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.
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Release Date: May 18, 2015

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June 15

Hotfix 1.06 Out Now on PC!

Hotfix 1.06 has just been released for PC. Please check the list of changes below.

  • Fixes the endless loading screen when fighting the Ice Giant during the quest 'Lord of Undvik'
  • Geralt's clothes will no longer be wet after leaving the menu
  • The gate in the crypt now works correctly during the quest 'Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear'
  • Fixes the lack of interaction with Roche on Oxenfurt Bridge in the quest 'Get Junior'
  • Fixes an issue that prevented players from creating more than one item via Crafting/Alchemy

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June 5

Patch 1.05 for PC now available!

Find the complete list of changes below:

  • Fixes a possible exploit by preventing certain drowners from respawning infinitely.
  • Improves the distribution of experience points gained by completing quests with recommended levels lower than the player character level.
  • Merchants now offer more weapon types.
  • Rebalances the prices of maps that can be purchased from merchants.
  • Clarifies a number of crafting diagrams.
  • Fixes an exploit whereby players could buy sea shells and sell the pearls inside them at a higher price.
  • Increases the variety of loot dropped throughout the game.
  • Increases the variety of items available in shops.
  • Shops now only offer weapons with levels matching or exceeding the player character level.
  • Slightly reduces the amount of coin dropped from chests and monsters.
  • Deploys the Bovine Defense Force Initiative.
  • Fixes an issue where runestones could not be upgraded to greater runestones.
  • Reduces the spawn time of selected groups of NPCs.
  • Geralt no longer interacts with candles placed near chests and other openable objects.
  • Improves the smoothness of camera movement.
  • Fixes a number of issues related to horseback riding.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could not deflect arrows/bolts at longer distances.
  • Introduces a number of fixes in in-game communities.
  • Introduces a number of fixes related to combat.
  • Vitality begins to drop if Toxicity exceeds 80%, as originally intended.
  • Fixes an issue where Geralt was sometimes unable to mount Roach.
  • Improves Geralt's movement, especially when he swims.
  • Fixes an issue whereby Geralt could be attached to a sinking boat while aiming his crossbow.
  • Fixes a number of issues related to Vitality regeneration.
  • Fixes an issue whereby certain actions could be randomly blocked during gameplay.
  • Fixes a rare issue whereby Geralt could not mount Roach after fast travelling between points.
  • Fixes a number of minor tooltip and wording bugs.
  • Adds a series of color-blind friendly features. Improves visibility of tracks, marks, footprints and scent clues. Color-blind friendly features can be enabled in the Options\Gamplay submenu.
  • Introduces a number of additional fixes to alt + tabbing.
  • Fixes an issue where The Witcher 3 process did not close properly if the user did not have XAUDIO installed.
  • Introduces a number of general stability and performance improvements.
  • Fixes an issue where in certain situations the game could crash while a save was being loaded.
  • Adds some missing translations in localized versions.
  • Ciri can no longer unlock fast travel points.
  • Improves the behavior of sails when viewed from longer distances.
  • Improves performance in selected scenes and cutscenes.
  • Fixes an issue where clouds and fog could flicker on some hardware configurations.
  • Fixes an issue where Geralt could pass through walls in the fish market in Novigrad.
  • Removes repeated sound cues on entry into GUI panels a second time.
  • Adds a collision near Kaer Gelen that could cause the player to be blocked inside the building.
  • Improves the scale of selected elements of the GUI and HUD.
