I’ll never understand why people will compare two different genres and argue about which game is better instead of just playing their favorite game like a grown up…
The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 are two completely different games. One game is a FPS/RPG hybrid while the other is a fantasy RPG. You can’t begin to compare them, but people are doing it. I guess The Witcher 3 to most people, for some odd reason, set some new standard.
If The Witcher 3 set a new standard for RPGs then the standards must be pretty low in my honest opinion. Don’t take that as a bad thing by any means. I actually really enjoyed my only playthrough of The Witcher 3, but it failed to do what many RPGs have done for me and that’s keep me coming back for more after I finished the game.
I think The Witcher 2 is the best game in the trilogy and I’ll defend my opinion to death because I thought that game was fantastic. The Witcher 3 is obviously a lot bigger than The Witcher 2, but it’s not the better game.
Fallout 4 has only been out for 7 days and people are complaining about how unplayable it is and how it looks like it released in 2011. I can understand the frustration of not being able to play a game on day one. I couldn’t play The Witcher 3 for a week because of how unplayable it was and I find it funny how everyone just forgot how buggy that game was for months after it’s release, but bash on Fallout 4 for every little thing they can find wrong with the game.
Did everyone forget about constant problems on the PS4, and how every patch seemed to make the game a little worse when compared to the Xbox One. Or how about our flying Roach, or sailing in the water and being teleported 1 billion miles above the earth and falling to our deaths? Pretending like The Witcher 3 is this perfect game is ridiculous. You can’t criticize one game without criticizing the other. It’s only fair.
Does Fallout 4 have problems? Of course it does. It’s only been out for a week! Not every game is going to perform like Mad Max on day one. I wish they would, but it won’t happen. Everyone likes to say that The Witcher 3 set this new standard for RPGs and I honestly wonder how.
The storytelling was better in part 2, the gameplay, before the new movement mode, was floaty as hell. Even with the new movement mode it’s still unorthodox when compared to much better games like Dark Souls, and Zelda. The Witcher 3 just doesn’t compete well with better RPGs in my opinion. Dragon Age Origins, Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic, Fallout 3, yes I said Fallout 3, Skyrim, The Witcher 2, etc. I can name many more games, but I’ll stop there.
You’re probably thinking I hate The Witcher 3 by now right? That’s not true. When I reviewed the game I gave it an 8 and I was being generous at the time because of how buggy the game was, but since most of the game breaking bugs have been removed I can confidently say that it is a 8 across all platforms. Maybe even an 8.5, but no higher then that. I think it’s a really great game with some pretty big flaws, but I still loved my playthrough of it and you can believe that it’s going to be in my top 10 games of 2015 at the end of the year.
I’ve put about 50 hours in Fallout 4 so far and I’m in love with it, in a similar way that I was with The Witcher 3, but I won’t let the fun I’m having keep me from being objective about the game when I review it. I will say that I prefer the gameplay of Fallout 4 over The Witcher 3 while The Witcher 3 has a better story, so far, and Fallout 4 has the better world in my opinion because I love the post apocalyptic setting. That’s just my preference though and I can understand if you feel differently.
In the end these two games just can’t be compared because of how different they are than each other. If you like The Witcher 3 more than Fallout 4 that’s great. I’m glad you love it. I do too, but I also love Fallout 4 and I’ll defend it to death because I don’t think it deserves all the hate it’s been getting lately. It’s a fantastic game that does a lot of really good things if you can look past the dated graphics. I think it’s a beautiful game, but I guess I’m in the minority on that one.
The point of all of this is simple. Just play what you like and don’t worry about what other people think of your favorite game. I’d recommend both Fallout 4, and The Witcher 3 because they’re both great games that should be in your library, but don’t go into either one of them with unfair expectations. The Witcher 3 is not a 10/10 game and Fallout 4 can feel dated at times because of the old engine Bethesda chose to use, but both games do a lot right and I recommend them.