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Criticism was certainly warranted. Though not awful across the board, the dialogue and VOs left a lot to be desired. True, the dwarves should have cussed like there's no tomorrow (as they do in the Polish version), an Alabama drawl is plain out of place in the slums of Vizima, "Farewell" is at best off color as a response to a beggar's "Spare some coin?", and we winced along with Geralt when Triss yelled at us in the boudoir. Dialogue and VOs should have really drawn us in, moving the story forward, engrossing us in relationships with other characters, providing entertainment in and of themselves. Instead, there were too many places where they were just confusing; there were too many NPCs who deserved no more than "Oh, shut your trap!" And when there's a jarring moment in the dialogue, be it a spelling error, a breakdown in logic or sentence structure, the wrong emotion underpinning an actor's delivery, or just an annoying voice, rarely can players (and even more so, reviewers) just move on. Criticism, of course, suffers from its own imperfections. Those who get up the gumption to opine, in an official or unofficial capacity, have their limitations, too. No, neither donjon nor vampyre were spelling errors. It's common for all kinds of people to elide letters/syllables and omit the subject pronoun when speaking, moments of silence have meaning of their own, and shop talk/jargon loses all its color and charm if explained in lay terms. Also, there are many medieval-esque fantasy worlds that are enriched with more modern details that seem to hail from a different time and none of those details in The Witcher strikes us as outright unbelievable. But the time for that brand of ping pong is past...
Next, we have everything you'd ever want to know about the EE patch:
You bought The Witcher last year and now you're afraid that you won't have the opportunity to enjoy all the features of the Enhanced Edition? WRONG!
Wipe away your tears, little one, because we've got a nice treat for you. If you bought the original version of The Witcher and registered it at thewitcher.com, you'll be able to download all of the great content from the Enhanced Edition for free starting September 19!
That's right FREE! No strings attached, just good old-fashioned FREE. Log in and download.
You may be wondering (What do they mean by '˜all' of the content)? This is what we mean:
- Patch 1.4 (which turns the standard edition into The Witcher: Enhanced Edition)
- D'jinni Adventure Editor v1.4
- Two new adventures ((The Price of Neutrality) and (Side Effects))
- Making-of videos
- '˜Inspired by The Witcher' music CD
- Official soundtrack of the game
- Game manual
- Official game guide
- Map of The Witcher's World
You may notice that (all) in this case doesn't include the short story that is found in the retail version. unfortunately getting that released online would be some sort of massive undertaking involving numerous book publishers around the world. So it's almost everything.
Pretty impressive, isn't it?
So, let me suggest you that visiting www.thewitcher.com should be no, more than that - it must be the very first thing you do on the 19th of September!
Know-how to installation of Enhanced Edition
1. Download the Patch file (it's something about 1GB)
2. Download the language file/files (more or less 500 MB)
3. Gather them In one folder
4. Start the installation of the Patch.
5. Enjoy The Enhanced Edition :)
6. (Optional) Download bonus content & soundtrack
And then another update to PanKarol's blog:
People in RED are particular people, but in a positive way! They are not just ordinary guys taken from the streets that work from 9 to 5 and then do nothing with their lives. They are great individuals that have thousands of great ideas every second. As a result, you are sometimes shocked by what they are doing, but at least you never get bored...
Because we have a lot of stress, sometimes we have to release some steam. What is the best way to do that? Generally it involves doing things that hardly equates to the image of grown people who are responsible for the biggest electronic entertainment project in Polish history. That might toy weapon battles, practical jokes (- I have an idea, let's add his email to some porn site newsletter Count me in!), or just playing some games.
And it's all rounded off with a third developer diary video and a gameplay trailer demonstrating the revisions.