Again, with this post to Xbox One content, I'm late to the party. I'm notorious with being "late" to some games, as I usually wait to see if they drop in price or do some Accountant-level research before buying. I have to say it was well worth all the research and impressions from other gamer's to finally purchase this game.
I have never played the first two games, and from what I've read, it's probably a good thing. A clean slate, new to the series, no previous "stains" to color my observations of The Witcher, Geralt. And what a character he is! I don't think I've ever felt more empathy with a video game protagonist as I have with Geralt.
The game world is spectacular, and the subtleties you see are impressive. Of course it's not a perfect game, but damn, it sure comes close. Normally I "suck" at combat where you have to be able to pull off some moves to stay alive. Other games, like for example Lords of the Fallen, have me fumbling and dying quite a bit as I never quite seem to get the rhythm without getting constantly smacked by the bad guy. With Geralt, it's more intuitive (to me, anyway), and I have an easier time getting out of the way and following up with my own attacks.
The soundtrack is pretty well done in and of itself. I even got the musical accompaniment with it to rip and listen to whenever I want. Perfect in the background for my job. Sound effects are also well done, and sometimes the sound of a sword ripping into flesh makes me cringe. So I guess that would be a good thing? Yes, indeed.
This seems like a game I can spend some considerable time with, immerse myself into, and go so far as to say (gasp) hold me over for a good long time for other games down the road. My Xbox One collection is pretty small (about a half dozen games as of this writing), but the games I do have tide me over and for the first time, I don't feel like I have to buy all the new games as soon as they come out.
Just my two cents on this game. Most impressive.