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The Witcher 1 $5 at GOG.com, FINAL DAY. Ends Tuesday, EARLY.


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#1 gcorlett

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 03:41 AM

Update: GOG says This deal ends 5/24 at 6:59 AM EDT.

Good Old Games dropped this in my inbox this morning:

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In celebration (?) of the release of The Witcher 2, they are selling The Witcher: Enhanced Edition May 10-24 for $5.

Before someone asks, no, you can't activate The Witcher or The Witcher 2 on Steam if you buy it elsewhere.

Yes, this game has been $5 on Steam before.

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#2 Lemarfanz

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:01 AM

damn, pretty sweet deal, will prolly have to jump on this. Thanks OP
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#3 DukeEdwardI

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:35 AM

Great for those folks who missed out when it was $5 on Steam. Also great because it's DRM-free and the money goes directly to the devs (as they own GoG).

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:15 AM

Looking forward to playing this again! I played it a long time ago and lost my save through various reformats. Definitely want to play through again and import those saves into the sequel. :D

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:18 AM

def getting this.
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#6 srfrog

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 07:12 AM

good deal. Will definitely pick this one up from GOG.

#7 Kromis

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 07:20 AM

Eff steam. GOG FTMFW!

#8 houdinilogic

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 08:17 AM

the GOG version also comes with a bunch of extras - wallpapers, soundtrack, maps, artbook, etc.

http://www.gog.com/e...ard/the_witcher
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Posted 07 May 2011 - 08:25 AM

GOG version of Witcher 2 is the ONLY DRM-free version. Everyone buy it from them and send a message.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 09:14 AM

OP, you might want to update the topic with the actual time frame of when it will be on sale for $4.99. It's going to be $4.99 from May 10 to May 24.

http://www.gog.com/e..._before_release

Of course it would be better to buy it sooner rather than later, but it will be that price for a good couple of weeks at least (for those who can't buy it right away). I'm still going to buy this even though this'll be the fourth copy of The Witcher I'll have purchased to date. But hey, I don't mind supporting one of my favorite companies. ;)

#11 wilflare

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 11:15 AM

hope Steam comes with a promo again too.
GOG is great but would like to consolidate everything in Steam.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 11:21 AM

Damn, I just bought the physical copy edition from Amazon for $12.99 to be delivered Monday so I can play this game before part 2. :cry:

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#13 MysterD

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 01:30 PM

The Witcher is outstanding.
Everybody who missed this game and loves RPG's - you gotta' get it from GOG!! :)
NO DRM in that version and you'll get some of those typical nice GOG extras.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 01:46 PM

Also if you do prefer a physical version you can easily get rid of the drm and have the ability to play the game without the disc with a few patches.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 03:30 PM

I'm going to be picking this sucker up. I've had a disc copy since release way back in they but installing it is such a bitch. There are about 10 different downloads to bring it up to the great Enhanced Edition Director's Cut release and five dollars is worth the convenience of no-DRM and patch shenanigans. That, and I need to play it again before I start Witcher 2 so I can transfer my save.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 03:38 PM

is this worth getting over the Steam version (i'm guessing they will have a promo too)

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#17 Zenphic

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:08 PM

I'll definitely grab this one to give the company support for its DRM-free scheme.

#18 wilflare

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:14 PM

hmm but what's wrong with Steam's DRM? it's pretty alright ain't

and.. how does this game compare to Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Ed.
I didn't enjoy Dragon Age..

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:44 PM

I'm going to be picking this sucker up. I've had a disc copy since release way back in they but installing it is such a bitch. There are about 10 different downloads to bring it up to the great Enhanced Edition Director's Cut release and five dollars is worth the convenience of no-DRM and patch shenanigans. That, and I need to play it again before I start Witcher 2 so I can transfer my save.


+1 Will be repurchasing from GoG.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:57 PM

is this worth getting over the Steam version (i'm guessing they will have a promo too)


I got a $5 steam copy in the last sale, and I'm planning on picking up a second copy from GOG to play instead.

