Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 54 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

79%

Critics Recommend

Based on 54 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 18, 2018

When a single character’s dialogue is the most annoying thing about a card game, the creators probably deserve some credit. Lord knows the voice acting is at least as good as it is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and so is the writing. By that I mean the writing is a passable exploration of fantasy tropes and power politics that’ll probably become hugely overrated.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 19, 2018

Thronebreaker proves card games can tell a story every bit as punchy and provocative as the blockbusters it takes inspiration from.

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Scored Reviews

GamesRadar+
Oct 18, 2018

An amazing marriage of world-class storytelling and strategic card gaming, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a fantastic RPG in its own right.

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Windows Central
Nov 6, 2018

Between its incredible story, excellent gameplay, and surprisingly fantastic presentation factor, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is yet another masterpiece from CD Projekt Red that pushes the boundaries of game design and proves that anything, even a card game, can be groundbreaking if done well.

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IGN
9.4 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

9.4 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is one of the best-written RPGs in years, with exciting card battles that are kept cleverly fresh throughout.

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The Games Machine
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales takes this genre to a new level of depth thanks to the combination of good writing and a gameplay skillfully declined in numerous variations.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 5, 2018

I love that CD Projekt Red's solution to getting more players on board with its free-to-play card game was to produce a massive standalone RPG with all the spellbinding storytelling that's become a signature of The Witcher brand. It's the sort of thoroughness and commitment to quality they've built a reputation on, and Thronebreaker now paves the way for an exciting new genre of card games that incorporate a similar design ethos.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 18, 2018

Thronebreaker's strong writing and compelling characters accent a strong re-imagining of Gwent and a gripping single-player story.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Dec 17, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a very well done game, has an impeccable location (dubbing), and it fuses the genre of RPG and card game very well. Within the universe of The Witcher, addressing so many ethical issues and with so many decisions to make, finding out what will be the end between the 20 available is more interesting by the hour. It's a beautiful game, full of details, animations and interactions that make the gameplay a great experience.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2019

Overall, Thronebreaker is a revolutionary game within the CCG genre, and I hope other companies take note. With a 40-hour story to support an engaging card game, there's nothing else quite like it, and its unique nature is to its overall benefit. It's made me realize how much I can and do enjoy card games when they're done right. I always loved the idea of CCGs, but it often takes a lot of time and grinding to get up to par with others. CD Projekt Red remedies this by slowly teaching the complexities of Gwent to the player with an engaging plot to keep players enthralled all the way through. It's time to take all my hard-earned rewards and experience gained in Thronebreaker and have my ego obliterated by a horde of Nekkers controlled by a 13-year-old kid — and I couldn't be more excited.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales quickly establishes itself as more or less the paradigm of a genre. The alchemy of its RPG roots, addictive gameplay and wonderful story make it a far more fleshed-out package than many may have expected. While non-series fans may not find too much to write home about in terms of the tale it weaves, what remains in terms of gameplay is a fundamentally worthwhile package and one that one will provide many, many hours of entertainment.

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SA Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2018

Clever, beautiful and more intricate and expansive than I expected a card game to be, you will scratch your noggin for some devilish puzzles, while following on a story of one of the biggest threats the Northern Kingdoms ever faced: the armies of Nilfgaard.

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

With its excellent story, charming characters, varied and engaging gameplay experience, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales can be considered a true The Witcher game, despite not being a traditional RPG. The game may be too easy, but this small flaw in no way compromises the game's overall quality.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 28, 2018

Whether or not you are a fan of the Witcher series, or even card games in general, Thronebreaker deserves your attention.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales looks like a simple proposal at the beginning, but it feels deep when we explore its guts. A new chapter in the world of Geralt of Rivia in which we will feel the cold breath of war between The Northern Kingdoms and Nilfgaard

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Screen Rant
Dec 10, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a worthy successor to both The Witcher games and the Gwent collectible card game.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

This is the best singleplayer story ever seen in card games. Witcher's world is still charming and CD Projekt Red rocks!

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Gamersky
9 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2018

The Thronebreaker is not just an expansion pack of Gwent, but also a brand new RPG in Witcher world. Although some cards might be overpower, the overall impression of this game is magnificent. It is a great present to all Witcher fans.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2018

It may not be The Witcher game you expected, but Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is an exceptional addition to the series, and a must-play for all Gwent fans.

