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This article is about the PC game. For the console version, see: The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf.
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Box of the European edition

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Box of the Polish edition

The Witcher (Πολωνικά: Wiedźmin) είναι ένα παιχνίδι ρόλων για υπολογιστή από την CD Projekt RED. Βασισμένο από τη σειρά βιβλίων του ίδιου Πολωνού συγγραφέα Andrzej Sapkowski, το παιχνίδι χρησιμοποίησε τη μηχανή γραφικών Aurora Engine της BioWare και κυκλοφόρησε τον Οκτώμβριο του 2007. Η Αναβαθμισμένη Έκδοση του παιχνιδιού, συμπεριλαμβάνοντας άλλα πράγματα και δύο νέες περιπέτειες, οι οποίες είναι η "Η Τιμή της Ανεξαρτησίας" και η "Παρενέργειες", κυκλοφόρησε τον Σεπέμβριο του 2008. Τους πρώτους 10 μήνες από την κυκλοφορία του, το παιχνίδι αυτό πούλησε 800,000 αντίτυπα παγκοσμίως. Η έκδοση της κονσόλας, η οποία χρησιμοποιεί παντελώς καινούργια συστήματα μηχανής και μάχης, τιτλοφορήθηκε ως The Witcher: Η Άνοδος του Λευκού Λύκου και κυκλοφόρησε την Άνοιξη του 2009.

Το The Witcher ακολουθεί την ιστορία του Geralt of Rivia, ενός μεταλλαγμένου "witcher", ενός ταξιδιωτικού κυνηγού τεράτων προς μίσθωση, χαρισματικός με τις αφύσικες δυνάμεις του. Παίρνοντας μέρος σ' έναν μεσαιωνικό κόσμο, το παιχνίδι υλοποιεί λεπτομερείς οπτικές. Το φυσικό φως κατά την διάρκεια διαφόρων φάσεων της ημέρας είναι ρεαλιστικά αλλαγμένες, και οι μερονύκτιες μεταβολές χρησιμεύουν για να εμπλουτίσουν το περιβάλλον του παιχνιδιού. Ο καιρός μπορεί ν' αλλάξει δυναμικά από τη φωτεινή ψιχάλα στην σκοτεινή, καταιγίστικη βροχή συνοδευόμενη από κεραυνούς και αστραπές, και οι NPC αντιδρούν στην βροχή καλύπτωντας κάτω από τις σκεπές προσπαθώντας να γλυτώσουν την βροχή.

Production history

To be written

Storyline

Κύριο άρθρο: Storyline

The game is centred around Geralt the witcher, also known as "the White Wolf", who at the beginning of the game suffers from amnesia. He gradually learns that he was a very renowned witcher, and that he had friends and enemies almost everywhere, who remember him but whom he does not remember. Through the player's actions, he will redefine those relationships and choose his path in the political intrigue that surrounds him.

Story motivations

The developers have often said that their main goal with the game's storyline was to give choices to the player where there was no clear good or evil, and where the player would have to choose the lesser of two (or more) evils.[1]

Also, the story was designed so that the consequences of the player's choices are often not immediately visible, and may only become apparent a few chapters later. This was done to prevent the "save, choose, reload" type of gameplay that is often used in similar computer role-playing games.[2]