  • Introduces a number of bug fixes and user experience improvements in the GUI panels.
  • Introduces a number of small changes in the UI for gwent.
  • Improves the alignment of the HUD for the 21:9, 4:3 and 5:4 screen ratios.
  • Disables "Input device changed" messages and adds options to disable on-screen combat feedback and floating tags above NPCs.
  • Adds an information prompt and Journal entries related to new DLC packages.
  • Fixes an issue where some formulae were not displayed in the Alchemy panel when the player possessed level 1 of said formulae.
  • Introduces a number of fixes in key bindings.
  • Introduces new filters for the Alchemy and Crafting panels.
  • Fixes a number of minor issues where music tracks were not triggered in their designated locations.
  • Fixes an issue where some players could not interact with an object during the Pyres of Novigrad quest.
  • Fixes an issue where some players could not make Geralt run after the Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players could not talk to Octo after the Lord of Undvik quest.
  • Reduces the number of Wild Hunt minions spawned during the Ciri's Story: Fleeing the Bog quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Keira could sometimes fall beneath the terrain during the Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Fixes an issue where certain actions were blocked during the Blindingly Obvious quest.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could not activate a portal during the Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could get trapped in the ruins of Tuirseach Castle.
  • Geralt can now always play gwent with Madame Serenity.
  • Fixes an issue where Vernon Roche would not appear at the Hanged Man's Tree during the Eye for an Eye quest.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could not talk or otherwise interact with certain NPCs.
  • Fixes an issue where the sirens in the Lord of Undvik quest could be invincible.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could not perform certain actions after the Carnal Sins quest.
  • Fixes an issue where some players experienced an infinite loading screen during the King's Gambit quest.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could experience a progression break after choosing a certain dialogue option when talking to Dijkstra in the Count Reuven's Treasure quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Simun did not spawn properly during the Unpaid Debt quest.
  • Fixes an issue in the Contract: The Oxenfurt Drunk quest where the katakan was not hostile after being lured.
  • Fixes an issue in the Contract: Shrieker quest where the shrieker was not hostile in certain situations.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could not perform certain actions in the Master of the Arena quest.
  • Fixes an issue where wolves were not visible in the Contract: Mysterious Tracks quest.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could not fast travel under certain rare circumstances.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could not interact with Hattori during the Swords and Dumplings quest.
  • The player can no longer take on the Apiarian Phantom contract multiple times.
  • Fixes an issue where some players could not progress during the Broken Flowers quest.
  • Fixes an issue whereby the "Novigrad, Closed City" entry might have remained in the Journal indefinitely.
  • Fixes an issue in the Return to Crookback Bog quest where monsters were spawned inside a building.
  • Players can no longer prematurely obtain a key from a halfling, thus blocking the Contract: The Apiarian Phantom quest.
  • Fixes an issue in the Greedy God quest where the player could kill a monster twice.
  • Adds fail-safes for players being unable to obtain gwent cards after Dijkstra or Lambert can no longer be found in the game.
  • Fixes an issue whereby Triss could get stuck on a set of stairs after a scene during the Now or Never quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Ermion could not leave Lugos' area during the Sunstone quest.

