Hi guys! Today I will talk about Dark Souls 3 and Witcher 3. I will do a comparison between them and I will let you be the judge of which game is better. First I will talk about the storyline of those 2 games, then I will talk about the difference or similarities in their gameplay, and lastly, I will compare the visuals and tell you my final thoughts. Now let’s begin.
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Both games have interesting stories but they tell these stories in a different way. Witcher 3 has a more straightforward approach to storytelling meaning that everything that you need to know to understand what’s going on is explained to you through dialog.
Dark Souls 3 tells the story of the game in a less straightforward way. You have to read item descriptions watch some things in the environment and talk to different NPCs to understand half of what’s going on the other half is just guessing.
So this comes down to preference and what way of storytelling you like. I prefer the Witcher 3 storytelling because I don’t find it fun to read item descriptions to understand a portion of what’s going on and possibly search for things on the internet to understand the rest. I want the game to tell you the story through dialog and cinematics and Dark Souls 3 has very little of that.
The main difference is that Witcher 3 is an open-world game while Dark Souls 3 offers a more linear experience meaning one area leads to another. Which one is better is up to you to decide since it comes down to personal preference.
Dark Souls 3 and Witcher 3 have different mechanics when it comes to gameplay. Dark Souls combat feels more laconic giving you fewer options than Witcher 3 combat.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t say that Dark Souls 3 doesn’t offer you a lot of freedom on what builds you use and what abilities you use. I am saying that once you decide a build and abilities, your options in combat with that build are very limited. Witcher 3 offers more variety in combat in my opinion.
Now that is not necessarily a bad thing because having fewer options means that you have to find a way to utilize what you have available in the best way possible and it also makes combat harder and more hardcore.
This also comes down to preference since different people prefer different things and some may want a more hardcore combat style and some may want a combat style that offers more variety.
As for the weapons you have available, the clear winner here is Dark Souls 3 since it has an abundance of weapons for you to choose while in Witcher 3 you only use swords and periodically a crossbow.
When it comes to the enemies you will face I believe it’s a draw. Dark Souls 3 offers better bosses with very unique combat styles while Witcher 3 offers better enemies that you will find out in the world as you roam and take missions from people.
The good thing about Witcher 3 that I haven’t seen in any other game is that you have to prepare different options depending on what monster you hunt.
Both games have challenging and interesting enemies for you to fight. I believe Dark Souls 3 is a little more challenging than Witcher 3.
Let’s talk about content now. Witcher 3 wins this easily. Witcher 3 feels endless. I remember I saw a video last year about a dialogue that happened when you did a specific thing in the game and that was discovered 4 years after the game was released.
Finally, I have to mention replayability since it’s very important in these types of games. I believe Dark Souls 3 has a lot more replayability since it not only gets harder in each NG+ cycle till NG+7, but it also has a ton of different builds for you to try since it allows you to distribute your stat points however you want and also reset your stats. So, for example, you can change from a mage to a swordsman in the same game cycle.
Witcher 3 is the clear winner when it comes to visuals the game looks gorgeous even with today’s standards. Dark Souls 3 offers some beautiful locations but it’s nowhere close to Witcher 3.
Witcher 3 being an open-world game has a clear advantage when it comes to visuals and it uses that advantage to the fullest.
As for the customization I have to say that I am disappointed with both games. Even though both games offer different armor styles you can’t really use them all because most of them won’t work well with your build or aren’t good enough. So even if you find a cool looking armor, chances it won’t work well with your build.
I really hoped that these games would offer an equipment transmogrification system, meaning that you would be able to make armor sets or weapons look like other armor sets and weapons but keep the stats as they are.
Dark Souls 3 and Witcher 3 are some of the best single-player games ever made and no matter which of them you choose, you will get a great game. I mentioned that both games have great stories even though they choose to tell their stories in q different way.
They both have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to gameplay and finally in the visuals department Witcher 3 wins.
Personally, it’s hard to decide which game is the best. It truly depends on what you are looking for. If you look for a more hardcore experience then Dark Souls 3 is the game for you, even though Witcher 3 in it’s hardest difficult is very challenging too.
If you want more casual storytelling and not to be forced to read every item description to understand half of what it’s going on, then you have to choose Witcher 3.
For more interesting bosses then you have to choose Dark Souls 3, and for more interesting enemies in the world of the game, you have to choose Witcher 3.
I hope I helped you choose what’s the best game for you.
That’s it for my article guys. I hope you liked it. What game do you think is better and why? Write down your opinion in the comments below. See ya in the next article.
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