CD Projekt is a developer who loves its franchise The Witcher very much. Now you think, every developer loves their franchise, right? That is undoubtedly true! But when you speak to the guys from CD Projekt and follow the fans of the franchise, you feel something special. Our very own Jonah is also such a fan and can speak fondly of Geralt of Rivia and his adventures as a Witcher. That can of course be read in his review from last May, but almost a year later Xbox 360 owners can also look forward to another hardcore action RPG on their favorite console. Geralt returns in The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition. We took a look!

First this!

Before I start describing all the new features that the Enhanced Edition will bring, I should immediately make it clear that all current owners of The Witcher 2 on PC will receive all these options and missions for free via an update. This is of course a perfect example of the rock-solid support that CD Projekt offers their fans, because almost any other developer would easily offer this new content for download for fifteen euros. None of that, every owner of the PC version gets it for free and for nothing.

An RPG of stature

So much for PC gamers, who of course have been familiar with the franchise for a long time. For many Xbox owners it is new cake (the first part never came to consoles, ed.). The Witcher 2 revolves around Geralt of Rivia, who is a Witcher by profession. A Witcher slays monsters for his profession and does so ruthlessly and for hard-hitting punches. Heroic deeds come in the world of The Witcher for a reason and that is a good example of the maturity of the game (and the book on which it is based). The action is brutal, full frontal nudity is the order of the day and the underlying themes are also not suitable for the average DS user. In addition, The Witcher 2 is a deep action RPG, including an extensive level system, various weapons and clothing, armor, dialogue and everything you would expect from a modern RPG.

Enhanced

Although we often review ports on GamersNET, this is the first time we provide a preview for a port. This is because CD Projekt doesn’t see The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition for Xbox 360 as a port at all. This is because porting the game to Xbox 360 has taken a lot of work and effort. After all, it is almost a year after the PC release and it has to be said, there is no indication that we are talking about a port here. The Witcher 2 looks fantastic on the Xbox 360, and nowhere does it feel like it’s a lesser version than its PC sibling. Graphically, the game can easily compete with current games on the Xbox 360 and although a high-end PC can of course conjure up nicer graphics on the screen, that won’t bother any Xbox 360 gamer with The Witcher 2.

In addition, the menu structure for the Xbox 360 version has been adjusted to fit all options easily and more intuitively on the Xbox controller. There is a new target locking system, a new camera system and a new navigation bar. Also, The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition has a new intro movie, which looks really fantastic. In addition, four hours of additional gameplay has been added across two missions, including new characters and locations.

Preliminary conclusion

It will be the Xbox 360 owner worst which extras can be found in the Enhanced Edition. After all, they are going to work with the game for the first time and that is party enough. For people who love RPGs like Dragon Age and Kingdoms of Amalur, there is never enough for their green box. And it’s a celebration for them that the folks at CD Projekt have gone out of their way to make the experience as good as possible on the Xbox 360. They absolutely succeeded and you can all experience it for yourself starting April 17th.

For even more information, I would like to refer you to the review of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

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