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 (8,396 reviews)
Release Date: May 18, 2015

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May 25

Patch 1.04 for PC out now!

The patch 1.04 for PC is available for download now. Please find the list of changes below:

  • Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.
  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.
  • Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • 1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.
  • Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.
  • Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.
  • Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.
  • A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.
  • Fixes an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.
  • Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.
  • Fixes issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.
  • Updates the game icon.
  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.
  • Fixes an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Introduces small tweaks in the UI for gwent.
  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.

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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
495 of 542 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
For me this is the best Single Player game, what I've ever played.

Storyline - 10/10
Story is presented in a very nice form. In most of the dialogue you can choose what to say. We have many ways to pass the mission. We can do it quietly or killing everyone. Each mission is interesting and different than earlier. The story is for 20h game without sidequests. We also have mini games like cards (Gwent).

Gameplay - 9/10
Beautiful world giving many opportunities for the player. We can explore caves, forests, mountains, helping peoples and doing much more things. The map is 30 times bigger than in the previous part. Crafting and Alchemy are more important, we also can upgrade swords, armors and signs. These sandbox gives many, many opportunities. Fight feeling is pleasant. Sometimes we are blocking on a small obstacle but in comparison to other games it is not very annoying.

Characters - 10/10
Each character has its own charm. Characters are well matched to the storyline and to the environment. We can decide who will be our enemy and who is our friend. We also can choose the path of the main character. Character (mainly Geralt's) and monsters doing really great feeling, details are amazing.

Graphics - 10/10
Graphics in this game is amazing. Even the smallest details are well refined, for example when we move the grass moves with us. Graphics capabilities used in 100%. The movement of water clouds are very well refined, falling leaves, changing weather make a huge impression.

Sounds - 10/10
Music and ambient sounds in this game is great fits. We can listen medieval music which is selected for each moment of the game. Animals noises are natural. The monsters sounds are really threatening. Character voices are well selected and fit into personalities.

Overall - 10/10
If you are thinking about purchase this game, if you like open world and action RPG games, I would recommend these game for you, and I guarantee a lot of fun comes from that game. These game is masterpiece.
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281 of 302 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
66.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Honestly this game is brilliant. I'm 30 hours in and feel like I have not even started yet. The maps are huge, and quite intimidating. There are lots of things to see and places to explore. Sometimes randomly exploring places you will find a hidden letter or item that leads you on a new quest. Speaking of quests, the secondary ones tie in beautifully with the main story and feel like they have meaning and purpose behind them. The visuals are stunning, especially if you have a rig capable of using HairWorks and HBAO+ to their full potential. The day/night cycle on top of the changing weather conditions really engross you in the world. The sound, both ambient and effects, are all awe inspiring. Just listening to the wind blow the trees, the village sounds of hammer on steel and axe on wood, even the gentle noises your horse makes as you travel is just very immersing.

The story telling is one of the major positives for me personally. All the NPC’s really come alive with the texture and detail on their faces, CD Projekt RED did a great job with that. The voice acting is great, much better than Witcher 2 and feels far more professional. All of the conversation options are well thought out, and there are plenty of decisions with some severe consequences depending on the way you play it. If you import a Witcher 2 save, you will have a few surprises and reappearances as well.

Combat is solid, it takes a little practice to get to grips with the dodging, parrying, and when to use the signs effectively, but once you work it out you will love fighting some mobs. The skill tress are varied and in-depth, and you can really tailor your play style by equipping/unequipping specific skills for different scenarios. Using mutagens to further develop and buff your abilities.

There is so much more I could talk about like Gwent, the card game, bartering/intimidation mechanics, boat sailing, all the crafting and potions, but you need to play it yourself to really appreciate it. Hopefully with further updates and user mods the game will continue to improve and evolve.

There are not many negatives, mostly performance related which, as of writing, a lot of have been fixed already with v1.03.
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369 of 412 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
85.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This game is a masterpiece. It is possible that it is the greatest rpg game ever. Side quests are not boring, the game world is huge, weapons are great and combat although has some minor problems, is glorious. No game is perfect, this game has some problems, but the combination of great atmosphere, depth story, attention to details, quest diversity, sound, voice acting, music, monsters, weapons, armors, storms, Roach (the Horse) and of course the best mini game I have ever encounter in a video game : Gwent. All of this plus dozens of other great things add up and to give 10/10 masterpiece.
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253 of 278 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
69.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The amount of content you get for your money is unbelievable. Every sidequest is interesting, something I have never seen in my entire gamerlife.