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Oyungezer Online
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

CD Projekt did it again. It's not just a Gwent-game, it's a brand new Witcher story.

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BaziCenter
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 28, 2018

The Witcher Tales is a strange potion that is surprisingly good. From a logical point of view, a game that mixes so many genres together can't be this amazing, but then comes CDPR, a company that is just unable to develop bad titles.

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Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
Pardis Game
Mohammad Kiani

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2018

As spin-off to the Witcher series, Thronebreaker is a worthy and appreciated game. It is totally worth the money one would spend on, offering more than 30 hours of joy and entertainment. If you are a fan of the Witcher series and would like to drown yourself even more in it's universe, Thronebreaker is a must for you

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Softpedia
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

An exquisite combination of deep storytelling and refined card game combat mechanics, Thronebreaker delivers an exceptional RPG experience that not many developers can achieve these days. It's a pity that Geralt's saga has ended after just three games, but Thronebreaker is definitely going to quench your thirst for anything The Witcher related, at least for a while.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is an excellent combination of art, gameplay and story. A game that detaches care in each of its elements. Meve is the new awesome and badass character in The Witcher universe!

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Bazimag
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a card game that takes certain elements from Role Playing and Puzzle genres and manages to introduce a new series based on the world of Witcher. despite this, it's not similar to the famous Gwent game from the Witcher 3 and is a completely new game.

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Cerealkillerz
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales offers more playtime than anybody could wish for and is an all around great experience for Witcher fans and card game enthusiasts alike. With concise balance of main quest decisions effecting the card deck, it offers great replay value and is so much more than just a simple spinoff.

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IGN Middle East
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is an innovative game that combines traditional card games with RPG games, and the game has been able to bring new and interesting characters into the rich Witcher world, with good graphics and a constantly renewed fighting style. I can say that Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales surprised me Personally, it is a card game but suffers from some drop in the frame rate and freezing of the unwarranted screen. The game may give preference to those who play Gwent: The Witcher Card Game by winning special cards as they progress in the game they can use in the Gwent game.

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AusGamers
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

As to why or how, again, perhaps this is due to the nature of GWENT and trying to balance difficulty once the sheer variety and number of competing strategies and decks come into play. Whatever the reasons though no doubt it comes from creating an RPG story-driven game unlike anything else out there. One that features one of the best interactive bits of fiction this side of The Witcher III – with a flawed, interesting, and awe-inspiring protagonist in the form of Meve. No doubt, we can't wait to check out the next Witcher Tale.

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Hobby Consolas
86 / 100
86 / 100
Oct 18, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will dazzle the fans of the universe thanks, especially, to its elaborate and evocative story. And the charisma that Meve lavishes, the protagonist of the game. Reorder the bases of Gwent to provide more packaging to the exciting battles for house brand cards.

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Gamefa
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2018

When we are all amazed by Cyberpunk 2077 and waiting to hear more about it, CD Project Red surprises us nicely and takes us back to our beloved world of "The Witcher" with "Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales", An amazing RPG with deep strategy elements that sets in the fantasy world of Witcher. you must build your army and battle with your enemies in a unique combat system, gather resources and develop your camp and do a large number of side and main quests. If you are looking for a valuable and deep RPG-Strategy game, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is one of the best of its genre and takes you to a 30 hours journey in one of the most beloved world in gaming history. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a game that absolutely worth your time and money. Nothing new for CD Project Red! Right?!

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

Thronebraker effortlessly infuses Gwent with the geopolitical underpinnings, fantasy tales, and difficult choices of The Witcher series

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GamingTrend
83 / 100
83 / 100
Dec 8, 2018

Thronebreaker is a masterful RPG with a version of Gwent that is well-suited for a single-player experience. Even if you aren't into card games, this one is worth a try for the story and RPG mechanics alone. [OpenCritic note: Travis Northup separately reviewed the PC (85) and Xbox One (80) versions. Their scores have been averaged.]

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Spaziogames
8.3 / 10.0
Spaziogames
DottorKillex

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Jan 6, 2019

The console version stands up to its PC counterpart

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GamePro
83 / 100
83 / 100
Dec 5, 2018

Strong single-player campaign for Gwent, which could inspire even non-card players through its gripping story.

