Warner Brothers Witcher 3

Last updated date: September 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9

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We looked at the top 1 Fantasy Games and dug through the reviews from 17 of the most popular review sites including IGN Southeast Asia, Games Radar, True Achievements, Polygon, Windows Central, VG247, Game Informer, Pocket-lint, Xbox Gamer Reviews, Game Revolution, Attack Of The Fan Boy, Tech Spot, Game Skinny, Xbox Daily, Complete Xbox, This Is Xbox, Chalgyr and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fantasy Game you should buy.

Overall Take

“Witcher 3” offers an incredibly vivid world filled with loads of battles for you to fight through. With stunning graphics and seamless movement of the characters, players will find it easy to emerge themselves in the battles. The large selection of characters is another bonus. In our analysis of 161 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Witcher 3 placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fantasy Game for a detailed review of all the top fantasy games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
2,934 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Witcher has always done a great job of making me feel that I’ve outsmarted my foes, but for the first time here, controlling Geralt feels tangibly badass with every successful fight.
- IGN Southeast Asia
May 12, 2015 | Full review
When you travel to one of Skellige's islands to find a lost expedition, the island becomes one huge, fascinating forensic crime scene.
- Games Radar
May 12, 2015 | Full review
When it came to the graphics I was simply blown away. They are smooth and there is some great detail given to make the world around you come alive. One of the highlights from this game would have to be the execution graphics.
- True Achievements
March 31, 2018 | Full review
The Witcher 3's expanded cast of characters doesn't preclude more screen time for just about everyone, and CD Projekt has done work to make for more interesting, influential women that feel just a bit more fleshed out than they've been previously.
- Polygon
May 19, 2015 | Full review
The game world is meticulously consistent, adding authenticity and thus immersion to compliment those pristine visuals.
- Windows Central
June 14, 2015 | Full review
The game takes protagonist Geralt of Rivia on a quest to track down Ciri, the Child of Prophecy. Ciri will even play a much bigger role later on. In parts of the game you’ll get to control her, a first for the series.
- VG247
May 12, 2015 | Full review
With superb storytelling, challenging combat, exciting choices, and unpredictable consequences, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a must-play RPG
- Game Informer
May 12, 2015 | Full review
Its huge open landscape throws you into a world of magic and combat, led by strong characters and great acting in cutscenes that will keep you hooked.
- Pocket-lint
May 19, 2015 | Full review
There is never a shortage of things to do in the game, despite your skill level. Quests range from helping someone gather herbs to killing large beasts for a town in need so there is a bit of everything for everyone.
- Xbox Gamer Reviews
September 14, 2019 | Full review
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains one of the largest worlds ever crafted equipped with a day/night cycle and dynamic weather.
- Game Revolution
May 20, 2015 | Full review
It's a sprawling, ambitious, beautiful representation of a dark fantasy world, and games like this don't come along often.
- Attack Of The Fan Boy
March 8, 2018 | Full review
Absorbing story wonderfully balances world politics and personal conflict
- Tech Spot
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an amazing single-player action-RPG buried in a mediocre open world game. As much as everyone was wowed by the jump to open world with the third Witcher game, I seriously wish they'd stuck to the formula in their previous games. Sometimes bigger really isn't better.
- Game Skinny
Huge, open and atmospheric world
- Xbox Daily
Overall, the game feels highly polished and after two delays it’s delightful to play a game of this scale and enjoy it so much. The quests offer enough variety and it doesn’t feel like a rinse and repeat job and there’s enough to explore to keep you going for at least 100 hours. The Witcher 3 has to be my Game of the Year this far
- Complete Xbox
May 26, 2015 | Full review
I really felt for the characters I met, it was like I really got to know some of them, and even became their friend – it was a liberating feeling – especially when so many games use quests as a way to farm additional XP.
- This Is Xbox
May 19, 2015 | Full review
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is massive and can easily take upwards of 200 hours to complete, though the main story can be burnt through in about 30 hours.
- Chalgyr
June 24, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The one caveat on all that though, is the technical performance on the PS4 version I played for review. 30 frames per second was sometimes too much to ask, transitions between The Witcher 3’s two main maps are just a bit too long, and minor glitches do pop up from time to time. None of it ever impacted gameplay in any meaningful way, thought it did compromise the beauty of the experience ever so slightly.
- IGN Southeast Asia
May 12, 2015 | Full review
Frustrating and punishing combat
- Games Radar
May 12, 2015 | Full review
The only gripes I have with how the Witcher 3 plays are found in some of its side-systems. Swimming, horse riding and sailing all feel cumbersome and less intuitive than combat and general movement.
- Windows Central
June 14, 2015 | Full review
Camera during fights can be irksome
- Pocket-lint
May 19, 2015 | Full review
There have been other issues though such as people losing saves, bad frame rate drops in storms and the more funny ones such as launching boats into the sky.
- Xbox Gamer Reviews
September 14, 2019 | Full review
Undependable camera and target lock-on
- Game Revolution
May 20, 2015 | Full review
Gauging range in combat can be tricky at times
- Tech Spot
The Witcher 3 isn't a bad game, it just takes way too long with way too much filler to get to these moments.
- Game Skinny
Sometimes I had to bother in fights about the camera position, but it's just a little thing.
- Xbox Daily
In terms of issues with the game, there are a few bugs and glitches such as quests not tracking properly or random failures.
- Complete Xbox
May 26, 2015 | Full review
At first, I found the combat to be rather clumsy – there’s light and heavy attacks, with parry, dodge and roll for evasion.
- This Is Xbox
May 19, 2015 | Full review
The utterly annoying issue of igniting / extinguishing candles, accidentally looting (aka stealing) from a merchant's table still exists, however CD Projekt Red has announced that they will be addressing that issue in their next patch so it is a small annoyance, especially given the fact that I am aware of it.
- Chalgyr
June 24, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Xbox One

