Out of the ones listed, definitely the Witcher, that world is just really fleshed out and detailed. I love the entire political scene that they have, I love how no one is considered good, and I love how much ugliness is on display. It's so bleak that when you actually DO something genuinely good for someone else, you get a really good feeling, because you made someone's life in that hell hole a little easier.
This is a tough one.
- Elder Scrolls has the best lore, but the character development and storytelling are pretty weak.
- Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are two separate universes, but they do share a lot in common, that being mostly nonexistent story with lore that most people won't bother to absorb, but the best gameplay of that list.
- The Witcher has the best storytelling of the games on that list, though the first game has a pretty rough presentation (though the second is much better).
- Dragon Age has a quite generic fantasy setting, but it is saved by great characters and some interesting political intrique. It also doesn't help that Dragon Age II is the worst game out of all the games encompassing the series' listed in the poll.
- I don't care for Diablo
It came down to The Witcher and The Elder Scrolls, but I ended up voting for The Elder Scroll simply because of how fleshed out that world is and how much there is to experience in those games through exploration, reading books, talking to random people, etc.
If we're talking about favorite games and not necessarily favorite universe, it would be a toss up between Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, and The Witcher 2.
Elder Scrolls. Bugs, lackluster combat and inconsistent storytelling aside, Bethesda has created a game series with a flabbergasting level of immersion and world building. with astonishing attention to detail on both the micro and macro scales. Apart from Bethesda's own take on the Fallout franchise, I cannot think of a more fully realized or more engaging game world to explore than Tamriel.
The Witcher franchise. It's my favorite franchise in anything. I love the books, the games, and its soundtrack. Somebody make a (good) movie or tv series! (I know there's one already but heard it isn't good at all)
Also, I'm really happy to see the Witcher is leading this poll! woohoo!
Second come TES and Dragon age 1 . Love em too
Dragon Age. When I get around to the Witcher 2 I expect that to change, but for now Witcher 1 is on hold (yet again).
Witcher 1 is my favorite game of all time and I loved it 10 times more than the Witcher 2 (I loved W2 as well though) That game just needs a little patience
I have never been able to really enjoy an Elder Scrolls game despite trying very hard to do so, I have limited experience with The Souls series, what I have seen I didn't care for, but I'm certainly willing to give it another shot, I'm waiting until I finish building my PC to finally try out The Witcher games, and Diablo has some of the cheesiest lore I've ever seen. So of those five I have to choose Dragon Age based purely on the strength of that first game.
If it were really fantasy I'd be right there with you, but half of those have been Sci-Fi or some sort of blend of the two. Even when they do go for fantasy they usually throw in a liberal dose of steampunk. The only ones that are really straight fantasy are like, the first three. Definitely not the best entries in the series.
This shoulda been a multiple choice poll but nitpick aside....
I really love The Elder Scrolls games, have been playing them since daggerfall. The lore is really convoluted and ridiculous if you really jump down that rabbit hole, but its really interesting for the most part. The games are always some of my favorite.
I've only played Dark Souls, but holy crap. What a brilliantly realized world. Theres alot of lore and story, you just have to dig for it a bit. But its a fantastic world.
The Witcher is really cool, i still dont get some of the basics as i've only played the 2nd one. Still great world, great story. I love when theres racism and serious racial tension between fantasy races, since realistically thats what would happen. Plus that super dark grittyness of it all. Fantastic.
Dragon Age is pretty good as well. Really interesting backstories and lore. Well done.
Diablo, i havent played the third, but one had a fantastic gothic moody vibe to it which they basically threw out the window with D2. All the horror was gone, maybe its cus i played diablo 1 when i was a kid (its how i learned to type playing that online lol). I dunno, it just seems inconsistent is all.
Buggerall! I'm a sucker for fantasy universes. I will say Dragons Dogma, i thought the lore and story was GARBAGE. I love that game too.
