In case you weren't aware, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is scheduled to release May 17. A small problem with that; I haven't yet finished The Witcher. It's one of the most shamefully underplayed in my pile. Like many who've played into The Witcher before, I got bogged down in Vizima, the town with dozens of quests.
Whether you stopped playing, have never played, or want to go through the adventure again, this thread will be a center for dicsussion.
Finish Them!!, first and foremost, is a support thread to encourage you to finally finish that game in your pile, currently The Witcher. If you're one of them that has already finished, feel free to play again!
Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's short story collection is brought to digital life in The Witcher, a single-player action RPG starring a monster hunter named Geralt. Players control the silver-haired Geralt in a fantasy world where dwarves, elves, and humans live in bitter seclusion and monsters roam freely. To defeat these creatures, Geralt can perform a variety of sword-swinging attacks from one of three switchable stances: fast, heavy, and group. Geralt can also use magic by conjuring up one of five mystical "signs," allowing him to blind, paralyze, or even incinerate foes. A total of 250 skills are available, allowing players to create distinct character builds for specific combat styles.
Geralt can supplement his attacks by creating potions, oils, and bombs with varying effects. Acquired recipes are used to create most concoctions, but players can also experiment by mixing ingredients at the risk of poisoning Geralt. In a twist from typical games in the genre, combat employs a timing-based system, where attacks are initiated each time an onscreen icon appears. Another distinguishing characteristic is The Witcher's emphasis on decision-making throughout the story. Players consistently make choices with no clear right or wrong answer, and these decisions will ultimately have repercussions later in the game. Developed by Poland' s CD Projekt, The Witcher is powered by a modified version of BioWare's Aurora engine, previously used in Neverwinter Nights.
From March 1, there's over two months and a half between now and The Witcher 2. That should give most interested enough time to complete The Witcher, so feel free to play at your own pace. An average play-through is said to be around 60 hours.
[color=#0000FF]Mind your spoilers![/color] Please, either past or future players, use the spoiler tag liberally. Let's be polite to new players and those who like a fresh experience with little knowledge beforehand. When in doubt, use the tag.
Most of all, have fun and share your experience!
Minimum PC Requirements:
Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows® /XP/Vista
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (included) or higher
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or Athlon 64 +2800 (Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 +3000 recommended). Athlon XP series, such as the Athlon XP +2400, is not supported
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 or better (NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX or ATI Radeon X1950 XT or better recommended)
Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB RAM recommended)
Sound: DirectX version 9.0c-compatible sound card
Hard Drive: 15 GB Free
The Witcher Wiki / Wikia (spoilers)
The Witcher Catch-All (spoilers)
The Witcher 2 Catch-All (mostly spoiler-free)
Buy it! (Steam, Impulse, Direct2Drive, Amazon, Amazon EE [free update to The Witcher], GamersGate)
ModDB (Most notable are the Texture and Scabbard mods; the former should only be used by those with powerful computers)