With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition arriving on Friday, I thought it only right that we answered that most pressing of questions. No, we know Link is left-handed. I’m talking about the ultimate swords and sorcery showdown. The eternal question to rule them all. Which is better - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Skyrim?
I have neither the time nor the inclination to tot up the number of awards for each, but suffice to say each has a teetering tower of accolades by which few other games can ever hope to compare.
On paper they’re quite similar games, yet in practice they’re extremely different experiences. Skyrim is all about crafting your own niche in its huge world with a custom build character, heaps of branching decisions and an endless supply of quests which encourage you to just potter about.
The Witcher 3 meanwhile is very much focused on being Geralt the witcher. The story branches but for the most part you’re being funneled from place to place on an epic tale. Without doubt the quality of the writing and the delivery of the voice acting is on another level too, and CD Projekt RED really nailed how to do quest design on a large scale. It seldom feels like just another fetch quest but instead it’s hand-crafted and often heartfelt.
When it comes to mods they also couldn’t be further removed. While The Witcher 3 and its two expansions could easily stretch you in excess of 200 hours of playtime, Skyrim is supported by a near limitless supply of user created content to keep playing through. The recently released Enderal mod is by all accounts almost as big as the original game.
So which of these two RPG titans wins the battle for you? Do you prefer Skyrim’s open-endedness and mod support, or are you a fan of The Witcher 3’s top notch storytelling and incredible visuals?
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