Fallout 4 Or The Witcher 3? Which One Should You Buy And How Are They Different From Each Other?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Fallout 4, and The Witcher 3 lately. I decided it would be easier to write a detailed comparison of the two games to help people understand what they’ll be walking into. 

This is not a VS article. I’m not writing this to bash on either game because I own, and like, both of them.

The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 are two completely different games, but that didn’t stop people from comparing the two games and claiming that one is better then the other for whatever reason they can think of. That is not what this article is about. This is simply a comparison between the two games to give my readers insight on what each game has to offer them.

All of this is my opinion. If you feel differently then I do that’s fine. Feel free to leave a comment down below and let me know why :].

Lets start with The Witcher 3.

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The Witcher 3 is considered to be one of the best RPGs ever made. I don’t share that opinion, but it’s out there. The fact that this game is so popular could have a would be buyer hyped so much that they just purchase it without doing any research on it first. That’s the worst thing you could do.

The Witcher 3 is a great game, but it’s not a 10/10 game. This game does have a lot of flaws in my opinion. One of the questions that was asked to me was, “How do The Witcher 3 and Fallout sidequest compare and contrast?” What led to this question being asked was the fact that I called a lot of the side quest in The Witcher 3 repetitive in my review of the game.

The Witcher 3 has some fantastic side quest, but they’re few and far between. The Bloody Baron questline stands above them all in my opinion. A good majority of the quest that I did were structured in the same way. I follow monster footprints into the forest using my Witcher senses, fight big bad monster, and collect my reward. Rinse and repeat for every Witcher Contract and you’ve got yourself some side quest to do. Some quest don’t even bother to do that though. There were times that I found a note on a dead body that told me to go get X treasure from X location. This happened so many times during my 150 hours that I spent in the game.The main quest on the other hand is fantastic. It’s well written and is hands down the best story I played through last year.

The gameplay is really good, but it’s not great like Dark Souls or The Legend of Zelda.  The Witcher 3 is a easy game. It doesn’t matter what difficulty I played the game on I still breezed through it. I never tried new game plus though so I can’t comment on whether or not the game gets harder in that mode like the Dark Souls games do. I enjoyed riding around on Roach and exploring dark caves, underwater passages, and bandit hideouts, but it’s gameplay isn’t as good as RPGs like Fable, Dark Souls, and The Legends of Zelda. It doesn’t need to be because I think the game as a whole is better then two of the three games I mentioned especially with the new movement mode added in.

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Customization is a really important part of every RPG. The Witcher 3 has okay customization. The majority of items that you find on people that you kill are useless. A good majority of the armor sets in the game were also pretty bad to look at in my opinion. The Witcher gear is what you’ll most likely strive for when you start this game. It looks good and give you great stat boost, but they can only be obtained by finding the necessary crafting materials. Your ordinary armor that you find on corpses are terrible. Once you get your first set of Witcher gear you won’t go back because you can keep upgrading them throughout the entire game. This kind of kills the need to loot armor sets from enemies and chest in the game.

There are three schools of armor sets in the game, four if you count the “DLC”. There are other “DLC” armors in the game, but they’re useless when compared to the Witcher gear that you can craft. They look nice, but don’t really do much for your character.

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The Witcher 3 is a dialogue heavy game. You’ll spend a lot of time listening to characters talk about stuff and it’s all very interesting. The dialogue options aren’t vast. There is usually only two or three options to choose from in a conversation, but it’s done so well that it’s not really a negative about the game.

Despite all of it’s flaws I don’t regret playing The Witcher 3. I gave it an 8/10 and I stand by it. It’s beautiful open world, rich story, and lore make up for all of it’s shortcomings.

Fallout 4 is the next game on the list.

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Fallout 4 is the long awaited sequel to Fallout 3. I have waited for years to get my hands on this game and it did not disappoint me in the slightest.

One question that repeatedly popped up in my review of Fallout 4 was, “how good are the sidequest?” Fallout 4 suffers from the exact same problem that The Witcher 3 does. It has a ton of filler side quest in the game. The side quest in Fallout 4 don’t end. You can keep getting them and leveling up your character forever if you want to, but I have yet to get a quest that ends ten feet away from me.

I prefer Fallout 4 over The Witcher 3 for various reason, but I’ll only give one here. It allows me to play in various different ways. In The Witcher 3 I can really only play two different ways. I can either go in with my swords and chop everything to pieces or go in with my swords while occasionally casting signs, and throwing potions… and then chop everything to pieces. Do you get where I’m getting at here?

