This exceptional game is the result of an unlikely blend of adventure game storytelling, resource management, role-playing, and collectible card game mechanics. As entertaining as the various modes of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales are, though, the game's true center lies in Queen Meve. This armor-clad monarch possesses the strength and charisma of Geralt of Rivia (the series' usual star) while also being a smart, fearless defender of her people. Though you can play Meve as stern and mercenary, she's a noble character faced with the burden of running a kingdom, fighting her enemies, and dealing with a weak, wayward teenage son. As a result, the decisions you're asked to make are never easy.
What's great about having to make the tough decisions, though, is seeing how they affect the world around you. Do you hang a highwayman or let him go? Find in favor of one neighbor or the other? These choices will come back later on to help or to haunt you. While exploration and dialogue are readily accessible, the turn-based card game combat is harder to absorb. It isn't easy to remember what each card does or how it interacts with others in the midst of battle. On top of that, story twists alter which cards are available to you for certain missions or puzzles, which can make success challenging. Thankfully, if your skills just aren't up to the task, the easy difficulty setting lets you skip (without penalty) harder battles and get on with the story. In addition to its awesome heroine, emotionally wrenching storyline, and brain-taxing combat, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales succeeds because of its great visuals and sound. The game has more than 30 hours of gorgeous character and background art, plus a sweeping musical score and great voice acting. Despite all this, card game purists could be put off by deck usage and building limitations. But these are small things compared to the fun you'll have playing such a stellar Witcher game, especially now that it's on all platforms. Even better, players can take it with them on the go if they have the Switch version, ensuring that you can get your fantasy card fights anywhere.