Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition - Initial Thoughts

About the Game (From the Steam Store Page)


Become The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, a legendary monster slayer caught in a web of intrigue woven by forces vying for control of the world. Make difficult decisions and live with the consequences in an game that will immerse you in an extraordinary tale like no other. Representing the pinnacle of storytelling in role-playing games, 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.

The RPG of the Year (PC Gamer, GameSpy, IGN) is back in a Premium Edition packed with powerful extras! The Witcher: Enhanced Edition takes all of the acclaimed gameplay that garnered the original game more than 90 awards, and perfects it with a number of gameplay and technical improvements.

Previous Playtime

0 hours

Expectations and Prior Experience

I've heard mention of the game's title, but I know basically nothing about it. It's an rpg, and the screenshots on the store page look promising. It's a pretty-looking game that appears to have a significant action element. I don't know anything about the story, but the store description certainly seems confident. The whole "no good and no evil" thing leads me to expect a generically "dark" fantasy story line that may well be pretty lame. This is compounded by the fact that this game was gifted to me by my friend Jared right around the time I was complaining about the sexism of Ride to Hell: Redemption so I have a feeling that there is some kind of politically incorrect plot bomb waiting to blow up in my face.

On the other hand, it's an action-rpg, so as long as it is not punishingly difficult and has a functioning control scheme, it's hard to say how it might go wrong. A hackneyed or offensive plot could easily be ignored in favor of focusing purely on monster-slaying and exploration. I'm kind of looking forward to it.

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