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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 WitcherAssume 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
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  1. PC PowerPlay
    100
    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. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is a remarkably deep title filled with decision making tasks that actually have an effect on the story itself.
  4. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is what this role-playing game should have been when it made its debut a year ago.
  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. PC Gamer UK
    81
    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: 41 out of 363
  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
    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. Jul 7, 2011
    10
    The Witcher (Enhanced Edition) is a gem among the adventure RPG games. Be warned though it is not a hard core RPG game, it is more likeThe Witcher (Enhanced Edition) is a gem among the adventure RPG games. Be warned though it is not a hard core RPG game, it is more like adventure game with RPG elements. There is no character customizing. You play as Geralt and thatâ Expand
  3. Mar 19, 2011
    9
    Fantastic game all round just a few minor flaws for me, on one particular map you find yourself fighing the same group of monsters over andFantastic game all round just a few minor flaws for me, on one particular map you find yourself fighing the same group of monsters over and over, it did get a little bit of a grind as they where quite easy to kill and just seemed like an obstacle rather than fun but this was rather early on in the game and what was to follow made me forgive this slight flaw in the game.

    The only other complaint would be about boss fights, the dont really seem like boss fights, they lack a little bit of "epicness" and "challenge".

    Beyond this i found the game to be brilliant, there are a few other very small matters that could be addressed but it would really be nit picking and i dont want to give the impression that the game is bad as i loved (almost) every minute of it.

    There is a lot of adult themes such as drinking gambling and sexual references so its one to keep the kids away from but if your an adult and want a game to treat you as such then i think you will find a lot of laughs joy and excitement from this title, i know i certainly did.
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  4. Mar 8, 2020
    8
    The Witcher is still a fantastic RPG even by today’s standards. Having played The Witcher 2 and 3 before finally diving into the original, IThe Witcher is still a fantastic RPG even by today’s standards. Having played The Witcher 2 and 3 before finally diving into the original, I was very hesitant to play this one at first because of how outdated and clumsy it seems. While the game really does show its age (especially in terms of game design, interface, and combat), it truly sets the tone for the sequels in quest design, story, and the overall atmosphere.

    The visuals are still pretty damn impressive even for a 13 year old game. I can imagine the graphics blowing everyone away when it first released. In good old Witcher fashion, the music is beautiful and a pleasure to listen to. Preparation is (at least on the hardest difficulty) paramount: taking on the various monsters will require you to read about their strengths and weaknesses as well as preparing the necessary potions or oils to be successful. However, the “combat” is very bare-bones. Fighting is done automatically and boils down to timing your mouse clicks in a certain rhythm to perform the next chain of a combo. Is it the most engaging combat system ever? Definitely not, but it’s pretty awesome and oddly satisfying to watch Geralt pull off some pretty sweet combos. The bread and butter, however, is the atmosphere and tone the game sets. Everything from the story, to side quests, to the many characters you run into will ask you to make some difficult choices that will impact the story. It does a really good job of asking yourself what the lesser evil is in all the choices you make.

    The game does run into a few issues. For a game made in 2007, there are just some unexplained performance issues I ran into. My system is well above what’s required to run this, but I ran into some FPS problems in certain areas. My biggest gripe is that you can miss quests entirely or miss the chance of turning in completed quests if you advance the story far enough. It really isn’t an issue in the grand scheme, but it’s just a bummer missing out on some of the story because you didn’t know you had to finish quests before a certain point of the story.

    Honestly, if you played and enjoyed The Witcher 2 and 3, go back to its roots and play this one. It might take some time for you to warm up to this game, but it really is an awesome RPG. Yes, it is a bit dated, and yes, some parts of the game can be frustrating, but it’s more than worth your time to experience this very underrated title.
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  5. Feb 15, 2016
    8
    Let me start by saying: Please do not buy the game expecting gameplay or graphics too similar to Witcher 2 or 3! This game is quite a bitLet me start by saying: Please do not buy the game expecting gameplay or graphics too similar to Witcher 2 or 3! This game is quite a bit older than the two others, and has a different style.
    HOWEVER! What this game has going for it is another strong story and a lot of atmosphere. This is what the company got right even in this first game. It is obvious that the team truly loves the source (the books and stories) and the world and story in this game, IMO, is VERY immersive.

    The playstyle is quite different, just like the graphics. It reminds me a bit more of Diablo, as it's click-to-move. You have different stances which you switch with keys, according to what you are fighting. Of course, alchemy and signs are in this game as well, as they are just of a trademark of the character as the two swords are.

    The game is showing it's age, as the graphics are of course not comparable to the later games, and it's quite interesting to compare the mechanics of the games, and see how the series developed.
    But even though this game has weaknesses and will feel VERY different compared to the later ones (total readjustment especially regarding combat), it still has tons of atmosphere and, as I said, a fascinating story. It's actually quite impressive how much the (back then) small company put into this game.

    If you don't mind the fact that the game is a bit older and therefore is very different regarding graphics and playstyle, if you care about the characters (of course, many of the beloved characters from the stories and the other games appear here, for example Triss and Vesemir) and the story, you might find yourself quite immersed, and if you are willing to adjust to the very different movement and combat, you might enjoy it a lot. I sure did!
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  6. Jan 20, 2012
    7
    The game features a very interesting main storyline and an immersive world, though it can hardly be compared to the mighty sequel. DullThe game features a very interesting main storyline and an immersive world, though it can hardly be compared to the mighty sequel. Dull combat, generic sidequests, massive difficulty gaps between areas ruins the experience though. It is worth playing through it if you are interested in the much better Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Expand
  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 theI 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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