10/10
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363 of 419 people (87%) found this review helpful
108 people found this review funny
44.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Witcher games are like adult movie with a good story. You went for the boobies, but stayed for the plot.

9.8/10
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483 of 583 people (83%) found this review helpful
93 people found this review funny
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
- Finds an abandoned village which is overrun by Ghouls.
- Decides to deal with them and save the village.
- Dies once beacuse my horse kicked me.
- Manages to save the village later and everyone moves in.
- Talks to a peasant who says “Thank you Geralt, for everything.” and “Godspeed your work!”
- Then as I turn around to get on my horse he silently says "Freak" and spits.

11/10 would liberate villagers to be called freak again.
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321 of 376 people (85%) found this review helpful
100 people found this review funny
113.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
64 hours

far from finished

cant stop

pls send help
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800 of 1,014 people (79%) found this review helpful
188 people found this review funny
56.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Just saw 2 rabbits having sex.

10/10
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430 of 549 people (78%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
69.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Sold CS:GO knife for this RPG masterpiece
10/10
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139 of 158 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
90.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I liked taking walks to watch the sunrise and sunset before I purchased this game. Now I just bask in the beautiful sun rising and setting over the Northern Realm.
100/10

Seriously, this game is ridiculously good. It definitely sets apart from other games in RPG. Actually in my honest opinion, this game should be a genre of its own. The story telling is ineffably amazing! Even the decisions you made in Witcher 2 can alter the universe in Witcher 3. That's just mind blowing. I am definitely going to finish Witcher 2 after completing Witcher 3, then replay Witcher 3 with the saved files and see how different Witcher 3 will be.

The quests in this game are always changing and exciting. I am a big fan of RPGs and have played several RPGs including Skyrim, Fallout, etc. but have always felt the stories were not captivating enough. I fell in love with this game after putting in 10-15 hours doing main and supplementary quests, slaying monsters on easy mode as I picked up the game mechanics. I have put in now 50 hours into the game over the past 5 days and have never felt bored or repetitive, and I don't even think I am halfway through the game yet. Each quest has a storyline that really hooks and connects you to the universe of the Witcher series whether it's a main quest or a side quest. Heck, I've done some quests that literally feature everything you can think of - slaying vampire, drunken sex with a transgendered elf (accidental of course), staging a play, watching somebody performing an autopsy, and many many more.

Lastly, I am no English major but I find the writing in this game sensational! Reading glossary on different characters and monsters and listening attentively to the dialogue are extremely satisfying and enjoyable. Even the love letter you looted from a corpse or note collected from a throng of bandits are worthwhile to read thoroughly. And who freaking knew there could be so many kinds of monsters - specters, ogroids, insectoids, draconids, etc. After this game if there ever was an apocalypse, I definitely will be the monster slayer guru.

If you are still for some reason wondering whether to pick up this game, I hope you'll find this review helpful. I seriously think this game is worth a lot more than $60 and I was happy to pre-order this game for $54. I am definitely picking up the DLCs.

TLDR: Game is amazingly well-written through both main and side quests. Game developers were very thorough. Pick up this game.

EDIT: Finished the game at 85 hours. Definitely was an emotional roller coaster, to say the least. Spent the following hour wandering around to finish random side quests but couldn't do it, felt so empty. Decided to buy Witcher 1 on Steam at full price to play the game despite its clunky mechanism, as well as the books and the comics. Also found out 16 free DLCs will be released before Heart of Stone. Definitely worth the purchase, down to every penny.

Now back to applying for jobs.
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136 of 154 people (88%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The cons of getting this game:
- Week's worth of lost wages from not showing up to work.
- Gaining 3 pounds from junk food to subsist during marathon play sessions
- Ire of friends for rejecting their social outing requests
- Muscle atrophy from ditching gym for a week.
-Dark circles under eyes
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Pros:
-Getting to play this masterpiece.

