Which RPG won 2015, Fallout 4 or Witcher 3?

I’m a massive RPG fan. Give me the opportunity to develop a character, to experience an enriching story and travel across a vast map, and I’m yours. I’ve played both Fallout 4 and Witcher 3, and though I’ve sunk considerably more hours into Fallout, I feel that I’m in a good position to make a decision over which game I enjoyed best. It wasn’t an easy decision to come to, but I do feel that one game was slightly more enthralling than the other.

Looks

Both games are gorgeous, in their own right. The Witcher 3 is far more scenic, with beautiful fields, mountains, valleys and lakes. Fallout 4 is far grittier, packed full of ruined buildings, grimy bunkers and desolate landscapes. The graphics are impressive, for both, but I have noticed less glitches in The Witcher. Both have very unique looks, and it would be wrong to judge them on the merits of their looks alone. But, if I had to choose, I’d say that The Witcher 3 is the slightly better looking game. But it’s a close call, and I’m sure that some people would disagree.

Gameplay

Again, these are two rather different games. Fallout is mostly about gunplay, whereas The Witcher is all about close combat. Whilst you can use signs and bombs in Witcher, I feel that Fallout’s combat system is a little more exciting – mostly thanks to V.A.T.S. However, gameplay isn’t all about combat, and when it comes to quests, at least the depth of them, I think that The Witcher has it over Fallout (if only slightly). I felt that a lot of the mini-quests and side-missions in Fallout were rather samey. This is most evident with the Minute Men quests, when Preston constantly gives you the ‘liberate this settlement’ tasks. You either have to save a settlement from some sort of attack (raiders, ghouls or super mutants) or you have to clear a settlement and plant a recruitment radio; and that’s an example of the type of repetition that’s quite common in the game. There isn’t that sort of repetition in The Witcher, and even the plethora of monster contracts (despite how similar they could be) feel fresh and unique, each time you do one.

Story

They each have fantastic stories, and I’ve been completely absorbed by both games. Both games are full of twists and turns, and they have plenty of side stories to explore, along with the main quest. I think that, overall, Fallout did a much better job of introducing new players. With the Witcher, I’ve felt that there’s a lot of content in there for fans of the series. This is in no way a bad thing. But I often feel that, having not played the previous games, I’m often missing quite a bit. I never got that feeling with Fallout 4 (though I have played the previous games). Fallout 4 was also much simpler. There was a lot going on, sure, but it never felt like too much. It was simple to dip in and out of the main story whilst accomplishing side missions. With The Witcher, however, I feel that I needed a catch-up every time I go back into the main quest. There’s also so much going on, and the side-quests are so in-depth, that I often mistake side story for main story. It’s fantastic that there’s that much going on in the game, but I do feel that Fallout 4 was a more seamless experience.

Overall

Picking one over the other is no mean feat. And, when it comes to ‘RPGness’ I’d probably say that Witcher 3 is the most RPG of the two. Fallout 4 is more of an RPG for the lazier gamer, with a much lower entry threshold, for starts. Both are incredibly good games and, if you’re able to pick up and play the two of them, I’d really recommend it. But, seeing as this article is all about picking the ‘better’ title, I’d probably have to give my vote to Fallout 4. Whilst I love The Withcer 3, it really is a difficult game to get into. It took me a good couple of hours at the very start to properly immerse myself in the world. With Fallout, it’s almost instantaneous. It’s made for the pick-up and play gamer, where The Witcher 3 demands more of your time, attention and affection. I will probably reassess this decision, once Bethesda release some more DLC, as I will have had more time with The Witcher by then, and I’ll be diving into Fallout once more, almost with fresh eyes.

  • AliSleeq

    Bloodborne should win it. Fallout 4 was lacking especially after all the hype. Played 40 hours and stopped. Witcher 3 is brilliant but the combat was clunky.

    • Never got to play Bloodborne, which is one of my bigger regrets about having an Xbox One. I definitely agree about Witcher 3’s combat – but the game itself is a masterpiece. Personally, though, Fallout 4 was everything that I hoped it would be. But I haven’t played a Fallout game since New Vegas, and I only played that for a few hours – just couldn’t get into it. So maybe I’d been away from it for long enough to overlook its shortcomings. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where they go with the DLC, though.

  • AliSleeq

    Bloodborne should win it. Fallout 4 was lacking especially after all the hype. Played 40 hours and stopped. Witcher 3 is brilliant but the combat was clunky.

    • Never got to play Bloodborne, which is one of my bigger regrets about having an Xbox One. I definitely agree about Witcher 3’s combat – but the game itself is a masterpiece. Personally, though, Fallout 4 was everything that I hoped it would be. But I haven’t played a Fallout game since New Vegas, and I only played that for a few hours – just couldn’t get into it. So maybe I’d been away from it for long enough to overlook its shortcomings. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where they go with the DLC, though.

  • Roku Toto

    Giving it to fallout because it’s easier to remember that shitty story? What?

  • Roku Toto

    Giving it to fallout because it’s easier to remember that shitty story? What?

  • Cyshox

    I personally prefer Fallout4. Put around 200hrs in. The Witcher 3 I stopped playing after around 50hrs because it became boring. The best about Witcher was it’s Story & Gwint, the rest weren’t that good imho.

    • Nothing

      You’re about 12, aren’t you?

  • Cyshox

    I personally prefer Fallout4. Put around 200hrs in. The Witcher 3 I stopped playing after around 50hrs because it became boring. The best about Witcher was it’s Story & Gwint, the rest weren’t that good imho.

    • Nothing

      You’re about 12, aren’t you?

  • Mad Max won 2015! 😉

    • JIMBODAVIS

      Mad Max is super underrated. Aside from overly simple boss battles, I have no complaints; although, the race against Stank Gum was TOUGH. Great game!

  • Mad Max won 2015! 😉

    • JIMBODAVIS

      Mad Max is super underrated. Aside from overly simple boss battles, I have no complaints; although, the race against Stank Gum was TOUGH. Great game!

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    The witcher easily!

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    The witcher easily!

  • Theodor Antoniou

    Seriously, i felt like reading a grown up giving praise to 2 schoolkids trying not to hurt the feelings of the worst student(Fallout).

    Graphics close call? Not even close the graphics and animation of fallout are outdated. I played it after witcher 3 and i felt playing a game at 2006 with some better lightning. Do not let me talk about loading screens. Witcher’s starting loading screen might be less than a fallout simple room loading.

    Story?? Fallout wins?? Seamless story?? ( I was all out to love fallout by the way i am not here to hate but facts are facts)
    In order to have a story you need Characters and dialogue none of this exists in Fallout. Theatrical sketches in Elementary Schools are better. Really dissapointed.

    Bottome line Fallout 4 is not even close to being an rpg as you vaguely point out and it is only a contender by name and history of previous bethesda games.

  • Theodor Antoniou

    Seriously, i felt like reading a grown up giving praise to 2 schoolkids trying not to hurt the feelings of the worst student(Fallout).

    Graphics close call? Not even close the graphics and animation of fallout are outdated. I played it after witcher 3 and i felt playing a game at 2006 with some better lightning. Do not let me talk about loading screens. Witcher’s starting loading screen might be less than a fallout simple room loading.

    Story?? Fallout wins?? Seamless story?? ( I was all out to love fallout by the way i am not here to hate but facts are facts)
    In order to have a story you need Characters and dialogue none of this exists in Fallout. Theatrical sketches in Elementary Schools are better. Really dissapointed.

    Bottome line Fallout 4 is not even close to being an rpg as you vaguely point out and it is only a contender by name and history of previous bethesda games.