Edited 1 year, 10 months ago

Poll: What fantasy series do you like more? (134 votes)

Elder Scrolls series 22%
The Souls series 16%
The Witcher series 26%
Dragon Age series 8%
Diablo series 3%
All of the above. They're all fantastic in my opinion! :D 7%
Something similar, but not shown above unfortunately (I will perhaps tell you below). 2%
I like a couple or a few of those equally, more than the other few listed, but I can't choose one that's definitive to me. 10%
None of the above. 7%

I'm just curious as to which ones you guys like more. I'm currently playing through The Witcher 2 and Diablo 3, and this got me thinking. Furthermore, should I in the future, click 'multiple answers so I don't have to have H in there? I'm not entirely sure what it does, but maybe it's self explanatory.

#1 Posted by TheHT (12674 posts) -

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).

#2 Edited by Breadfan (6803 posts) -

Not to be picky, but are we talking about solely gameplay, or more of a lore angle?

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Final Fantasy, motherfucker.

#4 Posted by Random45 (1460 posts) -

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.

#5 Edited by Animasta (14827 posts) -


#6 Edited by believer258 (13042 posts) -

Elder Scrolls, no question.

#7 Edited by Pr1mus (4107 posts) -

The Souls games are pretty great but i also like fantasy of the final variety.

#8 Posted by ll_Exile_ll (2155 posts) -

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.

#9 Posted by Slag (5789 posts) -
#10 Posted by Rick_Fingers (525 posts) -

Baldur's Gate (well the Forgotten Realms, more to the point)

#11 Posted by BigJeffrey (5199 posts) -

The Witcher

#12 Posted by Veektarius (5457 posts) -

I voted Elder Scrolls because as a series, it's been the most consistent.

#13 Posted by BaneFireLord (3105 posts) -

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.

#14 Edited by Sooty (8195 posts) -

The Witcher 2 is better than everything Bethesda have ever done. They make a nice landmass but are pretty bad at keeping it engaging.

#15 Posted by armaan8014 (5875 posts) -

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

#16 Posted by armaan8014 (5875 posts) -

@theht said:

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

#17 Posted by JasonR86 (10043 posts) -

I prefer Elder Scrolls because I've had more memorable experiences with that series as opposed to the others.

#18 Posted by Hunter5024 (6445 posts) -

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.

Final Fantasy, motherfucker.

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.

#19 Edited by Disaya (294 posts) -

I unfortunately haven't played all of these but for me it has to be Elder Scrolls, shit changed my life.

#20 Posted by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

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.

#21 Posted by LiquidPrince (16532 posts) -

The Witcher, no contest.

#22 Edited by ArbitraryWater (12970 posts) -

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.

#23 Posted by Karkarov (3387 posts) -

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?

#24 Posted by development (2948 posts) -

'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.

#25 Posted by BeachThunder (13353 posts) -

None of those interest me in the slightest...yep, fantasy is not my thing.

@breadfan said:

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?

#26 Posted by Humanity (12010 posts) -

I really like Demon's Souls, liked Dark Souls less but man The Witcher is pretty darn cool. (I mean TWO swords right?!)

#27 Posted by Zeik (3487 posts) -

Having only played The Witcher 1 I have to go with the Souls games, but I did enjoy The Witcher quite a bit, so I could see that taking the spot someday. They're kind of polar opposites in a lot of ways though.

#28 Posted by TobbRobb (5250 posts) -

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.

#29 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3218 posts) -

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.

#30 Edited by YOU_DIED (712 posts) -

Souls & Witcher for life homie

#31 Posted by Tennmuerti (8520 posts) -

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.

#32 Posted by davidwitten22 (1712 posts) -

Gosh I don't really like any of those games. Diablo II was great but Diablo III... what a terrible purchase that was. I guess I don't particularly care for fantasy that much?

#34 Edited by Scampbell (504 posts) -

Baldur's Gate.

#35 Posted by NTM (8518 posts) -
#36 Posted by NTM (8518 posts) -

@pr1mus: I was referring to games that were more medieval-like fantasy than Final Fantasy.

#37 Posted by JadeGL (1075 posts) -

Hmm, I think it's pretty much a tie between Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age, with Dragon Age edging it out by just a bit. It's hard to say though. I love Diablo as a game the most, but the story of Diablo is kind of not the point of playing those games. :)

#38 Posted by Dimi3je (432 posts) -

The Witcher, though it struggles a bit with presentation. Dragon Age has a lot of potential in my opinion, keeping an eye on Inquistion.

#39 Posted by psylah (2273 posts) -

so souls

#40 Posted by jaycrockett (614 posts) -

Elder Scrolls stands at the top for me, as I've played and finished all five games and loved each one. After that it would probably be Ultima, Might and Magic, and the "Gold Box" D&D games by SSI.

#41 Posted by Kr7stof (75 posts) -

Diablo series:)

#42 Posted by crusader8463 (14756 posts) -

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.

#43 Posted by Breadfan (6803 posts) -

None of those interest me in the slightest...yep, fantasy is not my thing.

@breadfan said:

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.

#44 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

W-what would fantasy gameplay be? Some kind of porn game?

Isn't all gameplay fantasy gameplay? It's hard to name a game whose gameplay mechanics are real.

#45 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5098 posts) -

I really, really like Elder Scrolls.

I like Dark Souls and Dragon Age Origins a lot too but have only played the one game in each series.