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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.