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Witcher Special Edition - Is It Worth The Extra Cost?

by: KateG ; edited by: Eric Stallsworth ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Take on those medieval monsters once again with the help of the enhanced edition game guide. Play the extra quests that expand on the world and enjoy special extras like the making of disk and enjoy the soundtrack. Find out for yourself if this edition is worthwhile to pick up.

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    If you loved Witcher when it came out in 2007 and you were sad when the game was over, then the special edition may be for you. Of course, you could be new to the world of Witcher and you are trying to figure out if it is worth paying more for the special edition. Either way this piece will detail what is in the special edition that differentiates it from the normal software title. We will hold all of the conclusions about who the special edition is and is not right for until the end.

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    Changes To The Software

    The main feature for players are the changes and additions to the basic game itself. There is a fair amount of extra meat added on to the title. First - and arguably most important - is an improved script for English language players. The words have a more natural flow and seem to fit better to the actions. Another change that makes the title worthwhile are the two new adventures available. You can play through both Side Effects, which has three missions and The Price of Neutrality, which has 5 extra missions. During those extra missions you can enjoy 200 new animations and improvements to the NPC modeling. This means that the NPC's are not only sharper but have more detail to them. If you are the kind of person who gets sick of generic tavern owners then this one will matter to you. Finally, the game boasts significantly reduced load times so that you can get to your games faster. No one likes to wait around to play. If you enjoy modding then you will also find a surprise on the DVD with the extra levels. There is a new version of the D'jinni Adventure Editor. It is a little bit more user friendly and allows for a great deal more detail.

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    New Add-ons

    There are a some new additions to the game package that are note worthy for a gamer considering buying the special edition. These won't really effect your in world play, but they are nice add-on's. First up is the "making of" DVD that shows you how Witcher was made. It houses some interesting images of the game in progress and interviews with the developers as well. In the special edition you also get 2 CD's. One has 29 of the in-game soundtracks, and the other CD has music that has been inspired by the game. That way you can take Witcher with you on the road.

    In the print-based bonus, there are three noteworthy additions. Each copy of the game comes with the short story The Witcher from the book The Last Wish - which is an interesting addition to the universe - but not really helpful for game play. You will also get a map of the world of Temeria for your wall and the official strategy guide for the game so you don't miss out anything. Even if you like playing without a guide it is worth giving this one a look.

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    What If You Already Own The Game?

    Don't feel too bad if you already have Witcher and you can't get the special edition right now. You can still download the 8 new adventures listed above. This way you get the best of both worlds and still enjoy the new content.

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    System Requirements

    • WinXP SP2 / Vista
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 +2800
    • 1 GB RAM (WinXP) / 1536 MB (Vista)
    • 128 MB Video RAM with DX9 Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader 2.0 support (NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 or better)
    • 8.5 GB hard drive space

    Recommended requirements

    • WinXP SP2 / Vista
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz or AMD X2 5600+
    • 2 GB RAM
    • NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or ATI Radeon X1950 PRO
    • 8.5 GB hard drive space
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