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In Fallout 4 I don’t have to do that. If I want to go in guns blazing through the front door I can, but if I don’t feel like doing that I always sneak in the building with a silenced weapon, or melee weapon, and assassinate everyone as long as I don’t get caught in the act. Fallout 4 allows me to play the way I want.

No side quest in Fallout 4 is as interesting as The Bloody Baron quest from The Witcher 3, but they don’t really have to be because the game itself is a lot more fun to play in my opinion. Fallout 4 plays like a modern FPS game, but it’s an RPG. I can pick locks, sneak, customize my weapons and armor, and use both guns and melee weapons.

The main quest in Fallout 4 is the best of any Bethesda game. Bethesda isn’t known for their great storytelling, but we got a good story from them in this game. The companions are also deeper then they’ve ever been in any Bethesda game. They have personalities now and aren’t just there to soak up bullets for us.

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This game has been dumbed down, but in a good way in my opinion. I prefer the new perk system over the old one that we had in previous Fallout games. The dialogue has also been dumbed down. Instead of the vast dialogue options that we had in previous Fallout games we only get simple answers like in the Mass Effect games, but it isn’t done nearly as well. The reason why the dialogue has been dumbed down so much is because the main protagonist has a voice now. I honestly didn’t mind the change because I love voiced protagonist, but some people do and I thought it should be mentioned in this comparison.

Fallout 4’s world is excellently designed. Just about every building can be explored for loot. The loot in Fallout 4 makes the loot in The Witcher 3 look like a joke in comparison. Everything that you find on bodies, or in chest can be upgraded in some way. If you want to make your pistol into in assault rifle you can. If you want your laser rifle to be a laser sniper rifle you can do that too. The amount of freedom that I had in Fallout 4 is amazing.

The random events that happen in Fallout 4 are very interesting. I was walking and saw a alien spacecraft crash land somewhere in my area. Moments like that don’t happen in The Witcher and it’s one of the many reasons why I love this game.

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Fallout 4 has excellent gameplay, a smaller world then The Witcher 3’s, but better designed in my opinion, and more things to do.

So which game is game of the year? The answer is neither of them in my opinion. Fallout 4 is the best FPS game I played last year while The Witcher 3 had the best story and protagonist. Both games do a lot right, but they also have their shortcomings.

If you want to know what my top 10 games of 2015 are all you have to do is click here.

If you’re looking for a great third person action RPG that tells a great story and has some interesting side quest go with The Witcher 3. If you’re looking for a great FPS/RPG that offers you the freedom to do whatever you want and tells a pretty good story too go with Fallout 4.

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Both games have weak dialogue options because both protagonist are voiced characters, but that’s not really a negative thing towards any of the games in my opinion. Both games have great dialogue and I was immersed in both of them.

Both games have repetitive quest and filler quest just to give the player something to do besides the main story, but every modern RPG does this. None of these games are perfect, but I had a lot of fun with both of them.

What game you decide to play is ultimately up to you. I’ve played, and loved, them both enough to recommend buying them both. That’s just my opinion on the subject and you’re welcome to disagree with me on it.

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27 thoughts on “Fallout 4 Or The Witcher 3? Which One Should You Buy And How Are They Different From Each Other?”

  1. You said Witcher 3 was easy game. I was wondering if you played on Deathmarch. Does that make the game better or worse?

    1. Yes I did play on Deathmarch and the game is easy. I could argue that it makes the game worse because of how generic the combat is, but you might have a different opinion then me on that one :].

      I would say the beginning of the game could be challenging to some people. It depends on the player and to me it was really easy. Especially after I hit level 20+ and had invested most of my points in my signs.

      1. I neither played Witcher 3 or Fallout 4. Then i’m assuming by you assessment Fallout 4 would be a harder game and I was wondering how so?

      2. Fallout 4 makes the game harder by making enemies bullet sponges. It’s also not a very hard game. I’m sure mods will change that, but for now it’s not very hard at all.

  2. But surely even the most mundane boring repetitive side quest of Witcher 3 got to have more story content than Fallout 4.

    1. Not really.

      Finding a note on a dead NPC and going ten feet away to find the treasure isn’t nearly as fun as taking over settlements in my opinion.

      That happened more then once in The Witcher 3 and I did say that The Bloody Baron quest is better then all of the side quest in Fallout 4. That doesn’t mean that every single quest in the Witcher 3 is better then every quest in Fallout 4 though.

