The Witcher (2007)
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In medieval times, Geralt of Rivia, a member of a fading order of professional monster slayers known as Witchers, is on trail of Salamandra, a secretive crime syndicate that stole dangerous alchemical formulas from Witchers' fort.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Geralt of Rivia (voice)
Alison Dowling ...
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Andrew Wincott ...
Jacques de Aldersberg / Haren Brogg / Ren Grouver / Bandits / Craftsmen (voice)
Arlene Decker ...
Courtesan / Nurse of the Order / Women in Shawl (voice)
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Vesemir / Kalkstein / King of the Wild Hunt / Salamandra Bandit (armoured) (voice)
Brian Bowles ...
Declan Leuvaarden / Velerad / Nobles / Fat Townpersons / Elven Elite Warrior / Drawen Smith (voice)
Emma Tate ...
Alina / Grandma / Ladies / Waitresses (voice)
Everal Walsh ...
Ramsmeat / Bandits / Fat Townspeoples (voice)
Ian Drysdale ...
Mercenary Leader / Drunk Beggard / Heralds (voice)
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Yaevinn / Reverend / Rich Elders (voice)
Jeff Harding ...
Vincent Meis / Gramps / Rascals (voice)
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Shani / Carmen (voice)
John Bull ...
Golan Vivaldi / Innkeeper / Priests / Druids (voice)
Jules de Jongh ...
Triss Merigold / Old Women (voice)
Laurence Bouvard ...
Rita / Grandma / Ladies / Page Boy / Vendors (voice)
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In a world that resembles medieval Europe, wickedness, poverty, misery and racism and violence against those who are different, be they minority races such as Elves and Dwarfs or people with special talents like Mages or Witchers is commonplace. Kings who rule the lands scheme, plot and war with each-other even over trivial matters and break every rule known to man and God sparing nothing including men and resources. Monsters and supernatural beasts are another common occurrence in this world and special warriors are created through experiments on chosen men (and sometimes women) at young age. Those who survive the process become known as Witchers, infertile master-warriors who are trained and obligated to slay any beast and evil that endangers Man. Once, they were a powerful and appreciated order, but after a devastating war with a predatory southern dark empire, northern peoples' hate towards those who are not of their kind rose to an unprecedented levels and even the always neutral... Written by Anonymous

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Dark, very mature RPG
22 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Starting with the introductory cinematic - one of the best I've ever seen - the player becomes deeply involved in this grim story. That's what the game feels like. A very complicated, intriguing, and interesting tale. Few other RPGs I've experienced can so deeply pull the player in to the plot as this one does.

Such is the emphasis here, and the character choice that is so integral to other games is non-existent. Yet I enjoyed the lack of choice in characters since it kept the focus squarely on the story, where it quite refreshingly belonged. In fact, this is almost the polar opposite of one of my favorite series of games, the Elder Scrolls, in that there is no choice but to become wrapped up in the main plot line.

Besides the story, many other things are relatively unique or at the least uncommon for an RPG in The Witcher. This is, first and foremost, a very adult game, unlike most RPGs I've played. There is foul language, sexual situations, and many morally ambiguous decisions to be made. The world is dark and seedy, with many unsavory characters, prostitution, organized crime, drugs, bribery, fencing, gambling, widespread corruption, and much more. The setting is rife with crime, disease, and political intrigue. The combat system involves not endless, quick clicking, but slow clicking to time and string together a series of attacks. Several of the monsters are not clearly "evil" and do not attack the player on sight but attempt to reason and convince him to spare them or help them lift their curse.

Speaking of the protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, he has striking similarities to other fictional characters that are favorites of mine. In particular his look and combat prowess borrow heavily from Michael Moorcock's creation - Elric of Melnibone. His voice, guile, and the fact that he is a complete man-whore remind me especially of Clint Eastwood and his western "man with no name" characters from the Sergio Leone "Dollars Trilogy," or High Plains Drifter.

I do have some criticisms. Some of the dialog is corny and doesn't seem to fit the character of Geralt - such is one of the problems with using a premade character. Naturally the often long load times are cumbersome. I didn't like how dramatically the XP award for monsters dropped as Geralt rose in levels, since many creatures went down in about the same amount of time at LVL 2 as they did at level 25. A couple of the monsters were very difficult to overcome - but worse than this was the fact that such encounters often occurred at the end of a long cut-scene with no chance for saving (can't save mid-fight), so I would die and then have to go through the whole scene all over again.

Despite such flaws, this is on my top ten list of RPGs, and I've been playing them since Bard's Tale on the Apple IIe. Most certainly give it a chance. And don't forget to try the over-the-shoulder (OTS) camera viewpoint - makes it an almost entirely different game.


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