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PC Gamer
81 / 100
81 / 100
Oct 18, 2018

A captivating story and varied card battles ensure this light-touch RPG remains entertaining throughout its lengthy campaign.

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VGProfessional
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales offers beauty in a very unexpected genre, mastering the art of storytelling combined with amazing RPG elements, to memorable characters and gut-wrenching decisions that challenge your values and morale. It presents a card game we’ve previously been introduced to, GWENT, that sucks players in, even those who are not fans of card games.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2018

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.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2018

Thronebreaker is an intersting spin-off, with a clever puzzle design and an intersting atmosphere. But its story could have been so much better...

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

CD Projekt Red have delivered an exceptional adventure in Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. One that any Witcher fan should not hesitate to experience. While Gwent is undeniably fun, it falls short of its full potential in a single-player only game with AI opponents.

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Slant Magazine
Nov 1, 2018

Apart from the fact that combat is resolved by placing cards into rows as opposed to moving units across a map, there's little difference between Thronebreaker and similarly hand-drawn, resource-gathering, unit-upgrading games like Heroes of Might and Magic and The Banner Saga. If anything, Thronebreaker offers a deeper strategic experience, given the distinct feel of these custom-crafted battles, with their special victory conditions and unique cards.

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NoobFeed
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 30, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales succesfully brings tactical card battles and RPG storytelling together into one great whole.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 13, 2018

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.

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CDavis_Games
Nov 5, 2018

I spent thirty hours with Thronebreaker and, while a couple of hours were me moving through the motions of easy gwent matches, the vast majority saw me hooked to the screen either listening to the narrator and cast of characters bringing scenes to life or trying to figure out how to stop spies making it from one end of the gwent table to the other. If you want a great story set in the Witcher world, then I recommend Thronebreaker.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
77 / 100
77 / 100
Oct 18, 2018

If you like storytellers, and card games, you will like Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales... Thronebreaker is a single player role playing game set in the world of The Witcher

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Gwent became a means to an end by the finale, a necessary thing to do to unlock the next story segment, and something I would avoid when possible. Its a shame because Thronebreaker does some good work modifying the familiar Gwent rules, they just get easily overshadowed by the main storyline and the various decisions you can find along the way.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 14, 2018

With Thronebreaker : The Witcher Tales, Gwent evolves through an exciting adventure that brilliantly enriches the Witcher universe in video games. We regret, however, the classicism of sometimes painful exploration phases.

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PCGamesN
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 18, 2018

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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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 1, 2018

Loyal fans of Sapkowski and CD Projekt RED will be pleased to visit familiar places and battles from the books, but for an ordinary player the storyline will seem like a pale shadow of The Witcher 3 and its additions. Mew's journey is interesting in some moments, but still it cannot be compared with the adventures of Geralt.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 3, 2018

With that said, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales alone is worth the journey. Even if you're not a major Gwent fan, the custom scenarios and puzzles could spark new interest and compel you to explore a significant chapter in the Witcher lore.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2018

Though tainted by a broken difficulty mode, Thronebreaker stands on the shoulders of The Witcher as a morally complex and often harrowing Macbethian tale of royal revenge and revolt.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Sergey_3847

Top Critic

Oct 26, 2018

Thronebreaker is a great way to learn how to play Gwent for beginners, but it will leave veteran Gwent players completely unchallenged even on the hardest difficulty.

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GRYOnline.pl
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Thronebreaker is a great solution for players that value amazing story and beautiful graphics over everything else. Despite some minor gameplay issues and unrealized potential of the game, players will have a lot of fun. If you miss the world and lore of The Witcher, it's definitely worth to check this title.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

I'll keep my fingers crossed that the next patch fixes this particularly nasty bug. Don't you worry. I reported pretty much every single one of these. My pain will hopefully be your gain.

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Pure Playstation
4.9 / 10.0
4.9 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2018

Thronebreaker isn’t completely the Gwent I knew and loved, but after learning the new rules and ways I found myself having fun. For all about ten to thirty minutes before I was crashed back to the PS4 dashboard with a blue screen. Not in all my life had I experienced a title die like this before and actually make me worry about the health of my gaming console. Art design, voice acting, and the basic traversal around the world did a great job bringing a simple card game to life. It’s just that all of them were smothered by the color blue.

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