Posted: May 21
The Witcher Enhanced Edition Director's Cut is an amazing RPG that honestly deserves a play-through for even the most casual RPG fans out there.
In the world of Witcher (based on the fantasy novels of Polish writer, Andrzej Sapkowski) you play as renowned monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, who is thrust into a fight against the mysterious and hidden organization, Salamandra. In the game, not only is the fantasy setting well done with sufficient and detailed back-story to the game's world, the themes contained in the game are ones not usually seen (or portrayed as seriously and thought provoking) in fantasy video games today: Racism and the ambivalence of the choices we make in specific situations (basically how there really is no good or evil in a grand majority of our world, that all depends on the perspective we have). These two themes are showcased in the game's major political factions, The Scoia'tel (non-humans fighting for their rights) and the Order of the Flaming Rose (Knights who fight for the safety of the human population and persecute non-humans). The characters that you interact with as well are all fully fleshed out and developed, making your future choices all the more difficult, as you wonder how your allies will react.
The game's combat is also very unique for its time and in RPG's in general, instead of making it a turn based real time RPG, the combat is real time player controlled combat (basically you click on enemies to attack them, you control Geralt's movement, the enemy being attacked, the magical powers you use, etc.). It may sound overly complex the way I've described it, but its actually (in my opinion) really well done and fun to play. Especially with the ability to make alchemical potions to enhance your abilities in combat (like Blizzard, which makes you move and dodge faster and slows down time, allowing you to avoid damage, or Shrike, which deals damage to opponents during combat) adding in greater strategic complexity and detail.
The game's soundtrack is serene at times, beautiful at others, and simply put, epic overall. Mixing in Irish folk flutes and drums with orchestral melodies and choruses to give the world that extra push towards total immersion for the player. (Plus the credits song is the best thing to wake up to.)
Overall I'd say The Witcher, is a gem (not perfect however, with some technical issues; not too game breaking or annoying however) of a game, and a fine example of the power of video games to portray intellectual ideas and concepts with the same amount of depth shown in novels or films/TV shows/etc. You really need to get this game!