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Generally favorable reviews- based on 388 Ratings

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  • Summary: From the creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes a brand new tale set in the brutal and twisted universe of witcher Geralt of Rivia. The world stands on the verge of chaos, as the tensions between the power-hungry Nilfgaardian Empire and proud Northern Realms grow. Facing an imminentFrom the creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes a brand new tale set in the brutal and twisted universe of witcher Geralt of Rivia. The world stands on the verge of chaos, as the tensions between the power-hungry Nilfgaardian Empire and proud Northern Realms grow. Facing an imminent invasion, Meve — war-veteran Queen of Lyria and Rivia — is forced to once again enter the warpath, and set out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Oct 18, 2018
    100
    An amazing marriage of world-class storytelling and strategic card gaming, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a fantastic RPG in its own right.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    90
    This is a must have game for every Witcher fan. Great story with meaningful decisions standing on the shoulders of fun card battles and puzzles and innovative gameplay mechanics.
  3. Nov 29, 2018
    90
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales could have been a lackluster, uninspired spinoff in an attempt to capitalize off the Witcher’s success, but it is so much more than that. Sure, I have some minor gripes, such as the lack of a mini-map and guide markers, or the anticlimactic final battle, but they all seem trivial when looking at what Thronebreaker accomplishes as a whole. The intricately layered story and carefully crafted characters and writing are some of the best I’ve seen this year, and the card play is more rewarding than it’s ever been before. Whether or not you are a fan of the Witcher series, or even card games in general, Thronebreaker deserves your attention.
  4. Nov 2, 2018
    85
    A strategy / puzzle game masqueraded into a card game, set in the world of Witcher. Only CD Projekt RED could take something phenomenally strange and turn it into such a magnificent and addictive game.
  5. Oct 18, 2018
    83
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a tough and pure RPG without compromise, with a great card-based combat system.
  6. Oct 24, 2018
    80
    Thronebreaker is an interesting spin-off, with a clever puzzle design and an interesting atmosphere. But its story could have been so much better.
  7. Oct 18, 2018
    70
    Thronebreaker struggles as a card game but excels as a Witcher game due to its rich narrative and excellent, if simple, worldbuilding.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 82
  2. Negative: 6 out of 82
  1. Oct 23, 2018
    10
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a perfect game. If you are done with it, then try Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.
  2. Oct 24, 2018
    10
    I missed the Witcher world and now it's back in great artwork and quality. I hope there will be another Witcher Tales coming soon.
  3. Nov 25, 2018
    10
    I love how the jealous hates rate this game as 0 meanwhile marking garbage Fallout 76 or Mass Effect 4 as 10. If your chosen series sucks atI love how the jealous hates rate this game as 0 meanwhile marking garbage Fallout 76 or Mass Effect 4 as 10. If your chosen series sucks at least don't try to harm others by faking the score. Expand
  4. Oct 24, 2018
    10
    Super pretty game! The story is something that takes and keeps you in this universe. Dialogues are interesting and funny here and there.Super pretty game! The story is something that takes and keeps you in this universe. Dialogues are interesting and funny here and there. Character voices are great.
    Nice to change the language and here the characters talking in Japanese, Turkish and so on :)
    Battles are levels appropriate and make you think how to solve the puzzles.
    Would recommend the Thronebraker experience!
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  5. Nov 8, 2018
    9
    This is an excellent game, as I've come to expect from CD Project Red!

    My first play was nearly 40 hours, quite a bit more than expected.
    This is an excellent game, as I've come to expect from CD Project Red!

    My first play was nearly 40 hours, quite a bit more than expected. The game shines in all of the most important aspects: excellent writing, music, voice acting, story and gameplay. It is clever and detailed throughout. You are rewarded for exploring the world. Like the Witcher 3, I was surprised at how many well-crafted funny and moving moments that the narrative was packed with. The new Gwent mechanics create plenty of strategic options, and the interface is beautiful.

    So, why not a solid 10? Mostly because of balancing issues. I am a Gwent buff, so I started playing on the highest difficulty. Unfortunately, by the third Chapter--after only crafting a handful of cards, and even losing some of my strongest cards due to story events--my deck was unstoppable. I can imagine a less-experienced player having a few more growing pains, but there are some easy to recognize card combinations that are ridiculously overpowered here. For the last two chapters of the game, I was regularly winning battles by two to three hundred points--often destroying all of my opponent's cards in the process. The only challenge was the final battle, which required a mild re-tooling of my deck.

    Another minor gripe was the game economy. Granted, I didn't craft much, and I explored a lot--but I finished the game with over 70 000 spare gold, 15000 spare wood and around 800 unused recruits. Maybe the developers wanted players to feel free to craft as they wished, and there are definite arguments for that. However, I hardly felt like a hard up and desperate battle commander. It wasn't necessary to make strategic choices with my resources, because I ultimately had more than enough to spare.

    I should say, the puzzles were fun and challenging throughout (though again, easier in the later acts?) I think the game would benefit from exploiting the "build a deck to overcome specific challenges" theme...this is a strength of the Hearthstone expansions. Despite the excellent story--and the ever-present fun of smashing Nilfgaardians--the battles became tedious after two acts of one deck smashing everything sight.

    So, all in all, an exceptional and polished game. As an RPG, it hits all of the right notes. As a strategic card game, it is mostly excellent, but in need of some re-balancing.
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  6. Nov 25, 2018
    8
    The story is 9/10, gameplay 8+/10. Overall it is 8/10 due to several things. Economy is unbalanced, most of the time I had too many resources,The story is 9/10, gameplay 8+/10. Overall it is 8/10 due to several things. Economy is unbalanced, most of the time I had too many resources, decision based on them were no brainers. Game has visible pop ups, that could be easily masked (especially during loads and transitions - I also refer to the ending sequence that summarizes the outcomes of your decisions). Stats are bugged, game does not handle cloud save games well and in the end I was informed that the overall walkthrough took 15 hours (while in fact it was close to 40). Expand
  7. Oct 25, 2018
    0
    My previous review was flagged out of existence, so I'll keep this review as dry and impersonal as possible: I personally find this game to beMy previous review was flagged out of existence, so I'll keep this review as dry and impersonal as possible: I personally find this game to be dull and distasteful, and a blatant ripoff for its asking price. If you like it, good on you and I'm happy for you. For everyone else: spend your money elsewhere. Expand

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