The Witcher Enhanced Edition Review (PC)

Review of the re-release of The Witcher

The Witcher Enhanced Edition
The Witcher Enhanced Edition. © CD Projekt Red

The Witcher has been one of the best role-playing games released for the PC over the past few years, but it was marred with technical bugs, long load times and poor voice overs and acting. The release of The Witcher Enhanced Edition most of these issues have been addressed with a fix or slight change.

In addition to the single-player campaign from the original release, The Witcher Enhanced Edition also includes new campaign missions, a making-of DVD, audio soundtrack and much more. If you missed out on the original, The Witcher Enhanced Edition offers a great opportunity to pick up one of the best computer RPGs available for the PC.

Quick Hits

  • Publisher: Atari, Inc
  • Developer: CD Projekt RED
  • ESRB Rating: M for Mature
  • Genre: Action Role Playing
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Game Modes: Single player
  • Pros: Technical issues from original game fixed; Two new non-linear missions; Better acting/dialog
  • Cons: Some minor bugs still persist

The main, overall storyline and gameplay from The Witcher has not changed in The Witcher Enhanced Edition so rather than focusing on these areas, this article will focus on new features and what has been changed in this enhanced edition.

Two of the most glaring issues pointed out in the review of the original The Witcher release were the long load times between scenes/missions. and the head-shaking voice over and acting. The acting and voice-overs were below the standards many gamers expect from a high profile release. Character animations of speaking and movements did not match the dialogue and the translation of the story from the original Polish to English left many with puzzled looks on their face when trying to decipher what a character was trying to say. 

The good news is that The Witcher Enhanced Edition addresses both of these issues.

Load times have been significantly improved and more than 5,000 lines of dialogue have been re-written and re-voiced and recorded. There are still some timing issues with character animations and while the dialogue is much improved there are still times when certain lines just don't seem to fit in. That being said it is much improved and a welcomed upgrade. 

From the weight of the box alone you can tell that The Witcher Enhanced Edition is packed with goodies other than just the game. Included on the bonus DVD are two new missions which add about five hours worth of gameplay, and an adventure toolkit that allows you to create your own missions and quests.

While the two new missions offer some fresh non-linear open game world content, they are quite short. In the "The Price of Neutrality" mission Geralt returns to the Witcher stronghold of Kaer Morhen and must decide whether to defend a young woman or remain neutral. In the second "Side Effects" Geralt travels to the nearby town of Vyzim and must collect money from various tasks to help get a friend out of trouble.

The Adventure Toolkit/Editor allows players to create their own quests or epic adventures and share them online. The ability to share user created content has the potential to offer a near limitless supply of new and unique adventures in the fantasy world of The Witcher.

In addition to the bonus DVD, the enhanced edition also includes the original The Witcher short, a map of The Witcher's world, a "Making Of" DVD, and two audio CDs with the game's soundtrack and music inspired by the game. While these items don't make or break the game they are worth mention.

Bottom Line

The Witcher Enhanced Edition offers a fun and story-rich computer role-playing game experience and earns high marks by fixing many of the annoyances from the original, adding new content and including an adventure editor. If you own the original you're in luck as well, all of the Enhanced Edition content is available for free by downloading The Witcher Enhanced Edition Patch.