Overall Product Rankings

1. XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Warner Brothers Witcher 3
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 17
3. PS4 Shadows Die Twice
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 28
4. Bethesda Elder Scrolls Skyrim
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
5. XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
6. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
7. XBOX ONE Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Gold Edition
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
8. XBOX ONE Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 19
10. PS4 Secret of Mana
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 21

An Overview On Fantasy Games

Be transported to another world when you sit down to a great fantasy game on your favorite console. Whether you are an avid Xbox One player or you are exclusive to your PlayStation 4, you’ll surely discover excellent fantasy games that will fill your free time with exciting adventures on screen. Let’s take a closer look at the two consoles and what they have to offer fantasy game players.

The PlayStation 4 has countless perks for its players. With an excellent record behind it for graphics, the console offers detailed imagery with excellent 1080 resolution. Players also find a very easy-to-use interface on the PS4 along with endless options for playing with friends. Owners of the PS4 also love the feature that allows you to transfer your gameplay to another device when others want to use the television. For those who want to use their console for more than just game playing, the PS4 offers a couple of different options for media apps to access television series, movies or music.

Perhaps the biggest perk for PlayStation 4 owners is the copious amounts of games that Sony offers. You will find all kinds of genres from adventure to Indie and, of course, plenty of fantasy games. If you’re looking for non-stop action within an elaborate fantasy world, “Sekiro Shadows Die Twice” is the game for you. Situated in old Japan, the game allows players to create their own path through battles with creative monsters and encounters with friends and foes alike.

For an old favorite, discover the excitement in “Final Fantasy XV.” This PlayStation 4 fantasy game has been around for years, but never like this before. With improved scenes and performance options for the characters, this edition will leave you wanting more game time than ever. When you need a good fantasy game fix, these two will certainly give you the ultimate experience you want.

Now let’s turn our attention to the Xbox One. This console offers some competition to the PlayStation 4 players. With access to three generations of Xbox games and cross-play on PC games, Xbox trumps PlayStation 4 with its accessibility to games. The affordability of the games and console also gives it an advantage for budget-conscience consumers.

However, for those who want the best graphics, Xbox One is just a bit subpar with a 900 resolution on most games. A cool feature with Xbox Skill features is the ability to activate and control your console through Alexa devices with your voice. In addition, Xbox One, which features Xbox Live, has excellent options for entertainment outside of games, including Kodi, a sought-after media app. The console also offers compatibility with Dolby sound products for outstanding audio experiences as well.

Xbox One has simply incredible fantasy games. For challenging and diversified action scenes, “Dark Souls III” is the fantasy game for you. The player will find their way through intense combat with creatures of unimaginable characteristics surrounded by an edge-of-your-seat landscape that keeps you on your toes.

If “Dark Souls III” is a favorite, you will also enjoy “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” Players will find a frigid atmosphere set in the Northlands during a post-war period in this fantasy game. Navigate through sparse lands while encountering enemies and friends in a unique and entertaining story.

The fantasy game lineup extends much further beyond these favorites for console game players. Take a deeper look into what Microsoft and Sony offer for games and get a feel for which has the library of your taste. From there, you can decide which console will best suit your fantasy game style.

DYWM Fun Fact

In schools in the mid-1900s, video gaming became an object of study. Students and professors were exploring all the possibilities, and although they were starting simple with games such as “OXO” and “Tennis for Two,” they were major advancements. As time passed, the games became more complex. In the late 1960s, the home console or “The Brown Box” was created. Later in 1972, consumers were offered this same console as the “Odyssey” from Magnavox. From there, developers gave life to new games and improved versions of old games. Even new consoles were eventually born. Some of the earliest favorites that are still loved today include “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Space Invaders.”

The ’80s brought about a crash in the industry from a flooding of the market, and many console creators experienced bankruptcy. In 1989, the first console war arose between Nintendo and Genesis, both of which had hit the market with improved gaming attractions: Genesis with “Sonic the Hedgehog” and Nintendo with a 16-bit Super NES console. The ’90s then exploded with multiple new genres, including fighting games with gore that prompted a rating council to emerge in 1993. This was the basis of today’s rating system used by all the game producers.

Three-dimensional gameplay broke out in the mid-’90s with Sega releasing the first 32-bit console,  and then one year after, Nintendo launched its 64-bit console. This ushered in the dawn of modern gaming that we still see in action today. The early 2000s were marked by Blu-ray compatibility and an improved motion system for players. The Wii was soon to follow with motion-sensitive remote controls and the “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” that brought players physically into the game with plastic figures.

The evolution of video games has been an incredibly quick and impressive progression over the last 65 years. From simple tennis to motion-censored controllers, generations have seen the industry go through so many changes that most industries do not witness in a single lifetime.

The Fantasy Game Buying Guide

  • When looking for games for kids, be mindful of the rating on the fantasy game. You can find an explanation for the rating on the advertisement, such as violence or language.
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  • Online networks help players to connect with friends and fellow gamers to create outstanding teams and enjoy the games further by tracking your progress and stats.
  • When you buy a subscription, you will find the latest news on recently released fantasy games or soon-to-be-released fantasy games. You’ll always stay up to date.