This is the best cRPG of all time. No joke. With the Enhanced Edition out, the flaws that detracted from the gameplay, and gave games like NWN, (only because of the vast user-created modules), and Planescape a chance to compete, there are no longer any RPGs in the Witcher's class, let alone with a similar grade. Okay, bad analogy, but it works.
You play as Geralt, a white-haired witcher, (read- monster slayer), who has lost his memory, and has apparently been raised from the dead. Despite this non-original start, the rest of the game seems to go out of its way to make up for it. (Don't worry about spoilers, you find this out in the opening cutscene.) The sheer enormousness of the world, and the multitude of NPCs, (which is my one and only gripe with the Witcher, that their aren't enough models, and you end up having someone talking to themselves), that you interact with on a frequent basis, makes you feel like you know them.
The world that The Witcher is set in is a dark and gritty world, with racism and genocide in it, along with language that would curl your mother's hair, and quite a few unnecessary sex scenes. Pretty much every woman you meet is trying to jump your bones. That said, there is a believable reason for this promiscuity, besides simply attracting the 13-year-old Nerd demographic of gamers, which, however, I will not share here, as it would be a moderate spoiler, and some people might not like me for that.
The fights are simply awesome, whether you are chopping a character's head off, or slitting his throat from a stranglehold, or repeatedly stabbing him with a dagger while he writhes on the ground, well, you get my point. The combos make combat interesting, while not too hard like some button-mashing excuses for gameplay that pass as good RPGs nowadays, (Read- Too Human), and yet keeps the combat from becoming a simple point and click, (Neverwinter Nights).
The plot is incredible, and I had to play through it twice before I understood all of its ramifications.
The fact that CDRP took the time to re-release the entire game, fixing all of its flaws, and most importantly, ALLOW ANYONE WITH THE ORIGINAL GAME TO UPGRADE TO THE ENHANCED EDITION FOR NO COST, says a lot positive about this small company.
This brings me to a practical point. If you want to save $7, buy the original Witcher, then go the site and download the EE for free. Of course, then you don't get the EE's extras, but now its up to you whether they are worth $7.
Back to the final component of this review, the D'jinni adventure creator, which to my knowledge, has already been used to create 3 add-on modules, (granted they are the official ones, but it shows what can be done), and given the Witcher's enormous fanbase, i wouldn't be surprised to see something like NWN's immense and varied community of module builders spring up for the Witcher, so that you can have limitless adventures playing as Geralt, or even as another character, perhaps one of your own making, in future modules.
Overall Rating- 5/5
As a postscript, some people have been spreading the rumor that this game comes with DRM, its not true, well, not in the way you are thinking. It comes with Tages, which is a program that is designed only to check to make sure the CD is in the drive before you start the game up, to prevent cracked copies, and is nothing like an invasive protection system such as Starforce. I am pretty sure the new patch even removed this feature, but don't quote me on that.