Inconsistencies with Andrzej Sapkowski's works

  • According to the "Temerian Dynasty", additional material written by Andrzej Sapkowski and published on his official website, Adda the White, the daughter of Foltest, after her striga curse was lifted by Geralt, was white-haired and mentally retarded. However in the English translation of the short story "The Witcher", Adda's hair is described as "flaxen red", and her hair is also shown as red in the game. There is also no explanation for the change of her mental state.
  • The 1270 date given in the intro is incorrect — the game is actually set in 1273 (five years after the end of the Nilfgaard Wars, which ended in 1268 and during the second Catriona outbreak, which started in 1272).
  • The inclusion of the books Fairytales and Stories and Encyclopaedia Maxima Mundi is an anachronism, since these books were written hundreds of years after the times depicted in the game.
  • Geralt calls himself "not a human, but a mutant" on some occasions. On the other hand, Geralt never claimed he wasn't a human in the saga, and being a witcher was typically referenced as more than a caste or a profession than anything else - mutation does not imply no longer being a human.
  • Ori Reuven should still be in prison at the time of the game - after the Nilfgaard Wars, he was imprisoned and spent six years in various prisons. The game is set five years after the Nilfgaard Wars. Furthermore, he died from sickness less than a year after being let out from jail.
  • Canonnically, Geralt did not come back to life, meaning that essentially, the whole game, at least its majority which directly involves Geralt, is inconsistent with the saga.

Gameplay

Κύριο άρθρο: Gameplay
Over the Shoulder view.jpg

Over the Shoulder view mode

There are three camera styles available when playing The Witcher. The game can be played from one of two top-down perspectives, in which case the mouse is used to control everything, or it can be played from an over-the-shoulder (OTS) view, which brings the player closer to the in-game combat, but limits visibility. In all three views the keyboard and mouse controls can be changed to be primarily mouse focused or a combined keyboard and mouse approach.

The combat system in The Witcher represents a departure from most RPGs. Players choose one of three fighting styles. The quick style allows for faster, less-damaging attacks with a greater chance of hitting faster enemies; the heavy style deals more damage in exchange for a slow attack speed, and a lower chance to hit faster enemies; and the group style, which features sweeping attacks best used if the player is surrounded. The player can switch between the styles at any point.

Each of these stances has its own unique combat style. Both of Geralt's main swords — the steel and silver — have distinctively different combat styles from the rest of his weaponry, and serve very distinct purposes: where the steel blade is used to fight humans and other flesh-and-blood beings, the silver is more effective against supernatural monsters and beasts (some of which may be completely unaffected by steel).

Αλχημεία is a major part of gameplay. The player can create φίλτρα that increase health or endurance regeneration, allow Geralt to see in the dark, or provide other beneficial effects. The recipes for these potions can be learned through ειλητάρια, or by experimentation. Once the player creates an unknown potion he can choose to drink it, but if the potion is a failure it will poison the character. Each time Geralt drinks potions they increase the toxicity level of his body. This can be reduced by drinking a special potion or by meditating at an inn or fireplace.

In addition to potions, the player can also create έλαια and βόμβες, respectively used to augment the damage done by weapons, or as weapons in combat. Neither can be created until talent points have been allocated into the corresponding skills.

Soundtrack

Κύριο άρθρο: The Witcher soundtrack

The soundtrack for The Witcher was composed by Adam Skorupa and Paweł Błaszczak. In some editions of the game (see: list of editions) the soundtrack CD is included with the game. It consists of 29 tracks with the total length of 73 minutes 13 seconds.

An additional CD, Inspired by The Witcher, featuring e.g. Vader is sold separately in some countries and also included with the game in some editions.

Both soundtracks are included in the Enhanced Edition.

Enhanced Edition

Κύριο άρθρο: The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

At the 2008 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CD Projekt Red announced an enhanced edition of The Witcher, which contained a great number of technical upgrades, as well as a lot of new features.

Technical information

Κύριο άρθρο: Technical information

The Witcher is powered by a new version of the BioWare Aurora Engine, modified for a single-player experience. A number of changes have been introduced to the original BioWare Aurora Engine, as well as troubleshooting and modding information, also described in the Technical information article.

Localization variations

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Japanese edition of the game

All the female portrait cards shown after Geralt's "conquests" were retouched to a more modest standard for the US release version. The in-game Dryad was also reskinned so her hair covered more of her body in this release.

