So I know I'm a few years behind on this, but I just started playing this last month and beat it last night. All in all, I thought it was incredible. Some incredible world building.....some of the best I've seen outside of Bethesda's TES. I didn't play the first Witcher game, and while I'm sure I missed some detail due to this, I still felt like the game provided enough background that I was able to understand almost everything. The game had a somewhat steep learning curve, from the combat to navigating the various menus/screens, but once you figured it out the combat was a lot of fun. My only real complaint about the game was that it seemed a bit short. There were certain aspects of the game I never even got into because I was holding off until later, then lo and behold it was over. For example, I never even used any mutagens, or traps or lures. I was holding out until I found better stuff, but as it turns out I completed the game without ever needing them. Perhaps a second playthrough on a harder difficultly will allow me to explore those things. Great game overall. I haven't yet moved into the Xbox One/PS4 generation so it will be a while until I can play the 3rd game. Just wanted to see if anyone else was a fan of the series!