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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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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 20, 2018
    90
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is by far the best representation of Gwent that CD Projekt Red has developed so far, and a worthy adventure RPG that deserves your time even if you aren't the biggest fan of card games.
  2. Dec 13, 2018
    80
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a good addition to the Gwent gameplay and anyone who loves The Witcher's lore, will love the story told in this game even with this console version.
  3. Dec 13, 2018
    80
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales features some of the sharpest writing on PS4, and it's all embedded within a superb story stuffed with brilliant characters. Meanwhile, Gwent makes up most of the gameplay, and although the card-based system does have flaws, it's easy enough to look past them when the surrounding journey is so masterfully told. Ultimately, Thronebreaker is an easy recommendation for Witcher enthusiasts and fans of strategic RPGs -- a surprisingly robust and rich tale that shouldn't be overlooked.
  4. 80
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales tells a good story with some fantastic writing. The writing alone is worth the price of admission, but the Gwent combat can get confusing and overwhelming at times.
  5. Dec 18, 2018
    80
    Thronebreaker is a very good introduction to the Gwent game card, adding the best campaign we can possibly imagine. A well-developed story with exploration and strategy components that could become a bit repetitive in the long run.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 27, 2019
    80
    As the backbone of a larger game, though, it's solid, and an interesting alternative to the combat system of most RPGs. [Issue#158, p.91]
  7. 65
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the next patch fixes this particularly nasty bug.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Jan 1, 2019
    10
    Кровная вражда — не просто приключенческая карточная игра, это самый настоящий пазл, созданный на основе мира «Ведьмака». Пазл, которыйКровная вражда — не просто приключенческая карточная игра, это самый настоящий пазл, созданный на основе мира «Ведьмака». Пазл, который отлично смотрится в одном ряду с книгами и другими играми по их мотивам. И собирать его предстоит не один вечер, но итоговая картинка того стоит. Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this - what initially appears to be a jazzier version of Gwent from Witcher 3 reveals itself to beI have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this - what initially appears to be a jazzier version of Gwent from Witcher 3 reveals itself to be thoughtful and deep strategy/ RPG - a must have for fans of the Witcher books Expand
  3. Dec 30, 2018
    10
    Updated after patch 1.02

    Game is very cool. I think more games of this genre RPG+Strategy+CCG should come out. Battles in form of CCG are
    Updated after patch 1.02

    Game is very cool. I think more games of this genre RPG+Strategy+CCG should come out. Battles in form of CCG are very interesting. And it is more interesting to play CCG in form of the game with the scenario, than CCG alone. And it is cheaper.
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  4. Aug 1, 2019
    7
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a single player game to accommodate Gwent: The Witcher Cardgame. The game follows the story of Meve, QueenThronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a single player game to accommodate Gwent: The Witcher Cardgame. The game follows the story of Meve, Queen of Lyria and Rivia, who is betrayed by her own people when Nilfgaard invades the Northern Realms and crosses the Yaruga. In terms of timeline this takes place before the first Witcher game from 2007.

    The game plays out in two ways: RPG and Gwent. On the map you walk around as Meve, while you pick up resources, interact with NPC's and walk into events. Events are mostly executed through playing puzzles, games of traditional Gwent and shortened battles. Apart from that, the player has to make decisions that will affect the story and characters in your party. I say somewhat, because it's mostly the illusion of affecting choice.

    Having played Gwent: The Witcher Cardgame, playing with cards is immediately familiar in terms of functions, art on cards and how to play. The cards however, have wildly different abilities than in Gwent: The Witcher Cardgame to suit the story. The player can upgrade his/her camp to train new units (cards) to improve its deck or change the effects. This is quite enjoyable to do.

    The story is told in a good way, having voice-overs combined with text and art. The characters are flashed out well and feel unique. Apart from them having usefull effects you can even get attached to some of them for being funny or admirable. The choices you have to make however can completely screw you and your most important units over.

    On multiple occaisions, the game will let you choose how to solve problems. This comes down to choosing something selfish or selfless, but by extend just to choosing between lots of resources or staying pour. And these choices will affect how the units in your army judge you. Some will stay, others will suddenly leave or completely screw you over out of nowhere. The way that this happens is usually only on short term events, as long turn events are completely rigged. The game might try to talk some guilt into you for making certain choices, but they will have absolutely no effect on the ending of chapters. Mahakam is a perfect example of this. Tip: Screw over everyone you come across, because it will not matter at all except for yourself.

    I had a good time with Thronebreaker, but also some frustration. The game's technical state is in true CD Project Red fashion unstable. Frame drops, game stuttering and even crashes are quite common, which is appalling considering the game has been out since December 2018. It is inexcusable.

    In summary, it is a good game. But don't expect The Witcher 3 level of quality. This game clearly rides on the succes of older CD Project Red titles, and even rewards you by giving you cards and trinkets in Gwent: The Witcher Cardgame where you can buy their lootboxes. Real subtle.
    I give this game a 7/10. It is a good game.
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  5. Dec 5, 2018
    6
    The game crashed a couple of times. Could not move my pointer when Im in the camp, had to restart the game to be able to access myThe game crashed a couple of times. Could not move my pointer when Im in the camp, had to restart the game to be able to access my deck-builder. Combat has some issues where frames were dropped and the AI does not do anything after your turn ends, also had to restart the combat several times to finish the encounter.. Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2018
    2
    i love the game mechanic, but the game is unplayable because too often mid battle the game freeze and i cannot do a thing except close thei love the game mechanic, but the game is unplayable because too often mid battle the game freeze and i cannot do a thing except close the game and reload. Expand
  7. Feb 11, 2019
    0
    Still unplayable months after launch. Got stuck on the loading screen on the first load. Happened several times before I finished tutorial.Still unplayable months after launch. Got stuck on the loading screen on the first load. Happened several times before I finished tutorial. Can't believe games are legally sold in this state. Sony will not give you a refund. Be warned. Expand

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