Excerpt: On the PC, single player RPGs are becoming increasingly rare. Titles from larger companies seem to be relegated largely to remakes or ports of console games. Some smaller companies have stepped up to fill the gap, and while it would be easy for those companies to make subpar games given their small size and the lack of competition, there are some games, such as The Witcher: Enhanced Edition , which prove that great things can come from small companies.
Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles is the rare Japanese role-playing game that can't be explained through comparison. While it may be a strategy RPG at heart, the game plays nothing like, say, a Fire Emblem title; the gameplay here can truly be called innovative. The game is a blast, to be sure, but Valkyria Chronicles' strength doesn't lie only in the gameplay; it features a beautiful graphical presentation, a gripping plot packed with memorable heroes and villains, and a mesmerizing...
Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles didn't start off very well when Sega released it in North America back in November 2008. The game received positive support from the press, but it just wasn't flying off store shelves. Despite its initial problems, Sega recently announced that in April 2009 alone, the game saw a 400% increase in North American sales.
Excerpt: When a good RPG comes along and makes people take notice, it's usually for one of two reasons. The first is that it takes many of the conventions of the genre and implements them really well and the second is that it's something different than what gamers have seen before. The Witcher falls into this second category.
Excerpt: Imagine if you will the universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. You have your standard free peoples of Elves, Dwarves, and men who live in relative harmony. Throw that vision away, as The Witcher’s universe is nothing like that. In The Witcher, humans are the dominant species in the world, and non-humans such as Elves and Dwarves are the subject of intense and violent racism.
Excerpt: This Role Playing Game does not include hobbits! As most of you know by now, The Witcher is based on a series of short novels by Polish fantasy writer Andrey Sapkovsky. A somewhat obscure author in the West, his work has received high praise within Poland. Thus, CD Projekt Red decided to base their RPG around the universe and characters created by Mr. Sapkovsky.
Pros: Amazing combat, solid talent structure, brilliant sound, long gameplay, no hobbits!
Cons: A few technical issues, NPC dialogues could be more polished
Summary: The Witcher is an action RPG, combining features of such games as Dungeon Siege, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Gothic and Neverwinter Nights, incorporating a simple-yet-interesting game system, along with a complex plot and attractive 3D graphics.
Excerpt: Forget everything you know about RPGs when you play The Witcher. Whereas some games offer up a moral dilemma or two, The Witcher might as well be some type of grand social experiment where players have to deal with racism, poverty and even sexual relations. Based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is quite a unique fantasy world that is probably more like things really were in medieval times than the romantic notions we have all come to see in...