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The Witcher 1 & 2 vs Dark Souls, which should I play first?

#21Pen9erSPosted 9/27/2013 3:16:20 PM
Duken13 posted...
Pretty divisive crowd we have here!


Yeah, I came in here ready to scream my head off on how The Witcher series can be avoided but Dark Souls is an amazing experience.

Looks like you will have to flip a coin, TC. A... three sided coin...
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#22DerPancakePosted 9/27/2013 3:17:41 PM
http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/dark-souls-prepare-to-die-edition

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/the-witcher-2-assassins-of-kings

GG Witcher 2 wins.
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#23Dark_SpiretPosted 9/27/2013 3:56:26 PM
it really comes down to what type of rpg you want. Witcher series is more traditional with a large emphasis on storytelling, choices and most of the other elements youd find in other rpg's like branching dialogs, quests, towns to wander around and interact with and various other things. Witcher 1's story i felt was better, but its combat will be very hit and miss for you. 2's combat fares better, but isnt quite as "epic" in scope instead focusing mor eon alternate choices for new playthrough(you basically HAVE to replay it 1-2 more times to get the whole picture). 1 is kinda dated in most instances, but if you like rpg's in general and arnt hung up on combat then its a good run through. 2 ups its presentation significantly with beautiful visuals, smoother combat, better voice acting and in general its feels like a massive leap in most ways. What the series does well, that being the story and character choices, it does REALLY well.

Dark Souls is more like a dungeon crawler. its story and character interaction is kept to a minimum instead letting the world and small item descriptions tell its story and focuses heavily on combat and exploration. Because of this its areas give off a haunting and almost otherworldly feel to them that makes exploring them a real treat. combat is treated more realistically with weight having a massive impact on performance. technically the pc port is OK, but its definitely not much of a looker from a raw technical side, but its art direction can be amazing. Sound design is superb across the board. Its famed difficulty is over rated, but depending on how cautious you are it can be satisfying as hell or excruciatingly annoying. its also got some cool mechanics that you might not expect. At the very least the whole game offers an experience you dont really see too often any more in games. IMO its in my top 5 games list in the past ~6years.

witcher 1 depending on how involved you get into its side content can last a good 60-70hours(30-40 for the story). witcher 2 around 30-40hours(15-20 for the story), but a second playthrough is almost necessary. Dark Souls depends on how cautiously you play and if you want to grind (which you cant really do in any meaningful way for the witcher games) will take roughly ~60+ hours including the dlc content. If you want more story then go for the witcher games first, if you want more of a raw gameplay expereince then try DS first. Eitherway you got a lot of game ahead of you.
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#24Duken13(Topic Creator)Posted 9/27/2013 5:18:48 PM
DerPancake posted...
http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/dark-souls-prepare-to-die-edition

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/the-witcher-2-assassins-of-kings

GG Witcher 2 wins.


Dark Souls' score was brought down because of technical issues from a poor port, though, which can be fixed with some custom patches.
#25VordraxPosted 9/27/2013 7:03:31 PM
Dark Souls shouldn't be missed.
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#26TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 9/27/2013 7:06:49 PM
Duken13 posted...
DerPancake posted...
http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/dark-souls-prepare-to-die-edition

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/the-witcher-2-assassins-of-kings

GG Witcher 2 wins.


Dark Souls' score was brought down because of technical issues from a poor port, though, which can be fixed with some custom patches.


Also, The Witcher 2's score was brought up because people adore CD Projekt RED.
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#27Cookieman74Posted 9/27/2013 9:14:51 PM
Played both and liked both. Witcher 1 was great. Played halfway through TW2 and got bored.

Dark Souls is probably one of the best games I've ever played.

Go Dark Souls. The games really aren't that similar though.
#28GarhinderPosted 9/27/2013 9:18:44 PM
sonicteam2k1 posted...
Ninja Gaiden II...
#29CommunismFTWPosted 9/27/2013 9:47:36 PM
TW1 is great. Loved the combat and story. TW2 is balls, terrible combat, animations, and snail pacing. Bored me to death. Bad VA as well.

Dark Souls is phenomenal.
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#30ArayzielPosted 9/27/2013 10:00:01 PM
Dark_Spiret posted...
it really comes down to what type of rpg you want. Witcher series is more traditional with a large emphasis on storytelling, choices and most of the other elements youd find in other rpg's like branching dialogs, quests, towns to wander around and interact with and various other things. Witcher 1's story i felt was better, but its combat will be very hit and miss for you. 2's combat fares better, but isnt quite as "epic" in scope instead focusing mor eon alternate choices for new playthrough(you basically HAVE to replay it 1-2 more times to get the whole picture). 1 is kinda dated in most instances, but if you like rpg's in general and arnt hung up on combat then its a good run through. 2 ups its presentation significantly with beautiful visuals, smoother combat, better voice acting and in general its feels like a massive leap in most ways. What the series does well, that being the story and character choices, it does REALLY well.

Dark Souls is more like a dungeon crawler. its story and character interaction is kept to a minimum instead letting the world and small item descriptions tell its story and focuses heavily on combat and exploration. Because of this its areas give off a haunting and almost otherworldly feel to them that makes exploring them a real treat. combat is treated more realistically with weight having a massive impact on performance. technically the pc port is OK, but its definitely not much of a looker from a raw technical side, but its art direction can be amazing. Sound design is superb across the board. Its famed difficulty is over rated, but depending on how cautious you are it can be satisfying as hell or excruciatingly annoying. its also got some cool mechanics that you might not expect. At the very least the whole game offers an experience you dont really see too often any more in games. IMO its in my top 5 games list in the past ~6years.

witcher 1 depending on how involved you get into its side content can last a good 60-70hours(30-40 for the story). witcher 2 around 30-40hours(15-20 for the story), but a second playthrough is almost necessary. Dark Souls depends on how cautiously you play and if you want to grind (which you cant really do in any meaningful way for the witcher games) will take roughly ~60+ hours including the dlc content. If you want more story then go for the witcher games first, if you want more of a raw gameplay expereince then try DS first. Eitherway you got a lot of game ahead of you.


This right here is the best advice on what to get. The Witcher is aimed at folks who like choices and consequences, while Dark Souls plays like a modernized dungeon crawler. Personally, I'm a dungeon crawler person so I'd opt for Dark Souls.