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Assume the role of The Witcher, Geralt, a legendary monster slayer caught in a web of intrigue as he battles forces vying for control of the world! Make difficult decisions and live with the consequences in a 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.
The Witcher can be played from an over-the-top camera view a-la Neverwinter Nights, but I strongly recommend you do it in the over-the-shoulder third-person mode. Notice the shaking "live action" camera as the Witcher moves - a neat little trick so effectively employed by Epic in Gears of War. Over-the-shoulder camera view feels dramatic; it makes the combat seem more intense. The Witcher universe is also teeming with life - from the day and night cycles and weather effects to the lush vegetation, excellently crafted large maps and AI that's passable enough to help you completely immerse yourself in the world. The main character is marvelously animated both when doing mundane tasks like running, or performing choreographed fighting moves...Take notes, Obsidian. This is how stuff should be done...It pains me to see that this one isn't getting even more attention from the press or even better scores. The only reason I can see is that the reviewers themselves are going with the flow so to speak. In this day and age of shallow and heavily compromised games that are after cheap thrills backed up by ridiculous sums of money spent on pretentious marketing campaigns, The Witcher truly stands out. This was a labor of love, one that PC gamers have to acknowledge and reward. We want more games like this.
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.
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.
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.
Geralt of Rivia -- a One-of-a-Kind Protagonist: A charismatic and unique character, Geralt is a mutant swordmaster and professional monster slayer.
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.
Non-Linear and Captivating Storyline: Full of turns, twists and ambiguous moral decisions which have real impact on the storyline.
Original Fantasy World Drawn from Literature: Inspired by the writings of renowned Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
Visually Stunning Tactical Action: Engage in complex yet intuitive real-time combat based on real medieval sword-fighting techniques.
Digital Entertainment News
One of the better offerings in the genre and worth picking up.
If most RPGs were as interesting as The Witcher, I would spend a lot more time playing RPGs.
...its refreshing setting, engaging combat and potion system, and long, well-conceived campaign is a recipe for single-player greatness.
...a fantastic RPG, and an amazing achievement for first-time Polish developer CD Projekt.
PC Zone UK
...an intelligent, adult and thoroughly compelling adventure.
...a fantastic RPG, a perfect recreation of the world imagined by Sapkowski.
...a mature, gritty and atmospheric RPG that heads into territory not often explored.
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