10/10 would sacrifice again.
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123 of 140 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Dialogue/story, atmosphere, combat and graphics are all absolutely incredible.

This WILL go down as one of the best RPG's of all time.

10/10 for the witcher, Geralt of rivia!
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195 of 240 people (81%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
12.4 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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101 of 112 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I have waited for this game since i finished the Witcher when it came out. Yes there was The Witcher 2, but i have waited for open world Witcher game since then. And finally my wait is over.
This game is amazing. Finally we see Ciri and Yennefer, two major characters which did not appear in previous games and i so wanted to see them in a game. Second game was too linear and short for me. It had very little content, no real cities etc. I wanted to feel that Witcher soul, like in the books, all the traveling on horses, coming to the village which is filthy and devastated by poverty. You see all the blood, racism and cruelty.
This is the first open world Witcher game. And the world is huge. It is pleasure to explore that huge world. Sometimes you find awesome treasures and sometimes you meet a quick death and sometimes you feel like a hero when you encounter some bandits and slaughter them chopping off their heads. The world is so alive and full of various creatures and monsters. Sometimes you don‘t even want to fast travel and you just ride the Roach (a horse name haha) and admire the beautiful world.
The one thing everyone talks the most is the graphics. Some people are very unhappy that graphics was downgraded. Yes of course this was not a very nice move from CDPR that they promised better graphics and the final game came with worse graphics. But the graphics are still amazing. It‘s not revolutionary, but it looks really really good. You want to take screenshots one after another. If only there would be an option to turn off the hud with one button. Or even better – a photo mode like in Shadows of mordor. In short the game is gorgeous. Character models are good, but they could use some work. Same goes for trees. But this is only a very small flaw which is not very important.
The performance is pretty good also. It could be better, but you can comfortably play while having a good graphics. Hairworks takes ~15fps away, but it looks really cool, i keep it on and have lowered some other less noticeable graphics options like shadows.
Sound is another great aspect of this game. It makes the wonderful (a dreadful and horrible really) world even more alive. You hear the wind, the birds chirping, the monsters aaaaand the people spitting. The voice acting is good and it makes the awesome dialogues even more interesting.
I didn‘t finished the game yet, but the story looks very interesting so far. Especially the side quests. This game has the best side quests ever. They‘re funny, cruel, sad and sometimes ridiculous (in a good way). The world of Witcher is very dark, full of torture, ♥♥♥♥, violence and death. I love that CDPR made the world how it‘s supposed to be. The world changes after your decisions. You come back and you see that some things changed because of you.
I love the combat in this game. Yes it could use some work, but i like it. It‘s fun to fight some stronger monsters. Maybe it‘s a bit hard against a group of weaker enemies, like Nekkers, but if you think before the fight you will manage. I love that they designed this game to be played using a controller.
The Witcher 3 also has a game inside a game. It is called gwent. It‘s a card game and it can be really addicting.
So far for me this is the best RPG ever made. I just can‘t think of better RPG game. It has everything – good story, graphics, gameplay, combat, world, characters.

9,5/10 Amazing. Thank you CDPR for this game. Definitely will buy the DLC.
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135 of 164 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
99.0 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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104 of 121 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
By now, you've read many small reviews praising the game, and some highlighting the flaws as well (since there is no perfect game). But there's one thing that needs to be said about high profile RPGs like this one, something that many others ultimately falls short on that The Witcher 3 picks up, even holding it high above its head as if in triumph.

That is, side quests are actually worth the time , not only in the experience and/or money you gain from participating in, but that the smaller stories are actually engaging. Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most profound example of 2014 in terms of terrible and boring chores, so mundane, so devoid of life or purpose they shouldn't even be regarded as side quests. There's no gathering quests and cookie cutter "Kill X of Y, and return to Z" style missions; every small deviation from the main road feel like smaller roads, with attention to detail. The lore of the game is just that robust.
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115 of 138 people (83%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
It's Dragon Age: Inquisition's older sister that actually knows how to suck a ♥♥♥♥ right.
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223 of 300 people (74%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
145.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Yeah I am never gonna finish this game..........
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111 of 137 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
77.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Best. Game. Ever. Made.
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175 of 232 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
47.3 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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