Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales released on October 23, 2018, is an unexpected return of The Witcher universe. One of the most popular fantasy series in video gaming, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher is a powerhouse of immersive role-playing and deep lore. Drawn from a real-world series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher series follows the exploits of Geralt of Rivia as he traipses through a world largely inspired by Tolkien’s works.
But the feeling of The Witcher’s Tales is more akin to those of George R.R. Martin (check out a game based on his books Regins: Game of Thrones) than they are J.R.R. Tolkien and it is this grit that endears them to gamers.
How to Download Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
To download Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales hit the Download button at the end of the review. The game is available on GOG.com, the gaming platform which belongs to CD Projekt, the company that is responsible for all Witcher games.
If you like the world of the Witcher, there are other games that you should try:
- The Witcher (2007),
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011),
- The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015),
- and Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (2018, but available as open beta since 2017).
The Game Review
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, a game set in the world of The Witcher, takes a more narrative-based approach to the works of Sapkowski and employs amazing voice acting as well as beautiful artwork to tell its tale.
Inarguably based in the world of The Witcher series, CD Projekt Red was nonetheless aware of the need for differentiation with Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. A side story in many regards, the game also stands on its own in many respects. Without the mention of The Witcher lineage, gamers would still find a lot of compelling material here.
For fans of The Witcher, however, this is a must-play game.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales uses an all-new story to take gamers on a journey to kingdoms that have yet to be explored in the mainline series. War looms on the horizon and the world is still brimming with monsters. Both of these themes will be omnipresent as you explore and make your way through your quest.
Indeed, the need to deal with the ongoing war is a constant thing in the game. You will need to gather resources as well as commission units. Once commissioned, these units will need to be trained and specialized even further. Your battle camp is completely customizable and the way you approach battles is largely up to you.
For its part, CD Projekt Red has crafted an awesome cast of characters to join you on your quest and each one sports the quintessential The Witcher charm that players have come to expect. That said, the game’s narrative shouldn’t be alienating for people who have not played the other games and is totally accessible if this is your first experience with The Witcher series. Sure, playing the other titles might help, but there is absolutely nothing here that a newcomer can’t grasp and enjoy.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales prides itself on offering a variety of things to do. From customizing a war camp to dealing with crossroads in the narrative, the game doesn’t shy away from keeping the gamer involved and is brimming with rich content. Central to all of this is the game’s adherence to its lineage as a The Witcher title.
This game absolutely wears its lore on its sleeve, making it a necessary pickup for people who love CD Projekt Red’s number one property. But, for gamers outside of that audience, what we have on offer here is an expertly crafted, deep game with a story to tell. Role-playing gamers and tactical RPG fans will find a lot to love with Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.
- Set in the world of The Witcher
- Great story
- Amazing artwork, music, and sound
- Makes you want to play The Witcher
- More strategy than RPG
- No Geralt of Rivia really