Looking at the image above, you can't help but wonder what could have been. According to it, I should be over a good 50 hours into The Witcher 3 at the moment. Its February 24th release date for the PS4 , XBOX One and PC has been pushed to May 19th as we well know, but it's moments like this when I have nothing new to play that you feel the effects. But Bloodborne comes out next week so I think I'll be okay!
But The Witcher has always occupied a really interesting place in the history of RPGs. There are so many varying forms of this genre out there, and I find myself flitting between one and the other. But if you were presented with the choice of a brand new RPG released in May, would your loyalties lie with The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, or The Elder Scrolls 6?
The Witcher 3 vs The Elder Scrolls 6
Now, of course it may seem like a rather arbitrary comparison, seeing as we have no confirmed alternative game. But when it comes to the land of RPGs, I'm always interested to know what fans like more. The Elder Scrolls and The Witcher series have always treated players quite differently from one another and it's interesting to see what exactly the RPG community enjoy more.
Assuming that The Elder Scrolls 6 will obviously improve upon the formula presented with Skyrim (and obviously Elder Scrolls Online), which series would draw your attention more on its release date for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC? Both present their varying forms of freedom, but which do you prefer?
The Elder Scrolls 6
The Elder Scrolls is a monumental industry. The series is renowned throughout the world for its quality and freedom. Every player can carve out their own unique experience in the land of Skyrim, Oblivion and more, and it's a pleasure to interact with the characters and locations that Bethesda dream up.
In terms of differentiating the series from The Witcher, there are a few alternative draws that The Elder Scrolls has. Seeing as your character remains voiceless, this leaves a tremendous amount of room for player expression. We from our own character and carve out our adventure as we so please. We may own a house, have a wife or a husband and even have a job.
The campaign is always interesting but you can choose to ignore every second of it after the intro if you so choose and still enjoy seemingly countless hours of exploration. Why wouldn't this be appealing? The Elder Scrolls 6 will assuredly have these tropes on show too, and it will certainly get its release date. But the question remains, would you still pick a new one for May over The Witcher 3?
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
The Wither series has always been a more adult RPG. The landscape mimics our own world in many ways, though choses to focus upon its worst aspects and make them issues in this unnamed land. We're forced to look at the darkest parts of our earth and ourselves, and then make choices without clear outcomes before us.
The Witcher is obviously a far more story driven RPG, as we follow the adventures of Geralt of Rivia. However, his character and role forces him to stand outside of human situations and we can select whether we want him to intervene or not. To be honest, I love a good story. I love a tale that can engulf me in a fictional world and keep me motivated with purpose and desire to continue. I find that wanders in Elder Scrolls because I can essentially do whatever I want and I really like a voiced protagonist. But that's the joys of RPGs, we have choices!
I certainly don't enjoy linear paths, but I've personally always liked the style of The Witcher more. But what about you guys? Are you big RPG fans? Are you fans of both Elder Scrolls anbd The Witcher and which would you choose? Let us know in the comments!