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  • Summary: Assume the role of The Witcher, Geralt, a legendary monster slayer caught in a web of intrigue as he battles forces vying for control of the world. Make difficult decisions and live with the consequences in a game that will immerse you in an extraordinary tale like no other. The Witcher shatters the line between good and evil in a world where moral ambiguity reigns. The Witcher emphasizes story and character development in a vibrant world while incorporating tactically-deep real-time combat like no game before it. [Atari] Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. All in all, the Enhanced Edition is a triumph. Projekt Red took a great game and made it better. While the new content won’t take too much time to plough through for a veteran, it’s worth playing the original campaign again just to marvel at how much has been tweaked. [Nov 2008, p.54]
  2. 93
    The Witcher is in better shape than ever, and gamers that played the original will be jealous of those who can enjoy the game for the first time in its higher form. Don't worry, though, as the Enhanced Edition gives Witcher veterans a perfect excuse to replay a sure-to-be classic.
  3. It's bigger and better than the original - a no-brainer on the score. [Issue#13, p.59]
  4. This is a great game for those who love single-player RPGs, now that the story has been re-dubbed and explained better, the game is everything we had hoped it would be a year ago, only now they got it right.
  5. If you are an RPG player then you should not skip out on The Witcher because it has it all, visuals, audio, gameplay, story, and scantly clad women/dryads/hookers/etc.
  6. Flawed RPG fixed. [Nov 2008, p.88]
  7. Overall, The Witcher was a game which strived for the peaks of the highest mountains, but only reached the base camp.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 158
  1. May 7, 2011
    10
    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is the most underrated game ever.
    It's perfection. The graphics are amazing: if you compare with Dragon Age they
    are so much better even though this game is older. The music is a masterpiece and fits perfectly everywhere ... it really makes you feel like the places actually exist and gives the game a very unique and special feeling. The characters are very interesting and you want to know more and more about them all the time (very much as in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn). The story is also awesome ... I don't want to spoil anything but it really is great.

    If you like RPGs then buy this game. It's a masterpiece and one of the best RPGs ever made (Baldur's Gate II and Morrowind are the only RPGs I recon beats this game).
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  2. Jan 27, 2013
    10
    This game has flaws and is not perfect. But it's better than any RPG I have played before. So I gave it a 10 in hope of encouraging more games of this quality. Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2011
    9
    This is a game made by RPG fans for RPG fans. Unfortunately for the PC gaming layman or those coming from other genres this game will seen complex, slow, and unbalanced. But for those few with RPG game logic, patience, and willpower, that have been gained through years of BG2, Diablo, or NWN (one of course, possibly 2) this game will be a welcome breathe of fresh air that has been absent from the mainstream gaming for the past couple of years. Those things which non-RPG fans will find so frustrating about this game are exactly what RPG fans have been missing from titles like Oblivion or Dragon Age. Expand
  4. May 11, 2011
    8
    a great game, if you enjoyed the books pick this one up. i am looking forward to witcher 2. also be advise people this game is not for everyone. very dark and Gothic feeling. another word if your not going to do the whole game don't waste your money this game has to be played to the end to fully enjoy it Expand
  5. Jan 8, 2012
    7
    Despite how many problems this game had, I did enjoy it in the end. What problems? Where do I begin? Glitchy alchemy, awkward combat, numerous crashes/freezes, bad voice-acting, confusing interfaces, VERY slow start, distorted difficulty curve, fights against cheesy mobs, awful AI, etc. It's not until the third chapter (~20 hours in for me) that the game started to even develop, and I had to wait until the fourth and fifth chapters until I felt like I was enjoying myself for more than five minutes at a time. Why a 7 then? Simply put, the pacing of the game once the fifth chapter hits is very good. It's action-packed with interesting quests based on the issues of the characters you've learned about. The best answers to your problems aren't clear and you have to simply make decisions based on gut instinct. You see the outcomes of your decisions unfold into an ending that made me scratch my head. It's the pacing of this last chapter that really shines. There's no more bs about getting some guys honeycombs from his friend 3 towns over; you are thrown into the middle of a substantial political conflict and the fate of who lives and who dies is up to decisions you make. In my opinion, it's enough to shine above all of the disgusting bugs I mentioned at first. I give it a B/B- overall, and an A- for the fifth chapter and the epilogue Expand
  6. May 18, 2011
    6
    I wanted to like this game, I really did. The premise is intriguing, the environments are well-rendered, and the characters are interesting. But no matter what I did, I simply couldn't get past the mind-numbingly boring combat. Combat consists of imitating a metronome, and was fresh and exciting for all of about two seconds, and then it become soul-crushing drudgery that completely saps your will to continue playing. I wish I was joking when I say I have never seen such a boring combat system in an RPG before - even Winter Voices (admittedly a different genre of RPG entirely) had variety going for it...

    I really hate seeing such an interesting game world completely ruined by a truly awful combat system.
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  7. Apr 16, 2014
    0
    I bought this game because of its high score and recently falling back in love with RGPs. I found I couldn't get beyond chapter 1 because the mechanics are so broken; it's just not fun to play.
    I'll only give two examples:
    1) The fighting is bemusing at best, downright frustrating at worst. You click to attack and then wait for your character to lean back, then take a swing. Perhaps he'll miss, perhaps he won't. The time delay between clicking and action utterly breaks any way of knowing if you're fighting properly or not.
    2) You can't hop over waist high fences. I need to say no more on this. It's utterly stupid.
    Then in terms of story, character and acting. Oh my word. It's embarrassing.
    I saw reviews complimenting the GFX. They are appalling! I can't believe they were looking at the same game.
    I think I only paid a few quid for this and feel cheated. Avoid at all costs.
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