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"My new all time favourite game"
5 stars"

I agree with the previous reviewer,its a lot of years since a game has left such an impression on me also.....maybe its because I had no preconceived ideas of what it would be like…don't know This game is such good value for money length wise and has so many twists and turns,such interesting characters and creatures,that I spent a large part of my xmas holidays playing it. It is quite buggy,with a fair few crashes to desktop,but I found it soo engaging that I couldn't be put off by the bugs…which is very unusual for me. I had to vary the resolution and settings quite drastically through different parts of the game,but it still looked ok on some of the lower settings,the game world is very detailed and has a gritty,atmospheric feel to it. I'm not really a hard core RPG fan and couldn't see what the fuss was about with oblivion…but this one is something else!

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"Best gaming experience of 2007"
5 stars"

Don't be put off by the negative reviews. This is easily my game-of-the-year. If you're expecting a directionless rpg like oblivion, then find another game. Most complain about not being able to outfit your character with fancy helmets + armor, and not being able to carry heaps of items… You play a very specific character, not one you create from scratch – Geralt is a monster-slayer, he is not a knight or merchant – and thats what makes this game so unique. It has a very solid identity – you play a well definied character with a strong history. The game-world is facinating and unique in its darkness, the story is absolutely fantastic, and the characters are wonderfully created with a lot of thought. Your actions actually have real effects throughout the game, to the point its easily worth another play-through after youve finished, to see how things could be different – the fighting mechanics are much more clever, enjoyable and much deeper than one would originally think, and so is the character-leveling and development. No, its not your usual braindead rpg, its a very unique experience. If your willing to give it a try and not give up after the first chapter, you'll be rewarded by one of the most enjoyable gaming-experiences youve had in a long time. I was ready to ignore this game when i first heard about it, focusing mainly on the ‘bigger’ games coming out… im glad i gave this game a shot, it leaves the others in the dust, and i cant wait for the sequel! I finished this game some time last week, and im still buzzed about it… no game in recent memory has left such an impression on me…

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"Stunning"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

A stunning game.

The graphics are amazing – even on an older machine with a 3GHz Pentium 4 and a Radeon 4600 in an AGP port they run full bore with hardly a twitch, putting you firmly in a High Medieval, Central European world with a wealth of detail and almost photographic realism. Fire and water are amazingly realistic and the slow colour changes across the landscape that accompany sunrise and sunset are breathtaking.

It's an adult world, too, not a Disney saccharine fantasy of Olden Days. Rats are everywhere, beggars curse (colourfully) and spit, harlots offer themselves, and complain about their aches, women are cheerfully randy or uptight or somewhere in between (and can sometimes be seduced into bed), everyone whinges and gripes and in a predominately human society non-human races (dwarves and elves etc.) are treated somewhat like Jews in early '30s Germany, apt to be set upon by red-necks if not turned on by the community as a whole.

Combat is simplified yet, in the over-the-shoulder mode, surprisingly satisfying. Dodging and parrying can be left to the protagonist as a matter of instinct, as it is in any master swordsman, and your only involvement is to decide which of a number of distinct ‘attacks’ to use against the particular opponent and, crucially, when to initiate them. Getting both right and you can watch your avatar execute a smooth, unstoppable and damaging attack. Get either wrong and you might to hurriedly withdraw, hurt, to re-think and try again.

Magic, too, is simplified – no having to choose between thirty or forty spells in your arsenal. There are only five magic based attacks and, again, the skill is in choosing the right one and initiating it at the same time.

The Witcher's inno­vation is in Alchemy. By discovering the formulas for various potions, searching out the required ingredients and making them up one's abilities can be greatly enhanced. You can even experiment by concocting and trying our your own formulas, perhaps to hit on that elusive ‘total invulnerability’ result.

Aimed at adults, the game offers choices which need maturity to appreciate. Few are clearly right or wrong and all have consequences. This, too, effects a ‘real-world’ approach and is a welcome improvement over the “good” or “evil” simplicity of other games.

NOTE: This version is cheap because a updated – Enhanced – version has been released. This includes several major patches, extra content and a complete replacement of the vocal acting which in this version was much criticised. The enhanced content is available as a free 3GB download and can be installed on this version, giving you The Witcher – Enhanced version for this price, which is a very good deal indeed.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"8/10"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Definitely on par with Oblivion. The storyline is very well told and engaging. The graphics are stunningly beautiful (on a Win XP with GeForce 8600GT, 2GB RAM, and Pentium 4) and the combat system is excellent.