Dragon Age Origins is one of my favorite games this generation (also possibly my second favorite Bioware game), and I will willingly defend Dragon Age II to an almost unfortunate extent. That's not to say that I don't find The Witcher, Elder Scrolls or Souls (kind of the odd duck in the list) series to also be awesome.Really, the only series on this list that I'm not super keen on is Diablo, and that's mostly directed at Diablo III rather than its predecessors.
If we're talking in terms of raw lore, they all have their weaknesses. The Elder Scrolls creates interesting worlds but doesn't inhabit them with interesting characters, Dragon Age steals liberally from A Song of Ice and Fire and then tries to mix those concepts with generic, Tolkien-esque fantasy, The Witcher is occasionally too gritty and dismal, Dark Souls requires an article or an EpicNameBro video to understand and Diablo is just... sort of dumb. You know, for as long as they take to make these games and for as nice as their CG cinematics are, Blizzard sure could use some better writers.
If you are asking what I think the best series is over all from that list the answer is easily Elder Scrolls. That said you have to consider the King's Field games with the Soul's games as well since they have tons of recurring characters and items. Or did you think Seath the white dragon had never been in a video game before? So Soul's is a close second.
Diablo is generic crap which is nothing but an excuse for a loot/grind fest. Easily the least interesting or long term fun of all those series.
The Witcher is barely a series, it is two games. One of which was quite frankly painfully average at best. The same points can be levied at Dragon Age.
Why isn't Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Baldur's Gate/Icewind Dale, the Xeno games, Persona, or any number of other fantasy game series not on this list?
'Souls for gameplay, but I voted The Witcher because of the story and atmosphere. I think Demon/Dark Souls had great atmosphere and some really interesting archaeology-driven story, but The Witcher series (so far) has stood out far more in those regards, and I'm much more a story guy than a gameplay guy.
Edler Scrolls is too flat for me. Their main stories are sooo boring, and the high points of select side quests aren't enough to redeem it in my opinion.
I only really enjoyed the first Dragon Age, so that doesn't even count as a series in this context, in my mind.
Never played Diablo III, but 1 and 2 were fairly generic, story-wise, and I honestly found the hack & slashing to get repetitive very quickly.
The only two who are in the runnning at all are Witcher and Souls. Souls has the superior gameplay, replay value, character/monster design and atmosphere. The Witcher has the superior world building, character development and storyline. In the grand scheme I probably like Souls more, but Witcher is a pretty damn good story.
I've gotta go with Souls. Demon's Souls is a great story about a fallen kingdom and a cursed land, but Dark Souls is a goddamned Ragnarok scenario with your character as the central disaster that befalls the gods. You're exploring the old haunts of figures from the Creation Myth that is the game's intro movie, learning where and how they all became so diminished, slashing and burning the pantheon as you go. You're Death from Sandman, coming along at the end of all things, putting the chairs up on tables, and turning out the lights at closing time.
Like lore wise? (ie their fantasy setting as as a whole)
Or overall as games?
If it's the first then the Warcaft universe. If the second then the Witcher. But comparing Diablo to Souls to Witcher to ES just seems weird to me, they are all so incredibly different and the parts i love them are likewise very different.
Of those listed the first Dragon Age is the only one I like. DA 2 completely destroyed the love I had for that place though. So if DA 3 doesn't blow me away I think I'm done with the franchise. So far it looks like they are continuing to ignore every aspect of the first game that I loved and in typical EA faschine are trying to copy what's popular instead of running with what they made themselves. In this case they are trying to turn it into The Witcher.
Of ones not listed, I really enjoy the Warhammer setting whether it be the fantasy or 40k variants so I will go with that. Also Dungeons and Dragons. Specifically the Forgotten realms.
None of those interest me in the slightest...yep, fantasy is not my thing.
Not to be picky, but are we talking about solely gameplay, or more of a lore angle?
W-what would fantasy gameplay be? Some kind of porn game?
Wut? I mean, you can like different fantasy games for different reasons. I love Diablo's gameplay, but could not care less about the lore or story. Where with Elder Scrolls both are pretty dope.