The Witcher Reader Review
Different camera angles, great story that's incredibly compelling, good dialog, large environments, superb graphics and sound effects, lots of character upgrading (not as much as Silverfall), drinking games :D, lots of different monsters to fight, side quests aren't always fetch and carry, most of the voice acting is great or good, music is mostly superb quality, combat mechanics are cool, multiple endings add more replay value in it, combat animations are really good.
Long loading times/saving times, invisible walls in some of the environments, they are so last decade, camera problems with isometric view, bit of a resource hog, translation can be a little dodgy at times, some voice acting let's it down at times, some quests are really obscure and leave you wandering around talking to everyone to find out where you're supposed to go, the tutorials don't explain everything so you have to read the manual and I hate reading manuals, bugs such as missing dialogs, crashes etc etc.
When is saw the screenshots of this game I almost fell off my chair, they were that good. Then I saw some videos for it and it just had to get this game.
The Witcher isn't a typical action RPG like Diablo it's more complex and story driven.
The graphics on The Witcher are amazing just like i'd expected them to be. The detail of the game world makes it look and feel like a real world and because of this the game is so much more immersive.
Sound in the game is really good, lots of nice sword clanking, grunts, screams etc. Certain pieces of the music are really good adds to the overall immersion but others are quite standard. Most of the voice acting is superb but certain actors used need to find new jobs. Thankfully there's only a small percentage of bad voice acting.
Gameplay is a real winner here, it's just really good. There are loads of main and side quests to keep anyone entertained for hours. Unfortunately some of the quest have you searching all over the place for the objective and even the journal provides you with no useful clue as to where to go. These kinds of quests leave you to wander around the game, taking to everybody to find some clue that you may or may not have missed and as you can imagine it can get very annoying.
What can you say about the combat mechanics but wow, they really add to the gameplay and are really well animated. There's really nothing like watching Geralt swinging his sword one second, then next second kicking someone and then kicking someone with both feet while doing a back flip. The only downside with the combat mechanics is that it appears that only swords can be used with so called "Witcher Styles" so really all other weapons are pretty much useless because you can't use the combos "Witcher Styles".
The biggest problem you'll find with this game is camera control problems. CD Projekt recommends the over the shoulder view, which is fine in most battles but as soon as you get in group battles it pretty much becomes useless. The isometric view has two settings high and low but the difference between them is marginal but even they have problems. The isometric camera can get stuck in built up areas leaving you unable to move the camera. There are also times were the isometric view when the scenery doesn't fade so you're left unable to see the battle you're fighting. Camera problems in any game are frustrating and unforgivable. I could understand is it was a new camera angle but the Isometric view been around a lot of years now so there really shouldn't be any problems.
Another problem that has been reported is long load and save times. Personally I do think the load/save times are far too long but on my PC they aren't two or three minutes like some people are reporting. I guess my PC is just that good! :D :P The save game loading times are quite long as well but I think that's something to do with the copyright protection because the game accesses the DVD and reads data off it before loading the save game.
Overall I think it's a good game but not the great game it could have been which is a shame because it's got most of the ingredients needed to be an absolutely awesome game. Here's hoping that they patch the problems this game has.
9 / 10