The steam version is just really messily thrown together, all the director's edition "extras" thrown in a folder deep in the game's steamapps directory, every voice over language file included by default, and all required to be downloaded and remain installed as part of the game. It requires 14GB, largely because of extras and unused files. I don't think much effort was put into packaging it up for Steam at all.

I'm sure the GOG version will have a lot more care put into it, especially with the close overlap between GOG and the developers.

#21 wilflare

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:12 PM

thanks for the review, guess i'll check it out on GOG
and add it as a Non-Steam Game to consolidate everything (:

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:52 PM

is the gog.com downloader pretty reliable (i.e. no corrupt files, pausing and resuming, etc.)? also, will it run on my radeon 4350 with a quad-core cpu?

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#23 bitter1961

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:36 PM

is the gog.com downloader pretty reliable (i.e. no corrupt files, pausing and resuming, etc.)?


I think it's only been out a few days, so I'm sure it has a few kinks to work out. But I've tried it and it seems okish. It supports pause and resume. It lets you choose where to place the downloaded installer, and seems to make a new folder per game. It's now a small, self-contained, native win32 program (the old GOG downloader was an Adobe Air app).

File corruption on downloads is more a sign of failing hardware, and all a downloader can really do about that is perform checksums of downloads and automatically redownload if a file is corrupt. The downloader claims to be doing an "integrity check" at the end of the download, but I'm not sure how fine-grained the checksuming is (to allow for finer-grained redownloading), or what action it takes if the integrity check fails (automatic download, warning dialog, etc).

It seems to be a multi-part/multi-connection downloader, so it gets very fast download speeds. Unfortunately it seems to save into multiple 10MB "chunk" files and then copy everything into a single file at the end, which will be bad for disk fragmentation (most multi-part downloaders allocate a single full-size file at the beginning to avoid this).

After the download, it can save you a few clicks in Windows explorer by launching the installer for you, and it can also handle deleting the installer from disk after. Any of the extras you want still have to be downloaded "manually" through a browser, as far as I can tell.

Honestly, you don't gain too much over just using the website, except for the speed of the multi-part downloading (since they seem to have changed their server behaviour to no longer allow third-party multi-part downloaders), and fewer clicks when downloading a game large enough to be split into multiple downloads (GOG splits downloads up if they're bigger than 2GB).

#24 Zenphic

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 08:38 PM

also, will it run on my radeon 4350 with a quad-core cpu?

Ouf, depending on which resolution you'll play it, it will definitely be choppy at 1680x1050 even at low details. I once tried the game on a GeForce 6600 (in terms of brute strength it should be about the same as the 4350), and it was horrible.

I'd suggest investing in at least a XFX GT 240 which will let you play at medium details: http://www.newegg.co...&Tpk=XFX GT 240

#25 gcorlett

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 11:55 PM

OP, you might want to update the topic with the actual time frame of when it will be on sale for $4.99. It's going to be $4.99 from May 10 to May 24.

http://www.gog.com/e..._before_release


Thank you! That wasn't clear in the email they sent me; it looked like a one-day deal. I will fix the topic now.

#26 wilflare

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:05 AM

should I get this over Steam?
I'll miss the Cloud-Saving, Achievements, Auto-update and Gametime recording

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:20 AM

should I get this over Steam?
I'll miss the Cloud-Saving, Achievements, Auto-update and Gametime recording


The only features that the Steam version of The Witcher has is play time recording and auto updates (and I doubt any more updates are coming out for the game). The GOG version has no DRM and comes with more extras so it seems like the best version of the game to date IMO.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 02:42 AM

Remember GOG lets you just keep the installer exe with no internet requirements or anything, and that counts for something. Install whenever, where ever.

GOG is also owned by CD Projekt, sister company to CD Projekt RED who made The Witcher, (I think that's how it goes)so they get your direct support. :)


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 02:48 AM

I already have the steam version,but anyone who hasn't played this should really pick it.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 02:48 AM

All profits from GoG goes straight to the developers for Witcher and Witcher 2. They deserve it. No DRM because GoG is in house with the developers.
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