Posted: March 21
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is a Story-driven Fantasy RPG based off of a popular series of books written in Poland during the 90s. You play as Geralt of Rivia, who is a monster-slayer, or better known as a Witcher. Assumed dead for Five years, Geralt returns to his fellow Witchers and their stronghold, Kaer Morhen on the same day the Witchers are attacked by a splinter group of bandits known as Salamandra. Geralt and the other Witchers descend into the stretches of the Northern Kingdom to retrieve the stolen secrets of Kaer Morhen. In Geralt's path will follow blood, destruction, and chaos. Though a little long-winded and drenched with lore that will seem daunting to newcomers of the series, The Witcher has an awesome story. Each decision you make has unprecedented consequences and outcomes. The events and characters are heavily laced with underlying moral themes about society, destiny, and consequence. Even now I'm regretting half the decisions I made during my playthrough.
The RPG mechanics of The Witcher are fairly good, though a little rusty at times. The quests are for the most part pretty interesting, there's a heavy reliance on potion crafting to give you buffs, and the skill system has a nice variety of options to build your character. The main game areas are mini-open worlds separated from chapter to chapter, so all your quest activities take place within the chapter. Everything about this RPG is as you can expect, though my only gripe would have to be about the combat. It's really clunky; consists of clicking every few seconds to build a combo and changing your sword stance based on enemy type. Can't say I hate it, though it could be a lot better.
I have to say The Witcher is a little hard to get into for new players of the series, not to mention the story has a very slow initial burn, but I highly encourage any RPG fan to take a stroll through The Witcher, as it is a highly satisfying and highly intriguing adventure that will leave you reflecting on the complex decisions you made.
8.5/10 - Well worth the asking price (Though this game goes on sale fairly often, get it at 2.00 and it's a steal)