beast, etc
- You have a lot of choices and their consequences
- Beautiful and epic OST
- Amazing graphics, very colorful
- Graphics looks nice even on lowest. Just max the textures for details
- Characters faces are very detailed, looks almost like cinematic
- Good optimization in big cities - you have 30-50 NPC just in front of you and no fps drop at all! I've expected huge drops in Vizima, but it's just like everywhere else
- Controls, i think they are very easy and simple. Though some players don't like them
- Potatoes, very cheap but effective
- Boats, you can break them in pieces and sink
- Your own horse
- Horse races
- Fast travel signs, located in towns and villages. You can also fast travel between ports, when on boat
- Beard grows!
- No game breaking bugs. Almost no bugs, you just don't notice them usually, game has so much good stuff to do
And much more...

Cons:
- Some players have multiple crashes. I may had few crashes, but once per few hours, and it may be related to hardware.
- Won't run on a weak PC. That's obvious, you want some good graphics and huge open world - you need a decent PC
Can't find any significant cons really...

My specs:
i5 2400 3.1 GhZ (lol doesn't even match minimal req), 1tb HDD
Radeon HD 7950 3GB (overclocked to 1100 and 1550 core/mem, adds around 10-15 fps)
8GB RAM 1600
1920x1080

FPS - i'm playing on medium settings with Ultra textures and details, AA and VSync, no Hairworks.
I got 45-60 fps, usually around 55 in villages, but game feels smooth even on 40.
On 50 it feels like 60. I mean, in fps game i can feel every frame, but here its just smooth and playable (guess that's because it's 3d person RPG)
I lose some fps with rain and some other heavy effects (5-10), so that's why i lower some of the settings.
Other presets:
Ultra - 30-40 fps
High - 50-55
Med - 55-60
+5 fps without AA and SSAO

My specs aren't the best, i still have 30-45 in BF4 and new games on Ultra. I just set it between medium-max to have best quality/fps ratio. Also, AMD sometimes have worse drivers and optimization than Nvidia. Haven't noticed that 3 years ago, but now i can see

1.03 patch added like 5-10 fps, which is really nice for me
So, i would say this game have quite a decent optimization.

And ♥♥♥♥♥ all that downgrade sh*t. Just enjoy the blооdу game people! It still looks better than all those games released last years. Just don't listen to that crаp
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41 of 52 people (79%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20

get home from work at 8 pm
eat with my girlfriend and watch 1 tv show
start playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt around 10pm
stay up until her alarm goes off for work at 4 am
try to sneak into bed and fail at stealth
get 3 hours of sleep
...
repeat
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54 of 83 people (65%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
The biggest time sink since Skyrim. Swim, walk, ride or sail across the northern kingdoms in the best Witcher yet, leaving a trail of empty treasure chests and dead monsters in your wake as you experience what so far has been a thoroughly engaging story arc.
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33 of 47 people (70%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Worth it just for the gwent.

11/10
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Took me two and half days to drag myself off the game just to write this. That right there says it all.

This game spares no expense. Questing, Combat, Exploration, sandbox, Voice acting, cut scenes, story, crafting, mini games, graphics and mechanics. They did not sacrifice any of these for the other, Unlike Dragon age or Elder Scrolls, this is a RPG that delivers the FULL experience.

10/10 Must buy.

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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
+big world to explore
+looks beautiful
+big improvements on the mechanics (you can jump now)
+story so far is keeping me on the edge
+choices
+combat; i love the witcher combat system(s). challenging and its very satisfying to cut drowners in half

-alchemy; wth all i need to do is meditate with some base alcohol and all my potions get automatically refilled? also now you can drink potions mid combat and im not entirely sure how i feel about that.
-while riding on a horse i came across many annoying bugs/glitches which limited movement

all in all im enjoying this game so much. ive read that some people are experiencing major bugs and crashes, but fortunately im not. for those of you complaining about the downgrade, calm your ♥♥♥♥, a major patch will be released soon that should allow more graphical options and such.

until ive finished the story or atleast clocked in 50 hours--- 9/10
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45 of 78 people (58%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
GOTC (Game Of The Century)
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24 of 39 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
I cant say so much about this game, if you are a RPG fans well just buy it, Best RPG ive ever played simple as that. Dont get me wrong, i love recent RPG games like Skyrim, KOA, DAI and Dark Souls. but most of all, The Witcher offers me something more and impressed me.

Solid deep storyline (always make me curious), immersive big open-world games with so many NPCs (bigger than GTA V), stunning beautiful atmospheric environment, tactical and dynamic combat system (reminds me about Dark Souls series but not as that hard), well-written side quests (not like some collecting crap quest), challenging battle (if you play on Death Marsh Difficulty), Good Voice Acting, Crafting, Alchemy, Spells, Upgrade weapons, Decision aspect.
All of these gameplay features are integrated into RPG with richness of contents and hours.

On Technical aspect this game truly cant let me down. although this game has been downgraded yet still the landscape, lighting, faces (especially woman, they are beautiful), and details is gorgeous and well optimized.No bugs and Crash issues so far i played this game and top of that CDPR released this game without DRM and free DLC, its so wonderful seeing a developer who really care about us.

