Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

The Witcher Series Free to Play on Steam This Weekend

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

PC gamers who have yet to get a taste of CD Projekt RED's RPG series The Witcher are in luck, as Valve is offering The Witcher and The Witcher 2 "Enhanced" editions as free-to-play titles this weekend until Sunday at 1pm PST.

These two games are also currently on sale, costing $1.99 for the first installment and $3.99 for the second chapter. That's a killer deal, but it won't last for long. Prices go back to $9.99 and $19.99, respectively, on Tuesday.

Looking for more bargains? Steam is having a Valentine's Day special here, including Alan Wake ($4.49), The Novelist ($1.99), Redshirt ($9.99), Thirty Flights of Loving ($1.69) and a number of others. There are also two bundles for sale: Alan Wake Franchise for $5.99 and Hateful Days pair: Analogue and Hate Plus for $9.99.

Of course, Steam has specials every day. Friday's helpings include Total War: Rome II ($29.97), Company of Heroes 2 ($19.99), Thief ($44.99), Postal 2 Complete ($2.49), the original Descent ($3.49), Jagged Alliance 2 Gold ($4.99), Disciples 3: Reincarnation ($23.99) and more.

In related news, Good Old Games is offering the original Dungeon Keeper for free. No purchase is necessary; you just need to set up a free account. The site is also throwing a Valentine's Day party of its own, selling select Dungeons & Dragon games up to 80 percent off, and a number of multiplayer games up to 90 percent off.

For example, for RPG lovers who need to get caught up on their old-school classics, GOG offers Icewind Dale, Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Torment and the two Neverwinter Nights titles, among many others. For those seeking multiplayer games, GOG has on sale Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition, the new Rise of the Triad, System Shock 2, Trine 2: Complete Story, Unreal Tournament 2004 ECE (one of my favorites) and more.

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
  • 3 Hide
    Pinhedd , February 14, 2014 2:18 PM
    The Witcher is an excellent game. For those new to the series I recommend giving the first one a try before the second. They are closely related in terms of canon, but play rather differently.
  • 0 Hide
    skit75 , February 14, 2014 2:38 PM
    The Witcher 2 was great. One of the most beautiful DirectX 9 games ever made.
  • 0 Hide
    tolham , February 14, 2014 2:39 PM
    FYI, if you want to try witcher for free, you may need to restart steam after clicking the free weekend button in order for the game to show up in your library.
  • Display all 19 comments.
  • 1 Hide
    Nilo BP , February 14, 2014 6:24 PM
    The first Witcher game holds a spot in my heart right next to gems like Fallout 2 and New Vegas.It succeeds at providing #1: a good, honest story that's not obnoxious; #2: a real sense of character progress; #3: mechanics that are simple on paper but require patience and attention; and #4: encouraging the player to wander off the beaten path and figure things out without holding his hand.I think it goes without saying that it's not made for your typical console peasant. :) 
  • 0 Hide
    blppt , February 14, 2014 6:58 PM
    Quote:
    The Witcher 2 was great. One of the most beautiful DirectX 9 games ever made.
    I'm kinda iffy on the graphics---to get the absolute best quality (including ubersampling) running at 1080p smoothly, you pretty much have to have 2 GTX680s in SLI. And even then, the draw-in is kind of disappointing.Game is awesome though. Cant wait for the 3rd installment.
  • 0 Hide
    Darth_Kaar , February 15, 2014 1:16 AM
    Some of the best RPGs on the market.
  • 0 Hide
    RealityClash , February 15, 2014 1:21 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    The Witcher 2 was great. One of the most beautiful DirectX 9 games ever made.
    I'm kinda iffy on the graphics---to get the absolute best quality (including ubersampling) running at 1080p smoothly, you pretty much have to have 2 GTX680s in SLI. And even then, the draw-in is kind of disappointing.Game is awesome though. Cant wait for the 3rd installment.
    Two GTX680's is probably a bit of an exaggeration. I just finished playing the 2nd game with everything at max settings (except ubersampling) at 2560x1440 smoothly on two HD6970's. I'd go as far as saying particular parts of the game such as the forests near the town of Flotsam are some of the most beautiful graphics I've seen in a game in quite some time. Some of the footage from the 3rd game looks absolutely stunning as well.
  • 0 Hide
    hoofhearted , February 15, 2014 3:27 AM
    This is what Bioware should have done but didn't.
  • 0 Hide
    blppt , February 15, 2014 6:58 AM
    Quote:
    Two GTX680's is probably a bit of an exaggeration. I just finished playing the 2nd game with everything at max settings (except ubersampling) at 2560x1440 smoothly on two HD6970's. I'd go as far as saying particular parts of the game such as the forests near the town of Flotsam are some of the most beautiful graphics I've seen in a game in quite some time. Some of the footage from the 3rd game looks absolutely stunning as well.
    Well, I was including ubersampling...if you dont mind playing with that setting off, then yes, even a single 480 will suffice with other settings maxed @ 1080p (one of my previous videocards). Theres certain graphical anomalies introduced when using the non-uber in-game antialiasing, so I tend to prefer the uber setting.Like I mentioned, the immediate scenery can be amazing, but the draw distance, and the way the game engine transitions from near to far, isnt so attractive IMHO.But none of these things comes close to ruining an amazing game.
  • 0 Hide
    wortwortwort , February 15, 2014 10:01 AM
    The Witcher 2 has too many glitches, but it was still a great game.
  • 0 Hide
    velocityg4 , February 17, 2014 7:29 AM
    I hate these free to play for a limited time games on Steam showing up automatically in my library. They should have an option to block them from showing up. I only want games in my library that I actually purchased.
  • 0 Hide
    Darth_Kaar , February 17, 2014 7:33 AM
    Quote:
    I hate these free to play for a limited time games on Steam showing up automatically in my library. They should have an option to block them from showing up. I only want games in my library that I actually purchased.


    Yes, they show up, but are not downloaded on default. When the promotion is gone, so they disappear from library.
  • 0 Hide
    woodscrews , February 18, 2014 4:20 PM
    nice, but id rather pay full price for a DRM free version than install valves spyware
  • 0 Hide
    wortwortwort , February 18, 2014 6:01 PM
    Quote:
    nice, but id rather pay full price for a DRM free version than install valves spyware


    Spyware? What are you smoking?
  • 0 Hide
    woodscrews , February 19, 2014 5:58 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    nice, but id rather pay full price for a DRM free version than install valves spyware


    Spyware? What are you smoking?


    >what is VAC
  • 0 Hide
    wortwortwort , February 19, 2014 7:29 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    nice, but id rather pay full price for a DRM free version than install valves spyware


    Spyware? What are you smoking?


    >what is VAC


    And how is it spyware?
  • 0 Hide
    woodscrews , February 20, 2014 9:19 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    nice, but id rather pay full price for a DRM free version than install valves spyware


    Spyware? What are you smoking?


    >what is VAC


    And how is it spyware?


    it scans your RAM to find software that may be used for cheating
  • 0 Hide
    wortwortwort , February 20, 2014 6:21 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    nice, but id rather pay full price for a DRM free version than install valves spyware


    Spyware? What are you smoking?


    >what is VAC


    And how is it spyware?


    it scans your RAM to find software that may be used for cheating


    Nope.
  • 0 Hide
    skit75 , February 21, 2014 10:09 AM
    It scans DNS cache for known IP addresses/domains that distribute cheating software. It has a double trigger system to help prevent false positives. The banned user's DNS cache contained evidence of both triggers.