Xbox One Review: Greedfall

Can Greedfall compete with the likes of The Witcher and Dragon Age?

Explore uncharted new lands as you set foot on a remote island seeping with magic, and filled with riches, lost secrets, and fantastic creatures. Forge this new world’s destiny, as you befriend or betray companions and entire factions. With diplomacy, deception and force, become part of a living, evolving world – influence its course and shape your story.

Greedfall is the latest RPG from developer Spiders and on paper, it looks like it could compete with tbe bigger RPGs like The Witcher and Dragon Age. But can it? We take a look at the pros and cons…

The game ticks the boxes for its quest design and storytelling, but it hits a snag with performance issues and feels a bit dated overall. You can see the potential within the game to be a must-have, but you can also see that they clearly didn’t have CD Projekt Red or Bioware level cash to play with. Having said that, Greedfall is definitely the best action RPG since The Witcher 3 with enjoyable combat and a decent story.

Perhaps the biggest problem besides performance woes is that there’s quite a bit of filler content and the final third of the game isn’t as high quality as the rest of the game. Despite that, it’s still a brilliant game and one that Spiders should be proud of. I personally hope they patch the bugs and framerate issues, but more than that…I’d love to see some DLC or failing that, a sequel which had a bigger budget.

Visually, Greedfall is a nice looking game with some interesting character designs and enemy models. It’s got a decent dark fantasy art style to it that obviously brings comparisons to Witcher, but it works well and Greedfall can stand on its own merit with what they’ve created. It’s just a shame about the technical hiccups that let down what is a great looking game. The soundtrack is also well done and full of atmosphere.

The Verdict

Greedfall is a superb RPG that is sadly let down by technical problems. It tries to compete with the likes of The Witcher and Dragon Age and while it doesn’t have that level of quality due to a smaller budget and team, Spiders have done an admirable job that more than warrants a sequel.

Score: 8.0