What Exactly Does a Director’s Cut Mean in Gaming?
It’s nothing new that video game companies release several editions of a single video game title. Some of these editions can be; Enhanced, HD remastered, or just Special. However, one of the most common video game editions is still the Director’s Cut.
The term Director’s Cut has been around for a long time, and it’s normally used for in films, TV series, comic books and now also in games. If you are unfamiliar with the term look no further! Below you find out what it offers and why you would want to get your hands on a one (or more)!
By definition, Director’s Cut is a version before it’s officially “cut” and approved for release to the general public. In video games, a Director’s Cut is quite similar to those in films, where, before games are actually released, they are put through a clean up process wherein redundant or irrelevant scenes are cut out. The Director’s Cut is the version which still contains all these deleted scenes. Fans of certain franchises definitely want to get their hands on one to experience a full uncut game. Here are some examples of video games that have Director’s Cut releases:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is one of the games that has a Director’s Cut edition. One of its DLC games, Deus Ex Human Revolution: Missing Link, is a separate game to the original version and has a Director’s Cut integrated throughout the story. It also contains commentary from the developer Eidos Montreal which can be enjoyed throughout your adventure in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Plus, This edition also contains stealthier options like hacking turrets and poison gas.
Capcom’s classic survival horror, Resident Evil also got its own Director’s Cut which was produced to compensate for the delay of Resident Evil II. When compared to the original version, the new edition included new difficulty modes. The advanced mode has new camera angles, character costumes, different lighting, and placement of enemies and items.
CD Projekt RED’s well-awarded game, The Witcher, released an Enhanced Director’s Cut back in the day. Now you might be wondering, what the flip is that?! Basically, this version of The Witcher also contains all the features found in the Enhanced edition (improved dialogue, cutscenes, inventory usage, technical fixes and enhancements, character variation, comic book, and other additional content) but includes fixes for its censorship. A sweet 2 for 1 deal for any fan of The Witcher!
So now you know it! If you are looking for awesome content that didn’t make it to the final release of a game you should look to see if there is a Director’s Cut of the game. You should be seeing them pop up more and more in games, as well as TV series and movies.