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Looks fun, but pretty shallow."
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Visually it's great, but you knew that. The down side to this is it needs the computer from a Galaxy class starship to run it well. On my system of a 7800GTX, and an Athlon 4600+ I get mediocre performance on Medium setting outdoors, but I can live with it. The long save and load times get tiresome though.

I don't like the coloured rings around characters feat.

My biggest gripe is the lack of weapons and armour, and that you can't customise your character. He's certainly cool, but I would like options. Maybe a female version of the hero, or be able to change his appearance a bit, or different clothing and armour. Or instead of the Witcher two handed sword the option to use dual short blades, or a bow or something… anything to customise him a bit. You're basically stuck with the big sword because you can only use your Withcer fighting styles with it. So although you can use other weapons there's no point, which takes the fun out of finding new weapons (because there's no point using them) and perusing merchant's wares. There's not much really to spend your money on.

The main strength of the game is in the story and interacting with characters, doing quests and stuff. But none of that really gripped me.

I will say there's some beautiful artwork and music, and the design is good. Wandering the streets of Vizima's a real feast for the eyes. And not to mention all the comely wenches.

So it's worth a look if you've got a good rig, but as an RPG it's pretty basic.

Oh, and the nudity that caused such a fuss is actually only these portrait trophy cards that you get when you bed a wench, that are sometimes bare breasted.

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"Awesome."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

I love this game. I am very fussy so me recommending a game is rare, but I do with The Witcher. The graphics are stunning and the video sequences are cohesive and engaging. The game play is point and click mostly, with a few quick keys for easier access to certain weapons, maps, inventory, etc. I really like the fighting options, depending on which difficulty level, there are spells, potions, weapons, fighting styles and weapon upgrades which all go into a really good fight with varied, interesting and increasingly bigger and uglier monsters. The story is awesome, one of the best story lines I've ever played. The characters in the story are woven in, the RPG and choice affects character development sucks you in completely to this world. The world in which these characters all interact is extensive and interesting. There are also side quests and the little interesting things to find which make this a very play over again game. Only one tiny little fault is the first version release crashes periodically, a pain if you've just spent 15 mins getting thru a fight sequence and area, but there are plenty of patches online to fix this. Overall brilliant, which is not said lightly

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Description

The Witcher represents the pinnacle of storytelling in role-playing games, shattering the line between good and evil with a world where moral ambiguity reigns. In a beautiful, rich game universe created by artists first, technology second, the player becomes his own hero in an epic, action-packed narrative uniquely defined by his actions. Returning to the roots of the role-playing genre with a fresh and modern approach, The Witcher emphasizes story and character development in a vibrant world, while incorporating tactically-deep real-time combat like no game before it.

Immersed in a vivid but harsh fantasy world, the player assumes the role of a white-haired witcher named Geralt, a renowned monster-slayer-for-hire and master swordsman with superhuman strength and reflexes. While trying to regain his lost memory, Geralt unwillingly becomes involved in a world-shaking power struggle. Created to provide entertainment for both fans of role-playing games and those seeking fast-paced action, The Witcher brings together epic storytelling and dynamic, visually stunning, and tactically deep action.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Minimum requirements:

Microsoft� Windows� XP Service Pack 2, Vista (Operating System must be up to date with the latest fixes)

Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon 64 +2800

1 GB RAM for Microsoft� Windows� XP / 1536 MB for Microsoft� Windows� Vista

128 MB Video RAM or greater with DirectX9 Vertex Shader/ Pixel Shader 2.0 support (NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 or better)

8.5 GB available hard drive space

DirectX 9.0c compliant soundcard, plus speakers or headphones

DVD-Rom



Recommended requirements:

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, Vista (Operating System must be up to date with the latest fixes)

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz or AMD X2 5600+

2 GB RAM

NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or ATI Radeon X1950 PRO

8.5 GB available hard drive space

DirectX 9.0c compliant soundcard, plus speakers or headphones

DVD-Rom
Release date NZ
November 16th, 2007
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PC CD-ROM
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UPC
3546430130087
All-time sales rank
Top 100
Product ID
1542501

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