The Witcher 3 is a special game. It's the western RPG for WRPG skeptics like myself. With its breathtaking world, engaging story, masterclass writing and solid gameplay, The Witcher 3 sure turned a lot of heads this year. It perfectly captures that sense of role-playing. You are Geralt, the white wolf, and if you want to take down that pesky Cockatrice, you'd better make sure you skillfully track it down and come prepared with the necessary oils and potions. It is a tough game to brute force your way through, as all of the ancillary systems really do have a profound effect on the moment to moment action. Nothing in the Witcher 3 feels wasted or rushed. The environments are carefully crafted down to the smallest minutiae and even the most throwaway side-quests are peppered with witty dialogue and drama. The Witcher 3 has set the gold standard for not only western RPGs but all modern RPGs, and I'm sure we will still be remembering it fondly in the years to come.
Writeup by Colin Burns
The Souls games have always demanded a lot from the player, but Bloodborne takes it to a whole new level. Hidetaka Miyazaki's latest washes over and consumes you in a way few titles have. Brave hunters fight the very stuff of nightmares, piecing together pieces of this broken, shattered world in order to figure out what's real and what's a dream. Best of all, the new weapons, each more intricately designed and realized than the last, allows for incredible diversity in playstyles. You'll come to appreciate the moves and nuances of each armament, and you better make it a point to learn quickly if you hope to survive the blood-stained streets of Yharnam. Bloodborne requires your persistence, patience, and, most of all, your courage in the face of the unknown.
Writeup by Robert Steinman
While your votes ended up with the same results as the RPGFan staff's own voting, we were surprised at the gap in votes, with Witcher 3 pulling in almost double that of Bloodborne.
And the winner is...