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Reviews

“ONE OF THE BEST GAMES EVER MADE”
10/10 – GameSpot

“AMAZING”
9.3/10 – IGN

“ONE OF THE BEST RPGs EVER MADE”
9.8/10 – Game Trailers

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
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It's strange how the main game, Gwent, is hidden in some kind of wierd story-driven RPG.
The RPG is okay too I guess.
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Posted: June 12
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

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I was never particularly a fan of Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, monster slayer extraordinaire by day and droll-as-dried-fruit-passed-through-the-bowels-of-a-drowner cad by night. By all rights I should have been madly in love with CDPR’s first interpretation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s leading man but unfortunately the original game and its subsequent sequel left me stone cold. There is just something about the first two adventures that I can’t quite get my head around (granted I have not yet tried to play the second game again now that it has full controller support) but after having completed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt I feel I might have been a bit unfair on the series since I can’t remember the last time I have had this much fun in one single game.

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While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s opening moments start out incredibly slow which sees Geralt of Rivia accept a commission by the Nilfgaardian Emperor to find his daughter Cirila and bring her back home safely soon evolves into a dangerous cat and mouse game with a legion know as the Wild Hunt who have more than a passing interest in locating and finding the young girl for themselves. The first few hours where you get to explore The Witcher 3's opening location, White Orchard, can be trying since not much happens in those first few hours but the game does open up once the player reaches Velen/Novagrad. The transition between the map of White Orchard and Velen/Novagrad is a daunting one and can often be overwhelming when you look at the square meterage that needs to be uncovered, meterage that is filled with hundreds upon hundreds of little "?" marks denoting areas of interest. It's during this section that the game hits its stride as each main quest line you tackle opens up its own set of branching quest lines, each of them ending with a cliff-hanger or two until they reach their explosive finals. CDPR manages to deftly weave a tale of intrigue and danger into each of its main quests that never seems to lose sight of the main plot line even as an entire genealogy of characters are thrown your way and you begin to struggle remembering who is who in the zoo as the intricate plot line advances.

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The same can be said for many of the side-quests and monster contracts Geralt picks up through out his travels. Each one of them is their own self contained adventure yet somehow CDPR have done the impossible and given them enough weight and meaning so that they are not just frivolous fluff to busy your time with in order to level your character. Often these side quests will interject with the main quest lines sometimes even directly influencing certain main quest lines denouncements. I also particularly loved how CDPR took the common old treasure quest trope so often seen in these kinds of open world games and spun them on their head. Thankfully you won't go treasure hunting for 100 flags spread across the map in various locations but instead these treasure quests will have you seeking out new and more powerful gear which are presented to you in the form of patterns which can then be taken to certain blacksmiths and tailor's in the game to be made for you, provided you have the correct crafting ingredients to make them. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, despite the controversy surrounding the games supposed visual downgrade, is still an incredible and breathtakingly beautiful world to explore. It's so pretty in most places that the drive to uncover more areas never becomes a chore and one can easily get lost in exploring the land and forgetting why you came in the first place.

But not everything is perfect. The game does suffer from some terrible balancing issues with the first few hours being particularly difficult (the games first boss battle with a griffon is a long and arduous fight - one taking upwards of 10 minutes to best) where as the further you progress it starts to become a bit of a cakewalk. Pathfinding is a complete joke and often the game will have you running around in circles. This becomes more of a problem in Skellige where the map is covered with high rise mountains that make it near impossible to climb yet the pathfinder will insist that you continue upwards when it becomes apparent it's not possible. The game is also never entirely clear how your potions and elixirs are replenished and manoeuvring Roach, Geralts steed, often feels like you are trying to drive a tank through a doughnut hole. Some quest lines broke irreparably during my playthrough and there are a host of visual glitches that put the game on par with AC: Unity after launch.

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Granted CDPR have been particularly good at patching the game so it will just be a matter of time before most of the glitches are ironed out but this may hamper your enjoyment so be advised. Combat also comes across as far too simplistic the further you venture into the game world. It's never more than just engaging enough, “simply” just getting the job done and often can devolve into a button mashing exercise with the odd occasional parry and magical aura spam here and there. That being said The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt does hit more highs than it does lows and many, if not most, can be overlooked but they should be mentioned because they may invariably define how you will ultimately feel about the game.

CDPR have excelled with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delivering one of the most engrossing games I have had the pleasure of playing. While it may be rough around the edges in certain regards, the ambition on display here is admirable and I can't wait to see what comes next. I expect BIG, BIG things. Well done CDPR - you took a gamer who couldn't have cared either way about your franchise and made him a fan. Highly recommended!

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218.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I don't know if I can adequately explain why this game is as amazing as I think it is.... but I'll try.

The Good

The writing
Hands down, this game has some of the best writing I've ever experience in an RPG. The main quest feels very personal, and you actually want to progress in order to find out what happens next. The characters are all interesting and also incredibly well-written.

