Give it about 2 - 3 days and if no replies or you haven`t found out anything then feel free to give me a shout . ›››
Juri got back to me in a very prompt, courteous, and professional manner, I should say. He's let me know that my particular problem has to do with an update to the gog downloader that should be fixed shortly, so it looks as if all is well! Thanks again for your interest--and I have to say again that I am impressed with the speed and the efficacy of Gog responses!
Edit: Downloaded successfully with the new version of the GoG downloader mgr! All is well! Time to uninstall the Steam version and install the Gog version (not that I expect to see any differences, mind you--it's just the principle of the thing, which is, uh...
OK, I have the Steam version and now I've received my free DRM-free copy of Witcher 2 from GoG and I have to say something:
WoW--just WoW! Even with the enhanced version through Steam *presumably* installed and running, I had never seen the EE version's opening cinematic until I installed my GoG version! (I had heard there were more cut-scenes in the EE version of W2, but I had not seen any yet and simply assumed I'd see them later in the game. Was that ever a wrong assumption.)
I have got to say something about about that opening scene in Witcher 2's EE version--the scene wherein the rogue Witcher who is built like a mountain (I don't want to say much more as it may be a spoiler for some people) boards a ship and takes a king's head as a trophy--this is prior to his attempt (not revealing a spoiler here) on Foltest's life.
I've watched this animation--this cut scene--this movie trailer
(it almost defies easy categorization) over and over again because I am quite positive it is the best CG animation I've seen in the last 27 years
--which would be the span of my business and pleasure involvement with computers in general! It's very simply the best CG I've ever seen, and I really had to look very, very hard to discern whether I was looking at a piece of 100% CG or some FMV performed by actors and cleaned up with some CG on the side! I've decided it's all CG--and if that's so it's incredible!
And to think I almost missed seeing it because of some glitch in the Steam update system I was unaware existed--verifying my game cache through Steam kept telling me that I was "short 1 file" which Steam "would now acquire"...but unfortunately, Steam never did. I cannot help but think that the un-acquired Steamworks file was the opening cinematic in the Witcher 2 EE. If not, that's one heck of a coincidence.
If you are running the Steam version of W2 EE like me, and like me you haven't yet seen that opening cinematic--bust some chops at Steamworks if you have to, but you'll definitely want to see this CG. It really is just about the most life like CG I've ever seen. I've always said when asked about the "goal" of 3D CG (and I don't mean the chintzy glasses--the "fake" 3d, either) that it is to eventually be able to make movies and games that are 100% CG and yet are visually indistinguishable from motion pictures shot with film and live human actors.
You may think that's pure nutty, but this CG comes as close to meeting that goal as I've ever seen--from anybody--Spielberg and pals included. Good Job CDPR!
I had to say something about it.