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.
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.
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.
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.
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.