The quests
Again, this game has the best side quests out of all the RPGs I've played. And that's saying a lot. Every quest seems to have at least some back story. There's typically at least a few forms of interaction other than just killing something and then returning to the quest giver. The decisions you make are never black and white, and usually involve some form of consequences. And FINALLY, you actually get to feel like a real witcher\monster hunter by taking on some really fun witcher contracts.

The world
Velen and Skellige can both rival some of the largest open worlds out there in terms of size, and yet the level of detail and polish remains consistent throughout. Exploration is very rewarding. There's loot to be found everywhere, and little quests can be unlocked along the way to help you find even more treasure.

Novigrad is a HUGE city, and you just walk inside without a hint of a loading screen. It actually feels like a living, breathing world. NPCs have daytime\nighttime routines, and will seek shelter if it starts to rain. Little things like that go along way to bring you into a world.

Graphics and art design
How can I put this? All things considered, The Witcher 3 is probably the most beautiful game I've ever played. You must experience this game in motion, but feel free to look through my screenshots if you need convincing. One thing that can't be seen in screenshots is the way everything moves and feels alive. And while the wind effect might seem overdone, it really helps to sell the atmosphere.

The Witcher 3 can be rough around the edges and other games are definitely doing some more impressive things technically, but the overall Witcher 3 experience is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.

The combat
This grew on me. At first I didn't like it. I didn't think signs were strong enough, and I was constantly getting my butt kicked. But then I learned how to dodge and counter properly. I learned how to use signs to my advantage, I learned how to stick and move, and start treating each encounter like a puzzle. Eventually I was punching WAY above my weight, taking on level 20 witcher contracts with a level 14 character. Now I love the combat and I'm always looking forward to doing the next Witcher contract.

The Bad

Controls
Quite possibly my biggest gripe with the game. Controls just feel clunky at best. I play with a mouse and keyboard, so maybe that is part of the reason... but movement in this game feels sluggish and unresponsive. Sometimes I'll try to move Geralt a little bit and he won't budge, and at other times he'll move too far and run off a cliff. Just turning around can feel like a chore as Geralt has a rather large turning radius. Even worse are the horse controls, which kinda feels like driving around a very large SUV. Constantly getting stuck on geometry and trying to maneuver around it is an ongoing, frustrating chore.

Balance
Even on the largest difficulty, it doesn't take long for this game to become a cake walk. IF you enjoy the sidequests like I do, you'll likely spend a lot of time completing them instead of doing the main quest. The main quest is GOOD, but some of the game's best content can be found in the sidequests. And after 20 hours of questing, you'll probably find that the next step in the campaign is 5 levels below you and therefore not challenging in the slightest. There were several instances where I'd go up against an enemy that is supposed to be tough and intimidating... but I kill it in less than 12 seconds.

Loot progression is also a joke if you do any kind of crafting. The witcher gear is probably better than anything the game will give you from monsters or chests. During your travels, you'll come across countless relic quality swords. And they may even have more damage than your current green sword. But witcher gear is highly specialized and usually compliment specific builds. Using a higher damage sword might actually gimp you if you lose a massive bonus to sign intensity, or adrenaline point gain.

Other stuff...
There's still so much I could go into. Replay value is probably lower since you only have 1 character to play as, but the game makes up for that with a much more personal and involved story. Gwent is probably a very fun card game, but I still haven't played a single game due to not wanting to dump a ton of time into it. Some day I will. Witcher sense is fun at first, but after a while it will feel like a chore. Having to hold down the button combined with the ridiculous screen effects really hampers my enjoyment of this commonly used mechanic. And you never feel like you're solving an investigation using witcher sense. Just looking for red stuff on the ground and following on screen prompts while Geralt figures everything out for you.

Conclusion
I can not possibly cover everything there is to cover about this massive game. But I can say that the good FAR outweighs the bad, and that this is is my favorite open world RPG of all time. I know that The Witcher series isn't for everyone, but I think you owe it to yourself to at least give it a try.

And again, if you need convincing that this game is drop-dead gorgeous, have a look through my screenshots :)

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