Game Review - The Witcher: Enhanced Edition on Mac

Written by Alpha_Lambda_Man on November 25, 2018 @ 8:34 pm

The Witcher provides a fresh look at the RPG genre for a gamer who's only been exposed to the Elder Scrolls franchise. This was a fresh take the main character because we actually have a character as the main protagonist and we are the witness to his development through the story.

Graphics - There's nothing to say about a game that is more than a decade old. The character models are blocky and it looks like they were not even trying with the dialogue animation. This is not a pretty game by any means but makes up for it greatly with the story and gameplay.

Gameplay - The Wticher is all about strategy. You're about to enter a crypt? It might be a good idea to have some potions. The current boss level is too difficult? Go and level up by completing side quests. It's a matter of seeing what the world has to offer and completing as many assignments as possible. I experienced multi-story arcs in a single side quests that could've easily been part of the story. It was interesting to see everything your character could do and also test the limits of this old game. The developers were even smart by providing fast traveling portals to move freely from one corner of the map to another. My only gripe in terms of gameplay was the fighting. The fighting mechanics were a little unpolished because it utilized a form of rhythm strategy. Your next combo consisted of pressing the attack button at a certain time in order to pack a bigger punch. However, this proved frustrating where there were many character on the screen and the distractions would often be your downfall. I found it easier to draw the attention of the enemy individually and dispose of them accordingly.

Story - I know some might argue that removing the silent protagonist from the RPG element also removes the player immersion. Players love to pretend they're a part of the story and having a character with a personality removes that element from the table. However, there are benefits of providing a main character when it is done correctly. You play as a Witcher whose profession is to slay monsters for money. That is not to say that he will not pick up any side jobs if it pays well. This mercenary for hire tries to stay neutral in an ever changing political climate and it is up to the player to pick a side through the story. The conflict is interest, the plot twists are unexpected, and the humor comes out of nowhere! There are some funny moments or dialogue that take you by surprise and it sure adds to the experience. I like a game that does not take itself too seriously and this one definitely provides the opportunity to play it that way.

Gameplay Rating: 7
Story Rating: 9
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 6
Sound Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8


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Game Information

Alternative Titles
Wiedźmin: Edycja Rozszerzona
CD Projekt Red
Action, RPG
NA Release Date
April 5, 2012
JP Release Date
April 5, 2012
EUR Release Date
April 5, 2012
AUS Release Date
April 5, 2012
ESRB Rating
PEGI Rating
CERO Rating
ACB Rating
MA 15+
MVGL User Score
Adam Skorupa, Paweł Blaszczak
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