The oft-overlooked first Witcher has one of the best cities in gaming


The Witcher 3’s Novigrad is a defining RPG city: a bustling metropolis on the brink of catastrophe, threatened both by invaders outside its borders and religious zealotry within them. But this wasn’t CD Projekt’s first portrait of a city on fire. 

2007’s The Witcher is often overlooked in favour of its prettier and better-translated sequels, but the game that first brought CD Projekt to international attention remains a gem, with much of what made those later games special already fully or partially realised. Vizima, the city in which you spend about half the game, is brimming with as much life and character as Novigrad, and foreshadows CD Projekt’s later success with designing urban environments.

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