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Based on the books by the Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is an addition to the RPG genre from Europe, starring the main character from the books - Geralt of Rivia, who is a "witcher" - a professional monster-slayer.

The story begins when Geralt is found unconscious by his fellow witchers. He has lost most of his memories of the past, and joins other witchers when their fortress, Kaer Morhen, is attacked by members of a mysterious organization known as the Salamandra. Most of the enemies are defeated by the witchers, but the two most dangerous ones - a criminal nicknamed "Professor" and the sorcerer Azar Javed - escape after having gained access to the witchers' laboratories. The witchers part ways, and Geralt heads to the capital city Vizima, hoping to find more information about the assailants.

The Witcher is a dark game with a dark world. War, murder, poverty, genocide, discrimination, torture, fanaticism - are just a few words that describe this setting. This is the world that the humans try to rule, and non-humans like elves and dwarves are subjected to suspicion and sometimes cruel treatment. Will Geralt be a victim to a few sentimental moments of kindness, or will he survive as a cynical bitter murderer? These are the choices that you'll have to make.

Using a heavily modified engine of Neverwinter Nights, the game implements an original combat system, which requires the player to click on the enemy at the right moment in order to help Geralt execute combo attacks. In order to defeat the enemies efficiently, the player must observe the movements of the combatants, and choose the right combat style: "quick", which is recommended to use against fast enemies, "heavy", with lower precision, but more damage output, and "group", which is effective when Geralt is surrounded. In addition, Geralt often has to switch between his two basic weapons: the steel sword, which is used against regular enemies, and the silver sword, which is more helpful against supernatural creatures.

Character growth is handled by allocating experience points into skills, teaching Geralt fighting styles as well as learning and improving his abilities. Alchemy is a skill that Geralt learns, allowing him to create his own potions, for healing purposes as well as for enhancing his witcher senses. Geralt can also learn and cast offensive and defensive magical spells.

The Witcher requires the player to make ethical decisions for Geralt, which often have "delayed consequences" - for example, sparing a character's life early in the game will eventually trigger a scene much later, in which said character appears and helps Geralt in return for his kindness. As the game's plot advances, the player learns more about the social and political life of its world, and is able to choose his/her own path and alliances to different organizations and ideologies.


The Witcher Windows A magical barrier keeps me from slaying those enemies
The Witcher Windows Used a sign to remove those stones that blocked the way
The Witcher Windows A piece of art that tells a story of another Witcher
The Witcher Windows A mirage of the sunken city

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The Witcher Wallpaper I wonder if that location made it to the game after all the years in the making.

Alternate Titles

  • "巫師" -- Traditional Chinese spellinge
  • "巫师" -- Simplified Chinese spellinge
  • "Ведьмак" -- Russian spelling
  • "Zaklínač" -- Czech title
  • "Wushi" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "Wiedźmin" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

A grain of truth St. Martyne (3649) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Possibly the finest RPG I've ever played Jeanne (76216) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
From Poland with love Unicorn Lynx (181441) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Every man wants to be like Geralt, every game wants to be like The Witcher Melody (119) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
[v1.1] Legendary as a story-driven adventure game; Dull as an RPG Indra was here (20851) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Shark Nov 30, 2007 A- 91
V2.fi Dec 03, 2007 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania.de Oct 31, 2007 88 out of 100 88
Gamer Within Nov 20, 2007 8.8 out of 10 88
GameLand Dec 15, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Looki Dec 04, 2007 82 out of 100 82
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Play.tm Jan 08, 2008 80 out of 100 80
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Oct 29, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 26, 2007 16 out of 20 80


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1001 Video Games

The Witcher appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


In adapting the dialogue from the Polish to the English version, certain parts were censored. An example:

Original version: Smith: Why do pricks go in cunts? It's the natural order of things. Humans have always disliked dwarves and elves. Not for me to know why.

Edited version: Smith: Humans have always hated dwarves and elves.

These censored parts were later added back with full voice acting in Enhanced Edition.


  • In line with the murky 'film noir' theme of good and evil largely depending on context and motivation, there is a tip of the hat to Raymond Chandler/Philip Marlowe as one of the pivotal characters is Detective Raymond Maarloeve, who speaks like a hard-boiled detective from any of Chandler's novels.
  • In the second act when you enter the city walls, you can sometimes hear citizens whistle a Star Wars tune, more precisely the "Imperial March" track. But that isn't the only reference to movies or actors. There is a knight in third act called Patrick De Wayze which is an obvious gag on Patrick Swayze (in the Polish version of the game, the name is spelled Patrick z Weyze and sounds exactly like the name of an American actor).


In October 2008, one year after the release, the development studio CD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o. announced to have sold one million copies of the game (including the enhanced edition).


At one point, Geralt will have to gather 10 sephirot (also transliterated as "sephiroth") to enter a magical tower. The sephirot (Hebrew: ספירות) in question are actually the ten spheres of creation in the Jewish mystical teaching, kabbalah. All the translated names of the sephirot ("crown", "kingdom", etc.) are correct; however, the original Hebrew names, which also appear in the game, are messed up nearly beyond recognition.


  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #10 PC Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PC RPG of the Year
    • 2007 – Surprise of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • March 28, 2008 - Best PC RPG in 2007 (Readers' voting) (The editors originally gave a score of 73%.)
Information also contributed by MAT, YID YANG and thud

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The Fabulous King (1337) added The Witcher (Windows) on Oct 26, 2007