Colourful dialogue between characters was cut in the English releases — not merely the US release — especially through shortening of dialogue. Lead Designer Michał Madej has disputed claims by fans that this was due to the sometimes crude language, but that the decision to edit down dialogue occurred because of production-related concerns in game development. Proof reader Martin Pagan noticed this shortened version during his work and writer Sande Chen confirmed that it was not due to censorship. Fans have theorized that it may have been done for voice acting cost savings, especially since much of the vulgar language has been retained. Such cost savings would normally occur during any shortening of dialogue, even in cases where no major crudity was involved. To unlock the long version of the dialogues (text only), see: Unlocking original dialogues.

Editions

The following table lists the contents of each of the various editions in addition to the game DVD itself. Help us by adding information about missing editions!

Legend:

  • Original Edition (OE),
  • Collector's Edition (CE),
  • Limited Edition (LE),
  • Enhanced Edition (EE),
  • Special Edition (SE) and
  • Platinum Edition (PE).
Edition Printed manual Map Music
CD
Bonus DVD Guidebook "The Witcher" Short story Artbook The Witcher bestiary Medallion T-Shirt Bonus music Stickers Unique item
International EEYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
International PEYesYNoNNoNYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
International OEYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
European LEYesYYesYNoNYesYYesYNoNYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
German CEYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
Polish OEYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
Polish CEYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNYesY[3]
Polish SEYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNYesYYesY[4]
Czech OE YesYYesYYesYNoNYesYYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
Czech CEYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNYesY[5]
Hungarian OEYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
Hungarian CEYesYYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
Russian OE NoNNoNYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
Russian LE YesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNYesYNoN
Russian CEYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNYesYYesY[6]
Australian LEYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN
UK LEYesYYesYYesYYesYNoNNoNYesYNoNNoNNoNNoNNoNNoN

Console version

The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf is an upcoming console role-playing game to be released in Fall 2009. While it will feature the same story as The Witcher PC game, based on the book series of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, it will use a new engine, created in cooperation with Widescreen Games, and a new action-based combat system.

Spin-offs

Κύριο άρθρο: CD Projekt's The Witcher franchise

Several spin-off games have been created either by CD Projekt or on the license from CDP.

Mobile phone game

The Witcher: Crimson Trail (Polish: Wiedźmin: Krwawy Szlak), also known as The Witcher Mobile is a mobile phone action game created developed by Breakpoint on the license from CD Projekt. It features Geralt in his youth as a promising young student, has just completed his training to become an elite monster slayer — a witcher.

Card games

Two card games based on CD Projekt's The Witcher (παιχνίδι για υπολογιστή have been designed by Kuźnia Gier. One, Wiedźmin: Przygodowa Gra Karciana (The Witcher: Adventure Cardgame) has been published by Kuźnia Gier and is being sold in Polish gaming stores, while the other, Wiedźmin: Promocyjna Gra Karciana (The Witcher Promo Card Game) is a simpler game added to the collector's edition of The Witcher in some countries.

Browser game

The Witcher: Versus is a Flash-based multiplayer fighting browser game, developed for CD Projekt RED by one2tribe and launched in 2008. The game has you create a character from one of three classes and challenge other players to deadly battles. When you first sign up for Versus, which is tied into your thewitcher.com forum account if you have one, you choose from one of three character classes: Witcher, Sorceress and Frightener.

Additional Information

Notes

  1. From the game's feature list, see for example here.
  2. Need reference (probably one of the developer interviews).
  3. The Polish Collector's Edition came with the card game.
  4. The Polish Special Edition came with a Geralt action figure.
  5. The Czech Collector's Edition came with posters.
  6. The Russian Collector's Edition came with a leather bag.

External links

Η Σειρά The Witcher του Αντρντζέι Σαπκόβσκι
Συλλογές διηγημάτων
Wiedźmin | Ostatnie życzenie | Miecz Przeznaczenia | Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna
Βιβλία
Krew elfów | Czas pogardy | Chrzest ognia | Wieża Jaskółki | Pani Jeziora
Προσαρμογές
Wiedźmin (Εικονογραφημένα μυθιστορήματα) | The Hexer (ταινία και τηλεοπτική σειρά) | Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni (PnP RPG) | The Witcher (παιχνίδι για υπολογιστή) | The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings | The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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