      1. I see so your saying alot of the sidequest in Witcher 3 is like go here get treasure, loot body. Use witcher sense, go kill monster, repeat, repeat, repeat. And also these sidequest have zero to no story or dialogue, just a mindless task, right?

        And how there are only some sidequest like vampire and bloody baron that are good, so you would say the people who say every single sidequest has an interesting story and is interesting is a HUGE exaggeration, right?

      2. There are more then those two quest that are good, but I used them as my examples because they’re my favorite quest in the game.

        I’m saying that there are a lot of quest in the game that don’t have dialogue. All you do is read a letter and find some nearby treasure with your Witcher senses.

        Every game will have people that claim it’s perfect in area. I think most reviewers overlooked a lot of this game’s shortcomings or didn’t bother to 100% the game before they slapped a score on it. They’re entitled to their opinions of course, but every quest in this game does not have deep dialogue and meaningful choices.

        Every RPG is like that though. You have your great side quest mixed in with average ones to give the player something else to do other then the main story.

        Keep in mind that I did enjoy The Witcher 3.

      3. Hmm kinda hard to believe that fallout 4 and witcher 3 both have an equal number of redundant meaningless sidequests. Hopefully you are not lying and other reviews are exaggerating or being dishonest.

      4. I would like to add that I never once said they had an equal number of meaningless side quest. I didn’t count how many quest I did in The Witcher 3 or Fallout 4 that had me doing the same thing.

        The Witcher 3 does have quest like the ones I mentioned, but it also has some really good ones too. Not every book I read in The Witcher 3 had that “find treasure over there” type of quest. Some of them had me hunting down Witcher gear.

        Another great example of good side quest in The Witcher 3 is “A Tower Full of Mice.” That quest had me doing different things for a mage and it takes a while to complete, but not every quest in the game is like that and I don’t see how that’s so hard to believe.

        This is unrelated, but I’m not the only one that thinks this way about the Witcher 3. Take a look – https://www.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/377isy/am_i_the_only_one_thinking_that_the_witcher_3_is/.

      5. and when i say “redundant meaningless sidequest”, im talking repetitive quest with no story content just to be clear. If both games have an equal number of those then I guess you are either not telling the truth or other people are just totally exaggerating. Not good.

      6. What reason would I have to lie? I played both games and gave them both very positive reviews. I’m not jumping on The Witcher 3 bandwagon though. If you truly think that The Witcher 3 is this perfect game then go ahead and buy it.

        I gave my opinion on it and whether or not you choose to take it is up to you.

        Play The Witcher 3 and you’ll see that there are filler quest in the game just like there are filler quest in Fallout 4 with the Minutemen quest. The only difference is Fallout 4’s Minutemen quest don’t ever end while The Witcher 3 has a set number of quest to do, but both games have repetitive quest in them.

        You could always look up my review of The Witcher 3 if you’re putting that much though into it or go read a completely different review and make your opinion about the game.

        I have nothing to gain by lying. It’s not like I gave the game a 4. It got a 8 and that’s a pretty high score on my scale.

      7. So not every sidequest in Witcher 3 is better than Fallout 4. But can we agree that Witcher 3 sidequest has overall more story content?

      8. Since Fallout 4 has less quest then Skyrim yes. The Witcher 3 does have more story content.

        Does that make Witcher 3 the better game? No it does not in my opinion.

  3. One question though is what system did you play fallout 4 on? Because I heard if you play PC, you can mod the dialogue options. Although, there are some people that say “no I don’t want entire transcript to what I am about to say”.

    1. I no longer own a console. I played both The Witcher 3, and Fallout 4 on PC.

      Yes you can mod the dialogue and honestly it was alright, but I ended up uninstalling it because it was filled with bugs. My text would go off my screen in long dialogue options.

      I’m going to wait for modding tools to be released before I try messing with my dialogue again.

      1. How does that work haha? Those sentences must be 35 word long in order for the dialogue to go off screen haha.

      2. There are some pretty long sentences in game lol. And at the time I could only run the game in 900p because I was waiting for Bethesda’s first patch.

        I run the game in full 1080p now with no problems :].

      3. The fallout 4 dialogue mod looks pretty good. Would you say that is a necessary mod to have or is the game just playable without the mod?

      4. Thats pretty interesting that you are not using a Fallout 4 dialogue mod. So i guess you are not bothered by the option “sarcastic” lol? I guess I can see the appeal to that its like a box of chocolate, you do not know what chocolate you are going to get.

      5. yeah, i wonder what was the rational behind labeling the sarcastic option “sarcastic” with nothing else instead of just having a short description?

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