The Witcher 3 is Remarkable Game on 2015, Absolutely GOTY material on VGA 2015. 10/10.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
I'm only about 24 hours in, and I can already say this is one of the best RPG's that I've ever had the pleasure of playing. This is by far one of the most beautifully realized game worlds ever created. Every inch of the expansive regions you'll explore have a level of quality and personality that you would normally only expect to find in a much smaller, linear game. Every area containing an almost overwhelming amount and variety of things to do; all of which are meaningful, interesting, and can even sometimes change the world around you. You never know what these decisions are, nor how or when they will come back to haunt (or help) you.

A seemingly small choice or conversation could potentially change the how the world or story plays out 15 hours later. This makes you consider every dialogue option and choice you have carefully, and gets you to try to put yourself in the shoes of a person living in this war torn land. Does this person have a reason to be hiding something? Are they lying to me, or were they lied to themselves? How will this action look to the various factions of the world? Will X find out if I help Y? There are rarely every any clear choices in The Witcher 3.

It's very much a morally grey world. One without any real heroes, villains, or a clearly defined line between good and evil. And while you will encounter plenty of good and evil, it is not always obvious which is which. It's a world full of "real" people; people with various pasts, reasons, beliefs, religions, alliances, and personalities. People who have the potential to surprise you, break character, or act irrationally because maybe they were pushed just a little too far. All of this combined helps give the people you meet a level of depth that makes them feel like much more than your average video game character. I'm trying to think of other games that do it this well and it's honestly quite hard to come up with many names.

There's often much more to things than how they may initially appear. A seemingly basic 10-20 minute contract that you finish, could easily have turned into a 5-6 part epic quest had only you been a little more thorough investigating. Perhaps finding a letter or person that reveals it to be but a small piece of a much larger, even more interesting puzzle.

I'm playing on the second hardest difficulty and the game feels like a fair challenge. If you get caught off guard you can easily get surrounded quickly and thrown into a very dire situation. It's the need and ability to research your foes and find out their weaknesses, and then prepare for the fight before ultimately taking them on, that helps makes the combat even more satisfying and rewarding. I feel everything else combat wise is a huge general improvement over The Witcher 2. Geralt feels noticeably more responsive than the previous games. There's also less reliance on the dodge roll and more on correctly utilizing the dash & counterattack combo which makes the fights feel significantly more tactical than the previous game. No more dodge roll in, attack, roll out, rinse & repeat. The roll (for me anyway) is now more like an emergency button; to get out of being surrounded, to get into a better position, avoiding multiple enemies at once or very large attacks. Mounted combat is very viable as well. You do more damage on your horse, and if you hold your attack while nearing enemies, time slows which allows for some awesome carnage as well as a chance to line up your attack at high speeds. You horse can quickly get scared and throw you off, though, so be careful.

Graphically, the game is absolutely beautiful. It runs smooth as butter on my 970 with everything set to ultra other than shadows/foliage visibility which I set to high as I noticed no visual difference that warranted the performance hit. I've had 1 crash in my 24 hours with the game so far. The sound design is equally if not more even more impressive, with some of the best music, effects and ambient sounds I've heard in a while. The game also has a very unique, defining art style that continues to impress as I discover new areas.

*I wrote this quickly just so I could recommend it (because the game warrants it) and because the last thing we need is another one line bad joke as a "review". I honestly just want to get back to playing. I didn't expect to write anything of great value and certainly not nearly this much. There's so much to the game I didn't even know where to start or what to cover. So I just picked something and it kept going and going and now here we are.

I don't know if anything I said will actually help anyone. All I did was write what I think about the game and the things about it that stand out to me. I still have a ton to discover as I've only just begun to scratch the surface of this absolutely incredible game. I realize this all seems overly positive and don't get me wrong, it's not perfect. Perfection is subjective anyway, or at least in this case. The question should be whether the problems actually take away from the game in any meaningful way, and so far I'd have to say no, not even a little bit. Take that for what you will.

TL;DR It's okay. Buy it now.
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22 of 38 people (58%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
I've waited 4 years for this game and IT WAS WORTH IT!!!! GAME OF THE YEAR!!!
Hell if I'm bias with this review!!! This is everything improved from first and second game! The developer really listened!!
Get this game if you want, heavy story, tons of quests, beautiful landscape, legit dark fantasy feels and weighted skilled-required combat that's not just mindless hack and slash or pause-planning! Witcher fans and hardcore gamer and RPG players can't miss this!!!

Caution: not safe for greedy hoarders.

The only problem I have with this game though, is the water is too blue...
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Just saw 2 rabbits having sex.

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Yes.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Out of the hundreds of games I've played, this one is in the top 5 easily.

Sets new standard for rpgs. 11/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Challenging monster fight, even the normal one can kill you if you not prepared.

Ton of side quest, not your kill 1/140 monster ♥♥♥♥.
Side quest is just good like main quest, have their own storyline.

Game changing choice to make, even the smallest choice in the side quest can make a very big change in the world.

Music is awesome, in combat and in the wild.

If you are into RPG, this is a must play must have.

11/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
We got it boys. One of the best atmospheric RPGs in recent times.
Playing on harder difficulties you will experience:

-Great combat
-Deep story and amazing storytelling
-Robust crafting system
-Amazing graphics and music
-Shock of how much can be packed into one game.

You may encounter some bugs or crashes, but, hey, it's fixable and patches are on the way.

Game is setting a standard how this sort of genre should be like.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
You can grow a beard in real time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Yes!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
AMAZING! And .. Beard grows!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Beard simulator 2016 10/10
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