• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. The game as improved by condensing code which reduced inventory and graphic location loading times, reduced crashes (greater stability), and made the combat more fluid and responsive.
  3. The game is really that good and reminds me so much of the great games Black Isle used to produce.
  4. 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.
  5. Not only is the Enhanced edition a great value, but it is also one of the best CRPGs to come out in some time.
  6. If you previously held off from buying The Witcher on the grounds of the English localisation being sub-par, then now be assured that the Enhanced Edition not only restores the game to what it should have been like in the first place, but also makes it even better.
  7. It's bigger and better than the original - a no-brainer on the score. [Issue#13, p.59]
  8. Finally the game in its witchiest form! Batch of small patches and add-ons improves the experience to the sky’s limits. New content comes for a reasonable price or free for owners of the previous version – an unusual but welcome feat. [Nov 2008]
  9. Everyone with a PC should play this game; it's worth ten of most games out there today.
  10. 90
    An amazing game. The combat system, while quite solid, may not grab everyone. The plot, characters and ability to affect the story will.
  11. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is a remarkably deep title filled with decision making tasks that actually have an effect on the story itself.
  12. For the price, the TW:EE pack has a tremendous amount of value and the sort of extras usually only found in a Collector's Edition.
  13. Finally, The Witcher fulfills its potential, and, best of all, it's available as a free update, just in case you bought it anyway. [Nov 2008, p.110]
  14. The Witcher Enhanced Edition is an excellent purchase for RPG fans that haven't come in contact yet with the universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski. Players that have finished The Witcher won’t have much reason to replay the game.
  15. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is what this role-playing game should have been when it made its debut a year ago.
  16. 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.
  17. The Enhanced Edition of The Witcher corrects almost everything people complained about with the original release. Bugs have been fixed, loading times reduced, and the audio overhauled. This cements The Witcher's status as the best PC RPG in years.
  18. Geralt of Rivia is back with the best incarnation of his adventures. CDProjekt kept on working on their successful game in order to improve it, and they sure did. Now, The Witcher is stronger, longer, bigger and greater. All that, in an incredible package with special features: level editor, two new side quests, making of, soundtrack, game guide, the original short story written by Sapkowski, and many more things.
  19. 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.
  20. Worthwhile improvements and additional content - CD Projekt has put great effort into The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. With new animations, new voices, better combat, better controls and two new side quests the game is finally the great adventure the first version should have been. Buyers of the original game can download the additional content free of charge.
  21. If you are one of the many who already own The Witcher, you can just download the patch and update your game, so you know you will have some great extras for free. But if you no longer own it, or are looking for a RPG to dive into this is one of the better ones to come out in the last year or so. So I am heavily recommending RPG fans to go out and buy this game.
  22. Flawed RPG fixed. [Nov 2008, p.88]
  23. The new and improved package is increasingly attractive. There are still some rough edges, and moments of genuine drama are still undercut by how they're performed, but this is an agreeably driven RPG in an agreeably ornate package.
  24. This game is as good as it gets for most RPG fans on the PC, and The Witcher is sure to give you an enjoyable experience despite the pacing issue.
  25. Whether you enjoy role-playing games or simply crave a more mature experience, this patched up $39.99 version of the Witcher is bound to please.
  26. New, enhanced, stronger, able to jump the tallest building... or at least smash through two long, juicy adventures. This is how The Witcher should look like from the beginning. The loading times are entirely acceptable, the graphic has a new look and we get the editor on top of the deal. What's not to like? [Oct 2008]
  27. 80
    The one major qualm I have with the game is in its voice acting.
  28. 80
    The most welcome updates are the language options. The game's original English translation was terrible. Much of the dialog has been re-recorded, but let's be honest, voice acting in games is usually barely passable to begin with. That's why the new language options are so welcome.
  29. 75
    The main adventure still has serious pacing problems, combat's still too easy for the most part, and load times -- though reduced -- continue to get in the way of the action.
  30. Overall, The Witcher was a game which strived for the peaks of the highest mountains, but only reached the base camp.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 952 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 159
  1. May 7, 2011
    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. Sep 5, 2010
    The developing back story of the character and the world the story is set in is very intriguing. Along with a gripping story line and many secondary quests to extend the duration of play, the Witcher is a great RPG to add to your collection. Full Review »
  3. May 10, 2012
    It was amazing how this game, with its reputation for being original, intelligent, and mature, turned out to be an unimaginative exercise in tedium and sexist "badass" wankery. Packed to bursting with cliches, saddled with more bugs than a stray cat, dragged down by combat that's about as exhilirating as learning to type, and unaware of its offensively adolescent portrayal of female characters. It's the 21st century. Curse words and low-cut tops don't make something "mature" to anyone older than 15.

    This is one giant fetch-quest divided into a milion little fetch quests, broken up occasionally by a mouse-calibration exercise disguised as combat, hilariously awkward dialogue, random transitions, and a tacky soft-porn fetch quest disguised as romance. More development resources seem to have gone in to the first cutscene's jiggling cleavage than in to the entire combat system.

    The alchemy and potion system, at least, is genuinely interesting. The choice system is intriguingly amoral, and seems to have real impact on the story. The graphics are nice, especially the environments. And this game could probably still help stave off full-blown insanity in people locked in solitary confinement. So I'll give it a 5, minus 1 to counterbalance its reputation, and minus another 1 for the casual misogyny.

    It's not broken, it's just buggy, boring, asinine, and frankly embarrassing.
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