If you playing The Witcher Enhanced Edition again or play it for the first time, you may think to play it with a mod because let’s be honest. The gameplay or the visual is unappealing, at least that what I feel when I play this game for the first time. The Witcher 1 was released in 2007 for the first time which can be categorized as an old game and released again as Enhanced Edition (let’s shorten them to The Witcher EE) in 2008, a year after the original version is released. I don’t know the difference since I never play the original one but even for The Enhanced Edition, it still can be improved even further with a mod.
My first complaint is that the combat system that The Witcher 1 has. I except more hack and slash like “Devil May Cry” or something similar, but since there’s no way to change that, there’s no choice except either to not play or just accept that and move on. What we can mod is something like graphics or mechanic changes according to the mod I’m using. So with that in mind, let’s mod The Witcher Enhanced Edition:
Create Override Folder
You have to create a folder named “Override” inside The Witcher Data folder, all the files within this folder will replace the original one, be it a texture or a script. If you installing your steam in the default location, it probably located in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher Enhanced Edition”. This is where you will install your mod and “Override” folder to you copy the mod files. Remember to never have a folder, I learn this the hard way.
Install Rise of the White Wolf
Rise of the White Wolf mod will bring better interface texture, character, and ballads. It has an optional feature like Witcher armor, you can choose it in the installer option. I think this is essential mod even if you play The Witcher for the first time since it doesn’t really change anything except for the visual. The author nice enough to give you the comparison, you can see it here.
To install this mod, you just have to download and run the Exe file and follow the installation guide. If you get an options menu on the installer, just select everything and continue installing. If you are like me and want to still able to see the enemy life bar, then you can uncheck the Hide Enemy Lifebar in the option. You can choose the install option as you like, but I never test it nor will do it so I can’t really help you if there’s an error.
To be honest, combat in The Witcher EE is pretty boring. It almost automatic and you just have to follow the rhythm. Sure, you can evade. But I think it isn’t that useful because it need an enemy that have slow attack speed. And the skill tree, they are really boring, seriously. Fortunately, Full Combat Rebalance or FCR in short will fix this for us.
It is pretty simple to install FCR. Same as above you just need to run the Exe you downloaded from nexus and follow the guide. When you get options, just select “FCR: Full Installation” and continue the installation. There’s an “Easy” and “Hard” option you can choose, but personally, I recommend you to choose “Easy” option since “Easy” is not that easy and “Hard” is too hard, it’s pretty hard even on easiest difficulty settings. And there’s option to disable NPC floating text, so if you still want to see NPC name then you don’t need to check it too.
Just like the name, this will add scabbard to your weapons so they don’t just fly at your back without reason. But there’s a catch, you may have a clipping issue and performance drop. It’s unavoidable because it comes from the limitation of the engine, it can’t handle too many models on screen at the same time.
To install Scabbard Mod, just like above run the Exe you downloaded and when you get an option, choose “The Witcher EE with FCR” for compatibility with FCR.
This mod will give The Witcher EE better quality texture and the install instruction is pretty simple. But it has a problem, it will install to The Witcher folder and since we want to mod The Witcher EE, we need to change the installation procedure a bit. Don’t worry, it’s not that complicated. Just run the Exe, but rather than point installation destination to The Witcher EE folder, change it to any other folder. This is temporary and you can delete it later.
Just run the Texturen Mod Exe, but rather than point installation destination to The Witcher EE folder, change it to any other folder (such as “D:\Temp”). This is temporary and you can delete it later. It can take a while since it contains so many files but when you are done, copy any files inside “The Witcher\Data\Override” that was made by the installer (check where you install it) and place them inside The Witcher EE “Override” folder you make before. Just copy the files, without that folder.
The Witcher: Hi-Res Character Models will give you Hi-Res texture for the character and make the character much better. But since we use “Rise of the White Wolf Enhanced Edition”, we need to make it compatible. This way, you will have the best of both mods, but you need to delete 60+ files from it. A bit painful work if I say, really. Here’s the list what you must delete:
That many huh, but you should have 324 files left afterwards. Move thoose to your “Override” folder.
Who don’t like little gore in their games, especially fighting games like The Witcher? Perfect Blood mod will add more realistic and believable blood and add much more satisfaction when you can see your enemy bleeding. To install it just extract it to “Override” folder. But this mod has a bug and the author never fix this even now. Fortunately, someone makes a mod to fix this issue called Perfect Blood – Fix. Just like the original mod, to install it you just need to extract to “Override” folder and choose to replace if asked.
You like Rain? Me too
I like it rain weather especially when it rain in the game. It adds more atmosphere to the game. But in The Witcher, the rain texture is too contrast and make it too fake and not really suit the game. Perfect Rain mod will make it better for us. This will replace the rain appearance and sound to be more natural and believable. To install it, simply extract to “Override” folder, just like the mod before.
But even if you like rain, sometimes The Witcher EE rain too much. I mean like every time I went outside. I don’t know if Gerald’s live in rain country or something but seriously, it can be a bit annoying. Stop the Rain for TW1 will stop rain for us but this can be a bit immersion breaking since it doesn’t really decrease the percentage to rain but rather stop the rain just like its name. To install it you just need to extract the file to “Override” folder. I don’t really like using this mod but sometimes I need clear weather too you know.
No Instant Sex
I think Gerald’s is lying when he said he sex with someone. How do I know? Well, when Geralds’ have sex with someone, no time pass. Not even one minutes. Either Gerald’s is lying, the world is stop moving, or he just that fast, pfft. Seriously, this is the most mysterious question I have when I play this game. Look like I’m not alone, someone has made a mode to fix this. To install Sex Takes Time Mod, just extract the folder to your “Override” Folder.
I found this 2 mod to fix some annoyance in the games. The first one is Better Color Coding to make alchemy ingredient in inventory display the primary and secondary component without needing mouse-over. To install it you just need to extract to “Override” Folder.
And the second one is Plentiful Herbs for TW1. This will add more herb to the plant when you harvest it. The Installation procedure is pretty easy but it need more work because you need to extract 8 compressed files first, and then extract each compressed file to “Override” folder. Pretty easy right?
You may be heard post processing mod like ENB, Sweetfx, or Reshade. You can use them for The Witcher EE too, just install the mod and search for a preset on Nexus or somewhere else. But TW1 Lighting Overhaul and guide on improving TW1 visuals mod is pretty good for my eyes, the install step is pretty simple too. You don’t have too but it make your game more amazing. Follow these step bellow if you want to install it:
- Download Reshade 1.1.0/SweetFX2.0
- Run the installer, and choose “…\The Witcher Enhanced Edition\System” as the destination folder. The installer will automatically select SweetFX for you.
- After it done, copy the preset you download from nexus and paste it to “…\The Witcher Enhanced Edition\System\SweetFX”. Select yes if it asks you to replace. This doesn’t go to your Exe folder. So what we do here is just replacing configuration for SweetFX.
While the mod I give you here is increasing both visual and graphic, don’t expect it to be like modern games after you mod it since you can’t really change the core part of the game. But overall, this will really improve the game and I’m happy to play it modded rather than the vanilla one. So much better.